No.5 WWU on road to face Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene
Jan. 22, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Coming off a home sweep of its top three conference rivals, the Western Washington University women's basketball team takes to the road this week for Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests against Central Washington University on Thursday, Jan.24 (7 p.m.) and Northwest Nazarene University on Saturday, Jan. 26 (7 p.m.).
A webcast and live stats for both games can be found at www.wwuvikings.com. The Vikings, who have moved up 15 spots over the last three weeks and are ranked No.5 in the latest USA Today Sports/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, are 13-2 overall and lead the GNAC standings with a 7-0 record. They are working on a seven-game winning streak.
WWU began its campaign with six victories, all at home, before losing twice in northern California.
The Vikings started their current win streak with 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. They then swept a two-game road trip in Alaska for the second time in three seasons.
WWU tops the GNAC in field-goal percentage defense (36.2) and is second in scoring defense (58.7), field-goal percentage (43.9), blocked shots (4.2) and assists (18.0).
Senior center Britt Harris is averaging a team-best 14.1 points per game, and is second in rebounding with a 5.3 average. She is shooting 57.0 percent (81-of-142) from the field, second in the GNAC.
Harris has scored double-figure points 12 times this season and is hitting 60.9 percent (25-of-41) from the floor over the last five games.
Senior point guard Corinn Waltrip is averaging 10.5 points, shooting 43.1 percent (31-of-72) from 3-point range and 80.6 percent (25-of-31) at the free-throw line. She connected on six treys and scored a career-high 24 points against Montana State Billings in earning GNAC Player of the Week honors.
Senior forward Trishi Williams, who is averaging 10.5 points and 5.4 rebounds, leads the squad in both assists (3.8) and steals (2.7). She ranks second among conference leaders in steals (2.7) and third in floor accuracy at 52.5 percent (64-of-122). Williams has averaged 5.5 assists over the last six games.
Junior forward Sarah Hill, who moved into the starting lineup at the beginning of the current winning streak, leads the team in rebounds with a 6.7 average. Sophomore forward Sydney Donaldson scored 14 points against Seattle Pacific and grabbed 13 rebounds versus Montana State Billings.
Central Washington is 8-7 overall (4-2 at home) and 3-4 in conference play, winning its last three games, each of them by 10 or more points, following losses in seven of nine contests.
The Wildcats are led by 5-9 junior guard Jessica VanDyke (12.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg), an honorable mention GNAC all-star. Another returning starter is 5-11 sophomore forward Courtney Johnson (7.5 ppg).
Second-year coach Shawn Nelson (17-24, overall 10 yrs., 218-94) picked up two talented transfers in 5-8 junior guard Ally Schmitt (9.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.8 apg, 3.1 spg) from Division I Montana State and 5-6 junior guard Leslie Stillar (9.1 ppg) from Walla Walla CC.
WWU holds an 82-10 series advantage, winning the last nine meetings and 17 of the last 18.
Northwest Nazarene is 13-2 overall (6-0 at home, Jan. 24 host Simon Fraser) and third in the league standings at 5-2, winning its last eight games.
The Crusaders return two starters for coach Kelli Lindley (12th year, 196-125), from last year's 18-10 team - 5-9 junior guard Megan Hingston (18.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg), a second-team GNAC all-star, and 5-9 junior guard Chelsie Luke (15.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg).
Another returnee in 5-7 senior guard Heather Adams (7.8 ppg).
Two top newcomers are 5-10 junior forward Kylee Schierman (6.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg), a transfer from College of Southern Idaho, and 5-8 freshman guard Taylor Simmons (6.4 ppg).
WWU leads the series, 20-9, winning seven of the last eight meetings.
THREE-DOT NOTES: Waltrip has a four-year career point total of 819 ... Waltrip and Harris have each received GNAC co-Player of the Week honors this season ... 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 431-72 (85.7 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 459-171 (72.8 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 891 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 459.
