No.4 WWU at No.12 Simon Fraser on Saturday
Feb. 5, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Working on an 11-game winning streak and leading the league standings by two games, Western Washington University travels to Simon Fraser University on Saturday, Feb. 9 (7 p.m.), for a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball contest between two NCAA Division II Top 15 nationally ranked teams at West Gym on the SFU campus.
A webcast and live stats are available at www.wwuvikings.com.
The Vikings, ranked No.4 in this week's USA Today Sports/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, are 17-2 overall and lead the GNAC standings with an 11-0 record. Their current 11-game winning streak began in mid-December.
Simon Fraser, rated No.12 nationally, is 16-3 overall and second in conference play at 9-2. The Clan has won all nine of its home games this season.
The Vikings are working on a 15-game home winning streak over the last two years and are 11-0 at Sam Carver Gymnasium this season following wins last week over Alaska Fairbanks, 77-48, and Alaska Anchorage, 83-72.
WWU ranks sixth nationally in both assists (18.3) and assist to turnover ratio (1.17) and eighth in field-goal percentage (44.9).
Senior center Britt Harris, who had 25 points in Saturday's win over Alaska Anchorage, leads the team with a 15.1 points per game average, and is third in rebounding at 5.2. She is shooting 60.4 percent (113-of-187) from the field, fourth nationally and second in the GNAC.
Harris has scored double-figure points 16 times this season, hitting 72.4 percent (42-of-58) from the floor over the last six games.
Senior forward Trishi Williams is averaging 11.2 points and 5.7 rebounds. She is second on the squad in both categories while leading in both assists (4.5) and steals (2.6). She ranks second among conference leaders in steals, third in floor accuracy at 51.2 percent (83-of-162) and fifth in assists.
Against Alaska Anchorage, Williams became just the third WWU player in school history to record a triple double, finishing with 11 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. It was the Vikings' first triple double since Addy Johnson accomplished the feat in 1994-95 and the performance earned Williams GNAC Player of the Week honors.
Senior point guard Corinn Waltrip is averaging 10.5 points, shooting 42.9 percent (39-of-91) from 3-point range. She ranks second in the GNAC in 3-point accuracy, 12th nationally, and fifth in 3-point makes (2.1).
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 6.5 average. Completing the first five is sophomore guard Katie Colard, who is averaging 7.4 points.
Top players off the bench have been sophomore forward Sydney Donaldson, who is averaging 6.3 points and 4.6 rebounds, and sophomore center Kayla Bernsen, who is averaging 5.6 points and 1.1 blocks, fifth in the GNAC.
Simon Fraser is 16-3 overall and 9-2 in conference play. The Clan have won 13 of its last 15 games, the losses being 59-57 at WWU on Jan. 12 and 60-59 at Northwest Nazarene on Jan .24.
The Clan leads the GNAC in a number of statistical categories, including scoring defense (54.7), scoring margin (17.6), field-goal percentage (46.2), field-goal percentage defense (36.2), 3-point percentage defense (29.0), blocked shots (4.7) and assists (18.4).
Simon Fraser is led by 6-3 senior center Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe. She is averaging 16.0 points and ranks first nationally in field-goal percentage at 66.3, No.3 in rebounds at 13.0 and No.6 in double-doubles with 12.
Raincock-Ekunwe, the preseason conference Player of the Year choice, already is the GNAC career leader in double-doubles for points and rebounds with 55. Her career totals are 1,277 points and 908 rebounds.
All five starters from last year's 17-11 team return for coach Bruce Langford (12th year, 296-67). Among them are 6-1 sophomore forward Erin Chambers (14.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg) and 5-10 senior guard Katrina Collins (10.0 ppg, 5.1 apg).
WWU holds a 39-31 series advantage, winning the last six meetings.
THREE-DOT NOTES: Waltrip has a four-year career point total of 860 ... Waltrip and Harris have each received GNAC co-Player of the Week honors this season and William earned outright honons ... 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 433-72 (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 463-171 (73.0 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 895 victories (306 losses, 74.5 percent) in its 42-year history, WWU is one of just 10 colleges in all divisions of the NCAA to reach the 895-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 463.
