WWU hosts SFU on regional TV Saturday in final regular-season game

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Sarah Hill - Lone graduating senior
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM
Sarah Hill - Lone graduating senior
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM

Feb. 28, 2014

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Closing out its regular campaign, post-season bound Western Washington University plays host to Simon Fraser University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball contest on Saturday (3 p.m.) at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

The game will be regionally televised on ROOT Sports with Brad Adam calling the play by play and Dave Harshman providing the color commentary. It also can be heard on KBAI Radio (930 AM - Bellingham) with Doug Lange and Mark Scholten. Live stats are available at www.wwuvikings.com.

THE LAST MEETING
Western Washington58
Simon Fraser62
December 7, 2013
Burnaby, B.C.
WWU opens GNAC play with 62-58 loss at Simon Fraser
Despite a career-high 16 points from guard Marcel Pounds, Western Washington University fell to 62-58 to Simon Fraser University on Saturday in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball opener for both schools at West Gym on the SFU campus.

The SFU contest is the last at Carver Gym for one Viking senior - center Sarah Hill. She will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony beginning 37 minutes prior to tipoff.

The Vikings are 16-9 overall and tied for second in the conference standings at 12-5 with Simon Fraser (17-7) and Alaska Anchorage (19-6). Montana State Billings (21-6) is the GNAC leader at 13-3. The conference's top two finishers earn first-round byes at the GNAC Tournament on March 5, 7-8 at Lacey.

WWU needs a win over Simon Fraser and an Alaska Anchorage loss at MSUB to clinch a first-round bye at the GNAC Championships.

The Vikings, who have won 13 of their last 17 games following a 3-5 start, had a five-game winning streak snapped in a 79-75 loss at Alaska Anchorage last Saturday. They won 91-65 at Alaska Fairbanks two days earlier.

WWU is 8-2 at Carver Gym this season, having a 26-game home court victory string, tied for the second longest in school history, snapped on Jan. 30 by MSUB.

WWU leads the GNAC in field-goal percentage at 46.3, 3-point percentage at 36.6 and blocked shots per game at 4.8. The field-goal percentage figure ranks 12th nationally among NCAA Division II schools.

The Vikings, who are 18th nationally in blocks at 4.8, are the defending GNAC regular-season and tournament champions. They went on to win the 2013 West Regional title and reach the national semifinals.

Simon Fraser, which has won nine of its last 11 games, is led by junior forward Erin Chambers, who ranks eighth nationally in scoring at 22.7.

WWU ranked No.10 and Simon Fraser No.3 in the second NCAA II West Region ratings released Wednesday. Cal Poly Pomona is No.1, followed by Montana State Billings No.2, Seattle Pacific No.4, Chico State No.5, Cal State Dominguez Hills No.6, Academy of Art No.7, Alaska Anchorage No.8. and UC San Diego No.9

BORDER BATTLE: WWU has won eight of 10 meetings with Simon Fraser since the Clan joined the NCAA II ranks following a 62-58 loss at Burnaby, B.C., on Dec. 7. The two schools had not met the previous 11 seasons after the Vikings had a slight advantage, 33-30, in the first 27 years of the series which began in 1971-72. During that stretch, SFU had an 8-7 edge over WWU in regional/district/conference championships.

COLARD RANKS 10TH NATIONALLY IN 3-POINT MAKES: Junior point guard Katie Colard ranks 10th nationally and tops the GNAC in 3-point makes per game at 2.9. She is scoring at a team-leading 14.2 clip on 40.6 percent (73-of-180) 3-point accuracy.

Colard tied a school record with eight treys and had a career-high 26 points at Northwest Nazarene on Feb. 6. She hit six threes against NNU at Carver Gym on Jan. 11, and has made five treys in two other games this season.

Colard also leads the team in double-figure scoring games with 19. She also is second on the squad in free-throw shooting at 83.3 percent (55-of-66) and assists (2.4).

In the two-game Alaska split last week, Colard scored 43 points (20 vs. Alaska Fairbanks and 23 against Alaska Anchorage) as she made 10-of-16 3-pointers.

Colard has hit a 3-pointer in every game this season and is working on a 30-game streak overall. She has been trey-less in just 10 of 82 games during her three-year career.

