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No. 8 Tennessee beats Gonzaga 77-58
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Angie Bjorklund had a triumphant
homecoming to Spokane last night, scoring 14 points to help lead
No. 8 Tennessee past Gonzaga 77-58.

Alyssia Brewer also scored 14 points and Vicki Baugh had 12
points and 15 rebounds for the Lady Vols.

Heather Bowman led Gonzaga with 19 points and Courtney
Vandersloot had 13 points and 10 assists. The loss dropped the
Bulldogs' record to 11-4.

The Zags played without Jami Schaefer, Bjorklund's older sister,
who is out for six weeks with a knee injury.

Both sisters were high school stars at University High in the
Spokane Valley.

Tennessee, the two-time defending national champions, shot 50
percent and made 6-of-14 from 3-point range. Gonzaga made only
3-of-13 3-point attempts.

After a slow start, Gonzaga made 6-of-7 field goals to take a
23-20 lead, helped in part by eight Tennessee turnovers. But Glory
Johnson's layup tied the score at 24, and Bjorklund's long
3-pointer put the Lady Vols up 27-24 and they never relinquished
the lead.


The Lady Zags, who average about 1,900 fans per game, sold out
the 6,000-seat McCarthey Athletic Center for the first time.

Many in the crowd wore T-shirts saying "TennZaga," a nod of
support for the popular Bjorklund. Gonzaga traveled to Tennessee
last season, and Bjorklund scored 23 points in the Vols' 93-73

Angie became Tennessee's first recruit from Washington. She
scored 2,103 points in high school, averaging 25 points and 10
rebounds as a senior. She started as a freshman at Tennessee last
Men at Utah today
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Gonzaga men's basketball team needs a
win in today's game against Utah in Salt Lake City.

After rising to No. 4 in the Associated Press poll, the 8-3
Bulldogs have lost three of their past four games and fallen to No.
No. 22 Kansas State beats Washington 73-60

SEATTLE (AP) - Shalee Lehning had her fourth career
triple-double with 19 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds and Ashley
Sweat scored 22 points last night as No. 22 Kansas State remained
unbeaten with a 73-60 victory over Washington.

Freshman Kristi Kingma led the Huskies with 14 points and junior
Sami Whitcomb had 13. The Huskies' record is now 4-6.

The Wildcats held Washington scoreless for the first 3:34 and
led by as many as eight points before the Huskies went on a 7-2 run
to close within 31-28 at the half.

Washington got as close as two at 37-35 with 14:23 left in the
second half.

But the Wildcats pushed back and scored the game's final seven
points to seal it.

The Wildcats shot 46.3 percent for the game, while the Huskies
hit just 36.4 percent.

The Huskies open their Pac-10 Conference schedule on Saturday
against Washington State in Seattle.
Washington beats Morgan St. 81-67
SEATTLE (AP) - Freshman guard Isaiah Thomas scored a career-high
27 points and Jon Brockman grabbed the 1,000th rebound of his
career last night as Washington extended its winning streak to
seven, beating Morgan State 81-67.

Senior center Brockman, who sat out nearly 11 minutes of the
second half after picking up his fourth foul with 16:55 left in the
game, added 18 points for the Huskies (9-3). He finished the night
with five rebounds, giving him 1,004. He is within 47 rebounds of
the all-time Washington career record of 1,051 set by Doug Smart
from 1957-59.

Thomas' previous career high for the Huskies was 19 points on
Nov. 20 against Florida International.
UW, WSU meet Saturday in Pullman
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - The Washington and Washington State men's
basketball teams will open their Pac-10 schedules by playing each
other on Saturday in Pullman.
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