Guard Katie Colard scored a game-high 26 points as Western Washington University overcame a nine-point, second-half deficit to defeat Portland State University, 75-64, in a women’s basketball game Sunday, Dec. 14, at Peter W. Stott Center on the PSU campus.
The contest was an exhibition for NCAA Division II WWU and a counter for NCAA I PSU, which fell to 1-8.
Colard finished 7 of 10 from the floor, 4 of 6 beyond the arc, and made 8 of 9 free throws. She also grabbed six rebounds.
Tia Briggs scored 14 points for WWU, and point guard Jenni White added 12.
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PSU got 15 points and nine rebounds each from Alicia Carline and Lauren Holt. Lariel Powell contributed 12 points and a game-high 12 assists and Emily Easom had 10 points.
PSU opened the second half with an 11-2 run for a 45-36 advantage with 15:25 to play. WWU responded with a 15-6 burst to tie the score at 51-51with 11:09 to go.
No more than three points separated the two teams for nearly seven minutes before a three-point play by Briggs put WWU ahead to stay, 63-61, with 4:18 to go as the Vikings finished the contest with a 15-6 run.
Reserve Kiana Gandy helped spark WWU’s 39-19 run over the last 15:25 of the game with six points, on 2-of-2 shooting both from the floor and at the free throw line. She also had two rebounds, an assist and a steal.
WWU did not give up a point for nearly five minutes in taking a 7-0 lead to begin the contest and did not allow PSU to score a field goal until the 14:30 mark of the first half, leading 9-4.
WWU trailed by five, 31-26, with 3:29 left in the period, before rallying to tie the score 34-all at halftime.
WWU, 5-3, next competes in the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic at Las Vegas, Nev., meeting NCAA II nationally No.4-ranked West Texas A&M on Dec. 18 and Southern Indiana onDec. 19.
WWU head coach Carmen Dolfo, who has a 499-186 record in 24 seasons directing the Vikings, needs one more win to become the first four-year collegiate coach in the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Oregon and Washington) to record 500 victories at one university in those states.