Vikings host MSUB on Thursday in battle of GNAC co-leaders

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Taylor Peacocke
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Jan. 27, 2014

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - With first place in the conference standings up for grabs, the Western Washington University women's basketball team closes out a four-game home stand by meeting Montana State University Billings on Thursday (5:15 p.m.) and Seattle Pacific University on Saturday (5:15 p.m.) in a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

The MSUB game will be broadcast on KPUG Radio (1170 AM-Bellingham) and the SPU contest on KBAI Radio (930 AM-Bellingham) with Doug Lange calling the action and Mark Scholten providing the color commentary. Lives stats and video streams can be found at wwuvikings.com.

THE LAST MEETING
Western Washington69
Montana State-Billings82
January 4, 2014
Billings, MT
WWU beaten 82-69 at Montana State Billings
All-America guard Bobbi Knudsen scored a career and game-high 37 points as Montana State University Billings defeated Western Washington University, 82-69, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball game Saturday at Alterowitz Gymnasium.

THE LAST MEETING
Western Washington84
Seattle Pacific77
January 2, 2014
Seattle, WA
WWU opens 2014 with 84-77 upset at nationally No.9-ranked Seattle Pacific
GuardKatie Colard scored a career and game-high 25 points, hitting 5-of-7 3-pointers as Western Washington University upset nationally top 10-ranked Seattle Pacific University, 84-77, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball game on Thursday at Royal Brougham Pavilion.

Beginning the second half of its GNAC schedule, WWU is tied with MSUB for first place in the GNAC at 7-2. SPU and Simon Fraser are tied for second at 6-3.

The Vikings, 11-6 overall, are working on a six-game winning streak. They have won eight of their last nine contests following a 3-5 start.

Last week, WWU extended its home court winning streak to 26 games with wins over Alaska Anchorage, 76-70, and Alaska Fairbanks, 92-80. That ties its second-longest Carver Gym string (2006-09) and is three shy of the school record of 29 set from 1983 to 1986.

The Vikings are 6-0 at home this season. Their last loss at Carver Gym came on Jan. 14, 2012, 75-55 to Alaska Anchorage.

In GNAC road meetings earlier this season, WWU fell 82-69 at MSUB on Jan. 4 and won 84-77 at SPU on Jan. 2.

WWU leads the GNAC in field-goal percentage (46.0) and 3-point percentage (37.3). The 3-point figure ranks 16th nationally in NCAA Division II and the field-goal percentage is18th.

The Vikings are the defending GNAC regular-season and tournament champions. They went on to win the West Regional title and reach the national semifinals.

KATIE FOR THREE: Junior guard Katie Colard is averaging a team-leading 13.2 points per game on 39.3 percent (46-of-117) accuracy from 3-point range, and tops the GNAC and ranks 28th nationally in made threes (2.7, 46). She hit a career-best six treys versus Northwest Nazarene on Jan. 11.

Colard has averaged 3.3 treys and shot 45.8 percent (33-of-72) from beyond the arc over the last 10 games (15.1 point avg.), scoring double figures nine times. Colard scored a career-high 25 points on 5-of-7 3-point shooting in WWU's win at Seattle Pacific. She leads the team with 13 double-figure scoring games.

STELLAR SYDNEY: Junior forward Sydney Donaldson has been a catalyst during WWU's six-game win streak. She is averaging 14.8 points on 59.6 percent (34-of-57) field-goal shooting and 8.7 rebounds.

Donaldson, who was the GNAC Player of the Week for Jan. 5-11, scored a career-high 22 points versus Alaska Fairbanks last Saturday and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against Northwest Nazarene on Jan. 11. On the season, she is averaging 8.5 points and 5.9 rebounds.

PEACOCKE BLAZING: Freshman guard Taylor Peacocke has made 26-of-40 field goals, 65.0 percent, over the last four games, averaging 17.5 points during that span. She has not been below 60 percent from the floor in any of those contests.

Peacocke is averaging 11.9 points off the bench this season, scoring double figures 12 times.

HILL DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Senior center Sarah Hill, who received GNAC Player of the Week honors for Jan. 12-18, has had two double doubles in the last four games, just missing out on having four straight. She had 18 points and 16 rebounds, both career highs, at Western Oregon on Jan. 16 and 11 points and 12 rebounds versus Alaska Fairbanks last Saturday. Hill also had nine points and 14 rebounds at Saint Martin's on Jan. 18 and 13 points and nine rebounds against Alaska Anchorage last Thursday.

