Wins propel WOU to first in GNAC

Brendall Evans brings the ball up the court again UAA on Saturday.

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Brendall Evans brings the ball up the court again UAA on Saturday.

ANCHORAGE — The Western Oregon University Wolves men’s basketball team defeated both Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks on the road last week to take first place in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play. The Wolves now hold a No. 6 ranking nationally.

WOU (19-1, 11-1 GNAC) defeated the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves 72-62 Saturday. The Wolves won their 13th straight game on the strength of Tanner Omlid’s shooting (22 points, including 4-7 in 3-point shots), while Ali Faruq-Bey finished with 12. Boumann and Riley Hawken added nine points each.

The Wolves beat the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks on Thursday night, 81-54 in Fairbanks. Alaska.

The Wolves never trailed in the game.

Vince Boumann led WOU in scoring with 16 points on a 6-of-9 night while Dustin Triano (13) and Malik Morgan (11) also reached double figures. Boumann and Riley Hawken each snared seven rebounds to lead the Wolves on the glass.

The Wolves made 49 percent of their shots (29-59), made 32 percent of their three-pointers and 76 percent of their free throws. Defensively, the Wolves out rebounded the Nanooks 38-31.

WOU played on Concordia University Tuesday after press time. The team returns to the road Thursday with a match against Montana State Billings.

WOMENS BASKETBALL LOSES TWO: Western Oregon University women’s basketball team fell behind early to Central Washington on Saturday and couldn’t claw back, losing 79-67.

WOU (8-10, 4-8 GNAC) used a 10-1 run in the third quarter to close the gap, but the Wildcats responded by pushing the lead to nine (58-49) going into the fourth quarter.

Savannah Heugly led all players with 16 points and was followed by teammates Shelby Snook and Jasmine Miller with 13 points each.

On Thursday, WOU forced overtime before falling to Northwest Nazarene, a 72-67, on Thursday night.

Heugly led WOU with 18 points while Shelby Snook (14) and Keyonna Jones (12) also reached double figures for the Wolves.

Thursday’s outing was an improvement for the Wolves. The last time the team met, WOU lost by 27.

“My heart hurts for our team, they played the best team basketball I’ve seen this year and against a very talented NNU team,” said WOU head coach Holli Howard-Carpenter. “We were locked in and executed our game plan on both ends of the floor and I’m extremely proud of the heart we showed tonight.”

The Wolves will hit the road with games at Western Washington Thursday and Simon Fraser on Saturday.

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