February 1, 1997 in Sports

UI Pulls Out Road Win, Takes Over East’s Top Spot

 

Melisa McDaniel hit two free throws with 9 seconds remaining as the University of Idaho women’s basketball team overcame poor shooting to pick up a 63-59 Big West Conference win over Cal State Fullerton on Friday night at Fullerton, Calif.

The win was Idaho’s fourth straight and moves it into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Division with a 4-2 record. For the third time in four games, Idaho (9-9, 4-2) had to rely on a late second-half surge. The Vandals trailed 56-46 with 4:51 remaining but went on a 17-3 run to clinch the win.

McDaniel scored a season-high 12 points.

UI’s Alli Nieman finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, both team highs. Nieman, who earned Big West player of the week honors this week, had her second straight double-double and her third in four games.

Idaho travels to UC Irvine for a Sunday afternoon game. The Anteaters beat Boise State 72-58 in other Big West action Friday night.

Idaho 63, Cal State Fullerton 59

Fullerton (6-11, 1-5) Cram 1-6 2-2 4, McMahan 7-13 0-2 14, Braxton 10-14 1-3 21, Thieme 8-15 3-8 20, Bucher 0-4 0-0 0, Castro 0-0 0-0 0, Anderson 0-1 0-0 0, Cleveland 0-1 0-0 0, Sigg 0-5 0-0 0, Whiteside 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-59 6-15 59.

Idaho (9-9, 4-2) Gussett 3-11 1-2 6, Nieman 6-15 3-4 15, Greenwood 2-8 0-0 4, Johnson 2-9 0-2 6, Skorpik 0-10 4-4 4, Ortner 0-0 0-0 0, McDaniel 3-9 5-6 12, Newman 1-2 0-0 2, Lemm 3-6 0-0 6, Stone 3-5 2-2 8. Totals 23-75 15-19 63. Halftime - Fullerton 26, Idaho 25. Fouled out - Thieme. Rebounds - Fullerton 41 (Braxton 17), Idaho 52 (Nieman 10). Assists - Fullerton 14 (Cram, Thieme, Sigg 3), Idaho 8 (Gussett 4). Total fouls - Fullerton 17, Idaho 19. A - 98.

Whitworth 62, Willamette 55

Whitworth went on a 22-7 run in the final 10:16 of the first half to take a 13-point halftime lead and held on to beat Willamette in a Northwest Conference game at Salem, Ore.

Whitworth’s Jen Tissue led all scorers with 16 points and had a game-high five steals. Sherri Northington added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Pirates, who led at the half 37-24.

The win improved Whitworth to 8-9, 4-5. The Bearcats dropped to 10-6, 7-2. Whitworth travels to Linfield tonight.

Whitworth (8-9, 4-5) - Davis 0-2 0-0 0, Tissue 5-10 4-4 16, Northington 4-7 4-6 12, Scherer 5-9 0-0 10, Moore 4-12 0-1 9, Peterson 0-1 0-0 0, Stuenkel 0-1 0-0 0, Carr 4-5 0-0 8, Werner 0-3 0-0 0, Slwooko 0-0 0-0 0, Olson 3-4 0-0 7, Viall 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-54 8-11 62.

Willamette (10-6, 7-2) - Waliezer 2-3 0-1 4, Shepard 7-15 0-1 14, Joseph 1-8 0-3 2, Charriere 2-9 4-4 9, Salazar 3-9 2-2 8, Edmonds 3-5 1-1 8, Kruger 0-2 2-2 2, Zachry 0-0 0-0 0, Wick 1-5 6-6 8. Totals 19-56 15-20 55.

Halftime score - Whitworth 37, Willamette 24. 3-point goals - Whitworth 4-13 (Davis 0-2, Tissue 2-3, Moore 1-3, Stuenkel 0-1, Werner 0-2, Olson 1-2), Willamette 2-9 (Shepard 0-1, Charriere 1-6, Salazar 0-1, Edmonds 1-1). Total fouls - Whitworth 17, Willamette 12. Fouled out - Whitworth - None. Technical fouls - None. Rebounds - Whitworth 35 (Northington 9), Willamette 39 (Waliezer 7). Assists - Whitworth 17 (Carr 4), Willamette 15 (Charriere 5).

Prima Donna Stakes today

The $10,000-added Prima Donna Stakes will highlight today’s program at Playfair as Ducking the Issue invades from Emerald Downs after scoring two claiming victories at the Auburn track.

In search of her third straight win, Ducking the Issue will be the likely favorite in the Prima Donna. The major opposition is expected to be A Chance to Knight, who also is looking for her third straight win after winning both of her Playfair starts with maiden and claiming company.

, DataTimes

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