Idaho State guard Lindsey Reed scored a game-high 19 points to lead the fifth-seeded Bengals to a 70-65 overtime victory over No. 4 seed Eastern Washington on Thursday in the first round of the Big Sky tournament in Grand Forks, N.D.
Both teams had chances to win in the waning seconds of regulation, with EWU’s Melissa Williams misfiring on a short jumper with 30 seconds remaining before ISU (14-16) missed a winning chance at the buzzer.
The Bengals jumped out to a four-point lead in the extra period and never trailed as Rebecca Schrimpsher scored their final five points.
“In the end, they had some players step up and hit some really big shots,” EWU coach Wendy Schuller said. “And we didn’t knock those same shots down.”
Aubrey Ashenfelter had 17 points to lead the Eagles (16-14), who got 10 points apiece from Williams, Lexie Nelson, Hayley Hodgins and Jade Redmon.
EWU shot 39 percent for the game, had 19 turnovers and was outrebounded 46-32 by the Bengals in the season-ending defeat.