Feb. 10, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Coming off a pair of solid road victories, the Western Washington University women's basketball team will host Saint Martin's University on Thursday and Western Oregon University on Saturday in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action. Both contests have 7 p.m. tip-offs at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The Saint Martin's game will be broadcast on KBAI Radio (930 AM-Bellingham) with Doug Lange providing the play-by-play and Mark Scholten the color commentary. Live stats and video streams for both contests can be found at wwuvikings.com.
WWU is 13-8 overall and tied for second in the conference standings at 9-4 with Simon Fraser. Montana State Billings (18-5) is the GNAC leader at 10-2.
Last week, the Vikings posted road wins over Northwest Nazarene, 94-81, and Central Washington, 82-61.They shot 53.9 percent (67-of-125) from the field in the two games, including 43.6 percent (17-of-39) from 3-point range.
WWU leads the GNAC in field-goal percentage (46.0) and 3-point percentage (36.6). The field-goal figure ranks 15th nationally among NCAA Division II schools and the 3-point figure is 22nd.
The Vikings are the defending GNAC regular-season and tournament champions. They went on to win the 2013 West Regional title and reach the national semifinals.
KATIE FOR THREE: Junior point guard Katie Colard tops the GNAC in made threes with 59, an average of 2.8 per game which ranks 16th nationally. She is scoring at a team-leading 13.8 clip on 40.1 percent (59-of-147) 3-point accuracy.
Colard tied a school record with eight treys and had a career-high 26 points in the win at Northwest Nazarene last Thursday. She hit six threes in an 81-68 victory over NNU at Carver Gym on Jan. 11, and has made five treys in two other games this season.
Colard also leads the team in free-throw shooting at 87.3 percent (48-of-55) and in double-figure scoring games with 16.
DONALDSON A DYNAMO: Over the last 10 games, junior forward Sydney Donaldson has averaged 13.0 points on 57.8 percent (52-of 90) floor accuracy and 7.1 rebounds. In the first 11 games this season, she averaged 5.0 points on 30.1 percent (22-of-73) shooting and 4.5 rebounds. Overall, she is averaging 9.7 points and is second on the team in rebounds (6.2) and blocks (27).
Donaldson, who was the GNAC Player of the Week for Jan. 5-11, scored a career-high 22 points versus Alaska Fairbanks on Jan. 25 and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against Northwest Nazarene on Jan. 11. She has had three double-doubles efforts this season.
HILL'S ALMOST DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Senior center Sarah Hill has had two double-doubles this season and has been within one point or one rebound on four other occasions. She is averaging 9.7 points and leads the team in rebounds at 7.9 and in blocked shots with 39.
Hill had 18 points and 16 rebounds, both career highs, at Western Oregon on Jan. 16, as she earned GNAC Player of the Week honors for Jan. 12-18.
BRIGGS OFF THE BENCH: Freshman forward Tia Briggs has come off the bench to average 14.8 points on 68.4 percent (26-of-38) field-goal shooting over the last four games.
On the season, Briggs is averaging 10.0 points on team-best 54.7 percent (88-of-161) floor accuracy.
WHITE GETS THE POINT: Junior point guard Jenni White is averaging 9.8 points. She paces the Vikings in assists (4.4, 93) and steals (2.0, 42), and leads the team in 3-point accuracy at 40.4 percent (23-of-57).
Feb. 13 (Thu.) SAINT MARTIN'S*# (CARVER GYM - 7 p.m.) Feb. 15 (Sat.) WESTERN OREGON* (CARVER GYM - 7 p.m.) Feb. 20 (Thu.) at Alaska Fairbanks* (Fairbanks, AK - 5:15 p.m.) Feb. 22 (Sat.) at Alaska Anchorage* (Anchorage, AK - 5:15 p.m.) March 1 (Sat.) SIMON FRASER*#@ (CARVER GYM - 3 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 @televised on ROOT Sports (Comcast Channel 30, DirecTV: Channel 687, Dish Network: Channel 426)
SAINT MARTIN'S: The Saints are 14-7 overall and 8-4 in GNAC play, winning their last three games. SMU leads the conference in scoring defense (60.5 avg.) and field-goal percentage defense (35.5). Pacing SMU is 6-1 senior center Chelsea Haskey (13.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg), a second-team GNAC all-star. Three more top returnees are 5-6 junior guard Angela Gelhar (11.7 ppg), who scored 36 points in an 85-78 win at Alaska Anchorage on Jan. 14; 5-10 junior forward Brooke Paulson (8.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg), and 5-10 sophomore forward Mackenzie Taylor (3.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg). A top addition for coach Tim Healy (18th year, 229-242) is 5-11 junior forward Liz Mills (7.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg), a transfer from NCAA I Sacramento State. WWU holds a 60-10 series advantage, winning the last 12 meetings following a 79-73 win at Lacey on Jan. 18.
