Saint Martin’s, Evergreen and SPSCC Basketball Standings

gnac
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
NCAA Division II

Men’s basketball
Team GNAC Overall
Seattle Pacific 7-2 16-4
Western Washington 7-2 13-4
Alaska Fairbanks 7-2 12-5
Alaska Anchorage 5-4 12-8
Central Washington 5-4 9-8
Montana State-Billings 4-5 8-9
Western Oregon 3-6 10-9
Saint Martin’s 3-6 6-11
Northwest Nazarene 3-6 5-12
Simon Fraser 1-8 8-9
Top six teams make the conference tourney

Halfway through the GNAC season and Saint Martin’s is once again on the outside looking in at the conference tournament to be played on their home court. But Michael Ostlund’s team has been competitive in every league game except the Montana State-Billings and Alaska losses. The MSU-Billings game was a home game that they desperately needed to win and the Alaska game was in front of the largest crowd of the season and on ROOT Sports, a game that going in seemed very winnable despite the Nanooks surprising second place status.

The offense is still a bit of a head scratcher and I can’t imagine that playing four guards at a time will mean sustained success, but the Saints live by the three and die by the three, so anything can happen, as was the case when they upset then #11 Seattle Pacific.

They will need to have a healthy Riley Carel and Lucas Shannon to make any kind of run. Carel missed Thursday’s game with a torn meniscus and it was thought he could miss the rest of the season. But he came back on Saturday and looked pretty good. Shannon suffered a concussion on Thursday and didn’t play Saturday and because of Rei Jensen wasn’t effective (hard to be when you don’t get to play much anymore), the Saints played five guards with 6-4 Brad Norman filling the post position.

The Saints play five of their last nine games at Marcus Pavilion but hit the road this weekend with games at Seattle Pacific and Montana State-Billings and the annual Alaska trip is still looming.

Women’s basketball
Team GNAC Overall
Montana State-Billings 7-2 14-5
Western Washington 7-2 11-6
Seattle Pacific 6-3 13-4
Simon Fraser 6-3 12-5
Alaska Anchorage 5-4 12-5
Saint Martin’s 5-4 11-7
Northwest Nazarene 4-5 11-6
Alaska Fairbanks 2-7 8-9
Western Oregon 2-7 5-12
Central Washington 1-8 6-11
Top six teams make the conference tourney

A hot, hot start for Saint Martin’s has cooled off dramatically with three straight losses and a drop from alone in first place to teetering on the edge of missing the conference tourney again.

Before the season, the biggest question for the Saints was who would step up as a second scorer behind Chelsea Haskey. Angela Gelhar or Krista Stabler have become solid scorers, but during their slide, Haskey has been a non-factor scoring 2, 6, 9 and 15 in her last four games. Though her 15 points on Saturday were her most since January 4th, Haskey only scored six points in the second half when Seattle Pacific blitzed the Saints to take home the win.

The Saints play four of their last nine games at home and thankfully have just one game this week, at Western Oregon on Saturday night.

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cascade_conference
Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA Division II

Men’s basketball
Team CCC Overall
College of Idaho 9-2 18-5
Concordia 7-3 18-4
Southern Oregon 7-4 18-5
Northwest 7-4 16-6
Warner Pacific 6-4 12-10
Northwest Christian 6-5 12-9
Oregon Tech 5-6 12-11
Eastern Oregon 3-8 12-9
Corban 2-9 6-14
Evergreen 2-9 3-15
Top eight teams make the conference tourney

Evergreen has improved in conference play in each of the last two seasons after bottoming out without a win during the 2011-2012 season. Of course improvement means one conference win last year and now two conference wins this year with seven very difficult games still left on the docket.

Dre Taylor and Jordan Dam each played their first game of the season on December 20th and have made a huge difference for the Geoducks. They went from dropping all but two games by double-digits to two wins and close, competitive losses since the new year and find themselves just a game back of the conference tournament.

However, four of the final seven games are on the road and their three home games are against top-5 teams.

Women’s basketball
Team CCC Overall
Eastern Oregon 10-1 18-5
Oregon Tech 7-4 19-4
Northwest 7-4 15-8
College of Idaho 7-4 10-9
Southern Oregon 6-5 17-6
Evergreen
6-5 10-8
Corban 6-5 11-12
Warner Pacific 2-8 6-15
Northwest Christian 2-9 5-14
Concordia 1-9 4-18
Top eight teams make the conference tourney

The Evergreen women have done two things this season that have never been done in program history: sweep Concordia and Warner Pacific in Portland and win four straight conference games. The Geoducks are riding that four game streak right now and sit in a pack of six teams fighting for second place at either 7-4 or 6-5 in league play.

Sammi Clark is a consistent, fierce guard that is averaging 14.6 points per game and Brittany Gray has established herself as a solid presence in the front court. Jessica Denmon has two straight double-doubles from the guard position and they have had two bench players explode during their last four games. Uriah Thomas went for 22 points against Warner Pacific and LaNiecia Weatherspoon led the way with 15 points against Corban.

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nwaacc_clr_lrg
NW Athletic Association of Community Colleges
West Division

Men’s basketball
Team West Overall
Clark 8-0 16-1
Pierce 6-2 13-5
Highline 5-3 14-5
Green River 4-4 7-10
Lower Columbia 4-4 6-11
Grays Harbor 3-5 6-12
Centralia 3-5 3-13
Tacoma 2-6 7-11
South Puget Sound 1-7 1-15
 Top four teams make the NWAACC Championships

Defections and injuries have plagued South Puget Sound this season and the Clippers are down from 12 healthy players at the beginning of the season to dressing seven players, playing six and running five of them for 38+ minutes per game. No surprise they have managed only one win.

Early starters Joseph Johnson and Oly’s Michael Champlin and new head coach Aaron Landon’s first signed player, Chris Williams, have all left the program. Austin Bonds went down with a broken hand and is out for the season.

Brian Tyson and Slanblaytee Kaye lead the Clippers in scoring at 14.9 and 14.5 points per game respectively and Kaye dropped a triple-double on Grays Harbor with 23 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists.SPSCC has eight games remaining, four at home and four on the road, and face Lower Columbia – the only team they have beaten this season – in Olympia on Wednesday.

Women’s basketball
Team West Overall
Clark 8-0 16-2
Lower Columbia 7-1 14-5
Highline 6-2 15-5
Centralia 5-3 9-9
Pierce 4-4 7-11
Tacoma 3-5 9-9
South Puget Sound 2-6 3-14
Grays Harbor 1-7 3-13
Green River 0-8 2-15
Top four teams make the NWAAC Championships

Though they have managed just three wins this season, the SPSCC women have improved dramatically since last season. During the 2012-2013 season, they shot just 26% and scored an average of 36.9 points per game, dead last in the NWAACC.

This season the Clippers are shooting 37% and are averaging 58.7 points per game thanks to the emergence of sophomores Maria Jesse (14.1 ppg) and LaKeisha Anger (13.0 ppg, 9.43 rpg) and some semblance of a full, consistent roster.

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Posted on January 26, 2014, in Basketball, College, Saint Martin's University, South Puget Sound CC, The Evergreen State College, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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