Tia Presley scores 28 points to move into fourth place on WSU career scoring list
PULLMAN — Tia Presley scored 28 points and Mariah Cooks added 13 with a career-high 18 rebounds to help Washington State beat USC 68-62 in Pac-12 women’s basketball Saturday.
Presley, a senior guard, moved into fourth place on WSU’s career scoring list and Lia Galdeira had two steals to secure second place on the school’s career steals list.
Presley made 11 of 13 free throws and Galdeira had 11 points with 12 rebounds for Washington State (16-13, 7-11 Pac-12). The Cougars shot just 35.5 percent from the field — while USC hit 42.3 percent — but held a 54-28 rebounding advantage, including 26-8 on the offensive end.
McKenzie Calvert scored 18 points for USC (15-14, 7-11). Kaneisha Horn had 14 and Brianna Barrett 10.
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Jordan Adams hit a three-pointer with 28 seconds left to pull USC close at 65-62, but Presley and Galdeira hit three of four free throws to seal it.
Oregon State takes title
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State finally gets to cut down the nets.
Sydney Weise had 23 points, including a season-high seven three-pointers, and No. 7 Oregon State clinched the Pac-12 regular-season title outright in the final game with a 73-55 victory over No. 24 California.
It is the first Pac-12 title for the Beavers (26-3, 16-2), who already had claimed the top seed in the conference tournament next weekend in Seattle.
Oregon State was guaranteed at least a share of the title, but the Beavers fell at home to No. 19 Stanford on Thursday to postpone the celebration.
Brittany Boyd just missed out on her third triple-double of the season with 15 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for California (21-8, 13-5). The Golden Bears needed a victory to secure the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament.