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 Alexis 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 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 points 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.
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 thus far. 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.
@ Idaho State Jan. 14 (6:05 p.m.) and Jan. 16 (10:05 a.m.)
Peyton Souvenir — Lewis-Clark State women’s basketball
The Oregon and Washington members of the Cascade Collegiate Conference pulled out of play in December when the conference pushed its start back to March 1.
That left the two CCC schools in Idaho — Lewis-Clark State and the College of Idaho — to cobble together a schedule as independents in the interim. Saturday, the two schools 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 in her senior season, Souvenir is averaging 8.6 points and 4.3 rebounds, and leads the team with 29 assists.
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).
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 been canceled due to COVID-19 issues in the EWU program.
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.
vs. UTRGV Jan. 17 (2 p.m.) and Jan. 18 (5:30 p.m.)