Women's basketball roundup: BYU forced to settle for No. 2 in West Coast Conference

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Published: Saturday, Feb. 25 2012 11:00 p.m. MST

USU ended the game 26-of-53 (49.1 percent) from the floor. The Aggies were 7-of-15 from 3-point range (46.7 percent), while shooting 26-of-30 (86.7 percent) from the charity stripe. Idaho was 23-of-57 (40.4 percent) from the field, making 8-of-25 threes (32.0 percent). The Vandals were 9-of-12 (75.0 percent) from the free-throw line.

Utah State now prepares for the final two games of the regular season. The Aggies host Hawai'i on Thursday at 7 p.m., before closing out the regular season against San Jose State on Senior Day on Saturday at 7 p.m. USU will say thank you to six seniors, Chelsea Burns, Ashlee Brown, Banna Diop, Brooke Jackson, Maddy Plunkett and Reyneisha Mays.

ORAL ROBERTS 54, SUU 47: At Cedar City, the Thunderbirds led visiting Oral Roberts by 11 points halfway through its season finale, but was outscored 32-14 by the Golden Eagles in the second half.

The Thunderbirds jumped out to an early 8-5 advantage in the game behind a pair of scores from junior forward Kimie Hawkins. The Golden Eagles answered with a 6-0 run to take a three-point lead. A layup by Angel Dorn pulled SUU within one and two teams then traded baskets until an ORU basket tied the score at 20 with five-and-a-half minutes remaining in the period.

The next three-minutes saw Carli Moreland score six points as part of an 8-0 run that put Southern Utah (6-23, 2-16 Summit League) out in front 28-20. In total the T-Birds outscored Oral Roberts 13-2 in the final minutes of the half to take a 33-22 edge into the locker room.

Moreland led all scorers with 14 first half points. Hawkins and Anderson each added seven points before the break. ORU got seven from both Georgia Jones and Bernadett Balla in the opening period. SUU held a 32-19 advantage on the boards early on and held the Golden Eagles to just 7-32 shooting to start the game.

Oral Roberts held Southern Utah without a basket during the first five minutes of the second half during a 5-0 run that helped the visitors cut the deficit to six at 33-27. A pair of SUU free throws by Hawkins finally snapped the streak, but the Golden Eagles went on to level the score at 38 on a Jaci Bigham layup with just over eight minutes left to play.

ORU outscored the T-Birds 7-2 over the next five minutes to go up by a count of 45-40. Southern Utah battled back and after a 3-pointer by Andrea Jones, trailed by just four with 37 seconds left to play.

Moreland added just one basket in the second half for 16 total points in the game. The sophomore forward also had nine rebounds, finishing just one shy of a double-double. Hawkins also pulled down nine boards to go along with nine points. Four of the five Oral Roberts starters finished in double figures, including Georgia Jones with 14 points, Jordan Pyle with 10 as well as Bigham and Balla who both had 11.

"Carli was tremendous in the first half,"? said SUU head coach JR Payne. "Then in the second we had a hard time getting her the ball and were turning the ball over before we could get it inside."

The Thunderbirds held a 51-40 advantage on the boards, but shot the ball just 15.4 percent in the second half, dropping its shooting mark to 26.7 percent for the game.

ORU improves to 14-4 and will enter the conference tournament as the second seed next week.

NORTHERN COLORADO 62, WEBER STATE 54: At Ogden, Wildcats seniors, playing in their second-to-last home game, combined for 25 points, but Northern Colorado, led by Kaisha Brown's 26 points, rallied from a second-half deficit.

Senior center Mikell Woodfield led the way for the Wildcats with 13 points and six rebounds, while senior guard Caela Mohre had 12 points and five assists, going the entire 40 minutes.

Junior forward Amanda Hughes had 14 rebounds and eight points, while sophomore guard Jordan Pfau and junior guard Megan Patterson each added eight points for the Wildcats.

Patterson's two 3-pointers gives her 152 career makes, moving her into sole possession of the No. 4 spot on Weber State's career list.

Redshirt freshman Alexandra Troy, one of just two available bench players for the Wildcats, had a career-high seven rebounds and three points in 15 minutes of action.

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