SEATTLE – Junior guard Kelsey Plum scored 29 points to become Washington’s all-time leading scorer and the Huskies turned back a furious fourth-quarter rally by No. 11 Stanford to post a 73-65 victory Friday night in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals.
Fifth-seeded Washington (22-9) advances to Saturday’s semifinal against top-seeded and No. 8-ranked Oregon State (26-4), a 63-53 winner over USC.
Plum, who entered third in the nation in scoring, scored on a drive down the lane to put Washington up 65-53 with 5:41 remaining.
Stanford (24-7) answered with a 12-2 run, pulling within 67-65 with 2:43 left on a 3-pointer by Lili Thompson, her third of the quarter.
Katie Collier’s free throw with 2:11 left made it 68-65 and Talia Walton nailed a 3-pointer from the left corner to put the Huskies up 71-65 with23 seconds left as the Cardinal missed its final five shots.
Erica McCall led Stanford with 22 points.
Oregon State 63, USC 53: Jamie Weisner scored 20 points and Ruth Hamblin and Sydney Wiese added 17 apiece to lead the eighth-ranked Beavers (26-4) past the Women of Troy (19-13).
Hamblin, a 6-6 senior center, scored on a half hook from the lane to put Oregon State up 58-48 with 5:37 remaining. Sophomore guard Sadie Edwards, a transfer from Connecticut, answered with five straight points to pull the Trojans within 58-53 with 3:20 left.
Wiese’s 3-pointer with 2:48 remaining put Oregon State up 61-53.
UCLA 72, Arizona 51: Monique Billings scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and the No. 12-ranked Bruins (23-7) raced past the Wildcats (13-19).
UCLA used a big first half to take a 21-point halftime lead and cruised into the semifinals against California.
Nirra Fields added 17 points and UCLA won for the seventh time in eight games.
LaBrittney Jones led Arizona with 15 points. No other Wildcats scored in double figures.
California 75, Arizona State 64: Pac-12 freshman of the year Kristine Anigwe scored 24 points, Asha Thomas added all 16 of her points in the second half and the Golden Bears (15-16) stunned the 10th-ranked Sun Devils (25-6).
Kelsey Brunner and Kianna Ibis led Arizona State (25-6) with 14 points each, but the Sun Devils will head into the NCAAs having lost consecutive games for the first time this season.