HILL DOUBLES AND NEAR DOUBLES: Senior center Sarah Hill has had three double-doubles in the last four games and five overall this season. She also has been within one point or one rebound of a double-double on five other occasions. She is averaging 10.3 points and leads the team in rebounds at 8.6per game and in blocked shots with 49.

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.

In last week's two-game split in Alaska, Hill had 30 points and 30 rebounds. She made 18-of-35 field goals, 51.4 percent.

DONALDSON: A TALE OF TWO HALVES: Over the last 14 games, junior forward Sydney Donaldson has averaged 12.1 points on 55.6 percent (69-of-124) floor accuracy and 7.7 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 9.0 points and is second on the team in rebounds (6.3) and blocks (34).

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 this season.

WHITE MAKES HER POINT: Junior point guard Jenni White is averaging 10.0 points. She paces the Vikings in assists (4.6, 116) and steals (2.0, 51), and is second in 3-point accuracy at 38.7 percent (29-of-75).

T-N-T ARE STANDOUT FROSH: Two freshmen, forward Tia Briggs and guard Taylor Peacocke, have made huge contributions for WWU this season. Peacocke is averaging 11.0 points, hitting a team-best 83.8 percent 67-of-80) of her free throws.

Briggs is averaging 9.6 points on team-leading 54.3 percent (100-of-184) floor accuracy. She has scored double figures in six of the last eight games.

DOLFO COUNTING DOWN TO 500: WWU head coach Carmen Dolfo, who has a 491-182 record (73.0 percent) in 23 years directing the Vikings, needs just nine more wins to become the first four-year collegiate coach in the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Oregon and Washington) to record 500 victories at an institution or universities in those states.

Dolfo Milestone Victories:

No.100 12/01/95, 80-57 vs. Whitworth, Carver Gym No.200 02/03/00, 76-59 vs. Alaska Anchorage, Carver Gym No.300 02/24/05, 93-60 at Central Washington, Ellensburg No.400 11/20/10, 58-24 vs. San Francisco State, Seattle No.500

SIMON FRASER: The Clan, 17-7 overall and tied for second in the conference at 11-5, has won nine of its last 11 games. Three returning starters for coach Bruce Langford (12th year, 322-77) from last year's 25-6 team are 6-1 junior forward Erin Chambers (22.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg), 5-6 junior guard Katie Lowen (11.0 ppg) and 6-2 senior forward Chelsea Reist (6.8 ppg). Three more talented returnees are 5-6 senior guard Marie-Line Petit (7.1 ppg), 6-1 sophomore forward Meg Wilson (6.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 61.5 FG Pct.) and 6-5 senior forward Rebecca Langmead (7.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg). SFU is seventh nationally in 3-point percentage defense at 24.9 and is 23rd in blocked shots (4.6). WWU holds a 41-33 series advantage, winning eight of the last 10 meetings despite a 62-58 loss at Burnaby, B.C., on Dec. 7.

UPCOMING GAMES:

March 1 (Sat.) SIMON FRASER*#@ (CARVER GYM - 3 p.m.)
March 5, 7, 8 at Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament (Lacey, WA)

*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)

FAMILY TIES: Two members of this year's team have fathers who played men's basketball at WWU. They are Tia Briggs (Ed - WWU's career leader in blocked shots with 183) and Kiana Gandy (Joe). Sarah Hill's sister, Celeste, was an All-America hoop player for the Vikings, being inducted into the WWU Athletic Hall of Fame last year, and Katie Colard, had a sister, Kelly, who played basketball at WWU, and a brother, Kevin, who competed in football for the Vikings.

THREE-DOT NOTES: Earlier this season, 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 559 points and 549 rebounds during her three-year career. Colard has 781 points and Donaldson 605 points and 406 rebounds ... Donaldson and Hill were both named to the GNAC preseason all-conference team ... Two of WWU's losses have been in overtime and six have been by less than 10 points ... 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.

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 446-74 (85.8 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 491-182 (73.0 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 923 victories (317 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 491.

