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WBB-D2: Seattle Pacific Falcons (8-4) at Western Oregon Wolves (7-4)

SEATTLE – They’re coming off one of their most successful weeks ever on their home
court. Now, the Seattle Pacific Falcons will try to keep it going on the road.
Having dealt Northwest Nazarene and Central Washington their first Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball defeats of the season, SPU begins a stretch of three
straight road games, with the first two set for this week. The Falcons (8-4, 3-1 GNAC) visit
Western Oregon on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and Saint Martin’s on Saturday at 5:15 p.m.
Last Thursday, SPU put the defensive clamps on NNU, winning 58-45. On Saturday, the
defense came through again and the offense stepped to beat No. 22 Central, 70-63.

SCOUTING THE WESTERN OREGON WOLVES

All-time series: SPU leads, 47-5. Current series streak: SPU won 4. Last time:
SPU 61, WOU 59 OT (Feb. 21, 2022 at Monmouth). Last WOU series win:
WOU 60, SPU 53 (Feb. 28, 2019 at Monmouth).
Wolves in a nutshell: Western Oregon played its first eight games on the road while its
new homecourt was being finished and had a 4-0 start before dropping its first two GNAC
games. The Wolves got into the conference win column last Saturday, 77-68 at Saint Martin’s.
Junior 5-foot-9 guard Cali McClave is a go-to player for WOU, as she averages 16.1
points (No. 8 on the GNAC list) with five games in the 20s, topped by 28 at Northwest
Nazarene on Dec. 3. Princy Paaluhi-Caulk, a senior 5-3 guard, averages 11.2 points
and a team-high 6.6 rebounds. The Wolves have some quick hands, averaging 10.1 steals,
third-best in the GNAC, led by McClave’s 2.4, No. 3 in the conference.

Mikey Balhan Sports

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