Portland and Portland State lost conference games, with the Pilots faltering after a brilliant start at home against San Francisco.

  • Pilots let one get away

    Portland built a 19-0 lead in the first nine minutes at Chiles Center, but lost on a three-point play by USF's Taylor Proctor with less than a second remaining. Proctor drove for a layup, got the foul, too, and made the free throw.

    The Pilots fell to 4-6 in the West Coast Conference and 11-10 overall.

    The Dons improved to 3-7, 8-13.

    UP's Cassandra Thompson scored the game's first seven points, and PSU led 22-2 midway through the first half.

    At the break, it was Portland 37, San Franscisco 24, with Thompson 7 of 7 from the field and owning 16 points.

    Portland led 57-42 with 13:20 to go, but the Dons put together a 17-0 run to take their first lead.

    After that, it was back and forth, with seven lead changes and five ties.

    Thompson wound up with a career-high 23 points, Jasmine Wooton scored 20 for UP, and Amy Pupa got 13 points and 10 rebounds, with five assists.

    Portland returns to Chiles for a 1 p.m. Saturday game against Santa Clara.

  • Vikings no match for Bears

    Northern Colorado stretched a 13-point halftime lead into a cushion of 23 points before finishing with a 77-60 victory at home over Portland State.

    Sophomore guard Emily Easom led the Vikings with a game-high 20 points, but PSU managed to shoot just 34.6 percent from the field to the Bears' 47.3 percent.

    PSU slipped to 3-6 in the Big Sky and 5-13 overall, while UNC climbed to 5-5, 11-8.

    Portland State plays at noon PT Saturday at North Dakota, which is 8-2 in the conference after beating Eastern Washington 82-60 Thursday night at Grand Forks, N.D.

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