Vikings Return Home to Host SPU and SMU

Jan. 10, 2018

🏀 THIS WEEK IN WWU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 🏀

Thursday, January 11

Live Coverage

WWU vs. Seattle Pacific   7 pm  ●  WECU Court at Carver Gym

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Saturday, January 13

Live Coverage

WWU vs. Saint Martin’s   7 pm  ●  WECU Court at Carver Gym

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WHAT’S HAPPENING…WWU returns home to continue the conference schedule this week, hosting Seattle Pacific on Thursday evening and hosting Saint Martin’s on Saturday night…both games begin at 7 pm…for Thursday only, free student admission (with ID) will be offered with free t-shirts for students while supplies last…WWU is a win shy of 1,000 all-time in program history with 999 wins.

THE RECORD…WWU is 6-8 overall, 2-4 GNAC…has played 7 home games, 5 away games and 2 neutral site games…went 4-4 in non-conference play…Vikings are 6-0 when leading at the half, 5-0 when scoring 70+ points…looking to snap a 3-game losing streak.

2017-18 Record Breakdown

Overall/GNAC Record

6-8, 2-4

Home (Overall/GNAC)

4-3, 2-1

Away (Overall/GNAC)

1-4, 0-3

Neutral

1-1

vs. Ranked Teams

0-4

Leading at Half

6-0

Trailing at Half

0-7

Tied at Half

0-1

By Uniform

White

5-4

Blue

1-4

A WIN AWAY…the Vikings are 999-350 (.741) all time in the 47-year history of the program and are a single win away from reaching 1,000 all-time wins…according to available NCAA and NAIA records, only 14 women’s college basketball teams (all levels/divisions) have reached 1,000 all-time victories.

LAST TIME OUT…the Vikings went 0-2 during a trip to Oregon last week, falling 70-61 at Concordia and 54-50 at Western Oregon…on Thursday Concordia led for the majority of the contest, though WWU kept the deficit within single digits for most of the game and came within 5 points of the Cavaliers twice in the fourth quarter…Saturday’s game at Western Oregon featured 11 ties and nine lead changes…Vikings took a two-point lead with less than a minute to play before WOU scored the final 6 points of the game at the free throw line over the last 38 seconds to claim the win.

POST PLAY…forward Hannah Stipanovich has scored in double figures in 11 of 14 games, with 8 or more rebounds in 6 games, ranking 11th in the GNAC with a 13.1 points/game average… center Anna Schwecke has three double-doubles during the season and is averaging 9.8 points/game and 8.8 rebounds/game over her last 6 games…forward Kelsey Rogers is averaging 8.8 points/game and 5.3 rebounds/game over her last 4 games…center Nikki Corbett made her season debut last week…averaged 10.5 points/game in 11.5 min./game and was 10-for-18 (55.6%) from the field.

FROM 3-POINT RANGE…WWU ranks 2nd in the GNAC and 37th nationally, making 36.2% of its 3-point attempts (94-for-260)…guard Dani Iwami ranks 2nd in the GNAC with an average of 2.4 3-point field goals made per game…guard Emma Duff (T-4th, 41.5% 3-PT FG) and guard Lexie Bland (6th, 40.5% 3-PT FG) are among the conference leaders in 3-point field goal accuracy.

VIKINGS TV…all of WWU’s home games will be streamed live online via VikingsTV at WWUVikings.com/Live with longtime Whatcom County sports broadcaster Doug Lange calling all the action courtside…the webcast will feature a seven-camera shoot in high definition, with video replays, graphic overlays and halftime and post-game interviews.

THE OPPONENTS…Seattle Pacific is 10-3 overall, 4-2 in conference action…ranked No. 5 in the D2SIDA West Region poll…Falcons lost 58-57 vs. Northwest Nazarene before topping Central Washington, 62-43, last week…Saint Martin’s enters the week 5-9 overall, 1-5 in conference play and will look to snap a five-game losing streak…fell to Central Washington (49-46) and Northwest Nazarene (79-61) last week.

