COLLEGE HOOPS: Warner Pacific men keep pace; L&C women fall from unbeaten ranks; PSU teams face key games; Pilots lose David Carr
The Warner Pacific men had a big weekend, winning on the road over another Cascade Collegiate Conference contender and climbing three spots to No. 11 in the NAIA Division II rankings.
Warner Pacific beat Northwest, No. 21 at the time, 77-65 Friday in Kirkland, Wash., and routed Evergreen State 74-40 the following night.
Doug Thomas' 19 points led four WPC players in double figures as the Knights led Northwest from start to finish, shooting 59 percent from the field.
Warner Pacific is home this weekend, facing Corban on Friday and Northwest Christian on Saturday.
WPC has a 6-1 record and is a half-game behind first-place Eastern Oregon. Southern Oregon is even with the Knights, and Northwest is 5-2.
Â The Warner Pacific women are 5-2 in the conference and tied with Oregon Tech for third. Eastern Oregon leads at 8-0, and College of Idaho is 7-1.
The Knights have won five in a row, and returning all-CCC Chelsey Christensen is on a tear again.
The 5-9 senior from Central Catholic High played all 40 minutes and scored 24 points in Saturday's 54-51 win at Evergreen State.
She is averaging 20.3 points per game, just behind CCC leader Melissa Sweat of SOU (20.5).
Christensen also is shooting .540 from the field (third in the league), .346 on 3-pointers (tied for eighth in the league) and .869 at the free-throw line (second in the league). And she is sixth in the conference with 7.4 rebounds per game.
Â Lewis & Clark's women lost their first game and slipped three notches to No. 9 in NCAA Division III, but senior guard Kristina Williams was named Northwest Conference player of the week
Williams poured in 30 points as the Pioneers beat Whitworth, and she had double-doubles in two of the Pios' three games.
One of those was a key win over NWC rival George Fox, 80-68 Dec. 31 at Pamplin Sports Center.
The loss came in the next outing, as Whitman took sole possession of the conference lead with an 88-72 victory at Lewis & Clark.
L&C (12-1) plays Friday at 0-12 Willamette and Saturday at home against 9-4 Puget Sound.
Emily Sheldon, a 5-11 freshman guard from Lincoln High, is starting at times for UPS and averaging 5.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
Â The Portland State men, winners of seven of their last nine home games, are at Stott Center this weekend versus Sacramento State (7:30 Thursday) and Northern Arizona (7:30 Saturday).
It's a key set of games for the Vikings, who are 1-3 in the Big Sky. The top seven of 11 Big Sky teams qualify for the conference playoffs, and Portland State enters the weekend tied for seventh place.
PSU junior forward Aaron Moore, from Riverside, Calif., has had three straight double-doubles. He's averaging 13.7 points and 9.2 rebounds and shooting .611 from the field over the past six games.
NAU has the conference scoring leader in 5-11 freshman DeWayne Russell (16.6 points per game), from Peoria, Ariz.
Â The PSU women are in much the same boat as the Viking men. Portland State is 1-3 and tied for ninth in the Big Sky going into road games Thursday at Sac State and Saturday at NAU. The top seven women's team also make the conference playoffs.
Â The University of Portland men (7-10 overall, 0-2 West Coast Conference) are idle until Saturday, when they visit Loyola Marymount.
Pilot guard David Carr, from Central Catholic, is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee in last Saturday's 54-47 road loss to Pepperdine.
Carr had started all 17 games and was averaging 4.6 points and 2.3 assists in 22.0 minutes per game.
Â The UP women are 5-10, 0-2 WCC going into their Saturday game at San Francisco.
Ellen Nurmi, a 6-0 freshman guard from Finland, scored a career-high 19 points in the Pilots' last outing, a 69-63 loss at home to San Diego. She is the Pilots' No. 2 scorer with 13.0 points per game.