Port Coqutilam’s Ozioma Nwabuko pulled down a team-leading six rebounds and scored nine points, but her Simon Fraser University Clan women’s basketball team wasn’t able to overcome an early deficit in a 69-65 loss to Western Oregon University on Thursday.
The Wolves scored the first basket at SFU’s West Gym and never trailed.
For the second straight game, the Clan shooters fell short, as they were only able to convert about a third of their field goal attempts. Their struggles from the three-point line were even more pronounced, as they converted only 25% of their 32 attempts.
“Our overall shooting percentage hurt us in long stretches and we gave up too many points in the paint,” said Clan coach Bruce Langford.
In addition to her rebounding and scoring, Nwabuko also had four assists in 32 minutes of playing time.
Coquitlam’s Kendal Sands also contributed nine points in her 18 minutes on the hardwood.
The loss drops the Clan’s record in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference to two wins and three losses. They host Concordia University on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the West Gym.
Men also lose
The Clan men’s team dominated the Central Washington Wildcats on the floor at Ellensburg, Wa., Thursday, but the home team was able to squeak out an 85-84 win in overtime.
Dr. Charles Best grad Graham Miller had two points in 13 minutes of playing time for the Clan, who will be in Nampa, ID., Saturday to play Northwest Nazarene University.
The loss was the Clan’s fourth in conference play, against just one win.