Western wins, advances to Division II women’s semis

  • Herald news services
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2013 8:28pm
  • SportsSports

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Britt Harris scored a game-high 24 points, nine of them in overtime, as Western Washington defeated Nova Southeastern 80-76 on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division II women’s basketball tournament.

Western Washington plays Ashland in today’s semifinal game, which begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised on CBS Sportsnet and Root Sports Northwest.

Ashland (35-1) advanced with a 74-63 victory over Gannon.

Harris, who played at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, made 9-of-12 shots and had 10 rebounds as the No. 5-ranked Vikings improved to 29-3 with their 12th straight win.

Corinn Waltrip had 21 points and six assists for Western and forced overtime with a driving bank shot with nine seconds to play in regulation.

Tailor Jones led Nova Southeastern (23-9) with 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Vikings led by as many as 17 points in the first half and held a 42-29 lead at halftime after shooting 68.0 percent (17-of-25) from the field.

But Nova Southeastern rallied using defensive pressure that forced 29 WWU turnovers in the game. Trailing by eight, 62-54, with eight minutes to play, the Sharks ran off 10 straight points, taking a 64-62 lead on a Jones free throw with 4:05 left.

Neither team led by more than two in regulation after that. Amanda Burakoski’s jumper gave NSU a 68-66 lead with 1:33 left, but after both teams missed on their next possessions, Waltrip drove the right side and hit a bank shot of about eight feet to tie the score. NSU’s Meixandra Porter drove the length of the floor and missed a 12-footer, and Burakoski’s putback attempt was off left, forcing overtime.

More in Sports

U.S. women stun Canada in shootout to win hockey gold medal

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scores the game-winner as the Americans win their first gold since 1998.

It’s expensive, but hockey in Seattle will be worth your while

Pace of play has become an issue in most sports, but NHL hockey is full-steam, all-out action.

Art Thiel: UW is a nice story, but Pac-12 is embarrassing

The fact that the conference may have just two NCAA Tournament teams is a really bad look.

U.S. men’s hockey team eliminated in Olympic quarterfinals

The Americans lose to the Czech Republic 3-2 in a shootout

Blackmouth opener lives up to expectations

State creel checkers tallied roughly one chinook for every 2.5 Area 9 anglers on opening day.

Surprised by trade, Souza ready to help D-backs win

The former Cascade star will fill a key role in the outfield for an Arizona team that expects to contend.

BLOG: Canadiens call up former Silvertips captain Noah Juulsen

Noah Juulsen, who served as the captain of the Everett Silvertips last… Continue reading

Window opens for Seahawks to franchise tag DT Richardson

Seattle must decide whether to use the expensive tag or let the defensive tackle test free agency.

Cascade alum Souza traded from Rays to Diamondbacks

Arizona sends Brandon Drury to the Yankees in the three-team deal involving the former local prep star.

Most Read