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State women's roundup: Cougars, Utes claim MWC wins

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Four players scored in double-figures, including Jazmine Foreman's game-high 17 points, as BYU blew by Air Force 78-53 in Mountain West Conference women's basketball action Saturday.

The Cougars improved to 16-6 overall, 7-3 MWC and remained in second place in the MWC standings.

Foreman's 17 points came from 6-for-10 shooting and three 3-pointers. The guard also added five steals, five assists and three rebounds.

"We had good balanced scoring in today's game and we took care of the ball, said BYU head coach Jeff Judkins. "Jazmine played very well, and she did a good job of running our offense."

The Cougars' defense frustrated the Falcons, as BYU racked up 18 steals and forced 26 turnovers overall, resulting directly into 35 points. The Cougars also had 18 steals in their first game against Air Force.

BYU equaled its defensive effort on the offensive end by utilizing its size in the post. BYU outscored the Falcons 38-16 in the paint, led by Kristen Riley's 10 points, six rebounds and three steals and Keilani Moeaki, who had nine points, three assists and three steals.

"I thought Keilani had one of her best games of the season," Judkins said.

BYU's 78 points gives the team back-to-back games of 70 points or more and is the most the Cougars have scored in league play to date.

Mindy Bonham added 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting, while Coriann Wood had 10 points and three assists for BYU, which returns for two home games this week.

UTAH 52, NEW MEXICO 49: At Albuquerque, N.M., Taryn Wicijowski scored 17 points and the Utah women's basketball team won its fourth straight game in The Pit against the Lobos.

Halie Sawyer had a season-high 13 points with nine rebounds for the Utes, while Kalee Whipple also scored 13 points.

With the score tied at 45-45 with 7:40 left, the Utes held the Lobos scoreless for the next 5:25 while taking a four-point lead over the span, 49-45. New Mexico scored four quick points to tie the game at 49 with 0:54 points left.

But Wicijowski put Utah back in the lead with a free throw with 38 seconds left, while Whipple clinched the win with a pair of her own free throws with 12 seconds remaining.

TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN 78, UTAH VALLEY 69: At Edinburg, Texas, a late run sent Texas-Pan American to victory over Utah Valley in Great West Conference women's basketball action.

Julie Smith, the Great West's leading scorer, finished with a game-high 24 for the Wolverines.

With the game knotted at 61 with 3:45 left, the Lady Broncs (10-14, 6-2 GWC) went on a 17-3 run to take a 78-64 lead with less than a minute remaining.

UVU (5-20, 1-7 in GWC) also got 19 points from Jenna Johnson and 14 points and six assists from Asumi Nakayama.

Texas-Pan American was led by 21 points from Marah Guzman and got a 15-point, 15-rebound double-double from Aleeya Grigsby. Maria Ben Erlingsdottir added 16, hitting four 3-pointers and Bianca Torre finished with 14 for the Lady Broncs.

IPFW 76, SOUTHERN UTAH 65: At Cedar City, Caitlyn Sears scored 14 points and Challis Pascucci added 13 and a game-high eight rebounds, but Southern Utah came up short down the stretch and suffered a Summit League loss to IPFW.

The Thunderbirds trailed by 15 at halftime and by as many as 17 early in the second period before going on a 6-2 run to pull within 50-41 on a Pascucci layup at the 14:13 mark.

The Thunderbirds got within 57-50 on a Cassie Burgess 3-pointer with 10:23 to play, but Eva Ivanova answered with a 3 for the Mastodons to push the Mastodons' advantage back to 10.

"We came back and battled and I'm proud of that, but it was a little too late," SUU coach JR Payne said after the game. "We did some good things, we took pretty good care of the ball and kept the turnovers down after the first few minutes, and I thought we did a good job rebounding, especially on the offensive end.

"What was really disappointing was that we were at home, we were in a winnable game, but we came out and kinda got slapped in the face and they were able to take control in the first half," Payne noted.

Southern Utah dipped to 6-18 overall and 4-9 in league play, while IPFW improved to 13-12 and 10-4.

NORTHERN COLORADO 75, WEBER STATE 68: At Greeley, Colo., Northern Colorado's Whitley Cox scored 30 points to lead the Bears to a Big Sky Conference victory over the Wildcats.

Weber State trailed by only a point at halftime, and held a 47-46 lead with 10:53 to play. The Bears then went on an 11-2 run to go ahead by eight. The Wildcats would get no closer than five the rest of the way.

Tonya Schnibbe scored 19 points to lead Weber State, hitting 8-of-13 shots from the floor. Caitlin Anderson added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats, who shot 45.2 percent from the floor.

The 'Cats were undone by the Bears' ability to get to the free-throw line, where they hit 26-of-34 attempts, compared to a 10-for-16 performance by WSU.

The 30 points by Cox came on 11-of-17 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 shooting from the free throw line. Cox led a 42-19 edge in bench scoring for the Bears. Lauren Oosdyke added 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for UNC.

The loss was extremely hurtful for the Wildcats' bid to earn a berth in the Big Sky Conference tournament. The 'Cats fell to 9-16 overall and 3-9 in the conference, while Northern Colorado improved to 12-13 overall and moved one game ahead of Weber State at 4-7 in league play. WSU is currently three games out of the final playoff spot, with only three games remaining on the schedule.

SNOW 64, SOUTHERN IDAHO 58: At Ephraim, Utah, a night after perhaps their worst outing in two months, the Snow College Lady Badgers bounced back into the Scenic West Athletic Conference race with a hard-fought victory over the Lady Golden Eagles from the College of Southern Idaho.

With the win, Snow moves to 10-6 in SWAC play and 19-7 overall. And with Salt Lake Community College defeating North Idaho on Saturday, the Lady Badgers move to within two games of the league-leaders.

Sophomore Tara Gehring scored 19 points, dished out six assists and collected four rebounds to lead Snow. Her two 3-point shots in the final four minutes sparked a 10-2 run to close out the game.

Freshman Sammie Jensen continued her solid play with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Reserve Freshman Jaquel Christensen added nine points and six rebounds while holding CSI second leading scorer Maddy Plunkett to 1-of-14 shooting and two points.

WESTMINSTER 66, MONTANA TECH 59: At Salt Lake City, the Griffins defeated Montana Tech in Frontier Conference action in the Behnken Field

House. No. 14 Westminster improves to 21-5 on the season and 10-1 in Frontier Conference action with its ninth straight home win.

McKenzie Jessop led Westminster with 14 points and nine rebounds. She added three assists and three steals two nights after setting a school

record with 10 steals. Dani Evans added 12 points and six rebounds while Allie Eastman contributed 10 points. Olivia Pierce-Eisielein scored 11

points off the Griffins' bench.

Taesha Higbee led Montana Tech (15-8, 5-6) with a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds.