WWU travels to Alaska for GNAC contests following two big wins
Dec. 20, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Rebounding with two big wins, the Western Washington University women's basketball team completes a stretch of six road games with its longest trip of the season, traveling to Alaska for Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests against defending West Region and league champion University of Alaska Anchorage on Thursday (7 p.m.), Jan. 3, and University of Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday, (7 p.m.), Jan. 5.
The Vikings, ranked No.20 in the latest USA Today Sports/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, are 8-2 overall and tied for the conference lead at 2-0. They are coming off the two biggest wins of their season, prevailing over No.6-rated Washburn KS, 64-62, and No.15 Grand Canyon, 72-68 in overtime, at the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic on Dec. 18-19 at Las Vegas, Nevada.
WWU, which opened its season with six victories, had entered the tourney following two West Region losses to Chico State, 75-74, and Sonoma State, 68-63.
The turnaround wins earned the Vikings GNAC Team of the Week honors.
WWU senior center Britt Harris earned GNAC co-Player of the Week recognition and was named the SPHHC Most Valuable Player. She scored a career-high 27 points in the upset of Washburn, which had entered with a 6-0 record, and had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Vikings defeated Grand Canyon, snapping the Antelopes' nine-game win streak.
Senior point guard Corinn Waltrip , who also earned SPHHC all-tourney honors, matched her career-high with 23 points against Grand Canyon, nine of them coming in overtime.
Harris leads the Vikings with a 15.4 points per game average on 55.4 percent (56-of-101) field-goal shooting and 79.2 percent (42-of-53) free throw accuracy. She also is averaging 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots.
Senior forward Trishi Williams is averaging 11.2 points on 56.1 percent floor accuracy (46-of-82) and 4.9 rebounds. She leads the team in steals at 2.4 and is tied for the squad lead in assists at 3.1.
Waltrip is averaging 10.3 points and a team-leading 3.1 assists.
Junior forward Sarah Hill made her first two career starts at the SPHHC, grabbing a career-high 15 rebounds in the Grand Canyon contest. She leads WWU in rebounds with a 6.9 average, 33 of them on the offensive glass.
The Vikings, coached by Carmen Dolfo (22ndyear, 454-171), lead the GNAC in field-goal percentage defense (36.5, 213-of-583) and are second in scoring defense (56.4) and blocked shots (4.6).
Alaska Anchorage, 7-2 overall and 1-0 league, is riding a four-game winning streak. The Seawolves lead the GNAC in scoring offense (77.0 avg.), free-throw percentage (78.5), assists (19.0), steals (12.6) and 3-point field goals made (9.1).
Three top returnees are 6-0 senior forward Alysa Horn (16.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg), 5-6 senior guard Sasha King (16.4 ppg, 8.2 apg, 3.6 spg) and 5-9 junior guard Kylie Burns (10.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg).
In his first year as the UAA head coach is Ryan McCarthy, who was formerly the top assistant at Northwest Nazarene. He led that program for one season (14-13) while the head coach took a sabbatical.
Last year, UAA reached the Elite Eight, finishing with a 30-5 record. The Seawolves won the regional as well as both the GNAC regular-season and tournament titles.
Alaska Fairbanks, 2-7 overall (Jan. 3 host Simon Fraser) and 0-1 league, has won its last two games following an 0-7 start. The Nanooks, who are second in the GNAC in offensive rebounds (42.3), were 6-22 last season.
A top player back for coach Cody Burgess (3rd year, 9-53) is 6-0 senior Taylor Altenburg (11.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and a solid transfer is 5-6 junior guard April Fultz (13.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg) from San Bernardino Valle College.
THREE-DOT NOTES: Harris was MVP at both the West Region Crossover Classic and South Point Holiday Hoops Classic. She also was picked to the Lynda Goodrich Classic all-tournament team ... Williams was the Goodrich Classic MVP, Hill being named all-tourney at the CCAA/GNAC Classic, sophomore forward Sydney Donaldson at the West Region Crossover Classic, and Waltrip at the SPHHC ... 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 454-171 (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 886 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 454.
