BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Center Britt Harris scored on a layup at the buzzer to lift No. 11 Western Washington to a 59-57 victory against No. 7 Simon Fraser in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest featuring two nationally ranked foes.
Harris had 14 points, 12 in the second half, to help the Vikings improve to 11-2 overall and 5-0 in the GNAC with their fifth consecutive triumph.
Simon Fraser had an eight-game winning streak snapped and fell to 11-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, who leads DII nationally in field goal percentage (68.4) and is second in rebounds (12.8), had 14 points and 21 rebounds for the Clan. That improved her GNAC record for double-doubles to 52.
The score was tied at 53 entering the final minute before the two teams, who went scoreless the first 3:55 of the game, combined to score on five consecutive possessions.
Forward Sarah Hill put the Vikings in front with a lay-in with 53.5 seconds left, but Raincock-Ekunwe answered on a post- up to even the score at 55 with 41.4 to play.
Harris then hit a jumper from the right baseline with 13.8 seconds remaining, but Raincock responded again with a reverse layup with 5.1 left.
The Vikings did not take a time out, and guard Corinn Waltrip raced up the middle of the floor, and while stumbling as she reached the foul line, fed Harris for a right-side layup as time expired.
Forward Trishi Williams had 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists for WWU. Williams tied the game at 53 on a fastbreak layin with 1:53 to play, and assisted on WWU’s first two field goals of the final minute.
Guard Katie Colard had 11 points for the Vikings, and Hill added 10.
Guard Kristina Collins scored 13 points for SFU, and forward Erin Chambers contributed 11.
SFU had a 29-23 lead at halftime. The Clan held WWU scoreless for more than six minutes to start the contest before Jenni White hit a 3-pointer, and SFU eventually opened up a 19-12 lead, the biggest of the game, with 5:16 left in the half.
The Vikings are now 7-0 at home this season and have won their last 11 Carver Gym contests overall.
It was the sixth consecutive series win for WWU, which holds a 39-31 advantage.