Hill is averaging 9.6 points this season and a team-high 7.8 rebounds. She also leads the Vikings with 31 blocked shots.

WHITE OUT-STANDING: Junior point guard Jenni White, who is scoring at a 9.7 clip, had 24 points, 11 assists and six steals in last week's two wins. She paces the Vikings in assists (4.4, 75) and steals (2.1, 36), and tops the GNAC in 3-point accuracy at 40.9 percent (18-of-44).

UPCOMING GAMES:

Jan. 30 (Thu.) MONTANA STATE BILLINGS*% (CARVER GYM - 5:15 p.m.)
Feb. 1 (Sat.) SEATTLE PACIFIC*# (CARVER GYM - 5:15 p.m.)
Feb. 6 (Thu.) at Northwest Nazarene* (Nampa, ID - 7 p.m.)
Feb. 8 (Sat.) at Central Washington* (Ellensburg, WA - 7 p.m.)

*Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest #broadcast on KBAI Radio (930 AM) and on internet at wwuvikings.com %broadcast on KPUG Radio (1170 AM) and on internet at wwuvikings.com

MONTANA STATE BILLINGS: The Yellowjackets, riding a four-game winning streak, are 14-5 overall and tied for first place in the GNAC at 7-2. Leading MSUB is 5-8 senior guard Bobbi Knudsen (16.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 6.0 apg-leads GNAC, 6th nationally), an honorable mention WBCA All-American last season and a two-time, first-team conference all-star. A top newcomer for coach Kevin Woodin (10th year, 164-108) is 6-4 senior center Chelsea Banis (10.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 53.3 FG Pct.), a transfer from NCAA I Montana. Two honorable mention GNAC all-stars back are 6-1 junior forward Kayleen Goggins (10.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and 5-10 junior forward Janiel Olson (8.4 ppg, 10.6 rpg-leads GNAC). Two more solid returnees are 5-11 junior forward Quinn Peoples (8.3 ppg) and 5-8 junior guard Annie DePuydt (8.1 ppg). MSUB leads the GNAC in made 3-pointers, averaging 7.3 per game. WWU leads the series, 18-10, but had a nine-game series winning streak snapped with an 82-69 loss at Billings, Mont., on Jan. 4 as Knudsen scored a career-high 37 points.

SEATTLE PACIFIC: The Falcons are 13-4 overall (Jan. 30 at Simon Fraser) and tied for second in the GNAC standings at 6-3. They opened the season with seven wins, lost four of their next five and are currently working on a five-game victory string. SPU is led by 6-2 senior forward Katie Benson (20.6 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 2nd among GNAC leaders in both categories), a first-team GNAC all-star last season. Two more standouts for Julie Heisey (9th year, 190-58); 18th overall, 352-177) are 5-7 junior guard Suzanna Ohlsen (13.0 ppg, 4.2 apg) and 5-11 junior guard Betsy Kingma (10.0 ppg). SPU leads the GNAC in blocked shots per game at 5.1 (9th nationally), and ranks second in both scoring defense at 62.5, field-goal percentage defense at 36.4 and free-throw accuracy at 77.5 (8th nationally). WWU leads 56-27 in the series, winning 84-77 at Seattle on Jan. 2.

THREE-DOT NOTES: Briggs is averaging 8.9 points on 50.4 percent field-goal shooting ... Hill has 466 points and 466 rebounds during her three-year career. Colard has 652 points and Donaldson 525 points and 350 rebounds ... Two Vikings, Donaldson and Hill, were named to the GNAC preseason all-conference team ... Two of WWU's losses have been 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 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 444-72 (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 26-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 486-179 (73.1 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 918 victories (314 losses, 74.5 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 486.

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) or KPUG (1170 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: WWU's home game with Simon Fraser on Sat., 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 Marcel Pounds, 5-8, **Jr.., Bonney Lake, WA/Bonney Lake
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 Tia Briggs, 6-1, Fr., Tacoma, WA/Wilson F Kiana Gandy,5-10, R-Fr., Des Moines, WA/Mount Rainier F Rachel Albert, 5-10, Fr., Bellingham, WA/Sehome *letters won

MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIES:

