No.21 WWU looks for turnaround at South Point Holiday Hoops Classic
Dec. 11, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Looking to bounce back following two close losses, the Western Washington University women's basketball team travels to Las Vegas for the 2012 South Point Holiday Hoops Classic on Dec. 18-19 at The Arena at South Point.
The Vikings, who suffered one and five-point setbacks on the road last week after winning their first six games, all at home, dropped 15 spots to No.21 in the latest USA Today Sports/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll.
At the South Point Classic, WWU's fourth and final tourney of the regular season, the Vikings will face two nationally ranked opponents, No.7 Washburn University KS, on Tuesday (3 p.m.), Dec. 18, and No.16 Grand Canyon University AZ, on Wednesday (3 p.m.), Dec. 19.
A video stream and live stats for those games can be found at www.wwuvikings.com. They also will be broadcast live on KPUG Radio (AM 1170, www.kpug1170.com) with Doug Lange and Mark Scholten providing the broadcast.
WWU, 6-2 overall and 2-0 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play, opened its season by winning the West Region Crossover Classic and then tied for the title at the Lynda Goodrich Classic.
The Vikings opened their league schedule with victories over Western Oregon, 77-54, and Saint Martin's, 75-51, then lost two close contests at the California Collegiate Athletic Association/GNAC Crossover Classic at Chico, Calif., 75-74 to host Chico State and 68-63 to Sonoma State.
WWU senior center Britt Harris leads the Vikings in scoring with a 14.0 points per game average on 59.2 percent (42-of-71) field-goal shooting and 82.4 percent (28-of-34) free throw accuracy. She also is averaging 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots.
Senior guard Trishi Williams is averaging 11.6 points on 55.1 percent floor accuracy, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and a team-best 2.5 steals; and senior point guard Corinn Waltrip is averaging 9.1 points and a team-best 3.5 assists.
Junior forward Sarah Hill was named to the CCAA/GNAC Classic all-tournament team as she had 21 rebounds and 16 points in the two games. She leads WWU in rebounds with a 6.5 average.
The Vikings, coached by Carmen Dolfo (22ndyear, 452-171), lead the GNAC in field-goal percentage defense (35.4, 163-of-460) and blocked shots (5.1 avg.). They are second in scoring defense (56.8), scoring margin (15.2), field-goal percentage (45.9, 220-of-479) and 3-point percentage (36.7, 51-of-139).
Washburn, which has been ranked nationally in 161 of the last 162 polls dating back to 2002-03, are 6-0, all the wins coming at home.
Leading the Lady Blues, who have a 23.0 average margin of victory, are 5-7 senior guard Laura Kinderknecht (16.0 ppg, 4.3 apg) and 6-1 senior forward Tiara George (17.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 65.3 FG Pct.).
Expected to see her first regular-season action for Washburn is 6-1 junior forward Sierra Moeller, who missed last season with a knee injury after having 11 rebounds and eight points against Kansas in an exhibition game.
Moeller sat out the 2009-10 season after transferring from Boise State where she played in 32 games as a true freshman, averaging 3.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.8 blocks.
Last season, coach Ron McHenry (13th year, 325-65) directed Washburn to a 29-5 record and the South Central Regional semifinals.
Grand Canyon is 8-2 (Dec. 15 hosts Fresno Pacific, Dec. 18 vs. UW-Parkside) and riding a seven-game winning streak.
Two top returnees for coach Trent May (6th year, 115-39; 12th overall, 242-96) are 5-9 junior guard Maylinn Smith (10.2 ppg, 2.7 apg) and 5-9 junior forward Judy Jones (15.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.1 spg).
THREE-DOT NOTES: Harris was the MVP of the West Region Crossover Classic with Donaldson also named all-tournament. Harris was picked all-tourney at the Lynda Goodrich Classic with Williams the MVP ... 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 428-72 (85.6 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 452-171 (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 884 victories (306 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 452.
