Towry sets Willamette record for 3s
Former South Medford standout Kylie Towry set the Willamette University record for career 3-point baskets in her team’s 88-56 win Saturday over Walla Walla University. Towry, a redshirt junior, set the record with 7:13 left in the second quarter on the second of her five 3-pointers during the game. Towry now has 178 career 3-pointers, breaking the record of 174 shared by Alex Zennan (2011) and Amy Ulrey (1996). Towry finished with 20 points in 17 minutes during the win, shooting 7-for-12 from the field and 5-for-9 from 3-point range. Towry leads the Bearcats (5-0) with 19.2 points per game and is also averaging 4.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Willamette is off to its best start since the 1999-2000 campaign, when the team also won its first five games.
Raider wrestling hosting on Friday
The Southern Oregon University men's wrestling team will try on a new venue in its last appearance in Ashland until February. The Raiders, ranked sixth in the NAIA and sporting a 2-2 dual record, will host the San Francisco State Gators at 7 p.m. Friday at the Ashland Middle School gym. The Gators, an NCAA Division II member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, are 0-4 and have wrestled exclusively against Division I competition. SOU is 19-4 in the head-to-head series, but the teams haven't met in five seasons and the Gators haven't visited Ashland since Dec. 13, 2008.
Gators’ McElwain says not interested in UO
Florida coach Jim McElwain says he's not interested in the Oregon job. McElwain was mentioned by several media outlets as a possible candidate to replace Mark Helfrich, who was fired Tuesday. McElwain said after practice Wednesday that he has not heard from Oregon and credited the rumors to recruiting tactics. The 15th-ranked Gators (8-3) play No. 1 Alabama (12-0) in the Southeastern Conference title game Saturday. "I've got a heck of a job," McElwain said. "In case anybody checked, this is the University of Florida. We're playing in what they call the SEC championship game. It really hasn't crossed my mind." In two seasons in Gainesville, McElwain has led Florida to consecutive SEC Eastern Division titles despite a lackluster offense. The 54-year-old coach would seem to be a potential fit in the Pacific Northwest because he's a Montana native and a graduate of Eastern Washington. He also coached at Montana State, Fresno State and Colorado State. "It's always interesting this time of year and how whatever comes out," said McElwain, who got his first head coaching job with the Rams after serving as Alabama's offensive coordinator from 2008 to 2011. "I haven't heard from Oregon. I don't know how it gets linked sometimes. I guess slow news day. I've got my hunch there might some recruiting things behind it."