January 12, 2014 in Sports

Cougars reach 4-0 in Pac-12 for first time


Sage Romberg’s 3-pointer with 2 minutes and 19 seconds remaining Saturday snapped a 73-all tie and keyed a 10-3 run as visiting Washington State topped Washington 85-79 in Pac-12 play at Alaska Airlines Arena.

The Cougars improved to 4-0 in conference play for the first time in school history. The win came four days after WSU snapped a 36-game losing streak against the Huskies.

Tia Presley scored 29 points and Shalie Dheensaw added 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Cougars (10-6). Presley shot 11 of 19 from the floor, including 3 of 5 on 3-pointers. Dheensaw shot 8 of 13 from the field and 4 of 5 from the line.

Kelsey Plum had a game-high 30 points and Aminah Williams added 15 rebounds for the Huskies (8-7, 1-3). Plum shot 10 of 22 from the floor.

Alexas Williamson’s 3-pointer with 15:13 left in the first half gave WSU a 13-3 lead. UW answered with a 16-3 run to take a 19-16 lead midway through the half.

The Cougars rallied and led 57-49 after Mariah Cooks’ jumper with 13:09 left. Jazmine Davis’ jumper with 4:22 left gave UW its final lead at 71-69.

The teams were tied 13 times.

Montana State 78, Eastern Washington 74: Ashley Brumwell had a game-high 26 points and 10 rebounds and the Bobcats (8-5, 3-1 Big Sky) outscored the Eagles 25-11 in the final 8 minutes for the win.

EWU led 63-53 with 8 minutes left, but it surrendered the lead and went 0 for 4 from the floor in the final 1 1/2 minutes. MSU shot 13 for 13 from the line.

Lexie Nelson of the Eagles (6-8, 2-3) scored 19 points, hitting 9 of 10 from the line, and Hayley Hodgins hit 4 of 8 3-pointers on the way to 18 points.

Idaho 79, New Mexico State 51: Stacey Barr and Ali Forde finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds apiece as the host Vandals (11-7, 4-0 WAC) ran past the Aggies (4-12, 1-2) at Moscow.

Forde scored six points off layups as Idaho broke to a 17-0 lead through the first 4:41. Forde finished 5 of 8 from the floor and 6 of 7 from the line and added seven blocked shots.

Whitworth 83, Puget Sound 74: Kayla Johnson scored 27 points, hitting 9 of 14 from the floor and 8 of 10 from the line, to guide the host Pirates (10-3, 4-0 Northwest Conference) past the Loggers (8-5, 1-3).

Johnson scored four points as the Pirates broke from a 53-all tie with an 8-0 run that ended with 12:18 left.

Yakima Valley 58, CC Spokane 57: Carlee Creager and Paige Albrecht scored 14 points apiece as the Yaks (5-10, 1-1 NWAACC) held off the Sasquatch (9-6, 1-1) at Spokane CC in a game that featured 17 ties and 14 lead changes.

CCS’ Riley Holsinger had game highs of 10 rebounds and 18 points, shooting 9 of 10 from the line. Morgan Freeman added 17 points for the Sasquatch.

Southern Idaho 84, North Idaho 64: Holly Blades shot 11 of 16 from the field while scoring a game-high 26 points and the visiting Golden Eagles (17-2, 4-1) eased past the Cardinals.

CSI shot 17 of 28 from the floor in the second half to finish the game 33 for 62 (53 percent). Kara Staggs had 17 points and four assists, and Renae Mokrzycki added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Cardinals (16-4, 2-3).

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