No.5 WWU home to face Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Anchorage
Jan. 29, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Riding a nine-game winning streak and returning home where it is unbeaten this season, Western Washington University plays host to University of Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday, Jan. 31, and defending league and West Region champion University of Alaska Anchorage on Saturday, Feb. 2, in a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball contests. Tipoff is 5:15 p.m. for both games at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The Vikings, who are ranked No.5 in the latest USA Today Sports/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, are 15-2 overall and lead the GNAC standings by two games over second-place Simon Fraser with a 9-0 record. They are working on a nine-game winning streak that began in mid-December.
WWU picked up two tough road wins last week, 79-73 at Central Washington, snapping a three-game Wildcat winning streak, and 70-66 at Northwest Nazarene. That ended a nine-game victory string for the Crusaders, who knocked off No.7 Simon Fraser, 60-59, two days earlier and suffered their first home loss in eight games this season.
The Vikings, 9-0 at Carver Gym this season, are working on a 13-game home winning streak over the last two years.
Two weeks ago, WWU completed a home sweep of its top three conference rivals. The Vikings rallied past Seattle Pacific, 61-44, and held off Montana State Billings, 78-76, following a 59-57 buzzer-beating win on Jan. 12 over No.7 Simon Fraser.
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 ranks eighth nationally in assists (17.9), 10th in assist to turnover ratio (1.13) and 15th in field-goal percentage (44.0).
Senior center Britt Harris leads the team with a 14.8 points per game average, and is third in rebounding at 5.2. She is shooting 59.5 percent (100-of-168) from the field, eighth nationally and second in the GNAC.
Harris has scored double-figure points 14 times this season and is hitting 74.4 percent (29-of-39) from the floor over the last four games.
Senior point guard Corinn Waltrip is averaging 10.7 points, shooting 44.4 percent (36-of-81) from 3-point range and 76.9 percent (30-of-39) at the free-throw line. She ranks second in the GNAC in 3-point accuracy and fifth in 3-point makes (2.1).
Senior forward Trishi Williams, who is averaging 11.0 points and 5.5 rebounds, paces the squad in both assists (4.3) and steals (2.7). She ranks second among conference leaders in steals, third in floor accuracy at 51.7 percent (75-of-145) and fifth in assists.
Williams has averaged 6.1 assists over the last eight games, having at least five in each contest during that stretch.
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 6.4 average.
Completing the first five is sophomore guard Katie Colard, who is averaging 7.2 points.
Top players off the bench have been sophomore forward Sydney Donaldson, who is averaging 6.2 points and 4.3 rebounds, and sophomore center Kayla Bernsen, who is averaging 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, fifth in the GNAC.
Alaska Fairbanks is 2-15 overall and winless in nine conference games. The Nanooks have lost eight straight following a pair of home victories over Dallas Christian after a 0-7 start.
Two top players for coach Cody Burgess (3rd year, 9-61) are 6-0 senior Taylor Altenburg (10.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg) and 5-6 junior guard April Fultz (12.0ppg, 5.2 rpg), a transfer from San Bernardino Valley College.
WWU won 87-59 at Fairbanks on Jan. 5. The Vikings hold a 39-5 series advantage, winning the last nine meetings.
Alaska Anchorage is 10-7 overall and 3-5 in league action. The Seawolves won twice last week after losing five of six games following a 7-2 start.
Three top returnees are 6-0 senior forward Alysa Horn (14.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg), 5-6 senior guard Sasha King (15.7 ppg, 6.4 apg, 3.0 spg), who has missed the last four games with an ankle injury, and 5-9 junior guard Kylie Burns (9.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg).
In his first year as the UAA head coach is Ryan McCarthy, who was formerly the top assistant at Northwest Nazarene. He led that program for one season (14-13) while the head coach took a sabbatical.
Last year, UAA reached the Elite Eight, finishing with a 30-5 record. The Seawolves won the regional crown as well as both the GNAC regular-season and tournament titles.
