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Bellevue knocks off No. 2 Umpqua, 77-73

December 18, 2018
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COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Freshman Natalie Amos scored 40 points, including six free throws down the stretch, and Bellevue handed No. 2 Umpqua its first loss of the women’s basketball season, 77-73, on Monday in an NWAC crossover tournament game at North Idaho College.

Amos shot 13 of 24 from the field and 12 of 15 at the foul line. The Bulldogs (3-4) took the lead for good at 72-71 on a Dakota Laut basket with 48 seconds left in the contest.

Bellevue outscored Umpqua 27-16 over the final 10 minutes.

The Riverhawks (8-1) trailed 70-65 with 3:17 remaining, but scored six straight to regain the lead. Darian Mitchell hit one of two free throws with 1:27 left to put UCC up by one.

Taylor Stricklin finished with 26 points for Umpqua, including six 3-pointers. But the sophomore guard also committed eight turnovers.

Cielo Gonzalez (13 points) and Mitchell (12) also scored in double figures. Gonzalez added four assists, and Mitchell posted a double-double with 10 rebounds and had four assists. Grace Campbell contributed eight points and eight rebounds.

UCC held a 47-32 rebounding advantage, but turned the ball over 24 times which led to 29 Bellevue points.

The Riverhawks will meet South Puget Sound at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

BELLEVUE (77) — Natalie Amos 13-24 12-15 40, Schultz 1-7 1-2 4, Alcombrack 2-7 3-3 9, Anderson 3-9 1-2 8, Luckett 3-12 0-0 6, Lambert 2-3 0-0 5, Sykora 1-2 1-2 3, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Laut 1-7 0-0 2. Totals 26-72 18-24 77.

UMPQUA (73) — Taylor Stricklin 8-18 4-5 26, Campbell 3-7 2-6 8, Riggle 3-5 1-2 7, Gonzalez 4-6 4-5 13, Mitchell 5-11 2-4 12, Gilbert 0-2 1-2 1, Padgett 0-0 0-0 0, Woodard 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 26-54 14-24 73.

Bellevue;13;17;20;27;—;77

Umpqua;19;19;19;16;—;73

3-Point Goals — BCC 7-21 (Alcombrack 2-4, Amos 2-4, Schultz 1-6, Anderson 1-1, Lambert 1-2, Laut 0-4), UCC 7-18 (Stricklin 6-10, Campbell 0-3, Gonzalez 1-2, Mitchell 0-2, Gilbert 0-1). Rebounds — BCC 32 (Amos 8), UCC 47 (Mitchell 10). Total Fouls — BCC 22, UCC 20. Fouled Out — Luckett, Gonzalez. Assists — BCC 6 (Amos 3), UCC 11 (Gonzalez, Mitchell 4). Turnovers — BCC 3, UCC 24.

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