Fresh off two big home victories, WWU travels to face WOU and SMU

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Head Coach Carmen Dolfo
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Head Coach Carmen Dolfo
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM

Jan. 13, 2014

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Coming off two big home court victories, the Western Washington University women's basketball team returns to the road for Great Northwest Athletic Conference games at Western Oregon University on Thursday, Jan. 16 (7 p.m.), and at Saint Martin's University on Saturday, Jan. 18 (7 p.m.).

Lives stats and video streams for both encounters can be found at wwuvikings.com.

The Vikings are 7-6 overall and tied for third in the GNAC standings at 3-2 after sweeping a pair of home games last week. They won 71-64 over Central Washington and 81-68 over nationally No.18-ranked Northwest Nazarene. Prior to that, WWU was on the road for nine of its first 11 contests.

THE LAST MEETING
Western Washington78
Western Oregon54
March 2, 2013
Monmouth, OR
WWU closes out regular season with 78-54 win at Western Oregon
Center Kayla Bernsen came off the bench to score a game and career-high 25 points as nationally ranked Western Washington University defeated Western Oregon University, 78-54, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball contest Saturday at the New P.E. Building on the WOU campus.

THE LAST MEETING
Western Washington57
Saint Martin's48
February 28, 2013
Lacey, WA
WWU notches 900th victory in program history, wins 57-48 at Saint Martin's
The nationally ranked Western Washington University women's basketball team picked up the 900th win in its program's 42-year history, defeating Saint Martin's University, 57-48, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest Thursday at Marcus Pavilion on the SMU campus.

WWU, which will be home for four contests following this week's road trip, is working on a 24-game winning streak at Carver Gym. It is the second-longest home string in school history, trailing only the record of 29 set from 1983 to 1986.

The Vikings are 4-0 at home this season, their last loss at Carver Gym being to Alaska Anchorage, 75-55, on Jan. 14, 2012.

WWU, which has won four of its last five games, leads the GNAC in field-goal percentage (45.5) and 3-point percentage (38.2) where it ranks 13th nationally in NCAA Division II.

Junior forward Sydney Donaldson had the finest performances of her collegiate career in earning GNAC Player of the Week honors for Jan. 5-11. She scored 36 points and grabbed 24 rebounds in the two games along with nine assists and nine blocked shots.

Donaldson, who is averaging 7.0 points and 5.6 rebounds, had a career-high 21 points on 8-of-10 field-goal accuracy, nine rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots versus Central Washington. Against Northwest Nazarene, she scored 15 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds. The double-double was the first this season by a Viking.

Junior guard Katie Colard has averaged 18.3 points over the last six contests while making 24-of-47 3-pointers, 51.1 percent. She scored a career-high 25 points on 5-of-7 3-point shooting in an 84-77 win at Seattle Pacific on Jan. 2.

Colard is averaging a team-leading 13.4 points per game on 40.2 percent (37-of-92) accuracy from 3-point range, and tops the GNAC and ranks 18th nationally in made threes (2.8, 37). She hit a career-best six treys versus Northwest Nazarene and has made 16 straight free throws.

Freshman guard Taylor Peacocke is the only other Viking averaging double figures in scoring at 10.2 after contributing 16 against Northwest Nazarene.

Junior point guard Jenni White is scoring at a 9.6 clip. She leads the Vikings in assists (3.9, 51) and steals (2.1, 27) and is shooting 47.2 percent (17-of-36) on 3-pointers, second in the GNAC.

Freshman forward Tia Briggs is averaging 9.2 points on 52.1 percent (48-of-94) floor accuracy, and senior center Sarah Hill is averaging 8.7 points and a team-best 6.3 rebounds. Over the last four games, Hill has shot 60.0 percent (17-of-25) from the field.

