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UI Makes Up For Lost Time Late Arrival Doesn’t Stop Vandal Women From Defeating Ewu

Idaho arrived late, but that’s what winter road trips often do to visiting basketball teams in these snowy parts.

The Vandals also turned up the heat late, defeating the Eastern Washington women 66-61 Friday night at Reese Court in Cheney.

“It took us an hour and 50 minutes to get here,” Vandals coach Julie Holt said. “We got here at 6:40 (for a 7 p.m. tipoff). They did a great job adapting, adjusting and improvising.”

All that came in the second half, as the Eagles (2-5) watched their lead vanish.

In the first half, Eastern led by as much as 33-23. That came with 12 seconds remaining before halftime, but a 3-point shot at the buzzer by UI’s Alli Nieman cut the lead to 33-26.

“We only had six turnovers in the first half,” Holt said. “We were doing the right things. We needed a couple more shots to fall. We needed to do a better job keeping them off our backs on the rebounds.”

Idaho (5-5) took its first second-half lead at the 12:43 mark when guard Ari Skorpik hit a 3-pointer. That made the score 39-38, but it certainly wasn’t the end of the Eagles’ fight.

“The truth is we really thought we played pretty well,” said Eastern coach Heidi Van-Derveer, whose team lost to the Vandals at Idaho by 18 points early this season. “We just need to find ways to win, and with a young team that might take awhile.”

The Eagles led 52-49 when freshman guard Andee Schmick hit a jumper with 6:36 left in the game. But two free-throw conversions by Nieman, followed by an easy layup by Kathryn Gussett, gave the Vandals a 53-52 lead. They never trailed after that.

With 2:52 left, the Eagles found themselves trailing 58-56 after a Kelly Bartleson layup. Bartleson could have cut the deficit to one, but missed a free throw.

However, the Eagles found themselves trailing by two again with 1:38 left. Shana Ray, who entered the game leading the Eagles with 15.3 points per game, slashed through the paint and scored on a layup to cut the margin to 60-58.

Skorpik took over from there, scoring the Vandals’ next field goal. She also hit 3 of 4 free throws down the stretch.

The senior guard, listed as 5-foot-5, finished with a team-high 17 points (5 of 12, including 3 of 7 from 3-point range). Nieman, who entered the game with a 17.7 pointsper-game average, finished with 16 points (5 of 8) and nine rebounds. The freshman from Sandpoint sat out 10 minutes in the second half in foul trouble.

Rachel Ferguson, Eastern’s 6-2 senior forward, led the Eagles with 18 points, 14 in the first half. Bartleson, who was back for only her second game because of stress fractures in both legs, led EWU with 10 rebounds.

Idaho 66, Eastern Washington 61

Idaho (5-5) - Johnson 3-10 0-1 6, Gussett 5-8 1-4 11, Greenwood 2-6 0-0 4, Skorpik 5-12 4-8 17, Nieman 5-8 5-6 16, Ortner0-0 0-0 0, McDaniel 1-1 0-0 2, Newman 0-1 0-0 0, Blakely 1-2 0-0 2, Stone 4-6 0-2 8. Totals 26-54 10-21 66.

Eastern Washington (2-5) - Kirk 4-10 0-1 9, Sloan 1-6 1-2 3, Ferguson 8-10 2-2 18, Sutter 0-0 0-0 0, Ray 2-12 6-8 10, Bocook 0-0 0-0 0, Bartleson 3-6 0-1 7, Schmick 2-5 0-0 4, Ford 1-3 0-0 2, Olson 0-1 0-0 0, Moore 4-8 0-0 8. Totals 25-61 9-14 61.

Halftime-Eastern Washington 33, Idaho 26. 3-point goals- Idaho 4-12 (Skorpik 3-7, Nieman 1-1, Gussett 0-1, Johnson 0-3), Eastern Washington 2-11 (Bartleson 1-2, Kirk 1-5, Ford 0-1, Ray 0-3). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Idaho 32 (Nieman 9), Eastern Washington 44 (Bartleson 10). Assists-Idaho 17 (Gussett, Skorpik 5), Eastern Washington 20 (Bartleson 6). Total fouls-Idaho 15, Eastern Washington 19. Technicals-Eastern Washington coach Vanderveer. A-281.