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 G Trishi Williams, 5-9, *Sr., Mabton, WA/Mabton/Columbia Basin CC C Britt Harris, 6-2, ***Sr., Marysville, WA/Marysville-Pilchuck G Corinn Waltrip, 5-6, ***Sr., Tigard, OR/Tigard G Katie Colard, 5-9, *So., McCleary, WA/Elma
LAST WEEK'S GAME SUMMARIES:
Dec. 7 - Chico State 75, WWU 74 at Chico, CA (CCAA/GNAC Classic)
Nationally ranked WWU led into the final minute before being upset 75-74 by host Chico State in first-round action Friday at the CCAA/GNAC Crossover Classic being held at Acker Gymnasium. The Vikings, ranked No.6, fell to 6-1with their first loss coming in their first road game of the season. They had five players score in double figures, led by Williams with 14. Chico State, which got a game-high 16 points from point guard Courtney Hamilton, remained unbeaten in five games this season. Monni Davidson-Mays put the Wildcats ahead to stay, 73-71, on a fastbreak layup with 46 seconds remaining. WWU was unable to score on its next trip down the floor, being forced to foul and Chico State's Jazmine Miller hit two free throws with six ticks left for a 75-71 advantage. Waltrip, who had 13 points for the Vikings, made a 3-point shot at the buzzer for the final score. Williams hit four clutch free throws, the last two with 49 seconds left, for a 71-69 WWU lead. Chico State missed a 3-pointer, but Davidson-Mays got a steal and Hannah Womack, who scored 13 points, tied the game at 71-all on a layup with 59 seconds to go. WWU got 37 points off the bench with Colard scoring 13 and Bernsen and Hill each having 12. Bernsen scored 10 in the first half as she did not miss a shot in the period with four field goals and two free throws. The Vikings, who led by as many as 15 points in the first half, had a 24-6 rebound advantage at the intermission and finished with a 40-31 edge. Hill and Williams tied for game-high honors with eight rebounds each. WWU led by nine points, 58-49, midway through the second half.
Dec. 8 - Sonoma State 68, WWU 63 at Chico, CA (CCAA/GNAC Classic)
WWU fell behind early and despite two big rallies could not get over the hump as it fell 68-63 to Sonoma State in final-day action Saturday at the CCAA/GNAC Crossover Classic held at Acker Gymnasium on the campus of host Chico State. Harris scored a game-high 18 points, 14 in the second half, for the Vikings, who fell to 6-2. Sonoma State, which led 37-28 at halftime, improved to 3-4. The Seawolves got 12 points each from Marie Sweet and Taylor Vigil, and Bronte Sheahan came off the bench with 10. Waltrip scored 12 points for WWU, and Colard added 11. Hill grabbed 13 rebounds, 10 in the first half, as the Vikings had a 45-39 advantage on the boards. Sonoma State scored 10 of the game's first 12 points, and led by 12, 37-25, with 46 seconds left in the first half, and by nine at the intermission. WWU opened the second half with a 13-4 run to tie the game at 41-41 with 15:05 remaining. Harris had eight points and Williams five for the Vikings during that rally. The Seawolves moved back in front, opening up a 10-point lead, 59-49, with 6:08 to go. WWU responded with a 14-6 run, five of the points by Colard, to get within two, 65-63, on a layup by Waltrip with 1:19 left. But the Vikings did not score again after Sonoma State's Jamie Capoot had converted a three-point play. WWU turned the ball over 19 times as the Seawolves had 14 steals, four by Vigel. Sonoma State had just seven turnovers.
USA TODAY Sports Division II Top 25 women's basketball poll, with first-place votes to the right, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th.
Rank Institution - First Place Votes Previous Rank Record Total Points 1 Ashland University (Ohio) -31 1 10-0 775 2 Bentley University (Mass.) 2 7-0 741 3 University of South Carolina - Aiken 3 6-0 704 4 Clayton State University (Ga.) 4 5-0 656 5 University of Indianapolis (Ind.) 5 6-0 642 6 Augustana College (S.D.) 7 7-0 609 7 Washburn University (Kan.) 8 6-0 585 8 Gannon University (Pa.) 10 8-1 511 9 Simon Fraser University (BC) 12 8-1 481 10 Holy Family University (Pa.) 13 8-1 426 11 Fort Hays State University (Kan.) 17 8-0 411 12 Wayne State College (Neb.) 15 5-1 400 13 Shaw University (N.C.) 9 1-0 394 14 Limestone College (S.C.) 20 6-0 279 15 Indiana University of Pennsylvania 14 6-1 257 16 Grand Canyon University (Ariz.) 18 8-2 248 17 Nova Southeastern University (Fla.) 19 5-1 226 18 Pittsburg State University (Kan.) 11 6-2 207 19 Colorado Mesa University 25 8-0 198 20 California State University - Chico NR 6-0 196 21 Western Washington University 6 6-2 191 22 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 16 5-1 128 23 Rollins College (Fla.) 22 6-2 116 24 University of Tampa (Fla.) NR 7-0 107 25 University of Wisconsin - Parkside 24 4-1 101
