Western wins GNAC opener, 71-58 over Seattle U.
Dec. 4, 2004
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Forward Tina Donahue (Jr., Stanwood) scored a game-high 23 points as Western Washington University defeated Seattle University, 71-58, in a women's college basketball game Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium. It was the Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener for both schools.
Donahue was the only player to score in double figures for the Vikings, who improved to 4-1 with their fourth straight win despite having just one field goal in the last 15 minutes. Guard Jodi Gerald (Sr., Puyallup/Cascade Christian) contributed eight points and had a game-high 13 rebounds.
Seattle fell to 3-4. Jessica Swenson had 10 points and eight rebounds and Ashley Payne had 10 points for the Redhawks, who have dropped 17 straight series meetings to Western, not beating the Vikings since the 1993-94 season.
Western trailed only at 3-2, opening up a 21-9 lead with 8:26 to go in the first half. The Vikings held a 38-26 advantage at halftime, and were up by 20, 48-28, with 17 minutes left.
Seattle used a 20-6 run, with center Chantell Burch scoring seven of the points, to close to within six, 54-48, with 10:22 to go. But the Redhawks then went scoreless for more than eight minutes, and Western ran off 12 straight points, 10 of them on free throws, to put the game out of reach.
The Vikings overcame season-low 36.4 percent (16-of-44) field-goal shooting by holding Seattle to 32.3 percent (21-of-65) from the field, and by hitting 37-of-50 free throws (74.0 percent), the makes and attempts both being school records. Donahue was 12-of-16 at the line, and also was 5-of-10 from the field.
It was the third time in five games Donahue had scored 23 or more points. She is averaging 19.6 points on the season.
Western competes in the California Collegiate Athletic Association/GNAC Challenge Classic next weekend, meeting host San Francisco State on Friday (8 p.m.) and Sonoma State on Saturday (6 p.m.).
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