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WWU wins another thriller, beats Central Washington, 62-61

Center Kayla Bernsen scored the last of her team-high 19 points on a putback with 1.3 seconds left, lifting Western Washington University to a 62-61 triumph over Central Washington University on Saturday, Feb. 7, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball contest at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

The Vikings improved to 15-7 overall and 9-4 in the GNAC with their ninth win in their last 11 games. It was the second straight dramatic triumph for WWU, which beat Northwest Nazarene, 70-69, on Thursday on a shot at the buzzer by Sydney Donaldson.

Jasmine Parker had a game and season-high 22 points for Central, which fell to 11-10 overall and 6- 7 in conference play. Courtney Johnson added 19 points for the Wildcats.

Parker had given CWU a 61-59 lead on a driving layin with 45.6 seconds left. WWU’s Katie Colard drove and had a shot blocked, forcing the Vikings to foul with 19 seconds left.

Central’s Ericka Locker missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and Colard drove again, and was fouled while shooting. A 94 percent foul shooter, Colard hit the first free throw. The second rimmed out, but Bernsen, the only Viking on the lane, grabbed the rebound and her 3-foot putback rolled in over the front of the rim with 1.3 seconds remaining.

The Wildcats had one final shot, but Melanie Valdez’s shot from the center circle was straight, but short of the rim.

The Vikings had trailed by as much as 10 points early the second half, and Bernsen’s basket gave them their only post-halftime lead.

“Central played really well, but we hung in and chipped away,” WWU coach Carmen Dolfo said in a news release. “Kayla has been playing outstanding, and she ripped the rebound and put it back in.”

Colard was the only other Viking in double figures with 16 points.

The Wildcats held a 32-29 lead at halftime, then opened the second half with an 11-4 run, with Parker getting the first eight points, to take a 43-33 lead with 15:50 to play.

CWU stayed in front until two Colard free throws with 2:48 left tied the score at 57-57. Valdez put the Wildcats back in front with a driving layin, but a Bernsen post-up tied the score at 59-59 with 1:19 remaining.

WESTERN WASHINGTON 62, CENTRAL WASHINGTON 61

CENTRAL WASHINGTON (11-10, 6-7 GNAC)

Parker,Jasmine 9-18 4-5 22; Johnson,Courtney 7-13 0-0 19; Edwards,Jasmin 3-9 4-4 10; Valdez,Melanie 3-5 2-2 8; Matheson,India 0-1 2-2 2; Shine,Hannah 0-2 0-0 0; Locker,Ericka 0-3 0-1 0; Berrysmith,Alexis 0-0 0-0 0; Heath,Chantel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-51 12-14 61.

WESTERN WASHINGTON (15-7, 9-4 GNAC)

Bernsen,Kayla 8-15 3-4 19; Colard,Katie 5-12 3-4 16; White,Jenni 4-9 1-2 9; Briggs,Tia 3-6 1-4 7; Gandy,Kiana 3-6 0-0 6; Pounds,Marcel 1-3 0-0 3; Peacocke,Taylor 1-7 0-0 2; Donaldson,Sydney 0-4 0-0 0; Hathaway,Aleisha 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-62 8-14 62.

Half: CWU 32, WWU 29

3-point field goals — Central Washington 5-12 (Johnson,Courtney 5-8; Edwards,Jasmin 0-1; Valdez,Melanie 0-1; Shine,Hannah 0-2), Western Washington 4-14

(Colard,Katie 3-7; Pounds,Marcel 1-1; Gandy,Kiana 0-1; Peacocke,Taylor 0-2; White,Jenni 0-3). Fouled out--Central Washington-None, Western Washington None. Rebounds--Central Washington 32 (Parker,Jasmine 14), Western Washington 34 (Gandy,Kiana 7). Assists--Central Washington 14 (Edwards,Jasmin 9), Western Washington 10 (Donaldson,Sydney 3; White,Jenni 3). Total fouls--Central Washington 14, Western Washington 15. Technical

fouls--Central Washington-None, Western Washington-None. A-896

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