BURNABY, B.C. – Despite a career-high 16 points from guard Marcel Pounds Western Washington University fell to 62-58 to Simon Fraser University on Saturday in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball opener for both schools at West Gym on the SFU campus.
The Vikings fell to 3-4 overall.
Forward Erin Chambers had a game-high 27 points for SFU, which improved to 6-1 with its sixth consecutive victory. The Clan is 5-0 at home this season and has a 17-game home winning streak overall.
WWU led by as much as 13 in the second half and had a 56-52 lead with under three minutes left, but Chambers converted a 3-point play to narrow the gap to one, Marie-Line Petit tied the game on a free throw with 2:15 to play, then gave the Clan a 58-56 lead on a fastbreak layin with 1:48 remaining.
WWU tied the score on a post-up by Tia Briggs but Chambers hit a jumper at the other end with 1:10 to go to give SFU the lead for good at 60-58.
Briggs finished with 12 points and six rebounds for the Vikings.
WWU has a 12-day break before competing in the South Point Holiday Classic at Las Vegas, Nevada, facing Drury MO on Thursday, Dec. 19 (2:15 p.m.).