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 Sarah Hill, 6-3, *Jr., Richmond, VA/Lloyd C. Bird/ Maryland-Baltimore County F 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
MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIES:
Dec. 18 - WWU 64, Washburn KS 62 at Las Vegas, NV (South Point Classic)
Harris scored a career-high 27 points as WWU upset Washburn, 64-62, in first-day action between two nationally Top 25 ranked teams at the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic held at The Arena at South Point. The Vikings, ranked No.20 nationally, improved to 7-2 overall and snapped a two-game losing streak. Colard had 12 points for WWU and Williams contributed nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Washburn, No.6 nationally, fell to 6-1. Forward LaVonda McCall led the Lady Blues with a career-high 20 points, and center Tiara George added 16 points and eight rebounds. WWU trailed by six, 46-40, with less than nine minutes left, but went on a 16-4 run in a span of 3:25 that gave the Vikings a 56-50 lead with 6:12 to play. The charge started when Colard hit a 3-pointer and a Washburn foul on a block out led to two Harris free throws. The Vikings led the rest of the way after the run, but the Lady Blues pulled within three, 62-59, on a Sierra Moeller layin with 41.9 seconds left. A free throw by Colard and another by White pushed the margin to five before Washburn's Laura Kinderknecht, who finished with 10 points, made a 3-pointer with 5.3 seconds left for the final margin. WWU was able to run out most of the remainder of the time, and time expired without a possession after Waltrip missed two free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining. Harris, who had 15 points in the second half, was 10-of-19 from the field and 7-of-9 on free throws. She also had four assists and three steals, both team highs. WWU was up, 28-26, at halftime, and held a 32-28 lead early in the second half, but Washburn went on an 11-2 run in a four-minute span to take a 39-34 lead with 13:47 left.
Dec. 19 - WWU 72, Grand Canyon 68 OT at Las Vegas, NV (South Point Classic)
Waltrip matched a career-high with 23 points, nine of them in overtime, as WWU defeated Grand Canyon, 72-68, in final-day action between two nationally Top 25 ranked teams at the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic held at The Arena at South Point. The Vikings, ranked No.20, improved to 8-2 with the triumph. No.15 Grand Canyon fell to 10-3 and had a nine-game winning streak snapped. Forward Judy Jones led the Antelopes with 24 points, 15 rebounds and six assists. It was her eighth straight double-double in points and rebounds. In a game that featured 10 ties and 13 lead changes, Jones gave the Antelopes a 56-55 lead on a free throw with 3:35 left, then fed Maylinn Smith for a jumper with 1:59 to play to make the margin 58-55. But the Vikings forced overtime as Colard hit a 3-pointer from the left wing, and at the other end, Jones missed a pull-up 12-footer with two seconds left. WWU never trailed in the extra frame, using an 8-2 run to grab a 66-60 lead with 1:55 remaining, and from there, Waltrip, who hit a 3-pointer in the charge, converted six consecutive free throws to help the Vikings maintain the advantage. Waltrip, who hit 4-of-8 3-pointers, also handed out six assists. Harris had 15 points and 10 rebounds for WWU, Williams added 10 points and seven assists, and Hill grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds. GCU held an 11-7 lead early in the game, but the Vikings ran off 11 straight points to take an 18-11 advantage and held a 28-20 lead at halftime. WWU shot only 35.7 percent (25-of-70) from the field, but held the Antelopes to 37.7 percent (26-of-69) and had a 57-42 rebound advantage.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012-13 Women's Basketball Report Week 7 (Dec. 21, 2013)
Conference All W L W L H A N Simon Fraser 2 0 8 1 4-0 1-0 3-1 Montana State Billings 2 0 8 2 6-0 2-1 0-1 Western Washington 2 0 8 2 6-0 0-1 2-1 Seattle Pacific 2 0 7 2 4-0 1-1 2-1 Alaska Anchorage 1 0 7 2 7-2 0-0 0-0 Alaska Fairbanks 0 1 2 7 2-4 0-3 0-0 Northwest Nazarene 0 2 8 2 3-0 3-2 2-0 Saint Martin's 0 2 6 5 4-0 0-3 2-2 Central Washington 0 2 5 5 3-1 0-2 2-2 Western Oregon 0 2 5 6 2-3 2-3 1-0
THIS WEEK: Monday - UAA AT&T Classic (Alaska Anchorage 100, BYU-Hawaii 68); Dallas Christian 50 at Alaska Fairbanks 96; Hawaii Hilo 68 at Central Washington 56; Rocky Mountain 42 at MSU Billings 74; Simpson 77 at Western Oregon 74. Tuesday - UAA AT&T Classic (Alaska Anchorage 82, Eastern New Mexico 40); Dallas Christian 40 at Alaska Fairbanks 84; Hawaii Hilo 44 at Central Washington 66; Seattle Pacific 97 at Notre Dame de Namur 59; Las Vegas South Point Holiday Hoop Classic (Western Washington 64, Washburn 62). Wednesday - UAA AT&T Classic (Alaska Anchorage 66, Cal State L.A. 56); Montana Western 49 at MSU Billings 69 (exh); Las Vegas South Point Holiday Hoop Classic (Western Washington 72, Grand Canyon 68, ot).