WWU won 70-60 at Anchorage on Jan. 3, snapping a five-game series losing streak. The Vikings hold a 26-14 series advantage.
THREE-DOT NOTES: Waltrip has a four-year career point total of 843 ... 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 South Point ... WWU earned GNAC Team of the Week honors for its performance at South Point, 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.
ER PATCH: The ER patch on the Viking uniforms is in honor of Erik Ramstead, father of WWU player Erika Ramstead. Erik Ramstead, who served for 28 years in the Everson police department, 25 as chief, passed away on Jan. 15 at age 50 from a rare form of cancer that was discovered in October of 2008.
TOUGH EXHIBITION SCHEDULE: WWU prepared 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. Seattle is vying for the Western Athletic Conference title this season. 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 461-171 (72.9 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 893 victories (306 losses, 74.5 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 461.
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. 24 - WWU 79, Central Washington 73 at Ellensburg, Wash.
Harris scored a game and career-high 28 points and Colard provided the go-ahead points with 1:06 to play as WWU defeated Central Washington, 79-73, in a GNAC contest at Nicholson Pavilion on the CWU campus. The Vikings, rated No.5 nationally, improved to 14-2 overall and remained atop the GNAC at 8-0 after their eighth straight victory. CWU, which had a three game-winning streak snapped, fell to 8-8 overall and 3-5 in conference play. Forward Jessica VanDyke led the Wildcats with 22 points, hitting 8-of-11 shots from the field. The Vikings trailed by four, 73-69, with less than three minutes left. A free throw by White and a layin by Harris cut the margin to one, and Colard then hit a jumper and was fouled. She converted the free throw, giving WWU a 75-69 lead, and Waltrip made four free throws in the final 30 seconds for the final margin. Harris was 13-of-16 from the field, helping WWU shoot 51.7 percent (30-of-58) as a team. Williams added 16 points and a game-high 10 assists for the Vikings, and Waltrip had 10 points. CWU held a 43-34 lead at halftime, and had a 55-46 with 11:30 to go, but the Vikings went on a 15-5 run to take a 61-60 lead with 7:24 remaining. The two teams combined to shoot just one free throw in the first half, Harris converting a 3-point play 5:08 into the game. The Vikings now hold an 83-10 series advantage, winning the last 10 meetings and 18 of the last 19.
Jan. 26 - WWU 70, Northwest Nazarene 66 at Nampa, Id.
Williams and Waltrip each scored 14 points to pace a balanced attack as WWU defeated Northwest Nazarene, 70-66, in a GNAC contest at Johnson Sports Center on the NNU campus. Harris added 13 points for the Vikings, ranked No.5 nationally. It was the ninth straight victory for WWU, which improved to 15-2 overall and 9-0 in the GNAC. NNU, which knocked off No.7 Simon Fraser, 60-59, on Thursday, had a nine-game winning streak end as it fell to 14-3 overall and 6-3 in conference play. Chelsie Luke led the Crusaders, who suffered their first home loss in eight games this season, with a game-high 24 points, and Megan Hingston added 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Vikings led by as much as seven early in the second half, but the Crusaders rallied to take a 42-41 advantage on an Ellen Ferrenburg basket with 14:58 left. That was the first of six lead changes and three ties in the next nine minutes. WWU finally took the lead for good, 60-58, on a layin by Hill with 4:41remaining. A Colard 3-pointer pushed the margin to five and although NNU twice got within two points, and were within three with 22 seconds left, the Crusaders never had a possession with a chance to tie. WWU shot 48.3 percent (28-of-58) from the field and held NNU to 38.2 percent (26-of-68), although the Crusaders had a 44-39 advantage in rebounding. NNU used a run of 10 straight points to take to 20-9 lead nine minutes into the game, but the Vikings responded with a 14-2 run of their own to pull ahead 23-22 with 5:47 left in the first half and eventually held a 35-30 lead at halftime.
