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.

 

 

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