LAS VEGAS — The College of Southern Idaho women’s basketball team erased a big deficit but couldn’t complete the comeback.

CSI fell to the Southern All-Stars 66-65 Thursday at the College of Southern Nevada Holiday Basketball Tournament.

The Golden Eagles lost the first quarter 19-8, trailed by as many of 16 points in the game and fell behind by 10 twice in the fourth quarter. A 16-6 CSI run forced a 63-63 tie with one minute remaining, but the Southern All-Stars did just enough late to capture the win.

CSI shot 25-of-81 (30.9 percent) from the field, 8-of-40 (20 percent) from 3-point range and 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from the free-throw line.

Jamie Nielson led the Golden Eagles with 16 points (6-of-13 from the field, 4-of-10 from 3), and Filer High School graduate Meghan Hughes added 12 (6-of-12 from the field). Tiena Afu scored eight points (2-of-10) and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, while fellow CSI wing Mallory Lapoole had nine points (4-of-12) and 10 rebounds. Jerome graduate Kaela McClure had nine points (3-of-8) and a game-high seven assists.

The Golden Eagles (14-3) face Lake Region CC on Friday to end the tournament.

CSI men begin tournament with win

MESA, Ariz. — The CSI men’s basketball team began the Fiesta Bowl Shootout with an 82-66 win over San Bernardino Valley.

CSI built a 45-28 lead at halftime and had a solid shooting performance: 32-of-72 (44.4 percent) from the field and 11-of-27 (40.7 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc.

Thomas Khalid led CSI with 16 points (7-of-12 from the field, 2-of-5 from 3) and grabbed seven rebounds, while Jake Hendricks (5-of-7 on FGs, 4-of-6 on 3s) scored 14 points. Telly Davenport (6-of-13 from the field), Roberto Gittens (4-of-8 on 3s) and Danya Kinsby (6-of-11 on FGs) each scored 11 points for the Golden Eagles.

No. 9-ranked CSI (15-1) will play South Plains on Friday, the second day of the three-day tournament.