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COLLEGE WATCH: Illinois-UP women's soccer set for Friday; Linfield-PLU in first round of D-III football

OSU men's hoops wins at Maryland; RB Adams named PSU's football MVP


by: COURTESY OF DAVID BLAIR - DJ Adams runs for the winning Portland State touchdown against North Dakota.WOMEN'S SOCCER

• The Portland Pilots' second-round playoff match against Illinois will kick off 9 a.m. Friday at Lincoln, Neb., where No. 2 seed Nebraska is hosting second- and third-round games.

The UP-Illinois winner will play Sunday against the Cornhuskers or Boston College.

Portland advanced Friday with a 2-0 home win over Seattle, while Illinois ousted Washington State on penalty kicks 3-1, after the teams had played to a 0-0 draw.

MEN'S SOCCER

• Portland finished its season with a 1-0 overtime win Sunday at Merlo Field over San Francisco.

Freshman Matthew Coffee scored from 27 yards -- his second straight game-winner.

UP went 9-11-0, 4-8-0 in the West Coast Conference. USF was 7-11-2, 4-7-2.

Justin Baarts, one of five Portland seniors, made six saves for the Pilots, who trailed in shots 17-11. Each team had six corner kicks.

• Concordia forward Septi Danciu, a 5-9 senior, was unanimously named Cascade Collegiate Conference player of the year for the second straight season. He led nearly every key statistical category, finishing with 16 goals and 13 assists in 19 games.

The other Cavaliers made the all-CCC team: senior defender Jordan Green from Grant High, senior midfielder Radcliffe McDougald and senior forward Mike Chamberlain.

FOOTBALL

• Northwest Conference champion Linfield, ranked No. 2 and 3 in the NCAA Division III polls, will meet NWC rival Pacific Lutheran in their playoff opener, noon Saturday at Maxwell Field in McMinnville.

Linfield is 9-0, and PLU is 8-1 and ranked 13th in both polls. The Wildcats beat PLU 29-0 in the regular season.

The D-III playoffs have 32 teams.

• Portland State has named senior running back DJ Adams as its MVP for 2013.

Adams, 5-10 and 210 pounds, leads the Big Sky in rushing with 1,456 yards and is fifth in the nation going into PSU's finale Saturday at No. 3-ranked Eastern Washington. He also has 18 touchdowns and was voted by his teammates as the Most Valuable Offensive Back and Most Inspirational Player for the second year in a row.

Senior right tackle Mitchell Van Dyk was named top offensive lineman for the second consecutive season. Senior Bryant Long was chosen as the top defensive lineman. Senior Dean Faddis was the Outstanding Defensive Back, junior punter Kyle Loomis was Special Teams Player of the Year, receiver Kasey Closs was Most Improved, senior center Mitch Gaulke got the Scholar-Athlete award for a third consecutive year and redshirt freshman Steven Long was named Scout Team Player of the Year.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

• With President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watching, the Oregon State Beavers clipped Maryland 90-83 Sunday evening at College Park, Md.

Roberto Nelson scored 31 points and Devon Collier had 29 points and 11 rebounds for OSU (2-1).

The Terps fell to 1-2.

• Washington freshman guard Nigel Williams-Goss, who grew up in the Portland-Clackamas area, scored 22 points and ignited a late run that led the Huskies (2-1) over Eastern Washington (1-1) 92-80 Sunday at Seattle.

• Lewis & Clark improved to 2-0 with an 88-72 home victory Sunday night over SUNY Old Westbury.

Sophomore Serg Ovchinnikov, a 6-1 guard from Battle Ground High, scored 26 points, and 6-4 senior swingman Quentin Sims from Santa Maria, Calif., had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Pios.

Old Westbury dropped to 1-1.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

• The Oregon Ducks met their running match on Sunday, losing 97-85 to Sacramento State in a matinee at Matthew Knight Arena.

Freshman 5-10 guard Chrishae Rowe of the Ducks (2-1) had a career-high 28 points, but the big news was that the teams combined for an NCAA women's basketball record 86 attempts from 3-point range. Oregon was 7 for 37, the Hornets 11 of 49. The old mark of 75 came in a 1999 game between Mississippi and Bowling Green. The former UO school record of 66 came on Nov. 20, 2011 against Portland State.

Also big news for the Ducks -- 6-3 sophomore forward Jillian Alleyne went down with an apparent ankle injury with six minutes left in the first half. She totaled 50 points in the first two games.

Sac State outscored Oregon 23-4 off turnovers. The Hornets' bench outscored Oregon's subs 49-14, while the Ducks led in rebounds 67-49.

Next for Oregon: a road game against defending national champion Connecticut, 4 p.m. PT Wednesday in Hartford.

"The timing is never good to play Connecticut," Uo coach Paul Westhead said. "Maybe this (loss) is what we needed to have an edge. I'll you tell, we better not play scared."

• Louisville, ranked fourth and fifth in the major Division I polls, held off No. 11/13 Oklahoma 97-92 in overtime Sunday to win the preseason WNIT at Norman, Okla.

Senior guard Shoni Schimmel, from Franklin High, scored 16 points for Louisville (4-0), despite foul trouble that had her on the bench much of the first half.

Her sister, junior guard Jude Schimmel, made two layups in the final 23 seconds of regulation to force the OT.

• Lewis & Clark (1-1) hit the 100-point mark for the first time under coach Juli Fulks, beating La Verne 106-75 Saturday night at L&C.

Senior Katie Anderson and freshman Avisat Afolabi each had 18 points for the Pioneers.