CHENEY, Wash. — Montana State point guard Hannah Caudill, who had been under the weather all week, came to life Saturday with 23 points and a school-record tying seven 3-pointers as the visiting Bobcats defeated Eastern Washington 72-61 in Big Sky Conference women's basketball.
"Hannah had a fantastic weekend leading the team," said MSU coach Tricia Binford. "We made it a point of emphasis to turn the corner in taking care of the ball versus pressure teams. I'm proud that we came away from the weekend with two of our lowest turnover games."
Besides the exploits of Caudill, who shot 7 of 11 from 3-point territory and provided seven assists, the Bobcats (15-5, 8-2) also got 16 points from Riley Nordgaard.
EWU (11-9, 6-3) was led by Tisha Phillips with 18 points and four assists.
MSUB men 93, Simon Fraser 86
Preston Beverly scored a career-high 35 points as Montana State Billings held off Simon Fraser 93-86 Saturday at Alterowitz Gymnasium.
The Yellowjackets (12-8, 7-5) stopped a three-game losing streak.
Beverly, a sophomore forward, finished 10 of 24 from the field and 12 of 15 from the free throw line. He had three 3-pointers and a team-high nine rebounds. Beverly had 21 points by halftime.
Marc Matthews added 22 points, including six 3-pointers for MSUB, while Kamal Tall had 17 points and Jace Anderson 10. Kendall Denham had nine points and seven assists.
Michael Provenzano led Simon Fraser (2-18, 0-12) with 23 points.
MSUB travels to Northwest Nazarene and Central Washington this week.
Rocky men 71, Montana Tech 58
BUTTE — Chad Kananen scored 15 points and Taylor Longo 14 as Rocky Mountain College capped a six-game road swing Saturday night with a 71-58 Frontier Conference men's basketball victory.
The Battlin' Bears (4-6, 11-11) also received 13 points from Riley Bradshaw and 12 from Derek Graves. The Orediggers (1-10, 7-15) were led by the 18 points of Lukas Vining.
"We had different stretches where we did a lot of good things," said Rocky coach Bill Dreikosen. "I thought our defensive intensity was very good."
Rocky shot 45 percent from the field and hounded Tech into committing 21 turnovers.
The Bears will now play six consecutive games at home starting with Montana State-Northern on Thursday.
Idaho women 75, Montana 50
MOSCOW, Idaho — Karlee Wilson and Geraldine McCorkell combined for 34 points Saturday as Idaho beat Montana 75-50 in Big Sky Conference women's basketball, handing the Grizzlies their 12th consecutive defeat.
Wilson tallied 18 points for the Vandals (10-10, 5-4), while McCorkell tossed in 16. Idaho outscored Montana (3-18, 0-10) 40-19 during the second half.
McKenzie Johnston was the Grizzlies' top scorer with 11 points.
Alaska 66, MSUB women 42
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Three players in double figures helped Alaska defeat Montana State Billings 66-42 in women's basketball.
The Nanooks (19-9, 6-6) swept the series from the Yellowjackets (6-14, 3-9).
MSUB shot just 33 percent from the field and was just 2 of 15 from 3-point range (2 of 15).
Marissa Van Atta led the Yellowjackets with 10 points. Tiana Hanson finished with six, 10 below her season average. It was the first game this season she did not score in double digits.
Jordan Wilson scored a game-high 21 for the Nanooks, while Kaillee Skjold had 10.
Montana Tech women 65, Rocky Mountain 57
BUTTE — Martha Dembek put together a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds in helping Montana Tech triumph over Rocky Mountain College 65-57 Saturday in Frontier Conference women's basketball.
Bailey Armbruster was the Orediggers' leading scorer with 19 points. Monica Landdeck contributed 16.
The Battlin' Bears (10-12, 2-8) received 15 points from Alecia Chamberlin and 13 from Keisha Engelhardt.
Tech rallied from an eight-point third-quarter deficit for the victory.
"Credit them," Rocky coach Wes Keller said of the Orediggers. "They hit shots and we didn't execute down the stretch when we needed to."
Boise State men 80, Wyoming 65
LARAMIE, Wyo. — James Reid led three Boise State players scoring in double figures as the visiting Broncos downed Wyoming 80-65 Saturday in Mountain West men's basketball.
Reid provided 16 points for BSU (13-7, 6-3), followed by Paris Austin (15) and Chandler Hutchison (14). The Broncos knocked down 12 3-pointers, including three apiece from Justinian Jessup and Reid.
The Cowboys (14-8, 4-5) were spurred by Louis Adams' 12 points. Teammate Alan Herndon furnished 10 points and seven rebounds.
Boise State women 64, Wyoming 54
BOISE, Idaho — Wyoming's women suffered their second consecutive Mountain West setback Saturday in falling to Boise State 64-54.
The winning Broncos (15-5, 5-4), who led nearly all the way, received 20 points from Marijk Vanderschaaf and 16 from Marta Hermida.
The Cowgirls (15-5, 7-2) shot just 35 percent on the afternoon. Junior Liv Roberts, who is from Missoula, accounted for 13 points and six rebounds for Wyoming.
YCC men 111, Oglala Lakota 74
Yellowstone Christian College used a fast start and rolled to a 111-74 win over Oglala Lakota (S.D.) in men's basketball on Friday night.
Stefan Tellis led the Centurions with a game-high 26 points. Aaron Munday-Rashid flirted with a double-double, finishing with 16 points and eight assists. Aleksander Brankovic added 16 points for YCC, while Mechiah Zilkoski had 12 and Abraham Nyok 10. Every active player on the roster scored points.
Dallas Tobacco paced the Bravehearts with 23 points, 17 in the second half. James Pine added 18 and Raymond Rouillard 12.
The Centurions won by forfeit on Saturday, officially picking up a 2-0 victory. Oglala had just five players available following a pair of injuries and disciplinary action.
YCC women 66, Oglala Lakota 38
Yellowstone Christian's women won their fourth consecutive game on Saturday by beating visiting Oglala Lakota College 66-38.
The Centurions were led by the career-best 16 points of Zhane Akeya. Teammate Tayler Brankovic, who got married on Friday, celebrated her big weekend with 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Fouls and an injury forced Oglala to play with just four players for the game's final 14-plus minutes.
Billings native Paige Gregory picked up her first collegiate double-double as YCC topped the Bravehearts of Oglala 62-43 on Friday night.
The Centurions led 26-24 at halftime and scored 36 points in the second half. YCC played without leading scorer Leonardine John due to an ankle injury.
Gregory finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.