Women’s basketball roundup: EWU stops Montana with balanced scoring
All five starters scored in double figures and the Eastern Washington women’s basketball team led from start to finish and beat Montana 71-61 in a Big Sky Conference game Saturday night at Reese Court in Cheney.
Lexie Nelson scored a game-high 19 points, Jade Redmon had 13 points, five assists and five rebounds and Melissa Williams chipped in 10 points and 10 boards as the Eagles (11-10, 7-5) raced out to a 13-2 lead to open the game.
The Grizzlies (14-7, 8-4) rallied late, but EWU made 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Torry Hill led Montana with 15 points.
The Eagles play at Sacramento State on Thursday.
Idaho 85, Texas-Pan America 52: Stacey Barr had game highs of 22 points and 13 rebounds and the Vandals (17-7, 10-0) made it 10 straight wins by drubbing the Broncos (11-12, 5-4) in a Western Athletic Conference game in Edinburg, Texas.
The win streak matches that of the 1985-86 team. The 10-0 start to open conference play is the best since Idaho accomplished that during the 1981-82 season.
The Vandals were sharp despite rushing to the court. Travel delays forced Idaho to arrive just hours before the game, and the Vandals went without a shootaround.
Five Vandals scored in double figures for the fifth time this season. Christina Salvatore and Ali Forde scored 13 points apiece, and Connie Ballestero and Addie Schivo each added 10.
Whitworth 89, Pacific Lutheran 56: Kayla Johnson scored 21 points and the Pirates (16-5, 10-2) had their offense clicking in the second half in a Northwest Conference win over the Lutes (7-14, 3-9) in Parkland, Wash.
Whitworth trailed by three at the half, but scored 60 second-half points to surge ahead for good.
The Pirates made 18 of 32 shots from the floor in the second half, including 8 of 11 3-pointers and 16 of 20 from the free-throw line.
Kendra Lahue made five 3-pointers and added 19 points and seven rebounds and Kendra Knutsen chipped in 12 points and six assists for Whitworth.
Katelyn Smith had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Pacific Lutheran.
The win was Helen Higgs’ 300th as Pirates head coach.
CC Spokane 75, Treasure Valley 58: Riley Holsinger’s big night helped the Sasquatch (13-10, 5-5) beat the Chukars (2-21, 0-10) in an NWAACC game at Spokane Community College.
Thanks to a revised count by the CCS athletic department, it was Sasquatch coach Bruce Johnson’s 499th victory. He will go for win No. 500 on Wednesday at Walla Walla.