SPU Women One Step from Elite Eight
March 15, 2009
*Courtesy of Seattle Pacific Athletics
SEATTLE, Wash. - Kelsey Hill scored 16 points on Saturday night, and Megan Hoisington finished with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds as Seattle Pacific qualified for its second straight NCAA Division II women's West Regional title game, beating Humboldt State in a semifinal at Brougham Pavilion, 74-56.
The Falcons (23-4) won their 11th straight game. They will meet Great Northwest Athletic Conference rival Alaska Anchorage (29-3) on Monday at 7 p.m. in Brougham Pavilion for the regional championship and a trip to San Antonio, Texas, for the Elite Eight.
SPU and Anchorage will play for the third time this season, and also will face each other in the West final for the second straight year. The Seawolves won last year's West title game in Brougham, 50-44. Each team won on its homecourt during the GNAC schedule -- Anchorage 53-49 in Alaska on Jan. 24; the Falcons 54-42 in Seattle on Feb. 19.
The Falcons and Seawolves ultimately tied for the conference regular-season title with identical 14-2 records.
Daesha Henderson (Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish HS) added 14 points for SPU.
Seattle Pacific trailed just once on Saturday, that at 13-12. From there, the Falcons went on a 16-7 run to go up 29-19, and led by as many as 12 before settling for a 36-25 halftime lead
Humboldt State (24-8) never got closer than nine during the second half. Brittney Taylor led the Lumberjacks with 16 points, and Katie Franci added 11.