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Area roundup: RayQuan Evans scores 42 points as North Idaho dumps Treasure Valley

A group of balls is added to by players as they attempt to fill the basket during Connecticut's practice for the NCAA Women's Final Four college basketball tournament Saturday, April 3, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas. Connecticut plays Baylor in a national semifinal game Sunday. (Eric Gay / Associated Press)

RayQuan Evans had a huge double-double with 42 points and 13 rebounds and North Idaho remained tied for first place in the East Division of the Northwest Athletic Conference, thanks to a 100-87 victory over Treasure Valley on Saturday in Coeur d’Alene.

The Cardinals (19-5, 9-2 NWAC) are tied with Walla Walla (also 19-5, 9-2).

There were 18 lead changes and six ties before the Cardinals pulled away.

Three-point shooting played a big role as Treasure Valley (8-14, 4-7) missed 26 3-point attempts, making 12. NIC made 10 of 17 from 3-point distance.

Community Colleges of Spokane 89, Yakima Valley 74: Cesar Sandoval scored 24 points and George Pilimai added 18 and the Sasquatch were in control throughout, defeating the Yaks at Spokane Community College.

Sandoval was 3 for 3 from 3-point distance and CCS (18-7, 9-4 NWAC) made 17 of 28 3-pointers, compared to 3 of 15 for YVC.

Gamuan Boykin led the Yaks (16-9, 7-5) with 19 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Women’s basketball

Community Colleges of Spokane 70, Yakima Valley 68: The Sasquatch led by 20 after three quarters and needed most of that lead to turn back the Yaks at Spokane Community College.

Yakima Valley had 38 points through three quarters and nearly doubled that total with a 30-point fourth quarter before coming up short.

Rose Mongoyak scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for CCS (13-10, 4-8 NWAC).

Sequoia Wheeler led the Yaks (15-9, 5-7) with 22 points.

North Idaho 65, Treasure Valley 50: After trailing 16-13 through the first quarter, NIC took a 33-28 lead at halftime and dominated the third quarter with a 22-5 advantage.

Cierra Dvorak scored 19 points and Ronnie Harris 14 for the Cardinals (16-7, 7-4 NWAC).

Paige Vorwaller led the Chukars (11-11, 6-5) with 13 points and Shaylee Gilchrist added 12.

Baseball

Whitworth defeated Pacific Lutheran 5-2 to earn a split of its two games on Saturday at the Northwest Conference Preseason Tournament in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Whitworth (3-4) had five doubles among its five hits against the Lutes with JT Phelan driving in two runs with a double in the second inning. Brady Simmelink (1-0) picked up the win, allowing two hits and one run in six innings.

In the early game, Pacific scored three runs in the sixth inning to post a 4-1 victory over the Pirates. Joel Condreay had three of Whitworth’s four hits and drove in the Pirates’ run with a single in the third inning.

Indoor track

Washington State sophomore Kaili Keefe and senior Vallery Korir both cracked the top five in WSU history for the women’s mile while competing at the Husky Classic in Seattle.

Keefe won her heat in 4 minutes, 47.37 seconds for the No. 4 WSU mark and Korir finished her race in 4:49.84, No. 5 in WSU history. On Friday, Korir set the school-record for 5,000 meters with a time of 16:07.72.

In a women’s 800-meter race, Eastern Washington’s Leanne Asper set the school record with a finish of 2:12.48.