CHENEY, Wash. — The Northern Colorado women's basketball team won a tightly-contested Big Sky Conference opener at Eastern Washington on Thursday, 70-65.
The Eagles had four players in double figures for the second time this season in Delaney Hodgins, Symone Starks, Violet Kapri Morrow and Alissa Sealby. They also outrebounded UNC, 38-25, but the Bears went 9 for 18 shooting from behind the arc.
"I thought after the first quarter we played Eagle basketball, we looked much better. Northern Colorado is a great basketball team, they are going to win a lot of games this year and have exceptional players," EWU coach Wendy Schuller said. "In the end, we did a lot of things well but it came down to three-point shooting and that was the difference in the ball game."
The Bears used runs of 11-0 and 6-0 in the first quarter to lead by seven. Both teams fell cold during the second quarter. But a Kapri Morrow three-pointer sparked a 7-0 Eagle run to close out the half, holding Northern Colorado scoreless for the final three and a half minutes to trail by two heading into the locker room.
UNC used a 14-3 run in the third quarter to open its largest lead of the night. Eastern responded with an 8-0 spurt to cut the lead back to single digits after hitting four straight field goals, but trailed 50-42 heading into the fourth.
Savannah Scott scored 24 points to lead UNC.
IDAHO 80, NORTH DAKOTA 75: At Moscow, Idaho, Mikayla Ferenz scored 33 points and grabbed eight rebounds in leading the Vandals to the win. Fallyn Fre scored 24 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out four assists for the Fighting Hawks.
IDAHO STATE 83, WESTMINSTER 45: At Pocatello, Idaho, sophomore guard Estefania Ors led the Bengals with 17 points, hitting 5 of 6 shots from behind the arc. Teammates Grace Kenyon, Brooke Blair and Dora Goles each added 13 points.