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Area roundup: California topples Cougars in women’s basketball

From staff reports

Kristine Anigwe tied her season high with 30 points and California beat Washington State 67-54 in Pac-12 women’s basketball on Friday night in Pullman.

Anigwe was 14 of 19 from the field to go with 12 rebounds for the Golden Bears (19-9, 10-7 Pac-12).

Cal pulled away with the first 11 points of the third quarter and outscored the Cougars 22-6 in the period. Washington State trailed by as many as 22 in the fourth and got no closer than the final score.

Alexys Swedlund scored 19 points to lead the Cougars (10-19, 3-14).

(16) Stanford 86, Washington 79: Brittany McPhee scored 25 points and the visiting Cardinal (20-9, 14-3 Pac-12) defeated the Huskies (7-21, 1-16) despite a career-high 40 points from Amber Melgoza.

Melgoza was 14-of-26 shooting and made a career-high five 3-pointers in scoring the most points by a Pac-12 Conference player this season.

Marta Sniezek’s 3-point play with 1 1/2 minutes left gave Stanford a 10-point lead – matching its largest of the night – but Melgoza answered with a 3-pointer and another bucket before the Cardinal made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 37 seconds to seal the win.

Stanford is alone in second place behind No. 8 Oregon (15-2) and a game ahead of No. 12 Oregon State and No. 10 UCLA (both 13-4) with one game remaining.

Baseball

Alabama rode a six-run fifth inning to a 12-4 victory over Washington State at Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The Cougars (2-4) scored first, taking a 2-0 lead on a third-inning home run by James Rudkin. The lead was brief as the Crimson Tide (5-0) scored three runs in the fourth inning then broke the game open with their six-run fifth, highlighted by Chandler Taylor’s three-run home run.

Indoor track

Washington State’s Brock Eager won the men’s weight throw to lead the Cougars men’s team to second place after the first of two days of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships at the University of Washington Dempsey Indoor Facility.

Zach Smith won the first heat of the men’s 200m dash final and then finished as the runner-up with a time of 21.61 seconds.

The Cougars distance medley relay teams both finished second in their events and Vallery Korir broke her own school record time in the women’s 5000m with a time of 16 minutes 2.07 seconds for third place.

Big Sky Indoor Championships: Eastern Washington’s Larry Still won the pole vault (16-feet, 81/4-inches) in Flagstaff, Arizona.

For Idaho, Kasin Pendergrass-Anderson finished second in the long jump at 24-2 1/4. Rechelle Meade repeated her third-place finish in the women’s long jump (19-6).

Swimming

Leah Fisk won the 200-yard freestyle and anchored Idaho’s second-place 400-yard medley relay team as the Vandals remained in second place through day three of the Western Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships in Houston.

Fisk’s win is the first individual conference title for a Vandal swimmer since 2015, and the 12th since the program was reinstated in 2004.

The Vandals enter the final day of competition in second place with 415 points, though well behind first-place Northern Arizona’s 545 points.

Wrestling

North Idaho College stands in seventh place after the first day of the NJCAA national tournament in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The Cardinals posted 57 points. Northeast Oklahoma held the lead with 99 points.

Damian Trujillo (285 pounds) and Levi Perry (184 pounds) reached the semifinals for NIC.

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