College women’s basketball: Former Post Falls star Kempton helps Zags win tourney title

Print Article

ESTERO, Fla. — Melody Kempton had a career-high 18 points, LeeAnne Wirth and Jessie Loera each scored 12, and No. 22 Gonzaga beat Purdue 63-50 on Sunday night to win the Gulf Coast Showcase.

Kempton, a sophomore form Post Falls High, made 7 of 12 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free-throw line.

Purdue used a 9-2 spurt to close the third quarter and open the fourth to trim its deficit to five points, but Kempton and Jessie Loera made back-to-back layups before Jill Townsend scored four straight points to spark an 11-1 run that gave the Bulldogs (6-1) a 15-point lead when Loera made another layup with 41 seconds remaining.

After Kayana Traylor’s layup made it 52-47 with seven minutes left in the game, the Boilermakers missed their next 11 field-goal attempts before Fatou Diagne’s layup capped the scoring with 32 seconds to go.

Dominique Oden had nine points and eight rebounds for Purdue (6-1).

The Bulldogs made just 1 of 12 from 3-point range and shot just 38% from the field but committed a season-low eight turnovers. They had nine steals, including three by Loera, and scored 26 points off 21 Purdue turnovers.

The Boilermakers, who went into the game shooting 43.9% percent from the field, shot a season-low 34.7% (17 of 49).

Gonzaga has won four games in a row — all by double figures — since a 76-70 overtime loss to No. 3 Stanford on Nov. 17.

Gonzaga plays at Montana State on Thursday.

Pepperdine 53, Eastern Washington 52: At Cheney, Malia Bambrick hit a 3-pointer as time expired, lifting the Waves (5-2) past the Eagles (0-5) at Reese Court.

Bella Cravens had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Eastern, which plays host to Northwest Christian next Sunday.

Print Article

Read More Sports

THE CHEAP SEATS with STEVE CAMERON: Maybe the stat geeks were right

December 09, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Just the numbers should tell you. The Seahawks were pretty damn lucky to be a 10-win team entering the weekend. And on Sunday night, the Rams administered the kind of beatdown that seemed to prove ...

Comments

Read More

THROUGH THE LENS presented by Knudtsen Chevrolet Dec. 9, 2019

December 09, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press ...

Comments

Read More

THE FRONT ROW with MARK NELKE: Reflections from College Football Hall of Famer Dennis Erickson

December 08, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press All you need to know about Dennis Erickson’s Hall of Fame coaching career, you can learn by watching him on the treadmill at the local health club. He’s wearing a pullover from the University of Mia...

Comments

Read More

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Lake City races off to 2-0 start

December 08, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press SPOKANE VALLEY — Two games into this season, the Lake City Timberwolves have reached two-thirds of last season’s win total. Varick Meredith, one of three freshmen in the rotation, scored 14 points a...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2019 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X