GU women clinch share of WCC title
College basketball: Taelor Karr matched her career high with 27 points Thursday night as the Gonzaga women clinched at least a share of their ninth consecutive West Coast Conference title under head coach Kelly Graves with a 70-55 win at Santa Clara (13-13, 5-8).
The Bulldogs (23-5, 13-1) won their 11th consecutive game and lead BYU (19-7, 10-3) by two games in the loss column. Gonzaga has two WCC games remaining, including Saturday at BYU, while BYU has three left. Saint Mary’s (17-8, 9-4) had been tied with BYU for second place, but the Gaels lost at San Diego (18-8, 10-4) on Thursday.
Karr, who also scored 27 against San Diego on Jan. 3, shot 10 for 19, including 6 of 9 on 3-pointers. She had back-to-back 3-pointers to give Gonzaga a 35-24 lead with 1:25 left in the first half, and sparked a 16-0 second-half run with eight points, including a 3-pointer and three-point play.
GU’s Haiden Palmer and Sunny Greinacher combined for 24 points and 12 rebounds.
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Suns reunite Morris twins
NBA: The Phoenix Suns again have a set of twins on their roster after making a trade to bring Marcus Morris from Houston.
The move, officially announced by the Suns on Thursday, unites Marcus with identical twin brother Markieff in Phoenix. Only once in NBA history have twins played for the same team, when Dick and Tom Van Arsdale were together with the Suns in 1976-77.
The Suns sent a 2013 second-round draft pick to the Rockets to get Marcus Morris, who was the 14th pick in the 2011 draft. Markieff was the 13th pick overall by Phoenix. The twins played together at Kansas, and on the same team through other levels of basketball until reaching the pros.