WWU makes final regular-season home appearances
Feb. 19, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Leading the league by two games with four to play, the Western Washington University women's basketball team makes its final regular-season home appearances this week, playing host to Northwest Nazarene University on Thursday, Feb. 21 (7 p.m.) and Central Washington University on Saturday, Feb. 23 (7 p.m.) in a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The NNU game can be heard on KBAI Radio (930 AM - 930kbai.com) with Doug Lange providing the play-by-play and Mark Scholten handling the color commentary. A webcast and live stats for both contests are available at www.wwuvikings.com.
The Vikings moved up one spot to No.8 in this week's USA Today Sports/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll following two conference road wins last week over Montana State Billings, 71-54, and Seattle Pacific, 80-76 in overtime. That improved their overall record to 19-3 and GNAC mark to 13-1.
Simon Fraser, ranked No.11 nationally, is second in the conference at 11-3 (18-4 overall).
WWU won GNAC titles in 2002 and 2006 and claimed the regular season crown in 2011. The Vikings are working on a 15-game winning streak at home over the last two years and are 11-0 at Carver Gym this season.
WWU ranks sixth nationally in assists (17.9), seventh in assist to turnover ratio (1.1) and eighth in field-goal percentage (44.6). The Vikings are second in the GNAC in field-goal percentage, field-goal percentage defense (37.1), 3-point percentage (35.6), assists and assist-to-turnover ratio.
Senior center Britt Harris leads the team in scoring with a 15.1 points per game average, and is third in rebounding at 5.2. She is shooting 60.6 percent (131-of-216) from the field, which ranks second nationally and in the GNAC.
Harris, who ranks sixth among league leaders in blocked shots (1.0), has scored a team-best double-figure points 19 times this season, including the last seven.
Senior point guard Corinn Waltrip is averaging 12.0 points, shooting a national best 46.9 percent (53-of-113) from 3-point range. She leads the GNAC in 3-point accuracy and is third in 3-point makes (2.4).
Waltrip, who was named GNAC co-Player of the Week for the second time this season, scored a career-high 36 points in the overtime win at Seattle Pacific on Feb. 16, connecting on 11-of-19 field goals, 8-of-13 from 3-point range, and all six free throws. That was the fourth-highest point total ever by a Viking.
Senior forward Trishi Williams is averaging 11.1 points and 5.8 rebounds. She is second on the squad in rebounds and third in points, while leading in assists (4.6) and steals (2.9). She ranks second among conference leaders in steals, third in floor accuracy at 50.0 percent (96-of-192) 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.
Top players off the bench have been sophomore forward Sydney Donaldson, who is averaging 6.0 points and 4.4 rebounds, and sophomore center Kayla Bernsen, who is averaging 5.4 points and 1.0 blocks, eighth in the GNAC.
Senior forward Erika Ramstead had her season and career end a few weeks ago because of a stress fracture in her right foot that required surgery. She started eight of the11 games she appeared this season, averaging 2.7 points and 4.6 rebounds. In all, Ramstead played in 95 games for WWU, finishing her four-year career with 353 points, 320 rebounds and 105 assists.
Northwest Nazarene is 18-4 overall and third in the league standings at 10-4. The Crusaders are 11th nationally in free throw percentage at 75.9.
The Crusaders return two starters for coach Kelli Lindley (12th year, 201-127), from last year's 18-10 team - 5-9 junior guard Megan Hingston (18.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg), a second-team GNAC all-star, and 5-9 junior guard Chelsie Luke (15.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg). Hingston ranks 12th among national leaders in scoring and 17th in double-doubles (11).
Another solid returnee in 5-7 senior guard Heather Adams (9.2 ppg).
Two top newcomers are 5-10 junior forward Kylee Schierman (5.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg), a transfer from College of Southern Idaho, and 5-8 freshman guard Taylor Simmons (6.0 ppg).
WWU leads the series, 21-9, winning eight of the last nine meetings. The Vikings prevailed 70-66 at Nampa, Id., on Jan. 26.
