STANFORD, Calif. – Brittany McPhee scored 12 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter to help Stanford to a 76-65 upset of No. 11 UCLA in a Pac-12 Conference opener.
The Cardinal (7-6) on Monday fell out of The Associated Press women’s basketball Top 25 for the first time since the 2001 season, ending a streak of 312 consecutive ranked weeks. Stanford had lost three of four, including losses to Top-10 teams Baylor and Tennessee, and entered conference play with its worst 12-game start since the 1998-99 season.
Jordin Canada led UCLA (9-3) with 20 points.
Oregon 89, Washington State 56
EUGENE, Ore. – Ruthy Hebard and Sabrina Ionescu scored 25 points each to lead No. 10 Oregon over Washington State on Friday in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Hebard had 10 rebounds for the Ducks (12-2) for her fourth double-double of the season. Oregon finished the game on a 20-6 run for its largest margin of victory in a conference game in 12 years.
Lexi Bando added 18 points and Satou Sabally 14 for the Ducks, who won their fourth in a row.
Louise Brown led the Cougars (7-6) with 12 points, and Kayla Washington had 10.
Washington State played without its leading scorer, sophomore Borislava Hristova, who’s fourth in the Pac-12 at 16.9 points per game.
Ionescu scored 15 points in the third quarter, making all five of her shots including three 3-pointers. The Cougars were 10 of 15 in the period but saw their deficit grow by three points to 69-48.
No. 14 Duke 68, Liberty 51
DURHAM, N.C. – Lexie Brown scored 26 points, coach Joanne P. McCallie collected her 600th career win and Duke beat Liberty for its fifth straight win.
McCallie is in her 11th year with the Blue Devils (11-2) and 26th overall season as a head coach.
Keyen Green scored 12 points and Ashtyn Baker had 10 to lead Liberty (5-7).
No. 17 Oregon State 75, Washington 63
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Marie Gulich scored 18 of her 24 points in the second half, including eight in the pivotal third quarter and Oregon State opened Pac-12 play with a win over Washington.
Kat Tudor added 17 points and Mikayla Pivec scored 11 for the Beavers (9-2), who have won seven straight.
Amber Melgoza had 15 of her 19 points in the first half for the Huskies (6-6), who went up by 11 after a 10-point run in the second quarter. Oregon State scored the last five to close within 36-30 at the break.
No. 20 California 76, Southern California 64
BERKELEY, Calif. – Kristine Anigwe tallied her third double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds and California rolled to its seventh straight win, beating Southern California in a Pac-12 Conference opener.
Penina Davidson scored 11 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Golden Bears (10-2), who beat USC for the third straight time. Mikayla Cowling scored 13 with five assists and reserve Jaelyn Brown added 10 points.
Kristen Simon finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Trojans (10-2). It was her 19th career double-double. Minyon Moore added 14 points and five assists and Aliyah Mazyck had 13 points and six rebounds.