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San Francisco 61, Portland 57

March 3, 1996

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Brittany Lindhe scored 21 points as San Francisco earned its second straight NCAA tournament bid, beating Portland 61-57 Sunday in the West Coast Conference tournament final.

Andrea Kagie added 16 points and 10 rebounds for San Francisco (22-7), the No. 2 seed in the WCC tourney. The Dons also beat Portland in the finals last season.

Top-seeded Portland (23-6) had its 12-game win streak ended despite a career-high 30 points by Laura Sale, tying the tournament record. The Pilots, who tied San Francisco for the regular-season title, hope to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tourney, as they did last year.

After building a 58-43 lead with 2:44 to play, San Francisco needed a free throw from Lindhe with three seconds to play to repulse a comeback by the Pilots.

Sale, a senior who was the WCC’s most valuable player this season, scored 12 points during a 14-1 Portland run. Her layup with 21 seconds left pulled the Pilots to 59-57.

San Francisco scoring leader Valerie Gillon was held to four points, 12.7 below her average, but was selected MVP of the tournament.

San Francisco led 28-25 at halftime despite making only seven of 30 shots and enduring a 9:52 drought without a field goal.

Lindhe had 13 points in the first half for the Dons, who made 14 of 17 free throws in the first half and 22 of 33 in the game. The Dons also outrebounded Portland 46-28.

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