Central Washington is 9-13 overall (Feb. 21 at Simon Fraser) and 4-10 in conference play, dropping six of its last seven games. The Wildcats rank 12th nationally in 3-point makes per game (8.0). T he Wildcats are led by 5-9 junior guard Jessica VanDyke (12.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg), an honorable mention GNAC all-star. Another returning starter is 5-11 sophomore forward Courtney Johnson (7.7 ppg).
Second-year coach Shawn Nelson (18-30, overall 10 yrs., 219-100) picked up two talented transfers in 5-8 junior guard Ally Schmitt (7.7 ppg, 4.7 apg) from Division I Montana State and 5-6 junior guard Leslie Stillar (8.8 ppg) from Walla Walla CC, and an outstanding freshman in 6-2 center Jasmine Parker (9.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.5 bpg), who ranks 13th nationally in blocks.
WWU holds an 83-10 series advantage, winning the last 10 meetings and 18 of the last 19 after a 79-73 victory at Ellensburg on Jan. 24.
THREE-DOT NOTES: Waltrip has a four-year career point total of 926 ... Waltrip has twice received GNAC Player of the Week honors this season, and Harris and Williams once each ... 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.
E.R. 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 465-172 (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 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 897 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 465.
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:
Feb. 14 - WWU 71, Montana State Billings 54 at Billings, MT
Harris had 15 points on 7-of-9 field-goal shooting as WWU rebounded with a 71-54 victory over Montana State Billings in a GNAC contest Thursday at Alterowitz Gymnasium on the MSUB campus. The Vikings, who had an 11-game winning streak snapped last Saturday with a 74-59 loss at Simon Fraser, improved to 18-3 overall and extended their lead in the GNAC to two games at 12-1 as SFU lost at Seattle Pacific, 70-60. Waltrip had 14 points and Williams added 13 points and eight assists for WWU, ranked No.9 in this week's USA Today Sports/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll. MSUB fell to 15-7 overall and 9-5 in the GNAC despite the game-high 20 points of guard Bobbi Knudsen. Kayleen Goggins had 12 points for the Yellowjackets, who also got a game-high 12 rebounds from Janiel Olson. The Vikings held a 30-27 lead at halftime and were still up by just four, 42-38, 14:30 into the second half, but then went on an 8-1 run to grab a 50-39 advantage, with just under 12 minutes left. MSUB rallied to within six, 50-44, on a Knudsen layin with eight minutes to go, but never got that close again, as the margin was at least nine points through the final six minutes. Harris had 13 of her points in the second half, going 6-of-6 from the field to help the Vikings shoot 58.6 percent (17-of-29) after halftime. WWU held MSUB to 33.3 percent (10-of-30) shooting in the second half and 35.8 percent (19-of-53) for the game.
Feb. 16 - WWU 80, Seattle Pacific 76 OT at Seattle
Waltrip scored a career-high 36 points, leading WWU to an 80-76 overtime triumph against Seattle Pacific in a GNAC contest at Royal Brougham Pavilion. The Vikings, ranked No.9 nationally, improved to 19-3 overall and retained their two-game lead in the GNAC at 13-1. Seattle Pacific fell to 14-9 overall and 8-7 in conference play. Guard Aubree Callen led the Falcons with 20 points, going 6-of-7 from the field, including 4-of-4 on 3-pointers. Waltrip also had five assists, and assisted on baskets in the final minute of regulation by center Harris and Hill to give the Vikings a 70-68 lead with 25 seconds left, but SPU forced overtime on a Callen layin with 14 seconds remaining. The score was tied again at 76-76 with under two minutes left in overtime, but Harris hit a turnaround 12-footer that put WWU in front to stay, 78-76, with 1:12 left. SPU had two possessions after that, but missed shots on both, the last on a missed 3-pointer by Suzanna Ohlsen with 10 seconds left, and Waltrip made two free throws for the final margin. Waltrip, who entered the contest ranked fifth nationally in 3-point accuracy at 45.0 percent, hit 8-of-13 treys Saturday going 11-of-19 from the field overall and being perfect on six free-throw attempts. The eight made three tied a school record. Her 36 points were the fourth-most in school history as she reached the 900 mark (912) in career scoring. Harris had 16 points for the Vikings and Williams added 11. Forward Katie Benson had 18 points for SPU and Ohlsen 13. The Falcons made 20-of-22 free throws. The Falcons led, 35-34, at halftime, and held a 49-40 lead with 12 minutes left in regulation, but Waltrip brought the Vikings back with every WWU point in a 13-4 run, tying the game at 53-53 on a 3-pointer with 8:15 left in the second half.
