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WWU player’s jersey hanging in Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

Western Washington’s Taylor Peacocke drive the lane against Montana State-Billings during the GNAC Women’s Basketball Championship semifinal at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey on March 4, 2016.
Western Washington’s Taylor Peacocke drive the lane against Montana State-Billings during the GNAC Women’s Basketball Championship semifinal at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey on March 4, 2016. toverman@theolympian.com

The jersey of a Western Washington University standout is hanging in the Ring of Honor at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. this summer.

Taylor Peacocke, a senior guard and the 2016-17 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year, led the Vikings to the semifinal round of the NCAA Division II West Regional and a 26-6 record during the 2016-17 season.

She was named a First Team All-American by both the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and Division II Bulletin, as well as a Second Team All-American by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association.

The Ring of Honor display has more than 100 jerseys hanging from the rafters at the Hall of Fame and recognizes collegiate All-Americans and high school Gatorade State Players of the Year.

“This honor means more to me that I can even express in words,” Peacocke said in a news release. “Some of the players who have been honored in the American Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in the past are players I have looked up to since I first started playing and discovered my love and passion for the game of basketball.”

In past years, featured jerseys have included basketball greats Candace Parker, Brittney Griner, Sue Bird, Candice Wiggins and Breanna Stewart.

Peacocke scored 745 points during her senior year to become the first player in GNAC history to exceed 700 points in a season, setting the WWU single-season scoring record as well and leading all of NCAA Division II with a 23.3 points per game average.

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