2021-22 Women's Basketball News
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022

    Amy Donovan Named Alaska Women's Basketball Coach

    Amy Donovan arrives in Fairbanks after four seasons as an assistant coach at Division I Weber State. Her past experience includes coaching stints at Shoreline Community College and Northern Arizona.

  • Friday, March 25, 2022

    Western Washington's Run Ends In Title Game

    Despite Brooke Walling's 27 points and 12 rebounds, the Vikings couldn't keep up with high-powered Glenville State, coming up short in the national championship game, 85-72, ending a remarkable season.

  • Wednesday, March 23, 2022

    Vikings Down No. 1 Seed, Will Play For National Title

    Western Washington took control of the game in the second half to beat top-seeded North Georgia 74-68 in the NCAA Final Four, becoming the third GNAC team to advance to the national championship game.

  • Wednesday, March 23, 2022

    Three Named WBCA Honorable Mention All-Americans

    Western Washington guard Emma Duff, MSUB forward Taryn Shelley and Alaska Anchorage forward Tennae Voliva each earned national recognition after starring for their respective GNAC teams this season.

  • Monday, March 21, 2022

    Vikings Cool Blazers, Advance To Final Four

    Facing a 13-1 deficit against Division II's fourth-ranked scoring defense, the Vikings battled back and made their own critical defensive plays late to beat Valdosta State 58-55 in the NCAA Elite Eight.

  • Monday, March 21, 2022

    CWU's Bowman Named Second-Team D2CCA All-American

    After leading all NCAA divisions with 15.9 rebounds per game among other achievements, Samantha Bowman becomes the GNAC's fourth-ever D2CCA All-American after the organization named her to its second team.

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2022

    Malcolm, Voliva Earn CoSIDA Academic All-American Status

    Central Washington's Kassidy Malcolm and Alaska Anchorage's Tennae Voliva each were selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-American third team, the only West Region players to be honored.

  • Monday, March 14, 2022

    Vikings Punch Ticket To Birmingham, Elite Eight

    Behind tournament MVP Brooke Walling and 16 points and 14 rebounds from Emma Duff, Western Washington knocks off top-seeded Cal State East Bay 73-59 to advance to the Elite Eight and win the West Regional.

  • Saturday, March 12, 2022

    Vikings Reach Regional Finals With Fourth-Quarter Comeback

    Down seven with a quarter to play, Western Washington turned the tables on Central Washington and outscored them 21-8 in the fourth to win 64-58 and advance to the West Regional finals on Monday night.

  • Friday, March 11, 2022

    Wildcats Survive Upset Bid To Edge Past NNU

    Seventh-seeded Northwest Nazarene forced overtime with clutch defense, but Samantha Bowman's 24 points and 24 rebounds helped the Wildcats win 79-74 to set up a GNAC Championships final rematch with WWU.

  • Friday, March 11, 2022

    Vikings Top Seawolves In NCAA First Round

    Behind Brooke Walling's 17 points and 17 rebounds, No. 3 Western Washington defeats No. 6 Alaska Anchorage 76-64 to move on to the regional semifinals at the NCAA Tournament.

  • Thursday, March 10, 2022

    Three Wildcats Among Four All-Region WBB Players

    Central Washington is the only school in the GNAC, PacWest and CCAA with three selections to the D2CCA All-West Region Team and the only school with two first-teamers in Samantha Bowman and Kassidy Malcolm.

  • Sunday, March 6, 2022

    Four GNAC Teams Go Dancing, Will Face One Another

    The GNAC took up an entire side of the bracket in the NCAA West Regional, with No. 2 CWU, No. 3 WWU, No. 6 UAA and No. 7 NNU ensuring all-conference matchups in the first and second rounds.

  • Saturday, March 5, 2022

    Wildcat Women Are Champs After More Bowman Brilliance

    Samantha Bowman set a GNAC Championships record with 23 rebounds as No. 3 Central Washington beat top-seeded Western Washington 57-46 for the first tournament title in women's program history.

  • Friday, March 4, 2022

    Vikings Hold Off Yellowjackets To Reach Finals

    Top-seeded Western Washington made just enough plays down the stretch to keep a resilient No. 5 MSUB at bay and reach the GNAC Championships final for the second straight tournament with a 69-63 win.

  • Friday, March 4, 2022

    Bowman's Near Triple-Double Sends Wildcats To Finals

    Samantha Bowman finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists – just short of the GNAC's first triple-double since 2016 – and No. 3 Central Washington led from start to finish to beat No. 2 Alaska Anchorage.

  • Thursday, March 3, 2022

    Vikings Advance To Semis Despite Saints Push

    The host crowd at Marcus Pavilion tried to will the No. 9 Saints to an upset, but Emma Duff took over in the fourth quarter for top-seeded Western Washington in a 60-54 Vikings win.

  • Thursday, March 3, 2022

    Seawolves Dominate For Three Quarters To Advance To Semis

    Alaska Anchorage limited Seattle Pacific to five field goals in the first three quarters and held off a fourth-quarter Falcons rally for the 57-50 win in the quarterfinals of the GNAC Women's Basketball Championships.