USA TODAY Sports DIVISION II TOP 25 COACHES' POLL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 29, 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 Previous Rank Record Total Points 1 Ashland University (Ohio) -31 1 21-0 775 2 Bentley University (Mass.) 2 17-0 741 3 Clayton State University (Ga.) 3 18-0 716 4 Colorado Mesa University 4 17-0 658 5 Western Washington University 5 15-2 639 6 South Carolina - Aiken 6 15-2 621 7 Gannon University (Pa.) 10 18-2 582 8 Holy Family University (Pa.) 11 17-2 510 T9 Shaw University (N.C.) 12 17-2 448 T9 Washburn University (Kan.) 14 13-3 448 11 University of Central Missouri 16 15-2 444 12 Cal State - Chico 9 14-2 435 13 Simon Fraser University (BC) 7 14-3 431 14 Grand Canyon University (Ariz.) 17 17-4 300 15 Stonehill College (Mass.) 13 15-2 268 16 Limestone College (S.C.) 22 14-2 266 17 Dowling College (N.Y.) 24 15-2 231 18 Augustana College (S.D.) 8 14-4 226 19 Univ. of Indianapolis (Ind.) 15 13-4 209 20 Glenville State College (W.Va.) NR 16-2 168 21 Edinboro University (Pa.) NR 14-3 154 22 Truman State University (Mo.) NR 15-3 88 23 Nova Southeastern Univ. (Fla.) 20 13-4 82 24 Augusta State University (Ga.) NR 14-2 70 25 New York Institute of Tech. NR 16-1 62
Dropped Out: Pittsburg State University (Kan.) 18; Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 21; Indiana University of Pennsylvania 19; University of Tampa (Fla.) 25; University of Southern Indiana 23.
Others Receiving Votes: Pittsburg State University (Kan.) 56; Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 50; Northwest Nazarene University (Idaho) 40; Lewis University (Ill.) 36; Indiana University of Pennsylvania 33; Concordia University (Minn.) 32; Fort Hays State University (Kan.) 25; Saint Mary's University (Texas) 23; Fayetteville State University (N.C.) 22; Lenoir-Rhyne University (N.C.) 22; Minnesota State University - Mankato 20; Wayne State College (Neb.) 19; University of Wisconsin - Parkside 12; Michigan Technological University 11; Ouachita Baptist University (Ark.) 11; Assumption College (Mass.) 9; Bellarmine University (Ky.) 8; University of Tampa (Fla.) 8; Anderson University (S.C.) 7; Newberry College (S.C.) 7; Rollins College (Fla.) 7; University of Findlay (Ohio) 6; California State University - Monterey Bay 5; Montana State University - Billings 5; Northeastern State University (Okla.) 5; University of North Alabama 5; University of Southern Indiana 4; California State University - Los Angeles 3; Colorado State University - Pueblo 3; Saint Cloud State University (Minn.) 3; Tarleton State University (Texas) 3; Florida Institute of Technology 2; Pfeiffer University (N.C.) 1.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012-13 Women's Basketball Report Week 12 (Jan. 29, 2013)
Conference All W L W L H A N Western Washington 9 0 15 2 9-0 4-1 2-1 Simon Fraser 7 2 14 3 7-0 4-2 3-1 Northwest Nazarene 6 3 14 3 7-1 5-2 2-0 Montana State Billings 6 3 12 5 9-0 3-4 0-1 Seattle Pacific 4 5 10 7 6-1 2-5 2-1 Alaska Anchorage 4 5 10 7 7-6 3-1 0-0 Saint Martin's 4 5 11 8 7-2 3-4 2-2 Central Washington 3 6 8 9 4-4 2-3 2-2 Western Oregon 2 7 7 12 4-7 2-5 1-0 Alaska Fairbanks 0 9 2 15 2-8 0-7 0-0
LAST WEEK: Thursday - Alaska Anchorage 63 at Western Oregon 54; Alaska Fairbanks 57 at Saint Martin's 74; Western Washington 79 at Central Washington 73; Simon Fraser 59 at Northwest Nazarene 60. Saturday - Alaska Anchorage 48 at Saint Martin's 45; Alaska Fairbanks 61 at Western Oregon 67; Simon Fraser 66 at Central Washington 58; Seattle Pacific 56 at MSU Billings 66; Western Washington 70 at Northwest Nazarene 66.
