Feb. 6, 2009

No. 19 Seattle Pacific is coming off a victory Thursday night, but there is little time to relax as it returns to action on Saturday in Brougham Pavilion against Northwest Nazarene in a nationally televised game that tips off at noon between the Division II schools. The game will be shown by CBS College Sports and streamed live on ncaa.com.

Northwest Nazarene loomed as one of the teams to be reckoned with this season, and the Crusaders have been in the upper echelon of the standings from the get-go, although they dropped a three-point decision at Western Washington on Thursday, 64-61. In a battle of regionally-ranked NCAA Division II teams Thursday, the West Region fourth-ranked Vikings defeated eighth-ranked Northwest Nazarene in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference game at Carver Gym in Bellingham.

“They have really smart guards, they play hard, they have really good defensive players, and they’re a good rebounding team,” Seattle Pacific coach Julie van Beek said of NNU. “They’re going to compete on every possession.”

Janee Olds led the Crusaders (12-7, 5-3 GNAC) with a game-high 20 points and both Lindsay Brady and Brittney Roggenkamp scored 10, but the Crusaders shot just 65.2 percent (15 of 23) from the free throw line and committed 22 turnovers in the road loss.

Thursday's victory for Seattle Pacific (14-4, 7-2 GNAC) gave it a sweep of the season series over Central Washington. Seattle Pacific downed the Wildcats on Jan. 17 in Brougham Pavilion, 57-34. Junior standout Daesha Henderson hit 10 of 13 shots from the field, including 2 of 4 from behind the 3-point arc, and finished with a career-high 26 points in Thursday's win.

Courtesy of Seattle Pacific & Northwest Nazarene Athletics