LAS VEGAS (AP) — Stacey Barr had 28 points, including 11 in the final three minutes to lead Idaho over Seattle in the Western Athletic Conference tournament championship game 75-67 on Saturday and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Alyssa Charlston added 17 for the Vandals (25-8), who won their second straight tournament title, also defeating Seattle last year. Idaho also won 18 of 19 against conference teams and defeated Seattle in last year's title game.
The Vandals were playing with added emotion this weekend as Connie Ballestero's uncle died Thursday in a Las Vegas hotel room. Her family made the trip to watch her play in the tournament. Ballestero, a starting guard, had six points.
Ashley Ward led the third-seeded Redhawks (16-16) with 17 points, and Sylvia Shepard had 14 points.
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