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WWU falls to No.19 Seattle Pacific, 74-64, on New Year’s Day

Hampered by an 11-minute field goal drought at the start of the second half, Western Washington University suffered a 74-64 defeat to nationally ranked Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, Jan. 1, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball contest at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

Center Kayla Bernsen had 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for the Vikings, who fell to 6-5 overall and 0-2 in the GNAC.

Guard Katie Colard, who became the 23rd Viking to reach 1,000 career points on a 3-pointer in the game’s opening moments, had 11 points and seven assists.

Guards Suzanna Ohlsen and Aubree Callan combined to score 46 points for the Falcons, who are ranked ranked No. 19 in the latest USA Today Sports NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, and improved to 10-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play with their fourth consecutive victory.

Ohlsen finished with 24 points and six assists, and Callen added 22 points and seven rebounds.

The Vikings held a 44-39 lead at halftime, but missed their first 14 shots of the second half, scoring just one point in the first 11 minutes, enabling SPU to take a 59-45 lead. Colard finally broke the drought with a 3-pointer with 8:30 remaining, a shot that triggered a WWU run of nine straight points, pulling the Vikings to within five, 59-54, with 5:47 to play.

But the margin never got that close again, as the Falcons hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final minute to keep the game out of reach.

SPU shot 48.3 percent (28 of 58) from the field, including 9 of 17 (52.9 percent) on 3-pointers, helping the Falcons overcome a 38-28 WWU rebounding advantage.

The Vikings hit 7 of their first 11 shots from the field in jumping to a 16-5 lead six minutes into the game, the biggest margin of the first half, but the Falcons rallied to tie the score at 20-20. WWU eventually held a 44-39 lead at halftime as Kiana Gandy banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

WWU shot 57.1 percent (20 of 35) from the field in the opening half and held a 23-9 advantage in rebounds, but the Falcons stayed close by going 7 of 13 from 3-point range, with Callen going 4-for-4.

The Vikings, who entered the contest seventh in NCAA II in 3-point percentage at 40.8, hit just 26.3 percent (5-of-19).

SEATTLE PACIFIC 74, WESTERN WASHINGTON 64

SEATTLE PACIFIC (10-1, 2-1)

Ohlsen,Suzanna 9-18 3-4 24; Callen,Aubree 6-15 6-8 22; Rodrigues,Hannah 4-6 0-1 9; Kingma,Betsy 3-7 0-0 7; Grager,Molly 3-5 0-0 6; Lukasiewicz,Stacey 2-2 0-0 4; McPhee,Jodan 1-1 0-0 2; Hollander,Courtney 0-3 0-0 0; Shim,Rachel 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-58 9-13 74.

WESTERN WASHINGTON (6-5, 0-2)

Bernsen,Kayla 7-13 2-2 16; Colard,Katie 4-12 0-0 11; White,Jenni 5-12 0-0 11; Donaldson,Sydney 4-6 0-0 8; Peacocke,Taylor 2-10 2-2 6; Briggs,Tia 2-3 1-2 5; Albert,Rachel 2-2 0-0 4; Gandy,Kiana 1-3 0-0 3; Hathaway,Aleisha 0-1 0-0 0; Pounds,Marcel 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-63 5-6 64.

Half: WWU 44, SPU 39

3-point field goals: Seattle Pacific 9-17 (Callen,Aubree 4-5; Ohlsen,Suzanna 3-6; Kingma,Betsy 1-4; Rodrigues,Hannah 1-2), Western Washington 5-19 (Colard,Katie 3-8; Gandy,Kiana 1-2; White,Jenni 1-4; Pounds,Marcel 0-1; Peacocke,Taylor 0-4). Fouled out: Seattle Pacific-None, Western Washington-White,Jenni. Rebounds: Seattle Pacific 28 (Rodrigues,Hannah 7; Callen,Aubree 7), Western Washington 38 (Bernsen,Kayla 10). Assists: Seattle Pacific 19 (Ohlsen,Suzanna 6), Western Washington 18 (Colard,Katie 7). Total fouls: Seattle Pacific 10, Western Washington 16. Technical fouls: Seattle Pacific-None, Western Washington-None. A-516

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