THIS WEEK: Thursday - Alaska Anchorage at Simon Fraser, 7:30 p.m.; Alaska Fairbanks at Western Washington, 5:15 p.m.; Western Oregon at MSU Billings; Saint Martin's at Seattle Pacific. Saturday - Alaska Anchorage at Western Washington, 5:15 p.m.; Alaska Fairbanks at Simon Fraser, 5:15 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Central Washington; Saint Martin's at MSU Billings; Western Oregon at Seattle Pacific, 2 p.m.
ALL-TOURNAMENT: Seattle Pacific (Nov. 9-10) - Rachel Murray, SPU (MVP); Mechela Barnes, SPU; Ally Schmitt, CWU; Jessica VanDyke, CWU. Western Oregon (Nov. 9-10) - Mariah Durian, WOU; Brooke Paulson, SMU, Western Washington (Nov. 16-17) - Britt Harris, WWU (MVP); Sydney Donaldson, WWU; Katie Benson, SPU. Great Alaska Shootout (Nov. 20-21) - Alysa Horn, UAA; Kylie Burns, UAA. UAF Mt. McKinley North Star (Nov. 22-24) - Taylor Altenburg, UAF. MSUB Yellowjacket (Nov. 23-24) - Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB (MVP); Brooke Tolman, MSUB; Kayleen Goggins, MSUB. WWU Lynda Goodrich (Nov. 23-24) - Trishi Williams, WWU (MVP); Britt Harris, WWU; Brooke Paulson, SMU; Chelsea Haskey, SMU. Corban Capital City Classic (Nov. 23-24) - Dana Goularte, WOU (MVP); Lorrie Clifford, WOU. Chico State West Regional Classic (Dec. 7-8) - Katie Benson, SPU; Sarah Hill, WWU. UAA AT&T Hoops Classic (Dec. 17-19) - Alysa Horn, UAA (MVP); Sasha King, UAA; Jordan Martin, UAA. South Point Holiday Hoop Classic (Dec. 18-19 at Las Vegas) - Britt Harris, WWU (MVP); Corinn Waltrip, WWU.
POLLS: WBCA (Jan. 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. 27): 11 - Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU. 9 - Megan Hingston, NNU. 5 - Katie Benson, SPU. 4 - Dana Goularte, WOU; Janiel Olson, MSUB. 3 - Chelsea Haskey, SMU; Alysa Horn, UAA; Jasmine Parker, CWU. 2 - Jessica VanDyke, CWU. 1 - 16with.
GNAC RED LION PLAYER-OF-THE-WEEK: Alli Madison, Alaska Anchorage (G, 5-8, So., Seattle, WA - Kennedy) had back-to-back career highs leading the Seawolves to road wins at Western Oregon (63-54) and Saint Martin's (48-45). Madison scored 15 points on six of 10 shooting and also had three assists and a career-high 10 rebounds at Monmouth, then had 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and a career-high four steals in playing all 40 minutes in Saturday's win at Lacey. She finished the road trip shooting 50 percent (12 of 24) from the floor and 60 percent (3 of 5) from the three-point line as UAA climbed into a three-way for fifth place at the midway point of the conference season.
