Vikings women remain unbeaten
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Portland State 60, GRAND CANYON 55
The Vikings held on in the fourth quarter to win a tight game in Arizona.
Ashley Bolston scored a game-high 19 points for the Vikings, 11 in the first half. Sidney Rielly had 14 points, Courtney West 12 and Kylie Jimenez 11.
PSU inproved to 2-0 on the road and 7-0 overall with the victory in Phoenix. It's the first 7-0 start for the Viking women since they were in NCAA Division II in 1994-95.
Grand Canyon fell to 2-5.
PSU led by as many as 10 points in the first quarter, which ended with the Viks in front 21-20. Each team scored only four points in the second quarter.
Portland State stretched its lead to 48-40 going into the fourth quarter.
Grand Canyon trailed 58-55 when Jordan Stotler blocked a Lopes inside shot and West rebounded with 1:10 to go. PSU missed a 3-point try, but Jimenez stole the ball in transition and the Viks called time with 37 seconds remaining.
Grand Canyon tied up the Vikings twice for jump balls, gaining possession with 24.1 seconds left. The Lopes rimmed out a 3, and got the offensive rebound, but threw the ball away. Bolston picked off a pass and was fouled with 5.1 seconds on the clock. She hit two free throws for the final, five-point edge.
The Lopes, who have lost five of their last six games, have been leading the Western Athletic Conference in field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage. They were held to 41.1 percent overall and 5 of 15 on 3's.
The Vikings were 0 of 8 from 3-point range in the first half. Kylie Jimenez hit their first attempt of the second half, early in the third quarter, and she went 2 of 3 from beyond the arc the rest of the third quarter. The Viks finished 3 of 13 on 3's and at 43.9 percent from the field.
The all-time series is 8-0 in PSU's favor, though this was the first meeting since the 1995-96 season.
Next for the Vikings are two games at Viking Pavilion — 2 p.m. Saturday against UNLV (1-7, with a win over UC Santa Barbara) and 7 p.m. Tuesday against UC Irvine (7-1, with a loss to San Diego State in its last outing and a Sunday game set for Chiles Center against the Portland Pilots).
Then comes the Vikings' Big Sky opener, Dec. 31 at Northern Colorado.
Forward Gabe Klassen, a signed 2018 bantam draft pick of Portland this year, has been named to Team Saskatchewan for the under-16 Canada Winter Games hockey tournament Feb. 17-22, 2019.