Women's Basketball 2015-16

Submitted by gallagm7 on Mon, 08/29/2016 - 5:15pm

Finished 2nd in the GNAC with a 16-4 league mark and were 20-9 overall…lost to No. 3 seed Montana State Billings in the semifinal of the GNAC Tournament…recorded 33rd 20-win season in the 45-year history of the program…19th 20-win season under head coach Carmen Dolfo…played all home games at Whatcom Community College (9 G) and Skagit Valley College (1G)…did not play a non-conference home game and played 20 of 29 games away from Bellingham…went 8-2 in home games, 8-4 on the road and 4-3 at neutral sites…started the season 1-3, but went 19-6 the rest of the season…season-high 7-game winning streak Jan. 28-Feb. 16…Dolfo recorded her 519th career victory Dec. 3 vs. Alaska becoming the winningest head coach in WWU history passing Brad Jackson (518-279)…team ranked 5th in NCAA II with a 47.1 field goal percentage…beat No. 3 and eventual national runner-up Alaska Anchorage 71-62 on Dec. 5…Kayla Bernsen (1st Team/Defensive Player of the Year), Taylor Peacocke (1st Team, unanimous) and Kiana Gandy (Honorable Mention) were named GNAC All-Stars…Bernsen led the GNAC and ranked 4th in NCAA II with 3.03 blocks per game (88 total blocks)…Bernsen tied the WWU career record with 122 games played and ended her career 3rd in blocked shots (203) and 24th in scoring (1,021 points)…became the 4th player in GNAC history to log at least 1,000 points, 650 rebounds and 200 blocks in a career…totaled 9 double-doubles (16 in her career) to rank 2nd in the GNAC…Peacocke scored in double-digits in all 28 of her games played (missed one game due to concussion) and was 3rd in the GNAC averaging 16.8 points per game (T8th in WWU single-season history)…joined the 1,000-point club Jan. 28 vs. Western Oregon and heads into her senior season 12th in WWU history with 1,195 career points…Peacocke recorded 6th-best free throw pct. in program history at 86.3% (69-for-80)…WWU had three of the top 20 scorers in the league: Peacocke (3rd/16.8), Bernsen (15th/11.9), Gandy (19th/11.5)…Aleisha Hathaway ranked 6th in the GNAC in assists (3.8 apg) and steals (2.0 spg)…Tia Briggs finished 2nd in the GNAC in FG% (53.8) and 17th in rebounding (5.0 rpg)…Briggs missed 6 games from Jan. 28-Feb. 13 with mononucleosis.

GNAC Player of the Week:
Dec. 14-20 - Aleisha Hathaway
Feb. 8-14 - Kayla Bernsen

​GNAC All-Conference:
Kayla Bernsen, C, Sr. (1st team/Defensive Player of the Year)
Taylor Peacocke, G, Jr. (1st team)
Kiana Gandy, F, Jr. (Honorable Mention)

GNAC All-Academic:
Rachel Albert, Jr., 3.33 (Kinesiology)
Aleisha Hathaway, Jr., 3.56 (Psychology & Biology)
Taylor Peacocke, Jr., 3.63 (Sociology)

Top Scoring Performances:
Taylor Peacocke, 32 points (2/6 at Northwest Nazarene) – T14th-most in WWU history
Taylor Peacocke, 24 points (1/19 vs. Simon Fraser)
Aleisha Hathaway, 24 points (12/19 vs. Quincy)
Kiana Gandy, 23 points (2/27 at Alaska)
Kiana Gandy, 22 points (11/27 vs. Hawai'i Pacific)
Kayla Bernsen, 22 points (11/21 vs. UC San Diego)

GNAC Rankings:
Kayla Bernsen: Blocked Shots (1st/3.03 per game, 88 total), Rebounds (4th/8.1 per game), FG% (4th/53.5), Scoring (15th/11.9 ppg)
Taylor Peacocke: Scoring (3rd/16.8 ppg), Free Throw % (3rd/86.3), Steals (5th/2.0), 3-Pt FG% (3rd/43.6), Assists (13th/2.7), Minutes (5th/35.8)
Aleisha Hathaway: Steals (6th/2.0 per game), Assists (6th/3.8), 3-Pt FG% (4th/40.9), Assist-to-Turnover (5th/1.4)
Tia Briggs: Scoring (26th/9.7 ppg), FG% (2nd/53.8), Rebounds (17th/5.0)
Kiana Gandy: Assists (9th/3.3 per game), Minutes (7th/32.4), Scoring (19thh/11.5 ppg)