Dec. 2, 2014
Contact: Nathan Webber
Alaska at SPU is ROOT SPORTS “Game of the Week” Thursday
PORTLAND, Ore. – The first ROOT SPORTS broadcast of
the season will be shown Thursday at 7 p.m. Pacific
when undefeated Seattle Pacific hosts 6-2 Alaska at
This is the first of 10 GNAC “Game of the Week”
broadcasts that ROOT SPORTS will air, showing five
women’s basketball games and five men’s games.
These two teams rank in the top 10 in the latest D2SIDA
West Region poll, Seattle Pacific coming in at No. 1
while Alaska is ninth.
The Falcons are coming off an 84-54 win over San
Francisco State in Seattle Wednesday. Alaska is also
coming off a win, narrowly defeating Colorado Christian
Not only is it the first ROOT SPORTS game of the year,
but it’s also the first GNAC conference contest.
Alaska will need to overcome a tough 5-0 SPU team in
Seattle for its first GNAC win in seven games. Since the
2007-08 season, the Falcons are 86-14 playing in
Brougham and 7-0 in home conference openers.
This is the only time either of these teams will play on
ROOT Sports this season. The next GNAC women’s
basketball game to air on the network will be Jan. 8,
2015 when Simon Fraser takes on Northwest Nazarene.
In tournament play last week, Western Washington
took the 18th annual Lynda Goodrich Classic Saturday
after beating Northwest 92-53 in Bellingham.
GNAC co-Player of the Week Katie Colard was named
the MVP after scoring 38 points while shooting 60
percent from the field. WWU’s Kayla Bernsen and
Sydney Donaldson and Saint Martin’s Krista Stabler
were also named to the all-tournament team.
The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves reached the
championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout for
the third straight year after beating the Ivy League’s
Yale 72-63 on Tuesday. The Seawolves couldn’t handle
Long Beach State however, losing 69-60 for a second
place finish. The loss won’t count in UAA’s overall
record as it was played as an exhibition.
Standings and Schedule
THURSDAY, DEC. 4
*Saint Martin’s at Central Washington, 5:15 p.m.
*Western Oregon at Northwest Nazarene, 5:15 p.m.
*Alaska Anchorage at Montana State Billings, 7 p.m.
*Alaska at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m. (ROOT SPORTS)
SATURDAY, DEC. 6
*Saint Martin’s at Northwest Nazarene, 5:15 p.m.
*Western Oregon at Central Washington, 5:15 p.m.
*Western Washington at Simon Fraser, 5:15 p.m.
*Alaska Anchorage at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m.
*Alaska at Montana State Billings, 7 p.m.
Around the GNAC
Western Washington coach Carmen Dolfo won her 499th
career game last week over Northwest. With a win over
Simon Fraser Saturday, Dolfo will become the first four-year
college coach in the Pacific Northwest to win 500 games at
Montana State Billings’ Kayleen Goggins reached the 1,000
point mark last week in an 89-64 win over Hawaii Hilo. She
is just the fourth Yellowjacket to reach this milestone,
joining Kayla Ryan (’11), Alira Carpenter (’09) and last year’s
GNAC Player of the Year Bobbi Knudsen (’14). Goggins ranks
55th on the GNAC all-time scoring list with 1,029 points.
Seattle Pacific’s Suzanna Ohlsen is only 13 points away from
reaching this landmark as well. Goggins and Simon Fraser’s
Erin Chambers and are the only active players with 1,000