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 Marcel Pounds, 5-8, **Jr.., Bonney Lake, WA/Bonney Lake
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 Taylor Peacocke, 5-9, Fr., Kenmore, WA/Inglemoor/Sacramento State F Tia Briggs, 6-1, Fr., Tacoma, WA/Wilson 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. 20 - WWU 91, Alaska Fairbanks 65 at Fairbanks, AK

Hill had a double-double with 18 points and a game-high 14 rebounds and Colard added a game-high 20 points on 6-of-9 3-point shooting as WWU defeated Alaska Fairbanks, 91-65, in a GNAC game at Patty Center. The Vikings, who had six players score double figures, improved to 16-8 overall and took over sole possession of second place in the conference at 12-4. WWU has now won five straight games and 11 of their last 13. UAF fell to 9-14 overall and 3-12 in GNAC action. The Nanooks, who have won just three of their last 16 games after a 6-1 start, were led by Kailee Skjold with team highs of 19 points and eight rebounds. WWU broke the game open during the early stages of the second half with a 17-3 run over a five-minute stretch for a 60-40 lead with 12:38 remaining. UAF never got closer than 18 after that and the Vikings' biggest lead was 28 points. Peacocke scored 13 points for WWU, Donaldson had12, Briggs 11 and White 10. The Vikings shot 53.1 percent (34-of-64) from the field, hitting 9-of-13 3-pointers for a season-high 69.2 percent. The nine makes tied their season best. UAF entered the game ranked sixth nationally in 3-point defense at 24.9. WWU led 16-5 just over four minutes into the contest and held a 40-31 lead at halftime. Colard had 11 points in the first period and Hill 12 in the second. WWU has now won 42 of the 47 series meetings with UAF, taking the last 12 decisions.

Feb. 22 - Alaska Anchorage 79, WWU 75 at Bellingham, WA

Trailing by 12 points with a little over seven minutes remaining, WWU twice pulled to within two points before falling 79-75 to Alaska Anchorage in a GNAC game at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. Colard scored a game-high 23 points, making 4-of-7 3-pointers, for the Vikings, who had a six-game winning streak snapped as they fell to 16-9 overall and into a tie for second place in the conference at 12-5. Hill had her second straight double-double and third in four games with 12 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. UAA improved to 16-6 overall and 11-5 in conference action. The Seawolves, who have won six of their last seven games, got 14 points each from Jenna Buchanan, Kiki Robertson and Jessica Madison. Kylie Burns added 12 points and five assists for the Seawolves. WWU was behind by as many as 13 points, 57-44, with 10:53 remaining and trailed 63-51 with 7:27 to go. The Vikings used a 19-8 run capped by a three-point play by Hill to pull to within two, 65-53, with 4:24 left. UAA went back up by seven, 74-67, with a minute remaining, but again WWU narrowed the gap to two, 77-75, as Peacocke hit one of two free throws with 17 seconds to go. Then Robertson made two free throws with nine seconds left to put the game away. The Vikings shot 52.6 percent (30-of-57) from the field. White finished with 12 points and Peacocke had 11. Colard, who also had a game-high six assists, has made a 3-pointer in every game this season and extended her overall string to 30. WWU held a 15-12 lead eight minutes into the game, but trailed 37-33 at halftime.

LAST MEETING WITH SIMON FRASER:

Dec. 7 - Simon Fraser 62, WWU 58 at Burnaby, B.C.

Despite a career-high 16 points from Pounds, WWU fell to 62-58 to Simon Fraser in the GNAC opener for both schools at West Gym on the SFU campus. Forward Erin Chambers had a game-high 27 points for SFU, which improved to 6-1 with its sixth consecutive victory. The Clan is 5-0 at home this season and has a 17-game home winning streak overall. WWU led by as much as 13 in the second half and had a 56-52 lead with under three minutes left, but Chambers converted a 3-point play to narrow the gap to one, Marie-Line Petit tied the game on a free throw with 2:15 to play, then gave the Clan a 58-56 lead on a fast break layin with 1:48 remaining. WWU tied the score on a post-up by Briggs, but Chambers hit a jumper at the other end with 1:10 to go to give SFU the lead for good at 60-58. After Colard missed a potential game-tying shot with 48 seconds left, the Clan twice kept possession with offensive rebounds before Chambers sealed the game on two free throws with 13 seconds left. Briggs finished with 12 points for the Vikings. WWU opened up an eight-point lead, 23-15, on a jumper by Peacocke with 5:27 left in the first period and led by two, 30-28, at halftime. The Vikings led 48-35 with 10:40 left in the game on a basket by Pounds.

