December 30, 2013 in Sports

Whitworth triumphs at Las Vegas tournament


Colton McCargar scored 21 points in leading Whitworth to an 84-77 victory over Wisconsin-Platteville on Sunday at the Classic in Las Vegas.

Dustin McConnell added 13 points, George Valle 12, Taylor Farnsworth 11 and Kenny Love 10.

The Pirates (6-3) trailed the Pioneers (8-4) by 10 with 4:35 left in the first half before rallying for a halftime tie. Whitworth slowly pulled away in the second half, leading by 11 with 4:54 left.

Women’s basketball

Lexie Nelson scored a career-high 29 points for Eastern Washington but the Eagles still dropped an 86-74 decision to Portland State in a Big Sky opener in Cheney.

The Eagles (4-6) were down only six points with just over 4 minutes to play but the Vikings (3-7) went on a 9-1 run to secure the victory and snap EWU’s four-game winning streak.

Nelson made a career-high five 3-pointers and hit all six of her free-throw attempts in scoring at least 20 points for the third consecutive game.

Laura Hughes scored 16 points for Eastern Washington.

Kate Lanz scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Vikings, who outrebounded the Eagles 44-33.

• Georgia Stirton scored 20 points and had seven assists as North Idaho College defeated Umpqua 70-63 to win the championship of the Lower Columbia Holiday Classic in Centralia, Wash.

Renae Mokrzycki scored 15 points and had 12 rebounds, Kara Staggs added 12 points and Panisessi Taimani 10 for the victorious Cardinals (15-2). NIC took advantage of 23 Umpqua (9-4) turnovers, turning them into 24 points.

• Riley Holsinger scored 14 points but CC Spokane fell to Bellevue 60-48 in the semifinals of the Skagit Valley College tounament in Mt. Vernon, Wash.

Neither team shot well in the first half, but the Bulldogs (6-6) hit 52.2 percent of their shots in the second half to pull away, leading by 16 points at one point. CCS (7-5) finished with a 33.3 shooting percentage.

The Sasquatch play Skagit Valley in the third-place game today.

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