The Falcons won their fourth straight, earning their best start since 2008-2009.

CHICO, Calif. — Freshman guard Brooke Bowen pumped in a career-high 16 points and was one of three Seattle Pacific players in double figures Friday as the Falcons rolled past Sonoma State on the first night of the CCAA-GNAC Challenge, 78-57.

Seattle Pacific won its fourth straight game and is 6-1 for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

The 16-point output for Bowen beat her previous best of 10 points, set on Nov. 10 against Western State. Junior guard Aubree Callen added 15 points for SPU, and senior guard Rachel Murray chipped in 13 in the game on the Chico State campus.

SPU was down 6-5 before running off 13 in a row to take an 18-6 lead and led by double digits the rest of the way.

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Other women’s basketball

No. 6 Western Washington blew a eight-point halftime lead and lost to host Chico State, 75-74, in the CCAA-GNAC challenge. The Vikings (6-1) had five players in double digits but couldn’t avoid their first loss of the season.

• Eastern Washington beat visiting Boise State for the first time in three tries, 74-63. The Eagles hit seven three-pointers in the first half. The win gave EWU a 3-5 record heading into Big Sky Conference play.

• Northwest overcame a seven-point halftime deficit to beat visiting Pacific Lutheran, 70-56, for its first win of the season.

Domi Mendezona led the Eagles (1-7) with 23 points.

Men’s basketball

Northwest won its fifth straight game, beating visiting Quest 81-52. NU is ranked No. 20 among NAIA teams.


“Vicious” Vincent Thompson of Federal Way improved to 12-0, defeating Johan Banks in a six-round unanimous decision in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Thompson, at 236 pounds, won every round easily, 60-54 on the scorecards, at the sold-out match.

From team and wire reports