WWU entertains No.7 Simon Fraser in battle of GNAC leaders Saturday
Jan. 8, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - With first place in the league standings on the line and riding a four-game winning streak, the Western Washington University women's basketball team entertains Simon Fraser University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest featuring two nationally ranked foes Saturday (5:15 p.m.), Jan. 12, at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The game will be broadcast live on KBAI Radio (AM 930 - Bellingham, www.930kbai.com) with Doug Lange providing the play-by-play and Mark Scholten the color commentary. A webcast and live stats for the contest can be found at www.wwuvikings.com.
The Vikings, which moved up nine spots and is ranked No.11 in the latest USA Today Sports/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, are 10-2 overall and tied for the conference lead at 4-0 with the Clan, which is 11-1 overall and ranked No.7.
Last week, WWU recorded its second sweep of a road trip to Alaska in three seasons, notching wins at Alaska Anchorage, 70-60, and Alaska Fairbanks, 87-59.
Two weeks prior to that, the Vikings took close decisions over two Top 25-ranked teams at the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic, prevailing against No.6 Washburn KS, 64-62, and No.15 Grand Canyon, 72-68 in overtime.
WWU opened its season with six victories, all at home, before being beaten by host Chico State, 75-74, and Sonoma State, 68-63, at the CCAA/GNAC Crossover Classic. The Vikings have won 10 straight games at Carver Gym over the last two seasons.
Three seniors pace the Vikings, led by center Britt Harris, who is averaging a team-best 14.7 points per game, and is second in rebounding with a 5.3 average.
Forward Trishi Williams, who is averaging 10.6 points and 5.2 rebounds, leads the squad in both assists at 3.5 and steals at 2.7, and point guard Corinn Waltrip is averaging 10.1 points and is shooting 43.1 percent (22-of-51) from 3-point range. Junior forward Sarah Hill, who made her first career starts during the four-game victory string, leads WWU in rebounds with a 7.0 average.
The Vikings are second in the GNAC in scoring defense (58.6), scoring margin (13.8) and blocked shots (4.5).
Simon Fraser (11-1 overall, 4-0 conference) has won its last eight games after being beaten for the only time this season, 62-45 by Colorado Mesa.
The Clan leads the GNAC in a number of statistical categories, including scoring defense (52.8), scoring margin (21.3), field-goal percentage (46.1), field-goal percentage defense (36.1), 3-point percentage (38.8), 3-point percentage defense (24.8) and blocked shots (4.9).
Simon Fraser, which is second in scoring offense (74.1), is led by 6-3 senior center Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe. She is averaging 16.4 points, third in the GNAC, leads the league in rebounds (12.8) and field-goal percentage (68.4, 78-of-114), and is fourth in blocks (1.3).
Raincock-Ekunwe, the preseason conference Player of the Year choice, already is the GNAC career leader in double-doubles for points and rebounds with 51. Her career totals are 1,170 points and 807 rebounds.
All five starters from last year's 17-11 team return for coach Bruce Langford (12th year, 291-65). Among them are 6-1 sophomore forward Erin Chambers (15.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 42.3 3-pt. pct., 30-of-71) and 5-10 senior guard Kristina Collins (9.5 ppg, 4.7 apg).
WWU holds a 38-31 series advantage, winning all five meetings over the last two seasons.
THREE-DOT NOTES: Harris was MVP at both the West Region Crossover Classic and South Point Holiday Hoops Classic. She also was picked to the Lynda Goodrich Classic all-tournament team ... Williams was the Goodrich Classic MVP, Hill being named all-tourney at the CCAA/GNAC Classic, sophomore forward Sydney Donaldson at the West Region Crossover Classic, and Waltrip at the SPHHC ... WWU earned GNAC Team of the Week honors for its performance at the SPHHS, prevailing over No.6 Washburn KS, 64-62, and No.15 Grand Canyon, 72-68 in overtime.
Last year, WWU finished 22-8 and reached the semifinal round at the West Regional. Four starters and 10 letter winners return from that squad ... WWU was rated No.12 in the Division II Bulletin preseason poll ... Waltrip was a second-team conference all-star last year and was named to three all-tournament teams. She also is a two-time GNAC Academic all-star. Williams was named to two all-tournament teams during the 2011-12 campaign.
