On a night neither team shot well from the field, the hot hand of Lexi Nelson proved to be the difference in Eastern Washington’s 67-61 overtime victory over Idaho State in a Big Sky Conference women’s basketball game at Cheney.
The victory ensures the Eagles the third seed in the conference tournament.
Nelson made 7 of 10 shots, including 2 of 3 3-pointers, and hit all eight of her free throws to score a game-high 24 points. EWU (17-11, 13-6) shot just 33.3 percent with the Bengals (17-11, 12-7) only a little better at 35 percent.
The Eagles, who trailed by eight points at halftime, helped themselves by sinking 27 of 33 free throws. Idaho State was 17 of 25.
CC Spokane dropped a doubleheader at Mesa (Ariz.) College, 12-0 in five innings, and 6-2.