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WSU, 5-0 in Pac-12, tops No. 21 Colorado

Sat., Jan. 18, 2014

Tia Presley and Lia Galdeira each had 17 points on Friday night as Washington State beat No. 21 Colorado 70-60 in a Pac-12 game in Pullman.

WSU (11-6, 5-0) improved to 3-1 against ranked opponents this season and continues its best start in conference play since opening 5-0 as a member of the Northwest Women’s Basketball League in 1977-78.

The Cougars had a 60-50 lead on Dawnyelle Awa’s 3-pointer with 6:18 to play before both teams went scoreless for 2 minutes.

Brittany Wilson’s 3-pointer for Colorado ended the drought and sparked a 9-4 run that brought the Buffaloes within 64-59 with 2:27 to play.

The Cougars stopped Colorado’s next three possessions as Presley and Galdeira each had steals. WSU made 6 of 8 free throws in the final minute to close out the game.

Jen Reese led the Buffaloes (11-5, 1-4) with 15 points and Arielle Roberson chipped in 13.

Washington State hosts Utah on Sunday at noon.

George Fox 59, Whitworth 56: K.C. McConnell’s last-second 3-pointer was off the mark and the Bruins (14-0, 5-0) edged the Pirates (10-4, 4-1) in a Northwest Conference game in Newberg, Ore.

The loss snapped Whitworth’s seven-game winning streak.

The Pirates fell behind 29-20, but closed the first half on an 8-1 run to set up a tight second half.

George Fox’s Justine Benner and Jordyn Peacock led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points apiece.

Whitworth’s Kayla Johnson led all scorers with 24 points. Johnson’s effort gave her more than 1,000 for her career.

The Pirates play at Linfield tonight.

Washington 53, Utah 52 (OT): The Huskies (9-7, 2-3) fought back after falling behind early and edged the Utes (7-9, 0-5) in a Pac-12 game in Seattle.

Utah raced ahead 16-4 to start the game, but Washington cut the deficit to two at the half.

Utah’s Emily Potter hit a jumper with 6 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

Washington took control in the overtime, holding the Utes scoreless in the final 1:19.

UW’s Kelsey Plum and Jazmine Davis scored 14 points apiece and Aminah Williams pulled down 15 rebounds.

Michelle Plouffe had 20 points and 14 rebounds and Potter 10 points and 14 boards for Utah.

The win snapped the Huskies’ three-game losing streak.

CC Spokane 65, Treasure Valley 49: Riley Holsinger had 18 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and six steals to guide the Sasquatch (10-6, 2-1) past the Chukars (2-13, 0-2) in an NWAACC game in Ontario, Ore.

Morgan Freeman added 15 points and 11 rebounds – including eight on the offensive glass – for the Sasquatch.

The Sasquatch had 23 offensive rebounds in all, which led to an 18-4 advantage in second-chance points.

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