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Western Oregon Roundup: Men's Basketball Clinches Conference Title

ANCHORAGE — Western Oregon’s men’s basketball team clinched the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title after a 64-58 win over Alaska Anchorage on Saturday.

Julian Nichols scored a team-high 17 points and had seven assists, Devon Alexander scored 14 points and Tanner Omlid added 12 points for the Wolves. WOU bounced back from an 87-78 loss to Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday.

WOU swept Alaska Fairbanks for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

The Wolves will earn a bye in the first round of the GNAC tournament. WOU closes out the regular season at Montana State Billings on Thursday. The GNAC men’s basketball championships begins March 3.

MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD TAKES SECOND: Western Oregon’s men’s track and field team placed second at the GNAC Indoor Championships on Friday and Saturday. Cody Warner finished second in the 60- and 200-meter runs, finishing in 6.95 seconds and 21.78 seconds, respectively. David Ribich took second in the mile (4:10.14), Kaleb Dobson finished second in the 60-meter hurdles (8.33 seconds) and Badane Sultessa took second in the 800 (1:55.95).

Stephanie Stuckey took fifth in the women’s mile in 5:08.05 to lead the women’s team, which placed eighth in the team standings. WOU will compete at the Seattle Pacific Final Qualifier on Saturday.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS TWO: Western Oregon’s women’s basketball team lost a pair of conference games, falling to Northwest Nazarene 61-57 on Thursday and Central Washington 61-46 on Saturday. WOU (4-22 overall, 3-15 GNAC) closes out its season at home against Saint Martin’s Thursday at 7 p.m. and Seattle Pacific Saturday at 2 p.m.

SOFTBALL WINS FOUR AT INVITE: Western Oregon’s softball team won four of six games at the West Texas A&M Lady Buff Invite last weekend. WOU defeated Newman 2-0 and 4-3 on Friday before falling to host West Texas A&M 9-1 and 7-6 on Saturday. The Wolves closed out the Invite with a pair of wins over Lincoln University of Missouri (12-1 and 10-1) on Sunday. Destiny Kuehl had a home run against Lincoln as the Wolves racked up 23 hits over the doubleheader. WOU opens conference play by hosting Saint Martin’s for a doubleheader on March 5.

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