Idaho colleges roundup: College of Idaho men’s basketball ranked No. 3, hosts Cascade opener Wednesday

STATESMAN STAFFFebruary 26, 2014 

CALDWELL — The Coyotes, who have won 12 straight games, climbed two spots in this week’s NAIA Division II Top 25 men’s poll. It is the final poll of the regular season. The ranking is the program’s highest since a No. 3 ranking during the 2003-04 season. The C of I (25-5) hosts Eastern Oregon in its opener of the Cascade Conference Tournament on Wednesday. The game starts at 7 p.m. at the J.A. Albertson Activities Center.

C OF I WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Erica Martinez scored 29 points, including an 8-of-8 performance from the free throw line in the final minute, as the Coyotes beat Northwest 80-73 in the quarterfinals of the Cascade Conference Tournament in Caldwell. Chakala Carthen added 19 points and tied a school record with 24 rebounds. The C of I, which is 16-11 this season and 15-0 all-time in postseason home games under head coach Reagan Rossi, plays a semifinal against No. 21 Oregon Tech on Friday night in Klamath Falls.

BOISE STATE MEN’S TENNIS: The Broncos jumped 26 spots to No. 15 in this week’s national rankings. Last week, the squad won its second consecutive title at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala., by beating No. 36 Alabama, No. 21 Clemson and No. 37 VCU.

BSU SWIMMING AND DIVING: The Broncos who made the All-Mountain West team are Brittany Aoyama, Brooke Balogh, Jessica Bottelberghe, Felicity Cann, Nicolette Cannon, Ciera Cortney, Heather Harper, Rachel Heaney, Sydney Johansen, Whitney Jorgensen, Erin Kohlbeck, Devin Madsen, Katelyn Martin, Emri Moore, Taylor Padington and Samantha Wicks.

BSU FOOTBALL: Former quarterback Bush Hamdan accepted the offensive coordinator job at Davidson, a Football Championship Subdivision school in North Carolina, he announced on Twitter. Hamdan played for the Broncos from 2004 to 2008. He was the quarterbacks coach at Arkansas State last year under new Boise State coach Bryan Harsin.

BSU INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: Emma Bates is the Mountain West athlete of the week.

NORTHWEST NAZARENE BASEBALL: The Crusaders (4-9) split a doubleheader with Hawaii Hilo in Nampa, losing 10-9 and winning 4-0.

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