WWU Vikings

Peacocke leads WWU women to victory

Western Washington junior point guard Taylor Peacocke scored a season-high 24 points and the Vikings led wire-to-wire in a 69-58 victory over Simon Fraser University on Tuesday, Jan. 19, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball contest.

The Vikings improved to 12-5 overall and gained sole possession of first place in the GNAC with an 8-1 league mark. WWU has won 11 of its last 13 games after opening the season 1-3. Simon Fraser had its three-game winning streak snapped to fall to 7-7 overall and 5-4 in GNAC play.

Peacocke was 9 for 11 from the field and hit a career-high four 3-pointers (4 for 5) to lead three Vikings in double-digits scoring. Peacocke left the game late in the fourth quarter after being hit in the head by the ball on a deflected pass.

Senior center Kayla Bernsen notched her fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. She also recorded a career-high-tying five blocked shots. Junior forward Tia Briggs added 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field.

“I thought tonight we did a really nice job defensively and contended their three-pointers, which is their strength,” WWU coach Carmen Dolfo said in a news release. “It was a great team win where I thought we played together on offense and committed to winning the game with our defense.”

WWU led 29-25 at halftime, but came out with a dominating third quarter out-scoring the Clan 28-19 to take a 13-point lead at 57-44. Peacocke scored 12 points in the third quarter, going a perfect 4 for 4 from the field including three 3-pointers. Briggs added nine points in the quarter for the Vikings.

The Clan were led by 21 points from Rachel Fradgley on 9-for-18 shooting and 11 points from Alisha Roberts.