Great Northwest Athletic Conference

2013-14 Women's Basketball Report 16 Week 15 (Feb. 25, 2014)

                   Conf.            Overall
                    W	L	W	L	H	A	N
MSU Billings       13	3	21	6	13-0	6-3	2-3
Simon Fraser       12	5	17	7	11-2	6-4	0-1
Western Washington	 12	5	16	9	8-2	7-5	1-2
Alaska Anchorage   11	5	18	6	12-2	6-4	0-0
Seattle Pacific    10	6	17	7	7-3	7-4	3-0
Saint Martin's      9	7	15	10	10-2	4-5	1-3
Northwest Nazarene	  7	9	14	10	10-4	4-6	0-0
Alaska Fairbanks    3	13	9	15	5-8	4-7	0-0
Western Oregon      3	13	6	18	5-10	1-6	0-2
Central Washington	  1	15	6	18	3-8	1-8	2-2

LAST WEEK: Thursday - Simon Fraser 71 at Alaska Anchorage 87; Western Washington 91 at Alaska Fairbanks 65; MSU Billings 77 at Western Oregon 67; Seattle Pacific 54 at Saint Martin's 44 Saturday - Western Washington 75 at Alaska Anchorage 79; Simon Fraser 69 at Alaska Fairbanks 67; Central Washington 53 at Northwest Nazarene 55; MSU Billings 59 at Saint Martin's 69; Seattle Pacific 76 at Western Oregon 64.

THIS WEEK: Thursday - Saint Martin's at Northwest Nazarene, 5:15 p.m.; Western Oregon at Central Washington, 5:15 p.m.; Alaska Fairbanks at Montana State Billings, 7 p.m.; Alaska Anchorage at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m. Saturday - Simon Fraser at Western Washington, 3 p.m.; Western Oregon at Northwest Nazarene, 5:15 p.m.; Saint Martin's at Central Washington, 5:15 p.m.; Alaska Anchorage at Montana State Billings, 7 p.m.; Alaska Fairbanks at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m.

POLLS: WBCA (Feb. 25) - None ranked.

NCAA STATISTICS (Through Feb. 23)

TEAM (Top 30): Ast./T.O. Ratio - 13. Montana State Billings (1.14) 30. Western Washington (1.08) Ast./Gm. - 12. Alaska Anchorage (17.8) Blks./Gm. - 17. Western Washington (4.8) 21. Seattle Pacific (4.7) 23. Simon Fraser (4.6) F.G. Pct. - 12. Western Washington (46.3) F.T. Pct. - 4. Northwest Nazarene (78.9) Fls./Gm. - 3. Montana State Billings (14.9) Rbnd. Margin - 9. Montana State Billings (8.4) Scoring Margin - 17. Alaska Anchorage (13.1) 29. Montana State Billings (10.5) Scoring Offense - 5. Alaska Anchorage (82.4) Stls./Gm. - 1. Alaska Anchorage (15.2) 3-Pt. F.G. Def. - 6. Simon Fraser (24.9) 12. Alaska Fairbanks (26.1) 3-Pt. F.G./Gm. - 20. Montana State Billings (7.7) 3-Pt. F.G. Pct. - 23. Western Washington (36.6) T.O. Margin - 3. Alaska Anchorage (7.50) T.O./Gm. - 5. Montana State Billings (12.3).

INDIVIDUAL (Top 30): Ast./Gm. - 6. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB (5.7) 17. Kiki Robertson, UAA (5.2) 27. Ally Schmitt, CWU (4.9) Blks./Gm. - 23. Rebecca Langmead, SFU (2.29) F.G. Pct. - 25. Jordan Wilson, UAF (55.3) F.T. Pct. - 9. Suzanna Ohlsen, SPU (90.4) 10. Chelsie Luke, NNU (90.2) Pts./Gm. - 7. Erin Chambers, SFU (22.7) 25. Katie Benson, SPU (19.8) Rbnd./Gm. - 22. Janiel Olson, MSUB (10.4) Stls./Gm. - 3. Kiki Robertson, UAA (3.50) 4. Taylor Simmons, NNU (3.43) 3-Pt. F.G./Gm. - 11. Katie Colard, WWU (2.92).

