Perry, Evans Lead SDSU Women

The San Diego State women’s basketball team, ranked 14th in the nation, returned from a 14-day layoff with an 81-58 nonconference victory over Murray State Monday night in Peterson Gym.

Chana Perry and Julie Evans led the Aztecs with 20 points apiece. Perry was 12 of 16 from the free-throw line and had 18 rebounds, Brooke Meadows had 13 points and Crystal Lee had 6 assists for SDSU (9-0).

Sheila Smith led Murray State (9-2) with 23 points.

With her team trailing U.S. International University, 74-73, and 40 seconds remaining, Wendy Sturgis scored to give Alaska Anchorage’s women’s basketball team a 75-74 victory at Golden Hall.


Vanessa Johnson scored 30 points for the Gulls. Teammate Sonya Carter had 17 points and her 15 rebounds are a season high for USIU. Alaska Anchorage improved to 8-2.

USIU (10-11) meets Southwest Texas State on Thursday at 5 p.m. in Golden Hall.

UC San Diego’s women’s basketball team avenged Friday’s 31-point loss to Millikin of Illinois with a 67-60 nonconference victory at Triton Gym.

Jill Koster’s 15 points led the Tritons, Beth Koenig added 13 and Tracy Ragatz had 11, including two from 3-point range.

The Tritons used full-court pressure defense to shut down Millikin’s outside shooting, which they weren’t able to do in last week’s consolation final loss (79-48) of the UCSD tournament. May Sanders led Millikin with 20 points.

Millikin (8-6) led, 32-28, at halftime, but UCSD (7-4) took the lead with 10 minutes to go in the second half.


Brad Gerlach of Encinitas finished 17th in the $100,000 Billabong Pro on Banzai Pipeline, at the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

The competition is the last stop on the 25-event series of the Assn. of Surfing Professionals. Gerlach’s finish helped move him into 10th place overall on the ASP World Tour standings, his best finish since joining the pro tour in 1984. Last year he was 15th.

Tricia Gill of Encinitas begins competing today in the women’s event, the Sunset Beach Pro, also on North Shore. Gill is seeded eighth in the competition.