Oregon women roll to 35-point win at California
SUNDAY, JAN. 9
Oregon women win — Sydney Parrish made a career-high seven 3-pointers and Oregon rolled to a 88-53 win at California.
Parrish and Te-Hina Paopao each scored 21 points as Oregon (8-5, 1-1) turned in a complete performance for its first Pac-12 win of the season. Endyia Rogers had 12 points and Nyara Sabally 11 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Cal (9-4, 0-2) shot only 29.4%, the fourth time this season a Ducks' foe has shot under 30%.
Oregon hit 6 of 8 3-pointers in a 26-point first quarter to take quick command and finished 14 of 26 from behind the arc.
SATURDAY, JAN. 8
Winterhawks extend streak —Â Taylor Gauthier stopped the last 38 shots he saw in his Winterhawks debut and James Stefan scored two goals as Portland beat the host Kelowna Rockets 3-1 in Saturday's only Western Hockey League game.
Jake Poole scored 31 seconds into the game for the Rockets, but the combination of solid positional play by the Winterhawks and steady play from Gauthier kept Kelowna quiet the rest of the way.
Portland scored once in each period.
Cross Hanas tied it with his ninth goal of the season 8:55 into the first period.
Stefan put Portland up with a goal off the rush at 14:53 of the second period, then made it 3-1 7:03 into the third period when he re-directed a Hanas feed for a power-play goal. Stefan also assisted on the Hanas goal and now has 15 goals and 16 assists for a team-leading 31 points.
Gauthier, a 20-year-old in his fourth WHL season, was acquired in a late December trade that sent defenseman Jonas Brondberg and draft picks to Prince George.
Portland has won five in a row and 10 of its last 11 games. The Winterhawks are 17-11-3-1 (38 points), third in the U.S.Division and fourth in the Western Conference. They won all four games against Kelowna this season. The Rockets are fifth in the conference at 16-10-1-3 (36 points).
The Hawks converted 1 of 5 power plays and killed all three Rocket power plays.
The Winterhawks Sunday game at Vancouver, like their Friday game at Kamloops, has been postponed because of COVID-19 protocols involving the Giants.
The Winterhawks are scheduled to host Kamloops at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, pending the COVID-19 status.
Oregon-OSU hoops on Monday —Â The men's basketball game between Oregon and Oregon State that was postponed on Saturday has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis. The game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network.
FRIDAY, JAN. 7
Nurkic fined for altercation — The NBA announced Friday morning that Jusuf Nurkic has been fined $25,000 for his role in the altercation with Miami Heat's Tyler Herro on Wednesday night.
Nurkic sent Herro to the floor on a tough, but legal, screen. Herro responded with a shove to the back of Nurkic, who then pushed Herro in the face before the team's benches and referees broke up the altercation. The release from the NBA states Herro initiated the altercation.
Thorns sign draft pick — The Portland Thorns locked up the 12th overall pick in the 2021 NWSL draft in midfielder Sam Coffey on a two-year deal. The Penn State product was a three-time All-Big Ten First Team and All-Region First Team selection and became the 50th NCAA D1 player to ever record at least 40 goals and 40 assists in a career. She had 42 goals and 54 assists for the Nittany Lions.
Oregon women fall to No. 2 Stanford — The Ducks couldn't quite come back in an 80-68 loss at No. 2 Stanford on Friday. Down Sedona Prince who tested positive for COVID-19 right before the game, the Ducks looked elsewhere for production and got it in the form of 22 points from Endyia Rogers. Nyara Sabally pitched in 19 points.
However, Stanford's Lexie Hall poured it in with 33 points on 13 for 22 shooting from the floor which included seven made 3-pointers. Beaverton product Cameron Brink started and had five points, five blocks, six rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Oregon fell to 7-5 and 0-1 in Pac-12 play while Stanford is now 10-3 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-12. The Ducks will stay in the Golden State to take on California at 1 p.m. Sunday.
THURSDAY, JAN. 6
Zags top Pilot women — Gonzaga used a big fourth quarter to sink Portland 76-65 in the West Coast Conference opener for both squads.
