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Big Road Games for WWU Hoops Tonight
February 21, 2019
The Western Washington University basketball teams are on the road tonight looking to pick up some important victories. With the end of the regular season right around the corner, the Viking women are looking to clinch their spot in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament, while the men are shooting to get into the top six in the conference and earn a trip to the post season.
The WWU women are in Ellensburg to take on one of their top rivals in Central Washington University. Western (14-10/9-7 GNAC) is chasing their 3rd straight win and have won 4 of their last 5 games. The Vikings are in 5th place in the conference just a game back of the Wildcats (15-8/10-6 GNAC).
It's the second meeting of the year between Western and Central. The Vikings were defeated by the Wildcats 76-61 on January 26th at Carver Gym despite a career high 17 points from freshman Katrina Gimmaka out of Nooksack Valley.
WWU is 21-3 over its last 24 meetings in the series dating back to the 2008 season and leads the all-time series 94-13. Western is 14-1 in the last 15 trips to Nicholson Pavilion in Ellensburg.
Tip-off at Central is scheduled for 7:00pm tonight. WWU travels to nationally-ranked Northwest Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho on Saturday.
The Viking men are in Alaska. They will take on Alaska Anchorage at the
Alaska Airlines Center.
With five games left to play in the regular season, WWU (12-9/6-9) is tied with Simon Fraser University for 7th in the conference. The Vikings are looking to snap a two-game losing streak.
Western's February 12th game with Simon Fraser was postponed due to winter weather, and has been rescheduled for Feb. 26 in Burnaby, BC in West Gym. The Vikings will play three games during the final week of the regular season.
The Vikings were defeated by Alaska Anchorage 70-63 on January 26th in Bellingham. WWU has won 4 of the last 6 in the series and is 5-4 in the last 9 games. Overall the Vikings lead the all-time series 21-17.
WWU forward Trevor Jasinsky enters tonight's game just six points shy of reaching the 1,000-point milestone for his career. The junior will become the 26th player in WWU men’s basketball history to reach the 1,000-point milestone for a career.
Tip-off between the Vikings and Seawolves is scheduled 9pm Pacific time. Western plays at Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday.
- Doug Lange
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