North Idaho College claimed its 30th victory of the women’s basketball season with a 66-38 victory over the State Fair CC Roadrunners on Thursday night to advance to the semifinals of the NJCAA National Championships in Salina, Kan.
The fifth-seeded Cardinals (30-3) will face the tournament’s top seed, Pensacola of Florida (35-0), at 6 p.m. PDT.
Kama Griffitts led the way for NIC with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Tugce Canitez added 13 points and 13 rebounds while Shakiana Edwards-Teasley pulled down 14 rebounds and Amanda Carlton put in 11 points, making both of her 3-pointers.
The Cardinals shot 43 percent while holding the Roadrunners (28-7) to 26 percent from the field.
NIC led 26-19 at the half.
• The Idaho women’s first postseason appearance in 25 years was short-lived as the Vandals lost to South Dakota 62-47 at Vermillion, S.D., in the opening round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational.
The Coyotes (20-11) committed only nine turnovers in the game and were able to turn Idaho’s 12 turnovers into 20 points.
Idaho (15-16) was led by the 17th double-double of the season from Yinka Olorunnife, who finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Derisa Taleni had 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting for the Vandals.
The loss ends one of the best seasons in years for the Vandals. The 15 wins are the most in a season since 2004-05, and UI reached the postseason for the first time since winning the 1986 WNIT.
Adam Hall (Bonners Ferry) won his first two matches for Boise State at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia. Both of his victories came by decision, 4-1 over DJ Meagher of Cornell and 6-2 over Colton Salazar of Purdue.
Hall’s teammate, Levi Jones (Lakeside-Nine Mile Falls), won his prelim, 9-3 over Hicks Manson of Cornell, then was pinned at 3:34 by Matthew Bronson of Lock Haven before bouncing back in his first-round consolation match with a 6-3 win over Andrew Schutt of Buffalo.
Penn State leads the team competition. The event concludes Saturday.
Four unearned runs in the fourth inning, including Brennan Gowens’ bases-loaded triple, boosted Fresno State to a 7-5 nonconference victory over Washington State (9-5) in Fresno, Calif.
Gowens’ triple gave the Bulldogs (12-2) a 6-4 lead. Adam Conley (4-1) got the loss.
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