WWU to open 2014 on road against No.9 SPU and MSUB

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Katie Colard
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Katie Colard
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM

Dec. 23, 2013

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Western Washington University women's basketball team begins 2014 on the road against the top two teams in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference according to the preseason coaches' poll.

The Vikings, 4-5 overall and 0-1 in conference play, travel to Seattle Pacific University, ranked No.9 in the latest Women's basketball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II/Top 25 Poll, on Thursday, Jan. 2 (7 p.m.), and then to Montana State University Billings on Saturday. Jan. 4 (7 p.m.).

THE LAST MEETING
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Seattle Pacific76OT
February 16, 2013
Seattle, WA
Waltrip pours in 36 as WWU beats Seattle Pacific in overtime, 80-76
Guard Corinn Waltrip scored a career-high 36 points, leading nationally ranked Western Washington University to an 80-76 overtime triumph against Seattle Pacific University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball contest Saturday at Royal Brougham Pavilion on the SPU campus.

THE LAST MEETING
Western Washington71
Montana State-Billings54
February 14, 2013
Billings, MT
WWU rebounds with 71-54 win at Montana State Billings
Center Britt Harris had 15 points on 7-of-9 field-goal shooting as nationally ranked Western Washington University rebounded with a 71-54 victory over Montana State University Billings in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball contest Thursday at Alterowitz Gymnasium on the MSUB campus.

WWU's game at Seattle Pacific will be broadcast live on KBAI Radio (930 AM) with Doug Lange providing the play-by-play and Mark Scholten the color commentary. Lives stats and video streaming for both contests can be found at wwuvikings.com.

MSUB received six first-place votes and 94 points in getting top honors in the GNAC coaches' poll conducted in November with Seattle Pacific second, receiving one first-place vote and 80 points.

WWU, the defending GNAC regular-season and tournament champion, was third in the poll with three first-place votes and 78 points.

The Vikings have a 13-day layoff following a split of two games at the South Point Holiday Hoop Classic in Las Vegas on Dec. 19-20. They defeated Texas Woman's 80-44 after a 69-61 loss to No.6-rated Drury MO.

Following the road trip, WWU returns home where it has a 22-game winning streak at Sam Carver Gymnasium to face Central Washington on Thursday, Jan. 9 (7 p.m.), and Northwest Nazarene on Saturday, Jan. 11 (5:15 p.m.).

Junior guard Katie Colard leads WWU scorers, averaging 10.6 points per game. She scored 31 points in the two Las Vegas tourney games, hitting 9-of-17 from 3-point range.

Junior point guard Jenni White is scoring at a 10.2 clip. She leads the Vikings in assists (4.0, 36) and is shooting 48.3 percent (14-of-29) from the arc.

Freshman forward Tia Briggs is averaging 9.9 points on 54.4 percent (37-of-68) floor accuracy and 4.0 rebounds. She scored a game-high 15 points in the win over Texas Woman's, going 7-of-10 from the field.

Freshman guard Taylor Peacocke has a 9.7 scoring average, hitting a team-leading 87.5 percent (21-of-24) of her free throws, and senior forward Sarah Hill is averaging 7.3 points and a team-best 7.1 rebounds.

UPCOMING GAMES:

Jan. 2 (Thu.) at Seattle Pacific*# (Seattle  - 7 p.m.)
Jan. 4 (Sat.) at Montana State Billings* (Billings, MT - 7 p.m.)
Jan. 9 (Thu.) CENTRAL WASHINGTON*# (CARVER GYM - 7 p.m.)
Jan. 11 (Sat.) NORTHWEST NAZARENE*# (CARVER GYM - 5:15 p.m.)

*Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest #broadcast on KBAI Radio (930 AM) and on internet at wwuvikings.com

THREE-DOT NOTES: Reserve junior forward Aleisha Hathaway is out indefinitely after suffering a concussion. She has missed the last five games ... Two Vikings, junior forward Sydney Donaldson and Hill, were named to the GNAC preseason all-conference team ... Two of WWU's losses have come in overtime ... WWU won its own Goodrich Classic title for the 15th time in the 17-year history of the tourney with wins over Pacific Lutheran, 84-46, and Northwest, 83-44. That ran its Goodrich Classic victory string to 12, with wins in 31 of 34 tourney games overall. Three WWU players were all-tournament picks. Briggs was named Most Valuable Player, and was joined by Hill and White.

SEATTLE PACIFIC: The Falcons are 8-2 overall, 3-0 at home, and 1-1 in GNAC play. They opened the season with seven wins before losing two of their last three. SPU is led by 6-2 senior forward Katie Benson (21.4 ppg, 10.6 rpg), a first-team GNAC all-star last season. Two more standouts for Julie Heisey (9th year, 185-57); 18th overall, 347-176) are 5-7 junior guard Suzanna Ohlsen (11.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg) and 5-11 junior guard Betsy Kingma (7.5 ppg). WWU leads 55-27 in the series, winning both meetings last season after splitting a pair of games in each of the previous four seasons.

MONTANA STATE BILLINGS: The Yellowjackets are 8-4 overall (Jan. 2 host Simon Fraser), 5-0 at home, and 1-1 in GNAC action. Leading MSUB is 5-8 senior guard Bobbi Knudsen (14.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 6.0 apg), an honorable mention WBCA All-American last season and a two-time, first-team conference all-star. A top newcomer for coach Kevin Woodin (10th year, 158-107) is 6-4 senior center Chelsea Banis (10.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 53.1 FG Pct.), a transfer from NCAA I Montana. Two honorable mention GNAC all-stars back are 6-1 junior forward Kayleen Goggins (12.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg) and 5-10 junior forward Janiel Olson (7.4 ppg, 9.8 rpg). Two more solid returnees are 5-11 junior forward Quinn Peoples (8.3 ppg) and 5-8 junior guard Annie DePuydt (9.0 ppg). In its last two games, MSUB won 78-58 over Texas Woman's and lost 76-75 on a buzzer beater to Drury. WWU leads the series, 18-9, winning the last nine meetings.

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.

VIKINGS THIRD IN GNAC COACHES POLL: WWU received three of 10 first-place votes and 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.

HOME COURT DOMINANCE: The Vikings are 440-72 (85.9 percent) in 42 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 22-game home court victory string over the last three years.

COACH DOLFO: Carmen Dolfo, who was the CaptainU Division II National Coach of the Year last season, is in her 23rd year as head coach at WWU. She has a 479-178 (72.9 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 911 victories (313 losses, 74.4 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 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.

A LOOK BACK AT 2012-13: Last season, WWU finished 29-4 and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA II National Tournament 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 479.

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 Sydney Donaldson, 6-0, **Jr., Edmonds, WA/Edmonds-Woodway
F Taylor Peacocke, 5-9, Fr., Kenmore, WA/Inglemoor/Sacramento State
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

F Tia Briggs, 6-1, Fr., Tacoma, WA/Wilson F Kiana Gandy,5-10, R-Fr., Des Moines, WA/Mount Rainier 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 *letters won

MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIES:

