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WWU defeats Fraser Valley, 83-58, 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 the Western Washington University women’s basketball team to an 83-58 exhibtion win over the University of Fraser Valley at Carver Gym on the WWU campus on Sunday, Oct. 26.

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

The Vikings took the lead for good on Aleisha Hathaways 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 52-46 on a basket and free throw by Nataliia Gravyliuk with 11:51 to play, and still trailed just 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 (31 of 61) from the field. The Vikings forced 29 turnovers.

WWU next visits University of British Columbia for an exhibition contest at 1:45 p.m on Saturday, Nov. 1.