WESTERN OREGON: The Wolves are 6-14 overall (Feb. 13 at Simon Fraser) and 3-9 in GNAC play, losing six of their last seven games. First-year head coach Holli Howard-Carpenter, who was an associate head coach at Cal State East Bay the last three years and an assistant at Chico State the previous four seasons, has two standout returnees in 6-0 junior forward Dana Goularte (18.4 ppg, 9.0 rpg) and 5-7 senior guard Chantel Divilbiss (11.7 ppg). WWU holds a 43-9 series advantage, winning the last 22 meetings following a 78-59 win at Monmouth, Ore., on Jan. 16.
THREE-DOT NOTES: Two weeks ago, the Vikings had a 26-game home court winning streak snapped with a pair of losses at Carver Gym. The string was the second longest in school history and just three shy of the WWU record ... Hill has 505 points and 499 rebounds during her three-year career. Colard has 716 points and Donaldson 566 points and 379 rebounds ... Donaldson and Hill were both 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 444-74 (85.7 percent) in 42 seasons at Carver Gym. Their longest home court win streak was 29 from 1983 to 1986.
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 488-181 (72.9 percent) record and ranks No.9 among active NCAA II coaches in winning percentage and No.12 in victories. Her winning percentage in NCAA II all-time ranks No.21 and her victory total No.26. Dolfo's teams have reached post-season play 21 times and have won 20 or more games 17 times. She was named GNAC Coach of the Year in 2004, 2006, 2011 and 2013; Northwest small college Coach of the Year in 2000 and Pacific Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1996. Dolfo has coached 13 All-Americans (includes honorable mention) and 48 conference all-stars during her tenure. She was the top Viking assistant for four seasons (95-28, 77.2) and earned All-America honors as a player at WWU.
TRADITION OF SUCCESS: With 920 victories (316 losses, 74.4 percent) in its 43-year history, WWU is one of just a handful of colleges in all divisions of the NCAA to reach the 900-plateau... The Vikings have made 40 post-season appearances, including one stretch of 28 straight, with two national semifinal and three quarterfinal finishes ... They have made 14 West Regional appearances in their 15 seasons as a NCAA II member, and also have had 31 20-win seasons ... WWU has had 22 winning streaks of 10 or more games with its longest being 21 ... Former WWU coach Lynda Goodrich is a member of the NAIA National Hall of Fame. She coached WWU for 19 seasons, winning more than 400 games (411-127, 76.4 percent). Another Viking NAIA Hall of Famer is forward Jo Metzger (1977-81), who earned first-team All-America honors in 1980 and 1981 ... WWU has had 13 first, second or third-team All-Americans.
A LOOK BACK AT 2012-13: Last year, WWU finished 29-4 and reached the semifinals at the NCAA II National Championships after winning the West Regional title and both the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament crowns.
COLLEGIATE FIRST: WWU was the first college in the country to boast two 400-win women's basketball coaches. Lynda Goodrich, who recently retired after 26 years as the school's director of athletics, posted 411 victories from 1971 to 1990, and current coach Carmen Dolfo is in her 23rd season with 488.