TOUGH EXHIBITION SCHEDULE: WWU readied for the season with three exhibition games, two against NCAA I opponents. The Vikings began with a 71-51 home win over British Columbia on Oct. 27, before falling at Seattle U., 100-93 in double overtime, on Nov. 3, and 71-59 at Oregon State on Nov. 10 after leading by four at halftime. Harris averaged 14.7 points and 8.0 rebounds in the three games and Waltrip scored at a 13.7 clip.
PRE-SEASON HONORS: Three Vikings - Harris, Waltrip and Williams - were named to the GNAC preseason all-conference team.
VIKINGS FIRST IN GNAC COACHES POLL: WWU received seven of 10 first-place votes as it was picked to win the GNAC title in the coaches' preseason poll. The Vikings previously won GNAC championships in 2002, 2006 and 2011 (regular season).
HOME COURT DOMINANCE: The Vikings are 428-72 (85.6 percent) in 41 seasons at Carver Gym. Their longest home court win streak was 29 from 1983 to 1986.
COACH DOLFO: Carmen Dolfo is in her 22nd year as head coach at WWU. She has a 456-171 (72.7 percent) record and prior to the season ranked No.12 among active NCAA II coaches in winning percentage and No.13 in victories. Her winning percentage in NCAA II all-time ranks No.24 and her victory total No.31. Dolfo's teams have reached post-season play 20 times and have won 20 or more games 16 times. She has been named GNAC Coach of the Year in 2004, 2006 and 2011; Northwest small college Coach of the Year in 2000 and Pacific Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1996. Dolfo was the top Viking assistant for four seasons (95-28, 77.2) and earned All-America honors as a player at WWU.
TRADITION OF SUCCESS: With 888 victories (306 losses, 74.4 percent) in its 42-year history, WWU is one of just 15 colleges in all divisions of the NCAA to reach the 850-plateau... The Vikings have made 39 post-season appearances, including one stretch of 28 straight, with one national semifinal and three quarterfinal finishes ... They have made 13 West Regional appearances in their 14 seasons as a NCAA II member, and also have had 30 20-win seasons ... WWU has had 21 winning streaks of 10 or more games with its longest being 21 ... Former WWU coach Lynda Goodrich, now the Vikings' director of athletics, is a member of the NAIA National Hall of Fame. She coached WWU for 19 seasons, winning more than 400 games (411-127, 76.4 percent). Another Viking NAIA Hall of Famer is forward Jo Metzger (1977-81), who earned first-team All-America honors in 1980 and 1981 ... WWU has had 13 first, second or third-team All-Americans.
COLLEGIATE FIRST: WWU became the first college in the country to boast two 400-win women's basketball coaches. Lynda Goodrich, now in her 26th year as the Vikings' director of athletics, posted 411 victories from 1971 to 1990, and current coach Carmen Dolfo is in her 22nd season with 456.
ON THE WEB: All Viking home games are being video streamed live and are available free at http://wwu.nmtvsports.com. For up-to-date statistics, box scores of every game, records, stories, etc., see the WWU Athletics web page at www.wwuvikings.com. Up-to-date league standings and statistics can be found on the Great Northwest Athletic Conference web page at www.gnacsports.com
RADIO BROADCASTS: Selected WWU games are being broadcast this season on KBAI Radio (930 AM) with Doug Lange handling the play-by-play and Mark Scholten providing the color commentary. They also can be heard on the internet at www.wwuvikings.com.
