western oregon university basketball

Wolves reach final

4CAST: Western Oregon, Hawks, Blazers, Timbers
Staff report

After scoring a season-low 21 first half points, No. 3-ranked Western Oregon University used a 3-point barrage after the break to defeat Saint Martin's University, 77-55, in the semifinals of the NCAA Div. II West Region Tournament on Saturday.

With the win, Western Oregon (31-1) advances to the championship game where it will face California Baptist (27-5) Monday. CBU, ranked No. 21 in the latest NABC Coaches' Poll, defeated Azusa Pacific, 72-68, in the first semifinal contest inside the New P.E. Gymnasium.

Western Oregon will carry a 24-game winning streak into the title game. Saint Martin's season ends with a 25-8 overall record. The Saints went 15-4 over their last 19 games with all four losses against Western Oregon, including in the GNAC championship last week in Anchorage.

The Wolves won the regional two years ago, when it was played on its campus, and won its first game at the Elite Eight to advance to the national semifinals.

2. WINTERHAWKS NEAR SEASON CLOSE WITH CELEBRATION

The Portland Winterhawks celebrated their history Saturday night, but dropped a 6-2 decision to the Tri-City Americans at the Moda Center.

The Winterhawks inducted Marian Hossa, Brenden Morrow, Andrew Ference and Todd Robinson into the Winterhawks Hall of Fame prior to the game. Portland also honored the entire 1998 Memorial Cup winning team in a pregame ceremony.

Portland plays host to Everett tonight at 5 p.m. The regular season ends in two weeks.

3. TIMBERS HAVE TIME OFF AFTER LOSS

The Portland Timbers went scoreless for the first time in nearly a year Saturday, and have two weeks off before their next game to recover from a 4-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls at Red Bulls Stadium Saturday.

Portland had scored in 22 straight games, a league high. The Timbers play again March 24 in Dallas.

4. BLAZERS HAVE HOT STREAK IN HAND

Portland plays host to Miami on Tuesday with a league-high nine game win streak working.

 

 

Streaking Eastern nabs CCC awards

George Fox to Iowa for NCAAs, Western lines up
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

Eastern Oregon won the Cascade Conference women's basketball title completely Monday by beating Southern Oregon in the tournament after going unbeaten during the regular season. Tuesday, conference coaches rewarded the Mountaineers' efforts with awards, handing three key awards to EOU.

Junior guard Maya Ah You-Dias earned Player of the Year, senior Stormee Van Belle earned Defensive Player of the Year, and coach Anji Weissenfluh was named Coach of the Year after the team finished 30-2 and ranked No. 4 nationally.

You-Dias averaged 17.1 points per game and shot better than 49 percent from the field.

Senior Payton Parrish was also named to the 12-person conference all-first team.

Next up, the team travels to Sioux City, Iowa, for the NAIA National Tournament, which begins Tuesday.

Eastern Oregon hasn't lost since Nov. 25.

GEORGE FOX TO IOWA

George Fox punched its ticket to the NCAA Div. III women’s basketball tournament with a 60-50 win over Willamette in the Northwest Conference final Saturday - its third conference title in the past four years, and will play as many as two games in Iowa.

The Bruins travel to Waverly, Iowa, for the first-round of the NCAA Div. III Tournament, which features 64 teams just as the Div. I tournament does. The Bruins will face Saint Benedict of St. Joseph, Minn., in the first round, with a game against either host Wartburg or Webster Saturday.

George Fox is making its 14th trip to the tournament, having won the title in 2009. It reached the Final 8 two seasons ago. Senior Kaitlin Jamieson, a 6-3 senior from Forest Grove, leads the team at 11.9 points per game.

George Fox won the national title in 2009, and reached the Sweet 16 in 2015 and ‘16.

WARNER PACIFIC FALLS, NAIA Div. III

Warner Pacific played into the Cascade Conference Tournament finale Tuesday, but fell 75-73 at College of Idaho and missed an automatic berth into the NAIA national tournament.

Xavier Kannefax scored 23 points to lead the Knights, and Collin Malcolm added 21.

GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE, NCAA Div. II

Western Oregon ran its win streak to 20 games Saturday, and is headed to the conference tournament as the men’s top seed for the third time in four years. The Wolves improved to 27-1 overall with a 77-52 win over Simon Fraser and earned a first-round bye in the tournament, which begins Thursday at Alaska-Anchorage. Western Oregon lost only to Western Washington (21-7), which earned the other first-round bye. Western Washington beat Western Oregon in the final of last year’s tournament.

NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE, Community College

Portland’s 107-78 win over Lane Saturday secured the Southern Division title, with Linn-Benton nabbing second place and an automatic berth in the conference tournament via its 101-94 win over Mt. Hood Saturday.

Clackamas (8-6 in division play), Chemeketa (7-7) and Umpqua (7-7) will all be dueling this week for the final two spots in the 16-team bracket scheduled to be played over two weekends in Everett, Wash.

Top-ranked Umpqua remained unbeaten in women’s play at 27-0 with the Southern Division’s four tournament teams having been determined: Lane, Clackamas and Mt. Hood joining the Riverhawks.

The Sweet 16 and Elite 8 will be played March 8-11, then the Final Four for both men and women March 17-18.

 

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