Zags trip Pilots
Heather Bowman scored 19 points and No. 24 Gonzaga turned a six-point halftime deficit into a 70-58 victory over Portland Saturday in Portland.
Courtney Vandersloot added 14 points and eight assists for the Bulldogs (19-4, 8-0 West Coast Conference), who outscored Portland 40-22 in the second half en route to their 10th consecutive victory.
Lauren Angel and ReZina TecleMariam had 16 points each for the Pilots (15-8, 4-4 WCC), who held the lead for the last 10 minutes of the first half and the first nine minutes of the second half.
Portland was at its best during a 20-4 run that ate up 10 minutes of the first half and gave the Pilots a 34-22 lead.
TecleMariam, whose twin sister plays for Gonzaga, led the way during that stretch with a series of slashing moves that opened teammates, especially Angel and Laiken Dollente, for uncontested shots. Dollente finished with 13 points, including two 3-pointers.
After falling behind 36-30 at halftime, Gonzaga rallied in the second half behind the play of Bowman, Vandersloot and Katelan Redmon, who wound up with 12 points.
The Zags took the lead for good at 45-44 when Vandersloot made a steal and converted it into a layin. That was part of a 19-3 run that eventually put Gonzaga ahead 60-47 with 4:32 left.
Arizona 80, Washington 50: Soana Lucet had 22 points and 10 rebounds and the Wildcats raced to a Pac-10 victory over the Huskies at Tucson, Ariz.
Ify Ibekwe also had a double-double, with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats (11-10, 5-6). Brooke Jackson scored 15 points and Reiko Thomas 13 for Arizona.
Sacramento State 78, Eastern Washington 69: Charday Hunt tallied 21 points and four Hornets (10-12, 6-4) finished in double figures to beat the Eagles (14-8, 7-2) in Big Sky Conference play in Cheney.
Nicole Scott had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Eagles, but they suffered from a cold start in the first half, shooting just 34.3 percent.
George Fox 70, Whitworth 43: Keisha Gordon had 22 points and George Fox (19-2, 12-0 Northwest Conference) opened the second half on a 22-3 run, holding Whitworth (11-10, 7-5) scoreless for 10 minutes, to earn its 15th consecutive win, in Newberg, Ore.
Cassie Pilkinton led the Pirates with 12 points, but Whitworth shot just 17.9 percent after the break, scoring 16 points in the second half. George Fox shot 51 percent for the game.
CC Spokane 60, Wenatchee Valley 36: Korrie Bourn and Brooke Randall each scored 12 points and the Sasquatch (13-7, 5-4 NWAACC) trailed only once en route to a victory over the host Knights CC (4-16, 0-9).
After taking a 39-23 lead at halftime, the Sasquatch scored 20 of the next 31 points to take their largest lead at 25.
North Idaho College 80, Eastern Utah 69: Five players finished in double figures for North Idaho, led by Tugce Canitez’s 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Cardinals (20-3, 11-3 Scenic West) knocked off the Golden Eagles (7-18, 3-12) in Price, Utah. Kama Griffitts added 12 points and seven assists for NIC.