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Mathilde Gilling playing few but valuable minutes for Washington | Pac-12 tournament notebook

The freshman from Denmark is providing much-needed rest for the Huskies' post players.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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In a season defined by a lack of true post players, Washington coach Kevin McGuff has cultivated an unexpected filler in Mathilde Gilling.

A freshman from Denmark, Gilling is a small but important piece an interior rotation that McGuff anticipates to be key in UW's postseason run. Not because the 6-foot-3 center is putting up big numbers. She's averaging 0.9 points and 1.7 boards.

It's the 7.5 minutes per game she averages that have been valuable, considering UW's limited depth. It's enough to pull starting forwards Talia Walton and Aminah Williams for a break.

In fifth-seeded Washington's opening win in the Pac-12 tournament against last-placed Oregon, Gilling played five minutes.

Walton finished with 19 points and a key three-pointer to seal the 69-62 win.

"Mathilde has given us some really good minutes," McGuff said. "It's nice to be able to put her in the game and have her defend around the basket more effectively. She still has a long way to go. But she's continued to progress. This time of year, those minutes are really important."

Tumbling down

California point guard Brittany Boyd has taken her share of spills on the basketball court. When the sophomore tumbled to the court with 8:38 remaining in a quarterfinal win against USC, she took out official Anita Ortega, too.

"She's never taken out the ref before," Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said of the incident that brought the crowd to a hush.

Boyd was slow to rise a few other times during the 78-59 win but reported later she was "perfectly fine."

Notes

• California senior guard Layshia Clarendon was named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She has a 3.47 GPA as an American Studies major.

• The announced total attendance for Day 1 of the Pac-12 tournament was 4,665. The tournament hasn't totaled that amount in Day 1 since the four-day event's inception in 2002. It hasn't had 4,000 in a session overall since 2008.

No. 4 STANFORD 79, WASHINGTON ST. 60

WASHINGTON ST. (11-20) — Romberg 1-4 0-0 2, Noyes 2-6 0-0 4, Galdeira 6-15 2-2 16, Grad 0-3 0-0 0, Awa 4-9 0-1 8, Amojo 2-6 0-0 5, Williamson 1-3 0-0 3, Edmondson 0-4 0-0 0, Dheensaw 0-1 1-1 1, Thomas 0-2 0-0 0, Tinjum 2-2 0-1 4, Cooks 3-11 2-2 9, Potter 4-6 0-2 8. Totals 25-72 5-9 60.

STANFORD (29-2) — Ruef 3-6 2-3 8, Ogwumike 8-12 7-11 23, Tinkle 5-12 0-0 10, James 6-10 0-0 17, Orrange 3-6 0-0 8, Green 0-0 0-0 0, Greenfield 1-3 0-0 2, Camp 0-0 0-0 0, Payne 1-1 0-0 2, Picknell 0-0 0-0 0, Samuelson 3-7 0-0 9. Totals 30-57 9-14 79.

Halftime — Stanford 35-23. Three-point goals — Washington St. 5-24 (Galdeira 2-7, Williamson 1-2, Amojo 1-3, Cooks 1-4, Romberg 0-1, Thomas 0-1, Edmondson 0-1, Grad 0-2, Awa 0-3), Stanford 10-21 (James 5-8, Samuelson 3-7, Orrange 2-2, Tinkle 0-2, Greenfield 0-2). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Washington St. 37 (Awa, Cooks 5), Stanford 43 (Ogwumike 21). Assists — Washington St. 10 (Williamson 4), Stanford 20 (Ruef 7). Total fouls — Washington St. 15, Stanford 11. A — NA.

No. 5 CALIFORNIA 78, USC 59

USC (11-20) — Marinacci 4-11 2-2 10, Oliver 0-4 0-0 0, Harberts 7-16 10-12 24, Barrett 0-6 3-4 3, Alofaituli 0-0 0-0 0, Calhoun 1-2 0-0 2, Bradley 0-3 1-2 1, Totten 0-0 0-0 0, Crook 4-11 2-3 10, Vaioletama 0-0 0-0 0, Gibbs 3-4 2-2 9. Totals 19-57 20-25 59.

CALIFORNIA (28-2) — Brandon 7-16 3-5 17, Caldwell 4-9 4-7 12, Jemerigbe 5-13 3-4 15, Boyd 2-9 10-12 15, Clarendon 2-8 3-4 7, Pierre 3-6 2-2 8, Gray 2-2 0-0 4, Lyles 0-1 0-0 0, Hartman 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 25-68 25-34 78.

Halftime — California 37-22. Three-point goals — USC 1-9 (Gibbs 1-1, Crook 0-1, Marinacci 0-1, Oliver 0-3, Bradley 0-3), California 3-10 (Jemerigbe 2-6, Boyd 1-2, Lyles 0-1, Pierre 0-1). Fouled out — Alofaituli, Gray. Rebounds — USC 34 (Marinacci 7), California 53 (Brandon 16). Assists — USC 9 (Crook 3), California 8 (Boyd 3). Total fouls — USC 26, California 22. A — NA.

No. 14 UCLA 54, UTAH 43

UTAH (18-13) — Wicijowski 4-9 2-2 10, Plouffe 3-13 3-3 10, Rodrigues 3-12 2-2 8, Messer 1-2 0-0 3, Rodriguez 0-1 0-0 0, Wilson 4-8 2-2 10, Crozon 1-1 0-0 2, Bridgewater 0-0 0-0 0, Kalmstrom 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-46 9-9 43.

UCLA (24-6) — Nyingifa 3-6 5-6 11, Williams 2-4 2-4 6, Brewer 5-10 0-0 10, Dixon 4-8 3-4 11, Walker 3-9 0-0 6, Korver 1-2 4-4 7, Swain 0-4 1-2 1, Fields 0-6 2-4 2. Totals 18-49 17-24 54.

Halftime — UCLA 29-20. Three-point goals — Utah 2-15 (Messer 1-2, Plouffe 1-8, Wicijowski 0-1, Wilson 0-2, Rodrigues 0-2), UCLA 1-3 (Korver 1-2, Fields 0-1). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Utah 30 (Plouffe 14), UCLA 34 (Nyingifa 8). Assists — Utah 6 (Rodrigues 2), UCLA 12 (Walker 5). Total fouls — Utah 18, UCLA 13. A — 3,385.


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