Oregon State, Oregon win in women's basketball; Super Bowl set
SUNDAY, JAN. 30
Oregon State women 72, UCLA 58 — Talia von Oelhoffen had 21 points and six assists, Taya Corosdale scored 18 and Ellie Mack had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists as the Beavers (11-5, 4-2 Pac-12) completed a weekend sweep of the Los Angeles schools.
After UCLA (9-6, 4-4) pulled within two with 4:35 left, Mack scored five points in a 10-1 burst that gave OSU an 11-point margin with 3:05 on the clock. A Corosdale 3-pointer started that run.
Oregon State had a 14-2 advantage in fast-break points and an 18-5 edge from the foul line.
Oregon women 80, USC 48 — At Matthew Knight Arena, the Ducks seventh win in a row was a complete performance.
Nyara Sabally had 23 points, seven rebounds and three steals to lead Oregon (13-5, 5-1). Endyia Rogers added 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Ten of the 11 Ducks who played scored.
USC, shorthanded and with its head coach absent (COVID protocols), shot only 26.3%.
The Ducks had a 40-20 advantage scoring in the paint.
Super Bowl set — Former Oregon State punter Johnny Hekker and former Oregon linebacker Justin Hollins are headed to the Super Bowl with the Rams after Los Angeles rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the San Francisco 49ers (and former Duck Arik Armstead and David Douglas High grad Samson Ebukam) in the NFC Championship game.
On Feb. 13th, the Rams will face the Cincinnati Bengals, who rallied to upset Kansas City in overtime in the AFC Championship. The Bengals have no players with local ties.
Kraken lose — K'Andre Miller scored with 34 seconds left to lift the New York Rangers to a 3-2 win over visiting Seattle (14-26-4).
The winner came after New York won an offensive zone faceoff — and 36 seconds after Yanni Gourde tied it for Seattle with the Krakken skating six on four.
Seattle outshot New York 42-24, but only beat Igor Shesterkin twice.
SATURDAY, JAN. 29
Gonzaga men 104, Portland 72 — The Pilots did their best up at No. 2 Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference matchup. However, Gonzaga's best is a lot better.
The Bulldogs took a 9-5 lead early and never looked back, going into the break up 48-28. The two sides went at it offensively with the second half score being 56-44 in favor of Gonzaga.
Mike Meadows led the Pilots with 19 points with Tyler Robertson close behind with 17. Chika Nduke pitched in 10 points and nine rebounds.
Portland falls to 11-10 overall on the season 2-4 in the WCC. Up next is a Feb. 3 tip at home against Saint Mary's.
Portland State men 97, Northern Arizona 76 — The Vikings got hot Saturday shooting in the Northern Arizona gym. The team knocked down a season-high 14 3-pointers in the rout of the Lumberjacks.
Khalid Thomas led the way with a career-high tying 25 points while Ian Burke posted 21 points and Trey Wood set a career-high in points as well with 10.
As a team, the Vikings shot 56.1 percent from the floor and picked up their third Big Sky Conference win of the season, all on the road.
Portland State is now 5-13 overall on the season and 3-7 in the conference.
FRIDAY, JAN. 28
Oregon State women 63, USC 61 — Kennedy Brown stole a rebound and scored as time expired in overtime as the Beavers rallied to beat the Trojans in overtime.
Talia von Oelhnoffen scored 31 points and carried the Beavers (10-5, 3-2 Pac-12) down the stretch as they erased a 10-point deficit. She scored 17 points in the fourth quarter when she made three huge 3-pointers.
Brown scored six of Oregon State's eight points in overtime, when she also had two rebounds and a blocked shot.
In the final sequence, USC;s Rayah Marshall blocked a Ellie Mack shot and grabbed the rebound, but appeared to anticipate a held-ball whistle that didn't come as Brown pulled the ball away and scored just before the buzzer.
Marshall finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Trojans (9-8, 2-5). Guard Alyson Miura from Clackamas (La Salle Prep) had 10 points and four steals for USC.
The Beavers' 2 p.m. Sunday home game against UCLA is on as of Friday evening.
Oregon gets forfeit win — On Friday the Pac-12 announced that the UCLA at Oregon game will be a forfeit win for the Ducks in the Pac-12 standings because the Bruins could not field a team due to injuries and COVID protocols. Under NCAA rules it will be registered as a no contest and the Ducks and Bruins' records will not be adjusted.
