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)
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 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.

SFU's Ozi Nwabuko (left) grabbed all eight of her rebounds over a stellar-second half as the Clan upped their defensive intensity in a road win over Sabrina Ungaro and the Alaska Nanaooks in Fairbanks. (Photo by Paul McCarthy property of UAF Athletics 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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“We’re headed to the North Pole!” It wasn’t pretty, but Clan women’s basketball gets gutsy win at frigid Alaska-Fairbanks

There is no such thing as an ugly win, even if the Simon Fraser women’s basketball team spent 37 of 40 minutes trying to convince Clan fans otherwise via live stream on Saturday from frigid Fairbanks, Alaska.Yet even on an afternoon in which it shot an ice-cold 4-for-29 from beyond the three-point arc, SFU was […]

Simon Fraser's Sophie Swant has set high goals for her Clan team this season. (Photo by Dom Gagne property of SFU athletics 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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Sophie’s Choice? As Simon Fraser opens a new GNAC season, it’s all about senior Swant’s want of deep NCAA playoff run

BURNABY — Sophie Swant is not afraid to make a very definitive statement on the eve of her fourth-and-final college basketball season with the Simon Fraser Clan.

What Sardis' Sophie Klassen lacks in experience she makes up for in grit and athleticism. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
Gonzaga Prep grad Tayler Drynan, still just a sophomore, was among the GNAC's leaders in minutes played this season for the SFU Clan. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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SFU’s young & restless Clan: How adversity became prosperity on the road to playoffs for the GNAC’s resident toddlers

BURNABY — They finished the regular season with just seven players, three of whom were freshmen and two of whom were sophomores. From the opening tip, they knew they weren’t going to be holding a Seniors Night because they didn’t have any.

Sullivan Heights' Emma Kramer was born the year her school opened its doors back in 2000. On Feb, 28 she opens the doors at the LEC as her Stars make their first-ever B.C. senior championship appearance. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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The Stars align at Sullivan Heights: Turn-of-the-century roster with mom-&-daughters flavour grabs first-ever B.C. berth

SURREY — Making history is one thing, but when you do it with the kind of symmetry that the senior girls basketball team at Sullivan Heights Secondary has, it just makes it all the more special.