Portland State women one win from NCAA Tournament
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Big Sky semifinals
At Boise, Idaho
Portland State 75, Idaho 59
Eastern Washington 59, Northern Colorado 57
The fourth-seedd Vikings charged into the conference finals — where a berth in the NCAA Tournament will be up for grabs — by holding the top-seeded Vandals to 35.3 percent field-goal shooting and outscored them 43-31 in the second half.
PSU led 32-28 at intermission and never trailed the rest of the way.
Kylie Jimenez had game highs of 22 points and nine assists for the Viks. Ashley Bolston added 17 points with a game-high eight rebounds.
PSU hit 44.6 percent from the field and was 6 of 10 from 3-point range to Idaho's 6 of 29. And, at the free-throw line, the Vikings were a perfect 19 of 19, while Idaho was just 3 of 6.
PSU improved to 24-7. Idaho dropped to 20-11
In the other semifinal, No. 6 Eastern Washington (13-19) shocked No. 2 seed Northern Colorado.
The final is 1 p.m. PT Friday.
In the regular season, PSU beat the Eagles 76-64 and 76-57.
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Pac-12 first round
At Las Vegas, Nevada
USC 78, Arizona 65
Colorado 56, California 51
UCLA 79, Stanford 72
Oregon 84, Washington State 51
Dana Altman's Ducks (20-12) crushed Ernie Kent's Cougars (11-21) to cap day one at the Pac-12 tournament. It was the largest margin of victory in tourney history.
Oregon will face third-seeded Utah in the 8:30 p.m. PT quarterfinal on Thursday.
Also Thursday, fourth seed Oregon State will meet fifth seed Colorado at 2:30 p.m. PT.
Oregon built a 37-20 halftime lead and kept up the pace against WSU.
The blowout enabled Oregon's bench to get plenty of work, and three subs scored in double figures, with Ehab Amin getting 15 points, Miles Norris 10 and Will Richardson 10.
Starting forward Louis King had 12 points and seven rebounds.
Washington State hit 28.3 percent from the field. Oregon shot 50.8 percent.
The Ducks have won five games in a row.
Big Sky first round
At Boise, Idaho
Sacramento State 72, Northern Arizona 60
Southern Utah 94, Idaho State 80
Montana State 75, Idaho 71
PORTLAND 7, Seattle 1
The Pilots won their seventh game in a row and climbed to 14-4, with West Coast Conference action to begin this weekend at San Francisco.
UP will meet the Dons at 2 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Seattle fell to 4-12.
The game was tied 1-1 through 5 1/2 innings. Portland then scored two runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, finishing with nine hits to eight for the Redhawks.
Portland starter Jacob Biesterfeld didn't get a decision, but allowed only one run on six hits and a walk in five innings, striking out four.
The victory went to the first of two out of the bullpen, Brett Gillis (1-0), who issued one walk and gave up one hit in two innings, with two K's.
Trayce Tammaro put the Pilots ahead for good with his two-run homer to right field in the sixth.
Leadoff man Chad Stevens had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Cody Hawken hit a two-run double in the seventh and finished with three RBIs.
Portland's start is one of the best in program history. The 1958 team opened 15-2.