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WWU Junior center Anna Schwecke scored 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting vs. Trinity Western. PHOTO: WWU Athletics

Vikings Open Preseason With 89-55 Win over Trinity Western

October 23, 2018 

BELLINGHAM, Wash – Western Washington University junior guard Dani Iwami scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Vikings to an 89-55 exhibition victory over Trinity Western University Monday night on WECU Court in Carver Gym.


The result and statistics from the game do not count towards the official 2018-19 record, with the regular season opening Nov. 9-10 with WWU hosting the West Region Crossover Classic in Carver Gym.


Iwami (Seal Beach, CA/Los Alamitos/Hawai'i Pacific) was 10-for-16 from the field and went 4-for-6 from 3-point range to lead three Vikings in double-figure scoring.


Junior center Anna Schwecke (Evergreen, CO/Clear Creek/Colorado-Colorado Springs) added 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting and grabbed 4 rebounds.


Freshman guard Avery Dykstra (Lynden, WA/Lynden Christian) added 12 points on 3-for-6 shooting, going 2-for-5 from beyond the arc and 4-for-6 from the free throw line.


All 10 Vikings that played scored at least 3 points. Sophomore guard Emma Duff (Tumwater, WA/Black Hills) recorded a team-high 7 rebounds and junior guard Lexie Bland (Ellensburg, WA) dished out 4 assists and had 5 steals.


The Vikings and Spartans were tied after the first quarter, with Iwami leading all scorers with 8 points on 3-for-4 shooting.


TWU opened the second quarter on a 7-2 run to take a 24-19 lead, but the Vikings answered with a 16-0 run over the final 6:37 to take a 35-24 lead into halftime. Schwecke, Bland and Iwami scored 4 points apiece during the 16-0 run, with the defense holding the Spartans to 0-for-5 shooting.


WWU out-scored TWU 70-31 from the 6:37 mark in the second quarter through the end of the game. Overall the Vikings shot 45.7% from the field (32-for-70) and were 9-for-25 (36.0%) from 3-point range.


Trinity Western was led by 14 points and 9 rebounds from senior forward Tessa Ratzlaff. Freshman guard Nicole Fransson added 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting in 19 minutes of action.


WWU will next be in action with the season-opening West Region Crossover Nov. 9-10 in Carver Gym. WWU will open the season facing Humboldt State on Nov. 9 at 7:30 pm, immediately following the Seattle Pacific vs. Fresno Pacific game that is set to start at 5 pm on WECU Court.

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