WWU juniors Trevor Jasinsky & Lexie Bland.

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Border Battle 2: WWU Hoops vs. SFU

February 26, 2019 

The Western Washington University basketball squads are back in action with playoff impactful games tonight. Both teams are looking to hold on to or improve their playoff positioning as they play Simon Fraser University.

Needing one more victory to clinch a spot in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament, the Viking women host SFU at Carver Gym with tip-off at 7 pm.

WWU beat Simon Fraser 70-62 in the first match-up of the year back on November back on November 27th in Burnaby, B.C.. Junior center Anna Schweke scored 24 points and added 12 rebounds to lead the way. 

With two games left to play in the regular season, WWU (14-12) is tied with Concordia at 9-9 for 5th in the GNAC. The Vikings and Cavaliers are two games in front of the 7th and 8 place squads in Montana State Billings and Seattle Pacific. 

Western is looking to break a two-game losing streak after falling on the road to Central Washington University and Northwest Nazarene. It's also Senior Night on WECU Court as Bobbi Westendorf and student assistant coach Amanda Lance will be honored before the game vs. the Clan. 

WWU coach Carmen Dolfo will back on the bench tonight.  She did not travel with the team last  week to rest and recover in Bellingham after having appendectomy surgery. 

The Western men begin a busy schedule of three games this week with a visit to West Gym in Burnaby, B.C. to play Simon Fraser University at 7:00pm. It's a makeup game of the scheduled Feb. 12th contest that was postponed due to weather conditions.

WWU (14-13, 8-9 GNAC) is tied with the Clan and currently holding on to the final two playoff spots for the 6-team GNAC Tournament that will be held next week at Carver Gym. Both squads are being chased by Alaska Anchorage and Montana State Billings with matching 8-10 conference records. 

The Vikings posted a big sweep last week knocking off Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks on the road. WWU is looking for another sweep with a victory over the Clan tonight. 

Juniors Tucker Eenigenburg and Trevor Jasinsky combined to score 41 points to pace Western past Simon Fraser University 89-81 back on January 15th. 

After the Tuesday game in Burnaby, BC, the Vikings return to Carver Gym hosting Western Oregon on Thursday (Feb. 28) and Concordia on Saturday (March 2), with both games tipping off at 7 pm on WECU Court. 

- Doug Lange 

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