Tough road games for WWU at MSUB and Seattle Pacific
Feb. 12, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
With its conference lead now just one game, the Western Washington University women's basketball team travels to Montana State University Billings on Thursday, 14 (7:30 p.m.) and to Seattle Pacific University on Saturday, Feb. 16 (5:15 p.m.), for a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests.
A webcast and live stats for both games is available at www.wwuvikings.com.
The Vikings dropped five spots to No.9 in this week's USA Today Sports/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll after moving up 17 spots over the last five polls. They are 17-3 overall and lead the GNAC standings by one game at 11-1 following a 74-59 loss at Simon Fraser last Saturday.
The setback snapped an 11-game victory string for WWU, which returns home the following week to host Northwest Nazarene University on Thursday, Feb. 21 (7 p.m.) and Central Washington University on Saturday, Feb. 23 (7 p.m.). 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.
WWU ranks fifth nationally in assists (18.1) and eighth in both assist to turnover ratio (1.15) and field-goal percentage (44.5). The Vikings are second in the GNAC in field-goal percentage, field-goal percentage defense (36.9), 3-point percentage (34.7), assists and assist-to-turnover ratio.
Senior center Britt Harris leads the team with a 15.1 points per game average, and is third in rebounding at 5.2. She is shooting 60.1 percent (119-of-198) from the field, which ranks fifth nationally and second in the GNAC.
Harris has scored double-figure points 17 times this season, and is hitting 69.6 percent (48-of-69) from the floor over the last seven games.
Senior forward Trishi Williams is averaging 11.1 points and 5.8 rebounds. She is second on the squad in both of those categories while leading in assists (4.5) and steals (2.7). She ranks second among conference leaders in steals, third in floor accuracy at 50.0 percent (86-of-172) and fifth in assists.
Against Alaska Anchorage on Feb. 2, 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.
Senior point guard Corinn Waltrip is averaging 10.8 points, shooting 43.0 percent (43-of-98) from 3-point range, which ranks seventh nationally. She is second in the GNAC in 3-point accuracy and fourth in 3-point makes (2.2).
Top players off the bench have been sophomore forward Sydney Donaldson, who is averaging 6.2 points and 4.5 rebounds, and sophomore center Kayla Bernsen, who is averaging 5.5 points and 1.0 blocks, fifth in the GNAC.
Montana State Billings is 15-6 overall and fourth in the conference standings at 9-4, winning four of its last five games.
The Yellowjackets are led by 5-8 junior guard Bobbi Knudsen, a first-team all-league pick last year. She tops the conference in assists (6.0 avg.) and is second in scoring (17.0).
Knudsen is one of four starters back for coach Kevin Woodin (9th year, 148-102) from last year's 18-12 team. The others are 5-10 sophomore forward Janiel Olson (9.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg), second among the league's rebound leaders; 6-1 sophomore center Kayleen Goggins (12.1 ppg) and 5-11 sophomore forward Quinn Peoples (8.3 ppg).
WWU leads the series, 17-9, winning the last eight meetings. The Vikings edged the Yallowjackets, 78-76, at Bellingham on Jan. 19.
Seattle Pacific is 13-8 overall (Feb.14 hosts Simon Fraser) and fifth at 7-6 in league play, winning three of its last four games.
The Falcons lead the GNAC in free-throw percentage (79.4), 3-point percentage (37.8) and rebound margin (8.1), and are second in scoring offense (72.0).
SPU is led by 6-1 junior center Katie Benson (15.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg), a second-team all-league choice last year. Two other returning starters from last year's 17-10 team are 5-9 senior forward Rachel Murray (8.8 ppg), a preseason all-conference pick, and 5-9 junior forward Aubree Callen (12.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg).
Another top player back for coach Julie Heisey (8th year, 173-52; overall 17 yrs., 335-171) is 5-7 sophomore guard Suzanna Ohlsen (3.6 apg), who leads the GNAC in 3-point accuracy at 45.0 percent.
