WWU begins GNAC play, entertains Western Oregon and Saint Martin's
Nov. 27, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Having won the first four games of a season-opening six-game home stand, the Western Washington University women's basketball team begins Great Northwest Athletic Conference play this weekend, entertaining Western Oregon on Thursday(7 p.m.), Nov. 29, and Saint Martin's on Saturday (7 p.m.), Dec. 1, at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
Live stats and video streaming can be found at wwuvikings.com. Thursday's contest can also be heard on KBAI Radio (790 AM - Bellingham) with Doug Lange and Mark Scholten doing the broadcast.
WWU opened the season with two home tournaments, winning and/or sharing the championship in both. Last week, it shared title honors with Saint Martin's at the 16th Annual WWU Lynda Goodrich Classic, posting victories over Carroll MT, 79-52, and Evergreen, 66-54.
The win over Evergreen was No.450 in the 22-year career of WWU head coach Carmen Dolfo (450-169), all of them with the Vikings.
WWU extended its LGC winning streak to 10 and has won 29 of 32 overall, winning or tying for 14 of the 16 tourney championships.
Senior guard Trishi Williams earned MVP honors while being named to the LGC all-tourney team for the second straight season. She scored 27 points in the two games and had seven steals, six against Evergreen.
Also named all-tournament was senior center Britt Harris, who scored 31 points in the two contests.
WWU opened its season two weeks ago by winning the title at the West Region Crossover Classic. The Vikings defeated Azusa Pacific, 73-49, and UC San Diego, 69-51. Harris earned tourney MVP honors, and sophomore forward Sydney Donaldson received all-tournament recognition.
Harris leads WWU in scoring, averaging 15.3 points per game. She is shooting 56.8 percent (21-of-37) from the floor and 90.5 percent (19-of-21) at the free-throw line.
Williams is averaging 11.3 points on 62.5 percent (20-of-32) shooting and has a team-best 11 steals. Senior forward Erika Ramstead, who had 17 points and 17 rebounds in the two LGC games, leads the Vikings with 7.5 rebounds per game, and senior point guard Corinn Waltrip has a team-high 15 assists.
Saturday's game at Carver Gym will be WWU's 500th. The Vikings are 426-72 (85.5 percent) in 41 seasons of competing on that floor.
Western Oregon is off to a 4-2 start, riding a three-game winning streak. The Wolves, who won the Capital City Classic last week, are led by two returnees, 6-0 sophomore forward Dana Goularte (14.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.8 spg) and 5-8 senior guard Lorrie Clifford (13.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg). A top newcomer for coach Greg Bruce (7th year, 52-120) is 6-0 freshman forward Mariah Durian (14.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg). WWU holds a 40-9 series advantage, winning the last 19 meetings.
Saint Martin's, coached by Tim Healy (17th year, 206-236) is 3-2 (at Simon Fraser on Nov. 29), winning its last three games. The Saints are led by 6-1 junior forward Chelsea Haskey (12.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg), a preseason all-GNAC pick, and 5-10 sophomore forward Brooke Paulson (13.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg). Both were all-tourney picks at the LGC. Another standout is 6-2 freshman forward Ciara Pedroni (6.8 rpg, 1.8 bpg). WWU has a 57-10 series advantage, winning the last nine meetings.
THREE-DOT NOTES: 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.
TOUGH EXHIBITION SCHEDULE: WWU readied 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. 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 Great Northwest Athletic Conference 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 426-72 (85.5 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 450-169 (72.6 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 has been 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 882 victories (304 losses, 74.3 percent) in its 42-year history, WWU is one of just 15 colleges in all divisions of the NCAA to reach the 850-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 21 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 450.
