Yvette Cole scored 16 points Wednesday night as Washington's women's basketball team defeated New Mexico State, 86-73, in a West Regional first-round game at Seattle.
The Huskies (23-6) advanced to Saturday's second-round game at Long Beach against fourth-ranked Cal State Long Beach.
New Mexico wound up 23-7.
Oregon 75, E. Washington 56--At Eugene, Ore., Stefanie Kasperski scored 16 points to lead Oregon (23-6) into a second-round game against Ohio State at McArthur Court. Eastern Washington fell to 18-12.
Illinois 80, Bowling Green 64--Jonelle Polk scored 28 points, blocked 6 shots and had 8 rebounds at Champaign, Ill., to lead the Illini (19-9) past Bowling Green (27-3) in the Mideast Regional.
Northwestern 62, Kansas State 61--Laura Arnold hit a free throw with five seconds remaining in overtime at Evanston, Ill., to give Northwestern (20-9) a victory in another Midwest game. Kansas State finished with a 22-9 record.