  • Thursday, March 3, 2022

    Defense Leads MSUB To Quarterfinal Win Over NNU

    Montana State Billings forced Northwest Nazarene into a bad shooting day which doomed the Nighthawks and gave MSUB a 69-56 win and a berth in the GNAC Championships semifinals.

  • Thursday, March 3, 2022

    Wildcats Survive Quarterfinals Slugfest With Simon Fraser

    Four Central Washington players scored in double figures, led by Kizzah Maltezo's 26 points, as the Wildcats knocked off Simon Fraser 91-85 in the GNAC Women's Basketball Championships quarterfinals.

  • Wednesday, March 2, 2022

    Dingus Leads Host Saints To Opening Round Win

    Claire Dingus recorded a 23-point, 13-rebound double-double as No. 9 Saint Martin's used its home-court advantage to knock off No. 8 Western Oregon.

  • Wednesday, March 2, 2022

    Falcons Open GNAC Championships With Rout Of Nanooks

    Behind 14-point performances from Ashley Alter and Beth Pettingill, No. 7 seed Seattle Pacific advances to the GNAC Women's Basketball Championships quarterfinals with a 78-48 win over Alaska.

  • Wednesday, March 2, 2022

    CWU's Malcolm is POTY, Two Dykstra's Win Awards

    Central Washington forward Kassidy Malcolm was named the GNAC's Player of the Year, one of three Wildcats on the all-conference first team, while WWU sisters Riley and Avery Dykstra each won special awards.

  • Tuesday, March 1, 2022

    WWU, UAA Look To Fend Off Tournament Challengers

    Women's Basketball Tournament Preview: The two teams from the last GNAC Championships final are the top two seeds again, but plenty of teams from the chasing pack feel good about their chances to make a run.

  • Sunday, February 27, 2022

    Tickets On Sale For The GNAC Basketball Championships

    Tickets are now on sale for the 2022 GNAC Basketball Championships, which runs March 2-5 with games at Marcus Pavilion in Lacey, Washington and Royal Brougham Pavilion in Seattle.

  • Saturday, February 26, 2022

    Vikings Take Women's Hoops Regular Season Title

    After a thrilling and turbulent regular season, Western Washington edges out Alaska Anchorage and Central Washington for the No. 1 seed in the upcoming GNAC Championships based on the conference's PRS rankings.

  • Wednesday, February 23, 2022

    Season Enters Final Sprint With All To Play For

    Each of the conference's top three regionally-ranked teams suffered losses this week, muddying the title race ahead of the end of the regular season on Saturday and next week's GNAC Championships.

  • Friday, February 18, 2022

    Bowman, Malcolm & Voliva Land Academic All-District Nods

    The duo from Central Washington and Alaska Anchorage's senior forward are all named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Women's Basketball Team, honoring academic and athletic excellence.

  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022

    Nighthawks Pull Stunner As Home Stretch Nears

    Women's Basketball Notebook: Cami Knishka had ice in her veins to help NNU secure a shocking upset win over No. 6 Western Washington, while Central Washington set a GNAC record from the free-throw line.

  • Wednesday, February 9, 2022

    Quartet Of Four-Timers Lead Women's Hoop All-Academic

    Four standout conference players, each a four-time selection, headline 68 total selections to the GNAC Women's Basketball All-Academic Team, presented by Barnes & Noble College.

  • Tuesday, February 8, 2022

    Seawolves Storm Into Second In New Standings

    Alaska Anchorage picked up two huge regional victories over Northwest Nazarene and Central Washington and are inching closer to where they expected to be all along – the top of the GNAC standings.

  • Wednesday, February 2, 2022

    Pearle Jam: Nanooks On The Board

    Women's Basketball Notebook: Pearle Green hit a go-ahead layup with two seconds left to give Alaska its first conference win, while CWU's Samantha Bowman and SMU's Claire Dingus continue to impress.

  • Monday, January 31, 2022

    GNAC Announces Changes To Basketball Championships

    In light of COVID postponements and cancellations, the GNAC has announced changes to the field sizes and qualifying criteria for its 2022 men’s and women’s basketball championships.

  • Wednesday, January 26, 2022

    Three-Way Tie For Second As Race Heats Up

    Women's Basketball Notebook: There are a variety of teams that nobody wants to face right now, including Central Washington, MSU Billings and Northwest Nazarene, all tied for second in the standings at 5-2.

  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022

    No More Unbeatens As Upsets Reign Around League

    Women's Basketball Notebook: At this time last week, the GNAC had two consensus top-10 teams that were unbeaten in league play, but no longer after Central Washington and MSUB sprung massive upsets.

  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022

    Overtime Buzzer-Beater Puts SPU In Third

    Women's Basketball Notebook: Ashley Alter's go-ahead jumper with 0.7 seconds left in overtime put the Falcons at 3-1 in GNAC play, third behind traditional powers Western Washington and Alaska Anchorage.

