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WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Wolves find shot against Saint Martin's

Four players score in double figures to lead women’s basketball team to GNAC victory

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s women’s basketball team shot a season-best 59.6 percent from the field en route to a 68-45 Great Northwest Athletic Conference victory over Simon Fraser on Thursday.

The Wolves had four players score in double figures, led by Dana Goularte’s 15 points. Jordan Mottershaw had 13 points; Elise Miller added 12 points and Jasmine Miller finished with 10 points as WOU was 28-of-47 shooting from the field. Sami Osborne added 11 rebounds and five assists in the victory.

“It (four players scoring in double figures) meant the world just because we’ve been trying to really focus on being a well-rounded team on defense and offense,” Goularte said. “We’re trying to play stronger together. It just feels great to have everybody get there and to have everybody succeed.”

Western Oregon held Simon Fraser to 27.9 percent shooting (17 of 61) from the field.

The celebratory mood was short-lived, however, as the Wolves struggled from start to finish in an 81-48 loss to Western Washington on Saturday.

Goularte again led the Wolves in scoring with 12 points, while also grabbing seven rebounds. Junior Emily Howey added 10 points for WOU, which shot just 37.3 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from three-point range.

“We dug ourselves a hole early in the first half and came out flat in the second half,” Western Oregon coach Holli Howard-Carpenter said. “We went away from everything that got us the win on Thursday night. Our consistency has been a struggle for us all season. We have the ability to compete with many of the teams in this conference and need to have more mental toughness when things aren’t going well.”

WOU (3-11 GNAC, 6-16 overall) returns to action for league road games Thursday at Montana State Billings and Saturday at Seattle Pacific.

MEN EXTEND WIN STREAK: Andy Avgi scored a game-high 22 points as the Western Oregon men’s basketball team defeated Saint Martin’s 66-56 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play Feb. 11, extending its winning streak to 11 games. The No. 18-ranked Wolves (13-1 GNAC, 21-3 overall) shot 61.5 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes to take a 38-25 halftime lead. Julian Nichols added 11 points, four assists, four rebounds and three steals for WOU, which clinched a berth to the GNAC postseason tournament with the victory. The Wolves are home to host Western Washington Thursday at 7 p.m. and Simon Fraser Saturday at 4 p.m.

BASEBALL DROPS THREE OF FOUR: Western Oregon dropped three of four games during a road trip at California State-Monterey Bay. The Wolves lost the opening game 6-2 on Friday. WOU won the opening game of a doubleheader on Saturday 7-6 as pitcher Jesse Pratt , a Central High School graduate, earned the win. Matt Taylor hit a three-run double in the fifth inning and Garrett Harpole hit a solo home run in the ninth to secure the win. Western Oregon (2-10 overall) lost the final two contests in the series, 4-2 on Saturday and 2-1 on Sunday. WOU closes out nonleague play with a three-game series against Lewis-Clark State on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

SOFTBALL WINLESS AT VEGAS: Western Oregon’s softball team went 0-6 at the annual Desert Stinger tournament, played Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Las Vegas. Destiny Kuehl went 7 for 16 with three RBIs during the Desert Stinger to lead the Wolves (2-10 overall). WOU faces Oregon Institute of Technology Friday at 1 p.m. at Hood View Park in Clackamas in the Northwest Cup, an annual softball series. Western Oregon then plays Concordia Friday at 3 p.m.


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