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 Taylor Peacocke, 5-9, Fr., Kenmore, WA/Inglemoor/Sacramento State 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 Tia Briggs, 6-1, Fr., Tacoma, WA/Wilson F Marcel Pounds, 5-8, **Jr.., Bonney Lake, WA/Bonney Lake 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:
Feb. 6 - WWU 94, Northwest Nazarene 81 at Nampa, ID
Colard tied a school record by hitting eight 3-pointers while scoring a career-high 26 points as WWU rolled past Northwest Nazarene, 94-81, in a GNAC game at Johnson Sports Center. The 94 points were a season-high for the Vikings, who improved to 12-8 overall and remained tied for second in the GNAC standings at 8-4. NNU fell to 12-8 overall and 5-7 in conference action. The loss was just the third in 11 home games this season for the Crusaders. Megan Hingston had 20 points and 11 rebounds for NNU, and Chelsie Luke added 19 points. WWU was 13-of-28 from beyond the arc for a season-best 46.4 percent. That was two shy of the school record for made threes. Four Vikings, besides Colard, reached double-figure scoring. Donaldson and Tia Briggs each had 12, and Peacocke and Gandy had 10 apiece. Gandy made all five of her field goals. Hill contributed nine points and 11 rebounds for WWU and White had a game-high eight assists. The Vikings, who never trailed in the game, made five of their first seven 3-point attempts for a 19-11 lead seven minutes into the contest. NNU got back to within one, 21-20, midway through the first half. But WWU scored 14 straight points to begin a 22-5 run over a six-minute span for an 18-point advantage, 43-25, with four minutes left in the period. The Vikings led 45-32 at halftime. The Crusaders never got closer than eight in the second half and WWU's biggest lead was 19, 92-73, with 3:28 remaining. The Vikings have now won 12 of their last 13 meetings with NNU.
Feb. 8 - WWU 82, Central Washington 61 at Ellensburg, WA
Briggs came off the bench to score a career and game-high 19 points, lifting WWU to an 82-61 victory over Central Washington in a GNAC game at Nicholson Pavilion. The Vikings improved to 13-8 overall and remained tied for second in the GNAC standings at 9-4. Briggs, who had 14 points in the first half, was one of four Vikings to score double figures. White had 17, and Donaldson and Colard each contributed 16. Central, which lost its seventh straight, dropped to 6-15 overall and 1-11 in conference play. Amber Moser had 13 points to lead the Wildcats, who have lost 11 of their last 12 games, and Daisy Burke had 12 points. Leading 45-41 at halftime, WWU scored 12 straight points during an 18-5 run to open the second half for a 17-point advantage, 63-46, with 12:21 remaining. Central cut the lead to 10 points, 71-61, on a 3-pointer by Burke with 4:23 to go, but WWU scored the last 11 points of the game. Briggs, who was 9-of-12 from the field, also had six rebounds and two steals. Donaldson was 8-of-13 from the floor and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, and Colard made 3-of-5 3-pointers. The win was the 13th straight for WWU over Central. The Vikings have won 21 of the last 22 meetings for an 86-10 series advantage.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Women's Basketball: Postseason Picture Taking Shape (Feb. 11, 2014)
PORTLAND, Ore. - With three weeks remaining on the Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball regular season schedule, the hunt for the six coveted postseason berths is in full swing.
GNAC leader Montana State Billings (18-5, 10-2 GNAC) is set to host Northwest Nazarene (12-9, 5-8) and Central Washington (6-15, 1-12) this weekend with hopes of distancing itself from a pair of close second-place teams.
Western Washington (13-8, 9-4) and Simon Fraser (14-6, 9-4) are currently in a deadlock for the No. 2 spot in the conference standings, and the travel partners will each host Western Oregon (6-14, 3-9) and Saint Martin's (14-7, 8-4) this weekend. The Saints revived their postseason hopes and threw themselves back into the heat of the playoff battle with wins over the Alaska schools last week, and SMU has won three games in a row overall.
Close behind SMU in the standings is Alaska Anchorage (15-6, 8-5), which sits in fifth place and will face in-state rival Alaska Fairbanks (9-12, 3-10) on Saturday in Anchorage.
Seattle Pacific (14-6, 7-5) is clinging to the No. 6 position in the standings, with big home games against NNU and CWU this weekend that could have major playoff implications. The Crusaders are 2.5 games back of the Falcons, and need to snap a 3-game losing streak and finish the season strong in order to earn a postseason bid.
UAA remained in the top-10 in Division II in several statistical categories, including steals per game (15.4, 3rd), turnover margin (7.85, 3rd), and scoring offense (82.6, 8th). NNU ranks No. 4 across the NCAA in free-throw percentage at 79.4, while MSU Billings ranks No. 3 in fewest turnovers per game with just 12.2. The Yellowjackets are also among NCAA leaders in fewest fouls per contest, averaging just 15.0.
In terms of 3-point percentage defense, only Clark Atlanta (21.6) ranks higher than No. 2 Simon Fraser (23.4) among Division II competition. Alaska Fairbanks is also in the top-10 in that category, holding opponents to just 24.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Individually, SFU's Erin Chambers totaled 46 points last week to keep her scoring average at 23.1 and rank her No. 6 in the NCAA. Bobbi Knudsen of MSUB remained in the top-10 in assists per game at 5.7 (8th), and Kiki Robertson of UAA is No. 2 in Division II in steals per game (3.85). NNU sophomore Taylor Simmons ranks fourth in steals per game (3.57).
