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Area roundup: Idaho women storm back to defeat North Dakota in Big Sky Conference opener

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 9:54 p.m.

Mikayla Ferenz scored 33 points and the Idaho Vandals opened Big Sky Conference women’s basketball play Thursday with a big rally to turn back visiting North Dakota 80-75 in Moscow.

The Vandals (5-7), who trailed 41-30 at halftime, outscored the Fighting Hawks 32-16 in the third quarter. Idaho shot 18 of 34 from the field in the second half, including 6 of 9 on 3-pointers, and added 8-for-8 shooting from the free-throw line.

Ferenz, who also had five assists, finished 12 of 19 from the floor, including 5 of 8 from long range, and 4 of 4 from the line.

Geraldine McCorkell added 13 points for the Vandals, and Taylor Pierce and Isabelle Hadden scored 12 apiece. Pierce was 4 of 10 on 3-pointers.

Fallyn Freije led North Dakota (7-5) with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Northern Colorado 70, Eastern Washington 65: Savannah Scott scored a game-high 24 points and the visiting Bears (9-3) held off the Eagles (5-8) in a Big Sky Conference opener in Cheney.

Savannah Smith added 17 points and Courtney Smith scored 16 for the Bears, who led for all but 3:20 of the game. The Bears had an 11-0 run in the first quarter and a 14-3 run in the third quarter.

Northern Colorado finished 9 of 18 on 3-pointers while the Eagles were 6 of 24 from long range. EWU’s Violet Kapri Morrow hit 3 of 7 on 3-pointers to tie her career high.

Delaney Hodgins led the Eagles with 18 points and six assists, finishing 9 of 10 from the line. Symone Starks added 14 points and five steals. EWU had four players in double figures for the second time this season and outrebounded the Bears 38-25.

CC Spokane 73, Everett 69: Marissa Blair and Jessica Olson combined for 43 points and the Sasquatch (7-2) held off the Trojans (9-2) to open the Skagit Valley College Tournament in Mount Vernon, Washington.

Shaye Swannack added 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Sasquatch, who shot 10 of 13 from the line.

CCS shot 7 of 30 and Everett was 7 of 24 on 3-pointers. Everett’s bench outscored CCS’ 23-4.

North Idaho 86, Highline 45: Whitney Meir came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points, hitting 4 of 10 on 3-pointers, to help the Cardinals (8-2) defeat the Thunderbirds (2-8) to open the Lower Columbia Holiday Classic in Longview, Washington.

Ronnie Harris added 13 points, Lana Berg scored 10 and Kelsey Auer had nine rebounds to guide the Cardinals’ 46-33 advantage.

NIC shot 10 of 32 from long range while Highline finished 0 for 9.

The Thunderbirds had 30 turnovers, allowing NIC to finish with a 31-6 edge in points off turnovers.

The Cardinals’ bench outscored Highline’s 43-0.

The Thunderbirds’ Sharon Ajayi totaled game highs of 23 points and 11 rebounds, hitting 9 of 16 from the field.

NIC will meet the Delena Dragons at 6 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.

Men

North Idaho 106, Fairchild Air Force Base 67: Jarod Greene led four players in double figures with 18 points, hitting 8 of 10 from the floor, and added a game-high 14 rebounds as the Cardinals (8-3) opened their Coeur d’Alene INN-Vitational with a victory.

RayQuan Evans and Aushanti Potts-Woods added 17 points apiece for the Cardinals, who scored 63 points in the first half and led by as many as 45 points. Evans shot 6 of 7 from the field and Potts-Woods was perfect in five 3-point attempts.

The Cardinals outrebounded Fairchild 58-25 and had a 23-3 run during the game.


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