25th-ranked Gonzaga defeats UC Riverside 87-43
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Sonja Greinacher tied a career high with 21 points and Lindsay Sherbert 19 as 25th-ranked Gonzaga defeated UC Riverside 87-43 last night.
Greinacher reached double-figure scoring for a sixth-straight game, and Sherbert hit a career-high five 3-pointers, all after halftime, for the Bulldogs (9-2), who remain unbeaten in seven home games this season.
Gonzaga forced 25 turnovers — 19 on steals — and hit half its field goals, 36 of 72. Haiden Palmer had nine steals to go with nine points, and Jazmine Redmon had four steals.
Gonzaga led 36-30 after a close first half, but Palmer and Greinacher combined for the first 11 points of the second half, building a 47-34 lead.
Brittany Crain, with 11 points for the Highlanders (4-5), kept her double-figure scoring streak alive at 19 games, tying the school's D-I record for most games in double-digits. Riverside was held to 34-percent shooting.
Oregon cornerback Hill suspended after arrest
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon cornerback Troy Hill has been suspended indefinitely by the No. 10 Ducks following his arrest on Friday.
Details about the arrest, first reported by Comcast SportsNet Northwest, were not immediately released by the Eugene Police Department. Hill entered a not guilty plea to misdemeanor charges of menacing and criminal mischief. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 21.
Oregon coach Mark Helfrich released a statement yesterday saying everyone affiliated with the program is held to a high standard of conduct, and expected to represent the university with "class, pride and integrity."
Helfrich said the school would wait until the legal process has finished before making a further determination of Hill's status.
Hill played as a backup in 11 games, with 29 tackles overall, including 21 solo. He also broke up four passes and forced a fumble.
Sounders re-sign defender Leo Gonzalez
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Sounders have re-signed defender Leo Gonzalez, one of seven remaining players from the club's first season as an MLS team.
The Sounders announced the signing yesterday. Gonzalez was voted by his teammates as the club's defender of the year in 2013 despite missing time with injuries. Gonzalez started 27 of 33 league matches and played in 33 of 42 total matches across all competitions in 2013. Of Seattle's 15 regular-season MLS victories, 14 came when Gonzalez was in the starting lineup.
Gonzalez, 33, originally signed with Seattle on July 2, 2009. He's played in 136 matches in all competitions with the Sounders.
Columbus Crew trade GK Gruenebaum, acquire Clark
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Crew have traded goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum to Sporting Kansas City for a second-round draft pick in 2016 and also acquired goalkeeper Steve Clark from Seattle Sounders FC for a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft.
The deals added to a busy past month in which the club has completely transformed its roster.
Clark has played the past four seasons with Honefoss BK, currently in Norway's Tippeligaen, the country's top division. The Oakland University graduate and Michigan native had a record of 30-32-32 with a 1.34 goals-against average and 26 shutouts.
Gruenebaum played the past eight seasons with the Crew, posting a 26-31-21 record and a 1.29 goals-against average with 18 shutouts.
SEAHAWKS SHUTOUT PROMOTION
Seahawks shutout means payout for car dealer
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) — The names of a dozen winners have been drawn in a Washington state car dealer's football promotion.
Jet Chevrolet in Federal Way, Wash., sponsored a raffle promising a dozen $35,000 winners if Seattle shut out New York in Sunday's NFL game. That's just what the Seahawks did, beating the Giants 23-0.
The winners' names were drawn yesterday afternoon. Those present for the drawing celebrated and the others will be notified.
Dealership co-owner Jim Johnson told The News Tribune he didn't expect the shutout but he's glad it happened.
About 20 people who bought cars during the promotion were given 100 entries. Another 12 walk-ins also were allowed to enter.
Johnson has contacted the insurance company that backed his bet and the dealership expects to give $420,000 to the raffle winners.