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WWU uses big second half to down Saint Martin’s, 77-53

Center Kayla Bernsen and forward Sydney Donaldson combined for 33 points and 15 rebounds to power Western Washington University to a 77-53 victory over Saint Martin’s University on Saturday, Jan. 17, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball contest at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

Kiana Gandy came off the bench to score 13 points, 11 in the second half, for the Vikings, who improved to 11-5 overall and 5-2 in the GNAC with their fifth consecutive triumph.

SMU, which suffered its fourth straight loss, fell to 4-11 overall and 1-5 in conference play. The Saints got 13 points from Krista Stabler and Liz Mills added 10.

Donaldson finished with 17 points, 13 in the first half. She hit 3 of 4 from 3-point range, grabbed seven rebounds, and blocked three shots.

Bernsen had 16 points and eight rebounds and two blocks.

Both shot 7 of 10 from the field.

Ahead by just six at halftime, WWU outscored the Saints, 24-9, over the first 10 minutes of the second half for a 21-point advantage, 56-35. The Vikings expanded that to as many as 28 on two occasions in the final two minutes.

There were nine lead changes and six ties in the first half, WWU scoring the last six points for a 32-26 lead at the intermission.

Peacocke scored 10 points for the Vikings, who shot 53.7 percent (29 of 55) from the floor and made 12 of 13 free throws (92.3 percent).

WESTERN WASHINGTON 77, SAINT MARTIN'S 53

SAINT MARTIN'S (4-11, 1-6 GNAC): Stabler,Krista 5-11 1-2 13; Mills,Liz 5-14 0-0 10; Wiedeman,Megan 3-10 2-4 8; Johansson,Elin 2-5 2-4 6; Paulson,Brooke 2-6 2-2 6; Reynolds,Hannah 1-2 1-2 3; Gelhar,Angela 0-5 2-2 2; Richardson,Jordyn 0-2 2-2 2; Rickard,Brooke 1-1 0-0 2; Taylor,MacKenzie 0-1 1-2 1; Tigue,Lauren 0-0 0-0 0; Guerra,Sofia 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-57 13-20 53.

WESTERN WASHINGTON (11-5, 5-2 GNAC): Donaldson,Sydney 7-10 0-1 17; Bernsen,Kayla 7-10 2-2 16; Gandy,Kiana 5-8 2-2 13; Peacocke,Taylor 4-9 2-2 10; Pounds,Marcel 2-2 2-2 8; White,Jenni 1-4 2-2 5; Albert,Rachel 0-1 2-2 2; Briggs,Tia 1-4 0-0 2; Colard,Katie 1-5 0-0 2; Hathaway,Aleisha 1-2 0-0 2; Barnett,Maia 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-55 12-13 77.

Half: WWU 32, Saint Martin’s 26

3-point goals--Saint Martin's 2-11 (Stabler,Krista 2-5; Mills,Liz 0-1; Paulson,Brooke 0-3; Gelhar,Angela 0-2), Western Washington 7-13 (Donaldson,Sydney 3-4; Pounds,Marcel 2-2; Gandy,Kiana 1-2; White,Jenni 1-1; Colard,Katie 0-3; Hathaway,Aleisha 0-1). Fouled out--Saint Martin's-None, Western Washington-Colard,Katie. Rebounds--Saint Martin's 30 (Wiedeman,Megan 7), Western Washington 37 (Bernsen,Kayla 8). Assists--Saint Martin's 11 (Wiedeman,Megan 3), Western Washington 17 (Colard,Katie 4; White,Jenni 4). Total fouls--Saint Martin's 16, Western Washington 17. Technical fouls--Saint Martin's-None, Western Washington-None. A-456

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