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. 10 - WWU 59, Simon Fraser 57 at Bellingham
Harris scored on a layup at the buzzer to lift WWU to a 59-57 victory over Simon Fraser in a GNAC contest featuring two nationally ranked foes at Carver Gym. Harris had 14 points, 12 in the second half, to help the Vikings, ranked No.11 nationally, improve to 11-2 overall and claim sole possession of first place in the GNAC at 5-0 with their fifth straight triumph. Simon Fraser, No.7 nationally, had an eight-game winning streak snapped and fell to 11-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, who leads NCAA II nationally in field goal percentage (68.4) and is second in rebounds (12.8), had 14 points and 21 rebounds for the Clan. The score was tied at 53-53 entering the final minute before the two teams, who went scoreless the first 3:55 of the game, combined to score on five consecutive possessions. Hill put the Vikings in front with a layin with 53.5 seconds left, but Raincock-Ekunwe answered on a post- up to level the score at 55-55 with 41.4 to play. Harris then hit a jumper from the right baseline with 13.8 seconds remaining, but Raincock-Ekunwe responded again with a reverse layup with 5.1 left. The Vikings did not take a time out, and Waltrip raced up the middle of the floor, and while stumbling as she reached the foul line, fed Harris for a right-side layup as time expired. Williams had 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists for WWU. She tied the game at 53-53 on a fastbreak layin with 1:53 to play, and assisted on WWU's first two field goals of the final minute. Colard had 11 points, and Hill added 10. Guard Kristina Collins had 13 points for SFU, and forward Erin Chambers added 11. SFU had a 29-23 lead at halftime. The Clan held WWU scoreless for more than six minutes to start the contest before White hit a 3-pointer, and SFU eventually opened up a 19-12 lead, the biggest of the game, with 5:16 left in the half.
Jan. 17 - WWU 61, Seattle Pacific 44 at Bellingham
WWU used a run of 13 straight points midway through the second half to break open a tight game and defeat Seattle Pacific, 61-44, in GNAC contest at Carver Gym. The Vikings, rated No.8 nationally, improved to 12-2 overall and remained atop the GNAC at 6-0 after their sixth consecutive victory. Donaldson had a team-high 14 points off the bench for WWU and Harris added 13 points, all in the second half. Forward Katie Benson had game-highs of 18 points and 13 rebounds for Seattle Pacific, which fell to 10-5 overall and 4-3 in the GNAC with its third loss in the last four games. SPU held a 38-35 lead with 12:30 remaining, but the Vikings scored the next 13 points and turned that burst into a 22-2 charge that gave them a 57-40 lead with 3:43 remaining. Harris had seven points and four rebounds in the run, during which WWU had a 12-2 rebound advantage. Waltrip had 11 points for the Vikings, including a 3-pointer with 11:19 to play that put WWU in front to stay, 40-38. The Falcons jumped to a 10-0 lead just over four minutes into the game as WWU had turnovers on four of its first five possessions. The Vikings rallied with seven straight points of their own to close the gap to 10-7 with 14:22 left in the first half, but despite narrowing the margin to one on three occasions, never caught SPU in the opening half and trailed, 27-22, at halftime. The Falcons led by as much as seven in the second half before the Vikings responded to take their first lead of the game, 33-32, on a Harris layup with 14:21 left. WWU shot 41.7 percent (25-of-60) from the field, hitting 54.8 percent (17-of-31) in the second half after being just 8-of-29 (27.6 percent) in the opening period. Harris was 6-of-7 from the field. SPU shot only 23.0 percent (14-of-61) from the field, hitting just one of its last 17shots.
Jan. 17 - WWU 78, Montana State Billings 76 at Bellingham
Waltrip scored a game and career-high 24 points as WWU held off a late Montana State Billings rally and claimed a 78-76 victory in a GNAC contest at Carver Gym. The Vikings, rated No.8 nationally, improved to 13-2 overall and remained atop the GNAC at 7-0 after their seventh consecutive victory. MSUB fell to 11-5 overall and 5-3 in conference play. Guard Bobbi Knudsen led the Yellowjackets with 21 points and center Kayleen Goggins added 20. A Waltrip 3-pointer gave WWU a 74-65 lead with 4:20 remaining, before MSUB fought back, pulling to within two, 74-72, on a basket by Knudsen with 1:53 remaining. Waltrip then hit four free throws in the final 1:15 to put the game out of reach, the Yellowjackets only closing the gap to two on a layup at the buzzer by Janiel Olson, who finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds. It was the second time in the half the Vikings narrowly maintained the lead after an MSUB rally. WWU had been ahead 64-53, its biggest advantage of the game, with 11:20 left before the Yellowjackets ran off 10 straight points, eight of them by Goggins, to narrow the margin to one, 64-63, with 7:43 to go. Waltrip was 7-of-14 from the field, including 6-of-11 on 3-pointers, and was also 4-of-5 on free throws. Williams had 11 points for WWU, and Hill added 10 on 5-of-7 field-goal shooting. The Vikings had a 40-35 advantage in rebounds, with Donaldson grabbing a game-high 13. WWU trailed only once, 12-11, seven minutes into the game, and held a 44-41 lead at halftime.
USA TODAY Sports DIVISION II TOP 25 COACHES' POLL
January 22, 2013
USA TODAY Sports Division II Top 25 women's basketball poll, with first-place votes to the right, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th.