UPCOMING GAMES:

Jan. 16 (Thu.) at Western Oregon* (Monmouth, Ore. - 7 p.m.)
Jan. 18 (Sat.) at Saint Martin's* (Lacey, Wash. - 7 p.m.)
Jan. 23 (Thu.) ALASKA ANCHORAGE* (CARVER GYM - 7 p.m.)
Jan. 25 (Sat.) ALASKA FAIRBANKS* (CARVER GYM - 7 p.m.)
Jan. 30 (Thu.) MONTANA STATE BILLINGS*# (CARVER GYM - 5:15 p.m.)
Feb. 1 (Sat.) SEATTLE PACIFIC*# (CARVER GYM - 5:15 p.m.)

*Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest #broadcast on KBAI Radio (930 AM) and on internet at wwuvikings.com

WESTERN OREGON: The Wolves are 5-8 overall and 2-3 in GNAC play. First-year head coach Holli Howard-Carpenter, who was an associate head coach at Cal State East Bay the last three years and an assistant at Chico State the previous four seasons, has two standout returnees in 6-0 junior forward Dana Goularte (18.2 ppg, 9.5 rpg, .523 FG Pct.) and 5-7 senior guard Chantel Divilbiss (12.3 ppg). WWU holds a 42-9 series advantage, winning the last 21 meetings.

SAINT MARTIN'S: The Saints are 10-4 overall (Jan. 16 host Simon Fraser) and leads the GNAC at 4-1, winning seven of their last eight games. They are 6-0 at home this season. SMU leads the conference in scoring defense (57.6 avg.) and field-goal percentage defense (33.2). Pacing SMU is 6-1 senior center Chelsea Haskey (14.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg), a second-team GNAC all-star. Three more top returnees are 5-6 junior guard Angela Gelhar (12.6 ppg), who scored 36 points in an 85-78 win at Alaska Anchorage last Saturday; 5-10 junior forward Brooke Paulson (8.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg), and 5-10 sophomore forward Mackenzie Taylor (3.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg). A top addition for coach Tim Healy (18th year, 225-239) is 5-11 junior forward Liz Mills (7.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg), a transfer from NCAA I Sacramento State. WWU holds a 59-10 series advantage, winning the last 11 meetings.

THREE-DOT NOTES: Two Vikings, junior forward Sydney Donaldson and Hill, were named to the GNAC preseason all-conference team ... Two of WWU's losses have come in overtime and four have been by single digits ... WWU won its own Goodrich Classic title for the 15th time in the 17-year history of the tourney with wins over Pacific Lutheran, 84-46, and Northwest, 83-44. That ran its Goodrich Classic victory string to 12, with wins in 31 of 34 tourney games overall. Three WWU players were all-tournament picks. Briggs was named Most Valuable Player, and was joined by Hill and White.

FAMILY TIES: Two members of this year's team have fathers who played men's basketball at WWU. They are Tia Briggs (Ed) and Kiana Gandy (Joe). Sarah Hill's sister, Celeste, was an All-America hoop player for the Vikings, and Katie Colard, had a sister, Kelly, who played basketball at WWU, and a brother, Kevin, who competed in football for the Vikings.

VIKINGS THIRD IN GNAC COACHES POLL: WWU received three of 10 first-place votes and was picked to place third in the GNAC coaches' preseason poll. The Vikings previously won GNAC championships in 2002, 2006, 2011 (regular season) and 2013 (regular season and tournament). Montana State Billings was No.1 with six first-place votes and Seattle Pacific second with one first-place vote.

HOME COURT DOMINANCE: The Vikings are 442-72 (86.0 percent) in 42 seasons at Carver Gym. Their longest home court win streak was 29 from 1983 to 1986. WWU was 16-0 at home last season and is working on a 24-game home court victory string over the last three years.