Jan. 23 - WWU 76, Alaska Anchorage 70 at Bellingham, WA

Hill hit the go-ahead basket with 1:10 left, lifting WWU to a 76-70 triumph over Alaska Anchorage in a GNAC game at Carver Gym. The Vikings improved to 10-6 overall and retained a share of first place in the GNAC at 6-2 with their fifth consecutive victory and seventh in the last eight games. Peacocke came off the bench to lead WWU with a game-high 17 points, 15 of them in the second half. UAA fell to 12-4 overall and 5-3 in conference play. Alli Madison and Jenna Buchanan each had 15 points for the Seawolves. WWU held a 41-36 lead early in the second half, but UAA used an 18-4 run, with Buchanan scoring 11 of the points, to take a 54-45 advantage with 13:09 remaining. The Seawolves still led by four, with 2:42 to play, but Peacocke hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Vikings a 69-67 lead with 2:00 to go. Kylie Burns scored to tie the game at the other end with 1:39 left, but Hill responded for WWU, laying the ball in after missing her initial effort. UAA missed two potential tying shots on the following possession, but got offensive rebounds on both. Madison was then fouled and hit the first free throw, but missed the second, and the Vikings hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final 28 seconds to secure the victory. Briggs had 16 points for the Vikings. Hill added 13 points and nine rebounds, White had 12 points, and Colard contributed 11. The Vikings committed just 14 turnovers against a UAA defense that was forcing an average of 26.9 a game. Briggs had 12 points in the opening half, including a putback at the buzzer that gave WWU a 38-36 halftime lead.

Jan. 25 - WWU 92, Alaska Fairbanks 80 at Bellingham, WA

Donaldson scored a career-high 22 points on 10-of-15 field-goal shooting, helping WWU defeat Alaska Fairbanks, 92-80, in a GNAC game at Carver Gym. Peacocke added 18 points on 7-of-9 floor accuracy for the Vikings, who shot a season-high 56.7 percent (34-of-60) from the field. WWU improved to 11-6 overall and remained tied for the GNAC lead with Montana State Billings at 7-2 with its sixth straight triumph and the eighth in its last nine games. UAF fell to 8-9 overall and 2-7 in the GNAC with its fourth straight loss. Candice Prestwich came off the bench to score 19 points, hitting 5-of-10 3-pointers. The Vikings jumped to an 8-0 lead, but the Nanooks rallied and twice led midway through the period before WWU used an 8-2 run, Donaldson scoring the final six points, to grab a 44-35 halftime lead. The margin was never less than seven points in the second half and the Vikings, who at one point hit 11 consecutive shots from the field, gradually pulled away. WWU shot 63.0 percent (17-of-27) in the second half. White had 14 points and eight assists for the Vikings, and Colard and Hill each added 11 points. Hill also had a game-high 12 rebounds as WWU had a 43-28 advantage on the boards. Jordan Wilson had 17 points for the Nanooks. Samantha Thornton added 11 and Victoria Milton had 10. It was the 11th straight series win for WWU, which has won 41 of 46 meetings with the Nanooks.

MSUB, WWU Women Set for Showdown in Bellingham (Jan. 28, 2014)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Having won six games in a row and 26 straight at home dating back to Jan. 2012, Western Washington's women's basketball team is set to host Montana State Billings in a clash that pits the top two teams in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings on Thursday evening at 5:15 p.m. Pacific time inside Sam Carver Gym.

MSU Billings, recently named GNAC Team of the Week, has won four games in a row and is the other GNAC team with a perfect record at home this season (9-0). One of those victories inside Alterowitz Gym in Billings came in the form of an 82-69 triumph over Western Washington on Jan. 4, as senior guard Bobbi Knudsen unleashed for a career-high 37 points the last time the two teams met.

In another key matchup on Thursday, the two third-place teams will square off in Canada as Seattle Pacific takes on Simon Fraser at 7:30 p.m. Pacific time. SPU has won five games in a row while SFU has notched three straight thanks to back-to-back 30-point performances from Red Lion Player of the Week Erin Chambers.

On Saturday, the teams trade places as the Yellowjackets cross the border to take on the Clan and SPU challenges rival WWU in Bellingham with both games set for 5:15 p.m. Pacific.

After snapping a four-game losing skid last weekend, Northwest Nazarene travels north to challenge Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday and Alaska Anchorage on Saturday. The Wildcats of Central Washington also make the long trip this week, facing UAA on Thursday and UAF on Saturday at a special 2 p.m. Alaska start time.

Saint Martin's will look to snap a three-game losing skid, while Western Oregon looks to snap its four-game dry spell as the two teams meet on Saturday at 7 p.m. Pacific time in Monmouth.

Despite a pair of losses last week, Alaska Anchorage remained in the top-five in the NCAA in scoring offense with a mark of 85.6 points per game (4th). The Seawolves also rank third in steals per game (15.4) and turnover margin at plus-8.41.