PROBABLE WESTERN STARTERS & TOP RESERVES:
F Sarah Hill, 6-3, *Jr., Richmond, VA/Lloyd C. Bird/ Maryland-Baltimore County F Trishi Williams, 5-9, *Sr., Mabton, WA/Mabton/Columbia Basin CC C Britt Harris, 6-2, ***Sr., Marysville, WA/Marysville-Pilchuck G Corinn Waltrip, 5-6, ***Sr., Tigard, OR/Tigard G Katie Colard, 5-9, *So., McCleary, WA/Elma
MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIES:
Jan. 3 - WWU 70, Alaska Anchorage 60 at Anchorage, AK
Harris scored a team-high 16 points to lead a balanced attack as Western defeated defending West Region and league champion Alaska Anchorage, 70-60, in a GNAC contest at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. The Vikings, ranked No.20 nationally, improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the GNAC with their third straight win. Waltrip and Colard each had 13 points for WWU and Donaldson added 10 points, six rebounds and four assists off the bench. UAA, which had a four-game winning streak snapped, fell to 7-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play despite game highs of 26 points and eight rebounds by Alysa Horn. Her point total was a career high. The Vikings led wire-to-wire, jumping to a 12-3 lead in the first 4:30 behind a trio of Colard 3-pointers. The Seawolves pulled within one at 18-17, but a pair of Waltrip 3-pointers triggered a 12-2 run that gave WWU a 30-19 advantage with 5:10 left in the first half, and the Vikings held a 36-29 lead at halftime. UAA got as close as six in the second half, trailing 45-39 with 12:32 remaining. But WWU's Pounds scored nine points in less than a minute, with two treys and a 3-point play, then fed Harris for a layup that gave the Vikings a 56-39 advantage with 10:47 left. The margin was never less than eight after that. WWU shot 44.1 percent (26-of-59) from the field and held UAA to 34.0 percent (17-of-50). The Vikings also had a 41-31 advantage in rebounds.
Jan. 5 - WWU 87, Alaska Fairbanks 59 at Fairbanks, AK
Bernsen scored 10 of her game-high 16 points in the first half, helping WWU jump to an early lead and defeat Alaska Fairbanks, 87-59, in a GNAC contest at Patty Center. The Vikings, ranked No.20 nationally, improved to 10-2 overall and 4-0 in the GNAC with their fourth straight win. Hill had 14 points for WWU. UAF dropped to 2-9 overall and 0-3 in conference play. Jacqueline Lovato had 14 points and Kelly Logue had 13 points and five assists for the Nanooks, who opened the season with seven straight losses. The triumph gave WWU its second Alaska sweep in three years, as it defeated defending GNAC champion Alaska Anchorage, 70-60, on Thursday. The Vikings got off to a quick start, jumping out to an 18-4 lead just 5:21 into the contest. Bernsen, who didn't start the game, had four points and two assists in the burst. The Nanooks ran off eight straight points to narrow the margin to six, 18-12, but WWU pulled away after that and held a 46-28 lead at halftime. WWU's lead was never less than 14 in the second half and its biggest margin was 30 points, 87-57, with 1:16 remaining. The Vikings made their first 12 free throws and finished the game 20-of-22 (90.9 percent). WWU was also 7-of-15 on 3-point attempts, with Benner going 3-of-3. Williams had 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Vikings. WWU had a 48-36 advantage on the boards, with Bernsen and Hill each grabbing nine.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012-13 Women's Basketball Report Week 9 (Jan. 8, 2013)
Conference All W L W L H A N Simon Fraser 4 0 11 1 5-0 3-0 3-1 Western Washington 4 0 10 2 6-0 2-1 2-1 Seattle Pacific 3 1 9 3 5-0 2-2 2-1 Montana State Billings 3 1 9 3 6-0 3-2 0-1 Northwest Nazarene 1 2 9 2 4-0 3-2 2-0 Alaska Anchorage 1 2 7 4 7-4 0-0 0-0 Saint Martin's 1 3 8 6 6-1 0-3 2-2 Western Oregon 1 3 6 8 3-5 2-3 1-0 Central Washington 0 3 5 6 3-1 0-3 2-2 Alaska Fairbanks 0 3 2 9 2-6 0-3 0-0
LAST WEEK: Monday - Dixie State 66 at Seattle Pacific 76. Thursday -Western Washington 70 at Alaska Anchorage 60; Simon Fraser 71 at Alaska Fairbanks 56; MSU Billings 67 at Saint Martin's 49; Seattle Pacific 72 at Western Oregon 65. Saturday - Simon Fraser 75 at Alaska Anchorage 51; Western Washington 87 at Alaska Fairbanks 59; Central Washington 71 at Northwest Nazarene 76; MSU Billings 65 at Western Oregon 73; Seattle Pacific 66 at Saint Martin's 70.
THIS WEEK: Thursday - Alaska Anchorage at MSU Billings; Alaska Fairbanks at Seattle Pacific; Saint Martin's at Central Washington; Western Oregon at Northwest Nazarene. Saturday - Alaska Anchorage at Seattle Pacific, 5:15 p.m.; Alaska Fairbanks at MSU Billings; Western Oregon at Central Washington; Saint Martin's at Northwest Nazarene; Simon Fraser at Western Washington, 5:15 p.m.