ON THE WEB: All Viking home games are being video streamed live and are available at www.stretchinternet.com. For up-to-date statistics, box scores of every game, records, stories, etc., see the WWU Athletics web page at www.wwuvikings.com. Up-to-date league standings and statistics can be found on the Great Northwest Athletic Conference web page at www.gnacsports.com
RADIO BROADCASTS: Selected WWU games are being broadcast this season on KBAI Radio (930 AM) with Doug Lange handling the play-by-play and Mark Scholten providing the color commentary. They also can be heard on the internet at www.wwuvikings.com.
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. 31 - WWU 77, Alaska Fairbanks 48 at Bellingham
Williams had a game-high 15 points as WWU overcame a slow start to roll past Alaska Fairbanks, 77-48, in a GNAC contest at Carver Gym. White came off the bench to contribute 13 points for the Vikings, ranked No.5 nationally. It was the 10th straight victory for WWU, which improved to 16-2 overall and holds a two-game lead atop the GNAC standings at 10-0. WWU is now unbeaten in 10 home games this season and has won 14 straight at Carver Gym over the last two years. UAF fell to 2-16 overall and 0-10 in conference play with its ninth straight loss. Benissa Bulaya had 13 points for the Nanooks, who shot just 24.2 percent (16-of-66) from the field. Despite the final score, the Nanooks gave the conference-leading Vikings a battle for much of the first half, holding a 19-16 lead after a Jacqueline Lovato basket and free throw with 10:02 left in the first half. But Colard converted back-to-back 3-pointers to start a run of 10 straight points, and UAF went nearly nine minutes without a field goal as WWU opened up a 38-24 halftime lead. The Vikings then put the game completely out of reach early in the second half, scoring the first nine points of the period to take a 47-24 advantage, and the margin was never under 20 after that. Harris had 10 points for WWU, and Donaldson grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds as the Vikings had a 52-43 advantage on the boards. Lovato had 11 points for UAF, and Taylor Altenburg added 10. The win was the 10th straight for the Vikings over UAF, upping their series advantage to 40-5.
Feb. 2 - WWU 83, Alaska Anchorage 72 at Bellingham
Williams had just the third triple-double in school history as WWU claimed an 83-72 victory over defending league and West Region champion Alaska Anchorage in a GNAC contest at Carver Gym. Harris had 17 of her game-high 25 points in the first half for the Vikings, who are No.5 nationally. WWU improved to 17-2 overall and stayed two games in front in the GNAC standings at 11-0 with their 11th consecutive victory. Williams had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, the latter two figures being game highs, for the first WWU triple-double since Addy Johnson accomplished the feat in the 1994-95 season. The 11 assists were also the most for a Viking since the 2002-03 season. UAA fell to 10-9 overall and 4-7 in the GNAC with its seventh loss in the last 10 games. Guard Jessica Madison had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Seawolves, center Alysa Horn had 17 points and guard Sasha King added 16. The Vikings never trailed, using an 8-2 run to take a 19-12 lead 8:15 into the game. WWU, which held UAA to 28.6 percent (10-of-35) field-goal shooting in the opening period, expanded the margin to 39-25 at halftime. The Seawolves twice pulled within nine in the second half, but never got closer than that, and the margin remained in double digits through the final 11 minutes. Waltrip and Donaldson each had 10 points for the Vikings, who shot 53.3 percent (32-of-60) from the field for the game, including 58.1 percent (18-of-31) in the second half. WWU is now unbeaten in 11 home games this season and has won 15 straight at Carver Gym over the last two years. The Vikings swept the season series against the Seawolves, having claimed a 70-60 victory at Anchorage on Jan. 3