Dropped Out: University of Central Missouri; Emporia State University (Kan.). Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota State University - Mankato 95; Assumption College (Mass.) 69; Midwestern State University (Texas) 62; University of Central Missouri 60; Augusta State University (Ga.) 28; Edinboro University (Pa.) 27; Dowling College (N.Y.) 23; Millersville University of Pennsylvania 23; CW Post Campus - LIU (N.Y.) 14; Saint Mary's University (Texas) 10; Tusculum College (Tenn.) 10; Wingate University (N.C.) 10; University of Alaska - Anchorage 9; Glenville State College (W.Va.) 6; University of Central Oklahoma 6; Lenoir-Rhyne University (N.C.) 5; Seattle Pacific University (Wash.) 5; California State University - Monterey Bay 3; Metropolitan State University of Denver (Colo.) 3; Northwest Nazarene University (Idaho) 3; Valdosta State University (Ga.) 3; Grand Valley State University (Mich.) 2; Montana State University - Billings 2; Stonehill College (Mass.) 2; Union University (Tenn.) 2; Academy of Art University (Calif.) 1; California University of Pennsylvania 1; Carson-Newman College (Tenn.) 1; Tarleton State University (Texas) 1.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012-13 Women's Basketball Report Week 5 (Dec. 11, 2012)
LAST WEEK: Wednesday - Pacific Lutheran 53 at Saint Martin's 65. Friday - Carroll 54 at Northwest Nazarene 71; South Dakota Mines 50 at MSU Billings 74; Chico West Regional Classic (Seattle Pacific 78, Sonoma State 57; Chico State 75, Western Washington 74). Saturday - Chico West Regional Classic (Sonoma State 68, Western Washington 63; Chico State 89, Seattle Pacific 77). Sunday - Saint Martin's 36 at Oregon State 84.
THIS WEEK: Wednesday - Western Oregon at Cal Maritime, 6 p.m. Thursday - Western Oregon at Academy of Art, noon. Friday - Evergreen State at Central Washington; Saint Martin's Classic (Dominican vs. Northwest Nazarene, 5:15 p.m.; Saint Martin's vs. Simpson, 7:30 p.m.) Saturday - Saint Martin's Classic (Simpson vs. Northwest Nazarene, 5:15 p.m.; Saint Martin's vs. Dominican, 7:30 p.m.)
NEXT WEEK: Monday - UAA AT&T Classic (BYU-Hawaii vs. Alaska Anchorage); Dallas Christian at Alaska Fairbanks, 5:15 p.m.; Hawaii Hilo at Central Washington; Rocky Mountain at MSU Billings, 5:30 p.m.; Simpson at Western Oregon, 2 p.m. Tuesday - UAA AT&T Classic (Eastern New Mexico vs. Alaska Anchorage); Dallas Christian at Alaska Fairbanks, 5:15 p.m.; Hawaii Hilo at Central Washington; Seattle Pacific at Notre Dame de Namur, 5:30 p.m.; Western Washington Great Western Shootout (Grand Canyon vs. Wisconsin-Parkside, 1 p.m.; Western Washington vs. Washburn, 3 p.m.). Wednesday - UAA AT&T Classic (Cal State L.A. vs. Alaska Anchorage); Montana Western at MSU Billings, 5:30 p.m. (exh); Western Washington Great Western Shootout (Wisconsin-Parkside vs. Washburn, 10 a.m.; Western Washington vs. Grand Canyon, 3 p.m.).
POST CHRISTMAS: Saturday, Dec. 29 - MSU Billings at Montana State, 2 p.m. (exh); Puget Sound at Saint Martin's; Trinity Western at Simon Fraser, 6 p.m.; Northwest Christian at Western Oregon, 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 - Dixie State at Seattle Pacific, 2 p.m.
ALL-TOURNAMENT: Seattle Pacific (Nov. 9-10) - Rachel Murray, SPU (MVP); Mechela Barnes, SPU; Ally Schmitt, CWU; Jessica VanDyke, CWU. Western Oregon (Nov. 9-10) - Mariah Durian, WOU; Brooke Paulson, SMU, Western Washington (Nov. 16-17) - Britt Harris, WWU (MVP); Sydney Donaldson, WWU; Katie Benson, SPU. Great Alaska Shootout (Nov. 20-21) - Alysa Horn, UAA: Kylie Burns, UAA. UAF Mt. McKinley North Star (Nov. 22-24) - Taylor Altenburg, UAF. MSUB Yellowjacket (Nov. 23-24) - Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB (MVP); Brooke Tolman, MSUB; Kayleen Goggins, MSUB. WWU Lynda Goodrich (Nov. 23-24) - Trishi Williams, WWU (MVP); Britt Harris, WWU; Brooke Paulson, SMU; Chelsea Haskey, SMU. Corban Capital City Classic (Nov. 23-24) - Dana Goularte, WOU (MVP); Lorrie Clifford, WOU. Chico State West Regional Classic (Dec. 7-8) - Katie Benson, SPU; Sarah Hill, WWU.
