SFU women take down Wolves

Guard Kia van Laare of New Westminster had a game-high 18 points as the Simon Fraser University women’s basketball team downed the Western Oregon Wolves 80-38 at SFU’s West Gym on Saturday.

All of her points came from beyond the arc, hitting six of eight shots from three-point range.

“For me I just think it works to be calm and focusing on shooting,” said van Laare in a press release. “Our guards are really good at getting the ball to the open person and I was open [Saturday].”

With the win, the Clan are 8-1 on the season and 2-0 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play. They don’t play again until Dec. 29 when they host to the Trinity Western University Spartans.

“Going into this break, it’s really important we set goals for ourselves in practice and do our best to keep our fitness up,” said van Laare. “We need to focus on what’s to come because we have some big games coming after the break.”

Last Thursday, the Clan women opened up GNAC play by downing the visiting Saint Martin’s Saints of Lacey, Wash., 82-45. Erin Chambers led the Clan with 24 points while van Laare contributed nine points and three assists in 19 minutes of floor time.

Men lose to defending champs

The Clan men’s hoopsters kicked off conference play with a 93-76 loss to the defending NCAA Division II champion Western Washington University Vikings on Saturday.

SFU’s David Gebru had a game high 34 points for the Clan, who next play on Dec. 17 against Dominican University of California Penguins in San Rafael and the Academy of Art University Urban Knights in San Francisco on Dec. 19.

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