Valemcia McFarland scored with four seconds remaining in regulation to lift Mississippi (4-1) to a 53-52 victory over the Gonzaga women’s basketball team in the opening round of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown on Friday in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Bulldogs (2-3) took a one-point lead with nine seconds remaining on Claire Raap’s two-point basket, but they could not stop the Rebels from going the length of the floor to score the game-winner.
Kayla Standish had 18 points and eight rebounds for Gonzgaga, while Courtney Vandersloot added 11 points and nine assists.
• Italee Lucas led all scorers with 21 points and added five rebounds and four assists, Jessica Breland and Chay Shegog combined for 37 points and No. 14 North Carolina (5-0) handed Washington State (0-5) its fifth consecutive loss to start the season, 93-55 at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Carly Noyes led the Cougars with 11 points and four rebounds as they were held to just 27.6 percent shooting for the game against the Tar Heels.
• Amanda Johnson scored 20 points to go with nine rebounds and Oregon (4-0) forced 30 turnovers leading to 23 points in beating Idaho (3-1) 74-48 at the University of Oregon Tournament in Eugene, Ore.
The Vandals shot just 33.3 percent from the floor, led by Yinka Olorunnife’s nine points.
Idaho plays Sacramento State today at noon on the second day of the three-day tournament.
• Monica Albano hit 2 of 5 from 3-point range and finished with a game-high 23 points as Loyola-Chicago (3-1) took advantage of a cold first half by Eastern Washington (1-4) to beat the Eagles 74-67 at the Omni Hotels Classic in Boulder, Colo.
Julie Piper scored 20 points to lead EWU, which plays in the consolation game today at 4 p.m.
• Kayla Johnson scored eight of Whitworth’s final 10 points, finishing with a game-high 26, to lead the Pirates (1-2) to their first win of the season, a 63-59 victory over College of Idaho (4-3) at the Lady ‘Yote Classic in Caldwell.
The Pirates trailed by six with 4:02 left to play when Johnson sparked a 10-0 run to close the game, giving the Pirates the win in come-from-behind fashion.
Nicole Bruce led C of I with 19 points and eight rebounds.
Jill Sawatzky tallied 20 kills to go with 16 digs and scored three kills at the end of the fifth set as Oregon State (9-22, 2-15) scored four straight to beat Washington State (6-21, 0-17) 15-11, taking the Pac-10 match 3-2 in Pullman.
The Cougars, still in search of their first Pac-10 victory this season, won the fourth set 25-22 to extend the match to a fifth, but could not pull out the match. Meagan Ganzer, Marcelina Glab and Brittany Tillman each had 14 kills for the Cougars.
• In search of a weekend sweep of the Oregon schools to solidify its hold on fifth place in the Pac-10 standings, No. 11 Washington took care of business against No. 24 Oregon, beating the Ducks in straight sets in Seattle.
Lauren Barfield led the Huskies with 11 blocks and three kills, while Becky Perry added nine kills.
• For the second year in a row, Eastern Washington senior Chenoa Coviare was named to the All-Big Sky first team as one of three Eagles honored by the conference Friday.
Coviare was among the top three in the BSC in blocks per set (1.51) and hitting percentage (.329).
Senior Alysha Cook and sophomore Shelby Puckett were named honorable mention.
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