Portland, OR - The Simon Fraser University women's basketball team started their exhibition schedule with a 74-69 loss to the Division I Portland State Vikings on Friday night.
The Clan were behind by nine at the half as Portland State outscored SFU 34-25 in the opening 20 minutes but the Clan won the second half, outscoring Portland State 44-40 and shooting 42.1 percent in the half, though they could not completely erase the deficit.
"This was a very good first test to a long season," said Head Coach Bruce Langford
. "We came out strong, competed hard and showed some promising pieces for the year. We played better on the offensive boards in the second half and had a better flow on offence. Becca (Langmead), Erin (Chambers) and Belce (Yoruk) were great on the boards."
(Mission, BC) led the Clan in points, rebounds and assists.
The junior led all players in points with 24 and assists with five while leading her team with nine rebounds.
Fellow junior Katie Lowen
(Lethbridge, AB) was right behind Chambers in points for the Clan with 19 points and seven rebounds.
(Torbay, NL) also had a strong start to the pre-season for the Clan, finishing the game with nine points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
Lowen also drained the most three pointers in the contest, going five for 10 from beyond the arc while Chambers went four of 12 on three point attempts.
The Clan outscored the Vikings 16-15 off of turnovers and shot 67 percent from the free throw line compared to 58 percent for Portland State, though Portland State went to the line 24 times compared to 12 for SFU.
SFU jumped out of the gate, scoring the first four points of the game and leading for most of the first 10 minutes of the game.
The Vikings responded to the Clan's start with a 6-0 run to briefly take the lead at 6-4 but the home team would not lead again until, with 11:20 to play in the first half and the Clan leading 14-13, Keaton McFadden, who led the Vikings with 21 points, hit a jumper to give Portland State a one point lead on the Clan.
The two teams traded baskets until, with the Clan leading 21-20, McFadden hit another jumper that started a 12-0 run for the Vikings, pacing the home team to a 34-25 half time lead.
Chambers and Lowen led the Clan's second half comeback attempt with 16 and 14 points respectively but SFU could not catch Portland State as the comeback came five points shy.
Simon Fraser will play their second and final exhibition game on Sunday against Lewis and Clark in Portland, OR, game time is 1:00 p.m.
The Clan will then move into the non-conference portion of their schedule, starting against Cal Poly Pomona on November 8 at 6:00 p.m. in Pomona, CA.