Thursday Scores: Wiedeman, Gelhar Keep Saints in First
|Saint Martin’s 73, Simon Fraser 71 – Recap|
|Simon Fraser (3-3 GNAC, 9-5 overall)||36||35||71|
|Saint Martin’s (5-1 GNAC, 11-4 overall)||38||35||73|
|Saints remain in 1st place, undefeated at home|
Sophomore Megan Wiedeman made her first career start and rewarded head coach Tim Healy’s gamble with her best career game posting 12 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and three assists in Saint Martin’s back-and-forth 73-71 win over Simon Fraser at Marcus Pavilion on Thursday night. The win keeps the Saints in first place in the GNAC at 5-1 and they stayed 7-0 on their home court this season.
The two teams battled back and forth the entire game. The Clan took an 11 point lead early in the first half before the Saints battled back to take a 38-36 halftime lead. The Saints then built an 11 point lead of their own in the second half before a 15-2 run gave SFU a 58-56 lead with 8:14 left.
Wiedeman came up huge in the final minutes of the game. After a pair of free throws by Erin Chambers gave Simon Fraser a 69-66 lead with 1:22 left, Krista Stabler missed a jumper for from the top of the key and SFU’s Katie Lowen pulled down the rebound but Wiedeman stepped in and took the ball away from Lowen to give the Saints a second chance. She then got the offensive rebound on a missed shot by Angela Gelhar, put it straight back up, hit the bucket and got hammered to draw the foul. She buried the and-one free throw to tie the game at 69.
On the next possession, Simon Fraser got the ball into Chambers on the post. With Mackenzie Taylor on Chambers’ back, Wiedeman came over on the double team and caught Chambers by surprise, stripping the GNAC’s leading scorer of the basketball and drew a foul in the scramble for the ball. She calmly stepped to the line and buried a pair of free throws to give the Saints a 71-69 lead with 42 seconds left, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Gelhar scored 17 points to lead SMU including the clinching points from the charity stripe with 15 seconds left. She went 8-for-8 and the team went 27-of-29 from the free throw line. Jordyn Richardson and Liz Mills each chipped in eight points while Brooke Paulson added seven points and four assists.
Chambers scored 25 points for Simon Fraser and Katie Lowen went for 15. The Clan hit nine 3-pointers while the Saints attempted just six and hit two.
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|Aberdeen 55, Capital 42|
|Capital (2-3 2A EvCo)||9||13||10||10||42|
|Aberdeen (1-5 2A EvCo)||15||10||12||18||55|
|Wishkah Valley 66, Pope John Paul II 23|
|Wishkah Valley 31, Pope John Paul II 12|