HONORABLE MENTION: Britt Harris, Western Washington; Monica Grimsrud, MSU Billings; Melissa Fowler, Western Oregon, and Chelsea Haskey, Saint Martin's .... Harris scored 41 points, shooting 73.1 percent (19 of 26) as the Vikings ran their win streak to nine with six- and four-point road victories at Ellensburg and Nampa. Harris also had 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks as the Vikings became the ninth team in the 12-year history of the conference to complete the first-half of the conference season unbeaten ... Grimsrud came off the bench to score 15 points and grab six rebounds and also blocked three shots in a 66-56 home win against Seattle Pacific ... Fowler scored 35 points on 14 of 27 shooting and had 18 rebounds as the Wolves split two home games, both by double-digit numbers ... Haskey netted 34 points (14 of 28 FGs, 6 of 6 FTs) and also had 12 rebounds as the Saints split two contests.
FROM THE RECORD BOOK: Northwest Nazarene set a GNAC single-game record with 32 offensive rebounds in Thursday's 60-59 win over Simon Fraser. Megan Hingston had nine offensive caroms and Chelsie Luke had six. NNU's total was the most for a conference game, breaking the record of 29 set by Central Washington against Western Oregon on Jan. 6, 2005. The record for all games is 36 by Western Washington against Northwest College on Nov. 26, 2011.
HOME WIN STREAKS: At the halfway point of the conference season this week, three GNAC teams remain unbeaten at home this season - Western Washington (9-0), MSU Billings (9-0) and Simon Fraser (7-0). Going back to the 2011-12 campaign, here are there overall home win streaks: 13 - Western Washington. 9 - MSU Billings. 7 - Simon Fraser.
GNAC TEAM NOTES:
Alaska Anchorage: Alysa Horn needs 37 more points to become the 51st member of the GNAC 1000-Point club. Horn scored 27 points, converting on 12 of 21 shots and also had 18 rebounds last week increasing her career point total to 963. She also led the Seawolves with three blocked shots.
Alaska Fairbanks: Samantha Thornton scored 25 points and Jacqueline Lovato netted 21 in contests at Lacey and Monmouth. Thornton also had 16 rebounds. Taylor Altenburg contributed 18 points and 12 rebounds in the two contests.
Central Washington: Jessica VanDyke scored 42 points in CWU's two single-digit losses to Western Washington and Simon Fraser. VanDyke made 13 of 22 shots, including six of 10 from the arc. She was perfect (10 of 10) from the foul line. The Wildcats also got 25 points and 16 rebounds from Jasmine Parker and 22 points from Daisy Burke.
MSU Billings: Bobbi Knudsen led the Yellowjackets with 19 points, seven assists and four steals as they improved to 9-0 this winter at Alterowitz Gymnasium. MSUB also got 15 points from Grimsrud (See Player of the Week notes) and 12 from Kayleen Goggins.
Northwest Nazarene: Chelsie Luke scored 36 points and Megan Hingston had 34 points and 29 rebounds as the Crusaders divided a pair of games with Top 10 ranked teams, beating No. 7 Simon Fraser by one before losing by four to Western Washington. NNU outrebounded the two 100-78, grabbing 49 off the offensive glass including a GNAC single-game record 32 against the Clan.
Saint Martin's: Angela Gelhar scored 23 points and Jordyn Richardson had 21 points to join with Haskey to account for 78 of the Saints' 119 points in games with Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Anchorage. The Saints outshot their two opponents 42.0 (42 of 100) to 34.6 percent (37 of 107).
Seattle Pacific: Suzanna Ohlsen scored 19 points and Katie Benson had 16 points and 17 rebounds in the Falcons' road loss at MSU Billings.
Simon Fraser: Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe had 29 points and 26 rebounds as the Clan split two road games. Raincock-Ekunwe now ranks fifth in career rebounding in GNAC history with 862. Counting her freshman season prior to SFU joining the GNAC she has 974 career rebounds and needs just 26 more to reach 1,000. Erin Chambers also had 29 points in the two contests.
