No. 14 Western Washington rolls past No.8 UC-San Diego 69-51
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Tournament MVP Britt Harris had 12 of her game-high 16 points in the second half as Western Washington defeated UC-San Diego 69-51 in the championship game of the West Region Crossover Classic between two nationally ranked women's basketball teams Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The Vikings, ranked No.14, improved to 2-0.
No.8 rated UC-San Diego fell to 1-4. Daisy Feder and Emily Osga each had 11 points for the Tritons, who shot just 32.1 percent (17-of-51) from the field.
WWU held a 34-30 lead early in the second half, then broke the game open with a 16-2 run to take a 50-32 advantage with 12:38 to play. Harris had eight points in the charge. The lead was never less than 16 after that.
Guard Corinn Waltrip and guard Trishi Williams each had 14 points for the Vikings, who shot 62.5 percent (15-of-24) from the field in the second half.
WWU opened the game by hitting three of its first four 3-point attempts and jumped to a 14-4 lead less than six minutes into the contest, but the Tritons chipped away at the margin and eventually pulled within one, 27-26, at halftime.
Both teams were cold from the field in the opening half, with the Vikings shooting 25.9 percent (22-of-51) and the Tritons 30.8 (8-of-26).
Harris was joined on the all-tournament team by Sydney Donaldson of WWU, Feder and Osga of UC-San Diego, Katie Benson of Seattle Pacific and Amanda Sims of Azusa Pacific. SPU defeated APU 76-74 in overtime in Saturday's first game.