Washington State women defeat visiting USC | College basketball
Washington State defeated visiting USC 57-54 in Pac-12 women's basketball, extending its winning streak to four games.
PULLMAN — Dawnyelle Awa scored 11 points and Lia Galdeira had 10, including the go-ahead basket with slightly less than five minutes to play, and Washington State held off USC 57-54 in a Pac-12 women's basketball game Friday night.
Awa, who added a game-high five assists, and Galdeira were teammates at Konawaena High School in Kealakekua, Hawaii.
Washington State (9-13 overall, 5-6 Pac-12) has won four in a row after a five-game losing streak.
Christina Marinacci led the Women of Troy (8-14, 5-6) with 17 points, and Ariya Crook scored 15. USC's Cassie Harberts had eight points on 2-of-10 shooting, but led all players with 13 rebounds.
WSU shot 52 percent in the second half to end the game at 42 percent. Meanwhile, USC shot 27 percent in the second half to end up at 32 percent.
The Cougars went on an 8-0 run that yielded a 53-47 lead with 2:50 remaining. USC had a chance to go ahead in the final minute, but Crook missed a jumper.
Galdeira closed out scoring by making two free throws with two seconds left.
Katie Grad, a graduate of Auburn-Riverside High School, scored seven points for the Cougars.
WSU made a season-low eight turnovers, leading to six USC points. Meanwhile, the Cougars scored 19 points off 14 turnovers by the Women of Troy.
USC lost its last six nonconference games, won four to begin Pac-12 play and since has lost six of seven.
Other Pac-12 women
At No. 4 Stanford 73, Arizona 43
Chiney Ogwumike contributed 18 points and 12 rebounds for her seventh straight double-double, leading the Cardinal (21-2, 10-1) past the Wildcats (11-11, 3-8).
Stanford has won seven in a row. Arizona has lost six in a row.
Stanford's Mikaela Ruef added 11 points and 10 boards for her first career double-double.
At No. 6 California 66, Arizona St. 53
Layshia Clarendon scored 18 points, Gennifer Brandon added 10 points and 15 rebounds and the Golden Bears (20-2, 10-1) defeated the Sun Devils (11-12, 3-8) to extend their season-high winning streak to eight games.
Joy Burke scored 16 points for Arizona State, which has lost four straight and six of seven.
At No. 21 Colorado 61, Oregon St. 47
Chucky Jeffery had 22 points and 11 rebounds to help the Buffaloes (17-5, 6-5) defeat the Beavers (9-14, 3-8).
Oregon State's Jamie Weisner, a freshman from Clarkston, scored 22 points on 7-for-13 shooting.
Colorado was 28 of 39 from the free-throw line and Oregon State was 6 for 7. The Beavers have lost five in a row.
At Utah 67, Oregon 47
The Utes (12-10, 3-8) beat the Ducks (3-20, 1-10) in a matchup of teams that entered the game with the two worst records in conference play.
Michelle Plouffe scored 15 points for Utah, which shot 45 percent. Oregon shot 31 percent.
Liz Brenner had 11 points and 15 rebounds for the Ducks.