Clan women lose battles, game to Vikings

Losing the battle of the boards cost the SFU Clan women's basketball team a 70-61 loss to the Western Washington University Vikings at the West Gym on Saturday.

The Clan conceded 43 rebounds to the Vikings while winning only 32.

"We worked on boxing out all week in practice," said SFU's Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, who accounted for 10 of those rebounds. "We just didn't execute well enough and they took advantage."

Especially in the game's final 10 minutes, when the Vikings charged back from a six point deficit by outscoring the Clan 26-11.

With SFU up by six half way through the first half, the Vikings tied it at 18 with 6:38 to play on a three-pointer by Kristin Schramm. That ignited a 17-2 run that put them up 32-20 at the half.

The Vikings stretched that to as many as 16 early in the second half before the Clan started a heroic comeback, outscoring Western Washington 25-8 in a seven minute stretch to wrest a one point lead.

A lay-up by Raincock-Ekunwe put them up by six with 10:14 to play.

Raincock-Ekunwe led all Clan scorers with 18 points. Kristina Collins netted 13.

With the win, the Vikings claimed sole possession of second place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

The Clan played the Saint Martin's University Saints on Thursday at the West Gym, and they'll host the Western Oregon University Wolves on Saturday at 2 p.m.


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