Oregon women defeat Washington State 65-60
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Jordan Loera had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Jillian Alleyne contributed 15 points and 17 rebounds Sunday as Oregon defeated Washington State 65-60.
The Ducks (4-21, 2-11 Pac-12), who had lost six in a row, never trailed in the game and have both of their conference wins against the Cougars (10-15, 6-8). They beat Washington State 70-68 on Jan. 25 in Pullman, Wash., for Oregon's first sweep of the Cougars since 2008.
After the Cougars got within two points, Loera made two late free throws to seal the win. Ariel Thomas had 10 points, four steals and four assists.
Alleyne had 10 points and all 12 of her rebounds in the first half as Oregon built a 28-15 lead.
Lia Galdeira led Washington State with 19 points and Mariah Cooks scored 11.
BLAZERS AT THE BREAK
Trail Blazers hope to break out of a funk
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers' season so far could probably best be described as an enigma.
The Blazers have fared better than expected as a rebuilding team. But there are still so many questions — mostly concerning an inconsistent bench and the stamina of Portland's starters to make a push for the playoffs.
The Blazers are 25-28 and come off the All-Star break with a five-game losing streak. They are three games behind Houston for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, and a half-game up on the Los Angeles Lakers.
They've relied heavily on their starting lineup: ever-steady All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, rookie Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM'), Wesley Matthews and J.J. Hickson.
All of Portland's starters are averaging in double figures.
Blues down Canucks in shootout, 4-3
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — T.J. Oshie and Andy McDonald each scored in regulation and in the shootout to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.
Patrik Berglund also scored for St. Louis, which swept its three-game road swing after losing five straight games.
Blues rookie goaltender Jake Allen made 28 saves and stopped the Canucks' Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows in the shootout.
Kesler and Henrik Sedin (seh-DEEN') had their first goals of the season and Mason Raymond also scored in regulation for Vancouver, which has lost two straight after winning six in a row.
The Canucks looked destined to lose in regulation after the Blues took a 3-2 lead early in the third period, but Raymond tied the game on a power play with 1:47 remaining.