BURNABY, B.C. (from SFU Clan Athletics) — Simon Fraser University (SFU) remains in the playoff hunt after pulling off a come-from-behind 74-57 win over Western Oregon University in Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) women’s basketball action in the West Gym on Saturday.
After trailing badly early in the game, Simon Fraser out-scored the Wolves 42-23 over the second and third quarters and then sealed the win in the fourth to improve to 9-12 overall and 5-9 in the conference. SFU sits in eighth place in the conference, one win behind both Concordia and Western Washington, tied with 6-8 records. There are six games remaining.
The top six teams at the end of the regular season will receive a bid to the GNAC Championship tournament, March 1-3 at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The winner of the championships will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the 2017-18 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championships.
SFU trailed 20-14 after the first quarter against the Wolves and was down by as many as eight. But the Clan turned it on after that, connecting on 23-of-54 shots and shooting 8-of-23 on threes. The Clan forced 20 turnovers and scored 19 points off them.
SFU went 20-of-22 from the free throw line as well in the win. Defensively, the Clan held the Wolves to 32 per cent field goal shooting and to just three of 19 three-point baskets.
SFU was led by centre Tayla Jackson with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Jessica Jones also hit for double figures with 11.
SFU is on the road for a pair of games next week before returning home for games Thursday, Feb. 15 against Northwest Nazarene and Saturday, Feb. 17 against Central Washington in the West Gym. The game on Feb. 17 will be the team’s Pink Game celebration in support of breast cancer awareness. It will feature a live performance by the boyband Hickelstock and the Fly To Win paper airplane contest for $500.