Friday Pac-12 Roundup: Home Teams Dominate in Opening Weekend

Home teams went 6-0 in the first six-game slate of Pac-12 play.

Let’s start with the upsets, of which there were two: Southern California improved to 2-0 in conference play with a 55-45 victory over No. 12/14 Colorado. The Women of Troy were led by Cassie Harberts, who poured in 19 points (14 in the second half) after leading scorer Ariya Crook went down with a leg injury after the first minute of play.

Washington State scored 51 points in the second half to top No. 24/25 Arizona State, 85-78. Lia Galdeira scored 27 points, as the Cougs scored a major upset to start Pac-12 play.

Washington held off a game Arizona squad, 55-52. Freshman Kelsey Plum continues to impress, scoring 23 points, going 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Aminah Williams scored 13 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Huskies. A jumped by LaBrittney Jones gave UA the lead with just 2:18 remaining, but Williams and Jazmine Davis took over, sealing the first conference win for the Huskies.

Chiney Ogwumike broke the all-time Pac-12 mark for career rebounds in a 96-66 win for No. 4 Stanford over Oregon. Ogwumike scored 33 points (a Pac-12 high for Friday night) and snared 13 rebounds in just 33 minutes of play. Sophomore Jillian Alleyne went 11-of-15 from the floor, scoring 26 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Bonnie Samuelson hit six threes for the Cardinal, scoring 21 points, a career high.

Coming off a battle with No. 2 Notre Dame, Oregon State gave No. 23/21 California all they could handle at Haas Pavilion, falling 72-63. Point guard Brittany Boyd tallied 25 points, one of four Bears in double figures. OSU’s Jamie Weisner scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and freshman Sydney Wiese added 17 points for the Beavers.

After losing their conference opener to USC at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA bounced back, knocking off Utah 55-38. The shorthanded Bruins only had eight players play. Nirra Fields scored a game-high 21 points, Thea Lemberger added 17, and Atonye Nyingfa scored 14.