Women's basketball: Eastern Washington loses in Big Sky semifinals

March 15, 2013 

A furious rally by the Eastern Washington women’s basketball team sent their Big Sky Conference tournament semifinal game to overtime Friday, but the Eagles couldn’t capitalize in the extra frame.

Northern Colorado held off Eastern Washington 70-64 in Missoula, Mont.

The Eagles (19-12) erased an eight-point deficit in the final 2 minutes, 25 seconds of regulation to force overtime.

Northern Colorado (20-11) will face Montana today in the title game. While Eastern is out, it still boasts a top-100 RPI rating and hopes to receive a postseason invite Monday, when brackets for various tournaments are announced.

“We are obviously very disappointed not to be in the championship game,” Eastern coach Wendy Schuller said in a news release. “But our team gave everything they had to get there.”

Carrie Ojeda scored six points during the regulation final push, including a basket with 16 seconds left to force overtime.

Chiawana High graduate Hayley Hodgins scored nine points in 24 minutes of play, including hitting three 3-pointers. Hanford graduate Laura Hughes had two points in 11 minutes.

The Eagles shot 31.7 percent for the game, but made 19-of-22 free throws to keep it close.

Montana 74, Sacramento State 53: The host Grizzlies cruised past the Hornets in the semifinals, thanks to Katie Baker’s game-high 17 points. The Grizzlies play Northern Colorado in the championship today.

Big West

Pacific (Calif.) 54, Cal-State Fullerton 51: Erica McKenzie’s 3-pointer with seven seconds left lifted the Tigers (25-6) past the Titans (10-22) in the semifinals in Anaheim, Calif.

Cal Poly 62, UC Santa Barbara 43: Molly Schlemer scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Mustangs (20-10) past the Gauchos (16-16) in the semifinals.

Mountain West

San Diego State 67, New Mexico 39: The Aztecs (26-5) scored the first 19 points of the game, cruising past the Lobos (17-14) in a semifinal in Las Vegas.

Fresno State 63, Wyoming 62: Ki-Ki Moore hit a floater with 2.5 seconds left to lift the Bulldogs (23-8) past the Cowgirls (24-7) in the semifinals.

Western Athletic Conference

Idaho 84, Utah State 82: The Vandals rallied past the Aggies to reach the first WAC title game in program history.

Trailing by eight with 10 minutes left, Idaho went on a 22-5 run to take a 68-59 lead and held off the WAC’s highest-scoring team from there in a semifinal in Las Vegas.

Stacey Barr’s career-high 26 points led the Vandals (16-15). She added six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Devy Christensen scored 37 points for Utah State (18-13), including hitting nine 3-pointers. She scored 18 of her points in the final four minutes, helping the Aggies rally.

Seattle 80, Louisiana Tech 61: Ashley Ward’s 14 points led five players in double figures for the Redhawks (20-9) in a semifinal victory over the Lady Techsters (14-17).

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