Saint Martin’s O’Neill, Haskey named GNAC players of the week
Saint Martin’s Roger O’Neill and Chelsea Haskey were named players of the week today by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference following outstanding performances over the weekend that gave both teams their first conference wins.
Senior Roger O’Neill matched a career high by scoring 24 points to lead the Saint Martin’s men to a 71-59 win over Western Oregon on Saturday night. O’Neill scored the Saints first nine points of the game and went 9-of-15 from the field including a pair of three pointers and added seven boards and three assists. The Preseason All-GNAC team selection is now the sixth leading scorer in the conference putting up 15.4 points per game and is closing in on 1,000 points in his Saint Martin’s career.
“I felt good,” said O’Neill in a postgame interview posted on SMUSaints.com, “I try to put myself into positions where I can help my team score points.”
The Saints Martin’s women picked up a 70-66 upset of conference leader Seattle Pacific on Saturday night with junior Chelsea Haskey leading the way with 18 points and 8 rebounds. The Black Hills High School alum also had two steals as the Saints’ defense stepped up to shutdown the Falcons’ top players. Haskey also scored 16 points with four boards on Thursday night in their 67-49 loss to Montana State-Billings.
Haskey now leads the Saints in points (13.1 ppg), field goal percentage (45%), rebounds (6.9 rpg) and blocks (11) and has scored in double digits in 11-of-14 games this season posting a double-double in two of those games.
Both Saint Martin’s teams take to the road this weekend. The men travel to Alaska to take on Fairbanks on Thursday and Anchorage on Saturday. Meanwhile, the women will face Central Washington in Ellensburg on Thursday and Northwest Nazarene on Saturday night.