USA TODAY Sports DIVISION II TOP 25 COACHES' POLL
February 5, 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)-32 1 22-0 800 2 Bentley University (Mass.) 2 19-0 765 3 Clayton State University (Ga.) 3 20-0 739 4 Western Washington University 5 17-2 681 5 Univ. of South Carolina - Aiken 6 17-2 656 6 Gannon University (Pa.) 7 20-2 625 7 Colorado Mesa University 4 18-1 602 8 Holy Family University (Pa.) 8 19-2 551 9 Washburn University (Kan.) T9 15-3 515 10 University of Central Missouri 11 17-2 507 11 California State Univ. - Chico 12 16-2 469 12 Simon Fraser University (BC) 13 16-3 451 13 Grand Canyon University (Ariz.) 14 18-4 332 14 Stonehill College (Mass.) 15 17-2 331 15 Shaw University (N.C.) T9 18-3 330 16 Limestone College (S.C.) 16 17-2 313 17 Glenville State College (W.Va.) 20 19-2 252 18 Augustana College (S.D.) 18 16-4 233 19 Truman State University (Mo.) 22 16-3 170 20 Nova Southeastern Univ. (Fla.) 23 15-4 148 21 Dowling College (N.Y.) 17 16-3 129 22 New York Institute of Tech 25 18-1 123 23 Augusta State University (Ga.) 24 15-3 104 24 Lewis University (Ill.) NR 16-3 80 25 Fayetteville State (NC) NR 18-3 74Dropped Out: Edinboro University (Pa.); University of Indianapolis (Ind.). Others Receiving Votes: Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 54; Edinboro University (Pa.) 51; Northwest Nazarene University (Idaho) 38; Concordia University (Minn.) 31; University of Indianapolis (Ind.) 28; Minnesota State University - Mankato 23; California State University - Monterey Bay 21; Pittsburg State University (Kan.) 19; Fort Hays State University (Kan.) 17; Saint Mary's University (Texas) 13; Anderson University (S.C.) 12; Indiana University of Pennsylvania 12; Newberry College (S.C.) 11; University of Wisconsin - Parkside 11; Assumption College (Mass.) 9; Florida Institute of Technology 9; Ouachita Baptist University (Ark.) 9; Montana State University - Billings 8; Rollins College (Fla.) 7; Michigan Technological University 6; University of Findlay (Ohio) 6; University of North Alabama 5; University of Southern Indiana (Ind.) 5; Colorado State University - Pueblo 4; Wayne State College (Neb.) 4; Pfeiffer University (N.C.) 3; Tarleton State University (Texas) 2; Southwestern Oklahoma State University 1; Wayne State University (Mich.) 1.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012-13 Women's Basketball Report Week 13 (Feb. 5, 2013)
Conference All W L W L H A N Western Washington 11 0 17 2 11-0 4-1 2-1 Simon Fraser 9 2 16 3 9-0 4-2 3-1 Montana State Billings 8 3 14 5 11-0 3-4 0-1 Northwest Nazarene 7 3 15 3 7-1 6-2 2-0 Seattle Pacific 6 5 12 7 8-1 2-5 2-1 Alaska Anchorage 4 7 10 9 7-6 3-3 0-0 Saint Martin's 4 7 11 10 7-2 3-6 2-2 Central Washington 3 7 8 10 4-5 2-3 2-2 Western Oregon 2 9 7 14 4-7 2-7 1-0 Alaska Fairbanks 0 11 2 17 2-8 0-9 0-0
LAST WEEK: Thursday - Alaska Anchorage 52 at Simon Fraser 60; Alaska Fairbanks 48 at Western Washington 77; Western Oregon 55 at MSU Billings 62; Saint Martin's 67 at Seattle Pacific 71. Saturday - Alaska Anchorage 72 at Western Washington 83; Alaska Fairbanks 55 at Simon Fraser 71; Northwest Nazarene 77 at Central Washington 68; Saint Martin's 41 at MSU Billings 75; Western Oregon 55 at Seattle Pacific 64.
THIS WEEK: Thursday - Seattle Pacific at Alaska Anchorage; MSU Billings at Alaska Fairbanks; Central Washington at Western Oregon, 5:15 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Saint Martin's, 5:15 p.m. Saturday - MSU Billings at Alaska Anchorage; Seattle Pacific at Alaska Fairbanks, 3 p.m.; Central Washington at Saint Martin's, 5:15 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Western Oregon, 2 p.m.; Western Washington at Simon Fraser.