ALL-TOURNAMENT: Seattle Pacific (Nov. 9-10) - Rachel Murray, SPU (MVP); Mechela Barnes, SPU; Ally Schmitt, CWU; Jessica VanDyke, CWU. Western Oregon (Nov. 9-10) - Mariah Durian, WOU; Brooke Paulson, SMU, Western Washington (Nov. 16-17) - Britt Harris, WWU (MVP); Sydney Donaldson, WWU; Katie Benson, SPU. Great Alaska Shootout (Nov. 20-21) - Alysa Horn, UAA; Kylie Burns, UAA. UAF Mt. McKinley North Star (Nov. 22-24) - Taylor Altenburg, UAF. MSUB Yellowjacket (Nov. 23-24) - Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB (MVP); Brooke Tolman, MSUB; Kayleen Goggins, MSUB. WWU Lynda Goodrich (Nov. 23-24) - Trishi Williams, WWU (MVP); Britt Harris, WWU; Brooke Paulson, SMU; Chelsea Haskey, SMU. Corban Capital City Classic (Nov. 23-24) - Dana Goularte, WOU (MVP); Lorrie Clifford, WOU. Chico State West Regional Classic (Dec. 7-8) - Katie Benson, SPU; Sarah Hill, WWU. UAA AT&T Hoops Classic (Dec. 17-19) - Alysa Horn, UAA (MVP); Sasha King, UAA; Jordan Martin, UAA. South Point Holiday Hoop Classic (Dec. 18-19 at Las Vegas) - Britt Harris, WWU (MVP); Corinn Waltrip, WWU.
POLLS: WBCA (Jan. 8) - 7. Simon Fraser; 11. Western Washington; 40. MSU Billings; 42. Alaska Anchorage; 47. Seattle Pacific, 52. Northwest Nazarene.
NATIONAL STATISTICS (Through Jan. 6): Team (Top 30): Scoring Offense - 28. Seattle Pacific 74.3; 30. Simon Fraser 74.1. Scoring Defense - 12. Simon Fraser 52.8. Scoring Margin - 8. Simon Fraser 21.3. Field Goal PCT. - 7. Simon Fraser 46.1; 17. Seattle Pacific 44.4. Free Throw PCT. - 2. Alaska Anchorage 80.0; 4. Seattle Pacific 79.5; 20. Northwest Nazarene 76.1. Rebound Margin - 17. Seattle Pacific 9.6. Three-Point FGs - 6. Central Washington 8.8; 10. Alaska Anchorage 8.5; 24. Simon Fraser 7.6. Three-Point PCT. - 10. Seattle Pacific 38.8; 26. Western Oregon 36.7. Three-Point PCT. Defense - 22. Simon Fraser 24.8. Assists - 8. Simon Fraser 18.5; 17. Alaska Anchorage 17.5; 18. Western Washington 17.3. Blocked Shots - 19. Simon Fraser 4.9. Fewest Turnovers - 3. Montana State Billings 11.6; 7. Alaska Anchorage 13.5. Fewest Fouls - 10. Montana State Billings 13.1. Assist Turnover Ratio - 3. Alaska Anchorage 1.30; 5. MSU Billings 12.5; 11. Simon Fraser 1.13; 19. Western Washington 1.08. Turnover Margin - 3. Alaska Anchorage 8.91; 7. Montana State Billings 7.93. Individuals (Top 30): Rebounds - 2. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 12.8. Assists - 2. Sasha King, UAA, 7.1; 6. Ally Schmitt, CWU, 6.1; 9. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB, 5.9. Blocked Shots - 18. Jasmine Parker, CWU, 2.18. Steals - 21. Sasha King, UAA, 3.27. Field Goal PCT. - 1. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 68.4. Free Throw PCT. - 2. Mariah Durian, WOU, 95.3; 10. Erin Chambers, SFU, 91.3; 27. Suzanna Ohlsen, SPU, 88.1. Assist/Turnover Ratio - 12. Suzanna Ohlsen, SPU, 2.48; 14. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB, 2.37; 16. Sasha King, UAA, 2.36. Double-Doubles - 5. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 8; 27. Megan Hingston, NNU, 5.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES (Through Jan. 6): 8 - Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU. 5 - Megan Hingston, NNU. 4 - Dana Goularte, WOU. 2 - Chelsea Haskey, SMU; Alysa Horn, UAA: Janiel Olson, MSUB. 1 - 14 with.
