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Mathews leads Gonzaga to 10th consecutive win

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Shannon Mathews scored a game-high 23 points, hitting five 3-pointers and 6 of 6 from the free-throw line, as visiting Gonzaga notched its 10th consecutive win by defeating Loyola Marymount 67-59 in West Coast Conference women’s basketball play at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles.

The Bulldogs (14-2, 3-0) shot 14 of 16 from the line in the second half. GU’s Anne Bailey came off the bench for a game-high eight rebounds.

Reserve Rachael Ziemann of the Lions (8-8, 2-1) hit five 3-pointers, scored 19 points and had five steals.

Oregon State 83, Washington State 55: At Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore., Shannon Howell hit 12 of 13 from the line and scored 33 points as the Beavers (5-10, 1-5 Pacific-10 Conference) handed the visiting Cougars (4-12, 0-7) their ninth consecutive loss.

The Cougars trailed 48-39 with 15 1/2 minutes left, but OSU patched together a 7-0 run to pull away.

WSU sophomore Kate Benz recorded her fifth double-double of the season, hitting 7 of 8 from the line on the way to 16 points and leading all players with 14 rebounds. Cougars sophomore Adriane Ferguson (Mead High) scored 11 points for her 10th double-digit scoring game of the season.

Oregon 86, Washington 77: At Eugene, Ore., Andrea Bills and Chelsea Wagner combined for 41 points, and the Ducks (11-4, 4-2 Pac-10) closed the game with a 9-0 run to snap a four-game losing streak to the Huskies (6-11, 2-5).

Idaho 68, Cal State Northridge 54: Emily Faurholt scored a game-best 24 points and Heather Thoelke added 17 as the Vandals (8-5, 3-1 Big West Conference) defeated the visiting Matadors (7-5, 3-2) at Cowan Spectrum.

Faurholt shot 11 of 18 from the floor while the rest of the Vandals were 13 of 39. Thoelke and Leilani Mitchell, who led all players with seven assists, were a combined 8 for 8 from the line for the Vandals.

Jessica Summers added a game-high 12 rebounds to guide Idaho to a 48-35 advantage. Ofa Tulikihihifo led the Matadors with 22 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.

Wrestling

Josh Erickson (165 pounds) and Evan Mattingly (197) recorded pins to guide North Idaho College to a 33-12 win over host Yakima Valley CC in the afternoon.

Jeff Hedges at 125 (17-1), Lee Morrison at 149 (14-0), and Garret Johnson at heavyweight (11-0) also had big wins for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals (11-0) then recorded a 29-16 win over Highline CC of Des Moines, Wash., at night. .

Volleyball

The University of Washington rewarded coach Jim McLaughlin with a five-year contract extension.

McLaughlin, 82-39 in four years with the Huskies, guided the team to a 28-3 record and its first appearance in the NCAA Final Four in 2004.

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