Clan survive scare from Spartans

The SFU Clan women's basketball team overcame lackluster shooting to defeat the determined Trinity Western Spartans on Thursday, 56-50, at the Langley Events Centre.

The Clan were able to hit only 17 of their 52 shots from the floor, and they were successful on only two of 18 attempts from beyond the three-point line.

Despite that, the Clan commanded the first quarter, outscoring their former CIS rivals 18-8. But the Spartans fought back in the second period, outscoring SFU 13-5 to close the margin to 23-21 at half time.

The teams stalemated in the third quarter, but with six minutes to play in the fourth the Spartans took their first lead since scoring the game's opening bucket, 46-45. They were able to balloon that to five at one point, but with two minutes left on the clock the Clan had whittled it back down to one.

That's when their shooting touch finally ignited, as they drained their free throw opportunities to power to the win.

"Trinity really competed hard tonight," said SFU head coach Bruce Langford in a release. "I thought we played really well in the first four minutes and the last four minutes but our shot selection was pretty poor most of the night."

Chelsea Reist led all Clan scorers with 12 points while Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe scored 11 and pulled down 18 rebounds.

The Clan are in Bellingham, WA. Saturday afternoon for a GNAC game against Western Washington University.


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