Jefferson leads Jazz past Blazers 86-77
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Al Jefferson had 21 points, including two one-handed shots in the lane to clinch the victory, and the Utah Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 86-77 on Friday night.
Paul Millsap added 15 points for the Jazz, who have won eight of their last nine home games.
After trailing most of the game, LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds, made a putback to cap nine consecutive points by the Blazers and draw Portland within six at 78-72 with 5:28 remaining.
Alec Burks finally snapped the string of seven straight missed shots by Utah with a tip-in, but Damian Lilliard hit a 3-pointer make it 80-75 with 3:57 to play.
But that's all the Blazers could muster down the stretch. Though the Jazz struggled to score, the Blazers came up empty on six straight possessions with two turnovers and four missed shots. Lilliard, who played collegiately at Weber State in nearby Ogden, finished with 26 points.
No. 4 Stanford easily downs Oregon 86-62
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 4 Stanford beat Oregon 86-62 on Friday night for its fifth consecutive win.
It was the 400th Pac-12 victory for Tara VanDerveer, who is the only coach in conference history to win that many league games.
Joslyn Tinkle added 16 points for the Cardinal (19-2, 7-1), who led by as many as 29 points in their 12th straight victory on the road this season.
Ariel Thomas had 17 points for the overmatched Ducks (3-8, 1-7). Freshman Jillian Alleyne added 13 points and 13 rebounds.
No. 6 Cal women rout Oregon State 60-38
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Brittany Boyd had 10 points and 11 rebounds and No. 6 Cal pulled away from Oregon State in the second half Friday night for a 60-38 win.
Gennifer Brandon, coming back from a one-game absence due to an ankle injury, added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Golden Bears (18-2, 8-1 Pac-12).
Ali Gibson had 13 points and six rebounds to lead Oregon State (9-12, 3-6).
Cal led by 13 at halftime then put the game away with a 10-0 second-half run to go up 45-20. Oregon State got no closer than 16 from there.
Cal shot 24 of 60 overall (40 percent), while Oregon State was 16 of 59 (27.1). The Golden Bears allowed their third-lowest total to a conference opponent in program history.
Oregon State led 6-4 early before Cal used a 9-0 run to take the lead for good.
Washington women beat Arizona 74-65
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Kristi Kingma scored 22 points and Washington's starters all scored in double figures as the Huskies defeated Arizona 74-65 Friday night for their fifth consecutive win.
The five players accounted for all but four points for Washington (15-5, 7-2 Pac-12). Jazmine Davis returned after being sidelined with a concussion and scored 13 points. Aminah Williams also had 13 points.
Talia Walton added 12 points and had a team-high eight rebounds for the Huskies and Mercedes Wetmore scored 10 points.
Davellyn Whyte led the Wildcats (11-9, 3-6) with 20 points. Kama Griffitts scored 15 points for Arizona, which has lost four in a row.
Arizona held a 46-33 edge on the boards, led by Alli Gloyd who had nine rebounds.
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Washington State women defeat Arizona State 54-43
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Lia Galdeira had 20 points, eight rebounds and seven steals to lead Washington State to a 54-43 victory over Arizona State Friday night.
The Cougars (7-13, 3-6 Pac-12) led 30-20 at halftime and kept a double-figure lead throughout the second half. It was a 24-point margin with 4 minutes to go, after which Arizona State outscored Washington State 17-4 to make the final score a little closer.
The Sun Devils (11-10, 3-6) shot just 19 percent in the second half. Four of their six field goals after halftime were 3-pointers.
Arnecia Hawkins scored 18 points to lead Arizona State. She had four 3-pointers in the game, three in the second half.
Aiken to coach defensive linemen for Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has hired Ron Aiken to serve as defensive line coach under new head coach Mark Helfrich.
Aiken replaces Jerry Azzinaro, who went with former Oregon coach Chip Kelly to the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.
The 57-year-old Aiken was the defensive line coach for the Arizona Cardinals for the past six seasons. Before that, he was the defensive line coach at Iowa for eight seasons.
The Ducks were ranked No. 2 in the final AP Top 25 after finishing 12-1 this season, capped by a 35-17 victory over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.
Kelly coached the Ducks for four seasons before leaving for the Eagles on Jan. 16. Helfrich, Oregon's offensive coordinator, was promoted four days later.
Oregon announced the hiring of Aiken on Friday.