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Hot Shooting Night Lifts Western Over Evergreen Vikings shoot school-record 71.9 percent from the field

December 13, 2004

Bellingham, WA - Keyed by shooting a school-record 71.9 percent from the field, Western Washington University defeated The Evergreen State College, 98-71, in a women's college basketball game Monday at Sam Carver Gymnasium.
Evergreen, which had a three-game victory string snapped, fell to 4-5 overall. Forward Jenny Olson and guard Dalia Gomez each had 17 points for the Geoducks.

It was the seventh straight win for the Vikings, who improved to 7-1 overall and 5-0 at home. Center Courtney Clapp led Western with 19 points.

The Vikings made 41-of-57 shots from the field, with 36 of the field goals coming from the key, and were 21-of-25 (82.0 percent) in the second half. They were also 15-of-18 (83.3 percent) on free throws.

Western scored the first nine points of the game and never trailed, opening up a 33-13 lead with 7:26 left in the first half. But the Geoducks rallied, closing to within 11, 45-34, at halftime, and narrowing the margin to 10 three times in the second half, the last one being at 76-66 with 5:17 left.

Evergreen was 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) on 3-pointers, with Gomez hitting 5-of-7. Heather Hyde chipped in ten points and six assists, but the Geoducks had no answer for the Vikings inside players as Tina Donahue and reserve center Krystal Robinson each had 17 points for Western. Donahue grabbed a game-high seven rebounds and dished out six assists, and Robinson blocked three shots. Guard Samantha Hubbard had a career-high 10 assists for the Vikings, with seven of them setting up fast-break layins.

Evergreen will open conference play Friday night as they host Eastern Oregon at 5:30 p.m. with the Evergreen men taking on Eastern at 7:30.