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Gonzaga women open league play with victory

The Gonzaga women's basketball team began its quest for a ninth straight West Coast Conference title with an opening 77-57 victory over...

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SPOKANE — The Gonzaga women's basketball team began its quest for a ninth straight West Coast Conference title with an opening 77-57 victory over San Diego on Thursday night in front of 5,220 at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

"This is huge," Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves said. "It's as good of a conference win as we have had. I thought San Diego, coming in, had the best nonleague performance out of anyone in the WCC, so this is a really good win for us."

The Bulldogs improved to 11-4 and 1-0 in league, while the Toreros fell to 8-5 and 0-1.

Gonzaga was led by senior Taelor Karr, who had a career-high 27 points. The guard scored 24 of her points from beyond the three-point arc, her career-high eight three-pointers falling one shy of the school record.

"It was great to see Taelor looking for her shot tonight," Graves said. "I think she can be the best player in the conference and certainly our best player. She and Haiden [Palmer] are 1 and 1A. She was hunting and feeling her shot today. Her teammates were smart enough to get her the ball."

Top 10 men

No. 2 Michigan 94,

at Northwestern 66

Trey Burke scored 23 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21, and Michigan pounded Northwestern to stay unbeaten.

Off to their best start since they opened the 1985-86 season with 16 wins, the Wolverines (14-0, 1-0) had no trouble in the Big Ten opener. They built a 21-point halftime lead with Burke and Hardaway Jr. leading the way and were never challenged by Northwestern (9-5, 0-1).

Michigan shot 59.6 percent overall and made 13 of 22 three-point attempts, with the two guards doing most of the damage. Burke shot 9 of 16 overall and hit 4 of 6 three-pointers. Hardaway was 6 of 8 from the field and 4 of 5 from long range.

Top 5 women

No. 3 Duke 67, at N.C. State 57

Haley Peters had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help Duke beat North Carolina State. Chelsea Gray added 20 points and six rebounds for the Blue Devils (12-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had to fight into the final minutes to put away the Wolfpack (8-6, 0-2).

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