Van Laare connects from downtown

Former New Westminster Hyacks guard Kia van Laare drained all four of her three-point shots in coming off the bench to score 13 points as Simon Fraser University women’s basketball team downed Seattle Pacific University Falcons 83-63 at SFU Saturday.

“Shooting is a very mental skill, and I find that when I stay calm on the floor and really focus I can play my best, which worked out well [Saturday night],” said van Laare in a press release.

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe led the Clan with 20 points while Erin Chambers had 15 and Kristina Collins netted 14.

Simon Fraser improved its Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) record to 7-1 and are 14-2 overall. They will be back in action Thursday in Nampa, Idaho where they will take on the Northwest Nazarene Crusaders.

Clan clipped

In men’s basketball, the Western Oregon University Wolves defeated SFU 78-60 in Monmouth, Ore., Saturday. The Clan are 0-7 in GNAC play and 5-11 overall. They will be back on Burnaby Mountain on Thursday to play the University of Alaska Fairbanks at West Gym starting at 7 p.m.

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