ON THE WEB: All Viking home games are being video streamed live and are available free at http://wwu.nmtvsports.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 Erika Ramstead, 6-0, ***Sr., Everson, WA/Nooksack Valley F Sydney Donaldson, 6-0, *So., Edmonds, WA/Edmonds-Woodway C Britt Harris, 6-2, ***Sr., Marysville, WA/Marysville-Pilchuck G Corinn Waltrip, 5-6, ***Sr., Tigard, OR/Tigard G Trishi Williams, 5-9, *Sr., Mabton, WA/Mabton/Columbia Basin CC
Oct. 27 - WWU 71, British Columbia 51 at Bellingham (Exhibition)
Harris had game highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds, leading WWU to a 71-51 victory over British Columbia in an exhibition game at Carver Gym. Hill came off the bench to score 11 points for the Vikings. UBC got 16 points and eight rebounds from center Leigh Stansfield, and guard Kris Young had 13 points. WWU held the Thunderbirds to 33.3 percent field-goal shooting (17-of-51), including just 2-of-13 from 3-point range, and forced 19 turnovers. The Vikings scored the first eight points and led 21-7 with 7:10 left in the first half before UBC rallied to get within six, 33-27, at halftime. UBC trailed by just four, 37-33, with 15:38 remaining. The Vikings then scored 14 of the next 16 points over a span of 4:19 to lead 51-35 at 11:19. Harris, who scored 14 points in the second half, had six during that stretch. The Thunderbirds never got closer than 15 after that and WWU's biggest lead was 24 points, 71-47, with 2:33 to play.
Nov. 3 - Seattle U. 100, WWU 93 (2 OT) at Seattle, WA (Exhibition)
WWU took NCAA I Seattle U. to double overtime before falling, 100-93, in an exhibition at Connolly Center. The Vikings were led by Colard and Waltrip with 22 and 21 points, respectively. Seattle got a game-high 28 points from guard Sylvia Shephard, and center Kacie Sowell and forward Ashley Ward each had 27. Ward, who shot 9-of-14 from the field, also grabbed a game-high 19 rebounds. Colard's 3-pointer with 17 seconds remaining in regulation gave WWU an 81-79 lead as the Vikings overcame an 11-point second-half deficit. But Ward hit a jumper at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. WWU led by five, 91-86, with 1:03 left in the first extra period following a jumper by Waltrip with 1:03 to go. But Shephard hit a trey and Ward again scored at the buzzer to tie the game at 92-all and send it into a second overtime. Seattle outscored the Vikings 8-1 in the second five-minute period. Harris scored 12 points for WWU and Ramstead had 10 points and six assists. WWU led 37-35 at halftime.
Nov. 10 - Oregon State 71, WWU 59 at Corvallis, OR (Exhibition)
WWU gave a strong accounting of itself in a 71-59 loss at NCAA I Oregon State at Gill Coliseum on the OSU campus. The contest was an exhibition for the Vikings and the season and home opener for OSU, picked to place fifth in the Pac-12 Conference. WWU, which led 31-27 at halftime, was led by Harris, who finished with team highs of 14 points and nine rebounds. Waltrip had 13 points for the Vikings and Donaldson came off the bench with 12 points and five assists. Guard Alyssa Martin led OSU with a game-high 20 points. The Beavers got standout efforts from three reserves. Khadidja Toure scored 13 points, Jamie Weisner 11, and Deven Hunter had nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds. WWU held OSU to 33.3 percent (10-of 30) field-goal accuracy in the first half, but the Beavers shot 47.1 percent (16-of-34) in the second half. The Vikings shot just 29.4 percent (10-of-24) in the final period and 34.9 percent (22-of-63) for the game. They were able to connect on just 6-of-24 (25.0 percent) from 3-point range, WWU scored the first five points and did not trail in the opening half, leading by as many as 10, 17-7, midway through the period, and by nine, 31-22, with 1:37 left. Martin scored 12 straight points, the last five of the first half and the first seven of the second half, to give OSU its first lead, 34-31, on a 3-pointer with 18:34 remaining. The game was tied at 40-all with 14:30 to go after a 3-pointer by WWU's Erika Ramstead (Sr., Everson/Nooksack Valley). But the Beavers scored the next 10 points, for a 50-40 advantage at 11:56. WWU never got closer than eight after that and OSU's biggest lead was 14, 63-49, with 3:08 left.
