Brandi Thomas scored 16 of her career-high 18 points in the second half to lead Washington State to a 60-43 victory over Utah Thursday night in Pullman.
The Cougars (9-6, 3-0 Pac-12) trailed 28-21 at the half, but went on a 23-0 run midway through the second half to take a 47-32 lead. The run was sparked by Rosetta Adzasu, who had three steals and 10 of her 13 points during the run.
Taryn Wicijowski and Michelle Plouffe both finished with 12 points for the Utes (7-6, 0-2).
The Cougars dominated on defense, scoring 21 points off turnovers and swiping the ball 13 times.
The last time WSU opened 3-0 in conference play was the 1977-78 season, when it played in the Northwest Women’s Basketball League.
Washington 75, Colorado 67: Jazmine Davis scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Huskies (9-4, 1-2 Pac-12) past the Buffaloes (12-1, 1-1) at Seattle.
Davis scored 21 points in the second half for the Huskies. Regina Rogers chipped in 13 points and Aminah Williams had 11, all in the first half.
Chucky Jeffery led Pac-12 newcomer Colorado with 20 points. Julie Seabrook scored 18 and Brittany Wilson added 10 for the Buffaloes.
Charmaine Barlow deflected the ball off Jeffery’s knee with Washington leading 63-59. Davis followed with a banked-in foul-line jumper with the shot clock winding down to extend Washington’s lead to 65-59.
Gonzaga 79, Pepperdine 50: Katelan Redmon and Kelly Bowen each posted double-doubles to lead the Bulldogs (13-2, 2-0 West Coast Conference) past the Waves (7-7, 2-1) in Malibu, Calif.
Redmon scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Bowen added 12 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Senior Kayla Standish added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Ten of the 12 players for Gonzaga scored and all five starters reached double digits.
The Bulldogs, who led by 34 points with under two minutes remaining in the game, finished 54.1 percent from the field and held a tremendous rebounding advantage at 55-29.
Pepperdine was led by Katie Menton’s 15 points.
EWU 72, Weber State 60: Senior Brianne Ryan scored a season-high 32 points and added 13 rebounds to record her first double-double of the season and lead the Eagles (8-8, 2-1 Big Sky) past the Wildcats (2-13, 0-2).
Ryan turned in her third performance of scoring more than 30 points in a game – the second Big Sky player to hit the mark and the only player in conference to do so more than once.
Ryan’s 32 points moved her into eighth place on EWU’s all-time career scorers list with 1,193 career points. She passed her mother – Neil Ann Ryan (formerly Massie) – who played for EWU from 1979-82 and is ninth with 1,190 points.
Chene Cooper, who ranks among the top five in the nation averaging 7.1 assists per game, added 13 points, seven assists, five rebounds and five steals for the Eagles.
Seattle 80, Idaho 72: The Redhawks (9-6) shook off the Vandals 17-2 run to start the game and topped host Idaho (5-11) in the Vandals’ final nonconference game of the season.
The Vandals put on a season-best shooting display with a 27-of-54 performance from the field.
Seattle capitalized on 22 offensive rebounds and 20 Idaho turnovers.
North Idaho 87, Snow 72: Julia Salmio scored 16 points to lead four players with double-digit scoring in the Cardinals’ (12-2, 1-0 Scenic West Athletic Conference) win over visiting Snow (7-8, 0-1).
Kate Buskey added 15 points for North Idaho. Angela Woods scored 14 points and Korina Baker tossed in 12 points and led all players with seven assists for the Cardinals.