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WWU defeats Northwest Nazarene, 85-66

Taylor Peacocke scored a game-high 21 points on 8-of-10 field goal shooting as Western Washington University defeated Northwest Nazarene University, 85-66, on Saturday, Jan. 10, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball contest at Johnson Sports Center on the NNU campus.

It was the third straight victory for the Vikings, who improved to 9-5 overall and 3-2 in the GNAC.

Ellie Logan had 16 points and seven rebounds for NNU, which fell to 4-11 overall and 2-4 in conference play. CoCo Gall added 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Crusaders, who have won just one of their last eight games, that a 79-64 triumph at Top 10 nationally ranked Alaska Anchorage.

The Vikings took control of the contest quickly, using a run of 11 straight points to take a 17-7 lead nine minutes into the game. They led by as much as 20 in the opening half and held a 43-25 lead at halftime.

NNU twice pulled within 10 points in the second half, the final time being at 74-64 on two Logan free throws with 5:31 to play that capped a run of seven straight Crusader points. But the Vikings then pulled away, allowing just two NNU points the rest of the contest.

Kayla Bernsen, who played just 12 minutes because of illness in a victory at Central Washington on Thursday, returned to the starting lineup to contribute 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots. Jenni White added 10 points and five assists, and Kiana Gandy came off the bench to contribute 10 points, all in the first half, on 5-of-5 field goal shooting.

The Vikings, who entered the game No. 2 in NCAA Division II in field goal percentage at 48.3 percent, shot 60.0 percent (36-of-60) from the field, their second-best mark of the season, and held NNU to 38.5 percent (25-of-65).

WWU returns home for GNAC contests against Western Oregon on Thurs., Jan. 15 (7 p.m.), and Saint Martin’s on Sat., Jan. 17 (7 p.m.).