WWU leads the series, 54-27, splitting a pair of home-and-home meetings in each of the last four seasons and winning 61-44 at Bellingham on Jan. 17.
THREE-DOT NOTES: Waltrip has a four-year career point total of 876 ... Waltrip and Harris have each received GNAC co-Player of the Week honors this season and William earned outright honors ... 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 both 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 463-172 (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 was 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 (307 losses, 74.5 percent) in its 42-year history, WWU is looking to become one of just 10 colleges in all divisions of the NCAA to reach the 900-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 22 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 SUMMARY:
Feb. 9 - Simon Fraser 74, WWU 59 at Burnaby, BC
Simon Fraser held WWU without a field goal for a stretch of more than nine minutes to break open a close game and claim a 74-59 triumph in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball contest between two nationally ranked teams Saturday at West Gym on the SFU campus. Waltrip had 16 points to lead the Vikings, who had an 11-game winning streak snapped. WWU, ranked No.4 nationally, fell to 17-3 overall and leads the GNAC at 11-1. No.12 ranked Simon Fraser improved to 17-3 overall and 10-2 in the GNAC. Guard Katie Lowen had a game-high 17 points for the Clan, who have won 14 of their last 16 games and are perfect in 10 home contests. WWU was within four points, 42-38, after a basket by Williams with 16:48 to go, but then got only two free throws by Colard in the next 9:28. SFU used that to go on a 16-2 run to open up a 58-40 advantage. Carla Wyman, who finished with 13 points, had seven in the charge. The Vikings battled back, eventually closing to within five, 62-57, on a Williams free throw with 4:13 left, but never got that close again. Harris had 14 points for WWU, and Colard added 12. The Vikings shot just 37.1 percent (23-of-62) from the field, including 29.4 percent (10-of-34) in the second half. The 59 points matched a season-low for WWU set in a 59-57 triumph over SFU at Bellingham on Jan. 12. The Clan entered Saturday's game leading the GNAC in scoring defense at 54.7. Marie-Line Petit had 13 points for the Clan, going 5-of-5 from the field. SFU center Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe had 11 points and eight rebounds. She entered the game averaging 16.0 points and a GNAC-best 13.0 rebounds. The Clan made 10-of-27 3-pointers, Lowen being 4-of-5 and Petit 3-of-3.
USA TODAY Sports DIVISION II TOP 25 COACHES' POLL
February 12, 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 24-0 775 2 Bentley University (Mass.) 2 21-0 741 3 Clayton State University (Ga.) 3 22-0 716 4 Colorado Mesa University 7 20-1 641 5 Holy Family University (Pa.) 8 21-2 588 6 Washburn University (Kan.) 9 17-3 568 7 University of Central Missouri 10 19-2 543 8 Simon Fraser University (BC) 12 17-3 536 9 Western Washington University 4 17-3 516 10 Gannon University (Pa.) 6 21-3 502 11 Chico State University 11 18-2 501 12 South Carolina-Aiken 5 18-3 489 13 Grand Canyon University (Ariz.) 13 