Nov. 26, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Working on a 20-game home court winning streak, Western Washington University hosts the 17th Annual Lynda Goodrich Women's Basketball Classic this weekend at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The tournament is named in honor of Lynda Goodrich, one of the legendary figures in the history of WWU Athletics. She recently retired after 26 years as the Vikings' director of athletics following a 19-year career winning 411 games as basketball coach.
The Vikings are riding a 10-game winning streak at the Goodrich Classic, and have won 29 of 32 overall, tying or winning 14 of the previous 16 titles.
WWU, 1-3 with two of the losses coming in overtime, makes it 2013-14 Carver Gym debut on Friday, Nov. 29 (7:30 p.m.) against Pacific Lutheran University and meets Northwest University on Saturday, Nov. 30 (5 p.m.).
Saint Martin's University completes the four-team field, playing Northwest on Friday (5 p.m.) and Pacific Lutheran on Saturday (2:30 p.m.).
Live stats and video streaming for all four games can be found at wwuvikings.com. Saturday's contest can be heard on KPUG Radio (1170 AM - Bellingham) with Doug Lange and Mark Scholten doing the broadcast.
Last week, the Vikings dropped two games at a West Region Crossover Classic, 76-61 to host Azusa Pacific and 72-66 in overtime to UC San Diego. WWU had stretches of over seven minutes without scoring in both contests.
Three weeks ago, WWU split a pair of games at a WRCC in Fresno, Calif., defeating host Fresno Pacific, 75-46, then falling to Humboldt State, 77-68 in overtime.
Junior point guard Jenni White leads the Vikings in points (13.0 avg.), assists (3.5) and steals (2.8). She is shooting 51.4 percent (19-of-37) from the field, including 50.0 percent (9-of-18) from 3-point range.
Freshman guard Taylor Peacocke is averaging 12.3 points on 54.3 percent (19-of-35) floor accuracy and redshirt freshman forward Kiana Gandy is averaging 11.0 points on team-best 66.7 percent (20-of-30) shooting.
PACIFIC LUTHERAN: The Lutes are directed by first-year head coach Jennifer Childress. She helped the Vikings to a 145-50 record during her seven years as the top WWU assistant. The Lutes are 1-2, sandwiching a win over Western Oregon, 66-56, in between losses to Evergreen, 66-59, and Claremont-Mudd-Scipps, 72-68. PLU is led by 5-10 senior post Samantha Potter (21.0 ppg, 10.7 rpg), a second-team Northwest Conference all-star last season, and 5-8 junior guard Shelly Kilcup (17.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg). WWU has not lost to PLU in 23 series meetings.
NORTHWEST: The Eagles are in their first year under head coach Ken Crawford, who has 30 years of experience at the college and high school level, including six at Biola, four at Whatcom CC and 17 at Bellingham High School. NWU, 4-3, has a 55-43 win over Evergreen and a 68-30 loss to Saint Martin's among its decisions. The Eagles are led by 5-11 senior guard Sandy Milovic (14.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg), 5-11 freshman forward Paige Burson (9.3 ppg) and 6-1 junior center Chanara Greene (6.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg). WWU has won all seven previous meetings.
SAINT MARTIN'S: The Saints, 3-1, have won three straight games and are off to their best start since 2008-09. Leading SMU is 6-1 senior center Chelsea Haskey (17.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg), who has scored double-figure points in every game this season and with 853 career points is on pace to become the 15th Saint to reach 1,000. Another top player for coach Tim Healy (18th year, 218-251) is 5-11 junior guard Liz Mills (9.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg).
HOME COURT DOMINANCE: The Vikings are 437-72 (85.8 percent) in 41 seasons at Carver Gym. Their longest home court win streak was 29 from 1983 to 1986. WWU was 16-0 at home last season and is working on a 20-game home court victory string over the last two years.
COACH DOLFO: Carmen Dolfo, who was the CaptainU Division II National Coach of the Year last season, is beginning her 23rd year as head coach at WWU. She has a 476-176 (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 908 victories (311 losses, 74.5 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, 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.
FAMILY TIES: Two members of this year's team have fathers who played men's basketball at WWU. They are Tia Briggs (Ed) and Kiana Gandy (Joe). Sarah Hill's sister, Celeste, was an All-America hoop player for the Vikings, and Katie Colard, had a sister, Kelly, who played basketball at WWU, and a brother, Kevin, who competed in football for the Vikings.