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 (Feb. 5) - 4. Western Washington; 12. Simon Fraser; 28. Northwest Nazarene; 40. MSU Billings. (Note: The first of three NCAA Division II West Regional polls will be released Wedneday, Feb. 20).
NATIONAL STATISTICS (Through Feb. 3): Team (Top 30): Scoring Offense - 27. Northwest Nazarene 72.9; 29. Western Washington 72.4. Scoring Defense - 20. Simon Fraser 54.7. Scoring Margin - 11. Simon Fraser 17.6; 26. Western Washington 12.5; 30. Northwest Nazarene 11.7. Field Goal PCT. - 4. Simon Fraser 46.2; 8. Western Washington 44.9. Free Throw PCT. - 1. Seattle Pacific 79.4; 20. Alaska Anchorage 75.1; 29. Northwest Nazarene 74.4. Rebound Margin - 15. Seattle Pacific 8.4; 21. Northwest Nazarene 7.4. Three-Point FGs - 8. Central Washington 8.6; 11. Alaska Anchorage 8.1; 13. Simon Fraser 7.8. Three-Point PCT. - 7. Seattle Pacific 37.8; 22. Central Washington 35.8. Assists - 3. Simon Fraser 18.4; 6. Western Washington 18.3. Blocked Shots - 26. Simon Fraser 4.7. Fewest Turnovers - 2. Montana State Billings 11.6. Fewest Fouls - 9. Montana State Billings 13.2; 28. Simon Fraser 14.0. Assist Turnover Ratio - 3. MSU Billings 1.26; 6. Western Washington 1.17; 12. Simon Fraser 1.12. Turnover Margin - 5. Montana State Billings 7.33. Individuals (Top 30): Scoring - 30. Megan Hingston, NNU, 18.1. Rebounds - 3. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 13.0. Assists - 3. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB, 6.2; 5. Sasha King, UAA, 5.9; 19. Kristina Collins, SFU, 5.1; 27. Ally Schmitt, CWU, 4.9. Blocked Shots - 10. Jasmine Parker, CWU, 2.56. Field Goal PCT. - 1. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 66.3; 4. Britt Harris, WWU, 60.4. Free Throw PCT. - 1. Mariah Durian, WOU, 94.6; 7. Chelsie Luke, NNU, 90.4; 8. Erin Chambers, SFU, 89.7; 9. Suzanna Ohlsen, SPU, 89.3; 20. Aubree Callen, SPU, 88.0. Three-Point PCT. - 12. Corinn Waltrip, WWU, 42.9. Three-Pointers - 20. Jessica VanDyke, CWU, 2.72. Assist/Turnover Ratio - 3. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB, 2.55. Double-Doubles - 6. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 12; 18. Megan Hingston, NNU, 9. Triple-Doubles - 2. Trishi Williams, WWU, 1.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES (Through Feb. 3): 12- Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU. 9 - Megan Hingston, NNU. 5 - Katie Benson, SPU. 4 - Dana Goularte, WOU; Janiel Olson, MSUB; Chelsea Haskey, SMU; Alysa Horn, UAA. 3 - Jasmine Parker, CWU. 2 - Jessica VanDyke, CWU.; Trishi Williams, WWU. 1 - 16with. TRIPLE-DOUBLE: Trishi Williams, WWU.
GNAC RED LION PLAYER-OF-THE-WEEK: Trishi Williams, Western Washington (G, 5-9, Sr., Mabton, WA - CBC) had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a 83-72 win against Alaska Anchorage posting just the third triple-double in school history and the first since 1994-95. She finished the weekend with 26 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists as the Vikings stayed unbeaten in the GNAC running their win streak to 11 games.
HONORABLE MENTION: Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, Simon Fraser (F, 6-2, Sr., Toronto, ON) and Aubree Callen, Seattle Pacific (G, 5-9, Jr., Jerome, ID) .... Raincock-Ekunwe scored 33 points and also had 33 rebounds as the Clan won a pair of contests. Callen contributed 37 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists, four steals and one block as the Falcons snapped a four-game losing streak with a pair of victories.
