Despite early foul trouble, Cal’s Kristine Anigwe had 16 points and 11 rebounds — her 20th consecutive double-double — as the visiting Bears rebounded from a loss at Utah by drubbing Colorado 80-60 on Sunday.
Asha Thomas added 15 points and Jaelyn Brown and Kianna Smith scored 14 apiece for the Bears (13-6, 4-4 Pac-12), who shot 53 percent from the floor and 79 percent from 3-point range (11-for-14).
Anigwe, was forced to the bench after picking up two fouls in the first 90 seconds but sidestepped any trouble afterward — much as the Bears did in their first conference road win this season. She was not whistled for a foul in her remaining 18:46 on the floor.
“She’s one of the best players in America,” Colorado head coach JR Payne said. “We knew that when she picked up those two fouls that she wouldn’t see another foul the rest of the night. She’s a very smart basketball player.”
Cal outscored the Buffaloes 27-13 in the second period to take a 49-31. Colorado (10-9, 0-8) did not get closer than 16 the rest of the way.
Mya Hollingshed topped Colorado with 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting. The rest of the Buffaloes sank only 14 of 43 shots (32.5 percent). Alexis Robinson scored 14, but she hit just 4 of 14 shots.
No. 1 Irish drop
game to Tar Heels
North Carolina’s Paris Kea had 30 points and 10 assists as the host Tar Heels stunned top-ranked Notre Dame 78-73.
Stephanie Watts added 19 points for North Carolina (12-9, 3-4 ACC), which led by 10 early in the fourth quarter and then survived a 12-0 run by the Irish (19-2, 6-1).
“We didn’t come into this game nervous,” Watts said. “We’re a good team. We’re a better team than what our record shows. We knew this was going to be a tough competitive game, and we were going to play it out to the end.”
#2 Baylor 74, Oklahoma 53: Juicy Landrum scored 21 points and Kalani Brown added 20 as the visiting Bears (17-1, 7-0 Big 12) routed the Sooners (5-13, 1-6).
#3 UConn 93, Central Florida 57: Napheesa Collier led a balanced attack with 23 points and the host Huskies (18-1, 7-0 American Athletic) downed the Knights (17-3, 6-1).
#4 Louisville 70, Pittsburgh 42: Dana Evans scored 16 points and the host Cardinals (19-1, 7-1 ACC) beat the Panthers (9-12, 0-7). Louisville was without senior guard Asia Durr, who was a late scratch for undisclosed reasons.
#5 Oregon 76, Washington 57: Erin Boley hit nine 3-pointers and scored 31 points as the visiting Ducks (19-1, 8-0 Pac-12) downed the Huskies (8-13, 1-8).
#9 Oregon State 52, Washington State 35: Mikayla Pivec had 19 points and nine rebounds and the visiting Beavers (17-3, 7-1 Pac-12) held the Cougars (7-13, 2-7) to 25 percent shooting.
#16 Arizona State 68, USC 59: Kianna Ibis led a balanced attack with 11 points, leaving her one point shy of 1,000 for her career, and the host Sun Devils (14-6, 5-4) stopped the Trojans (11-8, 1-7).
UCLA 98, Arizona 93: Japreece Dean, whose 3-pointer gave her team a victory Friday, hit the go-ahead free throw with 2:11 left in the third overtime and the visiting Bruins (11-9, 4-4 Pac-12) outlasted the Wildcats (14-6, 4-5). UCLA forced the first overtime when Michaela Onyenwere (28 points) hit a layup with three seconds left in the fourth quarter. She then sent the game to a second overtime with a basket with 16 seconds left in the first extra period before Arizona’s Aari McDonald (35 points) hit a 3 with two seconds left in the second overtime to further extend the game.
No. 6 Michigan St. falls to Purdue
Purdue’s Ryan Cline scored 17 points and Njoel Eastern overcame his season-long trouble at the foul line by making six free throws down the stretch to help the host Boilermakers fend off Michigan State’s late charge for a 73-63 win over the No. 6 Spartans.
“They kind of get down six or 20 and they have you right where they want you,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said, referring to the Spartans’ proclivity to come back on the road. “You’re nervous the whole damn time. I was nervous until 30 seconds” were left in the game.
Purdue opened with a 19-6 run, extended the margin to 23 midway through the second half before nearly giving it all away during a drought in which it missed eight straight shots. Michigan State took advantage by going on a 24-5 run to cut the deficit to 60-56 with 5:14 to play.
But just when it looked like the Boilermakers (14-6, 7-2 Big Ten) might crack, Eastern, a 50 percent free-throw shooter, was fouled three times in a row. He made all six attempts to give the Boilermakers a 71-60 lead with 2:35 left.
Three significant streaks ended for Michigan State (18-3, 9-1): a 13-gamer that dated to November, a 21-gamer for regular-season conference foes and a 12-gamer for road league play.
#17 Houston 77, Tulsa 65: Armoni Brooks scored 22 points to lead the Cougars (20-1, 7-1 American) by the Hurricane (12-9, 2-7).
#18 Villanova 80, Seton Hall 52: Phil Booth had 25 points as the Wildcats (16-4, 7-0 Big East) routed the visiting Pirates (12-8, 3-5).
Minnesota 92, #19 Iowa 87: Jordan Murphy and Amir Coffey each scored 23 points to help the host Gophers (15-5, 5-4 Big Ten) down the Hawkeyes (16-5, 5-5).
Oregon 78, Washington State 58: Louis King (22 points) and Kenny Wooten (20) led the host Ducks (12-8, 3-4) past the Cougars (8-12, 1-6).
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