With the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament championship on the line, 18th-ranked Seattle Pacific clashes with Western Washington for the third time this season and their 10th meeting in the last three seasons. The top-seeded Falcons (25-5) and No. 2 seed WWU (20-7) meet on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. at Marcus Pavilion in Lacey.
SPU beat Western Oregon 73-57 in Thursday’s semifinals while the Vikings advanced by virtue of a 73-52 win over Alaska Fairbanks.
SPU beat Western 72-70 on a last-second three-pointer by Jobi Wall to win last year’s GNAC tournament title.
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Seventh-ranked Whitman rolled to a 106-51 victory over visiting Chapman in the first round of the NCAA Division III women’s basketball tournament. The Missionaries (27-1) will play rival Whitworth in the regional final at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Pirates handed Whitman its only loss, 68-65, in last week’s NWC title game.
Senior Sarah Anderegg of Interlake High had 25 points and 10 rebounds for Whitman. Heather Johns scored 13 and Meghan White had 12. Sandra Gao scored 17 for Chapman (21-7).
Whitworth survived a 36-point night by Zach Lambert of Trinity University and advanced to the NCAA Division III men’s basketball second round with a 75-73 victory over the Tigers in the University of Texas at Dallas Activity Center.
No. 12 Whitworth will play host UT Dallas at 5 p.m. Saturday.
The Pirates (23-5) got 15 points each from Dustin McConnell and Kenny Love to win their first game in the NCAA Division III tournament for the eighth year in a row. Trinity finishes the season 19-10.
“This was a great game between two teams with great senior leadership,” said Whitworth coach Matt Logie. “I tip my hat to Trinity and Zach Lambert, they played great. But I am really proud of my guys for hanging in there against such an outstanding performance.”
• Katie Colard scored a game-high 23 points and Jenni White had 15 points and tied a career high with nine assists as Western Washington held off host Saint Martin’s for an 81-71 semifinal victory in the GNAC women’s basketball tournament.
Sydney Donaldson had 17 points and Taylor Peacocke came off the bench with 10 for the defending champion Vikings (18-9). They advance to the GNAC title game for the fourth straight year, meeting Simon Fraser at 7:30 p.m.
Saint Martin’s, the No. 6 seed, ended its season at 18-11. Megan Wiedeman had 17 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for the Saints, who also got 17 points from Chelsea Haskey.
• The Whitworth women earned the program’s first NCAA tournament win with a 71-51 victory over George Fox in Walla Walla.
Kayla Johnson posted her second consecutive double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pirates (21-7). George Fox ends its season 22-5.