USA TODAY Sports DIVISION II TOP 25 COACHES' POLL
February 19, 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 Bentley University (Mass.)-24 2 23-0 792 2 Clayton State Univ. (Ga.) -6 3 24-0 772 3 Ashland University (Ohio) -2 1 25-1 730 4 Colorado Mesa University 4 22-1 677 5 Washburn University (Kan.) 6 19-3 629 6 Holy Family University (Pa.) 5 22-2 627 7 University of Central Missouri 7 21-2 614 8 Western Washington University 9 19-3 566 9 Gannon University (Pa.) 10 23-3 553 10 Limestone College (S.C.) 14 20-2 467 11 Simon Fraser University (BC) 8 18-4 439 12 Glenville State College (W.Va.) 16 24-2 424 13 California State Univ. - Chico 11 19-3 403 14 Stonehill College (Mass.) 18 20-3 324 15 Dowling College (N.Y.) 17 19-3 315 16 Univ. of South Carolina - Aiken 12 19-4 306 17 New York Institute of Tech 19 22-1 274 18 Fayetteville State Univ (N.C.) 20 21-3 231 19 Grand Canyon University (Ariz.) 13 21-5 218 20 Shaw University (N.C.) 15 20-4 213 21 Minnesota State Univ. - Mankato 25 20-4 143 22 Edinboro University (Pa.) 21 18-5 114 23 Augustana College (S.D.) 23 19-5 105 24 Concordia University (Minn.) NR 19-5 72 25 University of Findlay (Ohio) NR 19-4 54
Dropped Out: Northwest Nazarene University (Idaho); Augusta State University (Ga.). Others Receiving Votes: Northwest Nazarene University (Idaho) 45; Truman State University (Mo.) 34; Augusta State University (Ga.) 32; Lewis University (Ill.) 27; Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 26; Pfeiffer University (N.C.) 19; Nova Southeastern University (Fla.) 16; California State University - Monterey Bay 13; University of California - San Diego 12; University of Wisconsin - Parkside 11; Abilene Christian University (Texas) 10; Pittsburg State University (Kan.) 10; Fort Hays State University (Kan.) 9; University of Indianapolis (Ind.) 9; Assumption College (Mass.) 8; Indiana University of Pennsylvania 8; Wayne State University (Mich.) 8; Rollins College (Fla.) 7; Emporia State University (Kan.) 6; Michigan Technological University 5; Millersville University of Pennsylvania 5; Tarleton State University (Texas) 5; University of Texas of the Permian Basin 5; Wayne State College (Neb.) 4; Anderson University (S.C.) 1; Arkansas Tech University 1; University of Massachusetts at Lowell 1; University of Southern Indiana 1.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012-13 Women's Basketball Report Week 15 (Feb. 19, 2013)
Conference All W L W L H A N Western Washington 13 1 19 3 11-0 6-2 2-1 Simon Fraser 11 3 18 4 10-0 5-3 3-1 Northwest Nazarene 10 4 18 4 8-2 8-2 2-0 Montana State Billings 9 6 15 8 11-2 4-5 0-1 Seattle Pacific 8 7 14 9 9-2 3-6 2-1 Alaska Anchorage 8 7 14 9 9-6 5-3 0-0 Saint Martin's 5 9 12 12 8-4 3-6 2-2 Central Washington 4 10 9 13 4-7 3-4 2-2 Western Oregon 3 11 8 16 5-8 2-8 1-0 Alaska Fairbanks 1 14 3 20 2-10 1-10 0-0
LAST WEEK: Thursday - Alaska Anchorage 68 at Central Washington 55; Alaska Fairbanks 81 at Northwest Nazarene 88; Western Washington 71 at MSU Billings 54; Simon Fraser 60 at Seattle Pacific 70. Saturday - Alaska Anchorage 94 at Northwest Nazarene 82; Alaska Fairbanks 73 at Central Washington 70; Simon Fraser 61 at MSU Billings 55; Western Oregon 53 at Saint Martin's 58; Western Washington 80 at Seattle Pacific 76 (ot).
