Simon Fraser went 16 of 16 at the free-throw line in the last 7½ minutes to beat Seattle Pacific 87-79 Wednesday in the first round of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball tournament at Saint Martin’s in Lacey.
The Falcons (18-9) now will have to wait until Sunday night to find out if they make the NCAA West Regional tournament. SPU was No. 6 in the latest regional rankings. The three tournament champions — GNAC, California Collegiate Athletic Association and Pacific West Conference — all qualify automatically. After that, the five highest-ranked teams among the nonchampions fill out the field.
Suzanna Ohlsen tied her career high with 25 points for SPU. Katie Benson added 17 points and eight rebounds, playing for most of the final 10½ minutes with four fouls before picking up her fifth in the final seconds. Hannah Rodrigues and Betsy Kingma had 11 points each.
Marie-Line Petit scored 24 points for Simon Fraser (18-8).
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Rodney Webster scored 30 points to lead fifth-seeded Western Oregon to a 94-88 win over fourth-seeded Alaska Anchorage in the opening round of the GNAC tournament at Saint Martin’s in Lacey.
The win advanced Western Oregon (18-11) to Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. semifinal game against top-seeded and GNAC regular-season champion Seattle Pacific (24-5).
The first semifinal at 5:15 p.m. will send third-seeded Alaska Fairbanks (18-9) against No. 2 Western Washington (19-7). UAF gained its berth in the semifinals by defeating Montana State Billings 69-59.
• Northwest University forward Michael Greene was named to the All-Cascade Conference first team for the second consecutive year. Greene averaged 16.9 points and 6.5 rebounds.
Angela Gelhar hit two crucial three-pointers in the final two minutes and scored a game-high 21 points to lead sixth-seeded host Saint Martin’s to a 58-48 upset of No. 3 Alaska Anchorage at the GNAC tournament.
The win sends the Saints (18-10), riding a four-game win streak, into Friday’s first semifinal at 5:15 p.m. against No. 2 seed Western Washington (17-9).
Track and field
• Led by Alex Donigian, who ranks fifth nationally in the men’s 60 meters, five Western Washington athletes have qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 14-15 at Winston Salem, N.C.
Also competing for WWU will be Tanya Bjornsson in the women’s long jump, Frank Catelli in the men’s shot put, Chip Jackson in the men’s mile and Cheyenna Pinley in the women’s pole vault.
From sports-information reports.