The Montana State Billings women's basketball team has the opportunity to climb to as high as third place in the league standings with two home games this week.

The Yellowjackets (11-9, 7-5) host Central Washington (2-10, 7-12) Thursday and Northwest Nazarene (7-6, 12-9) on Saturday.

Both Great Northwest Athletic Conference games will begin at 7 p.m. at Alterowitz Gymnasium.

The top four teams in the GNAC standings host first-round playoff games.

MSUB is coming off a 54-51 win over Seattle Pacific, its first regular season sweep of the Falcons since 1996.

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Beata Bak is averaging 14.1 points a game for the Yellowjackets, while Jenny Heringer is averaging 11.1. Senior Kayla Ryan is adding 10.3 points and a team-best 6.9 rebounds a game.

The Wildcats beat MSUB 81-71 when the teams met earlier in the season.

Saturday's game against NNU is the annual "Pink Zone'' Event benefitting the Eva Project. The "Pink Zone'' events are through the Women's Basketball Coaches Association to help raise breast cancer awareness.

The Yellowjackets will wear pink uniforms and all fans are encouraged to wear pink. The game will also feature a pink ball and the officials will use pink whistles.


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