College notebook: Crowley’s season highs help Oklahoma Wesleyan stay unbeaten in hoops

By Kurt Zimmer, Columbian Sports Copy Editor and Writer

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Heritage grad one of top 3-point shooters in NAIA-II

Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s Aaron Crowley was 7 of 11 from 3-point range and scored a season-high 21 points in a 103-88 victory Saturday over Haskell Indian Nations University of Kansas.

The Heritage High School graduate is averaging 9.7 points a game and is ranked among the top 3-point shooters in Division II of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

His seven 3-pointers and 21 points were season highs for the senior guard. He is 27th in NAIA Division II with 54 total 3-pointers made, 31st with 2.700 3-pointers a game and 40th with a .419 shooting percentage from behind the arc.

Crowley “is having an incredible senior season,” Oklahoma Wesleyan coach Donnie Bostwick said in an email. “He has taken his game to another level this year. Very proud of him.”

As a team, the Eagles rank among the top six in the division in 13 categories, topping the lists with 268 3-pointers made and an average of 13.400 a game from that range. They are 20th with a .377 team shooting percentage from behind the arc.

Defending national champions of NAIA Division II, the Eagles were undefeated in 20 games after last weekend’s play, 4-0 in the Midlands Collegiate Athletics Conference.

BYU’s Foreman has boards season high

Brigham Young junior guard Jazmine Foreman grabbed a season-high nine rebounds to go with 13 points as the Cougars upset Mountain West Conference-leading San Diego State 73-63 on Saturday.

Foreman, a Hudson’s Bay High School graduate, made a three-pointer to give BYU some cushion early in the second half, and helped the Cougars (13-4, 4-1 MWC) hold off the Aztecs. She was 8 of 9 from the free-throw line, and also had five assists and three steals.

Her “leadership was evident throughout the game, particularly down the stretch,” according to byucougars.com.

Johnson’s block party continues

Utah State senior forward Nicole Johnson keeps inching closer to breaking Jessica Freeman’s school record for career blocks.

The Columbia River High School graduate blocked three shots in a 56-55 home loss Saturday to New Mexico State, giving her 122 career blocks. She is now just five blocks away from Freeman’s career mark of 127 blocks.

The 6-foot-2 Johnson averages 1.95 blocks a game, and leads the Western Athletic Conference with 37 blocks in 19 games this season.

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