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THURSDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Also in WNBA draft, Las Vegas takes ex-Westview High standout Jaime Nared; Pilots baseball beats BYU

WNBA

• Oregon State 6-5 center Marie Gulich was drafted 12th overall (last in the first round) by the WNBA Phoenix Mercury with a pick acquired earlier from the Minnesota Lynx.

Phoenix was 18-18 last season and lost in the semifinals to the Los Angeles Sparks. The Mercury lineup includes 6-9 Brittney Griner, a former Baylor star who averaged 21.9 points per game last season. Phoenix also made the WNBA finals in 2016, but the Mercury were looking for rebounding help in particular after finishing third from the bottom in that category a year ago.

Two players with Oregon ties from the Tennessee Volunteers also were selected in Thursday's draft.

Jaime Nared, a 6-2 small forward out of Westview High, was the first pick of the second round, going 13th overall to new Las Vegas Aces.

Mercedes Russell, a 6-6 center from Springfield High, was the No. 22 overall pick, chosen 10th in the second round by the New York Liberty.

Power forward A'ja Wilson, 6-5, of South Carolina, went No. 1 to Las Vegas.

Also from the Pac-12, point guard Jordin Canada from UCLA was the No. 5 pick overall by the Seattle Storm; UCLA 6-4 power forward Monique Billings went 14th overall to the Atlanta Dream; and California 6-2 power forward Mikayla Cowing was drafted 33rd (ninth the third round) by the Connecticut Sun.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

PORTLAND 4, Brigham Young 3

• Home runs by Cody Hawken and Daniel Lopez, along with the work of relievers Christian Peters and Connor Knutson, helped the Pilots take the season opener with the visiting Cougars.

Peters (1-0) struck out seven of the nine batters he faced, after starter Camden Muller had worked five innings.

Knutson picked up his third save of the season.

Lopez's fifth homer of the year, a solo blow in the sixth inning, gave the Pilots the lead (4-3) for good.

Portland improved to 5-8 in the West Coast Conference and 12-19 overall.

BYU fell to 6-7 WCC, 17-14.

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The University of Portland has signed 6-0 forward Liana Kaitu'u of Salt Lake City to a letter-of-intent. She played for East High.

WINTERHAWKS

Everett 3, PORTLAND 2

• The Hawks suffered a crushing defeat in the final minutes of Game 4 of their playoff series at Moda Center.

Portland rallied from a 1-0 deficit to lead 2-1 on goals at 5:14 and 17:53 of the third period, only to give up goals at 18:02 and 18:48.

The Silvertips took a 3-1 lead in the Western Hockey League Western Conference semifinals, with Game 5 at Everett at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

COLLEGE WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS

• Oregon State has added Kristina Peterson of Tukwila, Washington, to its 2018-19 recruiting class.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

• Catcher Adley Rutschman of Oregon State, a sophomore from Sherwood, will play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in summer 2018.

The U.S. team has series against Chinese Taipei in North Carolina, June 28-July 2; versus Japan in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, July 3-9; and against Cuba in Cuba, July 13-18.

LPGA TOUR

Portland's Caroline Inglis, a tour rookie from Churchill High and the University of Oregon, rallied to make the cut after 36 holes of the LOTTE Championship at Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii.

Two-time Portland Cambia Classic champion Brooke Henderson grabbed a two-stroke lead on second-place Mo Martin with a 66 and 134 total.

Inglis birdied two of the last four holes for a 1-under-par 71 and 2-over 146 total. It took 147 or better to advance in the 72-hole tournament.

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