DOUBLE-DOUBLES (Through Feb. 25): 8 - Katie Benson, SPU 7 - Dana Goularte, WOU; Megan Hingston, NNU 5 - Sarah Hill, WWU 4 - Chelsea Haskey, SMU; Rebecca Langmead, SFU; Janiel Olson, MSUB; Jasmine Parker, CWU; Jordan Wilson, UAF 3 - Sydney Donaldson, WWU; Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB; Jessica VanDyke, CWU; Meg Wilson, SFU 2 - five with 1 - nine with.

RED LION PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Suzanna Ohlsen, Seattle Pacific (G, 5-7, Jr., Monroe, WA - Monroe) pumped in a career-high 25 points - accounting for nearly half of the Falcons' total of 54 - and also grabbed a career-high eight rebounds on Thursday night, leading them to a 54-44 victory at Saint Martin's. Ohlsen hit 10-of-12 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from downtown, handed out three assists, and had four steals - converting all four into coast-to-coast lay-ups, and scored seven points during a decisive 10-0 run that snapped a 28-28 tie and put SPU in front for good at 38-28. She followed that with 12 points, six rebounds, five assists, and one steal on Saturday as the Falcons won at Western Oregon, 76-64. Ohlsen also hit all four of her free throws for the week, extending her streak to 31 in a row and pushing her GNAC-leading average above 90 percent to .904.

Honorable Mention - Kiki Robertson, Alaska Anchorage (G, 5-7, Fr., Honolulu, HI - Mid-Pacific Institute); Chelsie Luke, Northwest Nazarene (G, 5-9, Sr., Meridian, ID - Meridian); Megan Wiedeman, Saint Martin's (F, 6-0, So., Sammamish, WA - Skyline); Dana Goularte, Western Oregon (F, 6-0, Jr., Port Orchard, WA - South Kitsap); Katie Colard, Western Washington (G, 5-9, Jr., McCleary, WA - Elma).

FALCONS WRAP UP TOURNAMENT BERTH: Behind the play of Red Lion Player of the Week Suzanna Ohlsen, Seattle Pacific clinched a postseason berth with a pair of victories last week. On Thursday, SPU held Saint Martin's to just 44 points in the 54-44 road triumph. Ohlsen went off for 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting including 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point line. The junior also had eight rebounds, four steals and three assists. Betsy Kingma also scored in double figures for SPU with 12 points on 4-of-5 from 3-point range. On Saturday, the Falcons rode 26 points from Katie Benson to the 76-64 win over Western Oregon, and the senior also hauled in a dozen rebounds en route to her GNAC-high eighth double-double of the season. Ohlsen followed with 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and a steal, and Kingma made four 3-pointers for her second-straight 12-point game.

This week, SPU hosts Alaska Anchorage on Thursday and Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday to close the 2013-14 regular season. SPU is guaranteed at least the sixth seed heading into the GNAC tournament, and could finish as high as second place in the GNAC standings depending on this week's results.

ANCHORED IN THE POSTSEASON: With a pair of wins last week, Alaska Anchorage ensured itself a GNAC tournament berth, as the Seawolves defeated visiting Simon Fraser on Thursday and Western Washington on Saturday. UAA's two opponents are tied for second place in the GNAC standings, but with the big victories the Seawolves are now just half of a game out of second place and still have a chance for the regular season title. On Thursday, Jenna Buchanan logged a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and freshman Kiki Robertson led the Seawolves with 14 points, five rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Emily Craft turned in 16 points off the bench, and Jessica Madison (13) and Kylie Burns (12) were UAA's other double-digit scorers. The Seawolves followed with a strong 79-75 win over Western Washington on Saturday evening, as Robertson added 14 more points and Buchanan and Jessica Madison each matched the total.

UAA faces one final road trip this week, taking on Seattle Pacific on Thursday and Montana State Billings on Saturday. If the cards play into the Seawolves' favor, Saturday's bout against the Yellowjackets could have GNAC regular-season title implications.

SAINTS CLINCH FIRST-EVER PLAYOFF SPOT: With a 69-59 upset over visiting Montana State Billings on Saturday, Saint Martin's ensured itself a spot in the six-team GNAC tournament for the first time in program history. Megan Wiedeman came through with a 14-point, 15-rebound double-double, while senior Chelsea Haskey scored a team-high 17 points in the victory. The Saints held a slim 27-25 halftime lead over MSUB, and finished strong in the second half to snap the Yellowjackets' 11-game winning streak. The victory came two days after a 54-44 loss at the hands of Seattle Pacific, marking the lowest point total for the Saints this season. Wiedeman had 11 rebounds in SMU's first game of the week, but no Saint scored in double figures in the loss to SPU.