Rank Institution First Place Votes Prev Rank Record Total Points 1 Ashland University (Ohio) 32 1 19-0 800 2 Bentley University (Mass.) 2 15-0 765 3 Clayton State University (Ga.) 4 16-0 738 4 Colorado Mesa University 7 15-0 674 5 Western Washington University 8 13-2 627 6 Univ. of South Carolina - Aiken 3 13-2 593 7 Simon Fraser University (BC) 10 13-2 569 8 Augustana College (S.D.) 12 14-2 560 9 California State Univ. - Chico 13 13-1 536 10 Gannon University (Pa.) 6 16-2 521 11 Holy Family University (Pa.) 14 15-2 438 12 Shaw University (N.C.) 16 15-2 365 13 Stonehill College (Mass.) 17 14-1 357 14 Washburn University (Kan.) 9 11-3 352 15 University of Indianapolis (Ind.) 5 12-3 349 16 University of Central Missouri 11 13-2 343 17 Grand Canyon University (Ariz.) 18 16-4 260 18 Pittsburg State University (Kan.) 24 12-4 179 19 Indiana University of Pennsylvania 23 13-4 168 20 Nova Southeastern University (Fla.) NR 12-3 156 21 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 25 12-3 134 22 Limestone College (S.C.) NR 12-2 116 23 University of Southern Indiana NR 13-2 106 24 Dowling College (N.Y.) NR 13-2 90 25 University of Tampa (Fla.) 15 11-3 87Dropped Out: Fort Hays State University (Kan.); Wayne State College (Neb.); Rollins College (Fla.); Minnesota State University - Mankato.
Others Receiving Votes: Glenville State College (W.Va.) 68; New York Institute of Technology 56; Edinboro University (Pa.) 54; Fort Hays State University (Kan.) 53; Wayne State College (Neb.) 36; Lenoir-Rhyne University (N.C.) 33; Augusta State University (Ga.) 30; Truman State University (Mo.) 27; Saint Mary's University (Texas) 26; Rollins College (Fla.) 22; Fayetteville State University (N.C.) 21; Assumption College (Mass.) 20; Minnesota State University - Mankato 19; University of Wisconsin - Parkside 12; Northwest Nazarene University (Idaho) 7; Concordia University (Minn.) 6; Ouachita Baptist University (Ark.) 6; East Central University (Okla.) 4; Anderson University (S.C.) 3; Lewis University (Ill.) 3; Newberry College (S.C.) 2; Northeastern State University (Okla.) 2; Pfeiffer University (N.C.) 2; Winona State University (Minn.) 2; Lynn University (Fla.) 1; Tarleton State University (Texas) 1.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012-13 Women's Basketball Report Week 11
Conference All W L W L H A N Western Washington 7 0 13 2 9-0 2-1 2-1 Simon Fraser 6 1 13 2 7-0 3-1 3-1 Northwest Nazarene 5 2 13 2 6-0 5-2 2-0 Montana State Billings 5 3 11 5 8-0 3-4 0-1 Seattle Pacific 4 4 10 6 6-1 2-4 2-1 Saint Martin's 3 4 10 7 6-1 3-4 2-2 Central Washington 3 4 8 7 4-2 2-3 2-2 Alaska Anchorage 2 5 8 7 7-6 1-1 0-0 Western Oregon 1 6 6 11 3-6 2-5 1-0 Alaska Fairbanks 0 7 2 13 2-8 0-5 0-0
LAST WEEK: Thursday - Northwest Nazarene 76 at Alaska Anchorage 49; Central Washington 69 at Alaska Fairbanks 49; MSU Billings 58 at Simon Fraser 89; Seattle Pacific 44 at Western Washington 81. Saturday - Central Washington 74 at Alaska Anchorage 64; Northwest Nazarene 59 at Alaska Fairbanks 50; MSU Billings 78 at Western Washington 76; Saint Martin's 54 at Western Oregon 47; Seattle Pacific 63 at Simon Fraser 83.
THIS WEEK: Thursday - Alaska Anchorage at Western Oregon; Alaska Fairbanks at Saint Martin's; Western Washington at Central Washington; Simon Fraser at Northwest Nazarene. Saturday - Alaska Anchorage at Saint Martin's; Alaska Fairbanks at Western Oregon; Simon Fraser at Central Washington, 5:15 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at MSU Billings, 5:15 p.m.; Western Washington at Northwest Nazarene.
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. 22) - 5. Western Washington; 7. Simon Fraser; 40. Northwest Nazarene. (Note: The first of three NCAA Division II West Regional polls will be released Wedneday, Feb. 20).
