Boyd helps No. 23 Cal top Oregon State, 72-63
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Brittany Boyd scored 25 points, seven in the final six minutes as No. 23 California held off Oregon State, 72-63, in the Pac 12 opener for both schools last night.
Boyd, an All-Pac 12 player a year ago, converted a three-point play with 5:42 left to lift the Golden Bears into a tie at 48, then converted a pair of layups as part of a 11-1 run that put Cal in control of the game. Cal converted 9 of 11 from the line to secure the victory.
Boyd was 9 of 16 from the field, 3 of 4 from 3-point range, and had seven steals to lead Cal (9-3). Reshanda Gray and Afure Jemerigbe added 14 and 12 points, respectively, and Courtney Range added 10 more off the bench.
Jamie Weisner scored 14 of her 22 points in the first half to lead Oregon State (8-5).
Ogwumike becomes all-time Pac-12 rebounding leader
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike had 33 points and 14 boards to become the Pac-12's all-time leading rebounder, and No. 4 Stanford beat Oregon 96-66 on last night in the conference opener for both schools.
Bonnie Samuelson came off the bench to match her career best of six 3-pointers on the way to a career-high 21 points as the Cardinal (12-1, 1-0 Pac-12) kicked off the conference schedule with a dominant win at Maples Pavilion after another impressive preseason.
Ogwumike shot 15 for 19 in her team's 11th straight win since losing at No. 1 Connecticut on Nov. 11, an unbeaten run that includes a 76-70 victory against then-No. 3 Tennessee on Dec. 21.
Jillian Alleyne had 26 points and 13 rebounds for much-improved Oregon (9-3, 0-1), which had its seven-game winning streak snapped.
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Washington State beats No. 24 Arizona State 85-78
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Lia Galdeira scored 27 points as Washington State beat its second ranked opponent this season after edging No. 24 Arizona State 85-78 last night.
The Cougars took a 50-45 lead early in the second on a 3-point jumper by Presley. The Sun Devils kept it close — coming to within one point of tying the game — but were never able to regain the advantage.
Tia Presley had 17 points for the Cougars (7-6, 1-0 Pac-12). Sage Romberg scored 10 points and Mariah Cooks added 11.
Arizona State jumped to an 11-2 advantage early in the first period on the shooting of Kelsey Moos, Eliza Normen and Joy Burke. Washington State answered with an 18-5 surge to lead 30-28 with just over four minutes left before halftime.
Moos scored 17 points for the Sun Devils (11-2). Arizona State was one of three schools entering the night with only one loss.
As Seahawks wait, awards start rolling in
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — While the Seattle Seahawks wait for an opponent in the divisional round of the playoffs, they watched awards roll in, got another day of practice out of Percy Harvin and even saw Marshawn Lynch take questions.
The Seahawks wrapped up a short week of practice yesterday afternoon, hours after safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman were named first-team All-Pro and safety Kam Chancellor was named to the second-team. It's the second straight year Thomas and Sherman were recognized on the first-team.
But more important than the individual honors was Harvin practicing. Coach Pete Carroll said Harvin participated in nearly all of yesterday's session, but his status for Seattle's divisional playoff game on Jan. 11 won't be determined until next week.