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.
The Associated Press
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.
• 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.