Erin Chambers, centre, during the NCAA non-conference women's basketball game Nov. 24 in SFU's West Gym. Photo credit: Ron Hole.

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Erin Chambers flirts with triple-double In 21-point win

November 25, 2014
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Senior forward Erin Chambers scored 34 points and flirted with a triple-double as Simon Fraser University Clan defeated Colorado Christian University Cougars 90-69 in a NCAA non-conference women’s basketball game Nov. 24 in SFU’s West Gym.

Chambers fell two assists short of a triple-double, leaving the game for the final time with just under five minutes remaining in the contest. She finished with a season-high 34 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

“I just play the game because I love the game,” says Chambers. “The numbers are fun and great but it doesn’t really matter to me. What was more important to me was the way we played, with everyone involved and sharing the ball. It was a real team effort.”

Simon Fraser bounced back with the win after suffering its first loss of the season, 89-80, Nov. 22 to nationally ranked Cal Poly Pomona. Against the Cougars, Simon Fraser controlled the game from start to finish, never trailing, rolling to a 21-point win.

SFU is now 3-1 overall. Colorado falls to 0-3.

Chambers subbed out of the game for the first time with less than nine minutes remaining and the Clan in front 79-51. She returned to action with 5:28 left in the game, grabbing her 10th rebound 17 seconds later off an Ariana Sider miss. Chambers left the game for good with 4:28 remaining and two assists shy of a triple-double.

“Assists are unpredictable so I never considered putting her back in,” says Clan head coach Bruce Langford. “We thought we would leave her in until she got 30 points because she deserved it and in that process she grabbed the 10th rebound.

“I thought getting the double-double was enough.”

Chambers, the Great Northwest Preseason Player of the Year, recorded her 34 points on an efficient 13-of-19 shooting, including 3-of-5 from three-point range. In the loss to Cal Poly, Chambers was 9-for-24 from the field.

“One of the nice things about back-to-back games is you don’t have to live with a loss too long if you make up for it the next night,” says Langford. “We made up for it tonight. We came focused and intense.”

“We are trying to balance Erin playing a ton of minutes so she is ready to play a ton later in the year, and getting all of our players more minutes and more experience,” says Langford.

All 12 players who dressed for the Clan saw action, as Langford went to his bench after building a comfortable lead. SFU led 47-25 at halftime after shooting 64.5% in the first half.

Guard Alisha Roberts, a transfer from NCAA Division I Pepperdine, led the bench players with six points and three assists in 15 minutes.

SFU forward Meg Wilson had 19 points and five rebounds.

Simon Fraser now goes on the road for two games, including a matchup with No. 7 ranked Colorado Mesa, a team that has only lost four games in three years.

The Clan returns to West Gym on Dec. 6 for its Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener against rival Western Washington University Vikings. Tip-off is 5:15 PM.  

Simon Fraser University will honour the memory of Canadian hero Terry Fox by raising a banner displaying his name and No. 4 that he wore as a student-athlete on the Clan junior varsity men’s basketball team to the West Gym rafters. The banner-raising ceremony will take place prior to tip-off of the men's game beginning at 7:30 PM.

During the ceremony Terry's original jersey will be presented to the Fox Family, represented by Terry's brother, Fred Fox.