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No. 25 Gonzaga women rout UC Riverside

Junior forward Sunny Greinacher tied a career high with 21 points and Lindsay Sherbert scored 19 as the 25th-ranked Gonzaga women’s team overwhelmed visiting UC Riverside 87-43.


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SPOKANE – Junior forward Sunny Greinacher tied a career high with 21 points and Lindsay Sherbert scored 19 as the 25th-ranked Gonzaga women’s team overwhelmed UC Riverside 87-43 on Monday night.

Greinacher reached double-figure scoring for a sixth straight game and junior Sherbert made a career-high five three-pointers, all after halftime, for the Zags (9-2). Gonzaga is unbeaten in seven home games this season.

Gonzaga forced 25 turnovers — 19 on steals — and made half its field goals, 36 of 72. Senior guard Haiden Palmer had nine steals to go with nine points.

Gonzaga led 36-30 at halftime. Palmer and Greinacher combined for the Zags’ first 11 points of the second half, producing a 47-34 lead.

Brittany Crain, with 11 points for the Highlanders (4-5), kept her double-figure streak alive at 19 games, tying the school’s Division I record for most games in double digits. Riverside was held to 34 percent shooting.

Gonzaga was ranked 23rd in last week’s Associated Press poll, but it lost 73-45 at No. 6 Stanford on Saturday.

Connecticut and Duke remained 1-2 in the women’s poll. They play each other Tuesday in Durham, N.C. In previous meetings between the two top-ranked teams in the AP poll, the No. 1 team has a 31-20 record.

Meanwhile, the Gonzaga men dropped from 20th to 21st in the AP media poll but moved up from a tie for 16th place to 15th in the USA Today coaches poll.

Notes

Chiney Ogwumike scored 24 of her 32 points in the first half and the Stanford women beat New Mexico 74-41, extending their winning streak to eight. Ogwumike had 23 of the team’s first 25 points.

Stanford hosts third-ranked Tennessee on Saturday.

• In the lone game involving a top-10 men’s team, freshman Jabari Parker scored 21 points as No. 8 Duke beat visiting Gardner-Webb 85-66.




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