- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Jamie Patrick scored 21 points, and Ellen Nystrom had 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists to help 22nd-ranked Colorado State beat Fresno State 68-55 Tuesday night and secure the Rams’ third-straight outright regular-season Mountain West Conference title.

Colorado State is the first team in MWC history to win three outright conference crowns in a row.

Keyora Wharry hit 7 of 12 shots and finished with 16 points for the Rams (27-1, 17-0), who have won a school record 25 consecutive games - the second longest active streak in Division I, behind Connecticut’s 66-game streak.

Fresno State (18-10, 14-3) had its five-game win streak snapped.

The Bulldogs led 45-44 after three quarters, but were outscored 24-10 in the fourth as Colorado State made 6 of 12 from the field, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, and 8 of 8 foul shots in the final 10 minutes.

Brittany Aikens led Fresno State with 13 points.


AMES, Iowa (AP) - Katrina Pardee and Teana Muldrow each tied season highs with four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points apiece as West Virginia cruised to a win over Iowa State.

Lanay Montgomery scored 14 with eight rebounds, while Bria Holmes and Tynice Martin added 13 points each for West Virginia, which secured the third seed, and a first-round bye, in the Big 12 tournament. The Mountaineers will face sixth-seeded Kansas State (18-11, 8-10) on Saturday. Holmes finished with eight assists.

West Virginia (23-8, 12-6) tied its season-high - set in last Saturday’s 82-48 win over then 22nd-ranked Oklahoma State - with 13 made 3s on 23 attempts.

Iowa State (13-16, 5-13) shot just 35 percent (19 of 54) from the field and was outrebounded 40-26.

Seanna Johnson led the Cyclones with 21 points and 14 rebounds, both career highs.


LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Gioya Carter made three 3-pointers and scored 15 points - all in the second half - and Oklahoma beat Texas Tech.

Oklahoma (20-9, 11-7) hit the 20-win mark for the 14th time under coach Sherri Coale. They also won their 11th straight over Texas Tech.

Maddie Manning and Vionise Pierre-Louis each scored 11 points for Oklahoma. Peyton Little and T’ona Edwards added 10 points apiece.

Oklahoma had a 31-25 lead at halftime behind Manning’s 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting. She finished 4 of 6 and tied a career-high with three 3-pointers.

Ivonne Cook-Taylor led Texas Tech (12-17, 3-15) with 18 points. Japreece Dean had 14 points and Ryann Bowser 13. The Lady Raiders have lost seven of their last eight.

Oklahoma, a No. 5 seed, will face fourth-seeded Oklahoma State (21-8) on Saturday in the Big 12 tournament.

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