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Lasisi, Whitworth men beat Bearcats

Sat., Jan. 21, 2012

Idris Lasisi scored a game-high 23 points and the ninth-ranked Whitworth men’s basketball team beat Willamette 83-69 in Northwest Conference action Friday night at Cone Field House in Salem, Ore.

The win was the Pirates’ seventh in their past eight games.

Lasisi made 4 of 7 3-pointers and 9 of 10 free throws.

Whitworth’s Felix Friedt added 13 points and 13 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. Friedt leads the NWC in double-doubles.

Whitworth improved to 14-3 overall and 7-1 in conference games. The Bearcats fell to 2-13 and 0-7.

The Pirates have most of the week off before playing Friday at George Fox and at Lewis & Clark next Saturday.

Women’s basketball

Four Whitworth players scored in double figures as the Pirates got out to a quick start and ran over Willamette 88-46 in a Northwest Conference game at Cone Field House.

Kayla Johnson scored 14 points, Lauren Picha had 13, and Kendra Lahue came off the bench for a career-high 12 points for Whitworth.

The Pirates jumped out to a 15-5 lead about 5 minutes into the game. They started the second half on a 14-2 run to put the game out of reach.

Kaileigh Westerman led the Bearcats with 10 points.

Whitworth improved to 8-9 overall and 4-4 in conference play. Willamette fell to 1-15 and 0-7.

Whitworth plays at George Fox on Friday.

• Korina Baker had 20 points, five assists and four steals and North Idaho slid past Eastern Utah 57-55 in a Scenic West Athletic Conference battle for first place in Price, Utah.

Katie Buskey added 14 points for the Cardinals, who won their ninth straight.

Eastern Utah’s Priscila Santos tallied a game-high 28 points, but made just 11 of 30 shots from the field.

NIC improved to 15-2 overall and 4-0 in conference games. Eastern Utah fell to 11-8 and 3-1.

Track and field

Washington State senior J Hopkins won the 400-meter hurdles during the first day of competition at the University of New Mexico Cherry and Silver Indoor Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque.

The Cougars’ Shawn Swartz took second place in the high jump, reaching a height of 6 feet, 10 1/4 inches.

Several WSU athletes reached personal bests, including Chanel James, who finished eighth in the 200 in 24.82 seconds. James’ teammate, Cindy Robinson, was ninth in 24.83.

The meet, WSU’s second of the season, concludes today.


 
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