COACH DOLFO: Carmen Dolfo, who was the CaptainU Division II National Coach of the Year last season, is in her 23rd year as head coach at WWU. She has a 482-179 (72.9 percent) record and ranks No.9 among active NCAA II coaches in winning percentage and No.12 in victories. Her winning percentage in NCAA II all-time ranks No.21 and her victory total No.26. Dolfo's teams have reached post-season play 21 times and have won 20 or more games 17 times. She was named GNAC Coach of the Year in 2004, 2006, 2011 and 2013; Northwest small college Coach of the Year in 2000 and Pacific Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1996. Dolfo has coached 13 All-Americans (includes honorable mention) and 48 conference all-stars during her tenure. She 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 914 victories (314 losses, 74.4 percent) in its 43-year history, WWU is one of just a handful of colleges in all divisions of the NCAA to reach the 900-plateau... The Vikings have made 40 post-season appearances, including one stretch of 28 straight, with two national semifinal and three quarterfinal finishes ... They have made 14 West Regional appearances in their 15 seasons as a NCAA II member, and also have had 31 20-win seasons ... WWU has had 22 winning streaks of 10 or more games with its longest being 21 ... Former WWU coach Lynda Goodrich 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.

A LOOK BACK AT 2012-13: Last year, WWU finished 29-4 and reached the semifinals at the NCAA II National Championships after winning the West Regional title and both the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament crowns.

COLLEGIATE FIRST: WWU was the first college in the country to boast two 400-win women's basketball coaches. Lynda Goodrich, who recently retired after 26 years as the school's director of athletics, posted 411 victories from 1971 to 1990, and current coach Carmen Dolfo is in her 23rd season with 482.

ON THE WEB: All Viking home games are being video streamed live and are available at www.stretchinternet.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.

ROOT SPORTS: The WWU home game with Simon Fraser on Saturday, March 1 will be televised live on ROOT Sports (Comcast Channel 30). Tipoff is 3 p.m. (originally 7 p.m.). ROOT Sports is the home of the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks and Portland Timbers, among numerous other professional and collegiate sports teams in the Pacific Northwest. Its scope covers Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, and the ROOT SPORTS regional networks combine to reach nine million homes across 18 states.

PROBABLE WESTERN STARTERS & TOP RESERVES:

F Tia Briggs, 6-1, Fr., Tacoma, WA/Wilson
F Sydney Donaldson, 6-0, **Jr., Edmonds, WA/Edmonds-Woodway
C Sarah Hill, 6-3, **Sr., Richmond,VA/Lloyd C.Bird/ Maryland-Baltimore County
G Jenni White, 5-5, **Jr., Spokane, WA/East Valley
G Katie Colard, 5-9, **Jr., McCleary, WA/Elma

F Taylor Peacocke, 5-9, Fr., Kenmore, WA/Inglemoor/Sacramento State F Kiana Gandy,5-10, R-Fr., Des Moines, WA/Mount Rainier F Rachel Albert, 5-10, Fr., Bellingham, WA/Sehome G Marcel Pounds, 5-8, **Jr.., Bonney Lake, WA/Bonney Lake *letters won

MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIES:

Jan. 9 - WWU 71, Central Washington 64 at Bellingham, WA

Donaldson scored a career-high 21 points and made a series of key plays in the dying moments as WWU defeated Central Washington, 71-64, in a GNAC game at Carver Gym. WWU improved to 6-6 overall and 2-2 in the GNAC with its 23rd consecutive home victory. Colard added 16 points for the Vikings, making all 11 of her free throws. CWU fell to 5-8 overall and 0-5 in the GNAC with its fifth straight loss. Guard Jessica VanDyke led the Wildcats with 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Forward Courtney Johnson added 14 points. The second half featured eight ties and eight lead changes before Donaldson gave the Vikings the lead for good, 62-60, on a layin with 1:54 to play, then fed Hill for another layin to push the margin to four with 56 seconds left. Donaldson then blocked a VanDyke post up at the other end, leading to a pair of Colard free throws that essentially put the game out of reach at 66-60 with 40 seconds left. Donaldson, who was 8-of-10 from the field, also had a team-high nine rebounds and game-highs of five assists and five blocked shots. White added 10 points for WWU, which shot 48.1 percent (25-of-52) from the field, and 79.2 percent (19-of-24) on free throws. Central shot 37.2 percent (23-of-61) from the floor, but did have a 39-31 advantage in rebounds. WWU held a 21-10 lead just prior to the midway point of the first half. The Wildcats chipped away at the gap and eventually took a 31-30 lead on two VanDyke free throws with 51.7 seconds left in the half, but the Vikings held a 32-31 halftime lead.

