Tough night for Clan teams
Madeline Hait and Amanda van Duynhoven, both Burnaby Central graduates, had nine kills each in a tough five-set loss for the Simon Fraser University women's volleyball team at West Gym on Thursday.
The University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks downed the Clan 31-29, 23-25, 30-28, 23-25, 15-13 to drop Simon Fraser's record to 4-17 on the season and 1-13 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
They will play host to the University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves on Saturday starting at 7 p.m.
Hoopsters led big lead slip away
The SFU women's basketball team let a 10-point lead in the final four minutes slide away before losing to the hometown NCAA Division I Seattle University Redhawks.
The Clan was up 67-57 with 3:30 remaining before the Redhawks went on a run, thanks to eight points off free throws, that concluded with a 72-69 victory over their Division II opponents from north of the border.
"We blew a good lead in the final four minutes," said SFU head coach Bruce Langford in a press release. "It was frustrating as we started slowly, played well for 30 minutes anda then gave it away. It's tough when you shoot as well as we did but turn the ball over as much as we did."
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe and Christina Collins led SFU with 14 points apiece while Carla Wyman had 12. Raincock-Ekunwe also had a game-high 12 rebounds and a team-high six assists while blocking four shots.
The loss was the last of the Clan's exhibition schedule. They start the non-conference portion of their schedule next Friday (Nov. 9) when they play Grand Canyon University Antelopes from Phoenix in the opening day of the Disney Tip-Off Classic tournament in Anaheim, Calif. They will also face West Texas A&M Buffalos (Canyon, Texas) on Saturday, Nov. 10, and the University of California-San Diego Tritons on Sunday Nov. 11.