Alanna Smith scored 26 points and No. 6 Stanford rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to beat host Colorado 80-69 on Friday night.
The Cardinal (17-1, 7-0 Pac-12) shot just 26 percent in the first half but got their offense going after the break as they hit five 3-pointers in a 32-point third period.
“I think that third quarter — it was fun, it was fun to play in,” Smith said. “It’s great to come back and win games but most of the time I don’t want to come back. I want to blow teams away.”
Alexis Robinson scored 25 points to lead Colorado (10-8, 0-7), which had only eight players available because of injuries.
“I thought Colorado played very hard,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “They are in a situation where they have a lot of kids hurt. They haven’t won a Pac-12 game, and I think you really saw that team’s character, they really battled. They beat us three out of four quarters.”
#21 Utah 87, Cal 74: Kristine Anigwe had 24 points and 15 rebounds — her 19th consecutive double-double — but her efforts were not enough as the Bears (12-6, 3-4 Pac-12) fell to the host Utes (17-1, 6-1).
Cal opened on a 12-4 run before being outscored 19-6 the rest of the first period. Utah eventually took an eight-point lead at halftime, then got a boost after intermission as Megan Huff scored 18 of her 24 points.
“Cal is good, they are an NCAA Tournament team and they have a tremendous player in Kristine Anigwe,” Utah coach Lynne Roberts said. “I felt like we kept everyone else in check. … I am so proud of our team.”
Kiana Moore added 18 points, Dre’una Edwards 15 and Dru Gylten 11 for the Utes, who have won five straight.
CJ West added 12 points and Asha Thomas 11 for Cal, which had won two in a row.
#5 Oregon 79, Washington State 64: Satou Sabally hit eight 3-pointers and scored 33 points as the visiting Ducks (18-1, 7-0 Pac-12) downed the Cougars (7-12, 2-6) for their 11th consecutive victory.
Ruthy Hebard added 20 points and Sabrina Ionescu 14 for Oregon.
Borislava Hristova scored 29 points for Washington State.
#9 Oregon State 86, Washington 39: Destiny Slocum scored 28 points as the visiting Beavers (16-3, 6-1 Pac-12) rebounded from their first loss in conference play by routing the Huskies (8-12, 1-7).
Mikayla Pivec added 12 points and 19 rebounds for Oregon State, which led 56-17 at halftime.
Amber Melgoza scored 20 points for Washington, which missed its first 12 3-point attempts and shot 20 percent in the first half.
#10 Marquette 90, Xavier 44: Erika Davenport had 18 points and 19 rebounds and Allazia Blockton scored 15 points to surpass 2,000 for her career as the host Golden Eagles (17-3, 8-0 Big East) topped the Musketeers (10-9, 1-7).
UCLA 61, #16 Arizona State 59: Japreece Dean made a 3-pointer with 9 seconds left to lift the Bruins (10-9, 3-4 Pac-12) past the host Sun Devils (13-6, 4-4).
Lauryn Miller scored 17 points to lead UCLA; Courtney Ekmark had 14 points for Arizona State.
Arizona 71, USC 68: Aari McDonald had 20 points and eight assists to lead the host Wildcats (14-5, 4-4 Pac-12) past the Trojans (11-7, 1-6).
Minyon Moore scored 20 points for USC
No. 5 Michigan tops Indiana
Ignas Brazdeikis scored 20 points and Zavier Simpson added 12 as No. 5 Michigan rolled to a 69-46 win over host Indiana.
The Wolverines (18-1, 7-1 Big Ten) have won two straight since suffering their only loss while the Hoosiers (12-7, 3-5) have lost six in a row.
Indiana opened the second half with four consecutive baskets in the lane, closing to 38-29 with 16:47 left. But Michigan responded with a 12-3 spurt to make it 50-32 and the Hoosiers did not get close again.
#14 Buffalo 88, Kent State 79: CJ Massinburg and Nick Perkins scored 20 points apiece to lead the visiting Bulls (18-2, 6-1 Mid-American) by the Golden Flashes (15-5, 4-3).
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