THURSDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Oregon guard establishes triple-double record in win over Air Force; Oregon State women sink Duke; PSU men fall; long wait for Timbers' home opener


OREGON 82, Air Force 36

With assistant coach Mark Campbell running the team as coach Kelly Graves serves a two-game NCAA suspension, the seventh-ranked Ducks won big at Matthew Knight Arena and guard Sabrina Ionescu became the all-time college leader in triple-doubles.

The juniior guard had 17 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds for her 13th triple-double, pulling ahead of former BYU guard Kyle Collingsworth, whose 12 triple-doubles is the NCAA men's career record.

Ionescu was 7 of 11 from the field and had two steals as the Ducks won before a "School Day" crowd of 7,976 that including about 4,000 youngsters.

Ruthy Hebard added 20 points and was 9 for 9 from the field.

Satou Sabally had 18 points.

Oregon, which led 50-8 in points in the paint, improved to 10-1, while Air Force fell to 4-7.

Graves also plans to miss Friday's noon game at home against UC Davis.

OREGON STATE 71, Duke 57

Three-point shooting lifted the 11th-ranked Beavers to the win in front of 7,060 fans at Gill Coliseum.

Oregon State (9-2) shot 48.3 percent from behind the arc, outscoring Duke 42-3 from 3-point distance by making 14 of 29.

Destiny Slocum was 5 of 8 on 3s and 8 of 16 from the field for a game-high 21 points.

Kat Tudor was 4 of 8 on 3s and finished with 15 points to lead Oregon State to a 32-14 advantage in points off the bench.

Mikayla Pivec had nine points, eight rebounds and six assists and Taya Corosdale grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for the Beavers.

For Duke (6-4), Haley Gorecki had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Leaonna Odom scored 17 points.

The Beavers are idle until Dec. 29, when Cal State Bakersfield visits Gill Coliseum.


Cal State Bakersfield 76, PORTLAND STATE 71

At Viking Pavilion, Portland State cut a 19-point deficit to one but never led in losing its third game in a row to conclude nonconference play.

Guard Michael Nuga scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half as PSU surged.

Portland State fell to 5-6 while Bakersfield, with its fifth win in a row, improved to 8-4. Attendance was 646.

The Roadrunners led by 18 at halftime, and the margin was 17 points six minutes into the second half before the Vikings showed some life.

A 12-0 spurt got PSU within four with 7:10 left, and the Viks were within one with 4:55 on the clock. Bakersfield made two free throws on its next possession and led by three or more the rest of the way.

Nuga, who had missed the previous two games with a toe injury, finished 9 of 19 from the floor (4 of 11 on 3s). Michael Mayhew, in his second game of the season, was 4 for 8 on 3-pointers for his 12 points.

Post Sal Nuhu finished with 10 points and six rebounds, and Robert McCoy grabbed 12 rebounds.

Holland Woods, PSU's top scorer, was 1 of 5 from the floor and scored nine points but did have nine assists.

Guard Jarkel Joiner led the Roadrunners with 24 points, and Damiyne Durham had 18 points — all in the first half.

Bakersfield scored on its final seven possessions of the first half. The visitors made nine first-half steals and at the break had 17 points off turnovers and a 12-0 advantage in fast-break points.

Bakersfield shot 63.3 percent in the first half. Durham hit four first-half 3-pointers, and Joiner scored 16 in the first 20 minutes.

Next for Portland State is the Big Sky opener at 2 p.m. Dec. 31 against Northern Colorado at Viking Pavilion.


Timbers fans will have to wait until June to see their team in Portland in 2019.

The Timbers' first home game will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1 against Los Angeles FC.

The team will open the MLS season on March 2 at Colorado and spend the first three months playing road games because of construction at Providence Park.

The complete 2019 MLS schedule will be announced in January. On Thursday, the league unveiled each team's home opener.

• Timbers forward Jeremy Ebobisse has been called into the January training camp for the United States men's national team. The camp is Jan. 6 through Feb. 3 at Chula Vista, California and includes matches against Panama on Jan. 27 at Phoenix and against Costa Rica on Feb. 2 at San Jose, California — the team's first two games under new coach Gregg Berhalter.

• The Timbers on Thursday announced the complete list of club award winners for 2018.

Players' player of the year — Sebastian Blanco.

Supporters' player of the year — Blanco.

Golden Boot — Blanco and Diego Valeri (10 goals apiece).

Defender of the year — Diego Chara (for the third consecutive season)

Unsung hero — Larrys Mabiala.

Up-and-coming player of the year — Jeremy Ebobisse.

Play of the year — Blanco's goal from distance in the playoff win at Sporting Kansas City that advanced the Timbers to the MLS Cup final.

Community MVP — Zarek Valentin.

Youth academy awards

Timbers Academy player of the year (2017-18) — Carlos Anguiano.

Thorns FC Academy player of the year (2017-18) — Hailey Coll.

Timbers ODP boys coach of the year — Pete Peterson.

Timbers ODP boys player of the year — Joshua Hamlett.

Thorns FC ODP girls coach of the year — Michael Reggiani.

Thorns FC ODP girls player of the year — Sahve Beller.

Timbers/Thorns FC camp coaches of the year — Max von Rabenau, Andrea Hodge.


NORTH DAKOTA STATE 31, Oregon State 13

Hunter Willits, Grant Willits and Ronnie Rios won matches for the Beavers, who dropped seven of the 10 bouts at Fargo, North Dakota.