GNAC RED LION PLAYER-OF-THE-WEEK: Chelsea Haskey, Saint Martin's (F, 6-1, Jr., Olympia, WA) scored 18 points and also had eight rebounds and two steals as the Saints upset Seattle Pacific 70-66 Saturday to earn their first conference win of the season. In two games, Haskey scored 34 points and also grabbed 12 rebounds. Over the past seven games, she has averaged 15.7 points and 7.6 rebounds and shot 44.4 percent from the foul line.
HONORABLE MENTION: Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, Simon Fraser (F, 6-2, Sr., Toronto, ON - Kalamalka); Aubree Callen, Seattle Pacific (G, 5-9, Jr., Jerome, ID); Lorrie Clifford, Western Oregon (G, 5-8, Sr., Eagle River, AK - Chugiak); Bobbi Knudsen, MSU Billings (G, 5-8, Jr., Malta, MT) and Ally Schmitt, Central Washington (G, 5-8, Jr., Snohomish, WA) ... Raincock-Ekunwe scored 34 points and had 31 rebounds in recording her 48th and GNAC-record 49th career double-doubles as the Clan ran their win streak to eight games. Callen had 49 points and 28 rebounds leading the Falcons to two wins in three games. Clifford hit on six of 11 three-point shots and had 32 points as the Wolves split two home games. MSUB's Knudsen joined the career 1,000-point club, netting 38 points in two contests increasing her total to 1,006. Schmitt had 20 points and six assists in Central's five-point road loss at Northwest Nazarene.
FROM THE RECORD BOOK: In addition to setting a GNAC career record for double-doubles, Raincock-Ekunwe became the 11th player in GNAC history to record 800 career rebounds, moving into 10th place on the all-time list with 807. Her career per game average of 12.61 in nearly 2 ½ more per game than anyone else in GNAC history. She is also the GNAC all-time leader in career field goal percentage (59.7) and ranks third all-time in career scoring average (18.3).
AROUND THE GNAC: Knudsen became the 50th member of the GNAC 1000-Point Club, ending the weekend in a tie for 48th place. The next member will likely be Alysa Horn of Alaska Anchorage who currently ranks 66th with 895 career points. In addition to ranking 48th in scoring, Knudsen also ranks 37th in assists (244) and 57th in steals (121).
HOME WIN STREAKS: Five GNAC teams are unbeaten at home this season - Western Washington (6-0), MSU Billings (6-0), Simon Fraser (5-0), Seattle Pacific (5-0) and Northwest Nazarene (4-0). Going back to the 2011-12 campaign, here are there overall home win streaks: 10 - Western Washington. 6 - MSU Billings, Seattle Pacific; Northwest Nazarene. 5 - Simon Fraser.
GNAC TEAM NOTES:
Alaska Anchorage: Alysa Horn had 29 points, including a career-high 26 points in Thursday's loss to Western Washington. The loss ended a 14-game conference game home win streak (16 including a pair of games in the 2011 GNAC tournament). UAA shot just 32.4 percent in the contests with the Vikings and Simon Fraser.
Alaska Fairbanks: Jacqueline Lovato netted 29 points, connecting on nine of 20 shots including seven of 18 three-pointers in losses to Simon Fraser and Western Washington.
Central Washington: Neither team missed a free throw in the Wildcats' 76-71 loss at Northwest Nazarene. CWU made six of 11, while the Crusaders were a perfect 11 of 11. Each team also made 28 field goals, including nine three-pointers.
MSU Billings: In addition to leading MSUB with 38 points, Knudsen also had a team-high 10 assists and 10 steals as the Yellowjackets split two road games. The loss ended MSUB's seven-game win streak dating back to Nov. 17. Kayleen Goggins had 28 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.
Northwest Nazarene: Chelsie Luke scored 21 points and also had a team-high eight rebounds in the Crusaders' 76-71 home win against Central Washington. Megan Hingston contributed 17 points and six rebounds.
