Area basketball: Zags bounce back
Courtney Vandersloot scored a game-high 22 points and added 13 assists and Gonzaga (3-3) scored the first 10 points of the game en route to a 28-point first-half lead in beating North Carolina Central (1-3) 94-52 Saturday at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu.
Meagan Winters added 11 points for the Bulldogs, scoring all of them during a 15-2 GU run that gave the Bulldogs a 31-14 lead with 10:02 remaining in the first half.
Gonzaga will play Washington State today at 3:30 p.m. in its final game of the tournament.
Washington State 87, Long Beach State 63: Sage Romberg led four Cougars (1-5) in double figures with 13 points, giving them their first win of the season against the 49ers (0-6).
Hana Potter added 12 points and Jazmine Perkins 11 for WSU, which used a 13-0 run at the end of the first half to put the game out of reach. Ella Clark led LBSU with 16 points.
Idaho 86, Sacramento State 66: Yinka Olorunnife tallied 17 points and 14 rebounds and Keri Arendse tied for the game-high with 18 points as the Vandals (4-1) rebounded from their first loss of the season with a win over the Hornets (1-5) at the University of Oregon Tournament in Eugene, Ore.
The Vandals never trailed, scoring the game’s first five points and opening a 24-14 lead with less than eight minutes to go in the first half.
The Vandals will close the tournament with a game against Cal State Bakersfield today at noon.
Evansville 77, Eastern Washington 67: Meagan Collins scored 23 points to go with five rebounds and the Purple Aces (3-2) outscored the Eagles (1-5) 43-23 in the second half to win at the Omni Hotels Classic in Boulder, Colo.
Chene Cooper and Kyla Evans tied for the team-high with 14 points each and combined for nine rebounds for the Eagles.
But turnovers – the Eagles committed 24 in the game – plagued EWU throughout the contest. Eastern shot just 34.8 percent from the floor for the game.
Whitworth 92, Westminster 77: Emily Guthrie set a tournament record with seven 3-pointers and finished with 21 points, Emily Travis added 19 points and the Pirates (2-2) won the ’Yote Classic with their win over the Griffins (10-2) in Caldwell, Idaho.
Kayla Johnson added 17 points for the Pirates.