Vikings come back to defeat Simon Fraser, 87-81, in exhibition game
Nov. 1, 2003
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Forward Tessa DeBoer (Sr., Lynden/Lynden Christian) had 24 points and 12 rebounds, both game highs, and center Jenn McGillivray (Sr., Salem, OR/South Salem) added 22 points as Western Washington University defeated Simon Fraser University, 87-81, in an exhibition women's basketball game Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium.
The Vikings, who also got 14 points from guard Kelly Colard (Jr., Elma/Whatcom CC), trailed by eight points, 74-66, with 5:06 left in the game and starting point guard Samantha Hubbard (So., Carbonado/White River) out of the contest with five fouls.
But Western outscored the Clan, 21-7, over that stretch, taking the lead for good with 42 seconds left on a pair of free throws by Tina Donahue (So., Stanwood). Colard had seven points during the run.
Simon Fraser, which was ranked No.2 in the Canadian Interuniversity Preseason Poll, had four players score in double figures, led by guard Kelsie Thu with 20 points. Guard Dani Langford and forward Lisa Sigurdson each had 18 and forward Laura van den Boogard 14.
Western shot 52.7 percent (29-of-55) from the field to Simon Fraser's 40.3 percent (25-of-62). McGillivray was 8-of-11 from the floor and DeBoer 8-of-13. DeBoer also made 8-of-9 free throws.
The Vikings had 20 turnovers to the Clan's eight.
Western got out to an 18-10 lead, but Simon Fraser came back to tie the score at 40-all at halftime.
The Vikings host the P&P Lady Express in an exhibition game on Nov. 13 (7 p.m.).
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