Van Laare, Clan happy to be home

Kia van Laare of New Westminster. - SFU file photo
Kia van Laare of New Westminster.
— image credit: SFU file photo

The Simon Fraser University women’s basketball team has been ranked in the USA Today Sports NCAA Division II coaches poll.

The Clan head into Friday’s home opener against Cal-State Stanislaus Warriors ranked 17th and with a 4-1 non-conference record so far. SFU was picked to finish second in a pre-season poll for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

SFU will play host to the Warriors for games Friday and Saturday in the West Gym starting at 7 p.m. They will be Simon Fraser’s first Division II games as full-fledged NCAA members.

Last weekend in St. George, Utah, the Clan rebounded from its first loss by downing the Dixie State College Red Storm 74-52 on Saturday with New Westminster’s Kia van Laare scoring 12 points. They were coming off a 62-45 loss to the Colorado Mesa University Mavericks the previous night. That was preceded the weekend before by three victories in three nights at a tournament in Anaheim.

“All of the girls seemed to play where we expected them to,” said head coach Bruce Langford, as he talked about their trips to California and Utah.  “Kia Van Laare had an excellent game in Utah and Erin Chambers has been our top performer overall thus far.”

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