If you didn’t tune into the Pac-12 Networks last night, you missed a fantastic game between rivals Arizona State and Arizona, a game in which the Arizona State women were tough enough to nip Arizona in double overtime. The Forks got three career-highs: 21 points from Promise Amukamara and 18 from Joy Burke and Haley Videckis. However, you have to tip your hat to Wildcat Davellyn Whyte, who recorded the first triple-double in school history with 31 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. She had the look of a woman who did not want to lose to her rival last night.
In the women’s basketball nightcap, UCLA topped USC 68-54 behind a season-high 22 points from Atonye Nyingifa. It was the Bruins’ 20th win of the season, so props to Cori Close for the turnaround she has led in her second year (the Bruins finished below .500 last season, though a lot of that can be blamed on injuries).
The Southern California teams will do battle on the men’s hardwood this Sunday (and women’s hardwood, for that matter), and USC’s game with UCLA is a matter of perspective, writes the LA Times. The Men of Troy won the first battle in Pauley Pavilion.
Pac-12 February Frenzy continues tonight on the men’s side with a couple of games, starting with Arizona State hosting Washington State. For Phoenix native and Washington State guard Royce Woolridge, it’s a return to his stomping grounds. Speaking of Royce, the folks at CougCenter would like to see Woolridge play off the ball a little more.
An hour after ASU-WSU tips off, Arizona hosts Washington in Tucson. The Wildcats won a close one in Seattle the first time these two teams met, but the Wildcats’ three-point defense worries Sean Miller right now (Arizona is last in the Pac in three-point field goal percentage defense). Also, did you know that the Wildcats really scored 69 points and not 68 against Utah?
It’s a tough road contest for the Huskies, and Lorenzo Romar will try to inject some life into his team by re-inserting Jernard Jarreau into the Washington rotation.
Mike Montgomery reiterated his apology yesterday for shoving Allen Crabbe, while Crabbe’s parents spoke with the San Jose Mercury News about the incident. With all of this going on, Cal has played itself squarely back onto the bubble, so Jon Wilner has a Cal NCAA tournament bubble watch blog post for you to check out.
Cal can really boost its chances of dancing come March by beating its next opponent, No. 23 Oregon. Luckily for the Ducks, the Pac-12 gave Tony Woods clearance to play against Cal after picking up a flagrant foul on Brock Motum of Washington State.
It’s a shame that the Stanford baseball home opener against Cal was postponed yesterday, but the two teams will square off tonight at Sunken Diamond. Also, Sporting News says that Stanford football’s next big step is winning a national championship.
It was a huge weekend for Oregon State women’s gymnastics, which beat then-No. 4 UCLA to hand the Bruins their first loss of the season. The Beavs were led by Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week Makayla Stambaugh, whose career-high 39.550 all-around total was good enough for first place.
This is pretty tight - Ute Nordic skier Parker Tyler has applied for a patent for her work on developing athletic tape that could deliver ibuprofen through the skin. The Utah official athletic site will fill you in on the rest of the details.
Hey, two skiing links in one day? That’s right, because Colorado senior Nordic skier Joanne Reid is enjoying her time on the slopes.