After snapping a 3-game losing skid two weeks ago, Saint Martin's kept its foot on the gas with two big wins over Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks last week to rekindle its hopes for a GNAC tournament berth. On Thursday, SMU held the No. 8 offense in the NCAA to just 46 points in a 56-46 triumph inside Marcus Pavilion. Red Lion Player of the Week Chelsea Haskey was instrumental in the victory with 13 points, five rebounds, two assists, three steals and a pair of blocks. Angela Gelhar also came up big with a dozen points for the Saints.
Saturday's game was more dramatic for SMU, which overcame a 37-26 halftime deficit to defeat visiting UAF 67-66. Krista Stabler (14) and Jordyn Richardson (13) each scored in double figures off the bench for the Saints, and Haskey added 15 more points and seven rebounds.
The Nanooks suffered the one-point loss two days after a tough 62-51 defeat at the hands of Western Oregon. UAF scoring leader Jordan Wilson logged 15 points in the first game of the week, and Victoria Milton led the way on Saturday with 15 points and five rebounds.
Snow delayed Western Oregon's matchup with UAA until Monday, but it didn't detract from the play of junior Dana Goularte who scored 14 points, had five rebounds, one assist, two steals and a game-high five blocks in a 73-47 setback. On Thursday Goularte's conference-leading seventh double-double of the season pushed WOU to victory, as she scored 25 points and added a dozen rebounds, two blocks and seven steals.
The Seawolves recovered from the defeat at SMU with a big win over WOU, as Jessica Madison logged 15 points and Kylie Burns grabbed 11 rebounds for the second-straight game.
Simon Fraser took to the road last week, coming away with a 75-61 win over CWU on Thursday and a 75-57 triumph over NNU on Saturday. Chambers scored a conference-high 46 points in the victories, and Meg Wilson logged back-to-back double-doubles with 12 points and 12 rebounds on Thursday and 13 points and 14 rebounds Saturday.
The Wildcats' Courtney Johnson had 22 points in their setback against SFU, and Amber Moser (13) and Daisy Burke (12) were CWU's top scorers in an 82-61 loss to WWU on Saturday.
NNU's Megan Hingston notched her seventh double-double of the season in the Crusaders' 94-81 loss to the Vikings, and Chelsie Luke was excellent in both games with 19 points Thursday and 17 more on Saturday in her role off the bench.
WWU righted its ship with the wins as Katie Colard knocked down 11 3-pointers on the weekend and had a game-high 26 points in Thursday's victory. The 94 points was the highest total of the season for WWU, as Sydney Donaldson (12), Tia Briggs (12), Taylor Peacocke (10) and Kiana Gandy (10) joined Colard as double-figure scorers.
MSUB's Knudsen paced all scorers with 21 points against SPU on Saturday, and also had seven rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals in the 74-59 win in Billings. Janiel Olson led the Yellowjackets with a dozen rebounds, and Chelsea Banis came up just short of a double-double with 16 points and nine boards. MSUB has now won eight games in a row and remained a perfect 11-0 at home this season.
SPU's top scorers in the team's lone game of the week were Suzanna Ohlsen and Katie Benson with 11 points apiece, and Betsy Kingma who added 10 more in the loss.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2013-14 Women's Basketball Report 14 Week 13 (Feb. 11, 2014)
Conference Overall W L W L H A N MSU Billings 10 2 18 5 11-0 5-2 2-3 Simon Fraser 9 4 14 6 9-2 5-3 0-1 Western Washington 9 4 13 8 6-2 6-4 1-2 Saint Martin's 8 4 14 7 9-1 4-3 1-3 Alaska Anchorage 8 5 15 6 9-2 6-4 0-0 Seattle Pacific 7 5 14 6 6-3 5-3 3-0 Northwest Nazarene 5 8 12 9 8-4 4-5 0-0 Western Oregon 3 9 6 14 5-8 1-4 0-2 Alaska Fairbanks 3 10 9 12 5-6 4-6 0-0 Central Washington 1 12 6 15 3-8 1-5 2-2
LAST WEEK: Wednesday - South Dakota Mines 39 at MSU Billings 78 Thursday - Alaska Anchorage 46 at Saint Martin's 56; Alaska Fairbanks 51 at Western Oregon 62; Simon Fraser 75 at Central Washington 61; Western Washington 94 at Northwest Nazarene 81 Saturday - Alaska Fairbanks 66 at Saint Martin's 67; Western Washington 82 at Central Washington 61; Seattle Pacific 59 at MSU Billings 74; Simon Fraser 75 at Northwest Nazarene 57.
