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BOXERS AIM TO RETURN TO WIN COLUMN, WOMEN WRESTLERS SHINE AT HOME

BOXERS AIM TO RETURN TO WIN COLUMN

The Pacific men's basketball will aim to end the first half of the Northwest Conference season with a couple of wins after dropping both games on the eastern Washington road swing to No. 10 Whitworth and Whitman.

The Boxers will complete a three-game road trip at Lewis and Clark on Friday before playing their second and final home game of the month on Saturday when they host Pacific Lutheran.

An aggressive Pacific squad stayed with No. 10 ranked Whitworth for the entire 40 minutes Friday night, shooting 41 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free throw line in a 65-55 loss to the Pirates. Colin Wester led the Boxers with 20 points, connecting on 6 of 15 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free throw line.

Pacific shot 53.8 percent from the field on Saturday at Whitman, but 20 turnovers and hot three-point and free throw shooting by the Missionaries resulted in an 81-66 loss.

Despite shooting some of the fewest shots in the league, Pacific ranks as one of the most accurate shooting teams in the NWC. The Boxers enter the week ranked second with a .467 field goal percentage. Dustin Bowser and Charles Mosley both rank individually in the team's top-10 in field goal acuity.

On the women's side, the Boxers are in one of their toughest stretches of the Northwest Conference schedule. The road trip to eastern Washington resulted in a pair of competitive losses, including a 70-68 overtime defeat at Whitworth and a 65-58 loss at Whitman where Pacific nearly overcame a 17-point second-half deficit.

Now the Boxers go on the road for a third consecutive game at Lewis and Clark, where the Pioneers promise to be as formidable an opponent as the Boxers have faced this season. Pacific returns home Saturday to host a Pacific Lutheran team that is playing its best basketball of the season following narrow losses to Puget Sound and Lewis and Clark.

WOMEN WRESTLERS SHINE AT HOME

Andrina Ramos and Rustee-Ann Johansen each scored a pair of victories as the Pacific women's wrestling program made their lone home appearance of the 2011-12 season on Dec. 16 with matches against Menlo, Yakima Valley Community College and Southwestern Oregon Community College at the Stoller Center.

Ramos won two of her three matches on the day while Johansen finished with a 2-2 record on the afternoon, including two pins.

Pacific fielded a team of just four wrestlers on the day as three team members were sidelined by injuries.

The matches were the Boxers' lone dual meet appearance at home this season and their final home competition of the 2011-12 campaign. Ramos and Johansen followed with strong showings Jan. 6 in Yakima, Wash.



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