NEXT WEEK: 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. UAA AT&T Hoops Classic (Dec. 17-19) - Alysa Horn, UAA (MVP); Sasha King, UAA; Jordan Martin, UAA. South Point Holiday Hoop Classic (Dec. 18-19 at Las Vegas) - Britt Harris, WWU (MVP); Corinn Waltrip, WWU.
POLLS: WBCA (Dec. 18) - 9. Simon Fraser; 20. Western Washington; 40. MSU Billings; 43. Seattle Pacific; 49. Alaska Anchorage; 54. Northwest Nazarene.
NATIONAL STATISTICS (Through Dec. 16): Team (Top 30): Scoring Defense - 17. Simon Fraser 52.4. Scoring Margin - 17. Simon Fraser 20.4. Field Goal PCT. - 9. Simon Fraser 46.4; 20. Seattle Pacific 44.9; 24. Western Washington 44.6. Free Throw PCT. - 10. Alaska Anchorage 77.6; 13. Seattle Pacific 77.3. Rebound Margin - 23. Seattle Pacific 9.1. Three-Point FGs - 5. Alaska Anchorage 9.2; 8. Central Washington 8.8; 26. Simon Fraser 7.4. Three-Point PCT. - 5. Seattle Pacific 40.4. Assists - 14. Alaska Anchorage and Simon Fraser 18.0; 22. Western Washington 17.4. Blocked Shots - 18. Simon Fraser 5.0; 26. Western Washington 4.7. Fewest Turnovers - 2. Montana State Billings 11.7; 11. Alaska Anchorage 13.7; 29. Simon Fraser 15.0. Fewest Fouls - 26. Montana State Billings 13.9. Assist Turnover Ratio - 5. Alaska Anchorage 1.32; 11. MSU Billings and Simon Fraser 1.20; 20. Western Washington 1.08. Turnover Margin - 5. Alaska Anchorage 9.50; 12. Montana State Billings 7.89. Individuals (Top 30) - 23. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB, 19.4. Rebounds - 12. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 10.9. Assists - 2. Sasha King, UAA, 7.7; 7. Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB, 6.1; 12. Ally Schmitt, CWU, 5.9. Blocked Shots - 17. Jasmine Parker, CWU, 2.38; 23. Rebecca Langmead, SFU, 2.00. Steals - 21. Sasha King, UAA, 3.50. Field Goal PCT. - 2. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, 65.1; 29. Britt Harris, WWU, 55.4. Free Throw PCT. - 4. Mariah Durian, WOU, 96.8; 10. Erin Chambers, SFU, 93.3. Assist/Turnover Ratio - 1. Suzanna Ohlsen, SPU, 3.56; 13. Sasha King, UAA, 2.56. Double-Doubles - 11. Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, SFU, and Megan Hingston, NNU, 5.
GNAC RED LION PLAYER-OF-THE-WEEK: Britt Harris, Western Washington (C, 6-2, Sr., Marysville, WA - Marysville-Pilchuck) and Alysa Horn, Alaska Anchorage (F, 6-0, Sr., Kodiak, AK) ... Harris earned MVP honors in the South Point Holiday Hoop Classic in Las Vegas as she scored 42 points and also had 13 rebounds, six assists and five steals leading the Vikings to wins over nationally sixth-ranked Washburn (64-62) and No. 15 Grand Canyon (72-68 in overtime). Harris converted on 14 of 30 field goal attempts and 14 of 19 free throws ... Horn was selected the Most Outstanding Player in the AT&T Hoops Classic in Anchorage. She scored 62 points and also had 27 rebounds, eight blocked shots, eight steals and five assists leading the Seawolves to wins over BYU-Hawaii (100-68), Eastern New Mexico (82-40) and Cal State L.A. (66-56). Honorable Mention - Taylor Altenburg, Alaska Fairbanks.
AROUND THE GNAC: Two players - MSU Billings' Bobbi Knudsen (53rd, 968) and Alaska Anchorage's Alysa Horn (69th, 866) - are within striking distance of GNAC 1,000-Point Club membership. That club currently has 49 members ... 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).
