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WWU women’s basketball topples No.6 Tampa, 85-56

Guard Katie Colard scored a game-high 23 points, hitting seven 3-point shots, as the Western Washington University women’s basketball team upset nationally No. 6-ranked University of Tampa, 85-56, in first-day action Friday, Nov. 28, at the 18th Annual Lynda Goodrich Classic being played at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

The Vikings improved to 4-2 overall with their third consecutive victory. Taylor Peacocke added 15 points for WWU.

Tampa suffered its first loss of the season in falling to 4-1. Aisha Rodney led the Spartans with 14 points and Taylor McVey added 11.

“That was our best game of the season,” WWU head coach Carmen Dolfo said in a news release. “They really played well together.”

The Vikings hit five of their first six shots from the field and jumped to a 15-4 lead in the first 4:30. They extended the margin to as much as 21 points before Tampa used an 11-1 charge to pull within 11, 36-25, with 2:36 left in the half. WWU, which hit 8-of-12 3-point attempts (66.7 percent) in the opening period, held a 43-25 lead at halftime.

The Vikings then used a burst of seven straight points to open up a 50-27 advantage 2:39 into the second half, and the margin was never less than 16 after that.

WWU shot 52.6 percent (30 of 57) from the field, including 12 of 18 (66.7 percent) on 3-pointers. Colard was 7 of 9 on treys, one make shy of the school record, and also added a game-high seven rebounds as the Vikings had a 36-22 advantage on the boards.

WESTERN WASHINGTON 85, TAMPA 56

TAMPA (4-1)

RODNEY, Aisha 2-2 10-10 14; MCVEY, Taylor 4-8 3-4 11; CAVALLARO, Juliana 3-7 4-4 10; JEREMIE, Karma 2-8 1-2 6; MARTINO, Candace 2-3 0-0 5; SYLVAIN, Vanessa 2-3 0-0 4; BAKER, Shanica 1-3 1-2 3; NURMI, Ellen 1-8 0-0 2; ALVAREZ, Angela 0-0 1-2 1; MATTHEWS, Catherine 0-3 0-0 0; TAPTICH, Jenny 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-46 20-24 56.

WESTERN WASHINGTON (4-2)

Colard,Katie 7-12 2-2 23; Peacocke,Taylor 5-9 4-4 15; Bernsen,Kayla 5-10 0-0 10; Donaldson,Sydney 3-4 2-3 8; Briggs,Tia 4-7 0-2 8; Gandy,Kiana 1-1 3-5 6; Pounds,Marcel 2-3 0-0 6; White,Jenni 2-9 0-0 5; Albert,Rachel 1-2 2-2 4; Hathaway,Aleisha 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-57 13-18 85.

Half: WWU 43, Tampa 25

3-point field goals: Tampa 2-11 (JEREMIE, Karma 1-2; MARTINO, Candace 1-2), Western Washington 12-18 (Colard,Katie 7-9). Fouled out: n/a Rebounds: Tampa 22 (CAVALLARO, Juliana 6), Western Washington 36 (Colard,Katie 7). Assists--Tampa 7 (JEREMIE, Karma 3), Western Washington 16 (Colard,Katie 4; White,Jenni 4). Total fouls--Tampa 18, Western Washington 20. Technical fouls--Tampa-None, Western Washington-None. A-462

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