Undefeated Colorado stands alone, Arizona earns a split, Stanford’s plow dominates – The Mercury News

Of the two remaining undefeated women’s basketball teams in Division I, the most likely to lose over the weekend was, at least on paper, unreserved Colorado. But the Buffaloes never held back in the fourth quarter of a 71-63 home win over UCLA.

Meanwhile, fourth-place and defending NCAA runner-up Arizona suffered a 76–67 loss at USC.

So, Colorado (13-0/2-0 Pac-12) has the distinction of being Final Major College not out and tied atop the Pac-12 with second-place Stanford (11-3/2-0) after two weeks of conference play.

COVID continues to affect the schedule, but six league games (one make-up) were played on Friday and Sunday – up from just two the week before.

There were seven additional postponements, said Cardinals coach Tara VanDerweer, one affecting Stanford, who instead played Gonzaga for the second time in a season, where “your first name should be flexible.”

Utah, Oregon State, Arizona State and Washington have yet to play a conference game due to COVID issues.

Colorado breaks long losing streak vs UCLA

Despite Arizona’s first loss, the biggest development of the week was Colorado, which was out of the top-25 rankings in both major national polls, winning its first two conference games.

The Buffs beat USC 71-58 on Friday, then backed it up on Sunday with their first win over UCLA since 2014, ending a 10-game losing streak in the series.

The Bruins, playing for the first time since December 11, lost Karishma Osborne to an ankle injury with 4:38 remaining. They were still within four points (56–52), before 3-pointers from Frida Forman and Maya Hollingshead took the win within two minutes.

CU junior guard Jaylyn Sherrod had 25 points and eight assists in her career after posting 15 and eight against USC.

“I think every team is going through rough times,” Colorado coach JR Payne said. “We are no different. We had very little time to prepare for a great team like UCLA. It shows a lot of flexibility, a lot of solidarity, a lot of solidarity.”

UCLA (5-4/0-1) postponed or canceled six games before they were back on the court. Both the teams scored only two points in the first six minutes and put together a combined score of 16.

Arizona splits from two starts

Arizona (11-1/1-1) played without Shaina Pellington and Lauren Ware in their first game since December 17.

The Wildcats won 60-52 at home over Washington State without them on Friday, but they didn’t have enough scoring ahead of Kate Reese down the stretch against USC (8-4/1-1).

Trojans junior guard Alison Mirua hit four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including two back-to-back, to take a 1:05 lead to 10 points. There were eight major changes in the fourth quarter until USC was able to reduce control on the final five minutes.

“We fully embraced the opportunity before us,” said USC coach Lindsey Gottlieb.

“Sometimes it’s not easy to look in the mirror and see what you can do better and figure out how you want to improve things, but the way we did it, the opponent we did against , I think he makes it worthwhile.”

The Trojans won without leading scorer Jordan Sanders, who suffered a knee injury in the second quarter on Friday. Mirua’s big game came in a 0-of-2 shooting against Colorado without a score.

Reese scored 29 points (a career high from her career) for the Wildcats after scoring 20 on Friday when Arizona coach Adia Barnes scored her 100th career win and former Wildcat star Arie McDonald was awarded the school’s Ring of Honor. included in.

“I came to Arizona to be an influential player and to leave a legacy,” Reese, a senior forward, said on Friday. “I think I’m doing that.”

Stanford’s Lexi Hull goes vs. Oregon

Stanford held steady on Friday through a few bumps against Oregon after taking a 68-50 lead. The duck closed within seven (73-66) before Lexi Hull’s seventh 3-pointer, a dagger with 1:27.

Hull played all 40 minutes, going 7-of-10 from long distance, scoring a career-high 33. “It came down to my teammates finding me in those open spaces,” said the senior guard.

In a 66–50 win over Gonzaga, Cameron Brink led the Cardinals with a double-double (14 points/16 rebounds) and five blocks. Hannah Jump scored 21, Haley Jones 15 and Hull scored eight (3-points 0-5) with eight boards.

Stanford’s victory over the Zags was more decisive than the first meeting on the road in November (66–62).

“I want to say how much I respect (coach) Lisa Fortier at Gonzaga and am grateful that she brought her team to play in times she didn’t have,” OneDerveer said.