Dec. 19 - Drury 69, WWU 61 at Las Vegas, NV

Unable to match up inside, WWU fell 69-61 to nationally ranked Drury MO in a non-conference contest at the 2013 South Point Holiday Hoops Classic held at The Arena at South Point. The Vikings got a team-high 17 points from Colard, who connected on 5-of-8 3-pointers. Drury, ranked No.6 in the WBCA/NCAA II/Top 25 Poll, remained unbeaten at 8-0. The Lady Panthers got 34 points and 27 rebounds from the post position. Starter Sanayika Shields, a 6-foot-1 junior, had career highs of 15 points and a game-high 18 rebounds, and 6-7 senior Amber Dvorak, a transfer from NCAA I Minnesota, added a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Drury, which had a 48-29 rebound advantage, also got 11 points from Paige Wilson, 10 in the first half when she hit three 3-pointers. WWU, which never led in the contest, was within four points, 34-30, with 4:23 left in the first half. But the Lady Panthers ended the period with an 11-0 run to lead by 15, 45-30, at the intermission. The Vikings scored seven straight points late in the game, narrowing the margin to seven with 2:08 left, but could get no closer. Tia Briggs scored 12 points for WWU and Jenni White 10. Sarah Hill had seven points and nine rebounds for the Vikings.

Dec. 20 - WWU 80, Texas Woman's 44 at Las Vegas, NV

Having its best defensive effort of the young season, WWU defeated Texas Woman's, 80-44, at the 2013 South Point Holiday Hoops Classic held at The Arena at South Point. The Vikings were led by Briggs with a game-high 15 points, 10 in the first half, on 7-of-10 field-goal shooting. TWU, which fell to 4-5, did not have a player reach double-figure scoring while hitting just 28.6 percent (14-of-49) from the floor. The Pioneers turned the ball over 23 times. WWU, which never trailed, led 12-1 after the first five minutes. A 15-2 run over a four-minute stretch late in the first period gave the Vikings a 38-18 advantage and they led by 21, 38-17, at halftime. WWU enjoyed its biggest lead of 43 points with 7:47 remaining in the game following a 16-2 run. The Vikings shot 50.8 percent (30-of-59) from the field. They also got 14 points and seven rebounds from Colard, who made 4-of-9 3-pointers. Hill contributed 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds after not having a point or rebound in the first half because of early foul trouble. Albert came off the bench with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting for WWU and White had eight points and game bests of five assists and three steals.

Women's Basketball: GNAC Play Resumes After Break (Dec. 23, 2013)

PORTLAND, Ore. - After a mandatory seven-day inactive period over the holidays, Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball will resume the first week of January with conference games scheduled for Jan. 4 and 6.

Eight GNAC teams closed out their 2013 schedules last week, with several teams seeing tournament action. Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA rankings will be released next week following the holiday break.

RECAP

Alaska Anchorage (9-1) won both of its games last week during the AT&T Hoops Classic, extending its winning streak to four straight and earning GNAC Team of the Week honors. Kiki Robertson and Alli Madison were instrumental for the Seawolves, as the duo combined for 21 steals and Robertson averaged 12 points per game last week.

Despite a last-ditch three-point play from Bobbi Knudsen that gave MSU Billings the lead, the Yellowjackets (8-4) fell to No. 6 Drury on a buzzer-beater last week in the Holiday Classic in Las Vegas. Knudsen scored 32 points, dished out 17 assists and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Yellowjackets also picked up a win over Texas Woman's, and Knudsen was named GNAC Player of the Week.

Saint Martin's (8-3) won its fifth game in a row behind a stellar 18-point performance by Angela Gelhar. The Saints remained undefeated inside Marcus Pavilion, as they sit at 5-0 at home this season and in first place in the GNAC at 2-0 in conference play.

Seattle Pacific (8-2), Northwest Nazarene (8-2) and Central Washington each split a pair of games last week in nonconference action. SPU fell to West Texas A&M after defeating South Dakota Mines, while senior Katie Benson continued her excellent play with 43 points over the two-game stretch.

NNU lost to Hawaii Pacific on Wednesday, after defeating Chaminade the day before in Hawaii. Taylor Simmons stepped up with 39 points last week, while Megan Hingston contributed 17 rebounds and 21 points.

The Wildcats won the front end of a pair of games against Hawaii Pacific on Monday, before falling in the second game on Tuesday. Jasmine Parker had a career week with 23 points and 26 rebounds, Amber Moser led the way with 12.5 points per game and Ally Schmitt dished out 22 assists.

