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THURSDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Geri Ann Glasco killed in traffic accident in Louisiana; Timbers make roster announcements; OSU baseball ranked in USA Today poll; Beavers football adds assistant coach

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Former Oregon softball player Geri Ann Glasco was killed early Thursday in a traffic accident in Lafayette, Louisiana. She was 24.

A Georgia native, Glasco played at Oregon in 2015 and 2016 and in 2017 served as a student assistant coach for the Ducks.

She was a volunteer assistant coach at Louisiana-Lafayette, where her father, Gerry Glasco, is the head softball coach.

According to multiple reports, Glasco was a passenger in a pickup truck involved in a five-vehicle accident early Thursday morning on Interstate 10 in Lafayette. The driver of the pickup, identified as Kenneth McNeil of Houston, also died after their vehicle was hit from behind by an 18-wheel truck in a construction zone on the highway.

At Oregon, Glasco batted .354 with 22 home runs and 78 RBIs in 110 games. She once hit three home runs in a game against Washington. As a pitcher, she went 14-2 with a 3.22 ERA in 40 pitching appearances for the Ducks.

Glasco was the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year as a high school senior. At Georgia, she was the Southeastern Conference freshman of the year.

The Oregon athletics department and softball program released this statement:

"Oregon Softball and the UO Athletics family is devastated to learn of the passing of Geri Ann Glasco, and we extend our deepest sympathies to Geri Ann's family, friends, and former teammates. Geri Ann was an amazing young woman who always had an extremely positive impact on everyone that she met.  We were privileged to have Geri Ann as a member of the Duck family, and she will forever be in our hearts."

According to a statement from the Louisiana-Lafayette athletics department, Glasco was an active volunteer at a elementary schools while in Eugene and also worked at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders in Portland.

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL

OREGON STATE 90, Washington State 77

Stephen Thompson Jr., Tres Tinkle and Ethan Thompson all reached the 20-point mark in a victory at Gill Coliseum.

Thompson Jr. scored a game-high 22 points, Tinkle had 21 and Thompson hit for 20. They were a combined 22 of 49 from the field, with a collective 14 rebounds and 17 assists. Tinkle added a game-leading four assists.

The Beavers improved to 12-6 for the season and 4-2 in the Pac-12.

The Cougars, who led for only 25 seconds, dropped to 8-11, 1-5.

Tinkle and Stephen Thompson Jr. each had 12 points to help the Beavers take a 52-36 halftime lead.

Washington 61, OREGON 56

The Ducks rallied, then blew a lead down the stretch with one big mistake and one questionable official's call.

UO's Louis King scored 19 points, but UW scored the final 10 points and avoided its first Pac-12 defeat in the night game at Matthew Knight Arena.

The Huskies led 17-4 midway through the first half and 27-19 at the break. Oregon didn't regain the lead, though, until the score went to 52-51 in the closing minutes. A 14-0 run over five-plus minutes gave the Ducks a 56-51 edge.

Washington pulled even at 56-56 with 2:04 remaining.

After each team missed a 3-point try in the final minute, the Ducks set up for a final attempt. Oregon guard Payton Pritchard lost the ball on a spin move, and he was called for a foul on a last-gasp 3-point try by Washington with 1.6 seconds left.

Three free throws provided Washington with the winning margin, as Oregon then threw the ball away on a full-court inbound pass, fouled and watched the Huskies tack on two more foul shots.

Oregon fell to 2-4 in the Pac-12 and 11-8 overall.

The Huskies climbed to 6-0, 15-4.

PORTLAND STATE 78, Eastern Washington 65

At Viking Pavilion, five Viks scored in double figures as they snapped a three-game losing streak and posted only their second victory in their past 10 outings.

Holland Woods of PSU had 15 points plus a game-best 11 assists. Jamie Orme scored 15 points, Sal Nuhi had 13, Robert McCoy had 11 and Michael Nugu had 10.

The Vikings shot 60.4 percent from the floor, sinking 8 of 20 shots from 3-point distance.

The visiting Eagles led 35-33 after the first 20 minutes and had double PSU's time with the lead for the game. But the Vikings finished stronger.

PSU is 7-11 overall and 2-5 in the Big Sky.

Eastern Washington is 5-13, 3-4.

SAN FRANCISCO 83, Portland 61

USF built a 42-21 halftime lead en route to the win at home.

For the Pilots, Marcus Shaver Jr. scored 13 points and Jacob Tryon had 11 with a game-high nine rebounds.

The Dons hit 54.5 percent of their field-goal attempts to Portland's 41.7 percent.

Portland fell to 7-14 overall and 0-6 in the West Coast Conference.

San Francisco is 17-3, 5-1 WCC.

NORTHWEST NAZARENE 82, Concordia 75

In a road loss, Jarrett Gray led the Cavaliers with a game-high 20 points.

The game was tied 35-35 at halftime, after the Cavs led by nine.

Northwest Nazarene outscored the Cavaliers 14-6 in the closing five minutes and improved to 12-3, 7-2 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Concordia is 6-11, 1-8 GNAC.

