San Francisco 61, Portland 57
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 tournament’s No. 2 seed. The Dons also beat Portland in the finals last season.
Top-seeded Portland (23-6) had its 12-game win streak stopped 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 tournament, as they did last year.
After building a 58-43 lead with 2:44 left, San Francisco needed a free throw from Lindhe with three seconds to play to stop a comeback by the Pilots.
Sale, the conference’s most valuable player this season, scored 12 points during a 14-1 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 picked 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 before halftime and 22 of 33 in the game. The Dons also outrebounded Portland 46-28.