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 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)
Simon Fraser's Tayla Jackson, over the last decade, has gone from watching in the bleachers to starring on centre court with her hometown Clan. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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SFU’s Tayla Jackson: On coming home, on coming full circle and understanding the influence of Clan student-athletes

BURNABY — Hang around in the stands at Simon Fraser’s West Gym after a women’s basketball game, and the first thing you’ll notice are the scores of elementary school-aged girls, all lined up with team posters and felt-tipped pens, waiting to collect the autographs of their favourite Clan players.

Nicole Vander Helm is enjoying a happy homecoming with the Simon Fraser Clan, having found a place where she can play her total game. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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From Santa Clara to Simon Fraser: How a true north return helped Nicole Vander Helm re-discover her basketball joy

BURNABY — Nicole Vander Helm admits to have taken a pretty circuitous path in order to re-discover her version of basketball happiness.

SFU's Tia Tsang led a barrage of Clan three-point shooters on Wednesday, knocking down 6-of-8 shots from downtown in a non-conference win at the West Gym. (SFU photo by Dom Gagne)
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Clan ladies cash in with ‘The Rainmaker’, three-point barrage sets new GNAC single-game record

BURNABY — Welcome to the Cult of Three.It’s long been one of the most identifiable parts of their game, but on Wednesday the three-point hoop defined the DNA of the Simon Fraser Clan women’s basketball team.When redshirt freshman guard Jessica Jones drained a trey with 2:54 remaining to put the Clan ahead 85-46 against San […]