THIS WEEK: Monday - Alaska Anchorage 73 at Western Oregon 47 Thursday - Central Washington at Seattle Pacific, 5:15 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at MSU Billings, 5:15 p.m.; Saint Martin's at Western Washington 7 p.m.; Western Oregon at Simon Fraser, 7 p.m. Saturday - Alaska Fairbanks at Alaska Anchorage 7 p.m.; Central Washington at MSU Billings, 5:15 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Seattle Pacific, 5:15 p.m.; Saint Martin's at Simon Fraser 7 p.m.; Western Oregon at Western Washington 7 p.m.
POLLS: WBCA (Feb. 11) - None Ranked.
NCAA STATISTICS (Through Feb. 9)
TEAM (Top 30): Scoring Offense - 8. Alaska Anchorage (82.6) Scoring Defense - 30. Saint Martin's (60.8) Scoring Margin - 23. Alaska Anchorage (12.5) F.G. Pct. - 15. Western Washington (46.0) F.G. Pct. Def. - 22. Saint Martin's (35.9) F.T. Pct. - 4. Northwest Nazarene (79.4) 19. Seattle Pacific (76.2) Rebound Margin - 11. MSU Billings (8.3) 3-Pt. F.G./Gm. - 28. MSU Billings (7.2) 3-Pt. F.G. Pct. - 22. Western Washington (36.6) W-L-T Pct. - 27. MSU Billings (.783) Ast./Gm. - 18. Alaska Anchorage (17.3) Blk./Gm. - 13. Seattle Pacific (4.9) 20. Western Washington (4.5) 23. Simon Fraser (4.5) Stls./Gm. - 3. Alaska Anchorage (15.4) 24. Northwest Nazarene (11.0) T.O./Gm. - 3. MSU Billings (12.2) Fls./Gm. - 3. MSU Billings (15.0) Ast./T.O. Ratio - 15. MSU Billings (1.15) T.O. Margin - 3. Alaska Anchorage (7.85) 3-Pt. F.G. Def. - 2. Simon Fraser (.234) 6. Alaska Fairbanks (.245).
INDIVIDUAL (Top 30): Pts./Gm. - 6. Erin Chambers, SFU (23.1) 28. Katie Benson, SPU (19.8) Rbnd./Gm. - 19. Janiel Olson, MSUB (10.4) Ast./Gm. - 8. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB (5.7) 16. Kiki Robertson, UAA (5.2) 18. Ally Schmitt, CWU (5.1) Blk./Gm. - 19. Rebecca Langmead, SFU (2.4) 30. Jasmine Parker, CWU (2.1) Stls./Gm. - 2. Kiki Robertson, UAA (3.85) 4. Taylor Simmons, NNU (3.57) F.G. Pct. - 29. Jordan Wilson, UAF (55.7) F.T. Pct. - 17. Suzanna Ohlsen, SPU (89.2) 21. Chelsie Luke, NNU (89.0) 3-Pt. F.G./Gm. - 16. Katie Colard, WWU (2.81) Ast./T.O. Ratio - 28. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB (1.98).
DOUBLE-DOUBLES (Through Feb. 11): 7 - Katie Benson, SPU; Dana Goularte, WOU; Megan Hingston, NNU 4 - Jordan Wilson, UAF; Jasmine Parker, CWU; Chelsea Haskey, SMU 3 - Jessica VanDyke, CWU; Rebecca Langmead, SFU; Janiel Olson, MSUB; Sydney Donaldson, WWU; Meg Wilson, SFU 2 - five with 1 - nine with.
RED LION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Week of Feb. 3-9: Chelsea Haskey, SMU (F, 6-1, Sr., Olympia, WA - Black Hills) scored 28 points and also had 12 rebounds, four steals and a pair of blocks leading the Saints to home wins over Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks. She had 13 points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals in Thursday's 56-46 win over UAA. On Saturday, she netted 15 points and also had seven rebounds to key a 67-66 win over UAF.
