USF, Santa Clara win WCC women’s tournament openers

Marianna Klavina scored 22 points to lead three USF freshmen in double figures and the Dons snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating Portland 76-69 in the first round of the WCC women’s tournament in Las Vegas.

Lucija Kostic added 18 points and Abby Rathbun had 17 points — all in the second half, including five on free throws in the final 30 seconds — for USF (7-23), which advanced to face Loyola Marymount on Friday.

Julie Spencer scored 22 points for Portland (13-17), which defeated USF twice during the regular season.

Santa Clara 63, San Diego 59: Tia Hay scored 25 points and Dru Tolefoa’s layup at the third-quarter buzzer started a 12-0 run for the Broncos (14-16) in their first-round win over the Toreros (9-22) in the WCC tourney. “Tia’s carried the load most of the year and tonight it was the same thing,” Santa Clara head coach Bill Carr said. “When we needed a big basket or a big play, she came through.” Santa Clara will face Pacific in the second round Friday.

San Jose St. 65, Fresno St. 57: Danae Marquez scored 21 points and Megan Anderson added 18 as the host Spartans (6-23, 5-13) topped the Bulldogs (18-11, 11-7) for their fourth win in six games.

#20 ASU 66, Colorado 49: In a Pac-12 tournament first-round game in Las Vegas, Courtney Ekmark scored 18 points for the Sun Devils (20-9) as they defeated the Buffaloes (12-18). ASU advanced to a quarterfinals meeting with No. 25 UCLA on Friday.

Arizona 76, USC 48: Aari McDonald and Cate Reese scored 19 points apiece to lead the Wildcats (18-12) in a rout of the Trojans (17-13) in the Pac-12 tourney. Arizona will face sixth-ranked Oregon in the quarterfinals.


Colorado 93, UCLA 68: Tyler Bey had 27 points and 13 rebounds, his fourth consecutive double-double, and the host Buffaloes (18-11, 9-8 Pac-12) completed a second consecutive regular-season sweep of the Bruins (16-14, 9-8).

Utah 83, USC 74: Parker Van Dyke scored 20 points to lead five Utes in double figures as Utah (16-13, 10-7) beat the visiting Trojans (15-15, 8-9). Bennie Boatwright, Nick Rakocevic and Elijah Weaver had 17 points apiece for USC.

#12 Houston 90, SMU 79: Armoni Brooks had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Corey Davis Jr. added 17 points as the host Cougars (28-2, 15-2) clinched the No. 1 seed in next week’s American Athletic Conference tournament. Jahmal McMurray had 24 points for the Mustangs (13-16, 5-12).

#25 Central Florida 58, #20 Cincinnati 55: B.J. Taylor scored 22 points for the host Golden Knights (23-6, 13-4 American Athletic), who held the Bearcats (25-5, 14-3) to 37 percent shooting.

#21 Wisconsin 65, Iowa 45: Ethan Happ had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the host Badgers (21-9, 13-6 Big Ten), who held the Hawkeyes (21-9, 10-9) to a season-low points total — 20 below their previous low — and 31 percent shooting.

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