What was to supposed to have been the biggest mismatch of the second round of the Mountain West Conference women’s basketball tournament didn’t play out that way. Then again, Colorado State should be used to teams playing up to its level in the postseason.
The nationally No. 22-ranked Rams, winners of 25 straight coming in, needed a putback by Edison High alum Keyora Wharry early in the fourth quarter to finally put away eighth-seeded San Diego State on Tuesday afternoon at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Three-time reigning regular-season champion Colorado State (29-1), upset as the No. 1 seed in the second round a year ago and by second-seeded Fresno State in the 2014 final, will face No. 5 New Mexico State at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Wharry’s conversion on a rebound of her own shot triggered a 5-0 run that made it 42-30. The Rams hit 7 of 12 shots in the final quarter after going a combined 7 for 25 in the middle two periods.
Elin Gustavsson had 21 points, Jamie Patrick nine and Wharry eight on 3-of-10 shooting.
Ariell Bostick and McKynzie Fort scored 10 apiece for San Diego State (12-19).
New Mexico 65, San Jose State 51 – Senior forward Khadijah Shumpert scored 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting as the Lobos beat the fourth-seeded Spartans.
The Lobos shot 14 of 31 overall, though just 2 of 12 on three-ponters. A 12-for-14 day at the free-throw line helped ease their path into the semis.
Dezz Ramos scored 16 for San Jose State (13-17), which hit just 17 of its 57 field-goal attempts.
UNLV 71, Boise State 65 – The Lady Rebels built an 11-point lead after three quarters and held off the Broncos’ late charge in the fourth quarter.
UNLV (18-13) had a balanced attack with five players scoring in double figures, led by former Hanford High star Brooke Johnson’s 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Johnson and the Lady Rebels face Fresno State in the later semifinal at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
MW Women’s Tournament
- Tuesday’s scores: No. 1 Colorado State 53, No. 8 San Diego State 41; No. 5 New Mexico 65, No. 4 San Jose State 51; No. 2 Fresno State 55, No. 7 Utah State 47; No. 6 UNLV 71, Boise State 65
- Wednesday’s games: No. 1 Colorado State vs. No. 5 New Mexico, 6:30 p.m.; No. 2 Frenso State vs. No. 6 UNLV, 9 p.m.
- Friday: Semifinal winners, noon