Sunny Greinacher scored 17 points, and the Gonzaga women's basketball team weathered a strong defensive effort by Santa Clara to beat the Broncos 67-61 Sunday at the Leavey Center.

The league-leading Bulldogs improved to 16-3 overall, 6-1 in West Coast Conference play. Santa Clara is 7-11, 3-4.

Gonzaga shot just 33.4 percent from the field, but the Broncos were little better at 36.2 and committed 21 turnovers.

"We had a great defensive effort tonight," Santa Clara coach Jennifer Mountain said. "We had too many turnovers and missed some easy buckets that we should have had. You can't turn the ball over that much against a team of this caliber."

Ruta Zurauskyte scored 21 points and Nici Gilday 16 for the Broncos. Lindsay Sherbert, a transfer from Cal, had 15 for Gonzaga.

With the score tied at 40 early in the second half, the Bulldogs went on a 10-4 run and led the rest of the way.

Portland 82, USF 72: The Dons (7-11, 2-5 WCC) got 21 points and 11 rebounds from sophomore Taylor Proctor but fell to the Pilots (10-8, 3-4). Kari Luttinen led Portland with 23 points.

Connecticut 94, Rutgers 64: Bria Hartley scored 30 points and Breanna Stewart added 23 to lead the top-ranked Huskies (19-0, 6-0 American) over the No. 23 Scarlet Knights (13-4, 2-2).


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Washington 81, Colorado 71: Kelsey Plum scored a career-high 35 points as the Huskies (10-7, 3-3 Pac-12) earned their first win against a ranked opponent in six years, defeating the No. 21 Buffaloes (11-6, 1-5). Jazmine Davis had 20 points for Washington.

Postgame proposal: After a disappointing performance on the court, a Long Beach State player netted something else Saturday night: a marriage proposal. The Long Beach Press Telegram reports that after a game in which she shot 0 for 3 from the field in an overtime loss to Cal Poly, Alex Sanchez found herself on the court and her boyfriend on one knee. Chris Helmage popped the question after the video scoreboard showed a collection of photos of the couple. Sanchez accepted.

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Oregon State 80, Oregon 72: Roberto Nelson scored 13 of his 22 points in the second half as the Beavers (10-7, 2-3 Pac-12) dealt the visiting Ducks (13-4, 1-4), their fourth straight loss.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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