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Area roundup: No. 9 Ducks defeat Washington State women 90-79

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 11, 2018, 8:36 p.m.

The Whitworth men’s swimming team swept to the title on Sunday at the Northwest Conference championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington.

The men won with 665.5 points, far ahead of second-place Whitman at 489.

Whitworth swimmers Patrick Wilber and Ryan Grady each picked up their second individual title at the championships on the meet’s final day.

Wilber won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:46.63, breaking a four-year-old NWC record.

Grady won in the 200 breaststroke in 2:04.59.

Grady was selected as the conference’s freshman swimmer of the year and Whitworth’s Steve Schadt was chosen men’s coach of the year.

Whitman won the women’s crown with 614.5 points. Whitworth was fifth at 396.5.

Women’s basketball

(9) Oregon 90, Washington State 79: Ruthy Hebard scored 29 points, hitting all 12 of her field-goal attempts, and the Ducks beat the Cougars in Pullman, to remain in a tie for first place in the Pac-12.

Oregon (23-4, 12-2 Pac-12) shot 80 percent in the first half and 62 percent for the game.

Borislava Hristova scored 22 points for Washington State (10-16, 3-11), which was coming off an overtime loss to No. 16 Oregon State on Friday.

The Ducks welcomed back Lexi Bando, the nation’s active career leader in 3-point shooting at 45.5 percent, from injury. She scored nine points.

Oregon made 12 of 13 shots in the first quarter to take a 26-20 lead. Alexys Swedlund had 11 first-quarter points for WSU.

The Ducks went on a 10-2 run to open the second quarter, behind a pair of 3-pointers by Bando, to take control.

Oregon shot 80 percent in the first half (20 of 25) for a 48-34 lead at halftime. Hebard, who also made all five of her free throws, had 16 points in the first half for Oregon to reach exactly 1,000 for her career.

The Ducks opened the third quarter with a 9-0 run to push their lead to 57-34. But Washington State closed on a 22-9 run to pull within 66-56 at the end of the third.

The teams traded baskets in the fourth but the Cougars could not overcome their deficit.

(16) Oregon State 95, Washington 57: Kat Tudor hit a career-high tying seven 3-pointers on nine attempts and finished with 23 points and the Beavers hit a season-high 18 3-pointers in its win over the Huskies in Seattle.

Mikayla Pivec had 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting and added five rebounds with seven assists for Oregon State (19-6, 10-4 Pac-12). Taya Corosdale had 13 points, Katie McWilliams, 11 and Taylor Kalmer and Aleah Goodman scored 10 apiece. Kalmer also had seven rebounds and six assists – both career highs.

Tudor scored 11 points, including three of Oregon State’s five 3-pointers, during a 27-3 run that broke a 5-5 tie and the Huskies never threatened. Washington made just eight field goals in the first half and missed its first five third-quarter shots – while the Beavers made five of their first six. Back-to-back 3s by Corosdale and Tudor gave the Beavers a 65-26 lead about 3 1/2 minutes into the second half.

The Huskies (7-18, 1-13), who reached their first Final Four in 2016 and lost in the Sweet 16 last season, have lost six in a row and 13 of their last 14.

Amber Melgoza led Washington with 18 points.

Baseball

Linfield 7, Whitworth 5: The Wildcats (3-5) scored four runs in the first inning and went on to a nonconference win over the Pirates (3-5) in McMinnville, Oregon.

Whitworth got solo home runs from JT Phelan, Tyler Bailey and Taylor Poffenroth. Trailing 7-3 in the ninth, the Pirates got a two-run single from Poffenroth with one out but the rally came up short.

EWU A.D. search

Eastern Washington will hold its first public listening session Monday as part of its search process for a new athletic director. The forum will be held 6-7 p.m. in room 122 of the EWU Center on the school’s Spokane campus.