No. 9 Cal mauls Oregon
California held Oregon to its lowest scoring output in 30 years, and won in Eugene, Ore., for the first time in 15 years.
Guard Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 16 points, center Devanei Hampton had 11 points and 11 rebounds and the No. 9 Bears (21-3, 12-1 Pac-10) beat the Ducks (10-14, 4-9) 53-34 on Saturday.
“This game boosts our confidence,” Gray-Lawson said. “It’s good to know that we can play anywhere, but we can’t be celebrating for too long.”
California last won at Oregon during the 1992-93 season, also the last time it swept the season series against Oregon.
Oregon’s 34 points was its lowest scoring total since losing to Washington 51-34 in the 1977-78 season.
Oregon led 19-18 with 2:19 left in the first half, but California used a 5-0 run to take a 23-19 halftime lead. The Bears, off to their best Pac-10 start in history, opened the second half on a 21-6 run to extend their lead to 44-25 with 8:15 remaining.
Gray-Lawson scored 10 of her 16 points in the second half, including a running jumper in the lane to cap the 21-6 run.
“We played much better in the second half and were able to get a lot of transition buckets early due to our blocking out and rebounding,” California coach Joanne Boyle said. “Defense and rebounding have been our emphasis all year.”
(1) Connecticut 82, Seton Hall 36: At South Orange, N.J., Maya Moore had 28 points and 14 rebounds and the Huskies (21-1, 9-1 Big East) routed the Pirates (13-9, 3-7) to bounce back from their first loss of the season.
Moore, coming off her seventh Big East Freshman of the Week award, moved into fifth place on the all-time freshman scoring list with 399 points, passing Nykesha Sales. The victory moved the Huskies into a first-place tie with Rutgers in the conference.
On Tuesday, the Scarlet Knights snapped the Huskies 34-game regular-season winning streak, a loss that likely will drop Connecticut from the top spot in the polls this week.
(5) Baylor 68, Texas Tech 45: At Waco, Texas, Danielle Wilson scored 18 points, and the Bears (21-2, 9-1 Big 12) extended their best start in school history with a win over the Red Raiders (14-9, 2-7).
Angela Tisdale added 14 points and Rachel Allison had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Baylor, which was coming off its first loss since mid-December after being upset by Oklahoma State on Tuesday and snapping a 13-game winning streak.
Baylor held Dominic Seals, Tech’s leading scorer, to one point in the first half and five for the game.
(6) Stanford 69, Oregon State 59: At Corvallis, Ore., Candice Wiggins scored 25 points and the Cardinal (22-3, 11-2 Pac-10) won their 10th straight game with a victory over the Beavers (10-14, 3-10).
Freshman Kayla Pedersen added 21 points and 11 rebounds for Stanford.
(10) Oklahoma 82, Colorado 66: At Norman, Okla., Courtney Paris notched her 87th career double-double by scoring a season-high 30 points and grabbing 14 rebounds to lead the Sooners (17-4, 7-2 Big 12) past the Buffaloes (13-10, 2-8).
While there is no established women’s record, Tim Duncan set the men’s mark with 87 double-doubles at Wake Forest.