Seattle Pacific remained in the top-10 in blocks per game, checking in at No. 9 with an average of 5.1.

From the foul line, no GNAC team is better than Northwest Nazarene, which ranks No. 3 across Division II with a percentage of 79.0. SPU is also in the top-10 in that category, landing No. 8 while shooting 77.5 percent on free-throws.

MSUB's Knudsen, who leads the GNAC in assists with 6.0 per contest, ranks sixth in the NCAA in that category. The senior from Malta, Mont., also checks in at No. 22 in Division II in free-throw percentage with a mark of 88.7. Teammate Janiel Olson, who leads the GNAC in rebounding with 10.6 per game, is No. 17 in the NCAA in boards.

Central Washington senior guard Ally Schmitt remains in the top-10 in the NCAA in assists per game, contributing 5.7 (9th).

With 64 points last week, SFU's Chambers boosted her scoring average to 23.1 points per game, which ranks No. 5 in the land. SPU senior Katie Benson is also among NCAA leaders in the category with an average of 20.6 points per game.

UAA freshman Kiki Robertson is No. 2 in the NCAA in steals per game with 4.18, while NNU sophomore Taylor Simmons is close behind with 3.29 (8th).

RECAP

With a pair of victories last week, Montana State Billings (14-5, 7-2 GNAC) maintained a spot atop the conference standings as the Yellowjackets defeated Saint Martin's 75-56 on Thursday and Western Oregon 79-57 on Saturday. Knudsen scored 35 points and contributed 13 assists, while Olson came through with a team-high 21 rebounds on the weekend.

The Saints (11-7, 5-4) received a pair of big games from Krista Stabler, who scored 16 points on Thursday and 21 on Saturday in a 78-68 loss to Seattle Pacific. Both efforts came off of the bench and were team highs.

The Falcons (13-4, 6-3) received a league-high seventh double-double (16 points, 14 rebounds) from Benson in Thursday's 72-56 win over Western Oregon, and watched as the senior topped her mark with 24 points in the triumph over the Saints. Suzanna Ohlsen and Betsy Kingma each contributed 17 points on Saturday and accounted for all seven of SPU's made 3-pointers in the win.

Western Oregon (5-12, 2-7) enjoyed two more big performances from Dana Goularte, who scored 27 on Thursday and 21 on Saturday to remain the third-leading scorer in the GNAC with 18.4 points per contest.

Chambers came through for Simon Fraser (12-5, 6-3) in a big way on Thursday, as the Clan needed every one of her 30 points against Alaska Fairbanks to escape with a narrow 75-73 victory. Meg Wilson was instrumental on Thursday as well, contributing 23 points and 10 rebounds for SFU. On Saturday, it took an even better performance from the conference's leading scorer for SFU to get past Alaska Anchorage, as Chambers' 34 points, five rebounds and three assists proved to be the deciding factor in a 78-74 triumph.

The Nanooks (8-9, 2-7) had four players score at least 13 points in the loss to SFU, headed by the 17-point effort of freshman Victoria Milton. On Saturday, Candace Prestwich stepped up off the bench with a season-high 19 points in a tough 92-80 loss to Western Washington in Bellingham. Freshman Jordan Wilson scored 33 points on the weekend for UAF and remained the fourth-leading scorer in the GNAC (17.2).

The Seawolves (12-5, 5-4) came up just short in both games last week, falling 76-70 on Thursday in Bellingham and by an even slimmer margin on Saturday in Burnaby. In each game, a quartet of UAA players scored in double figures with Robertson and Alli Madison leading the way with 29 points apiece.

Western Washington (11-6, 7-2) is now three games shy of the school record 29-straight home victories, as the Vikings maintained a share of first place with their victories last week. Taylor Peacocke was exceptional in both games, scoring 17 on Thursday and 18 two days later in a pair of stellar performances off of the bench. Senior Sarah Hill came up just shy of a double-double with 13 points and nine boards on Thursday, before completing the feat with an 11-point 12-rebound effort in Saturday's win.