Nov. 16 - WWU 73, Azusa Pacific 49 at Bellingham (WRCC)
Donaldson scored a career-high 20 points on 9-of-11 field-goal shooting as WWU defeated Azusa Pacific, 73-49, in first-day action at the West Region Crossover Classic at Carver Gym. It was the season and home opener for the Vikings. Freshman forward Kelly Hardeman led Azusa Pacific, which fell to 0-2, with 14 points. Center Hannah Kenny added 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds. APU used back-to-back 3-pointers to take a 16-13 lead with 12:56 left in the first half, but the Vikings responded with a 19-2 run, with Donaldson scoring seven of the points, to open up a 32-18 margin with 6:32 to go in the period and led the rest of the way. The Vikings held a 37-30 advantage at halftime. The Cougars pulled within four, 41-37, on a 3-pointer by Hardeman with 17:27 to play, and were still down by just six, 46-40, with under 12 minutes remaining. But WWU then put the game away, going on a 16-2 run and holding APU without a field goal for more than seven minutes to take a 62-42 advantage with 6:15 left. APU shot just 14.3 percent (4-of-28) from the field in the second half, and 26.3 percent (15-of-57) for the game. Harris had 14 points for the Vikings, and Bernsen came off the bench to add 11.
Nov. 17 - WWU 69, UC San Diego 51 at Bellingham (WRCC)
Tournament MVP Harris had 12 of her game-high 16 points in the second half as WWU defeated UC San Diego, 69-51, in the championship game of the West Region Crossover Classic at Carver Gym. No.8 rated UC San Diego fell to 1-4. Daisy Feder and Emily Osga each had 11 points for the Tritons, who shot just 32.1 percent (17-of-51) from the field. WWU held a 34-30 lead early in the second half, then broke the game open with a 16-2 run to take a 50-32 advantage with 12:38 to play. Harris had eight points in the charge. The lead was never less than 16 after that. Waltrip and Williams each had 14 points for the Vikings, who shot 62.5 percent (15-of-24) from the field in the second half. WWU opened the game by hitting three of its first four 3-point attempts and jumped to a 14-4 lead less than six minutes into the contest, but the Tritons chipped away at the margin and eventually pulled within one, 27-26, at halftime. Both teams were cold from the field in the opening half, with the Vikings shooting 25.9 percent (22-of-51) and the Tritons 30.8 (8-of-26).
Nov. 23 - WWU 79, Carroll MT 52 at Bellingham (LGC)
Harris led a balanced attack with 14 points on 7-of-9 field-goal shooting as No.9-ranked WWU defeated Carroll MT, 79-52, in first-day action at the Lynda Goodrich Classic at Carver Gym. Five players scored in double figures for the Vikings, who improved to 3-0. Carroll fell to 2-2. Forwards Torrie Cahill and Megan Patterson each had 19 points for the Fighting Saints, who shot 40.4 percent (21-of-52) from the field overall, but were 7-of-14 (50 percent) on 3-pointers. Waltrip had 13 points for the Vikings, who shot 62.5 percent (35-of-56) from the field, including 54.5 percent (6-of-11) on 3-pointers. Williams had 12 points, White 11, and Hill 10. WWU led by just one, 13-12, just over eight minutes into the game, but then went on a 16-4 run to take a 29-16 lead with 6:55 left in the first half. The Vikings led 43-30 at halftime and the margin remained in double figures throughout the second half. WWU had a 31-22 rebound advantage with Ramstead bringing down a game-high 12. The Vikings have won their last nine games in Goodrich Classic, and have won 28 of 31 overall, tying or winning 13 of the previous 15 tourney titles.