NATIONAL STATISTICS (Through Jan. 20): Team (Top 30): Scoring Offense - 17. Simon Fraser 74.5; 21, Northwest Nazarene 73.9. Scoring Defense - 18. Simon Fraser 54.3. Scoring Margin - 6. Simon Fraser 20.3; 25. Northwest Nazarene 13.7. Field Goal PCT. - 1. Simon Fraser 47.6; 30. Western Washington 43.3. Free Throw PCT. - 1. Seattle Pacific 80.5; 16. Northwest Nazarene 76.0; 19. Alaska Anchorage 75.8. Rebound Margin - 12. Seattle Pacific 9.3; 23. Northwest Nazarene 7.9. Three-Point FGs - 7. Central Washington 8.8; 10. Alaska Anchorage 8.5; 13. Simon Fraser 8.3. Three-Point PCT. - 13. Seattle Pacific 37.4; 17. Simon Fraser 37.0. Assists - 2. Simon Fraser 19.2; 9. Western Washington 18.0; 30. Alaska Anchorage 16.3. Blocked Shots - 27. Simon Fraser 4.7. Steals - 25. Alaska Fairbanks 12.5. Fewest Turnovers - 3. Montana State Billings 11.8; 26. Alaska Anchorage 14.9. Fewest Fouls - 14. Montana State Billings 13.4; 24. Simon Fraser 14.0. Assist Turnover Ratio - 5. MSU Billings 1.23; 9. Western Washington 1.16; 10. Simon Fraser 1.15; 14. Alaska Anchorage 1.10. Turnover Margin - 7. Montana State Billings 7.06; 25. Alaska Anchorage 5.20. Individuals (Top 30): Scoring - 28. Megan Hingston, NNU, 18.5. Rebounds - 3. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 12.5. Assists - 2. Sasha King, UAA, 6.4; 4. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB, 6.3; 7. Ally Schmitt, CWU, 5.8; 19. Kristina Collins, SFU, 5.1. Blocked Shots - 21. Jasmine Parker, CWU, 2.13. Steals - 23. Sasha King, UAA, 3.08. Field Goal PCT. - 1. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 67.8; 15. Britt Harris, WWU, 55.2. Free Throw PCT. - 1. Mariah Durian, WOU, 94.2; 5. Erin Chambers, SFU, 91.5; 10. Suzanna Ohlsen, SPU, 90.4; 21. Aubree Callen, SPU, 88.2; 29. Ally Schmitt, CWU, 86.8. Three-Point PCT. - 22. Erin Chambers, SFU, 42.2; 26. Kristina Collins, SFU, 41.6; 27. Corinn Waltrip, WWU, 41.5. Three-Pointers - 21. Jessica VanDyke, CWU, 2.73. Assist/Turnover Ratio - 4. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB, 2.46; 28. Sasha King, UAA, 1.84. Double-Doubles - 5. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 10; 25. Megan Hingston, NNU, 7.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES (Through Jan. 20): 10 - Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU. 7 - Megan Hingston, NNU. 4 - Dana Goularte, WOU; Katie Benson, SPU; Janiel Olson, MSUB. 3 - Chelsea Haskey, SMU; Alysa Horn, UAA. 2 - Jasmine Parker, CWU. 1 - 13 with.
GNAC RED LION PLAYER-OF-THE-WEEK: Corinn Waltrip, Western Washington (G, 5-6, Sr., Tigard, OR) and Jasmine Parker, Central Washington (F, 6-2, Fr., Spokane, WA - Mead) ... Waltrip scored 35 points including a career-high 24 in a 78-76 home win against MSU Billings. Waltrip made 11 of 24 shots including 9 of 17 from the arc. She also had eight assists. Jasmine Parker had 25 points and 26 rebounds as the Wildcats swept Alaska Fairbanks (69-49) and Alaska Anchorage (74-64). She also had team highs for blocked shots (4) and steals (6).
HONORABLE MENTION: Megan Hingston, Northwest Nazarene (F, 5-9, Jr., Keizer, OR - McNary), Kristina Collins, Simon Fraser (G, 5-10, Sr., Port Coquitlam, BC) and Jordyn Richardson, Saint Martin's (G, 5-9, So., Olympia, WA) ... Hingston scored 39 points on 17 of 33 shooting and had 21 rebounds and six steals, all team highs in wins at UAA and UAF ... Collins had 30 points on 10 of 19 shooting, and also had 13 assists as the Clan posted 20-point plus wins over MSU Billings and Seattle Pacific. She made seven of 13 three-pointers in the two contests. She posted a double-double against MSUB recording 16 points, 10 assists, two steals and two rebounds ... Richardson scored 12 of her 13 points in the second half, connecting on 4 of 5 three-pointers including two in the final two minutes in the Saints' 54-47 road victory at Western Oregon. Since being inserted into the starting lineup four games ago, Richardson is averaging 12 points per game raising her average from 3.9 points per game to 5.8.
