Clan close out season in the pink

The Simon Fraser University women’s basketball team will host their annual Pink Zone game this Saturday to raise funds for the B.C. Cancer Foundation’s breast cancer research.

The Clan are encouraging everyone to wear pink to the game and for every person who comes to the game, a donor will contribute a dollar to the cause. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales that will be donated.

“As a team, we have been doing this fundraiser for a long time,” said senior guard Carla Wyman. “Breast cancer impacts so many people’s lives and we make it a team goal every year to try and do something to help.”

There will also be a silent auction, pink T-shirts for sale and Clan freshman Belce Yoruk, who is from Kesan, Turkey, is collecting donations for promising to shave her head after the game.

“My sister had cancer when she was 13 and it was very emotional time for me and my family,” said Yoruk in a SFU press release. “It’s one of the worst diseases in the world and to watch my sister have to go through that, to see her lose her hair, especially at such a young age, it was difficult. I was 10 at the time so I couldn’t do a lot to support her but when I came here and found out people cut their hair to raise money for cancer research, I thought it was something I could do to support her now.”

It is also senior’s night, the last home game for graduating players Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, Kristina Collins and Wyman.

The Clan will take on the Northwest Nazarene Crusaders at 7 p.m. in a game with Great Northwest Athletic Conference post-season implications. Heading into the clash the Clan holds a one-game lead over NNU. The Crusaders recently defeated the Clan when they visited Nampa, Idaho.

Hawkins hot

SFU softball pitcher Kelsie Hawkins has been named GNAC pitcher of the week and shortstop Danielle Raison player of the week.

Hawkins tossed two shutouts in three starts last week blanking Brigham Young University-Hawaii 8-0 and Chaminade 8-0. She had a 2.19 earned run average for the week allowing 16 hits and five runs and striking out 18 in 16 innings.

Raison had seven hits in 19 at bats for the Clan. She also hit two home runs, drove in six runs and scored seven as SFU went 4-2 during their Hawaiian trip.


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