THE HEADLINES

  • 1,000 Wins – WWU has 999 all-time wins, one shy of 1,000 victories in program history.
  • Home Sweet Home – WWU will have played 6 of last 8 games at home after this week…Vikings are 462-80 (.852) in Carver Gym…86-13 (.869) in Carver since 2008-09 season.
  • Balanced Attack – Four Vikings are averaging double-digits scoring through 14 games.
  • Defense – Vikings are holding opponents to 37.0% from the field, ranking 3rd in GNAC…held WOU to 4 points in the 2nd quarter of last Saturday’s game, a season-low opponent point total in a quarter.
  • Scoring Leader Hannah Stipanovich leads WWU, ranks 11th in the GNAC averaging 13.1 points per game.
  • 3-Pointers Dani Iwami is 2nd the conference with an average of 2.4 3-pointers per game (33 FG in 14 games).
  • Blocked Shots Anna Schwecke is averaging 1.1 blocks/game, tied for 3rd-best in the conference.
  • Bench Points – The Vikings are averaging 24.5 bench points/game over their last 4 games.
  • Welcome BackNikki Corbett made her season debut last week, averaging 10.5 points over two games.
  • GNAC Standings – Vikings are 2-4 in GNAC play…14 conference games remaining in regular season.
  • Second Chances Hannah Stipanovich (3.0, T4th), Anna Schwecke (2.7, 7th) rank among GNAC leaders in offensive rebounds per game. 
  • Coach Dolfo – Head coach Carmen Dolfo is in her 27th season leading the Vikings with a career record of 567-215 (.725) to rank among active and career NCAA II coaching leaders.

APPROACHING 1,000…WWU has an all-time program record of 999-350 (.741), just a win shy of 1,000 victories in program history…according to available NCAA and NAIA records, only 14 teams in collegiate women’s basketball history have amassed more than 1,000 career victories with WWU (999) and Arkansas Tech (992) approaching the milestone…among GNAC all-time leaders, WWU is 356-129 (.734) overall and 228-64 (.781) in conference play, the best winning percentage of any GNAC school for conference games and the 2nd-best overall winning percentage among conference teams (since 2001-02).

School

Total Team Years

Total Wins

Total Losses

Total Ties

Pct.

First Year

Division/Classification

Wayland Baptist (Tx.)

70

1,605

557

0

.742

1948

NAIA

Tennessee

64

1,334

311

2

.811

1903

NCAA Division I

Union (TN)

46

1,275

233

0

.845

1973

NCAA Division II/NAIA

Louisiana Tech

44

1,102

313

0

.779

1975

NCAA Division I

UConn

44

1,096

297

0

.787

1975

NCAA Division I

James Madison

96

1,079

539

5

.667

1921

NCAA Division I

Elizabethtown

90

1,059

555

7

.656

1929

NCAA Division III

Texas

44

1,050

382

0

.733

1975

NCAA Division I

Bentley

44

1,046

266

0

.797

1975

NCAA Division II

Stanford

44

1,045

325

0

.763

1975

NCAA Division I

SFA

50

1,041

446

0

.700

1969

NCAA Division I/NCAA Division II

Old Dominion

49

1,033

432

0

.705

1970

NCAA Division I

Scranton

43

1,013

224

0

.818

1978

NCAA Division III

Ohio St.

53

1,013

429

0

.702

1976

NCAA Division I

Western Wash.

47

999

350

0

.741

1971

NCAA Division II/NAIA

Arkansas Tech

41

992

264

0

.790

1978

NCAA Division II


LED BY A LEGEND
…head coach Carmen Dolfo is in her 27th season leading the program…she owns an all-time record of 567-215 (.725) to rank amongst active and career leaders at the Division II level in career wins and winning percentage…Dolfo became the winningest coach in Western Washington history when she collected victory No. 519 on Dec. 3, 2015 vs. Alaska to pass former men’s basketball coach Brad Jackson (518-279)…Coach Dolfo ranks amongst NCAA coaching leaders in several categories (rankings entering 2017-18 season):

  • Winningest Active Coaches (All-Divisions): 38th (567-215/.725)
  • Winningest Active Coaches (Division II): 7th (by wins), 15th (by pct.)
  • Winningest All-Time Coaches (Division II): 17th (by wins), 21st (by pct.)
  • Most 20-Win Seasons (Division II): T8th (20)

A STORIED PROGRAM…two WWU women’s basketball coaches have more than 400 career victories…current head coach Carmen Dolfo has amassed 567 wins while former coach Lynda Goodrich totaled 411 wins leading the Vikings.

20-WIN SEASONS...WWU went 26-6 last season, marking the 34th 20-win season in the 46-year history of the program…recorded at least 20 wins in 7 of last 8 seasons…WWU has 20 seasons of 20+ wins during the 26 years head coach Carmen Dolfo has led the program, becoming the 10th Division II coach to notch at least 20 seasons with 20 or more wins (min. 10 years as DII head coach).

