Chico State's Amber Simmons had 20 points, 15 rebounds and seven steals as the No. 11 Wildcats women's basketball team upset No. 3 Seattle Pacific 80-76...

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Chico State’s Amber Simmons had 20 points, 15 rebounds and seven steals as the No. 11 Wildcats women’s basketball team upset No. 3 Seattle Pacific 80-76 in overtime Friday night at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Classic in Bellingham.


It was Chico State’s first win in eight games against the Falcons (4-1). The teams last met in last season’s NCAA Division II West Regional final, which SPU won 85-70. The Falcons finished that season as national runners-up.


Forward Haley Ford had 19 points and eight rebounds, while guard Lauren Himmelspach scored 17 points for the Wildcats (6-0), who won despite shooting 33.7 percent (32 of 95) from the field.


All five Falcons starters scored in double figures, led by guard Mandy Wood’s game- and career-high 27.


Seattle Pacific led most of the game, but Chico State took the lead, 62-61, with 6:10 remaining in the second half. Neither team scored after the 3:42 mark, however, until Audriana Spencer hit two throws to put Chico State up 70-67 with seven seconds to go. SPU’s Wood then drove the length of the court and made a three-pointer to force overtime.


Chico State never trailed in the extra period.


Seattle U. men fall


CSU Monterey Bay dealt the Seattle University men’s basketball team its first loss of the season, 82-74, in the first game of the Ron Logsden Classic at Sonoma State in Rohnert Park, Calif.


Devoughn Lamont led the Otters with 31 points on 13-of-16 shooting and also had eight rebounds.


Bernard Seals had 19 points for Seattle U. (5-1), which was off to its best start since the 1966-67 season.


Other men’s hoops


Northwest University 79,


Pacific Lutheran 66


The Eagles (9-3) used a 13-3 run midway through the second half to break open a six-point game. Chris Keller led Northwest with 19 points. Josh Dressler scored 17 points coming off the bench for PLU (0-5).


St. Martin’s College 87,


at Warner Pacific College 85


Stephon Harris scored 23 points to lead the Saints to victory. Niko Nunogawa added 13 points and 14 rebounds.


Donny Woods led Warner Pacific with 21 points.


Other women’s hoops


No. 14 Western Washington 92,


Sonoma State 59


Senior forward Tina Donahue and junior guard Mollie Stelmack each scored 16 points for the Vikings (4-0), who easily beat the Seawolves (4-2) at the GNAC Classic.


At Pacific Lutheran 84,


Northwest 43


Nikki Johnson scored 21 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, and Kezia Long had 19 points and 11 rebounds as the Lutes (7-1) routed the Eagles (4-7).


Emilee Eisinger led Northwest with 12 points.


Notes


Andrea Gabler and Megan Shannon of Pacific Lutheran were named to the NCAA Division III All-West Region women’s soccer third team.


Gabler, a senior from Centralia, had 19 points this past season. Freshman Shannon had 10 goals and six assists for 26 points.


• Setter Kari Rice and outside hitter Nikki Hernandez, both from Eisenhower High in Yakima, signed national letters of intent to play volleyball at Western Washington.


Compiled from sports-information reports and other sources.