PRE-SEASON HONORS: Two Vikings - Sydney Donaldson and Sarah Hill - were named to the GNAC preseason all-conference team.
VIKINGS THIRD IN GNAC COACHES POLL: WWU received three of 10 first-place votes as it 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.
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 475.
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 Kiana Gandy,5-10, R-Fr., Des Moines, WA/Mount Rainier
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
C Tia Briggs, 6-1, Fr., Tacoma, WA/Wilson
G Taylor Peacocke, 5-9, Fr., Kenmore, WA/Inglemoor/Sacramento State
F Rachel Albert, 5-10, Fr., Bellingham, WA/Sehome
G Marcel Pounds, 5-8, **Jr.., Bonney Lake, WA/Bonney Lake
INJ F Aleisha Hathaway, 5-9, *So., Spokane, WA/Shadle Park
MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIES:
Nov. 8 - WWU 75, Fresno Pacific 46, at Fresno, Calif.
WWU used a strong second half to defeat host Fresno Pacific, 75-46, in first-day action at the West Region Crossover Classic.The game was the season opener for both teams. The Vikings were led by the game-high 15 points of Gandy. They also got 14 points from Peacocke. WWU shot 61.5 percent (16-of-26) from the field in the second half, making nine of its first 13 attempts. The Vikings finished at 53.7 percent (29-of-54) for the game with Peacocke 5-of-6 and Gandy 7-of-9. Fresno Pacific, which shot just 30.8 percent (16-of-52) from the floor, 22.2 percent (6-of-27) after halftime, got 10 points from guard Patrice Saindon. Guard Keairra White, who averaged 18.2 points last year for the Sunbirds, was held to two points on 1-of-6 field-goal shooting. Ahead by six, 35-29, at halftime, WWU scored the first 13 points of the second half for a 19-point advantage, 48-29, with 14:29 remaining in the game. FPU missed 10 shots and had two turnovers during that stretch of 5:31. The Vikings' biggest lead was 30 points on two occasions. White and Donaldson each scored 11 points for WWU. The Vikings had a 37-26 rebound edge with Albert grabbing a game-high eight. WWU scored the first eight points of the game and led by 11, 17-6, nine minutes into the first half. FPU was within two, 28-26, with 3:53 left in the period, but the Vikings finished with a 7-3 run for a six-point lead at halftime.
Nov. 9 - Humboldt State 77, WWU 68 (OT) at Fresno, Calif.
White scored a team-high 18 points, dished out five assists and had three steals, but WWU saw a second-half lead slip away in a 77-68 overtime loss to Humboldt State in final-day action at the West Region Crossover Classic. The Vikings had their record evened at 1-1. They also got 10 points each from Gandy and Peacocke. Humboldt State,1-1, was led by the game highs of 23 points and seven assists of Kersey Wilcox. Jae Shin scored 15 points, all in the first half, and Megan Shields and Elle Anderson each had 10. White scored seven straight points during a 10-2 run that gave WWU a 49-39 lead following a 3-pointer by Peacocke with 11:37 remaining in regulation. HSU responded with a 21-8 run, Wilcox scoring 13 points, to take a 60-57 lead with 4:06 to go in the second period. A White trey tied it at 60-all and there were three lead changes and three ties in the final three minutes with each team making one of two free throws in the final 12 seconds as regulation ended in a 64-64 deadlock. HSU outscored the Vikings, 13-4, in the extra period. The Lumberjacks had a 48-38 rebound advantage with Shields and Kelly Kime each grabbing a game-high 10. Wilcox had six rebounds.
Nov. 22 - Azusa Pacific 76, WWU 61 at Azusa, Calif.
A scoring drought midway through the game doomed WWU which fell 76-61 to host Azusa Pacific in first-day action at the West Region Crossover Classic. The Vikings were led by the 15 points of Gandy. Colard and Peacocke each had 11 points for WWU, and White added 10. Hill grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and blocked two shots. Azusa Pacific, which evened its record at 1-1, was led by the game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds of forward Sendy Valles and the 15 points and game-high 10 assists of guard Allison Greene. Trailing by six, 34-28, with 1:18 left in the first half, WWU did not score again until the 14:06 mark of the second half. The Vikings were outscored 16-0 during that span as APU took a 50-28 lead. The Cougars' biggest lead was 24 points on three occasions, the last being 69-45 with 5:07 to play. Also scoring double figures for APU were Kelly Hardeman with 13 points and Maggie Dumphy with 10 points. APU shot 56.9 percent (29-of-51) from the floor to 43.6 percent (24-of-55) for the Vikings.