Western Washington (4-5) also split a pair of games last week, handily defeating Texas Woman's after a tough loss to No. 6 Drury. Katie Colard was outstanding for the Vikings, turning in 31 points and a dozen rebounds while shooting 9-of-17 from behind the 3-point line. Tia Briggs was another strong presence for WWU, scoring 27 points and grabbing eight rebounds over the two games in Las Vegas.

Western Oregon (4-6) recovered after a pair of losses in Las Vegas with a solid home win over Simpson on Satuday to close out its 2013 schedule. Dana Goularte scored 55 points over the three games while also leading the Wolves with 23 rebounds. Chantel Divilbiss contributed 33 points, six steals and three blocks for WOU.

Simon Fraser (6-2) snapped its five-game winning streak as the Clan lost to West Texas A&M in Seattle on Thursday. Erin Chambers scored 22 points to remain atop the GNAC scoring leaders, and Meg Wilson came up with a team-high six steals for SFU.

Alaska Fairbanks (4-6) enjoyed a down week as it prepares for a road trip to Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene to open the new year on Jan. 2 and 4. 2013-14 Women's Basketball Report 8 Week 7 (Dec. 23, 2013)

2013-14 Standings

                   Conference          Overall
                   W	L	W	L	H	A	N
Alaska Anchorage   2	0	9	1	6-1	3-0	0-0
Saint Martin's     2	0	8	3	5-0	2-0	1-3
Simon Fraser       1	0	6	2	5-0	1-1	0-1
Northwest Nazarene 1	1	8	2	6-0	2-2	0-0
Seattle Pacific    1	1	8	2	3-1	2-1	3-0
MSU Billings       1	1	8	4	5-0	1-1	2-3
Western Oregon     1	1	4	6	4-4	0-0	0-2
Western Washington 0	1	4	5	2-0	1-3	1-2
Alaska Fairbanks   0	2	6	4	3-3	3-1	0-0
Central Washington 0	2	5	5	3-1	0-2	2-2

LAST WEEK: Monday - Hawaii Pacific 68 at Central Washington 72 Tuesday - Northwest Nazarene 96 at Chaminade 53; Hawaii Pacific 85 at Central Washington 77 Wednesday - Las Vegas Challenge at Orleans Arena (Academy of Art 84 vs. Western Oregon 71) Thursday - Simon Fraser 73 vs. West Texas A&M 77 (at Seattle); South Dakota Mines 41 at Seattle Pacific 78; Northwest Nazarene 71 at Hawaii Pacific 72; Las Vegas South Point Holiday Hoops Classic (MSU Billings 78 vs. Texas Woman's 58; Drury 69 vs. Western Washington 61); Las Vegas Challenge at Orleans Arena (Dixie State 88 vs. Western Oregon 78) Friday - UAA AT&T Hoops Classic (Cameron 70 vs. Alaska Anchorage 86); Las Vegas South Point Holiday Hoops Classic (MSU Billings 75 vs. Drury 76; Texas Woman's 44 vs. Western Washington 80); South Dakota Mines 42 at Saint Martin's 69 Saturday - UAA AT&T Hoops Classic (Saint Leo 68 at Alaska Anchorage 88); Simpson 50 at Western Oregon 59; West Texas A&M 74 at Seattle Pacific 65.

THIS WEEK: No games.

POLLS: WBCA (Dec. 17) - 9. Seattle Pacific 17. Northwest Nazarene.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES (Through Dec. 23): 5 - Katie Benson, SPU 4 - Dana Goularte, WOU; Megan Hingston, NNU 3 - Chelsea Haskey, SMU; Jasmine Parker, CWU 2 - Five with 1 - Ten with.