In its lone game of the week, Northwest Nazarene (11-6, 4-5) got back into the win column in dramatic fashion, as Ellen Ferrenburg took Ellensburg by storm and converted a layup as time expired to down Central Washington 66-64 on Saturday. Megan Hingston finished with her sixth double-double of the season, including 14 points and a dozen rebounds for the Crusaders. The Wildcats (6-11, 1-8) watched Jessica VanDyke lead all scorers with 23 points and eclipse the school's career 3-point field goal record as she converted from behind the arc for the 171st time. It was one of six successful 3-pointers in the game by the senior, and Parker finished with her fourth double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Great Northwest Athletic Conference

2013-14 Women's Basketball Report 12 Week 11 (Jan. 28, 2014)

                    Conf.              Overall
                    W	L	W	L	H	A	N
MSU Billings        7	2	14	5	9-0	3-2	2-3
Western Washington  7	2	11	6	6-0	4-4	1-2
Seattle Pacific     6	3	13	4	6-3	4-1	3-0
Simon Fraser        6	3	12	5	8-1	4-3	0-1
Alaska Anchorage    5	4	12	5	7-2	5-3	0-0
Saint Martin's      5	4	11	7	7-1	3-3	1-3
Northwest Nazarene  4	5	11	6	8-2	3-4	0-0
Alaska Fairbanks    2	7	8	9	4-5	4-4	0-0
Western Oregon      2	7	5	12	4-6	1-4	0-2
Central Washington  1	8	6	11	3-6	1-3	2-2

LAST WEEK: Thursday - Alaska Anchorage 70 at Western Washington 76; Alaska Fairbanks 73 at Simon Fraser 75; Saint Martin's 56 at MSU Billings 75; Western Oregon 56 at Seattle Pacific 72 Saturday - Alaska Anchorage 74 at Simon Fraser 78; Alaska Fairbanks 80 at Western Washington 92; Northwest Nazarene 66 at Central Washington 64; Western Oregon 57 at MSU Billings 79; Saint Martin's 68 at Seattle Pacific 78.

THIS WEEK: Thursday - Central Washington at Alaska Anchorage, 7 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Alaska Fairbanks, 7 p.m.; MSU Billings at Western Washington, 5:15 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at Simon Fraser, 7:30 p.m. Saturday - Northwest Nazarene at Alaska Anchorage, 7 p.m.; Central Washington at Alaska Fairbanks, 3 p.m.; MSU Billings at Simon Fraser, 5:15 p.m.; Saint Martin's at Western Oregon 7 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at Western Washington, 5:15 p.m.

POLLS: WBCA (Jan. 28) - None ranked.

NCAA STATISTICS (Through Jan. 26)

TEAM (Top 30): Ast./T.O. Ratio - 21. MSU Billings (1.10) Ast./Gm. - 17. Alaska Anchorage (17.5) Blk./Gm. - 9. Seattle Pacific (5.1) 21. Simon Fraser (4.6) 22. Western Washington (4.6) F.G. Pct. - 18. Western Washington (46.0) F.G. Pct. Def. - 26. Saint Martin's (35.9) F.T. Pct. - 3. Northwest Nazarene (79.0) 8. Seattle Pacific (77.5) Fls./Gm. - 3. Montana State Billings (15.3) Rbnd. Margin - 20. Montana State Billings (7.8) Scoring Margin - 18. Alaska Anchorage (14.7) Scoring Offense - 4. Alaska Anchorage (85.6) Stls./Gm. - 3. Alaska Anchorage (15.4) 25. Alaska Fairbanks (10.9) 3-Pt. F.G. Def. - 9. Simon Fraser (24.5) 10. Alaska Fairbanks (24.5) 27. Alaska Anchorage (26.4) 3-Pt. F.G./Gm. - 27. Montana State Billings (7.3) 3-Pt. F.G. Pct. - 16. Western Washington (37.3) T.O. Margin - 3. Alaska Anchorage (8.41) T.O./Gm. - 5. Montana State Billings (12.5).

INDIVIDUAL (Top 30): Ast./Gm. - 6. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB (6.0) 9. Ally Schmitt, CWU (5.7) 18. Kiki Robertson, UAA (5.2) Blk./Gm. - 20. Rebecca Langmead, SFU (2.38) 24. Jasmine Parker, CWU (2.29) F.G. Pct. - 27. Jordan Wilson, UAF (55.4) F.T. Pct. - 22. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB (88.7) 26. Chelsie Luke, NNU (88.6) Pts./Gm. - 5. Erin Chambers (23.1) 20. Katie Benson, SPU (20.6) Rbnd./Gm. - 17. Janiel Olson, MSUB (10.6) Stls./Gm. - 2. Kiki Robertson, UAA (4.18) 8. Taylor Simmons, NNU (3.29) 3-Pt. F.G./Gm. - 28. Katie Colard, WWU (2.71).

