Western Washington's Anna Schweke (44) has had a firm grip on Claudia Hart and the Simon Fraser Clan this season. The two teams meet in the oping round of GNAC playoffs Thursday in Bellingham. (Photo property of Western Washington University athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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GNAC playoffs ’19: SFU must take bad times with good, Clan face adversity head-on as they battle injuries, illness and WWU’s Vikings

BURNABY — Over a grand and somewhat surprising stretch from early-January through mid-February, the Simon Fraser Clan women’s basketball team were among the most consistent in all of NCAA Div. 2 basketball, winning 11 of 13 games.

Few if any players in the history of Simon Fraser women's basketball have over-exceeded their initial expectations quite like Clan senior Sophie Swant. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
UBC Thunderbirds' Jessica Hanson has grown into the complete player in her fourth season on the Point Grey campus. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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UBC’s Jessica Hanson: On eve of playoff opener vs. Wesmen, coach Huband says of ‘Birds veteran “…she’ll always err on the side of leadership”

VANCOUVER — Be a scorer. Be a facilitator. Be a lock-down defender. Accepting the task of wearing those three hats on the basketball court at the same time starts you on the road to becoming a complete player.

Trinity Western's quartet of fifth-year veterans (left to right) Tessa Needham, Sarah Buckingham, Tessa Ratzlaff and Jessie Brown look to keep their senior seasons alive when the Spartans face UNBC to open the 2019 Canada West playoffs Friday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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With ‘Fighting For Friday’ their refrain, TWU Spartans put Canada West season on line in sudden-elimination clash with UNBC

LANGLEY — It started out as the worst of times, it finished as the best of times. And now, after closing out their Canada West regular schedule with a game that serves as the perfect microcosm of their maddeningly inconsistent campaign, have the Trinity Western Spartans women’s basketball team shown enough to suggest that the playoffs […]

Simon Fraser's five 2018-19 freshmen strike a serious pose. They are (left to right) Sienna Lenz, Justina Chan, Sophie Klassen, Emma Kramer and Georgia Swant. (Photo property SFU Athletics. All rights reserved 2019)
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A Freshmen Five for the Future: SFU’s rookie class helps Clan to register its second largest margin of victory all-time in GNAC play

BURNABY — It’s hard to know with exact certainty, yet there was a chance on Thursday that Simon Fraser Clan head women’s basketball coach Bruce Langford put a group of five players on the floor together which represented the youngest of his entire 18-year university coaching career.

Simon Fraser's Kendal Sands (15, third from left) is all smiles after hitting the winning shot Saturday as the Clan stunned nationally-No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Northwest Nazarene at the West Gym. (Photo by Brad McLeod property of SFU Athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday read: In topping No. 1-ranked Nazarene, Simon Fraser Clan women’s basketball notches a win for the ages

BURNABY — In the midst of flipping the script against the No. 1-ranked team in all of NCAA Div. 2 basketball on Saturday night, one thought kept running through Jessica Jones’ mind.

Simon Fraser freshman guard Wilfried Balata has been a huge building-block addition to the 2018-19 Clan. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday read: At GNAC’s midway mark, Clan men crush Alaska Nanooks to sit one victory shy of matching 2017-18 win total

BURNABY — Five double-figure scorers. Just six turnovers in 200 total player minutes. And how about a 52-point second half courtesy of 67 per cent shooting from the field?

After setting a UBC women's single-game record with 27 rebounds earlier this season in a win over Victoria, Keylyn Filewich poses with the game ball. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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UBC’s Keylyn Filewich: How the ‘Birds star third-year post added even more mojo to her already-deadly inside game

VANCOUVER — Keylyn Filewich may have introduced herself to the Canada West with a breakout campaign last season that was big on tried-and-true low post moves.

Simon Fraser sophomore guard Kendal Sands has brought offensive efficiency and defensive grit to the Clan, which opens two-game weekend homestand Thursday against Central Washington. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Simon Fraser Clan athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Simon Fraser’s Kendal Sands: Defining the Sixth-Woman role, unselfish guard lends guts, glue to the Clan cause

BURNABY — Kendal Sands knew from the start of the season that she wasn’t going to let her minutes be the measure of her true value to the Simon Fraser Clan women’s basketball team.

Simon Fraser redshirt senior Samantha Beauchamp (20) has returned stronger and better than ever to the Clan line-up. (Photo by Western Washington athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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The Wham of Sam! After a year away, SFU senior Sam Beauchamp returns to ‘police’ the paint and lead the GNAC in blocked shots

BURNABY — True story from a Simon Fraser Clan women’s basketball practice last week during the team’s two-game road trip through Alaska.