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SFU Red Leafs land final spot in GNAC women's basketball playoffs

Red Leafs earn sixth and final spot at the 2023 tournament with help from a rival school.
The SFU women's basketball team will face third-seeded Central Washington on March 2 during the 2023 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Championships.

Simon Fraser University (SFU) has snuck its way into the postseason for women's basketball. 

The Red Leafs clinched the last of six available playoff berths for the 2023 Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) championships after rival-school Northwest Nazarene lost 77-63 on Thursday (Feb. 23) to Western Oregon.

SFU finished with an 8-10 (.444 winning percentage) record in conference play during the 2022-23 regular season and 10-12 overall (.455). 

SFU and Jessica Wisotzki, scoring leader for the Burnaby-based club, will face third-seeded Central Washington (CWU) to start the tournament. 

The Red Leafs and Wildcats went 1-1 against each other in the regular-season. 

SFU won 66-61 in Washington on Jan. 7, while CWU took the most recent meeting on Feb. 2 by a score of 88-81. 

Druring the 2022-23 campaign, the Red Leafs averaged 69.1 points per game, 37.9 rebounds per game and 14.1 assists per game.

The GNAC playoffs are scheduled from March 2 to 4 at Western Washington University in Bellingham.