Freshman Lia Galdeira's jump shot with three seconds left gave the Washington State women's basketball team a 51-49 victory over Oregon State on Friday night.
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Freshman Lia Galdeira’s jump shot with three seconds left gave the Washington State women’s basketball team a 51-49 victory over Oregon State on Friday night.
“Lia is a tough, tough, exciting player who wanted the ball in her hands for that last shot and came up with a big-time shot tonight,” Cougars coach June Daugherty said.
WSU (10-14 overall, 6-7 Pac-12) was limited to three points in the final 4:48, but won for the fifth time in six games. The Cougars’ lone loss during that span was an 80-65 setback to UCLA on Sunday.
Oregon State (9-16, 3-10) used an 11-1 run to tie the score with 32 seconds left on a layup by Jamie Weisner, who scored a team-high 11 points. Weisner, a freshman from Clarkston, made 3 of 13 shots from the field.
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Galdeira scored 17 points on 5-for-18 shooting. Cougars forward Sage Romberg scored 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting.
“Sage was in a great rhythm tonight,” Daugherty said.
WSU shot 33 percent, compared with 31 percent for the Beavers. Oregon State, which has lost four in a row, trailed by 16 points early in the second half.
The Beavers had two possessions after Galdeira closed out scoring, but they failed to get a shot.
“Defense, defense, defense. What an amazing job by our defense tonight, especially on the last two possessions,” Daugherty said. “We relied on our defense tonight and we were able to pull out a big win over a tough team on the road.”
No. 6 Cal triumphs
LOS ANGELES — Gennifer Brandon scored 16 points to lead a balanced offense as No. 6 California beat 15th-ranked UCLA 79-51.
Brittany Boyd and Layshia Clarendon scored 14 points each and Reshanda Gray added 10 to help the Golden Bears (22-2, 12-1 Pac-12) win their 10th game in a row.
“We knew this was a big game coming in,” Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. “As a coaching staff, you try to prepare them the best you can and give a good scouting to give them confidence. But what’s really special is when they take that message and rise above.”
Atonye Nyingifa scored 20 points for UCLA (19-5, 10-3), which had won six straight since a loss at California on Jan. 20. The Bruins also absorbed their first home loss in conference play this season.
Cal hasn’t lost since a defeat to No. 4 Stanford on Jan. 8.
“We want to become part of the nation’s elite,” Gottlieb said. “We want to make a name for ourselves. But you do that by taking one small step at a time and taking care of the business in front of you. But those increments, I hope, are saying we’re for real on the national level.”
Other Pac-12 women
No. 4 Stanford 79, at USC 55
Chiney Ogwumike had 26 points and 15 rebounds for her school-record 20th double-double of the season, leading the Cardinal (23-2, 12-1) past the Women of Troy (8-16, 5-8).
Stanford has won the last 12 times it has played USC.
Joslyn Tinkle added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinal, which has a nine-game win streak.
Alexyz Vaioletama scored 14 points for USC, which has lost eight of its last nine games.
No. 21 Colorado 55,
at Arizona 42
Jen Reese scored 15 points to help the Buffaloes (19-5, 8-5) defeat the Wildcats (11-13, 3-10), extending their winning streak to four. All of Colorado’s losses have been to ranked teams — including two each to Stanford and California.
Carissa Crutchfield scored 13 points for the Wildcats, who have lost eight in a row.
Utah 54, at Arizona St. 46
Michelle Plouffe collected 21 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Utes (14-10, 5-8) past the Sun Devils (11-14, 3-10), who were limited to 27 percent shooting.
Utah shot 42 percent from the field and made 20 of 34 free throws, compared with 10 of 15 for Arizona State.