Ducks win another Pac-12 women's title outright; Beavers top Arizona in 2 OTs
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Oregon 66, ARIZONA STATE 59
A championship finishing kick from Sabrina Ionescu and Satou Sabally in the fourth quarter lifted the Ducks to the outright Pac-12 title.
Ionescu scored 11 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter and Sabally scored six of her 18 points in the fourth as the Ducks turned a five-point deficit early in the fourth quarter into the seven-point win.
The No. 6-ranked Ducks finished the regular season 27-3 and the Pac-12 at 16-2. As the top seed for next weekend's Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Ducks will play at 2 p.m. Friday against the winner of Thursday's game between Arizona and USC.
The regular-season conference title is the second in a row for Oregon. The Ducks had the No. 1 seed to the conference tournament sewed up entering Sunday, but needed to beat ASU to avoid sharing the Pac-12 title with Stanford.
They played like champions down the stretch.
"I thought we really showed our championship mettle. Big playmakers made big plays," Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. "That's what they're supposed to do in those kind of moments, and they did."
The final score was the largest lead for either team. Neither led by more than four points until after Arizona State took a 52-47 lead with 8:15 left. The Ducks went on an 11-0 run that included five points from Sabally, four from Ionescu and a jumper from Maite Cazorla.
Five points from Kiana Ibis, who scored 23 for the Sun Devils, pulled ASU within a point with 3:18 left. But Ionescu hit a tough reverse layup, and Sabally hit a driving bank shot with 1:49 on the clock.
Sabally was called for an offensive foul on the play but a video review — allowed during the final two minutes of the game — showed that ASU's Charnea Johnson-Chapman had a heel on the semicircle under the basket, and the call was reversed.
Johnson-Chapman hit a tough baseline jumper on the next possession to get the Sun Devils within three.
Ionescu missed from the key but grabbed her own rebound, then hit a 14-foot pull-up jumper to push it to five with 31 seconds left.
Free throws were big for the Ducks on a day when ASU's physical defense held Oregon to 42 percent field-goal shooting. Oregon was 9 of 14 from the foul line, all in the second half, to help upset ASU's 9-0 advantage in fast-break points and 15-0 edge in bench points.
Sabally, who had missed her last 13 3-pointers entering the game, hit 3 of 5 from behind the arc.
Ruthy Hebard was limited to five points on 2-of-7 shooting but grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
Though Oregon, which is missing reserve guard Taylor Chavez with a foot injury, didn't get any scoring off the bench, it did get some good minutes defensively from Oti Gildon, Lydia Giomi and Morgan Yeager.
Oregon scored on its final two possessions of the second quarter to lead 33-29 at the half — the largest lead for either team in the first half. Cazorla led all scorers at halftime with 13 of her 17 points.
Oregon State 65, ARIZONA 60 (2 OT)
Joanna Grymek came up with big plays in each overtime period as the Beavers finished conference play with a double-overtime win over the Sun Devils at Tempe, Arizona.
The No. 9-ranked Beavers are 24-6 and took third in the Pac-12 at 14-4. Oregon State gets a bye into the quarterfinals of the conference tournament and will play at 8:30 p.m. Friday against the winner between Utah and Washington. The tournament runs Thursday through Sunday at Las Vegas.
Grymek scored six of her 14 points during the 10 extra minutes and had three of her five blocked shots during OT. She scored the final go-ahead basket in the second overtime and had an important blocked shot late in the first overtime.
Mikayla Pivec scored on a drive into the paint with four seconds left in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 52-52. Pivec led the Beavers with 21 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.
Destiny Slocum had 12 points, four assists and five rebounds. Taya Corosdale had 13 rebounds and Katie McWilliams nine points and eight boards.
The lead changed 17 times, and the game was tied six times.
"This team has won four of its last five games in the closing minutes, and that is a great sign as we close in on tournament time," Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said. "It's important to know how to get shots and how to knock them down. This group is battle-tested -- this conference has done a great job preparing everyone for the postseason."
Oregon State led by three midway through the first overtime, and McWilliams missed a shot in the final seconds.
In the second overtime, Arizona missed its final 11 shots and didn't score after Aari McDonald hit two free throws with 3:48 left to give the Wildcats a 60-58 lead.
Grymek tied the score on two free throws with 2:21 on the clock, then scored inside with 1:25 left for a 62-60 lead. From there, Pivec made one foul shot and Aleah Goodman hit two with 15 seconds to go.
Oregon State had a 57-38 rebounding advantage and a 38-24 edge in points in the paint. Arizona countered by forcing 18 turnovers for 10 points while committing only four turnovers.
McDonald had 23 points, six steals, six rebounds and four assists for the Wildcats. Dominique McBryde added 20 points and eight rebounds.
Arizona is 17-12, 7-11 Pac-12, and will face USC at 2 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the conference tournament, with that winner advancing to face top-seeded Oregon on Friday.
COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Arizona State 74, OREGON STATE 71
The Sun Devils nursed a small lead to the finish line, making five of six foul shots down the stretch to clinch a bye into the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament.
Tres Tinkle scored 24 points and Ethan Thompson had 20 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists but the Beavers came up just short in their final regular-season home game at Gill Coliseum.
Oregon State is 17-11, 9-7 in the Pac-12. Second-place Arizona State is 20-9 and 11-6.
Luguentz Dort had 20 points to lead four Sun Devils in double figures. His 3-pointer with 58 seconds to go was one of the biggest shots of the night, putting ASU up four.
A Tres Tinkle 3-pointer put OSU in front 64-61 with 6:28 remaining, but the Beavers went the next 5:40 without a field goal until a Tinkle layup with 48 seconds left got the Beavs within 71-68.
A missed jumper by ASU's Remy Martin with 23 seconds remaining gave Oregon State possession, but Stevie Thompson's driving attempt in the lane missed with 12 seconds left.
Dort made two foul shorts with 3,7 seconds left to give ASU a three-point lead and Stevie Thompson's desperation 3-pointer missed at the buzzer.
Next for the Beavers is a Wednesday game at Washington. With two conference games remaining, Oregon State is tied with UCLA and Utah for third place. The top four teams receive a bye into the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament.
West Virginia 2, OREGON STATE 0
Managing only three hits, the Beavers had their 10-game win streak to start the season come to an end before 3,588 fans at Goss Stadium.
West Virgina took the finale of the three-game series with two runs in the top of the second inning.
OSU, which walked nine times and left six men on base, got two hits from Beau Philip and one from pinch-hitter Greg Fuchs. Philip doubled with one out in the ninth before two Beavers struck out. Fuchs had doubled in the eighth.
OSU hit into five double plays, four of which ended innings.
Starter Sam Tweedt (1-1) tok the loss. He gave up the runs on four hits (two solo home runs) and one walk, with five strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings.
West Virginia improved to 6-5.
OREGON 7, Loyola Marymount 6
Gabe Matthews homered and drove in two runs, and Nico Tellache blanked the Lions in a two-inning, closing stint to held the Ducks prevail before a crowd of 771 at PK Park.
Tellache, in gaining his second save, allowed one hit and one walk and struck out two batters.
The Ducks completed a three-game sweep and improved to 7-2.
Loyola Marymount, which outhit Oregon 10-6, dropped to 5-6.
WILLAMETTE 6, Lewis & Clark 0
The Bearcats got four runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to turn back the visiting Pioneers in their Northwest Conference series finale.
L&C fell to 1-11 overall and 0-6 in the NWC. Willamette is 8-3, 5-1.
Jack Thomson and Tyler Gannon each went 2 for 3 for the Pios, Gannon. L&C starter Andrew Yarak (0-2) allowed two runs on three hits over five innings.
CONCORDIA 3-13, Carroll (Mont.) 2-0
The Cavaliers swept a nonleague doubleheader at home, taking the second game in five innings and raising their record to 7-8.
Concordia had 10 runs on five hits in the second inning of Game 2. Courtney Somers added a two-run home run in the third. Karley Yoshioka and Marisa Stockton each had two hits and three RBIs in the game.
