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COLLEGE WOMEN'S HOOPS: Lanz, Vikings come alive at Eastern Washington

Ducks win; Beavers give No. 2 Irish a game; Shoni Schimmel leads Louisville

by: COURTESY OF PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - Senior guard Kate Lanz's triple-double ignited Portland State to a win Sunday in its Big Sky opener at Eastern Washington.Best game of the season for Portland State: The Vikings exploded for 52 second-half points and guard Kate Lanz had a triple-double Sunday afternoon as the Viks won their conference opener 86-74 at Eastern Washington.

PSU improved to 3-7 overall, while EWU fell to 4-6, 0-1 in the Big Sky.

The 86 points were a season high for Portland State.

Kate Lanz (22 points, 11 rebounds, career-high 10 assists), Allie Brock (20 points, 8 rebounds) and Emily Easom (14 points) led the Viks, who shot a season-best 50.0 percent from the field.

In the second half, PSU outscored Eastern Washington by 11 points, with Lanz netting 13 points and Brock and Easom each scoring 12.

Lanz finished 5 of 19 from the field and made 11 of 12 from the free-throw line, where she is shooting 81.8 percent this season.

The Vikings have had only four other triple-doubles in women's basketball.

Lexie Nelson scored 29 total points for the Eagles, who hit 41.5 percent from the floor.

Portland State returns home for its next two Big Sky games. The Vikings will play host to Idaho State at 7 p.m. Thursday and Weber State at 2 p.m. Saturday at Stott Center.

 Oregon State battled No. 2 Notre Dame into the final minute before coming up short 70-58 at Gill Coliseum.

Guards Jamie Weisner (18 points) and Sydney Wiese (15) paced the Beavers (8-4) in scoring.

Ruth Hamblin, a 6-6 sophomore from Houston, British Columbia, added 12 points, 8 rebounds and a school record-tying nine blocks.

Deven Hunter, a 6-3 sophomore forward from McNary High, had 10 rebounds for OSU.

The Irish improved to 11-0.

It was the first women's basketball meeting of the teams.

OSU, which came into the game ranked seventh in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (9.4) and 11th in 3-point accuracy (.396), went 6 of 17 (.353) from beyond the arc.

The Beavers' next game is their Pac-12 opener, 8 p.m Friday at Cal. OSU's trip also will take them to No. 1-ranked Stanford for a 2 p.m. Sunday game.

 Oregon, playing host Sunday afternoon to Cal State Northridge, won 96-61 at Matthew Knight Arena to stretch its winning streak to six games.

Chrishae Rowe scored 28 points for UO, and Jillian Alleyne had 22 points and 19 rebounds.

Oregon improved to 9-2, while Cal State Northridge slipped to 4-9.

The Ducks' Pac-12 opener is at fourth-ranked Stanford, 6 p.m. Friday. Oregon also will play at Cal on noon Sunday before returning home to face Oregon State at Matt Knight at 5 p.m. Jan. 11.

• Shoni Schimmel led the way as No. 7 Louisville opened American Athletic Conference play Sunday afternoon with a 71-51 victory over visiting SMU.

Schimmel, a senior guard from Franklin High, had a game-high 18 points, with three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Louisville improved to 13-1 with its sixth win in a row.

The Cardinals led 47-32 at the half, then opened the second half with a 16-3 run, dropping the Mustangs to 9-3 overall.

Louisville's other starting guard, Shoni's sister Jude Schimmel, a junior, had two points, going 1 of 4 from the field, plus a game-high seven assists.

The Cards' next game is 1 p.m. PT Wednesday at Temple.