Thorns add assistant coach — Mike Norris has been added to coach Rhian Wilkinson's coaching staff. A coach for eight years with Canada Soccer, Norris most recently served as set-plays and goalkeepers coach for Canada's women's national team. He joins Sophie Clough and Nadine Angerer who were retained from Mark Parsons coaching staff.
THURSDAY, JAN. 27
Horan loaned, Sinclair re-signed — The Portland Thorns have loaned star midfielder Lindsey Horan to the French side Olympique Lyonnais until June of 2023, keeping her out of the upcoming 2022 National Women's Soccer League season. As part of the deal, Horan signed an extension to her contract with the Thorns through the 2025 NWSL season.
The NWSL MVP in 2018, Horan has played in 88 matches, all starts, since joining Portland in 2016. A mainstay for the U.S. Women's National Team, the 27-year-old Golden, Colorado native has 25 goals in 105 appearances or the United States.
Another key player will be back with the Thorns, with soccer legend Christine Sinclair signing for this season, with an option for 2023. The 2022 season will be her 10th with the club.
"We are excited to re-sign Christine so that she can continue her career as a Thorn. She's always been a Thorn, and she's made it clear that she always wants to be a Thorn," Thorns general manager Karina LeBlanc said in a press release. "What she has done for this team as a leader, for this organization and this community has been massive. She is a great human and the epitome of what a Thorns player should be."
Six-year Portland Thorn Celeste Boureille announced on Twitter that she will be leaving the Thorns and is reportedly heading to a European club.
"My time as a Thorn has been an amazingly rewarding experience and I have loved every second of it," Boureille wrote. "Thank you to the entire Portland organization for giving me this unforgettable opportunity since day one as a Pro. With that being said, it's time to explore a new part of the world."
Portland men 64, Pacific 56 — The Pilots (11-9, 2-3) got key stops late and made foul shots to close out the program's first West Coast Conference home win in two years.
Four Pilots scored in double figures, led by 19 points from Moses Wood. Chris Austin had 15 points and Tyler Robertson 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. All of the Portland points came from its starting five.
The game featured 10 lead changes. Austin scored six points in a decisive 8-2 run that gave Portland a six-point lead. One of the best free-throw shooting teams in the country, the Pilots made 21 of 26 foul shots to outscore the Tigers (5-13, 0-4) 21-14 from the line.
Southern Utah men 85, Portland State 82 — The shorthanded Vikings erased a 12-point deficit and led in the final seconds of the second half, but fell in overtime in a wild contest at Viking Pavilion.
Southern Utah's Dre Martin hit a contested 3-pointer with three seconds left in regulation to force overtime then hit the go-ahead 3 with 34 seconds in overtime as the Thunderbirds survived a challenge from a depleted Vikings' team.
PSU (4-13, 2-7 Big Sky) was without forward James Jean-Marie (undisclosed), who leads the team in scoring and rebounding. The Viks lost guards Damion Squire (flagrant foul) and Mikal Starks (fouled out) in the second half, and had Khalid Thomas leave the game late with a cut to his chin. But the Vikings had plenty of fight.
PSU's Ian Burke hit two huge 3-pointers late, the second put the Viks (who trailed by 10 with five minutes left) up four with 25 seconds remaining. But SUU's Tevian Jones — who had 36 points and 10 rebounds — answered with a 3. After two Paris Dawson free throws with nine seconds left, Marin hit the tying shot.
Thomas led PSU with 18 points. Dawson scored 14, Ezekiel Alley and Michael Carter III 13 apiece and Burke 11.
Portland women 68, San Diego 55 — Alex Fowler scored 21 points for the visiting Pilots (13-4, 3-2 WCC). Lucy Cochran had nine blocked shots, nine points and seven rebounds and Haylee Andrews scored 12 points.
Southern Utah women 64, Portland State 63 — At Cedar City, Utah, the Vikings nearly pulled off a big upset. But Darri Dotson made one of two free throws with less than a second on the clock after the teams exchanged turnovers in the final two seconds.
Savannah Dhaliwal led the Vikings (5-10, 0-7 Big Sky) with 21 points. She was 3 of 4 on 3-point shots and Jada Lewis was 3 for 9 and finished with 14 points.
Southern Utah (11-6, 7-1) was held 10 points below its season average.
Ducks-Bruins women postponed — Oregon's Friday home game against UCLA has been postponed. The Ducks are still slated to host USC at noon on Sunday.
Kraken win in OT — Adam Larsson scored the first overtime winner in Seattle history as the Kraken rallied to win 2-1 at Pittsburgh. Former Penguin Jared McCann scored the tying goal with 3:56 left in the third period by redirecting a Vince Dunn shot.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26
Pac-12 women — In a couple games being played after COVID-related postponements, Oregon won its fifth consecutive game by beating Utah, and Washington State held off Oregon State.
