Stanford Women Win; Cal’s men fall in Pac-12 opener

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Hannah Jump scored 19 points with four 3-pointers, Kiki Iriafen added 16 points and No. 2 Stanford beat visiting Bay Area neighbor Santa Clara 82-69 on Wednesday night.

Fran Belibi contributed 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench as the Cardinal (9-1) won its fourth straight game since a 76-71 overtime loss to top-ranked South Carolina on Nov. 20.

Jump made 4 of 8 3-pointers but Stanford finished just 6 of 22 from long range. Haley Jones had 14 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and two steals.

Olivia Pollerd scored 19 points with five 3-pointers to lead struggling Santa Clara (5-4), which had won three straight and four of five and held its own with a leading team in the country.

Broncos freshman Tess Heal, one of four Santa Clara players from Melbourne, Australia, has won West Coast Conference Freshman of the Week honors in as many award bids in so far this season. She had a rough night.

The 5-foot-10 guard shot 3-of-11 for six points while Lara Edmondson scored 12 for Santa Clara, which was coming off a 71-58 win Saturday against previously unbeaten Washington to go undefeated in the Las Vegas Holiday Classic. .

The Broncos’ reserves scored 23 points and Santa Clara tied Stanford on the boards until the end of the third.

Iriafen made 5 of her first 6 shots as Stanford started 7-of-12, but Cardinal then missed 7-of-8 and Santa Clara took a 19-18 lead over Lexie Pritchard’s 3 with 32 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

USC 66, Cal 51

Reese Dixon-Waters scored 10 of her career-high 17 points in a 20-0 second-half run that led visiting USC to a win over Cal in the Pac-12 Conference opener on Wednesday for the night.

The Trojans (5-3) were holding on to a 46-43 lead midway through the second half when Dixon-Waters made a pair of free throws to start the barrage. He added a three-point play and a triple with 28 seconds left as the run reached 10 and the lead was 56-43 at the 7:21 mark.

Joshua Morgan capped the run with a jumper before Devin Askew scored for the Golden Bears to end a 10-minute drought. The Bears missed 11 straight shots in what was a horrible shooting night for the home team.

Morgan and Drew Peterson added 14 points for the Trojans. Morgan also contributed to Cal’s shooting woes with six blocks.

Askew scored 23 points for the Golden Bears (0-8), who didn’t get a point off the bench.

In a pretty dismal first half, USC took a 27-22 lead. The Trojans had nine turnovers to just one for the Golden Bears, but the Golden Bears shot just 18%.

USC went on a 10-0 run that made it 14-2 midway through the first half. Cal missed his first eight shots and was 1-for-18. After making three quick baskets, the Golden Bears missed another eight straight shots. But the Trojans also missed eight in a row and finished the half making just 1 of 11 shots.

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Cal was back in the game due to free throws, going 7 of 8 in the last 3½ minutes. The Golden Bears stayed in the game behind Askew until the dry streak.

Cal shot 39% of the game but didn’t get back to the line and finished 18 of 65 (28%).

San Francisco 90, Little Rock 68

Khalil Shabazz scored 16 points as San Francisco beat visiting Little Rock on Wednesday.

Shabazz also had seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals for the Dons (7-1). Zane Meeks shot 4 of 5 (2 of 3 from the 3-point line) and 4 of 4 from the free throw line to add 14 points. Isaiah Hawthorne shot 5 of 9, including 2 of 4 from beyond the arc to finish with 12 points. Tyrell Roberts also had 12.

The Trojans (2-6) were led by DJ Smith, who had 16 points and two steals. Little Rock also got 13 points and six rebounds from Ethan Speaker. Also, Myron Gardner finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and two steals.

San Francisco entered halftime leading 49-24. Meeks led the team in scoring in the first half with 10 points. San Francisco was edged out by Little Rock in the second half by a three-point margin, but still finished on top, while Tyrell Roberts led the way with a team-high nine second-half points.

Santa Clara 89, Wyoming 85, OT

In Salt Lake City, Brandin Podziemski scored 19 points and Carlos Stewart added six points in overtime as Santa Clara defeated Wyoming on Wednesday night.

Podziemski added 10 rebounds for the Broncos (6-2). Stewart scored 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-6 from distance and 4-of-5 from the line. Parker Braun shot 7 of 12, including 2 of 3 from beyond the arc to finish with 16 points.

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Noah Reynolds led the way for the Cowboys (3-4) with 25 points. Agbonkpolo added 16 points and six rebounds for Wyoming. Jeremiah Oden also chipped in with 14 points.

New Mexico 69, Santa Maria 65

Jaelen House scored 17 points as visiting New Mexico beat Saint Mary’s on Wednesday.

House also had five rebounds and six steals for the Lobos (7-0). Donovan Dent scored 13 points on 5-for-8 and 2-for-4 shooting from the free throw line, and added six rebounds. Morris Udeze recorded 13 points and shot 5-of-8 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line.

Alex Ducas led the way for the Gaels (6-2) with 25 points. Saint Mary also got 11 points, nine rebounds, five steals and two blocks from Mitchell Saxen. Also, Aidan Mahaney finished with 11 points.

House scored 10 points in the first half for New Mexico, which led 27-23 at halftime. Dent led New Mexico with 11 points in the second half.