Feb. 27, 2015
Contact: Nathan Webber
Updated: Final ROOT SPORTS Broadcast: SFU at WWU
PORTLAND, Ore. – The final week of the regular season
is upon us, meaning there’s time for one last ROOT
SPORTS Game of the Week.
The Simon Fraser Clan take their talents to Bellingham
to face Western Washington in the regular season finale
Saturday at 7 p.m. Pacific.
Both teams have already secured spots in the GNAC
tournament which starts next Wednesday with the
Simon Fraser is locked-in to the fourth seed with a 10-7
conference record while WWU still has a chance to
clinch a first-round bye at 12-5. The Vikings, who cannot
finish below the third seed, are tied with Seattle Pacific
for the first-round bye.
This border battle is against two of the top three
scoring teams in the GNAC.
The Clan is led by the GNAC’s all-time leading scorer in
Erin Chambers. The senior forward averages 23.7 points
per game, which also ranks second nationally.
Meg Wilson is the force underneath, making 55 percent
of her shots while collecting 8.5 rebounds each game.
Ellen Kett leads the GNAC, and ranks fourth nationally,
in assist/turnover ratio while senior Katie Lowen has
made more three’s than anyone else in the conference.
Western Washington has one of the more balanced
offenses in the GNAC. Six players have led the Vikings in
scoring in 26 games this season while four average at
least 11.1 points per game. The Vikings also rank in the
top 10 in the country in field-goal percentage, threepoint efficiency and free throw percentage.
Four seniors, playing their last game in Sam Carver
Gymnasium Saturday, is the force behind this powerful
offense. Katie Colard eclipsed the 1,000-point mark
earlier in the season while Sydney Donaldson has hit a
few game-winning shots.
Starting guard Jenni White has picked up her scoring
efforts in the second half of the season while Marcel
Pounds has contributed off the bench in all 26 games.
This contest is a rematch of the first conference game
of the season back on Dec. 6 where Simon Fraser held
on for a 74-71 win in Burnaby, BC.
Standings and Schedule
xy-#1 Alaska Anchorage
x-#19 Seattle Pacific
x-Clinched GNAC Tournament Berth
y-Clinched the regular season title and tournament first-round bye
SATURDAY, FEB. 28
Montana State Billings at Alaska Anchorage, 1 p.m.
Northwest Nazarene at Western Oregon, 5:15 p.m.
Seattle Pacific at Alaska, 5:15 p.m.
*Simon Fraser at Western Washington, 7 p.m.
Central Washington at Saint Martin’s, 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4
GNAC Quarterfinal #1, 5:15 p.m.
GNAC Quarterfinal #2, 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, MARCH 6
GNAC Semifinal #1, 12 p.m.
GNAC Semifinal #2, 2:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7
GNAC Championship, 5:15 p.m.
*ROOT SPORTS Game of the Week
Around the GNAC
The third official NCAA West Region Poll will be released
Wednesday, March 4. This poll determines the five West
Region at-large teams that will make the NCAA tournament
along with the GNAC, Pac-West and CCAA champions.
Alaska Anchorage remained at the top spot in the poll last
week while SPU stayed in fifth.
Western Oregon’s Dana Goularte and MSUB’s Quinn
Peoples were selected GNAC co-Players of the Week.
Goularte scored 46 points while Peoples shot a career-high
eight three-pointers in a two-game performance last week.