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Clayton State athletics | January 3, 2014

Clayton State opens New Year with 77-67 win against Armstrong

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Clayton State opened the New Year with a bang Thursday defeating Armstrong 77-67 in Peach Belt Conference action.

The senior duo of guard Bena Hanyard and forward Shacamra Jackson led the attack with each player posting a double-double. Hanyard finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Jackson finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.

Leading 60-50 with 5:25 left in the contest, the Lakers held off a late Armstrong run to capture the victory. The Pirates cut the deficit to 66-63 on a 3-pointer by Tyler Carlson with less than two minutes remaining, but Clayton State went on an 11-4 run to seal the victory. Center Andrea Benford had a basket and a free throw, while Hanyard drained eight free throws to close the game. 

Western Washington 84, No. 9 Seattle Pacific 77

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Guard Katie Colard scored a career- and game-high 25 points, hitting 5 of 7 3-pointers as Western Washington upset nationally-ranked Seattle Pacific 84-77 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference game on Thursday at Royal Brougham Pavilion.

The Vikings, who have played just two of their first 10 games at home, improved to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in GNAC play with their second consecutive win. They also got a career-high 16 points from center Sarah Hill, who also contributed four rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals.

SPU, ranked No.9 in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II/Top 25 Poll, fell to 8-3 overall and 1-2 in conference action. The Falcons, who have dropped three of their last four games after a 7-0 start, got 18 points from guard Suzanna Ohlsen and forward Katie Benson had 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

With the score tied at 67-all with under seven minutes remaining, Colard put the Vikings ahead to stay at 70-67 on a 3-pointer at 6:27. That began a stretch in which she scored 12 of WWU's last 17 points, including six in a row for a 79-73 lead with 2:16 to go.

SPU never got closer than three after that. The Falcons, which was ahead by seven points three times during the opening 12 minuts, led 44-43 at halftime on a jumper by Betsy Kingma with two seconds left.

WWU never trailed after Hill connected on a 3-pointer 20 seconds into the second half to a 46-44 advantage.

Colard was 7 of 9 from the floor and made 6 of 7 free throws.

Jenni White and Taylor Peacocke each scored 11 points for the Vikings, who shot 50.0 percent (28-of-56) from the field and 56.3 percent (9 of 16) from 3-point range. White also had a game-high six assists.

Center Maddey Pflaumer and Kingma each had 12 points for SPU, which had a 40-26 rebound advantage.