Honorable Mention - Erin Chambers, SFU (G/F, 6-1, Jr., Mission, BC - Heritage Park); Dana Goularte, WOU (F, 6-0, Jr., Port Orchard, WA - South Kitsap); Katie Colard, WWU (G, 5-9, Jr., McCleary, WA - Elma); Chelsie Luke, NNU (G, 5-9, Sr., Meridian, ID).
SAINTS SHUTDOWN SEAWOLVES: Holding the eighth-leading offense in the NCAA to just 46 points on Thursday, Saint Martin's grabbed a huge 56-46 win over Alaska Anchorage inside Marcus Pavilion in Lacey. On Saturday, the Saints edged Alaska Fairbanks by the narrowest of margins to collect a 67-66 victory and remain alive and well in the hunt for a GNAC tournament berth. Chelsea Haskey earned her first Red Lion Player of the Week honors of her senior campaign by facilitating SMU's offense and defense on all fronts. Joining her in double figures on Thursday was Angela Gelhar, who contributed a dozen points, two rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. On Saturday, Krista Stabler and Jordyn Richardson came up big for the Saints off the bench with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Megan Wiedeman's bench effort was instrumental as well, as she fell just shy of a double-double with 10 rebounds and eight points while adding three blocks.
The victories were a big momentum shifter for SMU, which now sits in sole possession of fourth place in the GNAC standings and has won three games in a row. SMU has lost just once at home this season, but will have to carry its hot play on the road this week as the Saints challenge Western Washington in Bellingham on Thursday and Simon Fraser across the border on Saturday.
COLARD HARDLY COLD FROM DOWNTOWN: Behind 11 3-pointers from junior Katie Colard, Western Washington got back into the win column with two decisive victories last weekend. On Thursday, Colard unleashed 15 shots from long distance, converting eight as she finished with a game-high 26 points in a 94-81 WWU win over Northwest Nazarene. The point total was the Vikings' highest of 2013-14 so far, as five total players scored in double figures and Sarah Hill collected a game-high 11 rebounds. On Saturday, WWU separated itself from Central Washington in the second half to win 82-61, after leading just 45-41 at the break. Colard contributed 16 more points on 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, and Tia Briggs led all scorers with 19 points off the bench. WWU junior Sydney Donaldson posted 16 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season, and Jenni White had 17 points, four rebounds, four steals, and two assists for WWU in the win.
The Vikings kept pace with Simon Fraser to hold a share of second place in the GNAC standings, as WWU has now won eight of its last 10 games and sits at 9-4 in conference action. The Vikings welcome a hot Saint Martin's team on Thursday before hosting Western Oregon on Saturday.
SFU WINS TWO: Erin Chambers continued her torrid scoring pace last weekend, notching 25 points in a 75-61 win over Central Washington on Thursday, and following with 21 more in Saturday's 75-57 triumph over Northwest Nazarene. The junior guard continued to lead the GNAC and dropped two spots in the Division II rankings as she stood pat at 23.1 points per game. Meg Wilson logged her second double-double with a dozen points and rebounds on Thursday, before picking up her third of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds off the bench for SFU on Saturday. Chelsea Reist had 11 points for SFU on Thursday, Katie Lowen contributed 12 on Saturday, and Kia Van Laare played a major role in SFU's win over NNU with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 17 minutes off of the bench.
Tied for second place in the GNAC standings with WWU, SFU is set to host its final games of the season this weekend. The Clan welcome Western Oregon to the West Gym on Thursday, followed by a Saturday date with Saint Martin's.
BUZZING IN BILLINGS: After a Wednesday nonconference victory over South Dakota Mines, MSU Billings returned to GNAC action on Saturday with a convincing 74-59 win over Seattle Pacific in the teams' lone conference game of the week. Bobbi Knudsen led all players with 21 points, and also had seven rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals. GNAC-leading rebounder Janiel Olson tallied a dozen boards in the win, while Chelsea Banis just missed a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds. Kayleen Goggins offered 11 points for MSUB, and Quinn Peoples was the Yellowjackets' other double figure scorer with 10 points off the bench. MSUB, which has won eight games in a row, kept in shape with a healthy 78-39 win over SD Mines on Wednesday. All nine players who saw action scored at least four points and logged at least 16 minutes on the hardwood.
