Both WWU men's and women's hoops teams in Elite Eight

Both WWU men's and women's hoops teams in Elite Eight

Credit: Nick Gonzales / Western Athletics

Western's men's basketball team hoists the NCAA II West Regional trophy after the game. Western Washington University men's basketball team defeated Seattle Pacific University 62-58, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, during the NCAA II West Regional final at WWU in Bellingham

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Updated Sunday, Mar 24 at 11:40 AM

For the first time in school history, Western Washington University will send both its men's and women's basketball teams to their respective NCAA Division II Elite Eight Championships.

The Vikings have a combined record of 58-5. They are both ranked among the top five nationally in their respective Division II polls, the men fourth and the women fifth, and each won a regional title and took the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season championship with a 17-1 record.

Together, WWU's hoop teams have a winning percentage of 92.1.

The defending NCAA II national champion WWU men are 30-2. Their 24-0 start and 30-game winning streak over two seasons that ended on Feb. 21 broke school records that had stood for 41 years.

The Viking women are 28-3, twice having 11-game winning streaks while winning 22 of their last 23 games. Besides the regular-season league crown, they also won the GNAC tournament title and got the 900th victory in the program's 42-year history on Feb. 28 (current total 906), an average of 21.6 wins per year.

The Viking women begin their Elite Eight on Tuesday versus Nova Southeastern at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio, Texas.

The WWU men open their Elite Eight on Thursday against Florida Southern in a national quarterfinal at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.

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