Jan. 11 - WWU 81, Northwest Nazarene 68 at Bellingham, WA

Colard scored a team-high 20 points, hitting six 3-pointers, to lead WWU to an 81-68 triumph over nationally ranked Northwest Nazarene in a GNAC game at Carver Gym. WWU improved to 7-6 overall and 3-2 in the GNAC with its 24th consecutive home victory and the fourth this season. Hill and Peacocke each added 16 points for the Vikings. Donaldson added 15 points, a career-high 15 rebounds, and a game-high four blocked shots for WWU. NNU, ranked No.18 nationally, fell to 10-4 overall and 3-3 in the GNAC. Chelsie Luke came off the bench to score 20 points for the Crusaders, and Taylor Simmons added 16, going 10-of-12 on free throws, and had a game-high six steals. NNU jumped to a 7-1 lead, but WWU responded with 10 straight points to take an 11-8 advantage just over five minutes into the game and led the rest of the way. The margin was still just six, 29-23, late in the first half, but the Vikings closed the period with a 16-6 run over the last 4:40 to take a 45-29 halftime lead. Peacocke had 10 of her 12 first-half points in the burst. NNU pulled to within eight, 54-46, with 12 minutes remaining, but that was the last time the margin was in single digits, as the Vikings used an 11-3 burst to open up a 65-49 advantage with 8:27 remaining. WWU's biggest lead was 17 points, 70-53, with 5:14 to go. WWU had a 42-33 advantage in rebounding, and held the Crusaders to 34.9 percent field-goal shooting (22-of-63).

Great Northwest Athletic Conference

2013-14 Women's Basketball Report 10 Week 9 (Jan. 14, 2014)

                   Conf.               Overall
                   W	L	W	L	H	A	N
Saint Martin's     4	1	10	4	6-0	3-1	1-3
Alaska Anchorage   4	2	11	3	7-2	4-1	0-0
Simon Fraser       3	2	9	4	6-1	3-2	0-1
MSU Billings       3	2	10	5	7-0	1-2	2-3
Western Washington 3	2	7	6	4-0	2-4	1-2
Northwest Nazarene 3	3	10	4	8-0	2-4	0-0
Seattle Pacific    2	3	9	4	4-3	2-1	3-0
Western Oregon     2	3	5	8	4-4	1-2	0-2
Alaska Fairbanks   2	4	8	6	4-4	4-2	0-0
Central Washington 1	5	6	8	3-3	1-3	2-2

LAST WEEK: Thursday - Western Oregon 71 at Alaska Anchorage 97; Saint Martin's 64 at Alaska Fairbanks 78; Central Washington 64 at Western Washington 71; Northwest Nazarene 66 at Simon Fraser 75 Saturday - Saint Martin's 85 at Alaska Anchorage 78; Western Oregon 81 at Alaska Fairbanks 77; Central Washington 63 at Simon Fraser 54; MSU Billings 57 at Seattle Pacific 63; Northwest Nazarene 68 at Western Washington 81.

THIS WEEK: 16 - MSU Billings at Central Washington 7 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at Northwest Nazarene 7 p.m.; Simon Fraser at Saint Martin's 7 p.m.; Western Washington at Western Oregon 7 p.m.

18 - Alaska Anchorage at Alaska Fairbanks, 5:15 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at Central Washington 7 p.m.; MSU Billings at Northwest Nazarene 7 p.m.; Western Washington at Saint Martin's 7 p.m.; Simon Fraser at Western Oregon, 5:15 p.m.

POLLS: WBCA (Jan. 14) - None ranked.

