Golden sparkles in Gonzaga women's win over LMU

GU’s Kelly Graves appreciates that he has the team to beat. (Associated Press)
GU’s Kelly Graves appreciates that he has the team to beat. (Associated Press)

Stephanie Golden had a career-high 15 points and the No. 22 Gonzaga women's basketball team earned a 79-61 win over Loyola Marymount at the McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday night. As you'll see in my story, I overheard a fan throw out a horrendously obvious pun after the game. I'd like to thank that fan. After he said it, I couldn't get it out of my head. Hence, the first couple paragraphs.

Oh well.

Keep reading for more on area women's basketball teams.


Eastern Washington avenged a home loss to Montana earlier in January and scored a 67-57 win over the Grizzlies in Missoula. The Eagles (12-9, 6-2 Big Sky) won in Missoula for the second straight season after ending a 27-game losing streak at Montana last season. The streak went back to 1987.

The Eagles shot 45 percent from the field and were 7 of 12 from 3-point range. 

Chene Cooper scored a season-high 18 points and recorded nine assists and five rebounds.

"Coop had an outstanding night," EWU coach Wendy Schuller said in a release. "She was just solid all-around. Late in the game, when Montana was threatening to dig into our lead, she stepped up and made some really big shots for us."

Carrie Ojeda added 16 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and leading scorer Brianne Ryan had 15 points and five boards.

The Eagles are at Montana State on Saturday. The Eagles have never swept the Montana schools on the road.

In women’s Pac-12 play, Arizona State made a second-half run and coasted to a 63-46 win over host Washington State.

The Cougars (9-11, 3-5 Pac-12) shot a poor 28.6 percent from the field, while the Sun Devils shot 45 percent. Rosetta Adzasu and Jazmine Perkins led WSU with 10 points apiece. Perkins also grabbed seven rebounds to move into sole possession of eighth place on WSU's career rebounds list, breaking a tie with Yvonne Kunze.

The Cougars host Arizona on Saturday.

You can view the post-game press conference here.

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