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Hansen leads Vikings to overtime win over Hornets

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Desirae Hansen tried to finish it in regulation on Thursday. Then she helped make sure it was finished in overtime, leading Portland State women’s basketball to a 66-64 home win over Sacramento State.

With just under nine seconds left in the fourth quarter in a 53-53 game, Hansen got the ball off an inbounds play on the three-point arc with her back to the basket. Syd Schultz came up from the corner for a handoff, bringing her defender up court, but Hansen faked the give and tore to the basket for a layup that put the Vikings ahead by two points with under 4.7 seconds left on the clock.

Sacramento State punched right back, though, getting the ball all the way down court in time for Jakira Wilson to hit a layup before the buzzer and send the game to overtime.

Hansen added three points in the overtime period, hitting a jumper and a free throw to put PSU up by two possessions. The Vikings scored seven of their 11 overtime points at the line, capping off a night where they went 21 of 26 from the charity stripe.

Hansen, a former Rainier High School star, led the Vikings with 21 points — the first time she’s broken 20 this season — and nine rebounds, and added three assists and three steals. She went 5 of 6 from the free throw line and 2 of 5 from beyond the arc as the only Viking to hit multiple threes. Kylie Jimenez added 15 points and led Portland State with seven assists.

Portland State jumped out in front early, scoring the first eight points of the game, but Sacramento State came back to keep it close throughout the rest of the first half. The Vikings taking a 26-22 lead into the break.

Hansen helped PSU start out fast in the third quarter, scoring six points in a 16-4 run for the Vikings.

The Hornets came back in the fourth quarter as the Vikings went cold from the field. Portland State went 7 of 8 from the line down the stretch, but connected on just 1 of 10 shot from the field before Hansen’s late go-ahead bucket.

The Vikings and Hornets will flip venues now, playing in Sacramento on Saturday at noon.

EWU makes it three in a row

The Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team earned a third straight win Thursday, taking down Weber State 78-57 in Cheney.

Jenna Dick led the Eagles (4-6, 3-2 Big Sky) with 21 points, Maise Burhman added 18, and Aaliyah Alexander finished just shy of a triple-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists.

Toledo alum Kal Schaplow came off the bench in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to help salt away the victory.

The Eagles will take on the Wildcats again Saturday at noon.

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A week and a half into the new year, two familiar faces started off their collegiate careers, as the Pacific Lutheran women’s basketball team — featuring Mark Morris and LCC alum Madison Mosier and Kelso’s Aleixis Kleven — went to Seattle for an exhibition against Seattle Pacific, losing 56-51.

Mosier came off the bench for the Lutes and put in 19 minutes, scoring two points and adding a pair of steals, a rebound, and an assist. Kleven did not appear in the game.

Both teams were seeing their first action in over 300 days, and it looked like it early, with SPU and PLU combining for eight turnovers and just six points in the first four minutes. Once the sides started to find their offense, it kicked off a back-and-forth, close first half. Neither team got out to a lead larger than five points in the first half, with SPU taking a four-point advantage into halftime. That lead stretched to as many as nine in the third quarter, but never got into double-digits as the Division III Lutes stuck around with the Division II Falcons on the road.

Next up: vs. Whitman Jan. 22 (Time TBA) and Jan. 23 (Time TBA)

Samaad Hector — Sacramento State men’s basketball

Hector didn’t get to have his scheduled homecoming Sunday, as the Hornets’ two-game home-and-home series against Portland State was axed due to positive COVID-19 tests in the Sacramento State program.

Should the Hornets get their cases under control, he’ll get to try to add to what’s been a productive first season at the Division I level. In five games, he’s played at least 15 minutes four times. In those four matchups, he’s averaging 8.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

Next up: @ Idaho State Jan. 14 (6:05 p.m.) and Jan. 16 (10:05 a.m.)

Peyton Souvenir — Lewis-Clark State women’s basketball

With the Oregon and Washington members of the Cascade Collegiate Conference had to pull out of play in December, the conference pushed its start back to March 1, leaving its two schools in Idaho — Lewis-Clark State and the College of Idaho — to cobble together a schedule as independents in the interim. Saturday, the two started their new slates against each other, and what followed was a one-sided 75-39 drubbing by the Warriors.

Souvenir put up nine points in 21 minutes on a trio of three-pointers, led the Warriors and tied a career high with eight offensive rebounds, and added three assists and a pair of steals.

Lewis-Clark State was supposed to play Whitworth on Tuesday, but that game was canceled when the Pirates had to pause their season due to COVID-19 positive tests.

Through seven games, Souvenir is averaging 8.6 points and 4.3 rebounds, and leads the team with 29 assists.

Next up: vs. Simpson Jan. 15 (6 p.m.) and Jan. 16 (2 p.m.)

Desirae Hansen — Portland State women’s basketball

The Vikings found their footing with a two-game sweep of Sacramento State, winning 66-64 in overtime on Thursday and 74-64 on Saturday.

Hansen led PSU with 21 points and nine rebounds in the first win, then became more a distributor in the second with a team-high five assists to go along with seven points.

She still leads the Vikings with 14.3 points per game, and is tied for the team lead in rebounds (7.5 per game) and assists (22).

Next up: vs. Montana State Jan. 14 (7 p.m.) and Jan. 16 (noon)

Kal Schaplow — Eastern Washington women’s basketball

EWU stretched its winning streak to four games with a sweep of Weber State in Cheney over the weekend. Schaplow came off the bench for two minutes in the first game — a 78-57 win — and got in the scoring column with a three-pointer in 71-59 Saturday matinee.

She’s currently 5-of-11 on the season from beyond the arc.

The Eagles were supposed to take on Southern Utah this weekend, but those games have already been canceled due to COVID-19 issues in the EWU program.

Next up: vs. Northern Colorado Jan 21 (6:05 p.m.) and Jan. 23 (12:05 p.m.)

Cherita Daugherty — Southern Utah women’s basketball

Speaking of Southern Utah, the Thunderbirds already found a way to rebound from the canceled series against EWU, setting up a pair of home games against Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Daugherty, who led the NWAC in assists as a sophomore at LCC last season and added 9.9 points per game, has started all seven contests for the Thunderbirds thus far. She’s first on the team with 18 assists, and second at 11.4 points per game.

Next up: vs. UTRGV Jan. 17 (2 p.m.) and Jan. 18 (5:30 p.m.)

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