The defending WCC-champion Bulldogs have not lost to the Pilots at Chiles Center since 2001. They used their length, especially near the basket, to prevail this time. Both teams are 10-3 overall.
Emme Shearer and Alex Fowler scored 17 apiece for Portland, with all of Fowler's points coming in the second half.
Senior 6-1 forward Melody Kempton scored a career-high 25 for the Zags, 19 of them in the first half. Sophomore 6-1 forward Yvonne Ejim scored 22, 11 in the decisive fourth quarter.
Portland was without 6-6 post Lucy Cochrane, who averages seven rebounds and four blocked shots a game, because of COVID-19 protocols. Also unavailable was third-year wing Keeley Frawley, who averages 3.5 boards a game
Without Cochrane protecting the rim, the Pilots struggled to match the Zags' length inside as Gonzaga dominated the rebounding 42-27 and scored 16 second-chance points.
Portland struggled for consistency on offense, shooting 40%, including 7-of-26 3-point shooting. By contrast, 24 of Gonzaga's 26 field goals came in the paint.
Portland was playing for the first time since December 20, Gonzaga for the first time since December 21. Both teams showed signs of the layoff in a game that at times was as ragged as a season-opener.
The score was tied at 47-47 after Fowler made a 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter. But Gonzaga went inside consistently and opened the fourth quarter with a 15-2 burst capped by a 3-pointer from Oregon City native Cierra Walker. Portland rallied to within five and had a good look at a 3-pointer to get within two, but Maisie Burnham's shot went in and out and the Pilots got no closer.
With Saturday's game at Saint Mary's postponed, the next scheduled game for the Pilots is Thursday, Jan. 13 at home against San Francisco.
Winterhawks game postponed — Portland's game at Kamloops on Friday has been postponed because of COVID-19 protocols within the Kamloops club. Portland is still scheduled to play Saturday at Kelowna and Sunday at Vancouver.
Blazers' Nance out at least a week — The Trail Blazers announced that an MRI of the right knee injury suffered by Larry Nance on Wednesday showed no significant damage. He will be re-evaluated in one week.
Mike Riley coaching again —Â Former Oregon State football coach Mike Riley is the head coach and general manager for the New Jersey Generals of the new USFL. The league is owned by FOX Sports and is slated to begin play April 16, with all games this season played at one location yet to be announced. Four of the eight coaches were announced on Thursday, including former Arizona Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin (Houston Gamblers), former Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley (Tampa Bay Bandits) and former NFL assistant coach and Toronto Argonauts head coach Bart Andrus (Philadelphia Stars).
The other four teams in the league this spring are the New Orleans (not Portland?) Breakers, Pittsburgh Maulers, Michigan Bandits and Birmingham Stallions.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5
Lillard sidelined — The Portland Trail Blazers announced star guard Damian Lillard will miss at least the next three games to seek further evaluation and consultation concerning his lower abdominal tendinopathy. Portland hosts Miami on Wednesday, Cleveland on Friday and Sacramento on Sunday. Lillard missed games previously this season due to the injury and was out during the Blazers' last game against the Hawks.
Ducks-Beavers men postponed — Postponements continue to ravage college basketball schedules, and no rivalry is safe. Oregon State announced its home game against Oregon this Saturday has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols within the Ducks program.
However, the Beavers did have to postpone their game earlier this week against Sacramento State due to their own COVID issues.
The release goes on to say that the Pac-12 is looking to work with the two schools to reschedule the game at a later date.
More COVID news, Beavers women out — Once again, we are reporting more COVID postponed games. This time, its the OSU women's basketball team canceling its trip to California this weekend. The two games against California and Stanford were slated for Friday and Sunday and have been called off due to COVID in the Beavers' program.
