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Free throw gives ISU win over WSU in Big Sky semi

Idaho St. 5, Weber St. 55

POCATELLO — Janae Griffin hit a free throw with two seconds left to give top seed Idaho State a 56-55 win over Weber State in the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference Women's Tournament Friday night.

Idaho State (24-4) has now won 20 games in a row, the second longest streak in the nation. Penn has won 21 straight.

It's also the third time ISU has beaten Weber State (14-15) this season. The three wins have been by a combined total of eight points. Idaho State has also won six conference games by five points or less.

The Wildcats took command with early shooting to gain a 22-10 lead as the Bengals hit just three of their first 15 shots. ISU regrouped behind defensive pressure, which caused 15 turnovers. A nine-point run toward the end of the half enabled them to trail by only 26-25 at the break.

A 13-2 second-half run by the Bengals gave them their first lead at 38-35. From then on the teams traded shots and leads.

A clutch jumper by Stephanie Stanger gave Weber a 55-54 lead with 1:15 left. After a Bengal missed shot, the Wildcats had the ball with 35 seconds to go when they were called for a rare three-second violation. ISU got the ball back, and Mandi Carver hit the tying free throw with twelve seconds to go.

A miss by Kris Gardner and a loose ball foul by Jamie Peterson put Griffin on the line with the game-winning shot.

League MVP Mandi Carver led Idaho State with 16 points. Gardner scored the highest points for Weber State with 19.