Sally Bowles (3-3) won the opener with a six-hit complete game. Linda Gherir had two hits and two RBIs for the Cavs.
Pacific Lutheran 10-10, LEWIS & CLARK 4-7
The host Pioneers outhit the Lutes 13-11 but still lost Game 1 by six runs, due largely to six errors and six unearned runs for PLU. Emily Drevahl led Lewis & Clark, going 4 for 4 in the leadoff spot with a home run and three RBIs.
In Game 2, PLU went up 7-0 with a six-run fifth and 10-6 with three runs in the top of the seventh.
COLLEGE MEN'S TENNIS
PORTLAND 4, Eastern Washington 3
Freshman Leo Hibi's come-from-behind, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 win at No. 5 singles scored the deciding point for the Pilots (5-6) in their Louisiana Pacific Tennis Center match with the Eagles (1-7).
COLLEGE WOMEN'S TENNIS
Kansas 7, OREGON 0
The seventh-ranked Jayhawks won at Eugene, dropping the Ducks to 6-5 for the season.
ARIZONA 4, Portland 0
At Tuscon, Arizona, the Wildcats ended the Pilots' five-match win streak. UP fell to 6-3. UA is 8-3, including 8-0 at home.
WEBER STATE 6, Portland State 1
The Vikings fell to 0-5 overall. PSU freshman Jacina Milenkoski from Sydney, Australia played her season match as a Viking, both in the past two days, coming off a wrist injury, and lost at No. 1 singles 6-3, 6-3.
COLLEGE ACROBATICS AND TUMBLING
Baylor 285.150, OREGON 277.355
The top-ranked defending national champion Bears posted a solid victory over the No. 2 Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena.
Oregon is 3-1, Baylor 4-0.
The series is 12-12, though the Bears have handed Oregon 12 of its 17 losses all-time, dating to 2010.
Baylor, coached by former UO coach Felecia Mulkey, is looking for its fifth national title, as is Oregon.
The teams will meet again on April 7 at Waco, Texas, and possibly in the national championships April 25-27, also at Waco.
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BEACH VOLLEYBALL
USC 5, Oregon 0
The No. 2-ranked Trojans swept all five matches in two sets to cap the opening weekend at Tucson, Arizona.
COLLEGE MEN'S ROWING
Oregon State, ranked 18th in the nation, posted six second-place finishes in opening its season at the Lake Las Vegas (Nevada) Invitational against No. 2 Washington, No. 4 California, No. 12 Cornell and No. 25 Marist.
Tour rookie Wyndham Clark from the University of Oregon had the lead early in the final round of the Honda Classic. But he couldn't hold it on a wild day and amid a clogged learderboard at the PGA National Resort & Spa Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Keith Mitchell birdied the par-5 18th with a 15-foot putt, and birdied four of the last seven holes, to win at 9-under 271 and by one over Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler.
Clark was in deep rough and trees off the tee on the 18th, needing a double-eagle to tie Mitchell. Instead of laying up, Clark tried an almost impossible whack at the green and ended up in the water. He wound up with a bogey for a closing, 2-over 72 and 5-under 275 total, good for a tie for seventh.
It was his second straight top-10.
Ryan Palmer, who shot 63, tied for fourth with Lucas Glover at 273.
Clark, 25 was trying to become the fourth PGA Tour rookie to win this season, while his playing partner, 56-year-old Vijay Singh, was trying to become the oldest player of all-time to win on the tour (Sam Snead had the record at age 52).
Clark birdied the first and fourth holes but fell into a tie for the lead with Palmer (in the clubhouse at 7-under) with bogeys on the seventh and eighth.
When Clark and Singh made the turn, Clark and Palmer had a one-stroke lead on Keopka, Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Mitchell and Singh, with Fowler, Glover, Ryan Armour and Michael Thompson two back at 5-under.
At times, five or six players shared the lead coming down the stretch.
Clark wasn't one of them, though, after bogeys on the 11th and 12th. He got one back with a long birdie putt on the 15th and made a difficult up and down at the 16th, but Mitchell's strong finish put first place out of reach.
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