Guard Jenni White had 15 points to lead a balanced attack and forward Taylor Peacocke had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds as Western Washington University claimed a 75-64 victory over University of Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday, Jan. 24, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball contest at Patty Center on the UAF campus.
Tia Briggs and Sydney Donaldson each had 12 points for the Vikings, who improved to 12-6 overall and 6-3 in the GNAC with their sixth triumph in the last seven games.
Guard Benissa Bulaya had a game-high 17 points for UAF, which slipped to 12-7 overall and 4-5 in the GNAC with its third straight loss. Stephanie Toumson added 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Nanooks.
WWU never trailed, but the game was tied at 18-18 with 11:18 left in the first half. The Vikings then went on a 15-3 run over the next four minutes to lead 33-21 with 7:05 to go as five different players scored. They held an 11-point advantage, 43-32, at halftime.
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The Nanoks pulled to within six, 54-48, with just under 11 minutes left, but WWU then scored nine consecutive points, the last six by Briggs, to push the margin back to 15, 63-48, with 9:10 left, and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
The win gave the Vikings a split of their Alaska road trip after they had a five-game winning streak snapped in a 71-58 loss at nationally No.3-ranked Alaska Anchorage on Thursday.
WWU, which is traveling nearly 5,300 miles over a stretch of 10 days, is at Montana State Billings on Jan. 29 for a GNAC contest.