Nelson’s Eagles get 20th win, advance to semis

MISSOULA — Led by Hayley Hodgins’ 22-point performance Wednesday night, Eastern Washington knocked off Northern Arizona 73-57 in the first round of the Big Sky Conference women’s basketball tournament at Dahlberg Arena. Stats

The win gives the Eagles (20-10) their first 20-win season since 1984-85 and sends Eastern Washington into a battle with host Montana in Friday’s semifinals. The Grizzlies beat Idaho State 69-67 in the first round.

Jade Redmond added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win, while Melissa Williams scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Butte High graduate Lexie Nelson, a senior guard, scored eight points in the victory.

Brittani Lusain scored 16 points to lead the Lumberjacks, who close the season at 13-17.