Vikings fall; Concordia stuns Eastern Oregon
The Portland Pilots snapped a two-game losing streak, winning 75-55 at home against Santa Clara in a West Coast Conference game.
Portland State matched a season low for a half, scoring 13 points in the first 20 minutes at North Dakota on the way to a 69-44 Big Sky defeat.
In the Cascade Collegiate Conference, Concordia upset No. 16 Eastern Oregon at La Grande 85-78.
Also in CCC action, Warner Pacific lost at College of Idaho 106-72.
Lewis & Clark suffered a Northwest Conference loss to visiting Puget Sound 75-71.
Pilots power to victory
Kari Luttinen scored 23 points and was 6 of 6 from the field in the second half, and Cassandra Brown added 20 points to lead the University of Portland past visiting Santa Clara 75-55 at Chiles Center.
Luttinen was 8 of 11 from the field, and Brown made 6 of 11, with 7 of 8 free throws.
Portland led nearly all the way and built a 37-29 edge at the half.
Coach Jim Sollars' crew outshot the Broncos from the floor, 48.9 percent to 36.2 percent. The Pilots also had a 23-14 advantage in points off turnovers and a 24-14 edge in points in the paint.
UP improved to 5-6 in the WCC and 12-10 for the season.
Santa Clara slipped to 3-8, 7-15.
Vikings start slowly
Portland State fired at a 21.4-percent clip in the first half to trail 30-13 and wound up on the short end of a 69-44 decision at North Dakota.
Allie Brock, a 6-0 senior forward from Southridge High, led PSU with 18 points, all in the second half, going 8 for 15 from the field, as the Vikings made 11 of 24 (45.8 percent) after intermission.
The Viks fell to 3-7 in the Big Sky, 5-14 overall, while UND improved to 9-2 in the league and 14-6 overall through the first half of conference play.
Cavaliers do it again
Concordia, coming off a Friday road win over College of Idaho, stunned 16th-ranked Eastern Oregon 85-78.
EOU came into the game with a 9-0 home record, and the Mounties built a 29-20 lead midway through the first half.
But the Cavaliers rallied, with guard Janae Klarich scoring a team-high 28 points and a game-high seven assists.
Also for the Cavs, center Caitlyn McCutcheon from St. Mary's Academy claimed her eighth double-double of the season, with 24 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
Concordia climbed to 3-9 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference and 6-18 overall, while Eastern Oregon slipped to 11-2 in the CCC and 19-6 total.
EOU has the league lead, with Oregon Tech second at 9-4, followed by Northwest (8-4), Southern Oregon (8-5), Collge of Idaho (8-5), Evergreen State (6-6), Corban (6-7), Concordia (3-9), Warner Pacific (2-10) and Northwest Christian (2-11).
Knights die by the 3
College of Idaho made a school-record 18 3-pointers in its 106-72 win at home over Warner Pacific.
C of I led 53-31 at the half and never let the Knights get closer than 17 points after intermission.
Janelle Weiss paced WP with 18 points.
C of I improved to 8-5 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference and 11-10 overall.
Warner Pacific is 2-10 in league and 6-17 for the season.
Pioneers fall to .500 in NWC
Puget Sound evened the season series at 1-1 with a 75-71 victory at Lewis & Clark.
Tayler Wang led the Pioneers with 17 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Casey Zinn added 15 points and Ayisat Afolabi had 13 for the Pios.
Zinn hit a 3-pointer with less than a minute to go that pulled L&C to within 73-71, but the Loggers hit two free throws to secure their win.
L&C is 10-9 overall and 5-5 in the Northwest Conference. UPS is 13-6, 6-4.
The top four teams advance to the NWC playoffs, and Puget Sound is fourth, Lewis & Clark fifth.
The top three are Whitman (10-0), George Fox (9-1) and Whitworth (8-2).
The lower echelon consists of Pacific Lutheran (3-7), Linfield (2-8), Pacific (1-9) and Willamette (1-9).