Senior guard Taylor Peacocke’s clutch 4-point play with 1:25 left propelled the No. 17 Western women’s basketball team to their ninth straight win.
The Vikings earned a 63-59 victory over Montana State University Billings Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Whatcom Pavilion.
“I had faith in [the shot]. I think any shooter will tell you anytime they put the ball up, they think it’s going in.”
Trailing 59-57, Peacocke made a heavily contested 3-pointer in front of Western’s bench and drew a foul. She then made the free throw to put the Vikings ahead 61-59.
“I had faith in [the shot],” Peacocke said. “I think any shooter will tell you anytime they put the ball up, they think it’s going in.”
Western’s head coach Carmen Dolfo said the play was huge.
“I think it would have been pretty tough if we didn’t have that [shot] to win the ball game,” Dolfo said.
Western squandered a 15-point lead in the second quarter. Montana State Billings revved it up in the second half, exchanging blow-for-blow with Western, eventually taking a 53-51 lead with 6:08 left to play.
Four lead changes during the following five minutes ended with Peacocke’s decisive 3-pointer and free throw, giving Western the lead for good.
“I don’t think we played one of our better games,” Dolfo said. “We did what we needed to to win. We need to do a better job of moving the ball and being in a flow together on offense.”
Peacocke, the NCAA Division II leading scorer, had a game-high 27 points.
The victory extended Western’s win streak to nine games. The Vikings are second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with a 14-3 overall record and 9-1 record in their conference.
In their next game, the Vikings face Western Oregon University Thursday, Jan. 26, in Monmouth, Oregon.