Wolves headed for Region final

Umpua, Portland, Linn-Benton reach NWAC Final Four
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.

NWAC TOURNAMENT

The Portland Panthers scored a blowout in their Elite Eight match-up with Spokane and advanced to the Final Four in action from Sunday in Everett, Wash.

Linn-Benton scored an upset of defending tournament champion Walla Walla Sunday.

Umpqua, unbeaten on the season, shot the lights out and played into the women's Final Four. 

All Final Four games will also be played in Everett, Saturday and Sunday.

Portland beat Spokane 93-65, and will play Northern Idaho, which won its game Sunday 112-110 in double overtime, Saturday at 4 p.m.

Linn-Benton beat Walla Walla 84-75 and will play Peninsula Saturday at 2 p.m. The final is Sunday.

Umpqua beat Columbia Basin 93-66 Friday in its Elite Eight game, and will play Bellevue at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Riverhawks made 77 percent of their field-goal attempts, and got 46 points and 12 rebounds from sophomore center Dajanay Powell.

Big Bend will play Walla Walla in the other women's Final Four game.

PSU TOURNAMENT BOUND

The Portland State Vikings were rewarded on Sunday for having one of their finest Division I basketball seasons when they were selected to take part in the CollegeInsider.com Post-season Tournament. The Vikings will await their opponent from Monday's first-round CIT games (see schedule below) and play at a location and on a day later this week to be determined.
           
The Vikings went 20-13 on the year, marking their third-best season in their 22-year history in the Big Sky Conference. PSU was knocked out of the Big Sky Conference Tournament last week by Big Sky-finalist Eastern Washington, eliminating their chances of an NCAA Tournament bid. However, the CIT bid marks the seventh time in its 57-season basketball history that Portland State has received a national post-season bid, and the second time PSU has been picked for the CIT (NAIA in 1955 and 1956; NCAA College Division in 1967; NCAA Division I Tournament in 2008 and 2009; CIT in 2014 and 2018).

 

 

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