DOUBLE-DOUBLES (Through Jan. 28): 7 - Katie Benson, SPU 6 - Megan Hingston, NNU 5 - Dana Goularte, WOU 4 - Jordan Wilson, UAF; Jasmine Parker, CWU 3 - Chelsea Haskey, SMU; Jessica VanDyke, CWU; Rebecca Langmead, SFU; Janiel Olson, MSUB.

RED LION PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Week of Jan. 20-26: Erin Chambers, SFU (G/F, 6-1, Jr., Mission, BC - Heritage Park) led Simon Fraser to a pair of victories as she scored 64 points while shooting .629 (22-for-35) from the floor and .412 (7-for-17) from 3-point range. Chambers also converted 13-of-14 free throws and grabbed 10 rebounds while playing all 80 minutes for the Clan last week. On Thursday, the junior helped SFU edge Alaska Fairbanks by two points as she scored 30 points and hauled in five rebounds. Chambers was even better in a four-point victory over Alaska Anchorage on Saturday, notching 34 points, five more rebounds and three assists. Chambers maintained her spot atop the GNAC scoring leaders, boosting her average to 22.8 points per game as she has scored a conference-high 387 points so far in 2013-14.

Honorable Mention - Megan Hingston, NNU (G, 5-9, Sr., Keizer, OR - McNary); Taylor Peacocke, WWU (G, 5-9, Fr., Kenmore, WA - Sacramento State); Dana Goularte, WOU (F, 6-0, Jr., Port Orchard, WA - South Kitsap).

CHAMBERS ELEVATES CLAN WITH 64 POINTS: Back-to-back 30-point games from junior guard Erin Chambers helped SFU to a pair of victories last week as the Clan has now won three-straight games. Chambers earned Red Lion Player of the Week recognition for her efforts, and SFU improved to 8-1 in Burnaby with wins over Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Anchorage. Meg Wilson was another big contributor for SFU last week, scoring 34 points and leading the team with 17 rebounds in the two games. Marie-Line Petit led the way with 10 assists for SFU, which shot .470 (54-for-115) from the field on the weekend.

SFU remains at home this week for a pair of big GNAC games, as the Clan is set to host Seattle Pacific on Thursday and first-place Montana State Billings on Saturday at a special start time of 5:15 Pacific. Both games could have a significant impact on SFU's place in the conference standings, as the Clan currently sits in a tie for second with SPU, and one game behind conference leaders MSUB and Western Washington, at 6-3.

YELLOWJACKETS FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS: Thirty-five points and 13 assists from Bobbi Knudsen, 21 rebounds from Janiel Olson and a pair of victories over Saint Martin's and Western Oregon spelled GNAC Team of the Week for MSUB, as the `Jackets held on to a spot at the top of the conference standings. Knudsen led all scorers with 20 points against Saint Martin's on Thursday, as the Yellowjackets held the Saints to 56 points and ran away with the 19-point victory. Kayleen Goggins added 14 points and Chelsea Banis contributed a dozen, while Olson hauled in 12 boards in MSUB's first game of the week. After losing a starter in Annie DePuydt to a season-ending injury, the Yellowjackets got a stand-up performance off of the bench on Saturday as freshman Alisha Breen came up big with 13 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes. Also scoring in double figures for MSUB in the 79-57 victory were Knudsen (15), Olson (11), Quinn Peoples (10) and Banis (10).

MSUB faces its biggest challenge of the season this weekend, hitting the road to take on Western Washington on Thursday and Simon Fraser on Saturday.

VIKINGS ROLL TO SIXTH-STRAIGHT WIN: Utilizing a balanced offense that saw six different double-digit scorers, Western Washington downed the visiting Alaska schools to extend its winning streak to six games and its overall home court winning streak to 26 straight dating back to 2012. Taylor Peacocke led all scorers with 17 points off the bench on Thursday, and went on to score 18 more on Saturday while also contributing nine rebounds and five assists on the weekend. Also scoring in double figures for the Vikings in Thursday's triumph were Tia Briggs (16), Sarah Hill (13), Jenni White (12) and Katie Colard (11). On Saturday, Sydney Donaldson took over with 22 points, while Hill posted an 11-point, 12-rebound double-double and tossed in two assists, two steals and two blocks as well. On the weekend, WWU shot .492 (60-for-122) from the field while outrebounding its opponents 84-72 in the victories to remain in a tie with MSU Billings for first place in the standings.

WWU puts its home court winning streak on the line again this week, welcoming a pair of tough opponents in MSUB and Seattle Pacific to Sam Carver Gym on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.