NCAA STATISTICS (Through Jan. 12)

TEAM (Top 30): Ast./T.O. Ratio - 22. Montana State Billings (1.13) Ast./Gm. - 12. Alaska Anchorage (18.4) Blk./Gm. - 15. Western Washington (4.9) 15. Seattle Pacific (4.9) F.G. Pct. - 21. Western Washington (45.5) F.G. Pct. Defense - 4. Saint Martin's (33.2) F.T. Pct. - 3. Northwest Nazarene (78.6) Fls./Gm. - 3. Montana State Billings (15.3) Scoring Defense - 14. Saint Martin's (57.6) Scoring Margin - 18. Alaska Anchorage (17.9) Scoring Offense - 5. Alaska Anchorage (86.9) Stls./Gm. - 3. Alaska Anchorage (15.9) 27. Alaska Fairbanks (11.1) 3-Pt. F.G. Defense - 7. Alaska Fairbanks (23.4) 16. Simon Fraser (24.7) 17. Alaska Anchorage (24.8) 3-Pt. F.G./Gm. - 29. Alaska Anchorage (7.4) 3-Pt. F.G. Pct. - 13. Western Washington (38.2) T.O. Margin - 3. Alaska Anchorage (9.14) T.O./Gm. - 3. Montana State Billings (12.4)

INDIVIDUAL (Top 30): Ast./Gm. - 4. Ally Schmitt, CWU (6.2) 6. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB (6.0) 7. Kiki Robertson, UAA (5.8) Blk./Gm. - 24. Jasmine Parker, CWU (2.29) Double-Doubles - 27. Katie Benson, SPU (6) F.T. Pct. - 3. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB (94.3) Pts./Gm. - 11. Erin Chambers, SFU (22.5) 19. Katie Benson, SPU (21.1) Stl./Gm. - 1. Kiki Robertson, UAA (4.36) 8. Taylor Simmons, NNU (3.36) 3-Pt. F.G./Gm. - 18. Katie Colard, WWU (2.85)

DOUBLE-DOUBLES (Through Jan. 14): 6 - Katie Benson, SPU 5 - Dana Goularte, WOU; Megan Hingston, NNU 3 - Chelsea Haskey, SMU; Jasmine Parker, CWU; Jessica VanDyke, CWU; Jordan Wilson, UAF.

RED LION PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Week of Jan. 6-12: Sydney Donaldson, WWU (F, 6-0, Jr., Edmonds, WA - Edmonds-Woodway) averaged a double-double with 18.0 points and 12.0 rebounds in a pair of WWU victories last week that extended the Vikings' home win streak to 24 straight and pushed them over .500 on the season at 7-6 overall and 3-2 in GNAC play. Donaldson powered WWU in a 71-64 victory over Central Washington on Thursday, leading all scorers with 21 points while grabbing nine rebounds, blocking five shots and dishing out five assists. The junior shot 8-for-10 from the field and 4-for-6 from beyond the 3-point line. On Saturday, Donaldson turned in 15 points while collecting 15 rebounds and posting four blocks and four assists in a 81-68 win over Northwest Nazarene. In all, Donaldson shot .583 from the field (14-for-24) and totaled nine assists and nine blocks against just three turnovers in 68 minutes on the floor last week.

Honorable Mention - Chelsie Luke, NNU (G, 5-9, Sr., Meridian, ID - Meridian); Erin Chambers, SFU (G/F, 6-1, Jr., Mission, BC - Heritage Park); Angela Gelhar, SMU (G, 5-6, Jr., Vancouver, WA - Prairie); Jordan Wilson, UAF (F, 5-11, Fr., Henderson, CO - Prairie View); Betsy Kingma, SPU (G, 5-11, Jr., Bellevue, WA - Newport).

