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WWU women’s basketball falls to Azusa Pacific

Despite game and career highs of 27 points and 17 rebounds by forward Taylor Peacocke, Western Washington fell to Azusa Pacific 79-74 in first-day action Friday, Nov. 21, at the West Region Crossover Classic at Sam Carver Gymnasium.

The Vikings, ranked No. 21 in the USA Today Sports Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll, dropped to 1-2.

Cydnie Jones had 19 points for the Cougars, and Kelly Hardeman added 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The Cougars held a 39-35 lead at halftime, then opened the second half with six straight points to go up by 11, 46-35, less than two minutes into the period.

Vikings rallied to within two, 61-59, by holding APU without a field goal for nearly seven minutes, and had six shots with an opportunity to tie or take the lead. But Mariam Zabinsky ended the Cougar drought on a short jumper with 5:16 left, then after a Jones free throw, Zabinsky scored on a layup to put APU up, 66-59, with 4:09 to go.

WWU made one final rally, pulling to within three on a Katie Colard 3-pointer with 2:07 left, but Colard’s attempt to tie on another trey 30 seconds later rimmed out and the Cougars hit 7-of-10 free throws and got a critical layin from Jones with 1:00 to play to keep the Vikings out of reach.

AZUSA PACIFIC 79, WESTERN WASHINGTON 74

AZUSA PACIFIC (3-0)

Jones, Cydnie 3-8 13-20 19; Hardeman, Kelly 3-10 10-12 17; Zabinsky, Miriam 6-10 3-5 15; Dumphy, Maggie 7-15 0-1 14; Powell, Katie 2-6 0-1 6; Gilster, Lauren 2-2 2-2 6; Raghaven, Annanya 1-2 0-0 2; Elsenbach, Lisha 0-0 0-0 0; Tayag, Kassandra 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-54 28-41 79.

WESTERN WASHINGTON (1-2)

Peacocke,Taylor 7-16 12-14 27; Colard,Katie 7-14 0-0 19; Gandy,Kiana 5-10 0-1 10; Bernsen,Kayla 3-7 3-4 9; White,Jenni 2-8 0-1 6; Briggs,Tia 1-5 0-0 2; Donaldson,Sydney 0-4 1-2 1; Hathaway,Aleisha 0-3 0-0 0; Pounds,Marcel 0-3 0-0 0; Albert,Rachel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-70 16-22 74.

Half: Azusa 39, WWU 35

3 -point goals: Azusa Pacific 3-7 (Powell, Katie 2-2). Fouled out: Azusa Pacific-n/a; Rebounds:Azusa Pacific 38 (Hardeman, Kelly 11; Dumphy, Maggie 11), Western

Washington 46 (Peacocke,Taylor 17). Assists: Azusa Pacific 14 (Zabinsky, Miriam 4), Western Washington 16 (White,Jenni 4; Peacocke,Taylor 4). Total fouls: Azusa Pacific 20, Western Washington 29. Technical fouls: Azusa Pacific-None, Western Washington-None. A-342

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