Despite 15 points from guard Jenni White, Western Washington University completed a grueling stretch of road games with a 72-68 loss to nationally ranked Seattle Pacific University on Saturday, Jan. 31, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball contest at Royal Brougham Pavilion on the SPU campus.
The Vikings, who have played their last four games on the road, travelling roughly 5,300 miles, fell to 13-7 overall and 7-4 in the GNAC with just their second loss in the last nine contests.
Aubree Callen had a game-high 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Falcons, ranked No.22 in this week’s USA Today Sports/NCAA Division II Top 25. The Falcons improved to 16-3 overall and 8-3 in GNAC play.
The score was tied at 51-51 with nine minutes left, the ninth tie of the contest, but SPU went on a 12-4 run to take a 63-55 lead with 5:32 to play. The Vikings closed within two points, 65-63, on two Taylor Peacocke free throws with 3:12 to play, but never got that close again as on the next two SPU offensive trips, Callen converted a 3-point play, then hit a jump shot, both after the Falcons had grabbed offensive rebounds.
The lead changed hands 11 times in the opening half, with SPU holding a 31-29 lead at halftime.
WWU, which entered the game leading NCAA Division II in field-goal shooting at 48.8 percent, shot 43.9 percent (25 of 57) Saturday. SPU hit 48.3 percent (28 of 58).
Peacocke finished with 14 points for WWU. Kayla Bernsen had 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, and Sydney Donaldson contributed 11 points.