Seattle Pacific women fall to Simon Fraser at GNAC tournament
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe pumped in 20 points and was one of four Simon Fraser players in double figures on Thursday night as Simon Fraser ended the women's basketball season for Seattle Pacific with a 69-61 victory in the first round of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament.
LACEY — Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe pumped in 20 points and was one of four Simon Fraser players in double figures on Thursday night as Simon Fraser ended the women's basketball season for Seattle Pacific with a 69-61 victory in the first round of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament.
Katie Benson led the Falcons with 18 points before fouling out with 1:37 left in the game. Rachel Murray added 18 for SPU (17-10).
The fifth-seeded Clan (17-10) advances to play No. 2 seed Western Washington (20-6) in a Friday semifinal.
Except for a 14-14 tie in the first half, Simon Fraser led from start to finish. Several times, that lead extended into double digits, the last time at 54-43 with just less than 10 minutes left.
Seattle Pacific rallied, going on a 16-6 scoring run to cut its deficit to 60-59 on a putback by Jordan Harazin with 3:15 left in the game. But the Falcons got just two more points the rest of the way, another putback by Harazin with 1:07 left. The Clan scored its final three points at the free-throw line.
Eastern Washington senior point guard Cliff Colimon was named to the All-Big Sky Conference first team, while junior forward Collin Chiverton earned honorable mention and was selected the league's newcomer of the year.
Seattle University lost every set in a 7-0 sweep by No. 59 Utah in Salt Lake City. The Redhawks' closest result came at No. 4 singles, where Flavio Malagutti lost 6-3, 6-2 to Utah's Devin Lane.
• Saturday's baseball doubleheader between Central Washington and Whitworth has been moved to Sunday because of conditions at CWU Baseball Field.
• The Washington Stealth of the National Lacrosse League signed free-agent goaltender Kevin Croswell and activated defenseman Justin Salt from the practice roster.
Compiled from sports-information reports and other sources.