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No. 14 UCLA rolls over Cougs 78-52

Atonye Nyingifa scored 17 points, hitting 8 of 9 field-goal attempts, and 14th-ranked UCLA opened the second half with a 12-2 run to pull away for a 78-52 home win over Washington State in Pac-12 Conference women’s basketball.

The Bruins (12-2, 3-0) shot 36 of 64 (56.3 percent) from the floor while holding the Cougars (5-9, 1-2) to 18-of-52 shooting (34.6 percent).

UCLA leads the all-time series 47-7 and is 27-0 in Los Angeles.

WSU jumped ahead 8-2 and led 15-12 after Tia Presley’s jumper with 9 minutes, 53 seconds left in the first half. The Cougars took their final lead (22-20) on Ireti Amojo’s fastbreak layup with 6:27 left in the half. UCLA closed the half with a 15-9 run.

Presley led WSU with 16 points, shooting 7 of 10 from the field while the other starters were 7 of 26.

USC 81, Washington 72: Cassie Harberts and Ariya Crook combined for 47 points and the Trojans (6-8, 3-0 Pac-12) outscored the visiting Huskies (10-4, 2-1) 20-11 in the final 6:33 to overcome Jazmine Davis’ career-high 37 points for UW.

Davis shot 12 of 28 from the field, including 6 of 15 on 3-pointers, and 7 of 11 from the line.

USC’s 25-3 first-half run put the Huskies in a 29-15 hole. USC took a 56-45 second-half lead after an 11-2 run, but Kristi Kingma’s 3-pointer with 6:56 left for UW knotted the score at 61.

George Fox 70, Whitworth 59: Megan Arnoldy scored 21 points to lead four players in double figures as the 25th-ranked Bruins (11-3, 4-1 Northwest Conference) pulled away from the Pirates (10-5, 3-3) in the second half at Newberg, Ore.

George Fox scored the final four points of the first half and opened the second half on a 10-0 run for a 45-31 lead. Emily Guthrie’s 3-pointer with 5:08 left cut GF’s lead to 55-49, but the Bruins answered with a 6-0 run.

Emily Travis led the Pirates with 17 points. Guthrie scored 12 on 4-of-8 3-point shooting.

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