Western Oregon: In addition to Fowler's 35-point output (See Player of the Week notes), the Wolves also got 24 points from Lorrie Clifford in splitting two contests. Mariah Durian had 19 points including four of four from the foul line, protecting her No. 1 national rank in free throw shooting. She is shooting 94.6 percent, making 53 of 56.
Western Washington: Guard Trishi Williams scored 30 points and also had 16 assists, 13 rebounds and five steals in the Vikings' two wins. Williams combined with Harris (41 points) and Corinn Waltrip (24 points) to account for 63.7 percent of WWU's scoring (95 of 149) in a pair of single-digit victories. WWU shot 50 percent (58 of 116) in the two wins while holding their opponents to 42.3 percent.
PERFECT STARTS: Western Washington is the ninth women's team in GNAC history to finish the first half of its conference schedule unbeaten, but the first to do it in the same year their men accomplished the same feat. The Vikings have done it four times. Seattle Pacific has also accomplished that feat four times and Alaska Anchorage has done it once. Six teams have gone through the second half of the schedule unbeaten. Here is the complete list:
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.
Playoff Reg. Elite 8 Year Non-Conference Berths W-L W-L 2001-02 60-32 (.652) 2 1-2 2002-03 58-29 (.667) 4 3-4 2003-04 48-40 (.545) 2 5-1 0-1 2004-05 53-37 (.589) 3 5-2 2-1 2005-06 50-37 (.575) 4 3-4 2006-07 61-38 (.616) 3 2-3 2007-08 68-28 (.708) 4 5-3 1-1 2008-09 65-36 (.644) 4 5-3 1-1 2009-10 60-41 (.594) 3 4-2 0-1 2010-11 46-32 (.590) 3 1-3 2011-12 54-38 (.587) 2 4-1 0-1 2012-13 58-26 (.690) ??? ??? ??? Totals (12 years) 34 38-28 4-6
GNAC CAREER LEADERS (Through Jan. 27)
Scoring 1. Rebecca Kielpinski, Alaska Anchorage (2005-09) 1752 19. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, Simon Fraser (2010-13) 1244 39. Bobbi Knudsen, MSU Billings (2010-13) 1095 54. Alysa Horn, Alaska Anchorage (2009-13) 963 57. Megan Hingston, Northwest Nazarene (2010-13) 933 63. Katie Benson, Seattle Pacific (2010-13) 916
Three-Pointers 1. Amanda Dunbar, Western Washington (2007-11) 256 15. Corinn Waltrip, Western Washington (2009-13) 153 18. Kristina Collins, Simon Fraser (2010-13) 149 27. Heather Adams, Northwest Nazarene (2009-13) 128
Rebounds 1. Rebecca Kielpinski, Alaska Anchorage (2006-09) 1181 5. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, Simon Fraser (2010-13) 862
Assists 1. Beth Christensen, Seattle Pacific (2005-07) 501 15. Kristina Collins, Simon Fraser (2010-13) 308 18. Bobbi Knudsen, MSU Bilings (2010-13) 281 27. Heather Adams, Northwest Nazarene (2009-13) 266 29. Corinn Waltrip, Western Washington (2009-13) 261 36. Sasha King, Alaska Anchorage (2010-13) 248
Steals 1. Alysson Kollman, Northwest Nazarene (2000-03) 326 48. Bobbi Knudsen, MSU Billings (2010-13) 134 51. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, Simon Fraser (2010-13) 130
Blocks 1. Brittney Kroon, Seattle Pacific (2003-06) 419 11. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, Simon Fraser (2010-13) 102
Career stats are updated on the GNAC WEB site every Friday and Sunday at:
http://www.gnacsports.com/media/Stats/wbasketball/carconf/carconf.htm (All Games)
http://www.gnacsports.com/media/Stats/wbasketball/carconfconf/carconf.htm (Conference Games)
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.
Week of 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.
Week of Jan. 14-20: 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).
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). Jan. 21-27 - Alaska Anchorage (Women's Basketball).
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