TUESDAY, JAN. 4
Lanning adds to staff —Dan Lanning added to his Oregon coaching staff by announcing the hires of Carlos Locklyn to coach running backs and Drew Mehringer as tight ends coach, rounding out his offensive staff. Locklyn comes to Eugene from Western Kentucky, where as running backs coach he helped an offense that ranked second in the nation at 44.2 points per game. Mehringer was the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at New Mexico this season. He was offensive coordinator at Rutgers in 2016, at the age of 28.
According to a report by Bruce Feldman, Lanning will hire Jacksonville Jaguars defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi as defensive coordinator. Lupoi has coached in the NFL the past four seasons. He was Alabama's defensive coordinator in 2018, the last of his four seasons with the Crimson Tide. He coached defensive line at Cal for five seasons and at Washington for two.
OSU wrestling postponement — Oregon State's Sunday, Jan. 9 trip to Philadelphia to take on Penn and Drexel has been postponed because of COVID-19 protocols in the Penn and Drexel programs.
MONDAY, JAN. 3
Blazers-Nets on Jan. 10 — The Portland Trail Blazers home game against the Brooklyn Nets has been rescheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10 at Moda Center. The game originally was to be played on December 23 but was postponed because Brooklyn didn't have the required eight players available. Tickets for the December 23 date will be honored on Jan. 10.
Oregon-Colorado postponed — Monday's Pac-12 men's basketball game between the Ducks and Buffaloes at Matthew Knight Arena has been postponed because of COVID-19 protocols within the Oregon program. The teams will try to reschedule the game.
OSU men postponed again — The Oregon State men's basketball game against Sacramento State on Monday was postponed because of COVID-19 protocols within the Oregon State program. This game was previously scheduled twice but postponed once for health and safety reasons and once because of travel challenges. Monday's postponement happened less than an hour before tipoff.
Portland State games postponed — The next two games for the Portland State men's and women's basketball teams have been postponed because of COVID-19 protocols within the PSU programs. The games have not yet been rescheduled.
The Viking men were to play at Southern Utah on Thursday and host Northern Colorado on Monday, Jan. 10.
The Viking women were to host Southern Utah on Thursday, Jan. 6 and to visit Northern Colorado on Monday, Jan. 10.
Pilot men won't play Thursday —The Portland Pilots men's basketball game scheduled Thursday at Loyola Marymount has been moved to Monday, Jan. 17 at 4 p.m. as the programs navigate through COVID protocols. Portland and BYU are working on rescheduling the postponed Jan. 1 game at the Chiles Center.
Oregon football — Dan Lanning's coaching staff grew by two on Monday as he announced the additions of Junior Adams as receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator and Joe Lorig as special teams coordinator and nickel backs coach.
Adams comes to Oregon after three seasons at rival Washington. Among the highlights of his career was recruiting and developing Cooper Kupp, now starring with the Los Angeles Rams, during five seasons at Eastern Washington.
The special teams coordinator at Penn State the previous three seasons, Lorig began his coaching career in 1997 at Western Oregon, where he played cornerback.
To date, Lanning has announced these staff members in addition to Adams and Lorig: offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham, co defensive coordinator Matt Powledge, cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin, defensive line coach Tony Tuioti and associate head coach and offensive line coach Adrian Klemm.
Pac-12 honors — Oregon guard Will Richardson was named men's basketball player of the week and Oregon State forward Glen Taylor Jr. named the men's basketball freshman of the week by the Pac-12.
Seahawks on FOX — The NFL on Monday announced that the Seattle Seahawks Jan. 9 game at Arizona will be televised by FOX. The game kicks off at 1:25 p.m. This decision means Portland-area fans will need to find alternate ways to watch the more meaningful game between the Rams and 49ers which is also a FOX afternoon game.
Seattle is out of the playoffs and Arizona is in the playoffs. Meanwhile, the 49ers must beat the Rams, or have the Saints lose to Atlanta, to qualify for the playoffs.
Fortunately, the Chargers-Raiders showdown with a playoff berth on the line is the 5:20 p.m. game on NBC.
OSU baseball — Ryan Gorton, who played at Oregon State as both a position player and pitcher from 2009-2012, is returning to the Beavers' program as its director of operations.
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