STOCKTON, Calif. – Junior Keani Albanez scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Gonzaga women’s basketball team to an 83-68 victory over Pacific on Monday night.
Albanez made 6 of 8 shots from the field for the Zags (11-3 overall, 1-1 West Coast Conference), who bounced back from a 79-78 overtime loss at Saint Mary’s in their WCC opener Saturday.
Sunny Greinacher and Haiden Palmer added 13 points each for Gonzaga, which shot 56.9 percent (29 of 51).
Gonzaga point guard Jazmine Redmon, who is from Spokane, didn’t play. She suffered a sprained ankle in Saturday’s game.
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KiKi Moore led Pacific (5-7, 0-2) with 24 points.
USC edges UCLA
LOS ANGELES – Ariya Crook scored a game-high 25 points as the visiting USC women edged UCLA 56-54 in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. The Women of Troy improved to 8-5.
Atonye Nyingifa scored 20 points for the Bruins (6-7) before a crowd of 3,297.
• Kelsey Moos, a freshman from Reardan High School, scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the No. 24 Arizona State women held on to defeat No. 20 Syracuse 63-60, improving to 11-1.
• The Utah women beat UC Santa Barbara 66-57.
• Defending NCAA champion Louisville dismissed junior forward Chane Behanan from the men’s team for another violation of university policy.
• In men’s games involving Top 10 teams, No. 6 Oklahoma State beat Robert Morris 92-66 and ninth-ranked Baylor defeated Oral Roberts 81-55.
• Southern set a men’s NCAA record by scoring the first 44 points of the game en route to a 116-12 rout of Champion Baptist College in Baton Rouge, La.
The previous record was set in 1998, when Seton Hall scored the first 34 points of its game against Kean College.