Giving thanks, handing out Ls
While many students went home for turkey dinners, Western women’s basketball competed in the Lynda Goodrich Classic over Thanksgiving break, winning both of its games and improving to 5-1 on the season.
Western’s first win came Friday, Nov. 25, over Notre Dame de Namur University, 77-64 at Whatcom Pavilion.
Senior center Tia Briggs recorded her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Taylor Peacocke led the team in scoring with 24 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter. Forward Kiana Gandy also hit double digits during the game, adding 11 points to the team’s final score.
The Vikings extended its win streak to three games on Saturday, Nov. 26, with a 89-57 blowout victory over Holy Names University. Peacocke led the team with 20 points and Junior forward Hannah Stipanovich added 15 points. Senior guard Jessica Valley notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Vikings never trailed the Hawks, shooting 50 percent from the field and converting 28 of 39 free throw attempts.
Peacocke averaged 22 points-per-game and was named co-MVP of the invitational along with junior forward Elin Johansson of Saint Martin’s University. Peacocke averaged seven rebounds and four assists over the two games. She also earned MVP honors at the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic and the West Region Crossover Classic.
Now with 1,340 career points, Peacocke is Western’s ninth most prolific career scorer.
The Vikings will begin Great Northwest Athletic Conference play with two games in Alaska. Western will play University of Alaska Fairbanks at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, before taking on the University of Alaska Anchorage at 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 3.