The Portland Pilots evened their West Coast Conference record Thursday with a 19-2 second-half run that helped them beat host Pepperdine 53-43.

Cassandra Thompson of UP (11-8 overall) led all scorers with 15 points and had nine rebounds.

The Waves fell to 5-14, 1-7 WCC.

The big run gave Portland a 41-24 lead. Pepperdine got to within 44-39 with 5:10 remaining but Kari Luttinen's jumper, Amy Pupa's steal and 3-pointers by Thompson and Pupa secured the victory.

Cassandra Brown added 14 points for the Pilots, Luttinen had 12 and Pupa had 11 rebounds.

Portland's next game is at Loyola Marymount at 2 p.m. Saturday

  • • The Portland State Vikings, who split two games last week with two players suspended, dropped their lone game this week 69-60 on the road against Southern Utah.

    The game had various runs by both teams, including a 12-1 Thunderbirds spurt that gave them a 47-38 lead early in the second half. PSU got to within 64-60 with 38 seconds left, but the T-Birds made 5 of 6 free throws to stay on top.

    PSU fired at a 36.5-percent clip from the field, while SU shot 42.6 percent.

    Mikaela Rivard of PSU had a career-high 16 points, making 7 of 10 from the floor.

    Emily Easom added 15 points for the Vikings — her fifth consecutive double-figure outing.

    Kate Lanz, who had missed the previous two games for violating team rules, scored 14 points for the Viks (5-12 overall, 3-5 Big Sky).

    Southern Utah improved to 10-6, 4-3 in the conference.

    Portland State is off until a Jan. 30 Big Sky appearance at Northern Colorado and a Feb. 1 game at North Dakota that will complete the Viks' first half of conference action.

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