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Sports updates: Stanford tops Oregon in Friday women's hoops game; WHL commits to hockey season; Ducks need new DC

Sydney ParrishCollege women's basketball — Top-ranked Stanford used a big third quarter to push past 11th-ranked Oregon in a Friday afternoon game played at Santa Cruz, California.

It's the second consecutive loss for Oregon (8-2, 6-2 Pac-12).

Stanford (10-0) surged to a double-digit lead after Oregon senior Erin Boley picked up her fourth foul with 7:29 left in the third quarter. The Cardinal closed the third quarter on a 9-0 run to go up 13, and stretched the lead to as many as 17 in the fourth. The Ducks climbed within five twice down the stretch.

"They flexed their muscle in the third quarter and we didn't," Oregon coach Kelly Graves said, noting that his team also had a poor start to the second half in its loss to UCLA last weekend.

On the flip side, Oregon clamped down on defense in the fourth quarter, holding the Cardinal scoreless for nearly six minutes at one stretch and to 10 points in the quarter.

Graves was pleased with the way his team responded to the challenge. He said the loss last weekend to UCLA taught his team about the value of each possession and the level of intensity needed to win in the Pac-12.

"I thought we battled these guys all the way to the end. I think we learned a lesson. If we would have played this hard against UCLA we win (by) double figures," Graves said.

Sydney Parrish led Oregon scoring, with 14 points in 14 minutes off the bench. She also made three of the Ducks' 12 steals.

Nyara Sabally had 10 points and 11 rebounds, her third double-double of the season.

Oregon freshman point guard Te-Hina Paopao had 12 points, but only one assist and four turnovers. Boley had 10 points and five rebounds.

Haley Jones led the Cardinal with 18 points, and Kiana Williams had 14 points. Stanford freshman Cameron Brink from Beaverton had four points, six rebounds and two blocked shots in 13 minutes.

"I'm disappointed, quite frankly," Graves said. "I'm proud pf the players for how we continued to battle, but at the same time I'm disappointed. We lost the game. We've won this conference three times in a row. We expect to win."

Oregon, which is scheduled to visit California on Sunday, continues to be without post Sedona Prince (ankle).

• Portland State outscored Sacramento State 11-9 in overtime to win 66-64 on Thursday night at Viking Pavilion.

Desirae Hansen scored 21 points to lead PSU (2-3, 1-2 Big Sky). Kylie Jimenez had 15 points, seven assists and four steals. Tatiana Streun scored four of her six points early in overtime.

Portland State never trailed and led by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter, but an eight-minute scoreless stretch in the fourth quarter gave Sacramento State (0-6, 0-3) life.

WHL promises season — The Western Hockey League late Friday announced that its Board of Governors has committed to playing a season in 2021. The 2020-21 season will consist of 24 games for each team.

No start date or format has been finalized.

In the announcement, the WHL said "all models and schedule formats are being considered."

A start date will depend upon final approval of protocols from health authorities in each state and province. Tje league's announcement included the statement that such approvals are expected soon.

The commitment to 24 games comes on the date that the WHL initially targeted to start its season. In October, the league announced plans to start on Jan. 8, but continued high rates of COVID-19 scuttled those plans.

The Portland Winterhawks were expected to have a team capable of competing for a 2020-21 league championship, returning the core of a roster that had the best record in the league when the 2019-20 season was halted because of COVID-19.

Avalos to Boise State — Multiple outlets, including The Idaho Statesman and ESPN, on Friday reported that Andy Avalos will be the next head football coach at Boise State, replacing Bryan Harsin who was hired as the Auburn head coach.

Andy AvalosAvalos, 39, is a former Boise State player and assistant coach who has been Oregon's defensive coordinator for two seasons, helping the Ducks win consecutive Pac-12 championships and in his first season in Eugene overseeing a sharp improvement on defense.

The choice of Avalos by Boise State was expected after former Broncos' quarterback Kellen Moore agreed with a contract extension to be the Dallas Cowboys' defensive coordinator.

Losing assistant coaches is to be expected, especially for a high-profile program like Oregon.

The job now for Mario Cristobal is to decide between possible candidates on his staff — including safeties coach Keith Heyward, associate head coach/defensive line coach Joe Salave'a and inside linebackers coach Ken Wilson — and what is likely to be a strong list of candidates from outside the program.

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