VIKINGS LONE TEAM TO SWEEP: Behind a stellar performance by Sydney Donaldson, Western Washington defeated Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene, extending its home court winning streak to 24 games and pushing its record above .500 for the first time since being 1-0 to start the season. WWU was the only GNAC team to win both of its games last week, as Donaldson and Katie Colard each notched 36 points for the Vikings. Donaldson also grabbed a team-high 24 rebounds, nine assists and nine blocks, while shooting 14-of-24 from the field. Colard dished out seven assists, was a perfect 13-for-13 from the free-throw line, and converted 7-of-15 shots from beyond the arc. Sarah Hill (12.0) and Taylor Peacocke (10.0) also averaged in double figures last week for WWU.

A pair of road games this week interrupt a stretch of six midseason home games for WWU, as the Vikings hit the road to challenge Western Oregon on Thursday and first-place Saint Martin's on Saturday.

WILSON SEEING DOUBLE FOR NANOOKS: Freshman forward Jordan Wilson notched her third double-double of the season on Thursday as UAF dropped 78 points on the GNAC defensive leader in Saint Martin's en route to a conference victory. Wilson had 21 points and 14 rebounds - both game-highs - and nearly posted another double-double against Western Oregon on Saturday with 22 points and nine rebounds. Overall Wilson shot 17-of-29 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free-throw line in 64 minutes on the court. Victoria Milton, another Nanook freshman came up big for UAF as well, scoring 26 points and coming up with a team-high eight steals over the two-game stretch.

UAF remains at home this week for a single game against in-state rival Alaska Anchorage on Saturday in Fairbanks.

WILDCATS GET FIRST GNAC WIN AT SFU: Leading from start-to-finish, Central Washington picked up its first conference win of the season Saturday night with a strong 63-54 victory over Simon Fraser. Jasmine Parker led the way against the Clan with 21 points on 10-of-16 from the field, and Ally Schmitt (11), Jessica VanDyke (10) and Courtney Johnson (10) also scored in double figures on Saturday. CWU nearly pulled off an upset on Thursday, hanging with Western Washington until the final minutes of a 71-64 defeat in Bellingham. VanDyke led the Wildcats overall on the weekend, scoring 27 total points and grabbing 19 rebounds.

CWU's next three games are at home, as the Wildcats entertain Montana State Billings and Seattle Pacific this week before a single game against Northwest Nazarene the following week.

YELLOWJACKETS FALL ON ROOT DEBUT: Facing Seattle Pacific in the first GNAC game on ROOT SPORTS of the season, MSU Billings lost a tight game 63-57 on Saturday afternoon in Seattle. Chelsea Banis contributed a team-high 15 points for the Yellowjackets, and Bobbi Knudsen was MSUB's other double-figure scorer with 12 points. Janiel Olson led all players with 14 rebounds, but MSUB struggled from the field with a shooting percentage of just 33.3.

MSUB remains on the road this week, facing Central Washington on Thursday and Northwest Nazarene on Saturday on the way back to Billings.

CRUSADERS FALL SHORT ON ROAD: After winning two-straight GNAC games heading into last week, NNU lost a pair of road contests to slip down the conference standings into sixth. Chelsie Luke and Taylor Simmons each totaled 34 points on the weekend, with Luke's 13 rebounds leading the team. NNU fell to Simon Fraser 75-66 on Thursday before facing a WWU team that hasn't lost at home in more than a year on Saturday. Reigning all-GNAC guard Megan Hingston was held to just 14 points on the weekend and did not attempt a 3-pointer or a free throw.

NNU returns home this week to welcome Seattle Pacific on Thursday and Montana State Billings on Saturday.

SAINT'S SPLIT, STILL IN FIRST: After falling to Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday, Saint Martin's recovered with a big road victory over Alaska Anchorage on Saturday that kept SMU in the top spot in the GNAC standings with a conference record of 4-1. Angela Gelhar stole the show on Saturday, shooting 9-for-15 from the field and 12-for-14 from the foul line en route to a career-high 36 points in the win. Chelsea Haskey, the Saints' top scorer notched 21 points and tied teammate Megan Wiedeman for the team lead in rebounds with 15. The Saints' 85 points on Saturday was the team's highest total this season, and the 78 points they allowed in both games tied for the most they have given up so far in 2013-14.