Saint Martin's: Haskey was the only Saint player to average in double figures in SMU's games with MSUB and Seattle Pacific. Angela Gelhar had 17 points. MacKenzie Taylor led SMU in rebounds (13) and assists (6). Jori Skorpik had a team-high five steals.
Seattle Pacific: Aubree Callen shot 51.7 percent from the floor, connecting on 15 of 29 field goal attempts, including five of 12 three-pointers as she led the Falcons with 49 points in a trio of games. Suzanna Ohlsen had 45 points and 15 assists and Katie Benson had 43 points and 23 rebounds as the trio combined for 64 percent of SPU's points.
Simon Fraser: Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe made 13 of 16 field goal attempts in producing her 34 points in double-digit road wins at Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Anchorage. Kristina Collins was also productive scoring 29 points on seven of 14 three-point shooting. She also had 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Erin Chambers had 25 points and 10 assists.
Western Oregon: Lorrie Clifford made six of 11 three-pointers in producing her 32 points. She had 18 points on six of seven three-point shooting in Saturday's 73-65 win over Montana State Billings. She is the ninth player in GNAC history to make six treys in a game with just one miss. Four players have made six in a game without a miss.
Western Washington: Eight different players scored between 14 and 22 points in the Vikings' wins at Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks. Britt Harris led the way with 22 points. Sarah Hill had 19 points and a team-high 15 rebounds.
GNAC .690 IN NON-CONFERENCE GAMES: GNAC teams finished the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 58-26 record. Its winning percentage of .690 is the second best in conference history, topped only by a .708 percentage in 200-08. Its record against non-conference Division II opponents was 36-22, including 18-8 against PacWest foes, 6-5 with CCAA opponents and 8-6 in games that count as regional contests under the NCAA "contiguous" state rule.
GNAC (18) vs. PacWest (8): NNU 4-0, MSUB 3-0, SPU 3-0, WWU 2-0, SFU 2-0, UAA 1-0, CWU 1-2, SMU 1-2, WOU 1-3, UAF 0-1. PacWest (8) vs. GNAC (18): Cal Baptist 2-0, Academy of Art 3-1, Hawaii Pacific 2-1, Hawaii Hilo 1-1, BYU-Hawaii 0-1, Azusa Pacific 0-2, Notre Dame de Namur 0-2, Fresno Pacific 0-2, Dominican 0-2, Grand Canyon 0-2, Dixie State 0-4.
GNAC (6) vs. CCAA (5): SFU 3-0, UAA 1-0, WWU 1-2, SPU 1-2, UAF 0-1. CCAA (5) vs. GNAC (6): Chico State 2-0, CSU East Bay 1-0, Sonoma State 1-1, UC San Diego 1-2, CSLA 0-1, CSU Stanislaus 0-2.
PREVIOUS RED LION PLAYERS-OF-THE-WEEK
Week of Nov. 5-11: Erin Chambers, Simon Fraser (F, 6-1, So., Mission, BC) scored 51 points and also had 15 rebounds in leading the Clan to three victories, including wins over nationally eighth-ranked UC San Diego (61-58) and No. 13 Grand Canyon (69-60). Chambers connected on 14 of 25 field goals attempts (eight of 13 from beyond the arc) and also was perfect from the foul line making 15 of 15.
Week of Nov. 12-18: Sasha King, Alaska Anchorage (G, 5-6, Sr., Norman, OK - Hutchinson) scored 35 points and also had 16 assists leading the Seawolves to 85-76 and 70-67 victories over Regis. King, who made six of 16 three-pointers, also had five steals.
Week of Nov. 19-25: Bobbi Knudsen, Montana State Billings (G, 5-8, Jr., Malta, MT) scored 44 points to lead the Yellowjackets to a pair wins in the MSUB Yellowjacket Classic. Knudsen, who was selected as the tournament MVP, scored a career and GNAC season-high 33 points in a 91-87 overtime win over Dixie State Friday, then had 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in a 80-44 win over Notre Dame de Namur. She played just 24 minutes in the latter contest.
