Front court players shine as Western rebounds with 87-72 win over Chadron State at NDSU tourney
Nov. 29, 2003
FARGO, N.D. - Forward Tessa DeBoer (Sr., Lynden/Lynden Christian) scored a game-high 22 points and center Jenn McGillivray (Sr., Salem, OR/South Salem) had 16 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds as Western Washington University defeated Chadron State College NE, 87-72, in second-day action Saturday at the North Dakota State University Women's Basketball Classic.
Western, which rebounded from a 77-64 loss to WBCA/USA Today/NCAA Division II No.2-ranked Bentley College MA on Friday, improved to 3-1. The Vikings also got 16 points from forward Tina Donahue (So., Stanwood).
Chadron State, which remained winless at 0-4, was led by guard Dwan Hereford with 14 points. Center Dawn Schreiber had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Eagles.
"I was really excited to see our team come out and play the type of defense that I know that we can play," said Western interim coach Sara Nichols. "We settled down and did the things we know best and got the ball inside."
Western used a 12-4 run with five points by Donahue to open up a 15-point lead, 44-29, with 3:17 left in the first half, and led, 48-36, at the intermission. The Vikings had a 14-6 run to open the second half, all the points scored by DeBoer, Donahue and McGillivray, to increase their lead to 20, 62-42, with 15:34 remaining in the game. The closest Chadron State got after that was 10, 71-61, with 6:48 to go.
Western shot 56.7 percent (17-30) from the field in the first half, and made 10-of-11 free throws (90.9 percent) in that period. The Vikings, who had a 46-34 advantage in rebounds, held Chadron State to 36.2 percent (21-of-58) floor accuracy for the game.
Guard Jodi Gerald (Jr., Puyallup/Cascade Christian) came off the bench to score 10 points for Western.
DeBoer, who was named to the all-tournament team, was 9-of-16 from the floor for the Vikings, McGillivray 7-of-10 and Donahue 5-of-11. Donahue had seven rebounds and DeBoer six.
Host and No.15-ranked North Dakota State defeated No.2 Bentley College MA, 70-66, in the championship game.
Western begins Great Northwest Athletic Conference play Thursday (7 p.m.), entertaining Northwest Nazarene University ID. Northwest Nazarene ended the Vikings' season a year ago with an 83-79 win in the first round of the West Regional.
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