Keani Albanez scored a team-high 17 points to help the Gonzaga women beat host USC 63-52 and improve to 2-0.

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LOS ANGELES — Keani Albanez scored a team-high 17 points to help the Gonzaga women beat USC 63-52 Sunday.

The Zags (2-0) opened their season Friday with a 60-53 victory at UC Riverside and sophomore reserve guard Albanez also had 17 points that time.

Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves said, “It is a great win to beat a team with a tradition in USC. To come down to California and go 2-0 on our first road trip to start the year and to get a win today, especially after how we looked on Friday, really showed what character we have.”

Haiden Palmer had 13 points and a game-high five steals for the Zags.

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Cassie Harberts collected 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Pac-12 Women of Troy (0-1).

WSU women lose

MINNEAPOLIS — The Washington State women suffered another tough loss, bowing 65-56 to South Dakota State in overtime.

WSU (0-2) lost its opener to Minnesota 87-83 Saturday in double OT. The Cougars played consecutive overtime games for the first time since 1981.

Tia Presley, a graduate of Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, scored a team-high 13 points and added career bests of eight rebounds and five assists.

In other women’s games involving Pac-12 schools, No. 4 Stanford routed Santa Clara 92-57; Colorado beat Idaho 70-65; Texas Tech downed Arizona State 61-49; and Saint Mary’s of California defeated Oregon 78-69.

Ashlee Smith of Vancouver, Wash., scored 14 points for Saint Mary’s (1-1). Danielle Love, a graduate of Cascade High in Everett, had 13 points for Oregon (0-1).

Syracuse men win

SAN DIEGO — No. 9 Syracuse made a rare nonconference trip out of upstate New York and blew past No. 20 San Diego State 62-49 on the flight deck of the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Midway on a sunny, windy afternoon in the opener for both teams.

C.J. Fair of Syracuse contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds.

The combination of the wind and the Orange’s 2-3 zone defense was too much for San Diego State. The Aztecs shot 27 percent (17 of 63), including 1 for 18 on three-point tries.

Of three men’s games on ships this year, this was the only one that was completed. On Friday, the Marquette-Ohio State game on the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C., was canceled and the Georgetown-Florida game on the USS Bataan in Jacksonville, Fla., was called off at halftime, both because of condensation on the court.

In other games involving men’s teams ranked among the top 10, No. 2 Louisville beat Manhattan 79-51; fourth-ranked Ohio State beat Albany 82-60 and No. 10 Florida routed Alabama State 84-35.

Louisville guard Peyton Siva, a graduate of Franklin High in Seattle, had 10 points and 10 assists.


• No. 12 Arizona opened with an 82-73 victory over visiting Charleston Southern. Arizona’s Mark Lyons, a transfer from Xavier, had 17 points, six assists and no turnovers.

In other Pac-12 men’s games, Ahmad Starks scored 33 points as host Oregon State beat New Mexico State 71-62 and Allen Crabbe had 27 points as California opened its season with a 78-65 victory over Cal State Bakersfield.

• In top-five women’s games, No. 2 Connecticut overwhelmed College of Charleston 103-39 and No. 5 Maryland beat Loyola of Maryland 88-45.

Team reports were used in this roundup.

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