20-4 369 14 Limestone College (S.C.) 16 18-2 351 15 Shaw University (N.C.) 15 19-3 337 16 Glenville State College (W.Va.) 17 22-2 308 17 Dowling College (N.Y.) 21 18-3 228 18 Stonehill College (Mass.) 14 18-3 215 19 New York Institute of Tech. 22 19-1 175 20 Fayetteville State Univ. (N.C.) 25 19-3 152 21 Edinboro University (Pa.) NR 17-4 122 22 Northwest Nazarene (ID) NR 17-3 90 23 Augustana College (S.D.) 18 17-5 83 24 Augusta State University (Ga.) 23 16-4 67 25 Minnesota State - Mankato NR 18-4 56Others Receiving Votes: Concordia University (Minn.) 53; Truman State University (Mo.) 51; Florida Institute of Technology 31; University of Southern Indiana 26; Midwestern State University (Texas) 24; Lewis University (Ill.) 21; Nova Southeastern University (Fla.) 19; Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 18; Pittsburg State University (Kan.) 16; University of Indianapolis (Ind.) 16; Fort Hays State University (Kan.) 12; University of Wisconsin - Parkside 11; California State University - Monterey Bay 10; Ouachita Baptist University (Ark.) 10; Wayne State University (Mich.) 10; Pfeiffer University (N.C.) 9; Anderson University (S.C.) 8; Indiana University of Pennsylvania 8; Rollins College (Fla.) 7; Michigan Technological University 6; University of Findlay (Ohio) 6; Assumption College (Mass.) 5; Millersville University of Pennsylvania 5; Northeastern State University (Okla.) 5; University of California - San Diego 4; Wayne State College (Neb.) 4; Newberry College (S.C.) 3; Winona State University (Minn.) 3; Barton College (N.C.) 2; Tarleton State University (Texas) 2; University of Colorado - Colorado Springs 1.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012-13 Women's Basketball Report Week 14 (Feb. 12, 2013)
Conference All W L W L H A N Western Washington 11 1 17 3 11-0 4-2 2-1 Simon Fraser 10 2 17 3 10-0 4-2 3-1 Northwest Nazarene 9 3 17 3 7-1 8-2 2-0 Montana State Billings 9 4 15 6 11-0 4-5 0-1 Seattle Pacific 7 6 13 8 8-1 3-6 2-1 Alaska Anchorage 6 7 12 9 9-6 3-3 0-0 Central Washington 4 8 9 11 4-5 3-4 2-2 Saint Martin's 4 9 11 12 7-4 3-6 2-2 Western Oregon 3 10 8 15 5-8 2-7 1-0 Alaska Fairbanks 0 13 2 19 2-10 0-9 0-0
LAST WEEK: Thursday - Seattle Pacific 82 at Alaska Anchorage 93; MSU Billings 70 at Alaska Fairbanks 50; Central Washington 72 at Western Oregon 78; Northwest Nazarene 49 at Saint Martin's 41. Saturday - MSU Billings 55 at Alaska Anchorage 61; Seattle Pacific 87 at Alaska Fairbanks 71; Central Washington 52 at Saint Martin's 38; Northwest Nazarene 73 at Western Oregon 62; Western Washington 59 at Simon Fraser 74.
THIS WEEK: Thursday - Alaska Anchorage at Central Washington; Alaska Fairbanks at Northwest Nazarene; Western Washington at MSU Billings, 7:30 p.m.; Simon Fraser at Seattle Pacific, 5:15 p.m. Saturday - Alaska Anchorage at Northwest Nazarene; Alaska Fairbanks at Central Washington; Simon Fraser at MSU Billings, 5:15 p.m.; Western Oregon at Saint Martin's; Western Washington at Seattle Pacific, 5:15 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 (Feb. 12) - 8. Simon Fraser; 9. Western Washington; 22. Northwest Nazarene. (Note: The first of three NCAA Division II West Regional polls will be released Wedneday, Feb. 20).
