Coquitlam’s Kendal Sands was one of three Simon Fraser University players to score eight points as the Clan women’s basketball team defeated the University of Alaska Fairbanks 59-46 on Saturday.
Sands hit three of her six field goal attempts even as her team struggled with accuracy. The Clan shot 42.4% from the field in the first half and just 21..6% in the second half.
The Nanooks hit 59% of its field goal attempts in the first half and led 33-30 at the break, but they fell apart in the second half with a shooting percentage of less than 20% that got them only 13 points.
Port Coquitlam’s Ozioma Nwabuko scored four points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Clan, who were led on the scoreboard by Sophie Swant’s 18 points.
The win improves the Clan’s conference record to two wins and two losses and their overall balance sheet to six wins and five losses. They host Western Oregon University in SFU’s West Gym on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Men lose second straight home game
The men’s team lost its second straight home game Saturday, 94-66, to Seattle Pacific University.
SFU trailed 49-25 at the end of the first half as the Clan threw bricks from beyond the three-point arc, failing to connect on any of the team’s seven attempts — four by Coquitlam’s Graham Miller, who finished the game with four points.
The Clan’s accuracy improved somewhat in the second half as it hit on three of its 10 three-pointers and 51.5% of field goal attempts, but they were still outscored 45-41.
The loss was the second in a row for the Clan after they had reeled off six straight wins at the West Gym, and it drops their conference record to a single win against three losses.
SFU travels to Ellensburg, Wash., to play Central Washington University on Thursday.