Fossman, Bragg, Williams Red Lion Players of the Week
Austin Bragg guards MSUB's Sam Johnson in last Thursday's game.  Bragg blocked four shots in WWU's victory.
Austin Bragg guards MSUB's Sam Johnson in last Thursday's game. Bragg blocked four shots in WWU's victory.

Monday, February 4, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. - Kyle Fossman of Alaska Anchorage and Austin Bragg of Western Washington have been selected the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Red Lion Men's Basketball Players  of the Week for their performances during the Week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3.

Western Washington's Trishi Williams, who had a rare triple-double last Saturday, was selected the GNAC Red Lion Women's Basketball Player of the Week.

Other Red Lion Player of the Week award winners included softball players Camille DePew of Western Washington and Taylor Bakos of Saint Martin's, baseball players Fernando Robles of Northwest Nazarene and Spenser Watkins of Western Oregon and track and field athletes Andrew Curtis of Northwest Nazarene, Tyson Vanderby of Montana State Billings, Matson Hardie of Western Oregon and Laura Tesch of Saint Martin's.

Men’s Basketball: Kyle Fossman, Alaska Anchorage (G, 6-0, 180, Jr., Haines, AK)  and Austin Bragg, Western Washington (F, 6-8, Jr., Longview, WA – Mark Morris) ... Fossman scored 41 points, leading the Seawolves to wins over Central Washington (98-69) and Northwest Nazarene (73-72).  He made 14 of 28 shots, including seven of 13 three-pointers extending his string of games with a three-pointer to 27.  He also had 12 rebounds, posting a career-high nine against the Wildcats, and a team-best four steals.  Fossman currently ranks 37th in GNAC history in three-pointers made (134) and sixth in three-point percentage (46.0) ... Bragg, who leads the GNAC in double-doubles with five, scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds in Saturday’s overtime win over Seattle Pacific.  On Thursday, he blocked four shots to key WWU’s defensive effort in a 86-69 win against MSU Billings.  Over his last five games, he is shooting 68.4 percent from the field (26-38) and 89.5 percent from the foul line (17-19).  He has had at least one block (13 total) and at least one steal (14 total) in seven consecutive games. Honorable Mention: Jarrell Crayton, MSU Billings (6-7, Sr., Bellevue, NE), Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington (G, 6-6, Jr., Bothell, WA - Inglemoor) and Rodney Webster, Western Oregon (G, 6-1, Jr., Hanford, CA).

Women’s Basketball:    Trishi Williams, Western Washington (G, 5-9, Sr., Mabton, WA - CBC) had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a 83-72 win against Alaska Anchorage posting just the third triple-double in school history and the first since 1994-95.  She finished the weekend with 26 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists as the Vikings stayed unbeaten in the GNAC running their win streak to 11 games. Honorable Mention: Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, Simon Fraser (F, 6-2, Sr., Toronto, ON) and Aubree Callen, Seattle Pacific (G, 5-9, Jr., Jerome, ID).

Men’s Track and Field:   Track – Andrew Curtis, Northwest Nazarene (Jr., Tigard, OR) and Tyson Vanderby, MSU Billings (Sr., Manhattan, MT) ... Both athletes earned two provisional national qualifying marks.  Curtis had provisional times of 21.99 in the 200 and 49.20 in the 400 at the Bronco Classic in Nampa.  His 200 time leads the GNAC and ranks fifth all-time in the conference.  His 400 time ranks second this year in the GNAC and sixth all-time.  Vanderby ran a PNQ of 4:13.46 (adjusted for altitude) in the mile at the Mountain State Games at Pocatello and also helped the Yellowjackets post a PNQ of 10:09.38 – the ninth best time in GNAC history – in the distance medley relay.  Field – Matson Hardie, Western Oregon (Jr., Bend, OR) triple jumped 47-5 ¼ in the Idaho Vandal Indoor, bettering the provisional national standard by 10 ¼ inches.  Only three other athletes in GNAC history have better marks.  Hardie ranks second on the GNAC Top 10 all-time list with  a mark of 47-11 ¾ during the 2010 season.

Women’s Track and Field:  Field – Laura Tesch, Saint Martin’s (Sr., Renton, WA) won the high jump at the University of Idaho Vandal Indoor meet beating out a field of all Division I competitors with a leap of 5-6 ½.  That equals the seventh best mark in GNAC indoor history. She broke the SMU school record for the third time this season and moved up to 13th on the NCAA Division II performance list adding ¾ inches to her previous PNQ.

Softball:    Player – Camille DePew, Western Washington (OF, 5-9, Sr., Seattle, WA – Seattle Lutheran) had 10 hits in 22 at bats to lead the Vikings to a 3-3 record in the Hawaii Hilo Invitational softball tournament last week.  Five of DePew’s hits were for extra bases as the North Dakota State transfer had four doubles and a one home run.  She also drove in six runs while batting .455.  Pitcher – Taylor Bakos,  Saint Martin’s (P, Sr., Kennewick, WA – CBC) had a win and a save and carved out a 2.41 earned run average in the Hawaii Hilo Invitational.  She pitched three complete games, allowing just 16 hits and seven earned runs in 20 1/3 innings.  Honorable Mention -  Lacey McGladrey, Saint Martin’s; Amanda Evola, Western Oregon.

Baseball:    Player – Fernando Robles, Northwest Nazarene (2B, 6-1, 180, Sr., Caldwell, ID) had eight hits in 16 at bats, including a double and a grand slam home run, as the Crusaders won three of four games with Holy Names.  His slam came during a six-run fifth in Saturday’s 9-5 win as NNU overcame a 1-0 deficit. He also picked up a win on the mound allowing just two hits and one earned run in 4 2/3 innings in  Saturday’s 6-4 victory.  Pitcher – Spenser Watkins, Western Oregon (P, 6-1, Jr., Scottsdale, AZ – Horizon), a transfer from Glendale Community College in Arizona, pitched seven scoreless innings allowing six hits in his GNAC debut.  Watkins walked two and struck out five in combining with Spencer Trautman for a 4-0 shutout of Cal State Stanislaus Saturday.   Honorable Mention: Chris Bradshaw, Western Oregon; Travis Shaw, Saint Martin; Brendan Jeffers, Saint Martin’s.