Gonzaga women win after catching fire in second half
The Gonzaga women’s basketball team opened the second half on a 16-4 run and went on to beat Portland State 54-40 in a nonconference game Friday night in Portland.
Junior Haiden Palmer scored a season-high 21 points to lead the Bulldogs (8-2), who won the rebounding battle 43-32.
Angela Misa scored 12 points and Courtne Vanbrocklin added 10 for the Vikings (5-2).
Gonzaga is host to Cal State Fullerton at 2 p.m. Sunday.
• Eastern Washington made seven 3-pointers in the first half and went on to beat Boise State 74-63 in a nonconference game in Boise.
Lexie Nelson hit three 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to lead Eastern Washington.
Aubrey Ashenfelter added a season-high 16 points for the Eagles (3-5).
Lauren Lenhardt led the Broncos (4-4) with 18 points and 11 assists.
• Georgia Stirton scored 18 points and dished out five assists to lead North Idaho past Community Colleges of Spokane 60-43 in nonconference game at Spokane Community College.
Katie Buskey added 17 points and four steals for the Cardinals (11-0), the top-ranked NJCAA team.
Rylie Holsinger led the Sasquatch (3-3) with 13 points.
• Stacey Barr led four players in double figures with 20 points as Idaho cruised to a 78-64 nonconference win over UC Riverside (5-3) in Riverside, Calif.
Ali Forde had 14 points, Jessica Graham added 11 and Alyssa Charlston chipped in 10 for the Vandals (3-6), who led by 10 points at halftime.
Kwinn Hanson led five players in double figures with 20 points and Community Colleges of Spokane beat Umpqua (3-4) 86-68 at the Dale J. Bates Invitational in Eugene, Ore.
Brady Bagby added 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Sasquatch (4-3).
Gina Mancuso had 14 kills and Hannah Werth added 22 digs as Nebraska (26-6) eliminated Washington from the NCAA tournament at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. Scores were 25-15, 25-21 and 25-23.
It was the first time this season the Huskies were swept and it was the first time under head coach Jim McLaughlin that Washington lost a round-of-16 match.
Krista Vansant had 11 kills and four blocks for the Huskies (25-7).
North Idaho won eight of 10 matches and beat Northwest College 35-6 in Coeur d’Alene.