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CWU loses heartbreaker against No. 7 SFU

Claire Cox, Staff Reporter - January 26, 2013

The Central Washington University women’s basketball team lost to No. 7 Simon Fraser 66-58 at home Saturday, and fell to 3-6 in the GNAC.

“I don’t think we played today anywhere near as well as we have played our last four games,” head coach Shawn Nelson said. “I just didn’t think we were very focused.”

The Wildcat’s came out of the gate with a three pointer by junior point guard Leslie Stillar, and CWU ended taking a 10-6 lead.

By the end of the first half, the Wildcats trailed 31-19, after a 10-plus-minute scoring drought, in which Simon Fraser (14-3, 7-2 GNAC) went on a 21-0 run.

In the second half, freshman Jasmine Parker and junior guard Jessica VanDyke continued to score, with VanDyke making 3-of-5 three-pointers. CWU trailed by 11 points with 3:16 remaining in the game.

“We just kind of regrouped at halftime and we are very effective when we just play hard,” VanDyke said. “But we just kind of showed up in the first half.”

Despite the loss, Nelson noticed some solid individual performances from the Wildcats. Nelson was impressed with Parker and VanDyke, who each had double-doubles, and Burke who chipped in off the bench.

VanDyke went 5-of-11 from the field, with a team-high 20 points, while Parker went 5-of-11for 12 points. Burke finished the game with 12 points.

“We were really sloppy in the first half. In the second half we kind of picked it up,” Parker said. “We had a lot of turnovers, which really affected our game.”

VanDyke took some positives from the past two losses; Saturday against SFU, and last Thursday against No. 5 Western Washington University.

“Its positive in that we are playing with really good teams and have chances to win, but at the same time, we have to focus on just finishing,” VanDyke said. “We just need to come out and show a fight.”

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