With Oregon clinching the Pac-12 regular-season title minutes before Stanford’s tip-off, the Cardinal had little more than pride on the line against Washington on Sunday afternoon.
Stanford still made sure to enter the conference tournament with momentum on its side.
Dijonai Carrington had 19 points and eight rebounds and the No. 7 Cardinal knocked down 11 3-pointers in a 72-53 rout of the Huskies.
Kiana Williams added 13 points for Stanford (25-4, 15-3) and Alanna Smith finished with 12 points and seven boards.
“I thought we had some people play really well,” Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer said. “I thought we played well defensively. I’m just thankful no one got hurt, because we are going into the tournament and want everyone to be healthy and play well.”
Carrington and Williams combined for 17 first-quarter points as the Cardinal used a 17-2 run to erase a 5-2 deficit.
Already leading 38-20 at halftime, the Stanford erased any Washington hopes of a comeback by hitting four 3-pointers and shooting 60 percent from the field in the third quarter to open a 62-39 cushion.
Amber Melgoza, Washington’s leading scorer at 18.3 points per game, was held to six points on 3-for-15 shooting. She scored 40 points against the Cardinal in Seattle last season, but had a total of 14 in two losses to Stanford this season.
“She’s a great player,” VanDerveer said, “but things just weren’t going in for her.”
#6 Oregon 66, #21 ASU 59: Sabrina Ionescu scored 12 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter and the visiting Ducks (26-3, 16-2) overcame a five-point deficit in the final eight minutes to clinch their second consecutive Pac-12 regular-season championship. Satou Sabally added 18 points for Oregon, which outscored the Sun Devils 20-7 in the fourth period. Kianna Ibis had 23 points for Arizona State (19-9, 10-7). “Our championship mettle was tested today, no question about it,” Oregon head coach Kelly Graves said. “We lost momentum … had no momentum. We dug a little deeper and got it done.”
#3 Louisville 67, Pittsburgh 40: Asia Durr scored 17 points to help the visiting Cardinals (27-2, 14-2) top the Panthers (11-19, 2-14) and claim a share of the ACC regular-season title.
#4 Notre Dame 103, Virginia 66: Jackie Young had 22 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the Irish (27-3, 14-2), who earned a share of the ACC regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament by beating the visiting Cavaliers (11-18, 5-11).
#5 Mississippi State 68, #14 South Carolina 64: Teaira McCowan had 18 points and 17 rebounds to help the visiting Bulldogs (27-2, 15-1) top the Gamecocks (21-8, 14-2) to win the SEC regular-season title.
#9 Oregon State 65, Arizona 60: Mikayla Pivec had 21 points and 14 rebounds and the visiting Beavers (24-6, 14-4 Pac-12) beat the Wildcats (17-12, 7-11) in two overtimes.
#10 N.C. State 70, #15 Miami 68: DD Rogers had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Wolfpack (25-4, 12-4 ACC) against the visiting Hurricanes (24-7, 12-4).
#25 UCLA 84, Colorado 50: Michaela Onyenwere scored 18 points and Kennedy Burke added 15 as the host Bruins (19-11, 12-6 Pac-12) defeated the Buffaloes (12-17, 2-16).
USC 83, Utah 77: Mariya Moore scored 25 points as the host Trojans (17-12, 7-11 Pac-12) topped the Utes (20-9, 9-9).
ASU tops OSU
Luguentz Dort, who scored 20 points, hit two free throws with 3.7 seconds left to help visiting Arizona State hold off Oregon State 74-71.
Zylan Cheatham added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Sun Devils (20-9, 11-6 Pac-12).
Ethan Thompson had 20 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists and Tres Tinkle scored 24 for the Beavers (17-11, 9-7).
Oregon State ended the first half on an 8-0 run to take a 37-30 lead. The surge included a block by Kylor Kelley that led to a fast-break dunk by Tinkle.
The Sun Devils outscored the Beavers 15-4 to open the second half, however, going ahead 45-41 on a 3-pointer by Rob Edwards with about 15 minutes remaining. From there, the game was a back-and-forth affair.
#9 Michigan 69, #17 Maryland 62: Ignas Brazdeikis scored 21 points and Jon Teske had 11 points and 10 rebounds as the visiting Wolverines (26-4, 15-4 Big Ten) beat the Terrapins (21-9, 12-7).
Creighton 66, #10 Marquette 60: Martin Krampelj scored 19 points and the Bluejays (16-13, 7-9 Big East) took advantage of 22 turnovers to upend the host Golden Eagles (23-6, 12-4).
Stepping down: Tennessee Tech’s Steve Payne announced his resignation after eight seasons as head coach. Tennessee Tech was 8-23 this season.
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