Week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2: Janiel Olson, Montana State Billings (F, 5-10, So., Billings, MT) scored 21 points and grabbed 26 rebounds leading the Yellowjackets to 66-59 and 69-68 home wins over Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene, respectively. She also led MSUB in steals with seven. Olson had 13 points and 11 rebounds in Thursday's win against CWU, then had a career-high 15 rebounds, 10 at the offensive end in Saturday's one-point victory against Northwest Nazarene. Her final rebound came on a three-point miss by Monica Grimsrud with 24 seconds left. She then fed Grimsrud, who scored on a layup for the decisive basket.
Week of Dec. 3-9: Suzanna Ohlsen, Seattle Pacific (G, 5-7, So., Monroe, WA) scored 29 points as the Falcons split two games in the Chico West Regional Classic. Ohlsen had an outstanding 9-1 assist to turnover ratio and also was deadly from the three-point arc (making 5 of 7) and from the foul line (converting on all eight of her attempts). She also had seven rebounds and a steal. Twenty-four of her points (a career high) came in Saturday's 89-77 loss at Chico. Twenty-one of those points came in the second half of the contest. Ohlsen currently ranks second nationally in assist/turnover ratio with a 3.56 mark.
Week of Dec. 10-16: Ally Schmitt, Central Washington (G, 5-8, Jr., Snohomish, WA - Montana State) set a GNAC single-game record with 16 assists in a 79-57 home win against Evergreen State. Schmitt also led the Wildcats in the contest with four steals.
Week of Dec. 17-23: Britt Harris, Western Washington (C, 6-2, Sr., Marysville, WA - Marysville-Pilchuck) and Alysa Horn, Alaska Anchorage (F, 6-0, Sr., Kodiak, AK) ... Harris earned MVP honors in the South Point Holiday Hoop Classic in Las Vegas as she scored 42 points and also had 13 rebounds, six assists and five steals leading the Vikings to wins over nationally sixth-ranked Washburn (64-62) and No. 15 Grand Canyon (72-68 in overtime). Harris converted on 14 of 30 field goal attempts and 14 of 19 free throws ... Horn was selected the Most Outstanding Player in the AT&T Hoops Classic in Anchorage. She scored 62 points and also had 27 rebounds, eight blocked shots, eight steals and five assists leading the Seawolves to wins over BYU-Hawaii (100-68), Eastern New Mexico (82-40) and Cal State L.A. (66-56).
Week of Dec. 24-30: Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, Simon Fraser (F, 6-2, Sr., Toronto, ON - Kalamalka) had 23 points and a GNAC-record 24 rebounds to lead the Clan to a 87-55 win over Trinity Western Saturday. She broke the GNAC single-game record of 23 set by Kristin Hein of Northwest Nazarene against Humboldt State on Dec. 12, 2009 and equaled by Nyesha Sims of Seattle Pacific against Alaska Fairbanks on Feb. 14, 2012. Raincock-Ekunwe is the 10th player in GNAC history to record 20 or more rebounds in a single game, but the first to do it twice. She also had 22 rebounds against Colorado State Pueblo on Nov. 25, 2011.
GNAC TEAMS OF THE WEEK: Aug. 27-Sept. 2 - Montana State Billings (Women's Soccer). Sept. 3-9 - Western Washington (Volleyball). Sept. 10-16 - Northwest Nazarene (Men's Soccer). Sept. 17-23 - Central Washington (Volleyball). Sept. 24-30 - Central Washington (Football). Oct. 1-7 - Western Oregon (Women's Soccer). Oct. 8-14 - Simon Fraser (Men's Soccer). Oct. 15-21 - Alaska Anchorage (Men's & Women's Cross Country). Oct. 22-28 - Western Oregon (Volleyball). Oct. 29-Nov. 4 - Western Washington (Women's Soccer). Nov. 5-11 - Simon Fraser (Women's Basketball). Nov. 12-18 - Alaska Fairbanks (Men's Basketball). Nov. 19-25 - Alaska Anchorage (Men's Basketball). Nov. 26-Dec. 2 - Seattle Pacific (Men's Basketball). Dec. 3-9 - Northwest Nazarene (Men's Basketball). Dec. 10-16 - Northwest Nazarene (Women's Basketball). Dec. 17-23 -Western Washington (Women's Basketball). Dec. 24-30 - MSU Billings (Women's Basketball). Dec. 31-Jan. 6 - Western Washington (Men's Basketball).
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