FALCONS KEEP PACE WITH TWO WINS: Seattle Pacific kept its spot one game behind GNAC-leading MSUB and WWU with two wins last week, which pushed the Falcons' winning streak to five games overall. Katie Benson scored 40 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to average a double-double on the weekend, while Betsy Kingma (27) and Suzanna Ohlsen (23) also averaged in double figures in the two games. Benson's 16 points and 14 rebounds on Thursday against Western Oregon were aided by 11 points each off the bench from Brianne Lasconia and Riley Butler, as SPU cruised to the 72-56 victory. Kingma drilled three 3-pointers against the Wolves, and followed with five more in Saturday's 78-68 triumph over the Saints. The junior's 17 points matched Ohlsen's figure and complemented Benson's game-high 24 to help the Falcons to the win. On the weekend SPU shot .449 (48-for-107) from the floor, and outrebounded its opponents 79-72.

Next up, SPU hits the road to challenge Simon Fraser on Thursday in Burnaby, before setting out to break Western Washington's home court winning streak of 26 on Saturday in Bellingham.

ELLEN FERRENBURG WINS IT IN ELLENSBURG: With less than two seconds left on the clock, NNU sophomore forward Ellen Ferrenburg found the ball in her possession directly under the basket, in a city begging for her presence. With the game tied at 64-64, she calmly finished the game-winning layup as time expired to end the Crusaders' three-game losing streak. Ferrenburg's late-game heroics supported another double-double performance from Megan Hingston, who led her team with 14 points and a dozen rebounds. Kylee Schierman just missed out on a double-double of her own, scoring 13 points and grabbing eight rebounds, and Chelsie Luke turned in 10 points off of the bench for the Crusaders.

NNU remains on the road this week, making the difficult journey to Alaska to take on Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday and Alaska Anchorage on Saturday

SEAWOLVES DROP TWO CLOSE GAMES: Losing two games by a combined 10 points, UAA suffered a tough road trip in losses to Western Washington and Simon Fraser last weekend. Alli Madison and Kiki Robertson continued their stellar season with 29 points apiece, and Kylie Burns scored 19 and grabbed a team-high 17 boards for the Seawolves. UAA fell just short of the home standing WWU Vikings on Thursday, as Jenna Buchanan matched Madison with 15 points in a 76-70 defeat in Bellingham. On Saturday, UAA could not overcome a halftime deficit despite outscoring the Clan 43-41 in the second half, eventually falling to SFU 78-74 in Burnaby. Madison logged 14 more points while Robertson led the team with 16 points, two assists and three steals in the defeat. Jessica Madison (12) and Christina Davis (10) also contributed double figure points off the bench for UAA on Saturday.

Falling to a tie for fifth place in the conference standings, UAA remains within striking distance of first-place MSUB and WWU with a conference record of 5-4. The Seawolves are set to host Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene this week as they return to the Wells Fargo Sports Complex for the first time since Jan. 11.

NANOOKS FALL JUST SHORT IN BURNABY: Alaska Fairbanks couldn't maintain a six-point halftime lead against Simon Fraser on Thursday, falling to the Clan in a tough 75-73 loss in Burnaby. Four of the Nanooks' starters scored at least 13 points, with Victoria Milton leading the way with 17 on 6-of-14 shooting and a perfect 5-of-5 from the foul line. Also notching double-digits for UAF on Thursday were Jordan Wilson (16), Kelly Logue (15) and Benissa Bulaya (13), and the Nanooks outrebounded the Clan 41-34 in the loss. Saturday served as a major coming out for Candace Prestwich, who totaled 19 points in 28 minutes off the bench in UAF's 92-80 loss to Western Washington. The outburst marked Prestwich's first double-figure game of the season, and she also grabbed four rebounds and contributed an assist for the Nanooks. Milton nearly notched a double-double with 10 points and eight assists, and Wilson had another strong outing with 17 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in 29 minutes.

The Nanooks are set to host Northwest Nazarene on Thursday in Fairbanks, followed by a matchup with Central Washington on Saturday at a special start time of 3 p.m.

VANDYKE ECLIPSES CAREER 3-POINT MARK: Central Washington senior Jessica VanDyke converted her 171st career 3-point field goal on Saturday, moving her into first place in the CWU record books in that category. It was one of six made long-range shots by VanDyke on the evening, as she led all scorers with 23 points in a heartbreaking last-second 66-64 loss to Northwest Nazarene in Ellensburg. Jasmine Parker contributed her fourth double-double of the season with a dozen points and 10 rebounds, while also blocking three shots for the Wildcats in their lone game of the week. Courtney Johnson was CWU's other double-digit scorer on the night, as she posted 14 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Ally Schmitt continued her torrid pace of assists, dishing out six more and adding a steal, a rebound and a block in the game. CWU nearly overcame a seven-point halftime deficit, and outrebounded the Crusaders 45-36 overall in the game. A free-throw percentage of .556 (15-for-27) as well as 17 turnovers hurt the Wildcats, as NNU turned the ball over just seven times on Saturday.

