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Big Sky women: Backcourt sparks Bobcats by NAU

Big Sky women: Backcourt sparks Bobcats by NAU

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BOZEMAN - The Montana State backcourt trio of Katie Bussey, Kalli Durham and Latisha Adams combined for 49 points in lifting the Bobcats to a 77-65 win over Northern Arizona on Saturday in Worthington Arena.

Bussey, who had been mired in a shooting slump, scored seven points in the final minute of the first period and added the first five points of the second half. That pushed the Cats' lead to a 40-27.

MSU held a 15-point bulge with 16:41 left before Northern Arizona went on a 17-2 run to even the score at 46-46 with 10:39 left.

A Chelsea Banis layup, combined with two Adams free throws and a Durham three-pointer, gave the Bobcats a 53-46 advantage and the spark they needed to expand the lead down the stretch.

"It was concerning when Northern Arizona tied the game and we found ourselves in a similar position as the last two games," MSU coach Tricia Binford said. "But this time we found our energy down the stretch."

Idaho State 78, Sac State 57

At Pocatello, Idaho, the Big Sky-leading Bengals won their fifth straight.

Junior forward Ashleigh Vella and sophomore guard Lindsey Reed led Idaho State with 14 points apiece. ISU connected on 29 of 55 attempts for a 52.7 shooting percentage.

No. Colorado 56, E. Washington 53

At Cheney, Wash., Eastern had its three-game winning streak snapped against the defending Big Sky co-champs.

The game was knotted at 49-49 with just over five minutes left before the Eagles missed seven of eight shots. UNC converted two layups and 3 of 4 free throws in the final five minutes.

 

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