The women’s basketball game of the night did not disappoint, as the No. 7 Golden Bears knocked off USC 71-63 in overtime behind the 23 points and 26 – yes, 26 – rebounds for Gennifer Brandon. Layshia Clarendon also added 27 for Lindsay Gottlieb’s club. Also, in advance of the Atlanta Falcons’ upcoming NFC title bout against San Francisco, take a look at the laundry list of Tony Gonzalez’s memorable moments at Cal.
Three women’s games tonight, and who’da thought we’d be talking about a two-game home losing streak for Stanford? Well, we are after the Card lost to UConn and Cal in their last couple of outings at Maples. It doesn’t get much easier tonight either, as No. 6 Stanford looks to bounce back at home against No. 14 UCLA.
Colorado will host Arizona State at 6:00 p.m. PT tonight in a battle of 2-2 teams in conference play. The Buffs will look to get bench production from freshman guard Kyleesha Weston, who is improving as planned. The future looks bright for the men’s team, but the current Buffs have work to do at 1-4 in conference.
Let’s talk some men’s hoops. UCLA continues to roll, beating Oregon State 74-64 last night to improve to 5-0 in conference play and win its 10th straight. Shabazz Muhammad led the way with 21 big ones as Kyle Anderson added 17. Also, Bill Walton returned to UCLA on his Pac-12 campus tour, and Sam Strong fills us in on what went down Thursday.
Huge rivalry game on the men’s side Saturday, as the Wildcats prepare for Arizona State. The link text leads you to a video of Sean Miller discussing the upcoming game against the Forks.
Arizona State’s defense has improved drastically this year, and sure, Jahii Carson has helped in that department, but it also has to do with the fact that the Sun Devils have manned up, switching to a man-to-man defense after using Sendek’s matchup zone in previous years.
Washington State hosts Colorado in men’s basketball action this Saturday – did you know that it will be the first time in the schools’ histories that the Buffs will travel to the Palouse?
Didn’t get a chance to chat with two of your favorite Huskies? It’s all good, because Percy Allen provides you with the transcript of Thursday’s live chat with C.J. Wilcox and Scott Suggs.
Some football news to get to. Over in Troy, USC has named Clancy Pendergast its new defensive coordinator. Pendergast spent the last three seasons as Cal’s defensive coordinator and was also the D-coord for the Arizona Cardinals when they went to the Super Bowl in 2009.
A quick stint in Provo for Aaron Roderick, as he has decided to stay at Utah a day after it was announced he accepted a position at BYU. Roderick explains his return to the Utes in this Deseret News article.
The big news Wednesday was that Kelly was off to Philadelphia – that means Chip Kelly’s emotional departure opens a new chapter for Oregon Ducks players. Still a ton of talent up there in Eugene… Also, the Ducks men’s basketball team remained undefeated in conference play by spoiling Bob Cantu’s debut in a 76-74 victory over USC.
Some soccer news to round this one out. The MLS SuperDraft was yesterday, and Oregon State’s Emery Welshman went 16th overall in the first round to Toronto FC. It’s his hometown team, and he’s the fifth OSU player drafted by an MLS club. Kudos, sir.