SMU returns to Lacey this week to challenge Simon Fraser on Thursday and Western Washington on Saturday.

FALCONS A HIT ON TV DEBUT: Seattle Pacific made the most of its first 2014 appearance on ROOT SPORTS, downing Montana State Billings 63-57 on a televised game Saturday. Katie Benson was among a trio of double-figure scorers with 18 points, and her 10 rebounds resulted in her conference-leading sixth double-double of the 2013-14 season. Suzanna Ohlsen (16) and Betsy Kingma (15) were the other double-digit scorers for SPU on Saturday. Kingma was especially solid from long distance, converting 5-of-7 3-pointers in 31 minutes on the floor.

SPU travels to Nampa on Thursday, before facing Central Washington in Ellensburg on Saturday.

CHAMBERS DOMINANT, CLAN SPLIT: Erin Chambers continued her season-long scoring spree, notching 32 points against Central Washington on Saturday after a 25-point effort in a win over Northwest Nazarene on Thursday. The total of 57 pushed her back into the top spot among GNAC scoring leaders, as she now averages 22.1 points per contest. Despite Chambers' efforts, the Clan fell to previously winless Central Washington in Burnaby on Saturday, as the Wildcats fell behind early and never recovered. The defeat came two days after a strong win over Northwest Nazarene, a game that featured four different double-figure scorers including a double-double for Rebecca Langmead.

The Clan are set to face Saint Martin's in Lacey on Thursday before a special 5:15 start time against Western Oregon in Monmouth on Saturday evening.

WOLVES SPLIT IN ALASKA: A balanced attack with five different double-digit scorers helped Western Oregon to an 81-77 victory over Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday, giving WOU a split on the tough road trip up North. Dana Goularte continued to impress with 36 points and 17 rebounds on the weekend, and also led the team with 10 assists and six blocks. On Saturday, it was freshman guard Jordan Mottershaw who led the Wolves in scoring, as she turned in 19 points off the bench in 28 minutes on the floor. Goularte (16), Chantel Divilbiss (15), Elise Miller (10) and Kelsey Henry (10) were WOU's other double-figure scorers in the Wolves' second conference win of the season.

WOU returns to Monmouth this week, hosting Western Washington on Thursday and Simon Fraser on Saturday in the first half of a doubleheader with the WOU men's team.

SEAWOLVES APPROACH CENTURY MARK: Alaska Anchorage enjoyed a big win over Western Oregon on Thursday, downing the Wolves 97-71 inside the Wells Fargo Sports Complex in Anchorage. Kylie Burns turned in a team-high 19 points on Thursday, leading a quartet of double-figure scorers. Burns hardly missed a beat against SMU on Saturday with 17 more points, but the Seawolves ran out of luck as the Saints made a strong statement and moved back into first place with the 85-78 victory.

Next up for UAA is a single game against Alaska Fairbanks, as the Seawolves enjoy a day off on Thursday before traveling to the Patty Center in Fairbanks on Saturday.

2013-14 RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Week of Dec. 30 - Jan. 5: Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB (G, 5-8, Sr., Malta, MT) had 55 points, 12 assists, and four steals and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line with five rebounds. She led the team to an 81-63 win over Simon Fraser University and an 82-69 win over Western Washington University. In the game against SFU Knudsen had a team-high 18 points, six assists and two steals. In the win over WWU, Knudsen had a career-high 37 points, making 14-of-21 shots, including 3-of-4 from 3-point territory, for a shooting percentage of 66.6. Her 37 points is the highest by a women's player in the GNAC this season. "Bobbi Knudsen played a special game tonight," head coach Kevin Woodin said. "She had 37 points, and had six assists to only one turnover. It is probably one of the best perimeter games I have ever witnessed."

