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Bulldogs cruise past Pepperdine

Sun., Jan. 26, 2014

Reserve Lindsay Sherbert scored 16 points and No. 25 Gonzaga held an opponent below 40 points for the third time this season, coasting to a 69-39 West Coast Conference win over Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif., on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (18-3, 8-1), who won their eighth straight and 10th straight over Pepperdine, have allowed less than 50 points nine times. They outscored the Waves (5-15, 1-7) 38-15 in the second half and forced 23 turnovers.

Sunny Greinacher added 13 points and Haiden Palmer 11 for GU, which had a 37-28 rebounding advantage, including 15-6 on the offensive end.

No player reached double figures for Pepperdine, which was without leading scorer Bria Richardson (16.9) and had only eight players.

With Sherbert scoring 10 points, Gonzaga led 31-23 at the half. The Bulldogs opened the second half with a 10-2 run and were never threatened. They hit 10 3s while Pepperdine was 2 of 12.

Southern Utah 62, Eastern Washington 61: Hayley Hodgins’ contested jumper at the buzzer was off the mark and the Thunderbirds (11-6, 5-3) escaped with a win over the Eagles (8-9, 4-4) in a Big Sky Conference game in Cedar City, Utah.

Eastern Washington fell behind by 14 points early, but rallied to cut the deficit to a point at halftime.

EWU senior Laura Hughes made 6 of 9 shots and 4 of 5 free throws and finished with a game-high 16 points. Lexie Nelson added 13 points and Hodgins chipped in 12.

Southern Utah’s Hailey Mandelko scored 13 points and Lori Parkinson added 11 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. The Thunderbirds pulled down 18 offensive rebounds and forced 19 EWU turnovers.

The Eagles continue their road swing Thursday at Big Sky foe North Dakota.

Whitworth 90, Lewis & Clark 62: Kayla Johnson had 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the hot-shooting Pirates (12-5, 6-2) routed the Pioneers (9-8, 4-4) in a Northwest Conference game in Spokane.

Kendra Lahue added 16 points, K.C. McConnell had 15 and Lexie Zappone chipped in 13 points and five assists for Whitworth.

The Pirates shot 58.3 percent (21 of 36) in the second half to break open a close game.

Tayler Wang led Lewis & Clark with 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

The Pirates host Willamette on Friday. Whitworth beat the Bearcats 76-50 Jan. 4 in Salem, Ore.

Columbia Basin 75, CC Spokane 56: Courtney Nelson made 10 of 17 shots and finished with 23 points and four assists as the Hawks (16-3, 6-0) defeated the Sasquatch (10-9, 2-4) in an NWAACC game in Pasco.

Columbia Basin shot 49.2 percent from the floor, had a 41-30 rebounding advantage and forced 19 Sasquatch turnovers.

Sydney Mercer added 14 points and six rebounds for the Hawks.

CCS had three players score in double figures. Riley Holsinger led the way with 19 points, Tamar Williams added 14 points and eight rebounds and Briana Anderson chipped in 11 points.

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