THIS WEEK: Thursday -Saint Martin's at Alaska Anchorage, 5:15 p.m.; Western Oregon at Alaska Fairbanks, 5:15 p.m.; Central Washington at Simon Fraser; Northwest Nazarene at Western Washington. Saturday - Western Oregon at Alaska Anchorage, 5:15 p.m.; Saint Martin's at Alaska Fairbanks, 1 p.m.; Central Washington at Western Washington; MSU Billings at Seattle Pacific, 2 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Simon Fraser.
NEXT WEEK: Thursday (Feb. 28) - Seattle Pacific at Central Washington, 5:15 p.m.; MSU Billings at Northwest Nazarene, 5:15 p.m.; Western Washington at Saint Martin's; Simon Fraser at Western Oregon. Saturday (Mar. 2) - Alaska Anchorage at Alaska Fairbanks; MSU Billings at Central Washington, 5:15 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at Northwest Nazarene, 5:15 p.m.; Simon Fraser at Saint Martin's; Western Washington at Western Oregon, 2 p.m. (end-of-regular-season).
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. 19) - 8. Western Washington; 11. Simon Fraser; 26. Northwest Nazarene. (Note: The first of three NCAA Division II West Regional polls will be released Wedneday).
NATIONAL STATISTICS (Through Feb. 17): Team (Top 30): Scoring Offense - 24. Northwest Nazarene 72.9. Scoring Defense - 27. Simon Fraser 55.6. Scoring Margin - 14. Simon Fraser 15.7. Field Goal PCT. - 3. Simon Fraser 45.8; 8. Western Washington 44.6; 21. Seattle Pacific 43.3. Free Throw PCT. - 1. Seattle Pacific 79.7; 9. Alaska Anchorage 76.1; 11. Northwest Nazarene 75.9. Rebound Margin - 16. Seattle Pacific 7.7; 20. Northwest Nazarene 6.9. Three-Point FGs - 11. Alaska Anchorage 8.2; 12. Central Washington 8.0; 13. Simon Fraser 7.6. Three-Point PCT. - 5. Seattle Pacific 38.1; 24. Western Washington 35.6. Assists - 5. Simon Fraser 18.1; 6. Western Washington 17.9. Fewest Turnovers - 2. Montana State Billings 11.5; 23. Alaska Anchorage 14.9. Fewest Fouls - 10. Montana State Billings 13.6; 23. Simon Fraser 14.0. Assist Turnover Ratio - 4. MSU Billings 1.20; 7. Western Washington 1.12; 9. Simon Fraser 1.12; 26. Alaska Anchorage 1.02. Turnover Margin - 9. Montana State Billings 6.52; 28. Northwest Nazarene 4.36. Individuals (Top 30): Scoring - 12. Megan Hingston, NNU, 18.9. Rebounds - 2. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 13.0. Assists - 4. Sasha King, UAA, 5.9; 5. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB, 5.9; 20. Kristina Collins, SFU, 5.0. Blocked Shots - 13. Jasmine Parker, CWU, 2.50. Field Goal PCT. - 1. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 65.6; 2. Britt Harris, WWU, 60.6. Free Throw PCT. - 1. Mariah Durian, WOU, 95.3; 11. Suzanna Ohlsen, SPU, 89.2; 12. Erin Chambers, SFU, 88.6; 16. Aubree Callen, SPU, 88.1; 19. Chelsie Luke, NNU, 87.3. Three-Point PCT. - 1. Corinn Waltrip, WWU, 46.9. Three-Pointers - 25. Sasha King, UAA, 2.63. Assist/Turnover Ratio - 6. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB, 2.39. Double-Doubles - 5. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 14; 17. Megan Hingston, NNU, 11. Triple-Doubles - 2. Trishi Williams, WWU, 1.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES (Through Feb. 17): 14 - Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU. 11 - Megan Hingston, NNU. 6 - Alysa Horn, UAA; Katie Benson, SPU. 5 - Janiel Olson, MSUB. 4 - Dana Goularte, WOU; Chelsea Haskey, SMU. 3 - Jasmine Parker, CWU. 2 - Jessica VanDyke, CWU; Kylie Burns, Alaska Anchorage; Sasha King, UAA; Trishi Williams, WWU. 1 - 16 with. TRIPLE-DOUBLE: 1 - Trishi Williams, WWU.
