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WWU defeats Fraser Valley in exhibition opener

Guard Jenni White scored 14 of her team-high 16 points in the first half and also had game-highs of eight assists and eight steals, leading Western Washington University to an 83-58 triumph over University of Fraser Valley in a women’s basketball exhibition contest Sunday at WWU.

Center Kayla Bernsen, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, scored 13 points in her return as five Vikings had double-figure points.

The Vikings took the lead for good on an Aleisha Hathaway 3- pointer with 12:45 left in the first half, using a 15-3 burst to take a 36-22 advantage with 3:51 remaining in the period. WWU led 41-26 at halftime.

Fraser Valley pulled to within six, 52-46, on a basket and free throw by Gravyliuk with 11:51 to play, and still trailed by just nine, 61-52, with a little over seven minutes left.

But the Vikings then put the game out of reach, running off 11 straight points, five of them by Bernsen, in less than two minutes, to go up 72-52 with five minutes remaining.

Taylor Peacocke had 12 points, all in the second half, for Western. Tia Briggs also had 12, and Katie Colard added 11.

WWU shot 50.8 percent from the field, White going 7 of 10, Bernsen 6 of 9 and Briggs 5-of-8. The Vikings forced 29 turnovers.