Beth Christensen came off the bench for 12 points, including a key three-pointer in the second half, as No. 3-ranked Seattle Pacific survived...
Beth Christensen came off the bench for 12 points, including a key three-pointer in the second half, as No. 3-ranked Seattle Pacific survived a rare scare at home, beating Biola 77-68 in the first round of the Sodexho Tip-Off Classic Friday night at Brougham Pavilion.
Mandy Wood led the Falcons (2-0) with 20 points and Jenny Poe had 13. SPU has now won 33 straight at home, but Biola is one of only two visitors to come within nine points during the streak.
After the Eagles (0-1) rallied from a 23-point first-half deficit to trail by only one point, Christensen sank a 21-footer from the left side to spark an 8-0 burst.
Autumn Fielding followed with a three-pointer from the right side and a baseline jumper to make it 65-56. Biola got no closer than seven the rest of the way.
Linda Ogugua, the Eagles’ 6-foot-6 center, had a game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds.
Christensen’s scoring total was a career high. She also had four steals and six rebounds. Wood was 8-12 from the field.
SPU plays Minnesota State Moorhead in the final game of the tournament Saturday at 5.
At Puget Sound 97, Caltech 26
The Loggers dominated the visiting Beavers, jumping out to a 54-16 halftime lead and cruising to victory in the opening round of the Sodexho Tip-Off Classic.
UPS shot 51.8 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from the three-point line, while forcing 31 turnovers and holding the Beavers to just 23 percent shooting for the game.
Morgan Harter was 8-for-9 shooting for a UPS-high 17 points. Brie Adderly finished with 14 points and led the Loggers with seven rebounds.
Caltech was led freshman Lea Kunesh’s 11 points and six rebounds.
Central Washington 82,
Minnesota State-Moorhead 73
CWU’s Jamie Corwin scored 21 points, leading four players in double figures, as the Wildcats defeated MSU-Moorhead in the Sodexho Tip-Off Classic.
Corwin made eight of 14 field goal attempts, including four of five from three-point range, to lead CWU (1-0) to the season-opening win. The Wildcats finished the opener making 50 percent from behind the arc and 49.2 percent overall.
Five players scored in double figures for the Lady Dragons (1-1), including a double-double from Jessica Trautwein with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The other four MSU Moorhead starters also scored in double figures.
Northwest 77, Montana Tech 72
Emilee Eisinger scored a game-high 33 points on 13-of-20 shooting to lead the Eagles (2-1).
At San Jose State 69, Gonzaga 61
Gonzaga was held to just 37 percent shooting from the field as it dropped its season opener for the fourth time in the past five years.
The Bulldogs led by four points with 5:11 left to play but would score only three points in the remaining five minutes.
Augustine added 13 points with 10 rebounds. The Spartans’ Amber Jackson had a game-high 26 points and 12 rebounds. Lamisha Augustine added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Hawk picked up the first double-double of her career with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
At Eastern Washington 63,
Saint Mary’s 53
Eastern used runs of 14-2 and 13-2 in the second half to rally from a nine-point deficit and defeat Saint Mary’s in a nonconference game at Reese Court.
The Eagles (1-1) had only one player in double figures, with Phynique Allen scoring 10 points. Eastern forced the Gaels (0-1) into 27 turnovers, including 15 in the second half.