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WWU women post 82-71 win at Montana State Billings

Center Kayla Bernsen and forward Sydney Donaldson each scored 18 points as Western Washington University defeated Montana State University Billings, 82-71, on Thursday, Jan. 29, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball contest in Billings, Mont.

Taylor Peacocke had 15 points and Jenni White contributed 13 for the Vikings, who improved to 13-6 overall and 7-3 in the GNAC with their seventh win in eight games.

MSUB, which fell to 11-9 overall and 3-7 in GNAC action, was led by the game-high 30 points of Alisha Breen, 18 of them in the second half. Kayleen Goggins added 26 points, 16 in the final period, for the Yellowjackets, who had no other player with more than five.

WWU never trailed in the game, but the score was tied at 37-37 with 17:10 left in the second half. The Vikings then scored 15 straight points for a 52-27 lead with 12:43 to go.

MSUB closed to within five, 76-71, with 37 seconds remaining, before the Vikings made six straight free throws for the final score.

WWU shot 56.7 percent (17 of 30) from the floor in the final period and finished at 48.3 percent (29 of 60) for the game with Bernsen connecting on 9-of-11. The Vikings entered the game as the top field-goal shooting team in NCAA Division II at 48.9 percent.

WWU also made 20-of-21 free throws (95.2 percent) with Peacocke and Donaldson each perfect on six tries. Peacocke ranks seventh nationally at the line at 91.5 percent (65-71).

WESTERN WASHINGTON 82, MSU BILLINGS 71

WESTERN WASHINGTON (13-6, 7-3 GNAC)

Donaldson,Sydney 6-10 6-6 18; Bernsen,Kayla 9-11 0-0 18; Peacocke,Taylor 4-11 6-6 15; White,Jenni 4-10 4-4 13; Colard,Katie 2-8 2-2 8; Briggs,Tia 2-4 2-3 6; Gandy,Kiana 2-4 0-0 4; Hathaway,Aleisha 0-1 0-0 0; Pounds,Marcel 0-1 0-0 0; Albert,Rachel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-60 20-21 82.

MSU BILLINGS (11-9, 3-7 GNAC)

Breen,Alisha 11-20 6-6 30; Goggins,Kayleen 10-18 5-8 26; Kane,Rylee 2-6 1-1 5; Peoples,Quinn 1-3 2-2 4; DePuydt,Annie 1-6 0-0 2; Henry,Courtney 1-2 0-0 2; Van Atta,Marissa 1-2 0-0 2; Grimsrud,Monica 0-4 0-0 0; Prevost,Lexi 0-0 0-0 0; Stavish,Vanessa 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-61 14-17 71.

Half: WWU 31, MSUB 28

3-point field goals — Western Washington 4-14 (Colard,Katie 2-4; Peacocke,Taylor 1-2; White,Jenni 1-4; Gandy,Kiana 0-1; Pounds,Marcel 0-1; Donaldson,Sydney

0-2), MSU Billings 3-13 (Breen,Alisha 2-5; Goggins,Kayleen 1-3; Henry,Courtney 0-1; Van Atta,Marissa 0-1; Grimsrud,Monica 0-1; Kane,Rylee 0-2). Fouled out--Western Washington-None, MSU Billings-None. Rebounds--Western Washington 26 (Peacocke,Taylor 7), MSU Billings 31 (Breen,Alisha 7; DePuydt,Annie 7). Assists--Western Washington 11 (Donaldson,Sydney 3; Hathaway,Aleisha 3), MSU Billings 17 (Breen,Alisha 6). Total fouls--Western Washington 16, MSU Billings 12. Technical fouls--Western Washington-None, MSU Billings-None. A-377

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