Nov. 24 - WWU 66, Evergreen 54 at Bellingham (LGC)
Tournament MVP Williams had 15 points and six steals, leading WWU to a 66-54 victory over Evergreen in the final game of the 16th Annual Lynda Goodrich Classic at Carver Gym. Harrishad team-highs of 17 points and six rebounds for the Vikings, who improved to 4-0 and are ranked No.9 nationally. The triumph marked the 450th career victory for WWU coach Carmen Dolfo. The contest was a non-counting exhibition for NAIA Evergreen, which was led by the game-high 20 points of center Danielle Swain. The Geoducks, who also got 13 points from Jessica Denmon, led much of the first 10 minutes, and had a 23-20 lead with 6:21 left in the first half, but WWU went on an 11-2 run the rest of the half and held a 31-25 advantage at halftime. The margin got as close as five in the second half, and the Vikings led by just eight, 49-41, before going on a 7-1 run to take a 56-42 lead on a White 3-pointer with 7:50 remaining. The margin remained in double figures the rest of the way. Bernsen had 10 points and five rebounds for WWU on 5-of-5 field goal shooting. The Vikings shot a season-low 37.1 percent (23-of-62) from the field, but were 16-of-20 (80.0 percent) on free throws. It was the 10th straight victory in Goodrich Classic games for the Vikings, who have won 29 of 32 tourney games overall, and have now won or tied for 14 of the 16 tournament championships. Harris joined Williams on the all-tournament team.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012-13 Women's Basketball Report Week 3
Conference All W L W L H A N Northwest Nazarene 0 0 5 0 2-0 3-0 0-0 Western Washington 0 0 4 0 4-0 0-0 0-0 Simon Fraser 0 0 6 1 2-0 1-0 3-1 Seattle Pacific 0 0 3 1 2-0 0-0 1-1 Montana State Billings 0 0 4 2 2-0 2-1 0-1 Western Oregon 0 0 4 2 2-2 1-0 1-0 Alaska Anchorage 0 0 3 2 3-2 0-0 0-0 Central Washington 0 0 3 2 1-0 0-0 2-2 Saint Martin's 0 0 3 2 1-0 0-0 2-2 Alaska Fairbanks 0 0 0 6 0-4 0-2 0-0
LAST WEEK: Tuesday - UAA Great Alaska Shootout (Alaska Anchorage 73, North Dakota State 47); Northwest Christian 48 at Saint Martin's 62. Wednesday - UAA Great Alaska Shootout (Utah State 67, Alaska Anchorage 57). Thursday - UAF Mt. McKinley North Star (Upper Iowa 85, Alaska Fairbanks 79). Friday - UAF Mt. McKinley North Star (Anderson 81, Alaska Fairbanks 48); NNU Hampton Inn Classic (Metro State 76, Central Washington 67; Northwest Nazarene 66, Academy of Art 62); MSUB Yellowjacket Classic (MSU Billings 91, Dixie State 87, ot); WWU Goodrich Classic (Saint Martin's 53, Evergreen State 45; Western Washington 79, Carroll 52); Cal State Stanislaus 52 at Simon Fraser 95; Corban Capital City Classic (Western Oregon 71, Willamette 53). Saturday - UAF Mt. McKinley North Star (Winona State 67, Alaska Fairbanks 50); NNU Hampton Inn Classic (Academy of Art 73, Central Washington 64; Northwest Nazarene 55, Metro State 54); MSUB Yellowjacket Classic (MSU Billings 80, Notre Dame de Namur 44); WWU Goodrich Classic (Saint Martin's 59, Carroll 48; Western Washington 66, Evergreen State 54); Cal State Stanislaus 46 at Simon Fraser 76; Corban Capital City Classic (Western Oregon 75, Corban 66).
THIS WEEK: Thursday - Central Washington at MSU Billings; Northwest Nazarene at Seattle Pacific; Saint Martin's at Simon Fraser; Western Oregon at Western Washington. Saturday - Alaska Fairbanks at Alaska Anchorage, 5:15 p.m.; Central Washington at Seattle Pacific; Northwest Nazarene at MSU Billings; Saint Martin's at Western Washington; Western Oregon at Simon Fraser, 5:15 p.m.
ALL-TOURNAMENT: Seattle Pacific (Nov. 9-10) - Rachel Murray, SPU (MVP); Mechela Barnes, SPU; Ally Schmitt, CWU; Jessica VanDyke, CWU. Western 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. 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.
POLLS: WBCA (Nov. 19) - 9. Western Washington; 17. Simon Fraser; 29. Alaska Anchorage.
GNAC RED LION PLAYER-OF-THE-WEEK: 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. Honorable Mention - Megan Hingston, Northwest Nazarene; Trishi Williams, Western Washington; Brooke Paulson, Saint Martin's; Dana Goularte, Western Oregon.
30-POINT GAMES AND MVPs: Knudsen's 33 points against Dixie was her second 30-point performance of the season. She also had 30 in a win over Chadron State earlier this season ... In addition to Knudsen, Trishi Williams of Western Washington and Dana Goularte of Western Oregon also earned MVP honors in tournaments at Bellingham and Salem, respectively. Williams had 27 points and seven steals as Western Washington won its 14th title in 16 years in the Lynda Goodrich Classic. Williams made 13 of 21 shots and also had five assists. Goularte scored 37 points and also grabbed 19 rebounds to lead the Wolves to the title in the Corban Capital City Classic.
