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Western women win tournament crown

Tournament MVP Tia Briggs scored a game-high 16 points as the host Western Washington women’s basketball team defeated Northwest University 83-44 to claim top honors at the 17th annual Lynda Goodrich Classic.


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Tournament MVP Tia Briggs scored a game-high 16 points as the host Western Washington women’s basketball team defeated Northwest University 83-44 to claim top honors at the 17th annual Lynda Goodrich Classic.

It was the 22nd straight home-court victory for the Vikings (3-3). Guard Jenni White had 13 points, all in the first half, for WWU and had a game-high six assists.

The game was an exhibition for NWU (5-3). Domi Mendezona had 10 points and four assists for the Eagles.

Western Washington put the game out of reach with a 19-0 run to take a 45-22 lead at halftime.

Sarah Hill, Katie Colard and Kiana Gandy each had 10 points for WWU.

The Vikings had a 52-34 advantage in rebounds.

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 Dec. 7 at Simon Fraser.

Other women’s basketball

Jessica VanDyke posted her fourth 20-point game in five starts, and junior Courtney Johnson scored 19 points off the bench, but Central Washington saw its three-game winning streak snapped with an 80-75 loss to Colorado Christian in Nampa, Idaho. The Wildcats fell to 3-2 on the season, while CCU evened its record at 2-2.

CWU will remain on the road next week, opening GNAC play with visits to Saint Martin’s and Western Oregon.

From sports-information reports.



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