Sophomores Ruthy Hebard and Sabrina Ionescu scored 25 points each as the Ducks beat WSU 89-56. Louise Brown led the Cougars (7-6) with 12 points.
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon women’s coach Kelly Graves says he wouldn’t trade his inside-outside sophomore combo of Ruthy Hebard and Sabrina Ionescu for any duo in the country.
Hebard and Ionescu scored 25 points each to lead No. 10 Oregon to an 89-56 rout of Washington State on Friday in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
“Listen, these are our marquee players,” Graves said. “They’re our best players and the team’s looking for them to set the tone, and they did. We’re going to rely on them all season long for here on out.”
Hebard, who made 11 of 14 shots, had 10 rebounds for the Ducks (12-2) for her fourth double-double of the season.
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Oregon finished the game on a 20-6 run for its largest margin of victory in a conference game in 12 years.
Louise Brown led the Cougars (7-6) with 12 points, and Kayla Washington had 10 to go along with a team-high seven rebounds.
WSU played without its leading scorer, sophomore Borislava Hristova, who is fourth in the Pac-12 at 16.9 points per game.
“I thought it was a great way for us to start league,” Graves said. “We built a nice lead, primarily off our defense.”
The Ducks snapped a seven-game losing streak in conference openers.
McPhee leads Stanford women past No. 11 UCLA
STANFORD, Calif. – Brittany McPhee scored 12 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter to help Stanford knock off No. 11 UCLA 76-65 on opening day in the Pac-12.
McPhee, a graduate of Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines who missed several nonconference games because of a right-foot injury, made 10 of 16 shots.
The Cardinal (7-6) on Monday fell out of The Associated Press women’s Top 25 for the first time since the 2001 season, ending a streak of 312 consecutive ranked weeks. Stanford had lost three of four.
Jordin Canada led UCLA (9-3) with 20 points. Kennedy Burke and Japreece Dean had 14 points apiece.
• Kristine Anigwe tallied her third double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 20 California rolled to its seventh straight win, beating USC 76-64. It was the third straight time Cal (10-2) has defeated the Trojans (10-2).
Kristen Simon finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for USC, posting her 19th career double-double.
In other games involving Pac-12 women’s teams, Utah beat Arizona 89-55 and Arizona State defeated Colorado 72-47.
Eastern men lose
GREELEY, Colo. – Andre Spight had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help Northern Colorado beat Eastern Washington 88-75 in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams.
The Bears (10-4) pushed the lead into double digits for good during an 8-2 run that ended at 74-61.
Bogdan Bliznyuk had 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists to lead the Eagles (5-9). Jesse Hunt added 16 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
Pac-12 men’s games
• Justin Bibbins scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half to lead Utah to a 66-56 victory at Oregon.
• Stephen Thompson Jr. scored 24 points and Tres Tinkle added 23 as host Oregon State cruised to a 76-57 victory over Colorado.