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Women’s basketball notebook: Boise State guard Riley Lupfer reaches 1,000-point milestone

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 8:16 p.m.

Nevada guard Camariah King  defends as Boise State guard Riley Lupfer  drives the lane during the second quarter of last year’s  Mountain West women’s championship in Las Vegas. (L.E. Baskow / AP)
Nevada guard Camariah King defends as Boise State guard Riley Lupfer drives the lane during the second quarter of last year’s Mountain West women’s championship in Las Vegas. (L.E. Baskow / AP)

Boise State guard and former Lewis and Clark star Riley Lupfer can score in a variety of ways, but her driving, left-handed floater Saturday at Fresno State put her in elite company.

Lupfer’s shot banked in as the shot clock buzzed, putting her in the 1,000-point club for the league-leading Broncos (14-2, 5-0 Mountain West).

The junior scored 11 points in BSU’s 72-60 win over Fresno State.

Lupfer, who has 1,001 career points, is the 21st player in program history to reach the milestone.

The two-time All-Mountain West selection averages 12.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and two assists for BSU, which visits Wyoming on Saturday.

Last week, two other former Greater Spokane League standouts – Nevada’s Jade Redmon (Mead) and Montana Western’s Brianna King (North Central) – reached the 1,000-point mark at their respective schools.

WSU faces Gildon,

No. 5 Oregon

Washington State welcomes one of the best teams in the country Friday when it faces fifth-ranked Oregon at Beasley Coliseum.

Former Gonzaga Prep star Oti Gildon averages 5.2 points and 3.9 points for Oregon (17-1, 6-0), which is led by reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year Sabrina Ionescu.

The Cougars (7-11, 2-5) are led by Hristova Borislava (21.3 points, 5.4 rebounds per game).

Oregon handled WSU 98-58 in Eugene earlier this month.

WSU also faces ninth-ranked Oregon State (15-3, 5-1) at home on Sunday. Former Lake City High and Montana standout Katie Baker is an assistant coach for the Beavers.

King recognized

for fifth straight week

Former NC and Community Colleges of Spokane standout King – mentioned earlier – was named Frontier Conference Player of Week for the fifth straight week.

King averaged 28 points last week and scored a season-high 37 points in a 82-74 win over 20th-ranked Providence of Great Falls.

The 5-foot-5 senior has scored 2,224 points throughout her collegiate career, including 1,069 for the Bulldogs, ranked No. 3 in the latest NAIA women’s basketball poll.

EWU standout

Morrow honored

After scoring a career-high 37 points and the winning bucket in Eastern Washington’s 89-87 overtime win over Montana State last week, Violet Kapri Morrow was named Big Sky Conference Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.

The high-scoring senior from Tacoma, who helped EWU erase a late 14-point deficit, hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds to force overtime.

Morton averages 17 points for the Eagles (4-11, 3-3 Big Sky), who play host to league-leading Portland State (13-2, 5-1) on Thursday and Sacramento State (6-8, 2-4) on Saturday.

Idaho looks

to bounce back

After dropping two of its last three games, Big Sky Conference preseason favorite Idaho looks to get things back on track at home.

The Vandals (7-8, 4-2) play host to Sacramento State on Thursday and Big Sky-leading Portland State (13-2, 5-1) on Saturday at Cowan Spectrum.

Mikayla Ferenz averages 22.3 points to lead Idaho.

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