Jenna Moser returned “home” on Friday night and gave her family and friends something to cheer about.
Moser, a senior guard out of Colton High, scored a career-high 21 points as Washington picked up its first road win of the year in an 81-69 nonconference women’s basketball victory at Idaho.
Moser put together an impressive performance in front of a big group of fans who made the short drive from Colton, where she led the Wildcats to four State 1B titles. Moser finished 6 of 7 from the field, including 4 for 4 from 3-point range. She also converted on all five of her free-throw attempts.
“Everybody is just so proud of Jenna tonight,” Huskies head coach Jody Wynn said. “She not only performed beautifully offensively tonight, but defended 94 feet, guarded their best players and just did a great job of being our floor general.
“In the second half, they went to a diamond and one to try to isolate her out of our offense and she did a nice job screening and doing the other small things. She has a motor to her and just won’t quit. I’m just so happy to have her come home and to perform the way she did.”
UW freshman Kierra Collier also posted a career best with 18 points .
The Huskies (3-3) wrapped up a four-game road trip with a 2-2 record. The Vandals dropped to 2-4.
Collier came on strongly in the second half, scoring 12 points. She finished 7 of 14 from the field and adding three steals and three rebounds.
Sophomore Mai-Loni Henson added 12 points for the Huskies and Hannah Johnson scored 11, including nine in the second half.
The Huskies shot 61.3 percent from the field in the second half after hitting 33 percent in the first half.
Washington survived a 3-point barrage by the Vandals, who hit 10, including six in the first half.
Mikayla Ferenz led the Vandals with a game-high 26 points, hitting 5 of 9 on 3-pointers and 5 of 6 from the line. Taylor Pierce added four 3-pointers and 16 points.
Washington State 72, Idaho State 55: Borislava Hristova led three players in double figures with 16 points and added five assists to guide the Cougars (4-4) past the Bengals (5-2) in nonconference play in Pullman.
Louise Brown added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars, hitting all four of her 3-point attempts. Caila Hailey added 10 points and Johanna Muzet four steals.
WSU shot 54 percent from the floor in the first half and finished 9 of 17 on 3-pointers.
(19) Puget Sound 67, Whitworth 58: A 10-0 third-quarter run propelled the Loggers (4-1) to a win over the Pirates (3-2) in the Northwest Conference opener for both teams in Tacoma.
Madison Moffat led the Pirates with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Jamie Lange totaled 20 points and 14 boards for the Loggers.
The Pirates led 16-12 after the first quarter thanks to four 3-pointers by the team and a personal 5-0 run from Alli Kieckbusch to end the period.
The Loggers, however, used their advantage in the paint to retake the lead by halftime. In the third quarter, the Loggers pulled away, keyed by a pair of 3-pointers from Mara Henderson.
Grace Douglas and Camy Aguinaldo finished with 13 points each for the Pirates.
Belleuve 77, North Idaho 73: Sierra Cole scored a game-high 26 points and the host Bulldogs (3-1) edged the Cardinals (3-1) during the first day of the Bellevue College Classic.
Brenda Akoto added 17 points and eight rebounds for Bellevue, which overcame an 11-point, first-quarter deficit with a 44-23 edge in the second half.
Whitney Meir came off the bench to lead NIC with 16 points, shooting 6 for 6 from the line.
Whitworth 95, Puget Sound 84: Ben College led five players in double figures with 22 points, finishing 9 of 14 from the field, and the Pirates (6-0) opened Northwest Conference play by defeating the Loggers (6-1) in Tacoma.
Jordan Lester added 20 points, six assists and four steals for Whitworth, shooting 10 of 13 from the line.
The Pirates’ Ben Bishop and Jared Christy combined for 33 points on 12-for-16 shooting from the field.
Portland 92, Bellevue 84: Gabe Garrett scored 24 points, hitting 10 of 16 from the floor, and Frank Norman added 14 points and 10 assists as the Bulldogs (6-0) stopped the Sasquatch (3-1) during the first day of the Bigfoot Classic at Spokane CC.
CCS’ Ryan Alexander hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points to tie Cesar Sandoval for team honors. Cameron Gay added 15 points and five assists, and Lamar Harris came off the bench for a game-high nine rebounds.
Track and field
Eastern Washington senior Kendra Hamm finished in second place in the pentathlon with a personal record of 3,351 points during the first day of her host Eagles’ Candy Cane X.
The mark put the senior in fourth place on school’s all-time list and surpassed her previous best of 3,285 points.