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Portland State 76, EASTERN WASHINGTON 64

The Vikings extended their win streak to six, using a 20-5 third-quarter edge for its first victory since Dec. 2013 at Cheney, Washington.

PSU shot 46.2 percent from the field and held the Eagles to 35.0 percent.

Kylie Jimenez (19 points), Ashley Bolston (17), Sidney Rielly (13), Desirae Hansen (11) and Courtney West (10) spread around the scoring for Portland State. West added a game high-tying eight rebounds.

PSU led by as many as 19 points; that came late in the third quarter.

The Viks improved to 6-1 in the Big Sky and 14-2 overall, while EWU fell to 3-4, 4-12.

PSU leads the conference. Northern Colorado began the day second at 6-2, and was to play Thursday night at Southern Utah.

The Vikings play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Idaho, which was 4-2 going into a Thursday night game versus Sacramento State.

Santa Clara 72, PORTLAND 66

The Pilots led for more than 19 minutes and in the fourth quarter until inside the final three minutes, but couldn't hang on.

Julie Spencer of Portland led all scorers with 25 points and had a team-high eight rebounds. Darian Slaga scored 16 points and added a game-high six assists and five rebounds for UP. Haylee Andrews had 12 points for the Pilots.

The Broncos hit back-to-back 3's to lead 65-62 with 1:45 to go. Spencer scored under the basket, but Santa Clara answered off a turnover and went up 67-64 with 36 seconds remaining. The Broncos made one of two free throws at the 29-second mark. Slaga was fouled and hit two shots with 15 seconds left, pulling the visitors to within 68-66.

Portland fouled immediately, and two foul shots boosted Santa Clara's lead to 70-66. Slaga missed a 3, and the Broncos rebounded, then added two more at the line.

The Pilots fell to 9-10 overall and 1-7 in West Coast Conference play, while Santa Clara improved to 10-9, 3-5.

Concordia 65, MONTANA STATE BILLINGS 59

Olivia Vezaldenos scored 27 points and Keesha Sarman had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers to the win at Billings, Montana.

Vezaldenos was 10 of 10 at the free-throw line in leading all players in scoring. Sarman had 11 defensive rebounds in leading the game on the boards.

Concordia raised its record to 9-9 this season, 4-6 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

MSU Billings fell to 7-8, 3-6 GNAC.

• Kennedy Brown, who will join Oregon State as a freshman next season, is one of 24 players selected for the McDonald's All-American Girls Game, March 27 in Atlanta.

A 6-6 post and senior at Derby High in Kansas, Brown is the first OSU recruit selected for the McDonald's game.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Oregon State baseball is ranked No. 5 in the first USA Today coaches poll.

The defending national champions are in the top 10 in all five preseason polls released to date.

OSU is ranked No. 2 by Perfect Game, No. 7 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 8 by D1Baseball.com and No. 10 by Baseball America.

In the USA Today poll, Louisiana State is No. 1. Vanderbilt, Florida and Texas Tech are ranked 2-4.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Oregon State has hired Blue Adams to coach defensive backs.

Adams comes from South Florida, where he was the secondary coach for two seasons.

His coaching background includes coaching defensive backs at West Virginia, for the Miami Dolphins and at Northern Iowa.

A Miami native, he played four seasons at Cincinnati. A seventh-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2003, Adams played for four NFL teams and in the Canadian Football League and in NFL Europe.

TIMBERS

Portland made official a series of roster moves for the 2019 season, including the signing of central defender Claude Dielna.

The Timbers acquired the rights to the Frenchman from New England last week in exchange for $100,000 in targeted allocation money. As always, terms of the one-year contract were not announced other than that Portland used targeted allocation money to sign Dielna.

Also on Thursday, the Timbers announced agreements to bring back goalkeeper Steve Clark and midfielders Andres Flores, Tomas Conechny and Eryk Williamson.

Conechny, 20, remains on loan this season from Argentina's San Lorenzo.

Williamson, 21, returns from a loan to Portuguese top-division Club Desportivo Santa Clara. Prior to going to Santa Clara on loan last August, Williamson had three goals and two assists in 15 games with Timbers 2 in the United Soccer League.

Clark, 32, is one of four goalkeepers on the Timbers' roster. He played in eight games last season after Portland acquired the veteran on Aug. 17 off waivers.

Flores, 28, joined the Timbers last season after playing for the New York Cosmos under now-Portland coach Giovanni Savarese. Flores played in 28 regular-season matches and in the second playoff match against Seattle.

PGA TOUR

The Farmers Insurance Open began in La Jolla, California, with three former University of Oregon golfers in the field.

Wyndham Clark, Ben Crane and Aaron Wise, all playing the Torrey Pines South Course, shot 3-under-par 69, 70 and 74, respectively. Clark was tied for 41st, Crane tied for 51st and Wise tied for 131st.

The leader, Jon Rahm, finished at 10-under 62 on the North Course. Justin Rose and Doug Ghim, also playing the North, shot 63 to share second place. Tiger Woods came in with a 70 on the South Course.

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