Peoples, MSU-B advance to West Regional finals

POMONA, Calif. — Kayleen Goggins scored 19 points and Bobbi Knudsen added 17 as Montana State Billings overcame a 33-point effort by Simon Fraser’s Erin Chambers to beat the Clan 76-68 in the first semifinal game of the NCAA Division II West Regional Saturday at Kellogg Gym.

Butte Central graduate Quinn Peoples scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds in the victory. Stats

The Yellowjackets (25-7) will play in Monday’s championship game at 8 p.m. (Mountain Time) against top seed Cal-Poly Pomona.

Simon Fraser finished its season with a record of 20-10, falling one game short of reaching the regional championship game for the second year in a row.

The winner of Monday’s contest will advance to the NCAA Elite 8 which begins March 25 at Erie, Penn.

Chambers scored 21 of her game-high 33 points in the opening half, which ended in a 35-35 tie.

MSUB, which trailed just once in the opening minutes of the game, went on a 12-1 run to start the second half and never saw its lead dip below eight points the rest of the way.

Chelsea Banis, who finished with 14 points, snapped the halftime time just 33 seconds in with a pair of foul shots.  A minute later Austin Hanser hit a trey.

Five free throws and a basket by Banis quickly extended the lead to 11 (47-36) just 4 ½ minutes into the period.

Midway through the second half, MSUB ran off seven straight points, capped by a Goggins three-pointer stretching the lead to 60-45 with 9:31 left.

The Yellowjackets took their biggest lead of the night (75-57) on a layup by Austin Hanser with 3:27 left.

Simon Fraser outscored MSUB 11-1 the rest of the way, but didn’t get closer than 10 until the final minute as they were held to 35.5 percent shooting (22-of-62).

They made 14-of-34 treys, five by Chambers and Katie Lowen and four by Kia Van Laare.  Lowen finished with 15 points and Van Laare had 14 as the trio combined for all but six of SFU’s points.

— Great Northwest Athletic Conference



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