Curry helps Warriors hold off Blazers
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 22 points, including two free throws with 16.4 seconds left, and the Golden State Warriors held off a late Portland charge to beat the Trail Blazers 103-97 on Friday night.
David Lee added 24 points and 10 rebounds and helped shut down Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge in a matchup of two of the top power forwards in the Western Conference.
The Warriors led by 20 in the second half before Portland rookie and Oakland native Damian Lillard nearly rallied the Blazers. Lillard scored 17 of his career-high 37 points in the fourth quarter and made a 3-pointer that cut Golden State's lead to 100-97 with 22.5 seconds remaining.
Curry then made two free throws and Jarrett Jack added one to help seal the win for the Warriors.
No. 14 UCLA women beat Washington State 78-52
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Atonye Nyingifa scored 17 points and No. 14 UCLA pulled away to start the second half in beating Washington State 78-52 on Friday night for its fifth straight victory.
Thea Lemberger added 13 points, and Nirra Fields scored all 10 of her points in the first half for the Bruins (12-2, 3-0 Pac-12). They improved to 47-7 in the all-time series, having won all 27 games played in Los Angeles.
Tia Presley scored 16 points to lead the Cougars (5-9, 1-2), who got 11 points from Lia Galdeira in losing for the fourth time in six games.
The Bruins stretched a four-point halftime lead into a 55-35 advantage to open the second half. Markel Walker scored six points, and Nyingifa and Lemberger had four points each in the 18-4 run that gave them the lead for good.
USC defeats Washington 81-72
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cassie Harberts had 24 points and 11 rebounds, leading four players in double figures, to help USC beat Washington 81-72 Friday night.
The 81 points is the most scored by the Trojans this season.
Jazmine Davis led Washington with 37 points.
Harberts, who has hit double figures in every game this season, was 8 of 19 from the field.
Ariya Crook scored 23 points, and Kate Oliver had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Alexyz Vaioletama added 10 points, and Brianna Barrett had a team-high 10 assists for the Trojans (6-8, 3-0 Pac-12).
USC led 38-31 at halftime. The Trojans shot 40 percent from the field for the game, while Washington shot 34 percent. The Trojans controlled the boards, with a season-high 53 rebounds. Washington had 38 rebounds.
Davis made six 3-pointers for Washington (10-4, 2-1). Talia Walton had 15 points and eight rebounds. Aminah Williams also had eight rebounds.
Oregon State defeats Arizona 57-48
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Patricia Bright scored 12 points, leading four players in double figures, to help Oregon State beat Arizona 57-48 Friday night.
Bright was 5 of 6 from the field in leading Oregon State to its first Pac-12 win of the season. Jamie Weisner had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Ali Gibson and Alyssa Martin scored 11 points apiece for Oregon (7-8, 1-2 Pac-12)
Oregon State led 24-22 at halftime. Oregon State shot 34.9 percent from the field for the game, while Arizona shot 26.8 percent. Both teams had 47 rebounds.
Davellyn Whyte led the Wildcats (9-5, 1-2) with 19 points. Carissa Crutchfield added 10, and Cheshi Poston had a team-high 11 rebounds.
Arizona State defeats Oregon 60-45
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Janae Fulcher scored 18 points to lead Arizona State over Oregon 60-45 Friday night, giving the Sun Devils their first Pac-12 win of the season.
Fulcher had nine rebounds and was 7 of 14 from the field.
Joy Burke scored 11 points for Arizona State (9-6, 1-2 Pac-12).
Oregon led 26-23 at halftime. In the second half, Fulcher hit a jumper to give Arizona State a 31-30 lead at 13:22. Though Oregon would draw within one, Arizona State remained in the lead.
Liz Brenner had her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Jillian Alleyne scored 12 points and had nine rebounds for Oregon (2-13, 0-3).
Both teams shot 34 percent from the field for the game, but Oregon committed 28 turnovers and Arizona State had 27 points off those turnovers. Oregon outrebounded Arizona State 47-43. Arizona State had 14 turnovers.
Seattle's Lynch (foot) expected to play at Atlanta
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has a sprained foot but is probable and expected to play Sunday against Atlanta.
Coach Pete Carroll said Lynch got work in practice Friday for the first time this week and looked fine. Asked what it would take for Lynch not to play, Carroll cracked, "Miss the flight? Doesn't show up in Atlanta?"
Lynch rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown in last week's wild-card round win over Washington. He did not participate in practice Wednesday and Thursday.
Wide receiver Sidney Rice did not practice Friday with a knee injury but was listed as probable. Reserve safety Jeron Johnson was questionable with a hamstring and reserve cornerback Byron Maxwell is doubtful (hamstring).
Carroll said newly signed backup defensive end Patrick Chukwurah will likely be active for Sunday's game.
Governors bet on Falcons-Seahawks game
ATLANTA (AP) — Who says bipartisanship is dead?
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire are putting aside party labels for a fun wager as the Seattle Seahawks visit the Georgia Dome for Sunday's playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Deal, a Republican, has put a case of Georgia peaches on the line. Gregoire, a Democrat, countered with a case of Washington apples.
Both poked fun at the opposition. The Dome will give the NFC's top seed an advantage, Deal said, joking that the Seahawks are used to playing in the rain. Gregoire reminded Deal of the Falcons' past playoff struggles, a not-so-subtle dig at the team's 2010 loss at home to Green Bay Packers. Like this year, the Falcons finished 2010 with the NFC's best record before being eliminated.
Minnesota edges Alaska-Anchorage 4-3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ben Marshall's power-play goal in the last minute lifted top-ranked Minnesota to a 4-3 win over Alaska-Anchorage on Friday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Marshall's shot slipped under the arm of Seawolves' goalie Rob Gunderson with 50 seconds to play. Gunderson had 26 saves.
The Gophers (15-3-3, 7-3-3) got another power-play goal by Nick Bjugstad at 16:49 to tie the game 3-3. Bjugstad had two goals and Kyle Rau added a goal and an assist.
Minnesota was 3-for-6 on the power play to improve to 10-1-3 in its last 14 games.
Adam Wilcox won his nation-leading 13th game for the Gophers. He made 17 saves.
Alaska-Anchorage (3-12-4, 1-11-3) led 3-2 after Scott Allen's goal at 14:13 of the third period.