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Nov. 9, 2017

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WEST REGION CROSSOVER CLASSIC

Friday, November 10

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at Fresno Pacific    7:30 pm  ●  Fresno, CA

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Saturday, November 11

Live Coverage

vs Humboldt State  ●  5:30 pm  ●  Fresno, CA

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Webcasts available via WWUVikings.com/live as well as via GNAC.TV app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV

WHAT'S HAPPENING...the Vikings begin the 2017-18 season at the West Region Crossover Classic, hosted by Fresno Pacific University, in Fresno, Calif....WWU opens the season against tournament host Fresno Pacific on Friday at 7:30 pm before facing Humboldt State the following day at 5:30 pm.

LID LIFTERS...have won 8 of last 9 season openers, topping Humboldt State 91-49 to open the 2016-17 season.

A FAMILIAR START...WWU will face Humboldt State and Fresno Pacific to begin the non-conference schedule for the fifth consecutive year...Vikings are 4-0 against Fresno Pacific and 1-3 against Humboldt State during the stretch...Seattle Pacific and Western Washington traveled to California to face Fresno Pacific and Humboldt State during 2013-14 and 2015-16 while the California teams joined Seattle Pacific and Western Washington in Seattle during 2014-15 and 2016-17.

THE PRESEASON...the Vikings hosted Trinity Western and Corban for exhibition contests during the preseason and won both games...began exhibition schedule with a 66-60 win over Trinity Western...Vikings held off late rally from Trinity Western for the victory and were led by 18 points from Hannah Stipanovich...WWU rolled to an 86-57 win over Corban, using a 31-point second quarter to overcome a first-quarter deficit in the win...Gracie Castaneda led WWU with 25 points.

SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN...the 2017-18 season is composed of 28 regular-season games with 8 non-conference games and 20 GNAC tilts...WWU is set to compete in four tournaments during the non-conference schedule, traveling to California twice and hosting two tournaments in Bellingham.

HOMETOWN TOURNAMENTS...WWU hosts two tournaments in Bellingham during the season, first hosting the Lynda Goodrich Classic on Nov. 24-25, facing #8 Valdosta State and Academy of Art...Saint Martin's will also face Valdosta State and Academy of Art at the tournament...WWU hoists the Viking Holiday Hoops Classic Dec. 18-19, facing Texas A&M International and No. 9.West Texas A&M...Simon Fraser will also face the Texas schools at the Viking Holiday Hoops Classic.

PRESEASON ALL-GNAC...Hannah Stipanovich and Lexie Bland were named to the 2017-18 Preseason All-GNAC Team...Stipanovich is the lone returning starter from last season, playing in all 32 games last year with 16 starts...averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game along with being one of the premier free-throw shooters in the nation (74-for-83/89.2%)...Bland appeared in 27 games, averaging 3.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

WELCOME HOME...WWU will play all home games on WECU Court in Carver Gym during the 2017-18 season...Vikings return to their permanent on-campus home after a two-year hiatus playing games at Whatcom Pavilion on the campus of Whatcom Community College while Carver underwent a two-year remodel...Vikings own an impressive 458-77 (.856) mark in Carver Gym, including an 82-10 (.891) record since 2008-09...WWU went 20-4 at Whatcom Pavilion over the last two seasons.

AMONG THE RANKED...WWU is ranked No. 20 in the D2SIDA Preseason Media Poll as well as No. 3 in the West Region...the Vikings concluded the 2016-17 season ranked 18th in the WBCA national poll but are not ranked in the 2017-18 WBCA Preseason Poll.

VIKINGS TV...all of WWU's home games will be streamed live online via VikingsTV at WWUVikings.com/Live with longtime Whatcom County sports broadcaster Doug Lange calling all the action courtside...the webcast will feature a seven-camera shoot in high definition, with video replays, graphic overlays and halftime and post-game interviews.

THE HEADLINES...

  • Preseason All-GNAC - Hannah Stipanovich and Lexie Bland were named Preseason All-GNAC.
  • 1,000 Wins - WWU enters 2017-18 with 993 all-time wins, 7 shy of 1,000 victories in program history.
  • New Faces - The 2017-18 squad includes three transfers, two redshirt freshmen and two freshmen.
  • Senior Six - WWU lost six seniors to graduation, including a trio of All-GNAC selections from last season.
  • 20 Wins - WWU went 26-6 last year, the 34th 20-win season in the 46-year history of the program.
  • Coach Dolfo - Head coach Carmen Dolfo enters her 27th season leading the Vikings with a career record of 561-207 (.730) to rank among active and career NCAA II coaching leaders.

