Playing it tough in the paint was the key Thursday for the Simon Fraser Clan, and sophomore Sophie Klassen was one of the leading lights in that regard as her team topped visiting Seattle Pacific at the West Gym. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Even without its magical three-ball, Simon Fraser women sit at 4-1! Clan turn rebound-hungry in impressive win over Seattle Pacific Falcons

BURNABY — The only thing certain about 2019-20 Simon Fraser Clan women’s basketball team at the quarter-pole of their league schedule is that they sit third in the 11-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings with a 4-1 record.That’s first and foremost, and in the minds of Clan fans, more than soothing enough despite the fact […]

Simon Fraser's Ozi Nwabuko (centre) went 6-for-6 from the field Friday in the Clan's season-opening loss to the Drury Panthers of Missouri, the No. 1-ranked team in all of NCAA Div. 2 women's hoops. (File photo by Brad McLeod property of SFU Athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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SFU hoops: Clan lead with their Hart, but even Claudia Hart’s first career double-double not enough against NCAA D2’s No. 1 Drury Panthers

The Simon Fraser Clan said they wanted to start their 2019-20 women’s basketball season against the best competition they could find.On Friday, they quite literally got just that.Junior forward Claudia Hart put forth her first career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, however the Clan had a hard time early coming to grips with […]

A study in focus, Walnut Grove's Jessica Wisotzki has emerged as a blue-chip recruit of the Simon Fraser Clan.First, she makes her high school farewell Thursday in PoCo. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Simon Fraser’s Jessica Wisotzki: After a high school all-star game farewell, huge future awaits as WGSS star set to don Clan colours

BURNABY — Basketball has continued to evolve into more and more of a position-less sport, one in which the standard line between guards and forwards has increasingly blurred and ultimately lost much of its relevance when weighed against the virtues of the dynamic hybrid athlete.

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)
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 […]