43.1 F
Friday, December 4, 2020

Western women’s basketball sails to 20-point victory over Western Oregon

By Sydney Clanton


The Western women’s basketball team came out on top with a 20-point victory against Western Oregon University, Thursday, Feb. 1. The Vikings won at home 66-46 after being on the road for four consecutive games.

The Wolves battled the Vikings by ending the first quarter with a tie game, 16-16. The defensive intensity only continued to rise for both teams after halftime, with the Vikings only leading the Wolves by one point, 28-27.         

The Vikings (8-12, 4-8 GNAC) were able to shut down Western Oregon’s (8-10, 4-8 GNAC) offense in the second half with outstanding team defense. They held the Wolves to only nine points in the third quarter, opposed to the Vikings’ 19 points.

Senior Hannah Stipanovich shoots past a defender late in the third quarter. The Vikings blew out Western Oregon 66-46 Thursday, Feb. 1, at home. // Photo by Nic Ulmer

Both the Vikings and the Wolves are 4-8 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, making tonight’s victory crucial to the Vikings’ winning momentum. Western has won two consecutive GNAC games in a row after returning from a victory versus Alaska Fairbanks.

Stipanovich led the Vikings with 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists.

“We lost to Western Oregon on the road before [54-50] and that was kind of a bummer, so tonight I think everyone came out with some vengeance. Playing on our home court again felt good,” Senior forward Hannah Stipanovich said.

Stipanovich is the heart of the team and her energy on the court tonight greatly contributed to the team’s win, coach Carmen Dolfo said.

Dolfo is in her 27th season of coaching, leading the Vikings with a career record 569-219.

Redshirt freshman Gracie Castaneda makes a layup midway through the third quarter. The Vikings blew out Western Oregon 66-46 Thursday, Feb. 1, at home. // Photo by Nic Ulmer

“We struggled in the begging of the game, I felt, like defending the drive. Western Oregon does a good job of attacking the basket. I thought our team did a good job of helping each other and not leaving each other alone.” Dolfo said.

The Vikings played tough man-to-man defense for a majority of the game, causing the Wolves to only shoot 31 percent from the field tonight. The Vikings shot 48.3 percent from the field, allowing them to cruise their way to a 20-point victory.

Freshman Emma Duff also stood out on the court tonight with a career-high 15 points. She additionally contributed four assists and six rebounds to the Vikings.  

Senior Hannah Stipanovich gives fans a wave as the Vikings head to the locker room after the game. The Vikings blew out Western Oregon 66-46 Thursday, Feb. 1, at home. // Photo by Nic Ulmer

“We just really worked together tonight. When we played in Western Oregon there wasn’t any real team chemistry,” Duff said. “This time we shared the ball and found the right holes. It was a fun game to play.”

The Vikings face off against Concordia Saturday, Feb. 3, in Sam Carver Gymnasium, at 7 p.m. The Vikings are hungry for another home-game win after previously losing to Concordia 70-61 January 4.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.



Zoom bombing halts Shred the Contract meeting

Tougher security will help stop future zoom bombings Generic zoom photo

Holiday shopping could make or break small business during the pandemic

A gift guide to popular Bellingham businesses Local ingredients at Clara’s Canning...

Best sports memories from notable Bellingham figures

Stanford’s David Shaw, others recall favorite Bellingham moments. WWU’s 1996...

Latest News

Laura Wagner and Althea Frye selected as the first co-vice chairs of the AS Senate

The vote came to a 10-10 tie, leaving decision to AS Senate Pro-Tempore

Western Volleyball signs new recruits

During the early signing period, the Western Volleyball Team signed three new recruits for the 2021-22 season.

COVID-19 cases surge across Whatcom County as holidays grow closer

Cases nearly tripled since last month This graph shows the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Whatcom...

Western students save $44.79 on student fees

Board of Trustees pass 7.5% reduction for winter 2021, less than fall 2020 11.4% reduction  Students will...

Work on changing systems instead of yourself

Clothes dryers in WWU’s Birnam Wood main laundry room.  // Photo by Sadie Fick By Sadie Fick

More Articles Like This