SMU embarks on its final road trip of the season this weekend, facing Northwest Nazarene on Thursday and Central Washington on Saturday. The Saints will return to Lacey the following week to host the GNAC tournament for the third consecutive season.

SMU Top Performers 2/20 - L to SPU 54-44 | 2/22 - def. MSUB 69-59 Offense Pts. Avg. Reb. Avg. Ast. Avg. Chelsea Haskey 26 13.0 11 5.5 0 0.0 Megan Wiedeman 18 9.0 26 13.0 2 1.0 Defense Stl. Avg. Reb. Avg. Blk. Avg. Chelsea Haskey 4 2.0 8 4.0 3 1.5 Megan Wiedeman 0 0.0 15 7.5 3 1.5 Shooting FG. Pct. 3-pt. Pct. FT. Pct. Megan Wiedeman 8-18 .444 2-5 .400 0-2 .000 Chelsea Haskey 9-25 .360 1-5 .200 7-8 .875

SFU STILL TIED FOR 2ND AFTER SPLIT: After falling to Alaska Anchorage on Thursday, Simon Fraser recovered with a narrow 69-67 win over Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday evening. Erin Chambers was excellent in both games, scoring 22 points in each. On Thursday, Katie Lowen was SFU's other double-figure scorer with 13 points, and Meg Wilson had a big game off the bench with nine points, six rebounds, five assists and four blocks. Lowen had 12 more points on Saturday, and also added five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block for SFU. Chelsea Reist added 14 points, and Ellen Kett had a team-high five assists off the bench in the win. SFU trailed Alaska Fairbanks 36-32 at the half, but came back with a strong 37-31 performance in the second to secure the win and keep pace with Western Washington.

With one game left on the schedule, SFU currently sits in strong position in the GNAC standings, tied for second with Western Washington. The two schools will face off on Saturday to close their regular seasons, and the game will be broadcast live on ROOT SPORTS at 3 p.m. Pacific time.

`JACKETS HOLD TOP SPOT AFTER SPLIT: After defeating Western Oregon 77-67 on Thursday, Montana State Billings' 11-game winning streak came to an end with a 69-59 loss to Saint Martin's on Saturday evening in Lacey. During the streak, MSUB assumed command of first place in the GNAC standings, and last week became the first GNAC team to appear in the WBCA top-25 (No. 25) since Northwest Nazarene was No. 18 during Week 8.

On Thursday, Bobbi Knudsen logged a team-high 18 points and also had six assists and four rebounds in the win over Western Oregon. Janiel Olson kept pace with her GNAC-leading rebound average of 10.4 per game as she grabbed 11. Quinn Peoples had a big game off the bench with 16 points, and Alisha Breen contributed 11 points, seven rebounds an assist and a steal in 24 minutes of action. Knudsen topped her point total with 19 more on Saturday, but even 10 rebounds to complete a double-double for the senior weren't enough in the loss to SMU. Knudsen also had five assists and two steals, and Chelsea Banis turned in a strong 11-point 14-rebound double-double. Breen earned the start in the Yellowjackets' second game of the week and nearly notched a double-double, as she had 11 points and nine boards in 28 minutes of action.

MSUB closes the season against Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks this weekend, and can clinch the regular season title with a victory in either game.

VIKINGS 1-1 IN ALASKA: Katie Colard continued her hot shooting from 3-point range, converting 10-of-16 shots from long distance for 43 points on the weekend as Western Washington split a pair of games with Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks. Colard finished with 20 points on Thursday and was one of six double-digit scorers for WWU in the decisive 91-65 win over the Nanooks. Sarah Hill logged her fourth double-double of the season as the senior had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Taylor Peacocke nearly completed the feat with 13 points and eight boards. Sydney Donaldson (12), Tia Briggs (11), and Jenni White (10) were WWU's other double-figure scorers on Thursday.