Nov. 23 - UC San Diego 72, WWU 66 (OT) at Azusa, Calif.
For the second straight game, WWU had a scoring drought of over seven minutes in falling 72-66 in overtime to UC San Diego in final-day action at the West Region Crossover Classic. UCSD, which improved to 1-2, was led by the team-high 16 points of guard Miranda Seto and a double-double of 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds by forward McKennan Bertsch. Peacocke led four WWU players scoring in double figures with 14 points. White contributed 13 and Colard and Briggs each had 10. WWU, which held a 13-point lead, 32-19, at halftime, after 3-pointer by Colard with 17 seconds to go. Colard hit another trey 59 seconds into the second half to put the Vikings' advantage at16, 35-19, but they did not score again for 7:14 as UCSD scored 20 straight points to go in front, 39-35. WWU came back to lead 53-46 with 6:25 remaining in regulation, but the Tritons tied the score at 55-55 with 23 seconds left on a layup by Seto and the Vikings missed three shots for the win in the last five seconds to send the game into overtime. WWU never led in the extra period, but was behind by just one with 1:44 to go before five straight points by Meghan Perry gave the Tritons a six-point advantage, 68-62 at 0:44. WWU never got closer than three after that.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2013-14 Women's Basketball Report 4 Week 3 (Nov. 26, 2013)
W L W L H A N
Seattle Pacific 0 0 6 0 2-0 1-0 3-0
Alaska Anchorage 0 0 4 0 1-0 3-0 0-0
Northwest Nazarene 0 0 4 0 4-0 0-0 0-0
Alaska Fairbanks 0 0 4 1 1-0 3-1 0-0
MSU Billings 0 0 4 2 3-0 0-0 1-2
Saint Martin's 0 0 3 1 2-0 0-0 1-1
Simon Fraser 0 0 3 1 2-0 1-1 0-0
Central Washington 0 0 2 1 1-0 0-0 1-1
Western Washington 0 0 1 3 0-0 1-2 0-1
Western Oregon 0 0 0 3 0-3 0-0 0-0
LAST WEEK: Monday - Alaska Fairbanks 62 at Hawaii-Hilo 61 Tuesday - Alaska Fairbanks 58 at Hawaii-Hilo 60; Alaska Anchorage 100 at BYU-Hawaii 49 Wednesday - Montana State Billings 49 at Montana State 58 (ex.); Thursday - Alaska Anchorage 93 at Chaminade 57 Friday - Great Falls 78 at Montana State Billings 102; Seattle Pacific 66 at UC San Diego 63; San Francisco State 72 at Simon Fraser 82; Cal Baptist 55 at Saint Martin's 64; Western Washington 61 at Azusa Pacific 76 Saturday - Quest 66 at Central Washington 101; Montana Western 60 at Northwest Nazarene 73; San Francisco State 68 at Simon Fraser 72; Western Washington 66 vs. UC San Diego 72; Seattle Pacific 83 at Azusa Pacific 74; Northwest 30 at Saint Martin's 68.
THIS WEEK: Monday - Rocky Mountain 58 at MSU Billings 85. Tuesday - Great Alaska Shootout (Nicholls State vs. Georgetown, 6 p.m.; Alaska Anchorage vs. UC Riverside, 8 p.m.); Academy of Art at Simon Fraser, 5:15 p.m. Wednesday - Great Alaska Shootout (Consolation game at 2:30 p.m.; Championship game at 5 p.m.); Academy of Art at Simon Fraser, 7 p.m.; Montana Northern at MSU Billings, 5:30 p.m. Thursday - UAF North Star Invitational (Wayne State vs. Lees-McRae, 2 p.m.; Dominican vs. Alaska Fairbanks, 4 p.m.). Friday - UAF North Star Invitational (Wayne State vs. Dominican, 2 p.m.; Lees-McRae vs. Alaska Fairbanks, 4 p.m.); Northwest Nazarene Invitational (Colorado Christian vs. Northwest Nazarene, 2 p.m.; Central Washington vs. Cal Baptist, 4 p.m.); WWU Lynda Goodrich Classic (Saint Martin's vs. Northwest, 5 p.m.; Western Washington vs. Pacific Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.); WOU Capital City Classic (Cal Maritime vs. Corban, noon; Willamette vs. Western Oregon, 2 p.m.). Saturday - UAF North Star Invitational (Dominican vs. Lees-McRae, 2 p.m.; Wayne State vs. Alaska Fairbanks, 4 p.m.); Northwest Nazarene Invitational (Cal Baptist vs. Northwest Nazarene, 2 p.m.; Central Washington vs. Colorado Christian, noon; Cal Baptist vs. Northwest Nazarene, 2 p.m.); WWU Lynda Goodrich Classic (Saint Martin's vs. Pacific Lutheran, 2:30 p.m.; Western Washington vs. Northwest, 5 p.m.); WOU Capital City Classic (Consolation game, noon; Championship game, 2 p.m.).