RED LION PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Week of Dec. 16-22: Bobbi Knudsen, MSUB (G, 5-8, Sr., Malta, MT) scored 32 points while dishing out 17 assists and grabbing 14 rebounds in a pair of South Point Holiday Hoops Classic games last week in Las Vegas. Knudsen led the Yellowjackets to a 78-58 win over Texas Woman's and was instrumental in MSUB's one-point loss to No. 6 Drury. Trailing by two points in the final minute against the Panthers, Knudsen drove into the paint, scored a layup and drew a foul. After converting the free throw to give MSUB a one-point lead with six seconds left, Drury scored a buzzer-beater from 18 feet to shock the Yellowjackets and escape with the victory. "Bobbi played some incredible basketball over the two games," MSUB head coach Kevin Woodin said. "Our team played the two best games we have all season, and Bobbi was a top contributor in both contests."

Honorable Mention: Taylor Simmons, NNU (G, 5-8, So., Middleton, ID); Angela Gelhar, SMU (G, 5-6, Jr., Vancouver, WA); Katie Colard, WWU (G, 5-9, Jr., McCleary, WA); Dana Goularte, WOU (F, 6-0, Jr., Port Orchard, WA); Alli Madison, UAA (G, 5-8, Jr., Seattle, WA); Jasmine Parker, CWU (F/C, 6-0, So., Spokane, WA).

SEAWOLVES PUSH WINNING STREAK TO FOUR: A pair of victories for Alaska Anchorage last week earned the team the AT&T Hoops Classic and GNAC Team of the Week titles, and pushed its winning streak to four straight. Kiki Robertson and Alli Madison shined in the two-game stretch, as the former turned in a team-high 14 assists and nine steals, while the latter averaged 13.0 points and came away with a dozen steals. Kylie Burns, the lone senior on UAA's roster, led the Seawolves with 30 total points last week and turned in a team-high 18 rebounds in the victories.

UAA returns to GNAC play with a road trip to Northwest Nazarene and Central Washington when conference play resumes the first week of January.

YELLOWJACKETS STUNG BY BUZZER BEATER: A stellar comeback effort, capped off by a gutsy three-point play by Bobbi Knudsen in the final 10 seconds was erased as MSU Billings watched a last-second jump shot sail through the net to give No. 6 Drury a one-point victory on Friday. With her team down two points, Knudsen drove into the lane, converted a layup and drew the foul. After sinking the free-throw to put the `Jackets up by one, Drury converted the buzzer beater to disappoint MSUB. The Yellowjackets enjoyed a solid 78-58 win over Texas Woman's in their first game of the week, and Knudsen earned her first Red Lion Player of the Week award of the season for her complete effort.

MSUB is set to host Simon Fraser and Western Washington when GNAC play continues after the holiday break.

SAINTS ROLL TO FIFTH STRAIGHT: Angela Gelhar came up big for SMU in its final game of 2013, scoring a game-high 18 points in a 69-42 home win over South Dakota Mines last week. Megan Wiedeman contributed 11 points off the bench, and Chelsea Haskey turned in a team-high nine rebounds for the Saints. SMU sits tied with UAA atop the GNAC standings after a 2-0 start to conference play, and the Saints are undefeated so far at Marcus Pavilion in Lacey (5-0).

Coming up after the break, SMU hosts WOU in a single game the first weekend back, before hitting the road for its two-game trip to Alaska the following weekend.

FALCONS SPLIT AT HOME: SPU picked up a solid 78-41 win over South Dakota Mines on Thursday before falling to West Texas A&M by nine points on Saturday at Brougham Pavilion in Seattle. Katie Benson stood out, turning in her conference-leading fifth double-double of the season in the process of averaging 21.5 points over the two-game stretch. Suzanna Ohlsen also scored in double figures, with 26 total points in the two contests.

SPU finishes up its six-game home stand after the holiday break, welcoming Western Washington and Simon Fraser for a pair of GNAC contests to begin 2014.

