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Stotts is NBA West coach of the month; Beavers earn softball honors; Timbers sign 3 players

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TUESDAY SPORTS NEWS


On the heels of his team’s 9-2 record in February, Terry Stotts of the Trail Blazers has been named NBA Western Conference coach of the month.

The fourth-year Blazers coach’s team posted the third-best February record in franchise history and the third-best mark in the NBA this season.

Seven of the wins came against teams at or above .500 when they played Portland.

The month’s effort lifted the Blazers to 32-28, a season high of four games above .500.

Portland notched its fifth consecutive road win on Feb. 28, defeating Indiana 111-102.

Also, for February the Blazers ranked fourth in the NBA in both scoring (110.6 points per game) and 3-pointers made per game (11.0).

Brad Stevens of Boston was the Eastern Conference coach of the month.

COURTESY: OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY - Freshman Meehra Nelson has been chosen as Pac-12 softball pitcher of the week.

SOFTBALL

Oregon State’s resurgent softball team got Pac-12 acclaim on Tuesday, with Meehra Nelson and Kayleen Shafer named conference pitcher and freshman of the week, respectively.

Nelson, also a freshman, pitched all seven innings in a win over No. 12/11 Oklahoma. The product of Simi Valley, Calif., added a complete-game victory versus New Mexico State, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks to a team ranked second in the nation in batting average (.426). Nelson also had a save against Northwestern and ended the weekend play at the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City, Calif., with a 9-1 season record and 1.50 ERA.

Shafer had three hits and two RBIs off Oklahoma ace Karysta Donisthorpe. Shafer, from Mission Viejo, Calif., is second on the Beavers in batting (.447), with two home runs and 10 RBIs.

Oregon State is 14-2.

The Beavers go to Fullerton, Calif., this weekend, opening play in the Judi Garman Classic with a 5:30 p.m. Friday game against Baylor. The Bears are tied with Oregon State at No. 22 in the USA Softball national rankings.

OSU also will play this weekend against Michigan, Fresno State, North Carolina and Wisconsin. Michigan was in the 2015 Women’s College World Series.COURTESY: OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY - Catcher Kayleen Shafer of the Oregon State Beavers is the Pac-12 softball freshman of the week.

SOCCER

• The Portland Timbers have signed two 2016 MLS SuperDraft picks, midfielder/winger Neco Brett and goalkeeper Wade Hamilton.

The 5-8, 165-pound Brett, 23, is awaiting a visa. He is from Kingston, Jamaica and played for Robert Morris University.

Hamilton, 21, comes from Cal Poly. He’s 6-2, 195.

Also, the Timbers have signed SuperDraft choice Trevor Morley, a 6-2, 175-pound defender from Cal State Northridge, for their Timbers2 United Soccer League team.

Brett was the 40th overall pick, Hamilton was 61st and Morley was No. 81.

BASKETBALL

Kaylie Van Loo, a junior guard for the University of Portland, has earned honorable mention all-West Coast Conference.

Van Loo, from Glencoe High, ranks fifth in the WCC in assists (3.8 per game) and assist/turnover ratio (1.5). She is averaging career highs of 7.7 points and 2.7 rebounds.