With a showdown against in-state rival Boise State awaiting them on Sunday, the Idaho Vandals forgot to take care of business against Long Beach State on Wednesday night as the 49ers shot their way to an 83-74 Big West Conference women’s basketball victory at Long Beach, Calif.
Idaho (11-12, 6-5) stayed with Long Beach (9-14, 6-6) for the first 10 minutes, but the 49ers went on a 23-10 run that give them a 42-29 advantage at halftime.
Long Beach State was red-hot from the field, hitting 61 percent of its shots (19 of 31) in the first half and 53 percent (33 of 62) for the game.
Big West player of the week Alli Nieman led Idaho with 24 points and nine rebounds.
NIC 64, Western Montana 61
The Cardinals, the region’s top community college men’s basketball team, opened a 12-point halftime lead then outlasted the Bulldogs in a non-league game at Dillon, Mont.
Shawn Myrick led North Idaho (22-3), scoring 18 points before he fouled out. Chris Harrison scored 15 and collected nine rebounds.
The Cardinals, leading the Scenic West Conference, need to defeat Ricks on Friday night to clinch the host role for the Region 18 tournament.
CC Spokane 82, Big Bend 57
Five teammates scored 12 points apiece as the Sasquatch took command early and rolled to an easy victory over the visiting Vikings.
Kelli Pilkington, Alana Carlander, Shelley Massingale, Tauni Marchand and Collee Lawler each recorded a dozen points for CCS (19-9, 7-5). Pilkington made all four of her field-goal attempts.
The second-place Sasquatch begin divisional playoffs one week from today, facing third-place Wenatchee.
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