Clan climbing up NCAA Div. II rankings

The SFU women’s basketball team has climbed to No. 7 in the NCAA Division II Top 25 coaches poll, an improvement of two spots from their previous ranking.

The Clan improved their standing with a pair of wins up north last week. They defeated the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 71-56 Thursday and the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves 75-51 Saturday, a game in which New Westminster’s Kia van Laare scored six points.

SFU will be in Bellingham on Saturday to take on the Western Washington Vikings, who went from 20th to 11th in the poll. Both have 4-0 records in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Simon Fraser is 11-1 overall.

The men’s hoop squad fell to 0-3 in the GNAC and 5-6 overall after dropping an 86-69 decision to the seventh-ranked Seattle Pacific Falcons in the Washington city on Saturday. Two nights earlier, the hometown University of Montana-Billings Yellowjackets downed the Clan 92-74.

SFU was to play host to the Northwest Nazarene Crusaders on Thursday. The Central Washington Wildcats will be at West Gym to play the Clan on Saturday starting at 7 p.m.

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