POLLS: WBCA (Dec. 4) - 9. Simon Fraser; 21. Western Washington; 41. Seattle Pacific; 43. Northwest Nazarene; 47. Montana State Billings.
NATIONAL STATISTICS (Through Dec. 9): Team (Top 30): Scoring Defense - 18. Simon Fraser 52.4. Scoring Margin - 23. Simon Fraser 20.4. Field Goal PCT. - 11. Simon Fraser 46.4; 26. Seattle Pacific 44.9. Free Throw PCT. - 13. Alaska Anchorage 77.6; 16. Seattle Pacific 77.3. Rebound Margin - 27. Seattle Pacific 9.1. Three-Point FGs - 4. Alaska Anchorage 9.2; 14. Central Washington 8.1; 28. Simon Fraser 7.4. Three-Point PCT. - 9. Seattle Pacific 40.4. Assists - 12. Alaska Anchorage and Simon Fraser 18.0; 21. Western Washington 17.4. Blocked Shots - 17. Simon Fraser 5.0; 24. Western Washington 4.7. Fewest Turnovers - 2. Montana State Billings 11.7; 10. Alaska Anchorage 13.7; 28. Simon Fraser 15.0. Fewest Fouls - 30. Montana State Billings 13.9. Assist Turnover Ratio - 3. Alaska Anchorage 1.32; 9. MSU Billings and Simon Fraser 1.20; 20. Western Washington 1.08. Turnover Margin - 5. Alaska Anchorage 9.50; 13. Montana State Billings 7.89. Individuals (Top 30) - 26. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB, 19.4. Rebounds - 14. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 10.9. Assists - 2. Sasha King, UAA, 7.7; 7. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB, 6.1. Blocked Shots - 29. Rebecca Langmead, SFU, and Jasmine Parker, CWU, 2.0. Steals - 23. Sasha King, UAA, 3.50. Field Goal PCT. - 5. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 65.1. Free Throw PCT. - 1. Mariah Durian, WOU, 100.0; 12. Erin Chambers, SFU, 93.4. Assist/Turnover Ratio - 2. Suzanna Ohlsen, SPU, 3.56; 15. Sasha King, UAA, 2.56. Double-Doubles - 7. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 5; 29. Dana Goularte, WOU, and Megan Hingston, NNU, 3.
GNAC RED LION PLAYER-OF-THE-WEEK: Suzanna Ohlsen, Seattle Pacific (G, 5-7, So., Monroe, WA) scored 29 points as the Falcons split two games in the Chico West Regional Classic. Ohlsen had an outstanding 9-1 assist to turnover ratio and also was deadly from the three-point arc (making 5 of 7) and from the foul line (converting on all eight of her attempts). She also had seven rebounds and a steal. Twenty-four of her points (a career high) came in Saturday's 89-77 loss at Chico. Twenty-one of those points came in the second half of the contest. Ohlsen currently ranks second nationally in assist/turnover ratio with a 3.56 mark. Honorable Mention - Britt Harris, Western Washington.
FROM THE RECORD BOOK: Simon Fraser's Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe needs two more double-doubles to match the GNAC career record of 48 currently held by Rebecca Kielpinski of Alaska Anchorage (2005-09). Raincock is the GNAC active career leader in scoring, rebounds and blocks. She also currently has the best career marks in GNAC history in field goal percentage (58.9) and rebounds per game (12.33). She ranks third all-time in points per game (18.25).
Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks: After a 16-day break the Seawolves and Nanooks return from action Monday, Dec. 17. UAA hosts BYU-Hawaii, Eastern New Mexico and Cal State L.A. beginning Monday in the UAA A&T Classic, while the Nanooks host Dallas Christian for a pair of games.
Central Washington: The Wildcats complete the 2012 portion of their schedule with three pre-Christmas games, hosting Evergreen State Friday and Hawaii Hilo next Monday and Tuesday.
Montana State Billings: Bobbi Knudsen scored 19 points and also had nine assists, seven rebounds and five steals in a 74-50 home win over South Dakota Mines Friday. Knudsen needs only 43 more points to reach the 1,000-point level. MSUB plays three games the rest of the month, however, only one is a counter - next Monday (Dec. 17) against Rocky Mountain. Its Dec. 19 game against Montana Western and its Dec. 29 game against Montana State are exhibitions.
Northwest Nazarene: Chelsie Luke had 18 points in a 71-54 win over Carroll College Friday. The Crusaders close out their 2012 schedule this Friday and Saturday competing in the Saint Martin's University Classic. Dominican and Simpson (Calif.) will provide the opposition.
