Below are press clippings highlighting the fact that our NNU men’s basketball team and one of the players earned Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors last week for outstanding performance; the women’s basketball also earns GNAC Team of the Week. As we break for the holidays, let’s pause to honor those who represent us so well.
– President Alexander
PORTLAND, Ore. – Two wins, including one over long-time Canyon County rival College of Idaho, has earned Northwest Nazarene (men’s basketball team) the GNAC Team of the Week award.
The wins extended NNU’s win streak to three games and improved its overall record to 6-3. The Crusaders have just one non-conference game left on their schedule–Dec. 29 against Montana Tech–before resuming GNAC play on Jan. 3 against the University of Alaska Anchorage.
UCLA transfer Kenny Jones paced NNU in the two wins with 43 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. Jones was selected the GNAC Red Lion Player of the Week.
On the season, Jones leads the Crusaders in scoring and ranks third in the GNAC with a 17.8 average. He also leads NNU in steals with 13 and ranks second on the team in assists with 29.
Jonathan Hawkins scored 26 points in the two wins, making 10 of 10 free throws, while Keith Moilanen had 20 points.
Kevin Rima led the team in rebounds with 11. Hawkins and Grayson Moore each had 10 rebounds.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Kenny Jones of Northwest Nazarene and Suzanna Ohlsen of Seattle Pacific are the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Red Lion Men’s and Women’s Basketball Players of the Week for their performances during the Week of Dec. 3-9, 2012.
Kenny Jones, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-2, Sr., Los Angeles, CA) scored 43 points in wins over College of Idaho and New Hope Christian. Jones had 27 against the Coyotes, making nine of 16 shots as NNU extended its win streak over its county rivals to seven. He then netted 16 points and had four steals in a 20-point win over New Hope Christian.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Not to be outdone by its men’s team, Northwest Nazarene’s women’s basketball team had a pair of dominating performances in posting two victories last weekend in the Saint Martin’s University Classic.
The Crusaders defeated Dominican (Calif.) 80-45, then cruised past Simpson (Calif.) 95-55. The two wins enabled NNU (8-2 overall) to complete its non-conference schedule with a perfect 8-0 record.
It also earned them GNAC Team of the Week honors, the same honor the NNU men’s team received last week.
Forward Megan Hingston keyed the two victories, scoring 43 points and grabbing 21 rebounds. She was an honorable mention selection for GNAC Red Lion Player of the Week honors.
Hingston currently ranks second in the GNAC in scoring (18.0 points per game) and fourth in rebounding (8.2). Guard Chelsie Luke had 36 points and five steals in the two contests and is now fifth in the GNAC in scoring, averaging 15.3 points per game.
Team-wise, the Crusaders rank second in the conference in scoring (73.4) and are third in scoring margin (10.8).
With the non-conference portion of its schedule completed, coach Kelli Lindley’s team will now concentrate on preparing for the rest of its conference campaign. The next game for NNU is Jan. 5 when it hosts Central Washington.
“We are really proud of Kenny and his efforts this week,” commented head coach Dave Daniels. “He has been working really hard and it’s paying off. It is an honor to have him selected as the GNAC player of the week.”