MSUB will defend its perfect 11-0 home record again this weekend, as the `Jackets take on visiting Northwest Nazarene and Central Washington on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Both games are set for a special start time of 5:15 p.m. Mountain time.
ANCHORAGE WINS IN OREGON SNOW: After Saturday's game between visiting Alaska Anchorage and Western Oregon was rescheduled due to severe weather conditions, the Seawolves took care of business in a 73-47 victory over the Wolves Monday morning inside the New P.E. Building on the WOU campus. The victory followed a tough 56-46 loss to Saint Martin's, as the GNAC's best offense fell victim to the league's best defense. No UAA player reached double digits in the scoring column on Thursday, as UAA was stone cold from beyond the arc at just 1-for-16. Kylie Burns hauled in 11 rebounds for the Seawolves and Christina Davis notched five assists in the loss. UAA found its stride on Monday, as Jessica Madison led her team with 15 points and Alli Madison (12) and Kiki Robertson (11) also scored in double figures. Burns once again logged 11 rebounds and Davis also repeated Thursday's performance with five more assists. The Seawolves unleashed from long range, lifting 28 shots from the arc and converting seven.
UAA hosts three games in a row before closing the season on the road. The Seawolves take on rival Alaska Fairbanks in a 2 p.m. Alaska time tip-off on Saturday, before welcoming Simon Fraser and Western Washington to Anchorage the following week.
GOULARTE HELPS WOLVES SPLIT: Dana Goularte's seventh double-double of the season came in the form of a 25-point 12-rebound effort on Thursday as WOU snapped a five-game losing streak with a 62-51 win over visiting Alaska Fairbanks. The standout junior also had seven steals and two blocks in the victory, and Chantel Divilbiss helped out with 16 points, two rebounds, two steals and a pair of blocks. A two-day delay for the Wolves' matchup with UAA didn't benefit the former, as WOU fell to the Seawolves 73-47 on Monday. Goularte led her team again with 14 points, while notching five rebounds, an assist, two steals and a block as well. No other Wolves player scored in double figures, as WOU shot just 27.8 percent (15-of-54) from the field in the defeat.
One final home stand sandwiches four road games as WOU closes its 2013-14 regular season. The Wolves take on Simon Fraser on Thursday in Burnaby and then return to the United States for a Saturday matchup against Western Washington in Bellingham.
CRUSADERS' SKID REACHES THREE: Northwest Nazarene could not overcome a 13-point halftime deficit against Western Washington on Saturday, as NNU fell 94-81 in Bellingham. Megan Hingston led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds for NNU, while also dishing out two assists and grabbing four steals. Chelsie Luke was 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and 7-of-11 overall from the floor for 19 points on Thursday. Simon Fraser quieted NNU on Saturday, holding the Crusaders to just 57 points in the loss. Luke proved resilient however with 17 more points and a team-high seven rebounds, while Taylor Simmons turned in 14 points and Hingston had 10. The Crusaders, who on the season are the fourth-best free-throw shooting team in the NCAA (79.4), shot just 65.2 percent (15-of-23) from the foul line in Saturday's loss. After starting the season a perfect 8-0 at home, the Crusaders have dropped their last four contests inside the Johnson Sports Center in Nampa.
This week, NNU looks to keep its postseason hopes alive with tough road games against MSU Billings on Thursday and Seattle Pacific on Saturday.
NANOOKS HEARTBROKEN IN LACEY: Alaska Fairbanks watched as an 11-point halftime lead against the Saints of Saint Martin's slipped away on Saturday, with the Nanooks eventually losing by one point inside Marcus Pavilion. Victoria Milton led the Nanooks with 15 points and had five rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block. Kelly Logue (13) and Kaillee Skjold (11) were UAF's other double figure scorers, and Benissa Bulaya had a game-high six assists. Freshman phenom Jordan Wilson was held to a season-low five points in the defeat. The story was the same two days earlier, as UAF led 34-29 over Western Oregon at the half but could not protect the advantage in the 62-51 loss. The Nanooks shot 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from the field in the first half, but scored just 17 points in the second on 26.9 percent (7-of-26) shooting. Wilson accounted for 17 points and grabbed four rebounds, but no other Nanook scored more than six in the loss.
UAF travels to in-state rival Alaska Anchorage for its lone GNAC game of the week on Saturday. The Nanooks then close the season with two home games and two road games over the final two weeks.
