Thursday, December 3, 2009
MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon's men's basketball team seized control with an early 39-10 run and rolled to a 72-53 win Nov. 28 against host Notre Dame de Namur.
The Wolves improved to 4-1 in the final game of the Notre Dame de Namur Thanksgiving Classic, played in San Francisco.
Western shot 55 percent from the field in the first half. Notre Dame shot 21 percent and had 14 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
"We got on them early and were able to build a sizable lead," Western coach Craig Stanger said. "They had a hard time with our pressure, and they didn't find a rhythm shooting the ball."
WOU's Matt Schmidt scored 15 of his team-high 19 points in the first half and was named to the all-tournament team. He made eight of 13 field-goal attempts and had three assists and three steals.
Point guard Blair Wheadon scored 12 points and added five steals and five assists. Tarance Glynn had 14 points on five-of-six shooting.
Rico Myles led the Wolves with eight rebounds. Glynn added seven.
Five players scored in double figures Nov. 25 as Western coasted to a 90-34 win against visiting Bethany.
Katie Torland led the Wolves (3-4 overall) with 13 points. Danielle Bellando and Courtney Martin each scored 12 points. Hannah Whitsett and Meaghan White chipped in with 11 and 10, respectively.
Defensively, Western held Bethany to 29 percent shooting from the field and forced 30 turnovers.
The 90 points scored by WOU are the most it has scored in any game since the 2001-2002 season.
"After playing the most difficult schedule in WOU women's basketball history, it was nice to finally get into a game where we had a chance to dominate," Western coach Greg Bruce said. "All of our players got to play some significant minutes, which was really good for our younger kids."
Western next will travel to Redding, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 5 for a 5 p.m. matchup against Simpson University.