Ruthy Hebard scored 29 points, making all 12 of her field-goal attempts, as ninth-ranked Oregon beat WSU 90-79. Oregon, Stanford and UCLA are tied for the Pac-12 lead, with 12-2 records in conference play.
PULLMAN — Ruthy Hebard scored 29 points, making all 12 of her field-goal attempts, as the ninth-ranked Oregon women’s basketball team beat Washington State 90-79 on Sunday to remain in a tie for first place in the Pac-12 with UCLA and Stanford.
Satou Sabally and Sabrina Ionescu each added 17 points for Oregon (23-4 overall, 12-2 Pac-12), which shot 80 percent in the first half and 62 percent for the game.
“If you like offensive basketball, that was the game for you tonight,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. “Two teams that didn’t miss a whole lot.”
Borislava Hristova scored 22 points for Washington State (10-16, 3-11), which was coming off an overtime loss to No. 16 Oregon State on Friday. The Cougars shot 48 percent but made 11 of 20 from three-point range.
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The Ducks welcomed back Lexi Bando, the nation’s active career leader in three-point shooting at 45.5 percent, from injury. She scored nine points.
Oregon made 12 of 13 shots in the first quarter to take a 26-20 lead. Alexys Swedlund had 11 first-quarter points for WSU.
The Ducks went on a 10-2 run to open the second quarter, behind a pair of three-pointers by Bando, to take control.
Hebard had 16 points in the first half to reach exactly 1,000 for her career.
“Our first-half defense left a lot to be desired,” Washington State interim coach Mike Daugherty said.
WSU coach June Daugherty, Mike’s wife, is taking a medical leave of absence.
The Cougars again played without starters Louise Brown, Nike McClure and Caila Hailey, who have been suspended for a violation of team rules.
Graves was critical of his team’s defensive letdown in the second half, when WSU outscored the Ducks 45-42.
“I was a little disappointed in our lack of intensity over 40 minutes,” said Graves, a former Gonzaga coach.
McPhee has double-double
STANFORD, Calif. — Brittany McPhee, a graduate of Mount Rainier High in Des Moines, collected 25 points — on 9-for-14 shooting — and 12 rebounds to lead 17th-ranked Stanford to a 62-53 victory over Colorado.
Stanford (18-8, 12-2 Pac-12) has won six in a row and nine of its last 10.
• Jordin Canada scored 16 points and Lajahna Drummer added 15 to lead No. 8 UCLA to a 71-63 victory over 25th-ranked Arizona State.
Canada also had 10 assists for the host Bruins (21-4, 12-2 Pac-12).
• In other Pac-12 women’s games, Kristine Anigwe and Asha Thomas scored 22 points each as California beat visiting Utah 84-73, and Sadie Edwards had 23 points in host USC’s 78-52 rout of Arizona.
Colorado men beat Stanford
BOULDER, Colo. — Lucas Siewert scored a career-high 17 points, including two three-pointers down the stretch, and the Colorado Buffaloes beat Stanford 64-56 for their third straight victory.