POLLS: WBCA (Nov. 26.) - 9. Seattle Pacific 25. Northwest Nazarene
DOUBLE-DOUBLES (Through Nov. 25): 3 - Katie Benson, SPU 2 - Dana Goularte, WOU; Megan Hingston, NNU; Jordan Wilson, UAF; KiKi Robertson, UAA; Chelsea Haskey, SMU; Jessica VanDyke, CWU 1 - Seven with.
RED LION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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.
Honorable Mention - Chelsea Haskey, SMU; Megan Hingston, NNU.
SEAWOLVES SAY ALOHA: Alaska Anchorage wrapped up its trip to Hawaii last week with a strong 93-57 victory over Chaminade on Thursday. The Seawolves won both of their games out west, notching 100 points two days earlier in a big win over BYU-Hawaii. Overall, UAA is off to a perfect 4-0 start, and has the best scoring margin in the GNAC at +40.8 points in the early going.
Coming up, UAA is set to host the Great Alaska Shootout this week, with games on Tuesday and Wednesday leading up to Thanksgiving. UAA welcomes Georgetown, Nicholls and UC Riverside to Sullivan Arena for the four-day men's and women's affair.
KINGMA LIFTS FALCONS: A three pointer from Betsy Kingma in the waning seconds of a tie game between SPU and UC San Diego broke the deadlock and lifted the Falcons to their fifth straight win to open the season in Game 1 of the Azusa West Region Crossover Classic last week. SPU followed the dramatic 66-63 triumph with a solid 83-74 win over Azusa Pacific the next day, preserving its perfect record at 6-0. Katie Benson earned GNAC Player of the Week honors for the second straight week, as she took over the second game with 31 points and 14 rebounds. Benson leads the GNAC with three double-doubles already this season.
SPU finished its preseason slate and will enjoy a break over the Thanksgiving holiday before beginning GNAC play. The Falcons kick off their conference slate with a trip to Alaska, facing Alaska Fairbanks on Dec. 5 and the Seawolves of Alaska Anchorage two days later.
NNU STAYS PERFECT: The Crusaders notched a 73-60 victory in their lone matchup of the week, defeating Montana Western in a preseason contest to move to 4-0 this season. A trio of NNU players - Megan Hingston, Taylor Simmons and Kayla Schumann - scored in double digits and the Crusaders shot a solid 42.9 percent from the field.
NNU prepares to host the Northwest Nazarene Invitational following the Thanksgiving holiday, as Colorado Christian and Cal Baptist will travel to Nampa for games on Nov. 29 and 30.
FAIRBANKS SNAPS WINNING STREAK AT FIVE: After beginning the season with its best start in 10 years at 4-0, Alaska Fairbanks lost a rematch against Hawaii Hilo as a buzzer-beater attempt by Benissa Bulaya was off target in a 60-58 defeat. The Nanooks beat UHH by a single point the day before, holding onto the one-point advantage for the final minute of regulation for the victory.
The Nanooks prepare to host the UAF North Star Invitational, running Thursday through Saturday in Fairbanks this week. UAF will close out its preseason slate with games against Dominican, Lees-McRae and Wayne State, before jumping into its conference schedule beginning Dec. 5.
CENTRAL PASSES CENTURY MARK: Central Washington won big on Saturday, taking down Quest 101-66 to push its record above .500 to 2-1. Four Wildcats scored in double-digits, as Courtney Johnson led the way with 26 and Jessica VanDyke turned in a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
CWU travels to Nampa after Thanksgiving to participate in the Northwest Nazarene Invitational on Nov. 29 and 30. The Wildcats will take on Cal Baptist on Friday, followed by a noon game against Colorado Christian on Saturday. CWU begins its conference slate the following weekend with games against Saint Martin's and Western Oregon.
BILLINGS' WIN STREAK REACHES FOUR: Excluding an exhibition loss to Division I Montana State, MSU Billings has won its last four contests after beginning the 2013-14 campaign 0-2. Most recently, the Yellowjackets took down Great Falls 102-78 on Friday, and followed with an 85-58 triumph over Rocky Mountain on Monday. Four players averaged double figures in the scoring department last week. GNAC preseason Player of the Year Bobbi Knudsen made both of her free throws in the team's two games, making her a perfect 19-of-19 from the line so far this season.
MSU Billings wraps up its preseason slate with one final contest this week against Montana Northern on Wednesday. The Yellowjackets will then enjoy a break before picking up GNAC play at the Alaska schools in early December.
SMU CRUISES TO 3-1 START: Saint Martin's won both of its games last week, earning a 64-55 result over Cal Baptist on Friday and following with a strong 68-30 victory over Northwest on Saturday. The Saints have won three straight contests since dropping their season opener, as Chelsea Haskey averaged 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in last week's games. The 30 points the Saints allowed on Saturday was the fewest since the team moved to NCAA DII competition for the 1998-99 season.
The Saints prepare for the WWU Lynda Goodrich Classic after the Thanksgiving holiday. The two-day affair, hosted by Western Washington, will pit SMU against Northwest and Pacific Lutheran of the NCAA DIII Northwest Conference.
SFU DOWNS SFSU: Simon Fraser twice defeated visiting San Francisco State last week, extending its winning streak to three games and overall record to 3-1. Erin Chambers was stellar for the Clan, averaging 22 points and 5.5 rebounds, while draining 15-of-16 free throws. SFU's entire preseason slate consists of doubleheaders, as the Clan split with Cal Poly Pomona, swept SF State and are set for two more home games against the Academy of Art this week.
WWU STUMBLES IN APU CROSSOVER: Western Washington lost both of its games in the Azusa West Region Crossover tournament last week, falling to 1-3 on the season with three straight losses. The Vikings were outrebounded 39.5-34 over the two-game stretch, while allowing opponents to shoot .482 from the field. WWU's Taylor Peacocke was the team's leading scorer, with 12.5 points per contest.
The Vikings look to recover from a rocky start as they host the WWU Lynda Goodrich Classic following the Thanksgiving holiday. WWU will face Pacific Lutheran and Northwest on Friday and Saturday this week, before beginning conference play on Dec. 7 against Simon Fraser.
WOLVES LOOK FOR FIRST W: Western Oregon returns to action this week as it hosts the WOU Capital City Classic on Friday and Saturday. WOU is still in search of its first win of the 2013-14 season, as it has two more preseason games before opening GNAC play on Dec. 5 against Northwest Nazarene.
PREVIOUS RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
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. Honorable Mention - Jordan Wilson, UAF; Dana Goularte, WOU; Jessica VanDyke, CWU; Megan Hingston, NNU.
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. Honorable Mention - Chelsea Haskey, SMU; Megan Hingston, NNU; Alli Madison, UAA; Erin Chambers, SFU.
2013-14 GNAC TEAM OF THE WEEK: Sept. 2-8 - Simon Fraser (Football) Sept. 9-15 - Northwest Nazarene (Volleyball) Sept. 16-22 - MSU Billings (Men's XC) and Simon Fraser (Women's XC) Sept. 23-29 - Western Oregon (Football) Sept. 30 - Oct. 6 - Seattle Pacific (Men's Soccer) Oct. 7-13 - Central Washington (Women's Soccer) Oct. 14-20 - Western Oregon (Women's Soccer) Oct. 21-27 - Alaska Anchorage (Cross Country) Oct. 28 - Nov. 3 - Simon Fraser (Men's Soccer) Nov. 4-10 - Seattle Pacific (Women's Soccer) & Alaska Anchorage (Women's Cross Country) Nov. 11-17 - Western Washington (Volleyball) Nov. 18-24 - Simon Fraser (Men's Soccer) & Western Washington (Women's Soccer).