FROM THE RECORD BOOK: Williams' triple-double was the fifth in GNAC history. Alex Dunn of Central Washington had one against Alaska Fairbanks on Dec. 31, 2011. Rebecca Kielpinski of Alaska Anchorage and Brittney Kroon of Seattle Pacific had triple-doubles during the 2005-06 season and Alysson Kollman of Northwest Nazarene posted one in the 2001-02 season ... Three GNAC teams are still unbeaten at home this season - Western Washington (11-0), MSU Billings (11-0) and Simon Fraser (9-0). The Vikings' streak is 15 and dates back to their final four home games of the 2011-12 season.
GNAC TEAM NOTES:
Alaska Anchorage: Sasha King, after missing UAA's previous four games with an injury, scored 30 points in the Seawolves' road losses at Simon Fraser and Western Washington. Alysa Horn had 27 points increasing her career total to 990 as she bids to become the 51st member of the GNAC 1000-Point club.
Alaska Fairbanks: Taylor Altenburg and Benissa Bulaya each had 26 points in road contests at Western Washington and Simon Fraser. Altenburg also had 15 rebounds. Bulaya, who made nine of 18 shots, also had 10 assists and five steals.
Central Washington: Courtney Johnson came off the bench to lead Central Washington with 20 points in a nine-point home loss to Northwest Nazarene. Jasmine Parker had 14 points and was one of three players (along with Jessica VanDyke and Tayler Fettig) with eight rebounds. CWU's last five losses have been by single-digits.
MSU Billings: Kayleen Goggins scored 26 points and had 10 rebounds in wins against Western Oregon and Saint Martin's. Quinn Peoples added 23 points and Bobbi Knudsen had 21 points and 10 assists. Janiel Olson had 16 rebounds, 10 off the offensive glass.
Northwest Nazarene: The Crusaders won their 10th game in their last 11 outings defeating Central Washington as Heather Adams scored 24 points, making five of nine three-pointers. Adams also had five steals. Megan Hingston scored 15 points and led NNU with eight rebounds.
Saint Martin's: Chelsea Haskey scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in two road contests. MacKenzie Taylor contributed 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Seattle Pacific: Aubree Callen scored 35 points, converting on six of 11 three-pointers, in wins over Saint Martin's and Western Oregon. She also had 15 rebounds, nine assists and four steals. Katie Benson had 32 points (11-19 FGs) and 11 rebounds in the two victories.
Simon Fraser: Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe had 33 points and 33 rebounds, increasing her rebound total in a SFU uniform to 1,013. She ranks fifth in career rebounding in GNAC history with 901. She also had 112 in her freshman year before SFU joined the GNAC. The Clan also got 27 points from Erin Chambers as SFU swept Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks.
Western Oregon: Melissa Fowler led Western Oregon with 36 points and 16 rebounds in road losses at Billings and Seattle. Fowler made 14 of 28 shots. Dana Goularte scored 23 points and earned a team-best seven steals.
Western Washington: Britt Harris led the Vikings with 35 points and 10 rebounds in wins over Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Anchorage. Harris made 13 of 19 field goal and nine of 11 free throws. WWU shot 47.2 percent from the floor while holding the Nanooks and Seawolves to a combined 32.3 shooting percentage.
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:
Team (Year) 1st 2nd Fin. Alaska Anchorage (2008-09) 8-0 14-2 Seattle Pacific (2002-03) 9-0 9-0 18-0 Seattle Pacific (2003-04) 9-0 9-0 18-0 Seattle Pacific (2004-05) 9-0 17-1 Seattle Pacific (2007-08) 9-0 9-0 18-0 Seattle Pacific (2008-09) 8-0 14-2 Seattle Pacific (2009-10) 8-0 15-1 Western Washington (2005-06) 9-0 9-0 18-0 Western Washington (2009-10) 8-0 14-2 Western Washington (2010-11) 9-0 17-1 Western Washington (2012-13) 9-0 TBA
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
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).
Week of Jan. 21-27: 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.
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). Jan. 28-Feb. 3 - Western Washington (Men's Basketball).
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