Saint Martin's: Chelsea Haskey scored 22 points as the Saints split two games, defeating Pacific Lutheran 65-53 before losing 84-36 to Oregon State. Haskey and Ciara Pedroni led SMU in the two contests with nine rebounds apiece.
Seattle Pacific: Katie Benson earned her second all-tournament award of the 2012-13 season at Chico State, scoring a team-high 32 points and grabbing 11 rebounds as the Falcons split two games in the Chico West Regional Classic. Benson made 12 of 19 shots and also had team-highs for blocked shots (3) and steals (3). Earlier this season, she was an all-tournament selection at the WWU West Region Crossover (Nov. 16-17). Rachel Murray led SPU at Chico with 13 rebounds.
Simon Fraser: The Clan is in the middle of a 28-day break before returning to action Dec. 29 against Trinity Western. That is their lone remaining non-conference game this season before returning to conference play Jan. 3 at Alaska Fairbanks. SFU finished the Division II portion of its non-conference schedule with a 6-1 record.
Western Oregon: The Wolves play four non-conference games before resuming conference action in January. WOU travels to California this week for games Wednesday and Thursday at Cal Maritime and Academy of Art. It then hosts Simpson next Monday (Dec. 17) and Northwest Christian (Dec. 29).
Western Washington: Sarah Hill had a team-high 21 rebounds in earning all-tournament honors last weekend at Chico State. Hill, who had 12 offensive boards, had 16 points in the two contests. Britt Harris and Corinn Waltrip each scored 25 points in the tournament. Katie Colard had 24 points and Trishi Williams had 23 points.
GNAC CAREER LEADERS (Through Dec. 9) *Active GNAC career leader
PREVIOUS RED LION PLAYERS-OF-THE-WEEK
Week of Nov. 5-11: Erin Chambers, Simon Fraser (F, 6-1, So., Mission, BC) scored 51 points and also had 15 rebounds in leading the Clan to three victories, including wins over nationally eighth-ranked UC San Diego (61-58) and No. 13 Grand Canyon (69-60). Chambers connected on 14 of 25 field goals attempts (eight of 13 from beyond the arc) and also was perfect from the foul line making 15 of 15. Week of Nov. 12-18: Sasha King, Alaska Anchorage (G, 5-6, Sr., Norman, OK - Hutchinson) scored 35 points and also had 16 assists leading the Seawolves to 85-76 and 70-67 victories over Regis. King, who made six of 16 three-pointers, also had five steals.
Week of Nov. 19-25: Bobbi Knudsen, Montana State Billings (G, 5-8, Jr., Malta, MT) scored 44 points to lead the Yellowjackets to a pair wins in the MSUB Yellowjacket Classic. Knudsen, who was selected as the tournament MVP, scored a career and GNAC season-high 33 points in a 91-87 overtime win over Dixie State Friday, then had 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in a 80-44 win over Notre Dame de Namur. She played just 24 minutes in the latter contest.
Week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2: Janiel Olson, Montana State Billings (F, 5-10, So., Billings, MT) scored 21 points and grabbed 26 rebounds leading the Yellowjackets to 66-59 and 69-68 home wins over Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene, respectively. She also led MSUB in steals with seven. Olson had 13 points and 11 rebounds in Thursday's win against CWU, then had a career-high 15 rebounds, 10 at the offensive end in Saturday's one-point victory against Northwest Nazarene. Her final rebound came on a three-point miss by Monica Grimsrud with 24 seconds left. She then fed Grimsrud, who scored on a layup for the decisive basket.
GNAC TEAMS OF THE WEEK: Aug. 27-Sept. 2 - Montana State Billings (Women's Soccer). Sept. 3-9 - Western Washington (Volleyball). Sept. 10-16 - Northwest Nazarene (Men's Soccer). Sept. 17-23 - Central Washington (Volleyball). Sept. 24-30 - Central Washington (Football). Oct. 1-7 - Western Oregon (Women's Soccer). Oct. 8-14 - Simon Fraser (Men's Soccer). Oct. 15-21 - Alaska Anchorage (Men's & Women's Cross Country). Oct. 22-28 - Western Oregon (Volleyball). Oct. 29-Nov. 4 - Western Washington (Women's Soccer). Nov. 5-11 - Simon Fraser (Women's Basketball). Nov. 12-18 - Alaska Fairbanks (Men's Basketball). Nov. 19-25 - Alaska Anchorage (Men's Basketball). Nov. 26-Dec. 2 - Seattle Pacific (Men's Basketball). Dec. 3-9 - Northwest Nazarene (Men's Basketball).
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