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EWU women clinch Big Sky berth

Sat., Feb. 20, 2010

Brianne Ryan scored 17 points and Julie Piper added 15 points and seven rebounds as Eastern Washington beat Northern Colorado 63-52 on Friday in Cheney to secure a spot in the Big Sky women’s basketball tournament.

The Eagles (16-9, 9-3 Big Sky) are the first team to secure a berth in the six-team tournament, which will be hosted by the regular-season conference champion March 11-13.

•Tugce Canitez scored 18 points with 15 rebounds in a losing cause as North Idaho College fell to Southern Idaho (19-8, 11-6) 59-53 in a Scenic West Athletic Conference game in Twin Falls, Idaho. Camille Reynolds added 11 points for NIC (21-5, 12-5 SWAC).

Men’s basketball

Renado Parker led three Cardinals in double figures as North Idaho beat Southern Idaho (18-9, 10-7) 80-75 in Twin Falls, Idaho, in a SWAC contest.

Mickeal Hale scored 16 points and Deandrea Taylor added 10 off the bench for the Cardinals (23-4, 13-4 SWAC). Guy Marc Michel collected a game-high 13 rebounds.


North Idaho College swept an SWAC doubleheader with Western Nevada (1-11, 0-6), winning 13-1 and 9-1 in Coeur d’Alene. The Cardinals (10-8, 7-3 SWAC) have won six games in a row.

Indoor track

Idaho’s Kelly Jacka won the 200 meters (24.77) and ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay at the Vandal Collegiate meet at the Kibbie Dome.

Eastern Washington won both women’s throwing events, with Erica Chaney taking the shot (46 feet, 2 inches) and Nicole Luckenbach the weight with a school record 61-111/4.

Whitworth’s Jeff Kintner moved up to third on the national NCAA Division III shot put list with a 54-101/4 heave to win that event.

Junior hockey

Darren Tarasoff and Ryan Aynsley scored to give the Castlegar Rebels a 2-0 win over the Spokane Braves in Game 1 of their opening-round KIJHL playoff series in Castlegar, B.C.

The best-of-7 series resumes tonight at 7:30.


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