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Area women’s basketball: Barr’s big day guides first-place Vandals

Sun., Jan. 19, 2014

Stacey Barr led five players in double figures with 23 points Saturday as Idaho continued to lead the way in the Western Athletic Conference with a 96-69 win over Cal State Bakersfield (8-8, 2-2) at Bakersfield, Calif.

Barr, who finished 7 of 11 from the floor, added eight rebounds and six assists.

UI’s Ali Forde made three layups during a 14-1 run that launched the Vandals to a 16-3 lead. UI (13-7, 6-0) is off to its best conference start in 32 years.

EWU 78, Sacramento State 65: Lexie Nelson and Laura Hughes scored 19 points apiece and the host Eagles (8-8, 4-3 Big Sky) held the Hornets (11-4, 3-3) to a season low for points.

Nelson scored every point during a 10-0 run early in the second half – including two 3-pointers – to turn a four-point deficit into a 39-33 lead. Nelson has hit 20 straight free throws.

Whitworth 74, Linfield 54: Kayla Johnson and KC McConnell combined for 40 points and 11 rebounds to power the Pirates (11-4, 5-1 NWC) past the host Wildcats (5-10, 1-5) at McMinnville, Ore.

Johnson and McConnell scored five points apiece during a 14-2 first-half run to put Whitworth in charge.

Blue Mountain 76, CC Spokane 65: Mar’Shay Moore scored a game-high 32 points as the host Timberwolves (13-4, 2-2 NWAACC) turned back the Sasquatch (10-7, 2-2) at Pendleton, Ore.

North Central High graduates Kalen Via and Hailey Markham-Patti combined to hit 8 of 18 3-pointers for BMCC. Riley Holsinger, also formerly of NC, led CCS with 26 points.

Eastern Utah 63, North Idaho 61: The Golden Eagles (10-11, 4-3 SWAC) outscored the Cardinals 39-7 off the bench to earn the win. Kara Staggs led four Cardinals (17-5, 3-4) in double figures with 16 points.



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