WILDCATS FALL TWICE AT HOME: Courtney Johnson shot 4-of-7 from 3-point range on Thursday, finishing with a team-high 22 points in Central Washington's 75-61 loss to Simon Fraser. Johnson was a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line and grabbed four rebounds for the Wildcats. Amber Moser was CWU's other player in double figures with 10 points, and Jasmine Parker just missed a double-double with 11 rebounds and eight points on the evening. Moser paced CWU two nights later with 13 points against Western Washington, but the Wildcats lost their seventh game in a row as they fell 82-61 on Saturday. Daisy Burke had a strong performance off the bench for CWU, with a dozen points, one rebound, one assist and a steal.
The Wildcats' next three matchups are on the road before their 2013-14 season comes to a close at home on the final weekend. This week, CWU faces Seattle Pacific on Thursday before heading east to challenge MSU Billings on Saturday.
FALCONS LOSE REMATCH AGAINST MSUB: The last time MSU Billings lost it was at the hands of Seattle Pacific on Jan. 11, but the Falcons could not repeat the feat last weekend in a 74-59 loss in Billings. Katie Benson and Suzanna Ohlsen led the Falcons with 11 points apiece, while Betsy Kingma also scored in double figures with 10. SPU held the lead just twice in the game, as MSUB got ahead 38-30 at the break and never looked back. The Falcons shot 34.4 percent (21-of-61) from the field and 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from the foul line in the loss.
SPU returns to Brougham Pavilion this weekend as the Falcons play host to Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene. Currently occupying the sixth spot in the conference standings, SPU looks to secure a place in the GNAC tournament with a pair of wins.
2013-14 RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week of Jan. 27 - Feb. 2 - Taylor Simmons, NNU (G, 5-8, So., Middleton, ID - Middleton) scored 36 points and grabbed 10 rebounds last week as the Crusaders defeated Alaska Fairbanks 86-81 and lost by just two to Alaska Anchorage on the road. Simmons was instrumental in both victories, dishing out 13 assists and providing a conference-high 12 steals on the weekend. The sophomore point guard also shot .476 (10-for-21) from the field and .789 (15-for-19) from the foul line in the victories. Simmons also played a team-high 68 minutes in the two games.
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.
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.
Pair of Vikings Earn Great Northwest Athletic Conference Honors
Hannah Stipanovich named Second Team All-GNAC, Dani Iwami honored as GNAC Newcomer of the Year
WWU Falls 76-63 to MSU Billings in Season Finale
Vikings come up just shy of GNAC Championships berth as Yellowjackets pull away after halftime
Comeback Falls Just Short in 79-77 Loss at SFU
Anna Schwecke scores career-high 28 points on 13-for-17 shooting in the tough loss
WWU Travels to Simon Fraser, Hosts MSU Billings
Vikings enter final week of regular season vying for GNAC Championships berth
WWU Edged 78-76 by NNU in Overtime Thriller
Vikings force overtime with late 3-pointer, NNU pulls ahead in final minute of overtime
WWU and Bellingham Selected as Host for 2019 GNAC Basketball Championships
WECU Court at Carver Gym will host the 2019 GNAC Basketball Championships March 7-9, 2019
Vikings Take Down Central Washington 67-59
Hannah Stipanovich scores game-high 19 points, WWU win for fifth time over last six games
Trio of Vikings Named to GNAC All-Academic Team
Hannah Stipanovich, Amanda Lance and Lexie Bland honored by conference
Vikings to Host Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene
WWU faces CWU on Thursday, NNU on Saturday in GNAC matchups
Late Comeback Falls Short in Women's Hoops 80-62 Loss at SPU
Gracie Castaneda scores career-high 21 points as Vikings have four-game winning streak snapped
Vikings Roll To 79-51 Win at Saint Martin's
WWU wins fourth consecutive game, Vikings shoot 50.0% (28-of-56) from the field
Women's Basketball On the Road to Face SMU and SPU
Vikings face the Saints Thursday night (7 pm) and the Falcons Saturday night (7 pm)
Viking Spotlight | Lexie Bland & Dani Iwami
Hear from WWU women's basketball sophomore guards Lexie Bland and Dani Iwami
WWU Tops Concordia 84-68 for Third Straight Win
Vikings outscore Cavaliers 25-7 in third quarter to pull away from two-point halftime lead
WWU Pulls Away from Western Oregon for 66-46 Victory
Vikings outscore Wolves 38-19 in third and fourth quarters in commanding victory