WOU ROUNDUP: Men’s basketball looks to defend title

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s men’s basketball team ended the regular season with a 72-56 win over Montana State Billings on Saturday. Tanner Omlid scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Ali Faruq-Bey and Demetrius Trammel each added 11 points, and Evan Garrison had 10 points.

Western Oregon ended the regular season with a 16-12 record overall and a 13-7 mark in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play, good for third place.

The Wolves were one of six teams to qualify for the GNAC Men’s Basketball Championships, which begins Thursday in Lacey, Wash. WOU will play No. 6 Montana State Billings. The winner advances to face No. 2 Alaska Anchorage in the semifinals on Friday. The GNAC title game will be held Saturday.

The winner of the championships gains an automatic berth to the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CLOSES SEASON WITH WIN, LOSS: Western Oregon’s women’s basketball season came to a close on Saturday as the Wolves lost to Seattle Pacific 70-60. WOU defeated Saint Martin’s 73-61 on Thursday. Shelby Snook scored a team-high 14 points against Saint Martin’s. Kaylie Boschma added 12 points, five rebounds and two steals.

Snook scored a game-high 20 points against Seattle Pacific. The Wolves finished the season with an 8-19 record overall and 4-16 GNAC record.

SOFTBALL WINS THREE OF FOUR: Western Oregon’s softball team won three of four games against the College of Idaho on Saturday and Sunday. WOU won 5-4 and 9-0 on Saturday before splitting a doubleheader on Sunday, falling 5-4 before winning 12-1.

Pitcher Sammi Cadwallader earned a complete game shutout in the second game on Saturday. In the series finale on Sunday, Ashlee Lynch hit a grand slam, helping the Wolves cruise to the victory — extending WOU’s lead to 9-0 in the fourth inning. Western Oregon opens GNAC play by hosting Simon Fraser on March 11.

TRACK COMPETES AT SEATTLE: Western Oregon’s track and field team competed at the Seattle Pacific Final Qualifier on Saturday. Sophomore Olivia Woods won the women’s 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 10.14 seconds, setting a new school record. Suzanne Van De Grift finished second in 2:10.57 and junior Megan Rose finished in 2:13.18. All three times were NCAA provisional qualifying marks.

Junior Kennedy Rufener finished the women’s mile in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:57.01. Sophomore Dustin Nading won the men’s mile in 4:05.22.

The NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held March 10-11 in Birmingham, Ala.

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