Portland State women knock off No. 2 seed in Big Sky women's tourney, advance to semifinals


Pac-12 first round

At T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

California 67, Oregon State 62

The Beavers put up a fight throughout but came up short in the second game of the annual conference tourney Wednesday afternoon.

The 12th-seeded Beavers finished their season 5-27.

No. 5 Cal improved to 20-11 and will face No. 4 seed Utah at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

OSU was 5 of 10 from 3-point range and within 32-29 at the half.

The score was 39-32 for Cal when OSU post Drew Eubanks limped off the court holding his left ankle. He did not return.

But, led by the play of guard Stephen Thompson Jr., the Beavers continued to stay in striking distance, and 6-11 sophomore center Gligorije Rakocevic's third 3-pointer of the day on his third attempt pulled them to within 54-50 with 3:57 to go.

Thompson scored the game's next two points, but Cal followed that with a 3.

The Beavers had a 3-on-2 fast-break and missed a 3 for the lead, and Cal came right back with a breakaway three-point play to lead 62-57 with 54.5 seconds left.

OSU committed a turnover on its next possession and had to start fouling.

Thompson wound up as the game's leading scorer, with 25 points. He was 5 of 6 from beyond the arc.

Kendal Manuel added 11 points for the Beavers, and Rakocevic had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Eubanks had six points and four rebounds in 22 minutes.

Arizona State beat Stanford 98-88 in overtime to open the tournament. ASU will face No. 1 seed Oregon in the quarterfinals at noon Thursday.

Also Wednesday, seventh-seeded Colorado outlasted 10th-seeded Washington State 73-63. Colorado will meet Arizona, the No. 2 seed, in the 6 p.m. Thursday quarterfinal.

No. 3 UCLA will play at 8:30 p.m. Thursday quarterfinal against the winner of the Washington-USC game.


Big Sky quarterfinal

At Reno (Nev.) Events Center

Portland State 65, North Dakota 62

The No. 7 seed Vikings stunned the No. 2 Fighting Hawks to reach the conference semifinals.

Portland State will play in the 2:30 p.m. Friday semifinal against No. 3 seed Northern Colorado or No. 6 Idaho State.

The quarterfinal was tied seven times and had 11 lead changes. PSU pulled ahead with a 25-20 edge in the fourth quarter and hung on as UND pulled to within 64-62 with a 3-pointer at the 10-second mark and then missed a 3 in the closing seconds.

Ashley Bolston scored 20 points for the Vikings. Ashley Torres Negron had 14, and Kian McNair had 10.

PSU had advanced with an 88-76 win Monday over No. 10 seed Norther Arizona.

The Vikings are now 16-15, after going 4-26 in 2015-16, the first season for coach Lynn Kennedy.


Montana State Billings 15, Concordia 3

Concordia 12, Montana State Billings 4

At Porter Park

MSU Billings won the two-day league series 3-1, with Concordia salvaging the finale.

The Yellowjackets were up 5-3 in Wednesday's first game, then scored 10 runs over the final two innings.

In the nightcap, Concordia exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the fourth to win 10-4. Courtney Somers' three-run home run and a two-out grand slam by Taylor Bussey highlighted the frame. Somers' blast, her fifth of the year, tied the score at 4-4. Bussey's pushed the Cavaliers' lead to 10-4.

Two more runs in the fifth gave the Cavs the victory due to the eight-run rule.

Concordia is 8-9 this season and 1-3 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

MSU Billings is 9-12, 5-3.

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