NATIONAL STATISTICS (Through Feb. 10): Team (Top 30): Scoring Offense - 27. Simon Fraser 72.4. Scoring Defense - 22. Simon Fraser 54.9. Scoring Margin - 10. Simon Fraser 17.5; 30. Northwest Nazarene 11.5. Field Goal PCT. - 3. Simon Fraser 46.1; 8. Western Washington 44.5; 28. Seattle Pacific 43.2. Free Throw PCT. - 1. Seattle Pacific 79.4; 5. Alaska Anchorage 76.7; 28. Northwest Nazarene 74.4. Rebound Margin - 12. Seattle Pacific 8.1; 20. Northwest Nazarene 7.3. Three-Point FGs - 10. Central Washington 8.3; 11. Alaska Anchorage 8.1; 12. Simon Fraser 7.9. Three-Point PCT. - 8. Seattle Pacific 37.8. Assists - 3. Simon Fraser 18.4; 5. Western Washington 18.1. Blocked Shots - 30. Simon Fraser 4.7. Fewest Turnovers - 2. Montana State Billings 11.4; 23. Alaska Anchorage 14.9. Fewest Fouls - 10. Montana State Billings 13.4; 24. Simon Fraser 14.0. Assist Turnover Ratio - 3. MSU Billings 1.26; 8. Western Washington 1.15; 10. Simon Fraser 1.13; 22. Alaska Anchorage 1.03. Turnover Margin - 8. Montana State Billings 6.83; 30. Northwest Nazarene 4.50. Individuals (Top 30): Scoring - 18. Megan Hingston, NNU, 18.8. Rebounds - 5. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 12.8. Assists - 2. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB, 6.0; 4. Sasha King, UAA, 5.9; 16. Kristina Collins, SFU, 5.1. Blocked Shots - 11. Jasmine Parker, CWU, 2.55. Field Goal PCT. - 1. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 66.0; 5. Britt Harris, WWU, 60.1. Free Throw PCT. - 4. Erin Chambers, SFU, 90.3; 11. Suzanna Ohlsen, SPU, 88.7; 14. Aubree Callen, SPU, 87.9. Three-Point PCT. - 7. Corinn Waltrip, WWU, 43.9. Three-Pointers - 24. Jessica VanDyke, CWU, 2.65. Assist/Turnover Ratio - 3. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB, 2.56. Double-Doubles - 6. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 12; 11. Megan Hingston, NNU, 11. Triple-Doubles - 2. Trishi Williams, WWU, 1.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES (Through Feb. 10): 12- Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU. 11 - Megan Hingston, NNU. 5 - Alysa Horn, UAA; Janiel Olson, MSUB; Katie Benson, SPU. 4 - Dana Goularte, WOU; Chelsea Haskey, SMU. 3 - Jasmine Parker, CWU. 2 - Jessica VanDyke, CWU; Kylie Burns, Alaska Anchorage; Trishi Williams, WWU. 1 - 16 with. TRIPLE-DOUBLE: 1 - Trishi Williams, WWU.
GNAC RED LION PLAYER-OF-THE-WEEK: Kylie Burns, Alaska Anchorage (G, 5-9, Jr., Kansas City, KS - Bishop Ward) scored 33 points and also had 19 rebounds leading the Seawolves to home wins over Seattle Pacific and Montana State Billings, the two teams directly ahead of them in the conference standings. Burns scored 20 of her career-high 22 points in the second half and also had eight rebounds as the Seawolves completed a regular-season series sweep from Seattle Pacific for the first-time in GNAC history with a 93-82 victory Thursday. She then recorded her second double-double of the season on Saturday (11 points, 11 rebounds) in a 61-55 win over Montana State Billings. Burns, who had three assists and no turnovers in 40 minutes, made the game-clinching free throws with 19 seconds remaining.
HONORABLE MENTION: Marie-Line Petit, Simon Fraser (G, 5-6, Jr., Bergeronnes, QC); Megan Hingston, Northwest Nazarene (F, 5-9, Jr., Keizer, OR - McNary); Leslie Stillar, Central Washington (G, 5-6, Jr., Nine Mile Falls, WA - Lakeside & Walla Walla CC) and Katie Benson, Seattle Pacific (F, 6-1, Jr., Snohomish, WA)
CLOSING IN ON 1000: Megan Hingston of Northwest Nazarene and Katie Benson of Seattle Pacific could become the 52nd and 53rd members of the GNAC 1000-Point Club Thursday - approximately at the same time. Benson has 990 points and will need 10 points against Simon Fraser in a game that tips off at Brougham Pavilion at 5:15 p.m. Forty-five minutes later Hingston and her teammates will take the court in Nampa against Alaska Fairbanks. Hingston will need just two points in the contest to reach four-digits. They'll be the fourth and fifth players to join the 1,000-Point GNAC club this winter including Alaska Anchorage's Alysa Horn who reached that milestone last Thursday.
