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Van Laare sparks Clan

Former New Westminster Hyack Kia Van Laare netted some crucial free throws in a SFU victory last week. - File photo contributed/SFU
Former New Westminster Hyack Kia Van Laare netted some crucial free throws in a SFU victory last week.
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Senior guard Kia Van Laare of New Westminster came off the bench to hit back-to-back three pointers to erase an early 15-9 deficit as the Simon Fraser University Clan women's basketball squad went on to beat the Northwest Nazarene University Crusaders 75-66 Thursday.

Van Laare ended up scoring 11 points and bringing down three rebounds against the Crusaders who went into the came ranked as the NCAA Div. II's No. 18-ranked team.

"Kia's never been afraid to shoot the ball," said SFU head coach Bruce Langford. "I thought early on we didn't shoot really good threes. Kia came in and hit a couple of threes taht helped the rest of the team. It's a little different playing a team that plays zone for 40 minutes."

The win gave the Clan a 9-3 record for the season and 3-1 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play. They play host to the Central Washington Wildcats at SFU's West Gym on Saturday, 7 p.m.

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