December 14, 2009 in Sports

19-0 run lifts GU


The Gonzaga women’s basketball team used a 19-0 second-half run to rally for a 64-57 non-conference victory over Portland State in Portland on Sunday.

Down 54-42 with 9 minutes, 25 seconds remaining, the Bulldogs (9-2) clamped down on defense and held the Vikings scoreless until less than two minutes remained. Gonzaga forced four turnovers during the run, leading to seven Bulldogs points.

Vivian Frieson scored 22 points with 10 rebounds to pace Gonzaga, and Katelan Redmon scored all 10 of her points during the second half.

The Bulldogs trailed 37-30 at halftime, only the second time they’ve trailed at intermission this season.

•Tara Cronin (Gonzaga Prep) scored a season-high 19 points as Portland beat Washington State 79-53 in non-conference action in Pullman.

Laiken Dollente added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Pilots (7-3), who have not lost to Washington State in 24 years and are 5-1 all-time against the Cougars.

Washington State (4-5) was led by Jazmine Perkins and KiKi Moore, who each scored 10 points. Portland outrebounded the Cougars 43-35.

The Pilots came out in the second half and went on a 17-6 run to take a 49-27 lead at the 13-minute mark.

The Pilots shot 52.5 percent from the field, 60.6 percent in the second half alone. The Cougars were cold from the field, shooting poorly the entire game. Washington State made only seven shots from the field in the first half in 39 attempts for 17.9 percent.

•Montana beat short-handed Idaho 73-49 in Missoula.

Rachele Kloke and Shaena Keuhu each scored 17 points for the Vandals (1-10), who had an active roster of eight players. Charlotte Otero and Yinka Olorunnife are serving suspensions for conduct detrimental to the team.

The rest of the Idaho team shot 4 of 24 from the field and scored 15 points.

Men’s basketball

Whitworth hit 27 of 31 free-throw attempts and shot 50 percent from the field in a 77-58 win over Montana Tech in Butte.

Nate Montgomery scored 19 points for the Pirates (4-2), and Eric Beatl added 18 points with seven assists and six rebounds.

•Griffon Jones scored 20 points and Zach Humphrey and Kevin Bond added 17 apiece as Community Colleges of Spokane beat Pierce College 77-69 in the semifinals of the Dale J. Bates Invitational at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore.

The Sasquatch (6-1) will face Umpqua in the championship game today at 2 p.m.

Junior hockey

Patrick Donlan recorded a hat trick and five other Braves found the back of the net as Spokane beat the Grand Forks Border Bruins 8-3 in Grand Forks, British Columbia.

Kyle Bacon had two assists for Spokane, and Mckinlee Baum made 24 saves.

The Braves (21-14-0-2) outshot the Border Bruins 48-27.

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