Vikings become just 15th school in NCAA history to log 700 victories with 76-73 overtime triumph at Seattle U.

Tina Donahue

Jan. 17, 2004

Box Score

SEATTLE, Wash. - Guard Samantha Hubbard (So., Carbonado/White River) and forward Tina Donahue (So., Stanwood) hit back-to-back 3-pointers midway through overtime and Western Washington University hung on to defeat Seattle University, 76-73, and become the 15th NCAA school in all divisions to win 700 women's basketball games in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference game Saturday at Connolly Center.

The Vikings, who improved to 11-3 overall and 4-1 league, are just the fourth Division II school to reach the milestone, averaging 22 wins a season over the program's 33-year history. They were led by center Jenn McGillivray (Sr., Salem, OR/South Salem), who had a game-high 21 points, hitting 12-of-15 free throws.

Seattle, which dropped to 5-9 overall, 1-4 league, lost for the seventh straight time after a 5-2 start. The Redhawks have now dropped 15 straight in the series, not beating Western since the 1993-94 season.

Seattle was paced by forward Jade White with 20 points, 17 after halftime, and a game-high nine rebounds. Guard Ashley Payne added 18 points, 13 in the first half, for the Redhawks.

The 3-pointers by Hubbard and Donahue gave Western a 74-68 lead with 2:06 left in the extra period. Seattle, which did not make a field goal in overtime, hit five of six free throws to close to within one, 74-73, at 0:37. McGillivray made two free throws with four seconds to go to put the Vikings ahead by three, and Leah Welton's 3-pointer to tie just missed at the buzzer.

The Vikings, who did not lead in the second half, trailed by five points with 3:21 left in regulation. Kelly Colard (Jr., Elma) hit a 3-pointer to put Western within two, 67-65, at 1:48 and Donahue sent the game into overtime with a driving layin at 6.8 seconds.

Western trailed by 11 points midway through the first half following a 13-0 Redhawk run. The Vikings came right back with a 13-4 spurt and were behind by just two, 37-35, at halftime. Colard had 12 points and seven rebounds for Western. Forward Tessa DeBoer (Sr., Lynden/Lynden Christian) had 11 points and guard Devin Dykstra (Fr., Sumas/Nooksack Valley) came off the bench with 10 points on 4-of-5 field goal shooting, including two 3-pointers.

Forward Thresia Busch had 10 points and eight rebounds for Seattle, which had a 37-33 advantage on the boards. The Redhawks had 27 turnovers and Western 26.

Western hosts University of Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday (7 p.m.) in a GNAC counter.