CWU heads north this week to take on Alaska Anchorage on Thursday evening and Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday in a pair of tough GNAC contests.

GOULARTE CONTINUES SCORING SPREE: Dana Goularte scored 48 points in a pair of Western Oregon losses last week, remaining in the hunt for the GNAC scoring title as she improved her season average to 18.4 points per game and remained in third place. The junior forward led all scorers on Thursday with 27 points and also contributed five rebounds, two steals, two blocks and an assist in a 72-56 loss to Seattle Pacific. Kelsey Henry was the Wolves' other double-digit scorer on Thursday with 11 points in her sixth start of the season. Goularte was outstanding again on Saturday, totaling 21 points and grabbing five more rebounds in a 79-57 loss to MSUB in Billings. Melissa Fowler and Elise Miller each scored 10 points for WOU, but the Wolves got just nine points from their bench and could not overcome a 12-point halftime deficit.

WOU enjoys an off day Thursday before kicking off a three-game home stand against Saint Martin's on Saturday. The Wolves will then face the Alaska schools the following weekend in Monmouth.

SAINTS' SKID HITS THREE: Saint Martin's endured a tough road trip last week, falling to MSU Billings on Thursday and Seattle Pacific on Saturday which extended the Saints' rut to three-straight losses. Krista Stabler led the Saints with 16 points off the bench on Thursday, while Angela Gelhar was SMU's other double-figure scorer with 10 points in the loss to the Yellowjackets. Stabler was even better on Saturday, logging 21 points in 27 minutes on 6-of-12 from the field and 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. Chelsea Haskey contributed 15 points and seven rebounds on Saturday, but SMU let a 33-29 halftime lead slip through its fingers in the defeat.

After an off-day Thursday, SMU finishes a three-game road stint against Western Oregon on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Monmouth.

2013-14 RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Week of Jan. 13-19: Sarah Hill, WWU (F, 6-3, Sr., Richmond, VA - Maryland-Baltimore County) scored 27 points and grabbed a GNAC-high 30 rebounds to help WWU to a pair of victories that extended the Vikings' winning streak to four games. Hill shot 10-for-22 from the field while averaging 32.0 minutes per contest last week. The senior also contributed three blocks, three steals and an assist. On Thursday, Hill notched a big double-double as she led all scorers and rebounders with 18 points and 16 boards in a 78-58 triumph over Western Oregon. Hill just missed a double-double on Saturday, scoring nine points and turning in a game-high 14 rebounds in WWU's 79-73 win over first-place Saint Martin's in Lacey. The wins propelled WWU into a four-way tie atop the GNAC standings, and Hill now ranks No. 8 in the conference in rebounds per game with 7.5.

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.

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.

2013-14 GNAC TEAM OF THE WEEK: Sept. 2-8 - Simon Fraser (Football) Sept. 9-15 - Northwest Nazarene (Volleyball) Sept. 16-22 - MSU Billings (Men's XC) and Simon Fraser (Women's XC) Sept. 23-29 - Western Oregon (Football) Sept. 30 - Oct. 6 - Seattle Pacific (Men's Soccer) Oct. 7-13 - Central Washington (Women's Soccer) Oct. 14-20 - Western Oregon (Women's Soccer) Oct. 21-27 - Alaska Anchorage (Cross Country) Oct. 28 - Nov. 3 - Simon Fraser (Men's Soccer) Nov. 4-10 - Seattle Pacific (Women's Soccer) & Alaska Anchorage (Women's Cross Country) Nov. 11-17 - Western Washington (Volleyball) Nov. 18-24 - Simon Fraser (Men's Soccer) & Western Washington (Women's Soccer) Nov. 25 - Dec. 1 - Western Washington (Men's Basketball) Dec. 2-8 - Saint Martin's (Women's Basketball) Dec. 16-22 - Alaska Anchorage (Women's Basketball) Dec. 30 - Jan. 5 - Western Oregon (Men's Basketball) Jan. 6-12 - Central Washington (Men's Basketball) Jan. 13-19 - Seattle Pacific (Men's Basketball). Jan. 20-26 - Montana State Billings (Women's Basketball