WWU battled Alaska Anchorage until the end on Saturday, but came up four points short in the 79-75 setback. The Vikings matched the Seawolves point-for-point in the second half at 42-42, but a 37-33 halftime deficit proved to be the difference. Colard totaled 23 points and Hill had another double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds in the defeat. White totaled a dozen points, five assists, two steals and a pair of blocks, and Peacocke had her second-straight double-digit game with 11 points.

WWU wraps up its regular season on Saturday against Simon Fraser on the ROOT SPORTS Game of the Week in Bellingham at 3 p.m. Pacific time. The Vikings could end up as high as second place in the GNAC standings depending on this weekend's outcomes.

CRUSADERS SNEAK BY WILDCATS: Falling behind Central Washington 24-21 at halftime, Northwest Nazarene rallied in the second half to pick up a narrow 55-53 victory Saturday evening. Chelsie Luke led the way with 18 points and nine rebounds, and Kylee Schierman had 10 boards in 14 minutes off the bench for NNU. No other Crusader scored in double figures, but NNU converted 12-of-15 free-throws and committed 13 turnovers compared with CWU's 18 in the victory.

Up next, NNU plays host to Saint Martin's on Thursday and Western Oregon on Saturday to close out its 2013-14 campaign. The best the Crusaders can finish this season is seventh place, pushing them just out of the GNAC tournament.

NANOOKS FALL TO TOP GNAC OPPONENTS: Kaillee Skjold stepped up with 19 points for Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday, but the Nanook bench scored just 12 points as UAF fell 91-65 to the Vikings. Skjold nearly notched a double-double as she also had eight rebounds, and Benissa Bulaya had 14 points, three steals and an assist for UAF. Jordan Wilson was UAF's other double-digit scorer in the loss with 11 points and three rebounds. On Saturday, UAF nearly pulled off an upset of second-place Simon Fraser, but the Nanooks stumbled down the stretch in the 69-67 loss. Skjold added 16 more points and six more rebounds on Saturday, and Bulaya had another strong showing with 15 points. Senior Samantha Thornton turned in a season-high 13 points off the bench for UAF.

Alaska Fairbanks closes out the 2013-14 campaign this weekend, facing MSUB on Thursday and Seattle Pacific on Saturday on the road.

WOLVES FALL TWICE AT HOME: Facing the top team in the conference on Thursday, Western Oregon fell to Montana State Billings 77-67 in Monmouth. Dana Goularte topped all scorers with 19 points, and Chantel Divilbiss (14) and Melissa Fowler (12) also scored in double-figures for WOU. Goularte and Fowler tied for the team-high with seven rebounds apiece, and Elise Miller had four steals and three assists for the Wolves. WOU played Seattle Pacific close on Saturday, jumping out to a 31-29 halftime lead. Things turned south in the second half however, as SPU outscored the Wolves 47-33 over the final 20 minutes to exit with the win. Goularte was excellent in the loss, scoring 24 points and adding five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block. Kelsey Henry logged 13 points off the bench for the Wolves, and Jordan Mottershaw was the other WOU player in double figures with 11.

Western Oregon takes on Central Washington on Thursday and Northwest Nazarene on Saturday in its final two contests of the 2013-14 season.

WILDCATS LOSE TO NNU BY TWO: Central Washington nearly picked up its second GNAC victory of the season on Saturday, but the Wildcats couldn't hold on in a tough 55-53 loss to Northwest Nazarene. Jasmine Parker paced the Wildcats with 12 points, and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds and two blocks. Courtney Johnson scored 11 points with six rebounds and a pair of assists for CWU, and Hannah Shine shot 3-for-8 from downtown for nine points and five rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench.

This week, CWU hosts Western Oregon on Thursday and Saint Martin's on Saturday to close out its 2013-14 season.

2013-14 RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Week of Feb. 10-16: Megan Hingston, Northwest Nazarene (G, 5-9, Sr., Keizer, OR - McNary) scored 20 points in the Crusaders' first-ever win at Seattle Pacific on Saturday, and also logged four rebounds and an assist in the critical victory to help keep NNU's hopes for a GNAC tournament berth alive. The instrumental performance came two nights after a 14-point 7-rebound effort against conference-leading MSUB. Hingston currently leads the Crusaders in scoring average (16.0) and rebounding (7.7), and ranks fifth in the GNAC in both categories.

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.

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.