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MONDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Thorns announce preseason games; Pac-12 coaches pick Oregon State baseball to finish third in conference, behind UCLA and Stanford


The Oregon Ducks (23-1) have remained third in this week's Associated Press national rankings, while Oregon State (20-4) has dropped two slots to ninth.

Oregon swept California and Stanford on the road last weekend. Oregon State fell at Stanford, then won at Cal.

Baylor (21-1) and Louisville (23-1) are 1-2 in the AP top 25.

Connecticut (21-2), Mississippi State (22-1), Notre Dame (22-3), Maryland (22-2) and Marquette (21-3) are ranked 4-8.

Stanford (19-4) moved up one spot to 10th.

Gonzaga (22-2) is 13th.

The other Pac-12 team in the top 25 is Arizona State (16-6) at No. 19.

• Oregon junior Sabrina Ionescu was named Pac-12 player of the week. The 5-11 guard averaged 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Ducks beat California 105-82 and Stanford 88-48 on the road. She made 22 of 35 field-goal attempts (62.9 percent), going 6 of 8 (75.0 percent) on 3-pointers.


SACRAMENTO STATE 78, Portland State 67

The host Hornets shot 59.3 percent from the field to PSU's 35.8 percent.

The Vikings fell to 9-14 overall and 4-8 in the Big Sky.

The Hornets improved to 10-11, 4-8.

Michael Nuga led PSU with a game-high 19 points, and Holland Woods scored 11.

Sac State went to intermission on top 43-31, after making 21 of 29 field-goal attempts (72.4 percent).

With 10 minutes to go, the home team was up 64-48.

• Concordia senior guard Jarrett Gray is the co-player of the week in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The former Valley Catholic standout totaled 42 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in victories at home over Western Oregon and Montana State Billings.


Portand will stage a series of preseason matches in late March at the University of Portland's Merlo Field.

The Thorns' Spring Invitational will feature Reign FC, the Chicago Red Stars and the U.S. under-23 team.

The Thorns will face Chicago at 5 p.m. March 24, then play the U.S. U-23s at 7:30 p.m. March 27 and Reign FC at 7:30 p.m. March 30.

Matches featuring the other two teams at the event will kick off six hours before the Thorns' matches on each of those dates.

Tickets go on sale March 19.

The Thorns will begin training for their 2019 season on March 4. The National Women's Soccer League regular season opens the weekend of April 13-14. The NWSL has not yet released its schedule. The Thorns, like the Timbers, will not play at home until June because of construction at Providence Park.


Former Trail Blazers guard Nik Stauskas is back in the league. The Cleveland Cavaliers signed him on Monday.

Stauskas was traded three times and released last week, with Portland making an initial deal with Cleveland to acquire swing man Rodney Hood. Stauskas, 25, went from Portland to the Cavs to Houston to Indiana, which waived him.


Pac-12 coaches say UCLA will win the league championship this season, with Stanford finishing second and Oregon State placing third.

The preseason voting also pegs Oregon for seventh place out of 11 teams in the conference.

The coaches' totals:

UCLA 97 (8 first-place votes)

Stanford 90 (2)

Oregon State 85 (1)

Arizona 67

Washington 60

Arizona State 59

Oregon 49

California 37

USC 32

Washington State 15

Utah 14

UC SAN DIEGO 9-7, Concordia 6-1

Two loses to the 14th-ranked Tritons (4-0) left the visiting Cavaliers at 2-5 this season.

Each team had nine hits in the opener, but the Cavaliers had a bit too much to overcome after giving up the game's first six runs, all in the third inning. Concordia cut the gap to 6-5 through 5 1/2 frames, then gave up two runs in the sixth and one in the eighth. Liam Knowles helped lead CU at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs. Jordan Farhat was 2 for 4 and drove in two runs. Payton Presley had a double and two RBIs.

In the nightcap, USD scored four runs in the seventh to extend its lead to 7-0. Concordia finished with seven hits to San Diego's six, but the Cavs' only run came on an RBI single by Dominic Enbody in the eighth.


Portland State senior Ddrian Lindsey is the Big Sky player of the week. She hit .471 in a 2-4 season start for the Vikings last weekend in the San Diego Invitational, with a team-high seven runs, three doubles and a triple.


Iowa State 23, OREGON STATE 14

At Corvallis, the Cyclones won six of the 10 matches for the dual meet win.

The Beavers got victories by decision at 125 pounds (Ronnie Rios), 141 (Grant Willits) and 174 (Colt Doyle), as well as a technical fall (23-9) at 285 (Amar Dhesi).

Iowa State had one win by fall and two by major decision.


Concordia finsihed the first round in fifth place out of 13 teams in the Mikuni Sushi Shootout at Lincoln, California. Shantel Antonio had the Cavaliers' low score, a 5-over-par 77 at Catta Vedera Country Club. Cal State San Marcos was first with a 300 total. Concordia shot 314.

• Concordia's Cammie Decker, a junior from McNary High, has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's golfer of the week after tying for 11th in the PLNU Sea Lion Invitational.


Senior Shannon Williams of Oregon has been named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week.

The native of Bel Air, Maryland had two goals and five assists as the Ducks opened their season at home with a 13-6 win over Mercer.

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