HOME WIN STREAKS: Six GNAC teams are unbeaten at home this season - Western Washington (6-0), MSU Billings (6-0), Simon Fraser (4-0), Seattle Pacific (4-0), Saint Martin's (4-0) and Northwest Nazarene (3-0). Going back to the 2011-12 campaign, here are there overall home win streaks: 10 - Western Washington. 6 - MSU Billings. 5 - Seattle Pacific, Saint Martin's, Northwest Nazarene. 4 - Simon Fraser.
Alaska Anchorage: Joining Horn on the all-tournament in the AT&T were teammates Sasha King and Jordan Martin. King scored 51 points and also had 28 assists, 11 steals and 10 rebounds in the three-day event. She made 19 of 43 shots, six of 19 from the arc. Martin had 37 points and 17 rebounds and shot 68.2 percent (15-22 including six of nine from the arc).
Alaska Fairbanks: Guard Taylor Altenburg scored 27 points (in 42 minutes) and had 13 rebounds, six assists and six steals as the Nanooks swept a two-game series (96-50, 84-40) with Dallas Baptist. Altenburg made 11 of 21 shots ... April Fultz matched Altenburg's point total also scoring 27 points as the Nanooks snapped a two-season 16-game losing streak. She had 11 rebounds, a team-leading seven assists and four steals. Ten of her 11 rebounds came off the offensive boards.
Central Washington: Courtney Smith had 23 points and nine rebounds and Hannah Shine had 18 points and a team-high 13 rebounds as the Wildcats split two home games with Hawaii Hilo to conclude their non-conference slate with a 5-3 record. The Wildcats will take a 5-5 overall record into the New Year.
Montana State Billings: Annie DePuydt led the Yellowjackets in their only counting game of the week with 12 points and eight rebounds, converting on six of nine shots. She also tied Brooke Tolman for most steals with three. MSUB also played an exhibition game with Montana Western ... Bobbi Knudsen had 11 points against RMC increasing her career total to 968. She needs 32 more to become the 50th player in GNAC history to score 1,000. Two former MSUB players - Alira Carpenter (31st, 1142) and Kayla Ryan (32nd, 1134) - are members of the 1,000-Point Club.
Northwest Nazarene: The Crusaders return to action Jan. 5 at home against Central Washington. NNU completed the non-conference portion of their schedule unbeaten in eight games including 5-0 with Division II opponents.
Saint Martin's: The Saints (6-5 overall including 6-3 in non-conference games) hope to remain unbeaten at home next Saturday (Dec. 29) when they host University of Puget Sound in their final non-conference game of the season. SMU has won five straight, including four this season, on their home court.
Seattle Pacific: Aubree Callen scored 19 points, connecting on five of six three-point shots. Callen also had eight rebounds, five assists and two steals and made four of four foul shots. She is the 19th player in GNAC history to make five of six three-pointers in a single game. Twelve others have made six with either no misses or just a single miss. SPU closes its non-conference schedule Dec. 31 with a home game against Dixie State.
Simon Fraser: Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe will take a string of 13 consecutive field goals made into SFU's Dec. 29 game against Trinity Western. That equals the second longest in GNAC history. The record is 16 by Kelly Berglund of Seattle Pacific on Jan. 10 and Jan. 12, 2002.
Western Oregon: The Wolves, who host Northwest Christian Dec. 29 in their final non-conference game, fell to 5-6 losing to Simpson 77-74. Dana Goularte and Mariah Durian each scored 22 points and Lorrie Clifford had 19, but the rest of the team combined for just 11 points.
Western Washington: Harris' MVP award at Las Vegas was her second of the season and was also her third all-tournament award. Joining her on the all-tournament team was teammate Corinn Waltrip, who had 30 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Waltrip made five of nine three-point shots and now ranks 22nd in GNAC history in three-pointers made (136) and 35th in assists (241).
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.
Week of Dec. 3-9: 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.
Dec. 10-16: Ally Schmitt, Central Washington (G, 5-8, Jr., Snohomish, WA - Montana State) set a GNAC single-game record with 16 assists in a 79-57 home win against Evergreen State. Schmitt also led the Wildcats in the contest with four 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). Nov. 26-Dec. 2 - Seattle Pacific (Men's Basketball). Dec. 3-9 - Northwest Nazarene (Men's Basketball). Dec. 10-16 - Northwest Nazarene (Women's Basketball). Dec. 17-23 -Western Washington (Women's Basketball).
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