  • Tuesday, January 4, 2022

    Jessica Squared: SFU Ready To Rise

    Women's Basketball Notebook: With GNAC Preseason Player of the Year Jessica Jones out for two months, sophomore Jessica Wisotzki stepped up. Now, Jones is back, and Simon Fraser has a dangerous one-two punch.

  • Tuesday, December 28, 2021

    Big Three Brewing In Ellensburg

    Women's Basketball Notebook: Three of the league's top four scorers – Samantha Bowman, Kizzah Maltezo and Kassidy Malcolm – all play for CWU, creating a challenge for opponents as GNAC play resumes.

  • Friday, December 17, 2021

    Basketball Championships Stay In Washington In 2023, 2024

    Western Washington University has been selected as the host site for the 2023 GNAC Basketball Championships while Central Washington will host the 2024 championships in a renovated Nicholson Pavilion.

  • Tuesday, December 14, 2021

    Stocking Stuffers: Box Score Bliss For Bowman, WOU

    Women's Basketball Notebook: Christmas came early for CWU when Samantha Bowman returned to the lineup and scored 29 points with 16 rebounds. Western Oregon used a team performance to dismantle Corban 77-39.

  • Tuesday, December 7, 2021

    Vikings Win Big Twice As Conference Play Opens

    Women's Basketball Notebook: Western Washington cracked the Top 10 of the D2SIDA poll after crushing Lincoln (Calif.) 89-26 and Simon Fraser 82-60 in the GNAC opener for both teams.

  • Tuesday, November 30, 2021

    Ranked Teams Accumulating Ahead Of Conference Play

    Women's Basketball Notebook: Alaska Anchorage and Western Washington improved to 5-0 and Saint Martin's joined them in the top 25 over Thanksgiving weekend.

  • Tuesday, November 23, 2021

    Box-Office Saints Off To Undefeated Start

    Women's Basketball Notebook: Down 20 points at the half, Saint Martin's rallied to win behind 32 points from Claire Dingus, then won by one point a day later. Alaska Anchorage also rose to No. 1 in the D2SIDA Media Poll.

  • Thursday, November 18, 2021

    Bowman's Block Party Helps Wildcats To Fast Start

    Women's Basketball Notebook: Samantha Bowman leads Division II with 20 rebounds and five blocks per game, punctuated by a 23-point, 23-rebound performance, and the women's hoops season is off and running.

  • Wednesday, November 3, 2021

    Division II Women's Basketball Season Begins In Billings

    Ten teams, including two nationally-ranked programs and the defending Division II national champion, converge on Billings as the 2021-22 season begins with the D2CCA Tip Off Classic At The Trailhead.

  • Tuesday, November 2, 2021

    Alaska Anchorage Opens Season In WBCA Preseason Poll

    Alaska Anchorage is among three West Region teams in the WBCA Division II Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll, entering at No. 12. Western Washington is among teams receiving votes.

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021

    Simon Fraser's Jones Leads Women's Hoop Preseason Team

    The senior forward is named the GNAC Women's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year after she averaged 17 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game during the 2019-20 campaign.

  • Wednesday, October 13, 2021

    Seawolves Narrow Favorites In Women's Hoop Preseason Poll

    With seven first-place votes and 92 total points, Alaska Anchorage is the narrow favorite over Western Washington in the 2021-22 GNAC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll.

  • Monday, October 4, 2021

    Basketball Runs In The Family For Bruce Langford

    Howard Tsumura of Varsity Letters profiles former Simon Fraser MVP Dani Langford, the daughter of SFU head coach Bruce Langford, who is now the manager of player rehabilitation for the Golden State Warriors.

  • Friday, September 17, 2021

    Jessie Craig Named UAF Women's Basketball Coach

    Jessie Craig is named interim head coach of the Alaska women's basketball program. She replaces Kerri Nakamoto, who accepted a position as part of the staff at Santa Clara.

  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021

    Peacocke Inks Professional Deal To Play In Portugal

    The 2016-17 First Team All-American for Western Washington, who led NCAA Division II in scoring that season, has signed to play for S.L. Benfica in Portugal.

  • Saturday, August 7, 2021

    From Hoops Iron To Gridiron: Girten Is All-American

    Western Oregon assistant women's basketball coach Katie Girten proves it is more about athleticism than experience, earning All-American honors in the Women's Football Alliance.

  • Tuesday, July 20, 2021

    MSU Billings To Host Women's D2CCA Tip Off Classic

    Montana State Billings will host nine teams from across the country in the D2CCA Tip Off at the Trailhead Tournament with 15 games played over three days in November.

  • Friday, July 2, 2021

    Raincock-Ekunwe Makes Second Olympic Basketball Team

    The former Simon Fraser standout and 2013 All-American is one of 12 players selected for the Canada Olympic Women's Basketball Team that will compete this month in Toyko. It is Raincock-Ekunwe's second Olympic Team.