Prince, No. 13 Oregon girls beat Washington St. 58-50
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Sedona Prince scored 14 points, Taylor Mikesell added 11 – including four free throws in the final seconds – and Oregon No. 13 beat Washington State 58:50 on Friday night.
Washington State’s Cherilyn Molina hit a 3-pointer to make 44-space at 4:09, but Te-Hina Paopao responded with a layup 19 seconds later when Oregon scored 10 of the next 12 points and eight points Lead scored with 27 seconds remaining. The WSU missed seven successive field goal attempts over the period and the ducks made 10 of 12 out of the free throw line in the last three minutes.
Charlisse Leger-Walker led Washington State (7-4, 5-4 Pac-12) with 24 points, eight rebounds and three steals. She went into the No. 2 game among the newbies nationally in the scoring (19.7 per game) and leads the Pac-12 in steals (3.0). No newcomer has ever finished the season as the conference’s top scorer.
Krystal Leger-Walker pressed a 3-pointer to trigger a 12-0 run that led to 12-2 in the first quarter with 1:28. Washington State didn’t follow suit until Angela Dugalic layup to give the Ducks a 40:38 lead of 9:33. The Cougars, who led almost 28 minutes on Friday, led 31 minutes on December 21 in a 69-65 loss to Oregon (10-3, 8-3).
The Cougars have lost three in a row since beating back then – No. 7 Arizona 71-69 in overtime on Jan. 10, helping them make their first appearance at number 25 on the AP poll. Washington State lost overtime games in Southern California and ranked 6th at UCLA last weekend.
Oregon’s Nyara Sabally left the game early in the fourth quarter with an apparent left ankle injury but returned midway through the period with a noticeable limp. The sophomore 6-foot-5 red shirt and younger sister of Satou – number 2 in the Oregon 2020 WNBA draft – have both sat out for the past two seasons due to ACL injuries to their right knee.
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