Megan McKay dominated inside, scoring 22 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, to lead Saint Mary’s over Washington State 81-75 on Sunday.
Alexys Swedlund hit a 3-pointer to give the Cougars a 49-46 lead midway through the third quarter before the Gaels finished the period on a 15-6 run to go up by six.
Another Swedlund 3-pointer got WSU within four, 77-73, with just under four minutes remaining but the Cougars made just 1 of 8 shots after that with McKay’s basket underneath with 1:18 left restoring a six-point lead.
Saint Mary’s (1-1) outshot WSU 51 to 39 percent, using its inside game to outrebound the Cougars 43-30 and build an 18-9 edge on second-chance points. They also made 19 of 26 free throws to 8 of 9 for the Cougars.
The Gaels only put up 10 3-pointers, making four, while the Cougars were 11 of 32.
Swedlund led Washington State (0-2) with 20 points. Borislava Hristova added 15 points, Louise Brown 12 and Caila Hailey 10.
Washington State plays at San Francisco on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Idaho State 79, Washington 59: Brooke Blair scored 30 points and the Bengals beat the Huskies, ranked No. 25 in the coaches poll, in Seattle.
It was the first time Idaho State beat a team ranked in either national poll.
Blair, a senior guard from New Zealand, shot 12 of 15 including 6 of 9 from the arc with the Bengals finishing at 60 percent from the floor, including 10 of 20 from 3-point range.
The Bengals (2-0) won the boards 46-27 while the Huskies shot just under 30 percent.
The Huskies didn’t take their first lead until the third quarter but Idaho State finished the period on a 13-2 run to go up by eight before outscoring Washington 24-12 in the fourth quarter.
Kierra Collier led Washington (0-1).
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