Viks return home after falling just short in national title game
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The historic season of the Western Washington University women's basketball team came to a close falling to Glenville State College 85-72 in the NCAA Division II National Championship Game Friday evening in Birmingham, Alabama.
Playing in its first national title game in the illustrious 51-seasons of program history, the Vikings concluded the 2021-22 campaign with a 25-6 record.
Matching up against the top scoring team in the nation, the Vikings had a two-point halftime lead at 46-44 and trailed by only one point at 61-60 with 2:13 remaining in the third quarter. The Pioneers completed the game on a 24-12 run, including a 9-0 spurt to pull away midway through the fourth quarter. Glenville State (35-1) outscored Western 41-26 in the second half to win the first national championship in school history.