Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s leading scorer Erin Chambers scored half of Simon Fraser’s points in an 82-75 victory over host Saint Martin’s Saturday night at Marcus Pavilion.
Chambers’ game-high 41 points came on 13 of 23 shooting, including 2 of 5 from 3-point range, and she hit 13 of 16 free throws. In all, the Clan hit 50 percent (28 of 56) of their shots to hand the Saints (8-14, 5-9 GNAC) their second consecutive loss.
Liz Mills had a team-high 22 points and nine rebounds, and Krista Stabler added 17 for Saint Martin’s.
After trailing by as many as 13 in the second half, the Saints cut the deficit to five, 72-67, with 3 minutes, 15 seconds on Megan Wiedeman’s jumper, but Chambers scored five straight points for Simon Fraser to push the lead back to 10 at 77-67 with 2:34 remaining.
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The loss pushes Saint Martin’s into a three-way tie with Alaska and Montana State-Billings for sixth place with four regular-season games remaining. The top six teams advance to the GNAC tournament in Billings, Montana, the first week of March.
Evergreen women 62, at Concordia (Ore.) 55: Natasha Trinidad led the Geoducks in scoring for the third consecutive game with 18 points, as Evergreen improves to 15-8 overall and 9-7 in Cascade Collegiate Conference action with a win over the Cavaliers (12-13, 6-10).
The Geoducks remain in fourth place, 11/2 games ahead of fifth-place Oregon Tech and two game in front of sixth-place College of Idaho. The top eight teams advance to the CCC tournament, scheduled to start Feb. 24, and the top four teams host first-round games. Evergreen has appeared in seven conference tournaments — all on the road.
Trinidad, a River Ridge High graduate whose season average is 5.6 points per game, went 6 for 10 shooting and also tallied five rebounds and three assists. Uriah Thomas and LaNiecia Weatherspoon contributed 16 and 13 points, respectively.
South Puget Sound women 63, at Grays Harbor 50: Despite shooting 32.9 percent from the field, the Clippers (10-10, 8-5 NAC) remain alive for a Northwest Athletic Conference tournament berth after their defeat of the Chokers (0-21, 0-11), improving their winning streak to four games.
Krista Johnson had 13 points and Ashley Stancil had 10 for SPSCC.