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College roundup: Kelsey Plum powers Washington past EWU in women’s basketball

Kelsey Plum scored 32 points to go with five rebounds and five assists as Washington routed Eastern Washington 100-52 Friday in nonconference play in Seattle to open the women’s basketball season.

Chantel Osahor added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies (1-0).

Delaney Hodgins led the Eagles (0-1) with 13 points, while Tisha Phillips scored 12 and Ashii Payne grabbed 10 rebounds.

Borislava Hristova led all players with 22 points as Washington State (1-0) beat Loyola Marymount (0-1) 92-45 in Pullman. Alexys Swedlund added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Cougars.

Mikayla Firenz scored 22 points and Idaho (1-0) rallied to defeat host Seattle (0-1) 68-64.

The Redhawks led by five with 4 minutes remaining, but Firenz’s pair of free throws with 27 seconds left put the Vandals in front for good. Geraldine McCorkell added 14 points and seven rebounds for UI, and Taylor Pierce scored 12.


Kelly Kyllo and Hector Magana notched second-half goals as Community Colleges of Spokane (15-3-3) beat Highline (12-2-2) 2-1 in the Northwest Athletic Conference men’s semifinals in Tukwila, Washington. The Sasquatch will play Tacoma on Monday in the title match.

Madasin Jennings scored a 35th-minute goal as Highline (17-2-0) eliminated CC Spokane (17-1-2) 1-0 in the NWAC semifinals in Tukwila. The Sasquatch got eight shots on target, but couldn’t force a tying goal.

North Idaho (14-3-3) was also knocked out following a 3-1 loss to Peninsula (18-1-1) in Tukwila. Bri Vallente scored twice for the Pirates while Megan Lowery netted the lone goal for the Cardinals.


Kyra Holt notched 17 kills and Haley MacDonald had 27 assists as Washington State (18-9, 8-7 Pac-12) held off Arizona State (9-18, 2-13) 25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 26-24 in Pullman.

Maya McClendon totaled 24 kills for the Sun Devils.

Abbie Barth tallied 18 digs and 11 kills as UT-Dallas beat Whitworth 25-20, 25-13, 25-19 in the NCAA Division III regionals in Richardson, Texas. Erin White had 23 assists and Taylor Wicht picked up 17 digs for the Pirates, who were eliminated with the loss.

Haylee Mathis collected 25 assists and two aces as Idaho (10-17, 5-10 Big Sky) beat Montana (5-20, 2-13) 25-21, 25-19, 25-18 in Moscow, Idaho. Kaela Straw had 12 kills and Terra Varney picked up 13 digs for the Vandals.

Cross country

Eastern Washington’s Sarah Reiter finished sixth overall at the NCAA West Regionals at Haggin Oaks Golf Course in Sacramento, California. Reiter will advance to Division I championships for a second straight season as the Eagles finished 20th overall. North Central graduate Katie Knight of Washington was 24th and helped the Huskies place second and advance. Stanford won the meet, while Idaho finished 13th, Gonzaga was 16th and Washington State placed 18th.

On the men’s side, Nick Hauger from Shadle Park placed sixth to help Portland qualify in second place behind first-place Stanford. Michael Williams (17th) and John Whelan (18th) led Washington State to a fifth-place team finish and put the Cougars in good shape for an at-large bid to nationals. North Central’s Tanner Anderson placed 32nd for Oregon as the Ducks finished in fourth place and also could qualify as an at-large team. Gonzaga placed 12th, Idaho finished 21st and Eastern was 26th.

At the Mountain Regionals in Logan, Utah, John Dressel from Mt. Spokane finished fifth to help Colorado take second. Nathan Weitz (Shadle Park) placed 32nd for Northern Arizona as the Lumberjacks won the meet.


Julian Benner scored two goals as the Creston Valley Thunder Cats defeated the Spokane Braves at Eagles Ice-A-Rena. Trail Thompson had a hat trick for the Braves, who overcame a 5-1 deficit but still came up short.

The Spokane Chiefs dealt defenseman Jordan Henderson to Saskatoon for a sixth-round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.

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