Nyara Sabally had 15 points, Endyia Rogers 14 and Te-Hina Paopao and Sydney Parrish 13 each as the Ducks beat the Utes 70-66 in Eugene. The Ducks are 12-5 (4-1 Pac-12).
At Pullman, Washington, Talia von Oelhoffen had 10 points for OSU as the Beavers lost to the Cougars 58-51. Johanna Teder had 17 points for Washington State. OSU fell to 9-5 overall (2-2 Pac-12).
Timbers draw with Seattle — In its preseason opener at Tucson, Portland played to a scoreless draw with the Sounders. The Timbers used 22 players, including six youth academy players and four recent MLS SuperDraft picks.
Winterhawks — Four former Portland Winterhawks players will be playing hockey for their countries in the Winter Olympics in China.
They are: Tyler Wotherspoon (Canada), Marcel Noebels (Germany) and Rodrigo Abols and Rihards Bukarts (both Latvia).
Thorns — Portland Thorns FC have acquired the rights to Japanese international Hina Sugita through a transfer with INAC Kobe Leonessa in exchange for allocation money. She was signed to a three-year contract. The 24-year-old player has 27 appearances with the Japanese national team.
"Hina is a playmaker with the ability to play across multiple positions. She plays with bravery on the ball always looking for opportunities to be dangerous, she sees passes others do not see," said Thorns FC head coach Rhian Wilkinson. "Her on-field vision, creativity and ball control are traits that allow her to find a way out of tight positions to break open opposing teams."
TUESDAY, JAN. 25
Timbers add goalkeeper — The Portland Timbers have signed goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg for 2022 with club options for 2023 and 2024.
Vom Steeg, 24, was with the LA Galaxy from 2018-21, but has yet to play in an MLS match. He played 58 appearances with LA Galaxy II in 2017-18 and played one season at UC Santa Barbara and was a Big West All-Freshman Team member. Vom Steeg spent time with the U.S. National Team youth teams.
Through Jan. 25, the Timbers have 23 players — four goalkeepers —under contract for 2022. Here is the list:
Goalkeepers: David Bingham, Aljaz Ivacic, Hunter Sulte, Justin Vom Steeg. Defenders: Pablo Bonilla, Claudio Bravo, Larrys Mabiala, Zac McGraw, Bill Tuiloma, Dario Zuparic.Midfielders: Blake Bodily, Diego Chara, Yimmi Chara, George Fochive, Marvin Loría, Santiago Moreno, Cristhian Paredes, Andy Polo, Eryk Williamson.
Forwards: Dairon Asprilla, Tega Ikoba, Felipe Mora, Jaroslaw Niezgoda.
Colorado men 82, Oregon 78 — The Buffaloes ended the Ducks' six-game win streak, surviving a fast start from Oregon and making the key push in the second half at Matthew Knight Arena.
Colorado sophomores Jabari Walker (24 points, 11 rebounds) and Keeshawn Barthelemy (19 points, four assists, two steals) were the difference makers. The Buffaloes (13-6, 5-4 Pac-12) outrebounded Oregon (12-7, 5-3) 30-22 and had 17 shared the ball better with 17 assists on 27 field goals compared to UO's 11 assists on 28 baskets.
Quincy Guerrier scored a season-high 22 points to lead Oregon. Will Richardson added 17 points and Jacob Young made six steals.
Oregon started the game up 13-0 and led by 15 in the first half. But the margin was five at halftime and Colorado made a series of big shots down the stretch.
Pac-12 awards —Oregon State gymnast Jade Carey was named Pac-12 gymnast of the week and gymnastics newcomer of the week. Beavers wrestler Hunter Willits was named Pac-12 wrestler of the week.
College baseball — Oregon State is ranked No. 11 by Baseball America and 18th by D1Baseball.com in preseason rankings.
College softball —Oregon is ranked No. 17 in preseason by USA Softball and Softball America. The Ducks were ranked 16th in the D1Softball.com preseason top 25.
MONDAY, JAN. 24
Idaho men 84, Portland State 29 — The Vandals shot 56.9% from the field and made 8 of 20 3-pointers and got 62 points from guards Mikey Dixon, Trevante Anderson and Rashad Smith.
For Portland State (4-12, 2-6 Big Sky), Damion Squire had 15 points, five steals, three assists and three rebounds. James Jean-Marie had 14 points, eight boards and two blocks. The Vikings had only nine players available.
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