COLLEGE BASKETBALL — First win of the season for Northern, Simpson


File photo – Breesia Northern playing for CR last year.

By Ray Hamill — Former Arcata and College of the Redwoods standout Breesia Northern and the Simpson University women got their first win of the season over the weekend while competing at the Cal PAC Championships.

Northern started at guard for the Redhawks and finished with a team-high five assists in a 61-51 over the University of St. Katherine.

Northern, a junior, got another start on Saturday night and scored a co-team-high 11 points in a 72-58 loss to Benedictine-Mesa, shooting 3-of-7 from 3-point range and adding three assists, two rebounds and a steal.

The loss ended a shortened NAIA season for the 1-9 Redhawks.

Northern will retain her year of eligibility.

Also playing this past weekend, Kaylie McCracken and the Whitman Blues split a pair of games for the second straight weekend, falling to Whitworth 61-58 on Friday, before bouncing back to beat the same team on Saturday, 60-58.

McCracken, a 2018 Arcata High graduate, has enjoyed a strong start to the new season, and finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the two games.

The D-III Blues are now 6-2 and are scheduled to play two games against Pacific Lutheran this weekend.

McCracken is averaging 17 points and 6.8 rebounds a game.

Also in action this past week, former St. Bernard’s standout Makenna Schoenhofer continues to have an impact at the D-I level for Seattle University.

Schoenhofer scored five points and pulled down eight rebounds over two games at Grand Canyon, as the Redhawks lost twice, 90-43 and 80-64.

Schoenhofer and the Seattle women are now 11-11 and will close out the regular season with two games again California Baptist this weekend, before tipping off the WAC Tournament next week.

In men’s basketball, meanwhile, former Arcata and CR standout Thomas Nelson continued to see some limited minutes for the high-flying Flagler College team.

Nelson scored two points and pulled down a pair of rebounds in a 85-63 win over Francis Marion.

The Flagler men closed out the regular season with a record of 13-2 and rose to No. 10 in the latest national D-II coaches poll this week.

They open the Peach Belt Conference Tournament on Thursday.

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