State women's basketball roundup: Utes beat Colorado in OT, Aggies fall in Fresno
Rosie Moult scored a team-high 20 points for Fresno State with Ki-Ki Moore adding 12 points. Alex Sheedy had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs.
SEATTLE 70, UTAH VALLEY 41: At Seattle, the Wolverines stumbled in their final nonconference game of the year, 70-41, as 14 turnovers and poor shooting allowed Seattle to push the lead to 24-13 by halftime.
Talisa Rhea, who finished the first half with two points, scored 15 points in the first seven minutes of the second half and spurred a 9-0 run out of halftime to help Seattle (15-9) pull away.
"Obviously it's disappointing to have that kind of showing," said head coach Cathy Nixon. "I told the kids at halftime that this was a learning opportunity for us. We've been a team that's always responded well and hopefully we can learn from this and come back strong in conference play next week."
Jenna Johnson led Utah Valley with 10 points and Whitney Jenkins added seven points and four steals.
Rhea finished with 19 points while Kacie Sowell had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Redhawks, who shot 60 percent in a 48-point second half.
Utah Valley returns to Great West Conference play next week at Houston Baptist and Texas-Pan American. The Wolverines are in second place, at 4-2, in the GWC with four games to go. UVU closes out the regular season at home against HBU on Feb. 28 and first-place North Dakota on March 3.
OAKLAND 59, SOUTHERN UTAH 45: At Rochester, Mich., Southern Utah matched its season high with six 3-pointers against Oakland on Saturday, but it wouldn't be enough as the Thunderbirds fell to 2-14 in the Summit League this season. The Golden Grizzlies snap a four-game losing streak to improve to 7-8 and improve their standing heading into the conference tournament. Bethany Watterworth led all scorers with 20 points for Oakland who got another 19 from Carnago. Victoria Lipscomb was just one rebound shy of a double-double after finishing with 10 points and 9 boards. The Grizzlies didn't allow any of the Thunderbirds to score in the double-figures as Andrea Jones and Kimie Hawkins tied for the team-high with nine apiece. Southern Utah will play its final road game in the Summit League this Monday when it visits IPFW. The T-Birds took an 80-68 win over the Mastodons in Cedar City earlier this year and will look for the season sweep when the two teams meet in Fort Wayne at 5 p.m. (MT).
IDAHO STATE 65, WEBER STATE 53: At Pocatello, the Wildcats hit just one of their first 18 shots from the field, but junior guard Megan Patterson knocked down a game-high 18 points, all from long distance as she converted six 3-pointers. The six treys give Patterson 150 career 3-pointers, moving her into a tie with Sheila Robertson for fourth on the Wildcats' career list.
Senior center Mikell Woodfield added 13 points and sophomore guard Jordan Pfau chipped in 10 for Weber State, while junior forward Amanda Hughes had 10 rebounds.
After falling behind 22-5 early, Weber State cut it to 13 at halftime and closed within eight early in the second half, but couldn't get closer as Idaho State closed in on capturing the Big Sky's regular season title.
Weber State (2-25, 0-14 Big Sky) will host Northern Colorado on Feb. 25 before wrapping up its 2011-12 season against Montana State on March 3.
NO. 18 WESTMINSTER 78, NO. 8 LEWIS-CLARK STATE 56: At Salt Lake City, the Griffins (18-7, 11-1) took one step closer to a fourth straight Frontier Conference championship, lowering the team's magic number to claim the regular season title to just one. They have already clinched a tie for the title and can win it outright by winning either of the final two games they play next week.
The Griffins put four starters in double figures in the game, led by 18 points from Dana Bates. She shot 7-of-10 from the field while collecting seven rebounds, one assist and one steal. Nicole Yazzie added 16 points and five steals in the contest. Cydney Tibbitts and Jenteal Jackson scored 13 and 12 respectively.
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