HOME SWEET HOME: Three GNAC teams are still unbeaten at home this season - Western Washington (11-0), MSU Billings (11-0) and Simon Fraser (10-0). The Vikings' streak is 15 and dates back to their final four home games of the 2011-12 season. As a group GNAC teams are 74-35 at home this winter, a winning percentage of .679 including an amazing 47-2 (.959) by the top five teams in the current conference standings.
GNAC TEAM NOTES:
Alaska Anchorage: Alysa Horn scored 29 points and also had 18 rebounds in home wins over Seattle Pacific and MSU Billings. Horn now has 1,019 points and ranks 48th all-time in GNAC history. Horn was just UAA's fourth option last week as Sasha King had 35 points, Kylie Burns had 33 (See Player of the Week notes) and Jenna Buchanan had 31 points. Buchanan made seven of 12 treys and King was five of 12 from the arc.
Alaska Fairbanks: Kelly Logue scored 25 points and Benissa Bulaya chipped in with 24 in home contests against MSU Billings and Seattle Pacific. The Nanooks also got 23 points and 18 rebounds from Ruth O'Neal.
Central Washington: Leslie Stillar scored 34 points, including 18 in the first half of the Wildcats' win at Saint Martin's Saturday helping CWU build a 29-15 lead at the break. Stillar made 13 of 28 shots as the Wildcats earned a road split. Jasmine Parker had 18 points and team-highs for rebounds (14), blocks (5) and steals (4).
MSU Billings: Janiel Olson and Bobbi Knudsen each scored 22 points as the Yellowjackets divided two games in Alaska. Olson also had 21 rebounds. Knudsen was credited with eight assists.
Northwest Nazarene: Megan Hingston had 50 points and 22 rebounds as the Crusaders improved to 10-2 on the road (8-2 on opponents' home courts) with two victories. Hingston now has scored 998 career points (See Closing in on 1000). She made 19 of 33 shots and recorded her 10th and 11th double-doubles of the season. Hingston accounted for 41 percent of NNU's scoring in the two contests.
Saint Martin's: Chelsea Haskey led the Saints with 20 points and 10 rebounds in two low-scoring home contests. SMU and its opponents combined to score just 180 points, an averaging of 45 per team per game. The Saints shot just 27.6 percent from the floor and 47.5 from the foul line.
Seattle Pacific: Katie Benson netted 42 points on 17 of 30 shooting increasing her career total to 990 points. Benson also led the Falcons with 12 rebounds, a number matched by Rachel Murray, as SPU split two contests in Alaska. Suzanna Ohlsen scored 30 points and Aubree Callen had 22 points and 18 assists, including nine in each game.
Simon Fraser: Katie Lowen led the Clan with 17 points as it beat Western Washington for the first time since joining the GNAC in the fall of 2010. SFU also got 13 points from Marie-Line Petit and Carla Wyman. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe and Erin Chambers each had 11 points. Raincock-Ekunwe had eight rebounds increasing her GNAC career total to 909.
Western Oregon: Lorrie Clifford scored 36 points and also led the Wolves with 10 assists as they split two games. Clifford, who made six of 12 three-point shots in the two contests, had 24 of her points in Thursday's 78-72 win over Central Washington. Melissa Fowler had 25 points and Chantel Divilbiss had 20 points.
Western Washington: Corinn Waltrip had 16 points and Britt Harris had 14 as the Vikings sustained their first conference loss of the season falling to Simon Fraser. Waltrip made four of seven three-pointers and now ranks 13th in GNAC history in three-pointers made with 160.
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 4-6Career 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.
Week of Jan. 28-Feb. 4: 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.
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). Feb. 4-10 - Simon Fraser (Women's Basketball).
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