CRUSADERS WIN ONE IN HAWAII: A solid 96-53 win over Chaminade on Tuesday was followed by a tough one-point loss to Hawaii Pacific on Thursday as NNU split a pair of road contests in Hawaii to close out its 2013 slate. Taylor Simmons led the offensive push, totaling 39 points while Kylee Schiermann played a key role underneath with a team-high 20 rebounds last week. A pair of Chelsie Luke free-throws with 1:06 remaining against Hawaii Pacific brought the score within one, 72-71, but the Crusaders could not score in the final minute despite holding HPU scoreless in the defeat.

NNU welcomes Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks after the holiday break, kicking-off the 2014 slate against the conference-leading Seawolves and facing the Nanooks two days later.

WILDCATS SPLIT WITH HAWAII PACIFIC: Central Washington picked up a 72-68 win over Hawaii Pacific on Monday before falling to HPU 85-77 the following evening. Courtney Johnson, Amber Moser and Jasmine Parker each averaged in double figures in the scoring department, while Parker grabbed a team-high 26 rebounds over the two-game stretch. Ally Schmitt dished out 16 assists for CWU while grabbing 13 rebounds as well.

The Wildcats kept their record at .500 with the split, and are set to resume GNAC play in January against Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Anchorage the first weekend of play.

SFU STUMBLES, SNAPS SIX-GAME STREAK: A loss to West Texas A&M meant the end of Simon Fraser's six-game winning streak as the Clan suffered a tough 77-73 result on Thursday in Seattle. Erin Chambers continued her dominance, shooting .471 from the field and leading the Clan with 22 points in the loss. SFU was outrebounded 35-31, as Meg Wilson was the Clan's top rebounder with nine. Despite the loss, the Clan remain unbeaten at home with a perfect 5-0 record, and sit in second place in the GNAC standings at 1-0.

The Clan have one more game on their schedule in 2013, closing out the calendar year with a nonconference game against Trinity Western on Dec 30. SFU resumes GNAC play the following weekend, with road games against MSU Billings and Seattle Pacific.

WOLVES FALL IN VEGAS, RECOVER AT HOME: After dropping a pair of tough games at the Las Vegas Challenge last week, Western Oregon recovered with a solid 59-50 win over Simpson at home to close out its 2013 schedule. Dana Goularte continued her breakout season, as she averaged 18.3 points over the three-game stretch and picked up her fourth double-double of the season in the process. Chantel Divilbiss complemented Goularte with 11.0 points per game, while Katie Goddard grabbed 16 total rebounds and turned in 7.0 points as well.

The Wolves resume GNAC play against Saint Martin's the first weekend back, before heading to the Final Frontier to face Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks the following weekend.

VIKINGS VACATE VEGAS WITH VICTORY: After a tough loss to No. 6 Drury on Thursday, Western Washington escaped Sin City with a decisive 80-44 result over Texas Woman's on Friday afternoon. Katie Colard and Tia Briggs were WWU's double-digit scorers, while Sarah Hill turned in a team-high 17 rebounds overt the two-game stint. WWU kept pace with Drury throughout the contest, falling by just eight points as the Vikings held the Panthers to 69 in the game. A pair of three-pointers from Jenni White and Colard in the final minute gave WWU hope, but Drury made three free-throws and a layup to ensure its record would remain a spotless 8-0. WWU cruised the next day, as Briggs led the charge with 15 points off the bench in the big win over TWU. Colard and Hill also scored in double figures in the second game for the Vikings.

UAF ENJOYS EXTENDED BREAK: Alaska Fairbanks was the lone GNAC team out of action last week, stretching its holiday break over two weeks before GNAC play resumes in 2014. The Nanooks should be fresh as they hit the road to challenge Central Washington on Jan. 2 and Northwest Nazarene on Jan. 4.

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) Nov. 25 - Dec. 1 - Western Washington (Men's Basketball) Dec. 2-8 - Saint Martin's (Women's Basketball) Dec. 16-22 - Alaska Anchorage (Women's Basketball).