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Portland State women advance in Big Sky basketball tourney
Monday, March 6
Big Sky tournament
At Reno, Nevada
Portland State 88, Northern Arizona 76
In the first game of the conference tournament, the seventh-seeded Vikings pulled away from 10th seed NAU in the second half on the neutral court at Reno Events Center.
PSU will play No. 2-seeded North Dakota at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the quarterfinals. The Vikings knocked off the Fighting Hawks 81-67 on Friday at Stott Center. North Dakota beat PSU in Grand Forks 65-61 on Dec. 29.
Six Viks scored in double figures on Tuesday. Sidney Rielly had a game-high 24 points, Courtney West 14, Corey James 12, Ashley Bolston 11, Cici West 11 and Ashley Torres Negron 11.
Courtney West added a game-best 10 rebounds and game-leading six assists.
Rielly hit 10 of 16 shots from the field, helping PSU finish at 58.2 percent to NAU's 41.7 percent. The 24 points were her largest output in the past seven games.
Portland State, which improved to 15-16, also had a 36-14 edge in points in the paint.
At the half, PSU led 38-34. The half had four ties and six lead changes, with the Vikings' largest lead eight points and the Lumberjacks leading by as many as five. The Viks were in front despite getting no points from one of their top scorers this season, Bolston, who was 0 for 1 from the field, drew two fouls and played only four minutes.
The Vikings' lead grew to 63-52 by the end of the third quarter, with NAU missing its last six field-goal attempts.
Bolston, who entered the game averaging 15.9 points per contest, wound up at 4 for 7 from the floor in 24 minutes.
Oregon 7, UC Davis 2
At PK Park
A Portland Pickle last summer, Gabe Matthews from South Salem High went 3 for 4 Monday night to help the Ducks beat UC Davis.
Matthews drove in a run and scored twice
Another player from the summer 2016 Great West League, Spencer Steer, had three hits for Oregon (7-4).
UO's Kyle Kasser was 2 for 5; he has been on base in every game this year.
UC Davis fell to 3-7.
Zack Noll (1-0), a 6-6 freshman left-hander, allowed four hits and one run in five innings, with four strikeouts.
Isaiah Carranza, a 6-5 sophomore, had a four-inning relief stint. He gave up five hits and one run.
Portland State is third after two rounds of the 54-hole, two-day UTRGV Invitational, at McAllen, Texas.
Sam Houston State leads at 44-over-par 612. Houston Baptist totaled 616 on Monday. PSU shot 621, and Xavier and Grand Canyon are tied for fourth at 630 in the 13-team tournament.
The Vikings' Krissy Peterson, reigning Oregon Amateur champion, is tied for third after shooting 79-73 for a 10-over 152 total at McAllen Country Club.
Valerie Hernandez of the Viks is tied for seventh with rounds of 73-80 and a 153 total.
First place belongs to Grand Canyon's Courtney Vogel (75-75—150). Heather Shake of Sam Houston State shot 74-77 and trails by one shot.
• Concordia is 10th out of 14 teams after Day 1 of the two-day Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout at Vallejo, California.
The Cavaliers shot 44-over-par 332, and trail leader Cal Baptist by 37 strokes. Barry is second at 303, eight shots out of the lead.
George Fox is ninth, six strokes in front of Concordia.
For the Cavs, Shantel Antonio fired an 80, Cammie Decker shot 81, and Stan McKenzi was third out of five team members with an 82 on the par-72 Hiddenbrooke Golf Course.