GNAC RED LION PLAYER-OF-THE-WEEK: Corinn Waltrip, Western Washington (G, 5-6, Sr., Tigard, OR) and Katie Benson, Seattle Pacific (F, 6-1, Jr., Snohomish, WA) ... Both Waltrip and Benson netted 50 points in a pair of contests. Waltrip had a GNAC season-high 36 points in a 80-76 overtime win over Seattle Pacific Saturday. She made 11 of 19 shots against the Falcons, including eight of 13 three-pointers. Her eight treys equaled the fourth highest single-game total in GNAC history. In her two contests, she shot 59.3 percent (16 of 27), converting on 10 of 15 three-pointers and was perfect from the foul line (8 of 8). She also had 10 assists ... Benson made 17 of 30 shots and 13 of 14 free throws as SPU nearly pulled off a sweep of two nationally Top 10 ranked teams. Benson had a career-high 32 points and 10 rebounds Thursday in a 70-60 win over No. 8 Simon Fraser. She then tallied 18 points and had nine rebounds in an overtime loss to No. 9 Western Washington. Benson, who joined the 1,000-point club Thursday, also had five steals and was perfect from the three-point line (3 of 3) in the two contests. She now ranks 49th in GNAC history with 1,040 points.
HONORABLE MENTION: Sasha King, Alaska Anchorage; Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, Simon Fraser; Megan Hingston, Northwest Nazarene; Whitney Rodriguez, Western Oregon.
MILESTONES: Katie Benson of Seattle Pacific and Megan Hingston of Northwest Nazarene became the 52nd and 53rd members of the GNAC 1000-Point Club Thursday. Benson started the week trailing Hingston by eight points, but finished two ahead (1,040 - 1,038). They now rank 49th and 50th on the all-time GNAC scoring list and are the fourth and fifth players to join the 1,000-Point GNAC club this winter. Next up to join the club is Corinn Waltrip of Western Washington who has 926 career points ... Simon Fraser coach Bruce Langford is closing in on a coaching milestone. He has 298 career victories and could join the 300-win club with home wins over Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene this weekend.
HOME (NOT SO) SWEET HOME: After MSU Billings dropped a pair of home games to Western Washington and Simon Fraser Thursday and Saturday, two GNAC teams are still unbeaten at home this season - Western Washington (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. GNAC home teams stumbled a bit last week winning just three of nine games. But as a group they are still winning at a .670 pace (77-41) at home.
ANOTHER 20 SPOT FOR NAYO: Simon Fraser forward Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe had 21 points and 21 rebounds in Saturday's 61-55 road win at MSU Billings. It is the fourth career 20-rebound game for Nayo. There have been a total of 13 in GNAC history and she is the only one with more than one. Raincock-Ekunwe has 941 career rebounds and needs just 59 more to become the third player in GNAC history to reach the 1,000 rebound level.
