Wolves men's basketball clinch No. 1 in GNAC

MONMOUTH — Thursday, the Wolves defeated the only opponent they had lost to earlier in the season, Western Washington, 89-73, clinching the GNAC title for the season and becoming seeded for No. 1 in the league.

First quarter, the Wolves found themselves up by 11 and didn’t seem to back down for the rest of the game. Before the end of the first half, the score was spread out by 20 points, 54-34. With 5:34 left in the game, the Wolves led by 28 points, 85-57, giving the Vikings no time to catch up.

Ali Faruq-Bey led the game with 21 points. Vince Boumann came up with 13 points, Riley Hawkin with 12, and Malik Morgan scoring 11. Tanner Omlid secured five rebounds and four assists, creating a new school record of 598 rebounds for the DII-era rebounding list.

Saturday, the Wolves finished off their last regular season game by defeating Simon Frasier, 77-52, and breaking their own record for most GNAC wins in a season.

Right off the bat, the Wolves found themselves in a 10-0 lead, with Malik Morgan and Ali Faruq-Bey pulling in early 3-pointers. Not even five minutes into the game, the lead stretched to 17 points and the Wolves kept up the fire, never looking back. Morgan led the team with 14 points, Tanner Omlid with 11, and Vince Boumann bringing in the rear with 10 points. The team goes onto the state playoffs March 1.

Women’s basketball: Thursday, the Wolves went at it against Seattle Pacific University in a back-and-forth game that resulted in a loss, 73-68, eliminating them from playing in the postseason tournament.

Snook scored 20 points, her third straight game doing so, Kaylie Boschma added 12, and Keyonna Jones contributed 11. Savannah Heugly had 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Saturday, the team lost to Saint Martins, 73-66. Snook led the game with 20 points, Savannah Heugly added 13 points, and Sydney Azorr contributed 10. Heugly and Jasmine Miller shared the honor of tying for a game-high nine rebounds.

BASEBALL: The three-game series in Lewiston, Idaho, at Lewis-Clark College, was canceled due to inclement weather. The Wolves are scheduled to play against Saint Martin’s with back-to-back doubleheaders March 3-4.

SOFTBALL: Saturday, the Wolves defeated Northwest University, 2-1. Kennedy Coy hit a triple in the second inning to send Monica Martinez across the plate for the opening score, and was able to cross over home plate next as Ayanna Arceneaux hit a single.

Next, the Wolves dominated Eastern Oregon University, 6-0, clinching their second win of the day. Arceneaux delivered a two-run homer right behind a leadoff double by Cheyanne Rimer.

Sunday, the Wolves earned another win against EOU, 4-2, closing out with Concordia Classic undefeated.

The last game of the evening was canceled due to rain. The Wolves travel to Western Washington next week to play against the Vikings.

TRACK: Western Oregon men’s and women’s track and field team competed in the Seattle Pacific University Last Chance Qualifier on Saturday, with several Wolves from both teams accomplishing season or career bests.

Justin Crosswhite took second place in the men’s mile, with a time of 4:08.79 and remains at number 30 in the NCAA DII. Crosswhite’s time is a six-second personal record and is now number four in WOU’s all-performance list and number 10 on the GNAC’s all time list. Wolf Stephen Frey finished seventh in the mile, with a four second career best at 4:15.44.

Kennedy Rufener took first place in the women’s 3,000, earning a personal best with a time of 9:46.27, which is nine seconds faster than her previous best of 9:56.05 earlier this season. She sits at number 17 on NCAA DII performance list.

Mariah Gronbach landed herself on the number two mark in school history behind Kristin Harper, when Gronbach had a toss of 54-10 ¼ (16.72m), which is a personal best for her by two feet, though it was just short of the DII provisional barrier distance.

Next weekend, the Wolves travel to Salem for the Willamette Opener.

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