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Area women: EWU whips Weber

Sun., March 10, 2013, midnight

Carrie Ojeda’s career night lifted the Eastern Washington women’s basketball team to a 70-53 win over Weber State in a Big Sky Conference regular-season finale Saturday afternoon at Reese Court in Cheney.

Ojeda, a senior, scored a career-high 27 points and added 12 rebounds, five steals and a couple of blocks to lead the Eagles. Ojeda connected on 8 of 15 shots from the floor and was 11 of 15 from the free-throw line. Kylie Huerta dished out a career-high 11 assists and Lexie Nelson added 18 points and three steals for EWU, which forced 20 Weber State turnovers.

The Eagles, who beat Weber State for the 10th consecutive time, made 13 of 15 second-half free throws to seal the win.

The Wildcats (0-29, 0-20) were led by Desiree Ramos’ 22 points.

EWU finished the regular season at 18-11 and took third place in conference play at 14-6. The Eagles will face sixth-seeded Montana State in the quarterfinals of the BSC tournament on Wednesday in Missoula. The Eagles have made it to the semifinals of the conference tournament five times, but have never played in the championship game.

Seattle 55, Idaho 53: Ashley Ward hit a 15-foot jumper with 1.2 seconds left to give the Redhawks (18-9, 15-3) a win over the Vandals (14-15, 11-7) in Seattle in a Western Athletic Conference regular-season finale.

Idaho dug itself out of a 14-point second half hole and held a lead late before Ward’s game-winner.

Stacey Barr led the Vandals with 17 points and six rebounds. Ali Forde added nine points and six rebounds and Christina Salvatore chipped in eight points and six boards.

Idaho is the third seed heading into next week’s WAC tournament in Las Vegas. The Vandals will take on No. 6 San Jose State in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

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