BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Tournament MVP Tia Briggs (Fr., Tacoma/Wilson) scored a game-high 16 points as the Western Washington University women’s basketball team defeated Northwest University, 83-44, to claim top honors at the 17th annual Lynda Goodrich Classic in final-day action Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
It was the 22nd straight home court victory for the Vikings, who improved to 3-3. Guard Jenni White (Jr., Spokane/East Valley) had 13 points, all in the first half, for WWU, and had a game-high six assists.
The contest was an exhibition contest for NWU, which is 5-3 in counting games. Domi Mendezona had 10 points and four assists for the Eagles.
WWU never trailed, but the score was tied at 13-13 six minutes in, and the Vikings led by just three, 22-19, with less than nine minutes left in the first half. WWU then put the contest out of reach with a 19-0 run, holding the Eagles scoreless for more than seven minutes and enabling the Vikings to take a 45-22 lead at halftime.
Sarah Hill (Sr., Richmond, VA/Lloyd C. Bird), Katie Colard (Jr., McCleary/Elma) andKiana Gandy (R-Fr., DesMoines/Mount Rainier) each had 10 points for WWU.
The Vikings had a 52-34 advantage in rebounds, with Rachel Albert (Fr., Bellingham/Sehome) having a game-high 10, and held Northwest to just 27.6 percent field-goal shooting (16-of-58).
The victory was the 12th straight for WWU at the Goodrich Classic, and its 31st in 34 games overall. The Vikings have tied or won 15 of the 17 tourney titles
Briggs was joined on the all-tournament team by White, Hill, Sanda Milovic of Northwest, Chelsea Haskey of Saint Martin’s and Shelly Kilcup of Pacific Lutheran.
WWU opens Great Northwest Athletic Conference action Saturday, Dec. 7 (7:30 p.m.), traveling to Simon Fraser University.