450 WINS FOR DOLFO: Western Washington coach Carmen Dolfo recorded her 450th career win in Saturday's 66-48 win over Carroll. Dolfo has a 450-169 record in 22 seasons with the Vikings.
Alaska Anchorage: The Seawolves set tournament records for three-pointers made (24) and attempted (68) in the Great Alaska Shootout, breaking the old records of 17 and 49. Alysa Horn and Kylie Burns earned all-tournament honors as UAA split its two games improving to 6-2 in GAS championship games. Horn had 30 points and 19 rebounds, while Burns had 24 points and 13 rebounds. Sasha King contributed 29 points and 12 rebounds.
Alaska Fairbanks: Taylor Altenburg earned all-tournament honors in the UAF Mt. McKinley North Star Invitational. Altenburg led the Nanooks with 39 points and 17 rebounds. April Fultz had 38 points and 20 rebounds
Central Washington: Ally Schmitt scored 29 points and also had 10 assists and eight steals in a pair of losses in the NNU Hampton Inn Classic. The Wildcats were also led by Daisy Burke with 27 points. Burke made seven of 11 three pointers.
Montana State Billings: Bobbi Knudsen, who is the only player in the conference to have a 30-point game this season (See Player of the Week), leads the conference with a 19.0 scoring average. Joining Knudsen on the all-tournament team in the MSUB Yellowjacket Classic was Brooke Tolman who had 30 points and 17 rebounds. Tolman made seven of 13 three-pointers.
Northwest Nazarene: Megan Hingston scored 36 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as the Crusaders stayed unbeaten with wins over Academy of Art (66-62) and 24th ranked Metro State (55-54). Hingston had 17 points and 14 rebounds against AAU and 19 points against Metro. NNU also got 19 points and 22 rebounds from Kylee Schierman. Chelsie Luke had 27 points, 20 of them against AAU.
Saint Martin's: Brooke Paulson and Chelsea Haskey earned all-tournament honors at the WWU Lynda Goodrich Classic. Paulson led the Saints to two wins netting 31 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. She also had a team-high five steals and made four of seven three-pointers. Haskey had 18 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks. In three games during the week, Paulson had 38 points and Haskey had 36 points and 25 rebounds.
Seattle Pacific: The Falcons were idle last week and will take a 3-1 record into conference this play. They open their conference season Thursday hosting Northwest Nazarene, which is one of two GNAC unbeaten teams. SPU entertains Central Washington Saturday.
Simon Fraser: The Clan cruised to two West Region victories, ripping Cal State Stanislaus 95-52 Friday and 76-46 Saturday. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, who has 45 career double-doubles (three shy of the GNAC record), led SFU with 38 points and 28 rebounds. She also blocked four shots. Erin Chambers had 32 points and 13 rebounds. Rebecca Langmead contributed 14 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocked shots.
Western Oregon: Joining Goularte on the all-tournament team in the Capital City Classic (See Player of the Week) was Lorrie Clifford who had 28 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists ... Also contributed to WOU's tournament title was Mariah Durian who had 21 points, 13 rebounds and six steals. Durian is perfect from the foul line this season, making 21 of 21.
Western Washington: Joining MVP Trishi Williams on the all-tournament team at the Goodrich Classic was Britt Harris who had a team-high 31 points. Harris made 12 of 18 shots. Erika Ramstead had 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Vikings.
TWO NEAR MISSES AGAINST SEATTLE UNIVERSITY: GNAC teams are 6-8 in exhibition games, including 6-0 against non-Division I opponents and 0-8 against D-1 schools. Simon Fraser and Western Washington had near misses against former GNAC member Seattle University, which is now fully eligible to compete in the Division I post-season. The Clan had a six-point lead late in the contest with the Redhawks before losing 72-69, while the Vikings dropped a double-overtime 100-93 decision to SU. Exhibition Records (6-8): Northwest Nazarene 2-0, MSU Billings 1-0, Saint Martin's 1-0, Western Washington 1-2, Simon Fraser 1-2, Alaska Anchorage 0-1, Seattle Pacific 0-1, Western Oregon 0-2.
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.
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).
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