HOME WIN STREAKS: Approaching the halfway point of the conference season this week, four GNAC teams remain unbeaten at home this season - Western Washington (9-0), MSU Billings (8-0), Simon Fraser (7-0) and Northwest Nazarene (6-0). Going back to the 2011-12 campaign, here are there overall home win streaks: 13 - Western Washington. 8 - MSU Billings, Northwest Nazarene. 7 - Simon Fraser.
GNAC TEAM NOTES:
Alaska Anchorage: Alysa Horn led short-handed Alaska Anchorage with 29 points and 17 rebounds in a pair of home contests. Six players accounted for all but four minutes of court time. Among the missing was guard Sasha King who leads UAA in scoring averaging 15.7 points per game.
Alaska Fairbanks: Benissa Bulaya scored 23 points, shooting 52.6 percent (10 of 19) and had five steals and five rebounds in UAF's two contests. The Nanooks held there two opponents to a 36.8 shooting percentage, but were outrebounded 100-72 and shot just 3 of 38 from the three-point arc and 32.1 percent overall (42 of 131).
Central Washington: Leslie Stillar had 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the Wildcats snapped an 11-game losing streak to Alaska Anchorage with a 74-64 victory at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex Saturday. Stillar, who had 27 points and 13 assists on the road trip, made 4 of 7 three-pointers against UAA. Jessica VanDyke finished the road trip with 29 points. Stillar had 27 points and 13 assists.
MSU Billings: Bobbi Knudsen scored 39 points and had 10 assists and six steals in a pair of road losses. Kayleen Goggins chipped in with 33 points and Janiel Olson had 25 points and 18 rebounds.
Northwest Nazarene: Chelsea Luke scored 29 points and had 15 rebounds in the Crusaders' two wins in Alaska. Thursday's win at Anchorage - which featured a 25-point performance by Megan Hingston - were NNU's first at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex since 2005 and snapped an eight-game overall losing streak to the Seawolves.
Saint Martin's: Chelsea Haskey led the Saints with 14 points - her 10th straight double figure scoring game - and nine rebounds and Jordyn Richardson had 13 points in SMU's 54-47 win at Western Oregon. The Saints jumped out to an early 16-0 lead before WOU briefly took a one-point lead in the second half .,.SMU is now 6-0 when holding teams below 50 points
Seattle Pacific: Aubree Callen led the Falcons with 28 points and Katie Benson had 27 points and 14 rebounds in games at Bellingham and Burnaby. Callen also had 12 rebounds and a team-best six assists, while cashing in on 4 of 9 three-point shots. Michelle Teng had a team-high eight steals and matched Callen's assist total.
Simon Fraser: Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe led a balanced attack with 31 points in the Clan's two victories. Raincock-Ekunwe made 14 of 19 shots and also had 14 rebounds. Kristina Collins had 30 points and Erin Chambers had 28 on 11 of 18 shooting. SFU shot 53.2 percent from the arc (25 of 47) in the two contests.
Western Oregon: Mariah Durian, who leads Division II in free throw shooting, scored 14 points in WOU's home loss. She made four of four free throws increasing her top-ranked percentage from 93.8 to 94.2 percent. Chantel Divilbiss added 11 points. Durian has made 49 of 52 including her last five.
Western Washington: In addition to Waltrip (See Player of the Week notes), Sydney Donaldson and Britt Harris keyed the Vikings' two home wins. Donaldson had 22 points on 10 of 19 shooting and 18 rebounds. Harris missed just three shots (10 of 13) and had 21 points. Trishi Williams scored 18 points and also had 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
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 2007-08. 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.
Week of Dec. 31-Jan. 6: 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.
Jan. 7-13: Megan Hingston, Northwest Nazarene (F, 5-9, Jr., Keizer, OR) scored 41 points and also had 19 rebounds as the Crusaders improved to 8-0 at home with 19 and 17-point victories over Western Oregon and Saint Martin's. Hingston, who has six double-doubles this season, made 16 of 29 shots. She also had four steals and three assists.
2012-13 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). Jan. 7-13 - Alaska Fairbanks (Men's Basketball). Jan. 14-20 - Saint Martin's (Women's Basketball).
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