WSU’s Kerns out for season

Sophomore Jen Kerns of Coeur d’Alene, who averaged 6.8 points and two rebounds for Washington State in five games, will be lost for the season after undergoing wrist surgery Friday.

Whitworth 70, C. Washington 54

Whitworth outscored Central Washington 41-26 in the second half to hand the visiting Wildcats their first loss.

Rebecca Moore and Jen Tissue each scored 17 and Cindy Viall came off the bench to add 13 points and six rebounds for the Pirates (5-3).

Wendy Roberts topped CWU (3-1) with 16 points.

Central Washington (3-1) - Gosselin 2-8 2-2 6, Roberts 4-9 8-10 16, Newman 1-4 2-5 4, Matzen 2-5 0-0 5, Willis 0-3 0-0 0, Rutter 2-4 1-3 5, Mickle 5-8 2-3 12, Maloney 2-3 0-2 4, Coker 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 19-48 15-25 54.

Whitworth (5-3) - Peterson 1-2 5-7 7, Stuenkel 0-2 0-0 0, Sherer 0-4 0-0 0, Moore 4-10 6-6 17, Tissue 5-15 6-6 17, Northington 3-9 2-3 8, Werner 0-2 0-0 0, Slwooko 3-6 0-0 6, Olson 1-4 0-0 2, Viall 4-7 2-3 13. Totals 21-61 21-25 70.

Halftime score - Whitworth 29, CWU 28. 3-point goals - CWU 1-7 (Gosselin 0-4, Matzen 1-2, Willis 0-1), Whitworth 7-19 (Moore 3-5, Tissue 1-6, Werner 0-2, Olson 0-1, Viall 3-6). Total fouls - CWU 20, Whitworth 18. Fouled out - Mickle. Technical fouls - None. Rebounds - CWU 33 (Gosselin 6, Mickle 6), Whitworth 44 (Northington 10). Assists - CWU 12 (Gosselin 6), Whitworth 15 (Tissue 6).

Umpqua 71, CCS 49

Angela Burgess, a 6-foot-5 center, blocked six shots and grabbed 12 rebounds, to lead Umpqua CC of Roseburg, Ore., to a win over Community Colleges of Spokane at the Pierce Crossover Tournament in Tacoma.

Sarah Coleman had 21 points to lead Umpqua (10-1). Alana Carlanda topped CCS (9-3) with 12 points.

Umpqua (10-1) - Burgess 3-9 1-2 7, Coleman 8-13 5-7 21, Hanson 4-7 5-6 15, Combs 3-4 2-3 8, Nowak 0-1 0-0 0, Sechler 2-5 0-2 4, Leinonen 2-4 2-2 6, Custodio 4-6 0-0 10. Totals 26-50 15-24 71.

CC Spokane (9-3) Pilkington 2-11 3-4 7, Shelton 0-2 0-0 0, Lentz 2-3 0-0 4, Titchenal 1-6 2-2 5, Carlander 3-14 4-4 12, Stark 0-5 0-0 0, Massingale 3-14 0-0 6, Kuh 0-1 2-2 2, Marchand 2-8 0-0 5, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Brandt 1-3 2-2 4, Lawler 2-6 0-1 4. Totals 16-73 13-15 49.

Halftime score - Umpqua 40, CCS 27. 3-point goals - Umpqua 4-6 (Hanson 2-2, Custorio 2-2, Coleman 0-1, Combs 0-1), CCS 4-25 (Titchenal 1-6, Carlander 2-6, Marchand 1-4, Pilkington 0-1, Shelton 0-2, Stark 0-3, Massingale 0-3). Total fouls - Umpqua 14, CCS 19. Fouled out - Stark. Technical fouls - CCS coach. Rebounds Umpqua 50 (Burgess 12), CCS 38 (Massingale 7). Assists - Umpqua 14 (Custodio 3), CCS 9 (Shelton 4).

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