APPROACHING 1,000...WWU enters the 2017-18 season with an all-time program record of 993-342 (.744) just 7 wins shy of 1,000 victories in program history...according to available NCAA records, only 12 teams in collegiate women's basketball history have amassed more than 1,000 career victories with Ohio State (998), Scranton (998), WWU (993) and Arkansas Tech (983) approaching the milestone...among GNAC all-time leaders, WWU is 350-121 (.743) overall and 226-60 (.771) in conference play, the best winning percentage of any GNAC school for conference games and the 2nd-best overall winning percentage among conference teams (since 2001-02).

 

School

Total Team Years

Total Wins

Total Losses

Total Ties

Pct.

First Year

Division/Classification

Wayland Baptist (Tx.)

69

1,595

555

0

.742

1948

NAIA

Tennessee

63

1,319

311

2

.809

1903

NCAA Division I

Union (TN)

45

1,261

232

0

.845

1973

NCAA Division II/NAIA

Louisiana Tech

43

1,091

309

0

.779

1975

NCAA Division I

UConn

43

1,082

297

0

.785

1975

NCAA Division I

James Madison

95

1,071

532

5

.668

1921

NCAA Division I

Elizabethtown

89

1,052

550

7

.656

1929

NCAA Division III

Texas

43

1,037

381

0

.731

1975

NCAA Division I

Stanford

43

1,036

318

0

.765

1975

NCAA Division I

Bentley

43

1,032

265

0

.796

1975

NCAA Division II

Old Dominion

48

1,031

419

0

.711

1970

NCAA Division I

SFA

49

1,030

443

0

.699

1969

NCAA Division I/NCAA Division II

Ohio St.

52

998

427

0

.700

1976

NCAA Division I

Scranton

42

998

228

0

.814

1978

NCAA Division III

Western Wash.

46

993

342

0

.744

1971

NCAA Division II/NAIA

Arkansas Tech

40

983

263

0

.789

1978

NCAA Division II

 

LED BY A LEGEND...head coach Carmen Dolfo enters her 27th season leading the program...she owns an all-time record of 561-207 (.730) to rank amongst active and career leaders at the Division II level in career wins and winning percentage...Dolfo became the winningest coach in Western Washington history last season when she collected victory No. 519 on Dec. 3, 2015 vs. Alaska to pass former men's basketball coach Brad Jackson (518-279)...here is where Coach Dolfo ranks amongst in the NCAA in several categories:

  • Winningest Active Coaches (All-Divisions): 38th (561-207/.730)
  • Winningest Active Coaches (Division II): 7th (by wins), 15th (by pct.)
  • Winningest All-Time Coaches (Division II): 17th (by wins), 21st (by pct.)
  • Most 20-Win Seasons (Division II): T8th (20)

A STORIED PROGRAM...two WWU women's basketball coaches have more than 400 career victories...current head coach Carmen Dolfo has amassed 561 wins while former coach Lynda Goodrich totaled 411 wins leading the Vikings.

20-WIN SEASONS...WWU went 26-6 last season, marking the 34th 20-win season in the 46-year history of the program...recorded at least 20 wins in 7 of last 8 seasons...WWU has 20 seasons of 20+ wins during the 26 years head coach Carmen Dolfo has led the program, becoming the 10th Division II coach to notch at least 20 seasons with 20 or more wins (min. 10 years as DII head coach).

WINNING WAYS...the WWU women's basketball program has 24 winning streaks of 10 or more games in its history.

GNAC COACHES POLL...the Vikings were picked 6th by the GNAC Preseason Coaches Poll...four teams received first-place votes...Vikings were just behind Simon Fraser with 76 points.

2016-17 SEASON IN REVIEW...the Vikings finished the season with a 26-6 overall record and had a season-end ranking of No. 18 in the country...finished 2nd in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season standings with an 18-2 mark and were also runner-up in the GNAC Tournament...advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament as the No. 3 seed in the West Region in Anchorage, Alaska, advancing to the semifinal round...program made its 16th appearance in the NCAA Championships in 19 seasons at the Division II level...beat Cal State East Bay 74-48 in the regional opener...won 20 of final 23 games of the season, including 18 of last 19 to end the regular season...recorded a 17-game winning streak Dec. 19-Feb. 16, the 4th-longest in program history...only two conference losses came to undefeated Alaska Anchorage...tied program record for most wins in a GNAC season, matching the 18 wins (18-0) in 2005-06...have finished 1st or 2nd in the GNAC regular season standings in eight consecutive seasons...5 of 6 losses came against teams that were ranked in the top-10 in the nation...recorded 34th 20-win season in the 46 years of the program, including 7th in last 8 seasons...20th 20-win season under head coach Carmen Dolfo (26th season)...9th consecutive winning season...went 12-2 in games in Bellingham as the Vikings completed their second season playing off campus at Whatcom Community College while the Carver Gym renovation was nearing completion.

 

 

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