Week of Dec. 16-22: Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB (G, 5-8, Sr., Malta, MT) scored 32 points while dishing out 17 assists and grabbing 14 rebounds in a pair of South Point Holiday Hoops Classic games last week in Las Vegas. Knudsen led the Yellowjackets to a 78-58 win over Texas Woman's and was instrumental in MSUB's one-point loss to No. 6 Drury. Trailing by two points in the final minute against the Panthers, Knudsen drove into the paint, scored a layup and drew a foul. After converting the free throw to give MSUB a one-point lead with six seconds left, Drury scored a buzzer-beater from 18 feet to shock the Yellowjackets and escape with the victory. "Bobbi played some incredible basketball over the two games," MSUB head coach Kevin Woodin said. "Our team played the two best games we have all season, and Bobbi was a top contributor in both contests."

Week of Dec. 9-15: Krista Stabler, SMU (G, 5-6, So., Silverdale, WA - Central Kitsap) finished with a career-high 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field while she was 8-of-10 from the line against Hawaii Hilo on Saturday. She also had career highs in rebounds with six and assists with four while adding two steals and committing zero turnovers in 27 minutes off the bench.

Week of Dec. 2-8: Dana Goularte, WOU (F, Jr., Port Orchard, WA - South Kitsap) averaged a double-double last week with 22.5 points and 12 rebounds in the Wolves' loss to No. 18 Northwest Nazarene and victory over Central Washington. Goularte averaged 36.0 minutes, shooting .538 from the floor and .800 from the free-throw line. She racked up four assists and six blocks and became the first WOU player since 2005 to grab 17 rebounds in a game when she accomplished the feat against NNU on Thursday. "She had one of the best all around performances I've ever seen," WOU head coach Holli Howard-Carpenter commented on Goularte's performance against NNU. "She defended, made some great passes and was a beast on the boards." The double-figure scoring performances gave her 22 total in her career, and her double-double on Thursday was the eighth of Goularte's career and third this season.

Week of Nov. 25 - Dec. 1: Kiki Robertson, UAA (G, 5-7, Fr., Honolulu, HI - Mid-Pacific) averaged 16.5 points and grabbed a dozen rebounds in a pair of games against Division I competition last week in the Great Alaska Shootout. Robertson averaged 34 minutes on the court, contributing a GNAC-high 12 steals and 11 assists in a victory against UC Riverside and a loss to Georgetown. Robertson shot 39 percent from the field, while turning in a solid 1.6 assist-turnover ratio.

Week of Nov. 18-24: Katie Benson, SPU (F, 6-1, Sr., Snohomish, WA - Snohomish) led the GNAC in scoring (28.5) and rebounding (11.5), and was second in blocks (3.0) and field goal percentage (.667) last week as the Falcons won a pair of games to improve to 6-0 in 2013. Benson also shot 83 percent from the free throw line and turned in seven steals while converting three-of-four attempts from long distance.

Week of Nov. 11-17: Katie Benson, SPU (F, 6-1, Sr., Snohomish, WA - Snohomish) averaged a double-double with 18 points and 12.5 rebounds in a pair of Falcon wins last week as SPU has started the 2013-14 campaign 4-0. Sixteen of Benson's 25 total rebounds were defensive, and she also turned in six steals and four blocks while committing just two turnovers. Overall, the senior shot 14-of-25 from the field and drained 7-of-8 free throws while averaging 25 minutes of action per game. Benson's 17 rebounds on Saturday night against Point Loma Nazarene tied her career high, and she was named tournament Most Valuable Player for the SPU-hosted Sodexo Tip-Off Classic.

Week of Nov. 4-10: Jordan Wilson, UAF (F, 5-11 Fr., Henderson, CO - Prairie View) posted a double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds in her first career collegiate game. Wilson helped the Nanooks to an 87-72 victory over Western New Mexico, marking the first time UAF has won its season opener in four seasons. Wilson also notched an assist while shooting 10-of-11 from the field and sinking seven free throws on 10 attempts.