Battered Vikings grab third straight victory, defeat Alaska Fairbanks, 81-57
Jan. 22, 2004
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Forward Tessa DeBoer (Sr., Lynden/Lynden Christian) scored 21 points, hitting 8-of-10 shots from the field, as Western Washington University defeated University of Alaska Fairbanks, 81-57, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball game Thursday at Sam Carver Gymnasium.
The Vikings, who improved to 12-3 overall and 5-1 in the GNAC with their third straight victory, also got 18 points and a game-high nine rebounds from center Jenn McGillivray (Sr., Salem, OR/South Salem).
Western finished the game with just seven healthy players, as starting guard Kelly Colard (Jr., Elma) and reserve center Krystal Robinson (Kent/Kentridge) each left the contest with knee injuries, Colard's coming just 40 seconds into the game, and center Stephanie Dressel (So., Gig Harbor) dressed but did not play due to a stress fracture in her foot.
Alaska Fairbanks, which dropped to 6-9 overall, 2-5 in conference play, lost for the eighth consecutive time following a 6-1 start. The Nanooks were led by center Karen Rabung, who came off the bench to score 14 points in 21 minutes. Forward Adrienne Taalak added 12 points.
The Nanooks held a 9-7 lead after six minutes, but Western ran off 17 straight points to start a 25-4 charge that gave the Vikings a 32-13 lead with 4:27 left in the first half. Western, which led 41-24 at the half, led by between 16 and 25 points the entire second half.
Western has now won all seven of its home games this season, running its winning streak at Carver Gym to 13. Over the last five seasons, the Vikings have won 57 of 61 games (93.4 percent) at home and they are 330-55 (85.7 percent) in 32 years playing at Carver Gym.
Western shot 53.7 percent (29-of-54) from the floor, 50.0 percent (5-10) from 3-point range, and 85.7 percent (18-of-21) at the free throw line.
The Vikings host University of Alaska Anchorage on Saturday (3 p.m.) in a GNAC counter.
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