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Western Washington women knock off No. 9 SPU

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Katie Colard scored 25 points, including 12 in the last eight minutes as Western Washington knocked off the No. 9 ranked Seattle Pacific 84-77 at Brougham Pavilion.

Suzanna Ohlsen led Seattle Pacific (8-3, 1-2 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) with 18 points and Katie Benson added 17.

The Falcons managed just one field goal in the final 4:20 after closing to 72-7.

Western Washington (5-5, 1-1 GNAC) outscored SPU 12-5 the rest of the way.

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• Eastern Washington used a 15-4 run late in the second half to defeat visiting Weber State 78-67 in a Big Sky contest. Hayley Hodgins had a season-high 22 points for Eastern (5-6, 1-1 Big Sky).

Men’s basketball

• Despite a game-high 28 points from David Downs, the No. 11 Seattle Pacific men lost 74-70 at Western Oregon.

The Falcons (11-3) had their four-game winning streak stopped and fell to 2-1 in GNAC play.

Rodney Webster and Marwan Sarhan each scored 17 points to lead WOU (9-4, 2-1).

Downs made 5 of 9 shots from three-point range and is shooting 57 percent (45 of 79) beyond the arc this season. The senior point guard moved into the No. 6 spot among all-time SPU scorers with 1,420 career points.

• Western Washington guard Richard Woodworth had 24 points, reaching the 1,000-point mark in career scoring, leading the No. 15 Vikings to a 104-89 win at No. 23 Alaska Anchorage.

Center Austin Bragg had game-highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Vikings (9-2, 3-0 GNAC). Alaska Anchorage fell to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in the GNAC.

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