RECORD PERFORMANCE FOR SASHA: While Waltrip's eight three-pointers was the fourth highest single-game total in GNAC history, Sasha King of Alaska Anchorage did her one better, making nine of 10 to lead the Seawolves past Northwest Nazarene. That puts her in a three-way tie for the second most treys made in a single game in GNAC history. King, who scored 34 points, is also the first player in GNAC history to make more than six treys in a game in which the player had only one miss.
GNAC TEAM NOTES:
Alaska Anchorage: Both Sasha King and Alysa Horn had Player-of-the-Week type numbers to lead the Seawolves to a road sweep of Central Washington and No. 22 ranked Northwest Nazarene. King had 44 points, 12 assists and steals, including a 10-point, 10-assist double-double against Central Washington. Horn led UAA with 45 points and 20 rebounds in the two contests. She made 17 of 31 shots.
Alaska Fairbanks: Samantha Thornton made 10 of 15 shots and led the Nanooks with 27 points as they split two games, earning their first conference win of the season Saturday at Central Washington. Thornton had 16 points on perfect field goal shooting (6-6 FG, 2-2 3-pointers) against the Wildcats. UAF also got 23 points each from Taylor Altenburg and Benissa Bulaya, 22 from Jacqueline Lovato and 21 points and 13 assists from Kelly Logue.
Central Washington: Tayler Fettig scored 16 points on perfect shooting (8-8) in CWU's loss to Alaska Fairbanks. Jasmine Parker had 33 points in CWU's two contests with the Alaska schools. Courtney Johnson and Jessica VanDyke each had 13 rebounds and Ally Schmitt had 12 assists and 12 rebounds.
MSU Billings: Bobbi Knudsen had 31 points and Janiel Olson contributed 17 points and 21 rebounds in home losses to Western Washington and Simon Fraser. MSUB shot just 32.8 percent from the floor (40-122), including 25 percent from the arc (9-36) and were outrebounded 69-58.
Northwest Nazarene: Megan Hingston scored 40 points and Chelsie Luke had 39 and the two players combined to make 23 of 23 foul shots as the Crusaders split two contests. Hingston converted on 14 of 24 field goal attempts and all 12 of her free throws, while Luke made 11 of 11. Hingston and Veronika Skokankova each had 12 rebounds, while Luke had 11.
Saint Martin's: Chelsea Haskey led the Saints to a five-point win against Western Oregon scoring 18 points. MacKenzie Taylor added 15 points and a team-high four assists. SMU won despite being outshot .436 (24-55) to .364 (20-55) and being outrebounded 43-28. It did have 10 fewer turnovers (17-27).
Seattle Pacific: Katie Benson became the 20th player in Seattle Pacific history to reach the 1,000-point total with her career-high 32 point total Thursday against Simon Fraser. In addition to Benson's two-game total of 50, the Falcons got 31 points and 13 assists from Aubree Callen and 24 points, eight assists and six steals from Suzanna Ohlsen in splitting two games.
Simon Fraser: Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe had 42 points and 32 rebounds as the Clan split two games. She made 19 of 30 field goals. Half of her rebounds (16) came off the offensive glass. She also led SFU with four steals and two blocks. The Clan also got 31 points and 10 rebounds from Erin Chambers in their two contests.
Western Oregon: Melissa Fowler paced the Wolves with 12 points in their five-point loss at Saint Martin's. Whitney Rodriguez and Amber Reade each had 10 points. Rodriguez also was credited with 14 rebounds.
Western Washington: Britt Harris combined with Waltrip (See Player of the Week notes) to account for 81 of the Vikings' 151 points in games at MSU Billings and Seattle Pacific. Harris had 32 on 66.7 percent shooting (12-18). Trishi Williams had double-figure numbers for the two games in four categories - points (24), rebounds (12), assists (11) and steals (10).
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
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.
Week of Feb. 5-11: 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.
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). Feb. 11-17 - Alaska Anchorage (Women's Indoor) and Western Washington (Men's Indoor),
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