GNAC STANDINGS…here is a look at the GNAC standings heading into this week’s action:

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

CONF

PCT

OVERALL

PCT

HOME

AWAY

NEUTRAL

STREAK

Alaska Anchorage

6-0

1.000

13-1

.929

5-0

6-1

2-0

Won 3

Northwest Nazarene

5-1

.833

9-2

.818

3-0

5-2

1-0

Won 4

Seattle Pacific

4-2

.667

10-3

.769

4-1

4-1

2-1

Won 1

Concordia

4-2

.667

10-4

.714

7-1

1-3

2-0

Won 4

Montana State Billings

4-2

.667

11-5

.688

8-1

2-2

1-2

Lost 1

Central Washington

3-3

.500

7-7

.500

4-2

3-4

0-1

Lost 1

Simon Fraser

2-4

.333

7-7

.500

3-2

2-3

2-2

Lost 1

Western Oregon

2-4

.333

6-6

.500

5-2

1-4

0-0

Won 1

Western Washington

2-4

.333

6-8

.429

4-3

1-4

1-1

Lost 3

Saint Martin's

1-5

.167

5-9

.357

1-4

3-2

1-3

Lost 5

Alaska

0-6

.000

4-8

.333

3-3

0-4

1-1

Lost 3

GNAC COACHES POLL…the Vikings were picked 6th by the GNAC Preseason Coaches Poll…four teams received first-place votes…Vikings were just behind Simon Fraser with 76 points.

SEASON-HIGH STEALS…the Vikings recorded 16 steals against Alaska Fairbanks on Dec. 29 to help score 36 points off turnovers…16 steals were a season-high total and the most since also recording 16 on Feb. 17, 2010 at Northwest Nazarene…also tied for 9th by a WWU squad dating back to 1998-99 (DII era)…Hannah Stipanovich had 8 of the 16 steals for WWU, setting a career-high in steals for the 2nd straight game…8 steals are tied for most by a WWU player during NCAA II era (since 1998-99), matching the 8 steals by Samantha Hubbard on Dec. 20, 2003 at Cal State Los Angeles.

ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORSHannah Stipanovich has been named to three All-Tournament Teams during the season…was named to the All-Tournament Team at the West Region Crossover Classic in Azusa, Calif., averaging 16.5 points and 10 rebounds during WWU’s two games…earned All-Tournament accolades during the Lynda Goodrich Classic, averaging 15.0 points (13-25 FG) and 5.5 rebounds…Gracie Castaneda was also named to the All-Tournament Team at the Lynda Goodrich Classic, averaging 15.0 points (11-22 FG) and 4 rebounds….Stipanovich averaged 13 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4 assists per game at Viking Holiday Hoops Classic to earn All-Tournament honors…Anna Schwecke also received All-Tournament accolades at the Viking Holiday Hoops Classic, averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds per game.

GNAC PLAYER OF THE WEEKAnna Schwecke was honored as the GNAC Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 18-24 after averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds over two games at the Viking Holiday Hoops Classic…she totaled 16 points and 12 rebounds to go along with 3 assists, 3 steals and 4 blocks against Texas A&M International and then scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds against No. 3 West Texas A&M.

HOME SWEET HOME… WWU is is entering the final portion of a stretch of playing 6 of 8 games at home after hosting the Viking Holiday Hoops Classic in mid December and then hosting the Alaska schools for GNAC competition at the end of December…Vikings are returning to their permanent on-campus home after a two-year hiatus playing games at Whatcom Pavilion on the campus of Whatcom Community College while Carver underwent a two-year remodel…Vikings own an impressive 462-80 (.852) mark in Carver Gym, including an 86-13 (.869) record since 2008-09…WWU went 20-4 at Whatcom Pavilion over the last two seasons.

 

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Record Breakdown

3-Point or Less Margin

0-1

5-Point or Less Margin

1-2

FG Pct. is Above 50.0%

2-0

FG Pct. is Below 50.0%

4-8

Outshooting Opponent (%)

5-4

Outshot by Opponent (%)

1-4

Outrebounding Opponent

4-4

Outrebounded by Opponent

2-3

Rebounds tied with Opponent

0-1

WWU Scores 40-49 Points

0-2

WWU Scores 50-59 Points

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