WWU Vikings

WWU women’s basketball fall short with rally

Junior guard Taylor Peacocke scored a team-high 20 points and senior center Kayla Bernsen recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as Western Washington University dropped a 69-65 contest to host Humboldt State on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the West Region Challenge in Arcata, Calif.

The Vikings evened their season record at 1-1 after opening the season Friday with a dominating 97-51 win over Fresno Pacific. Humboldt State evened its season record at 1-1 with the victory.

Peacocke was 10 for 18 from the field and added four steals while playing all 40 minutes.

Bernsen was 5 for 12 from the floor and a perfect 5 for 5 from the free throw line while playing 27 minutes. The first-team preseason All-GNAC selection missed most of the preseason with a broken bone in her finger.

Junior forward Kiana Gandy contributed 18 points, one off her career high, and had six rebounds.

WWU out-scored the Lumberjacks 36-33 in the second half, but couldn’t overcome the 36-29 deficit in the first two quarters.

Humboldt State was led by a game-high 22 points from sophomore guard Kiana Brown, a transfer from Eastern Washington University. Brown hit 5-of-7 3-pointers as the Lumberjacks were 8 for 15 (53.3 percent) for the game from beyond the arc.