Roundup: Kristine Anigwe puts on a 1st-round show

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California

The Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament started off with a bang Thursday afternoon, as Kristine Anigwe scored 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Cal into the quarterfinals with a 71-58 win over USC. Awaiting the Golden Bears is top-seeded Oregon State.

Washington State

Game of the day went to Washington State edging out Colorado 79-78 Thursday night, and the entire Washington State team took over the postgame interview with our Kate Scott, hooting and hollering in complete jubilation. The Cougs get Stanford in the quarters.

Arizona State

How ‘bouts ya read this House of Sparky recap of Arizona State defeating Utah 72-54 in another first-round Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament game?

Oregon State

Oregon State guard Sydney Wiese was named Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Wiese rocks a 3.66 GPA and is majoring in speech communication.

Stanford

Stanford women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer was named a Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year semifinalist, it was announced today. TVD is 1,005-230 as a head coach and has led the Cardinal to a 25-5 record this year entering the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Washington

Yeah, the NCAA scoring record is cool and all, but Kelsey Plum is focused on winning, writes Percy Allen. She’s always been one to deflect praise as she’s been on this scoring binge, more determined to win than anything else.

Utah

Lynn Worthy of The Salt Lake Tribune writes that Utah men’s basketball played “near-perfect” defense to dominate Cal by a 74-44 margin. The Golden Bears shot a season-low 23.5 percent from the floor; yikes.

Oregon

Tyson Alger takes a deep look at the “rivalry” between Oregon men’s basketball forwards Jordan Bell and Chris Boucher, as the two tried to outdo each other in production in previous season, but according to Alger, Bell has “let go” of said rivalry.

USC

Check this out – former USC Trojan Taj Gibson drilled a 61-foot buzzer-beater at the end of the first half in Oklahoma City’s game at Portland (yes, he got traded from Chicago to OKC recently). Kevin Harlan even drops a storied USC quarterback history reference in there as Gibson certainly looked like he got his Carson Palmer on.

UCLA

Tired of LaVar Ball yet? Cool, me neither, because he just made the case for his son, Lonzo, to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. He makes some pretty solid points.

Colorado

Pat Rooney spends this article talking about dipping attendance numbers for Colorado men’s basketball home games. Colorado AD Rick George acknowledged that it has become an issue.

Arizona

Bruce Pascoe looks at how Arizona men’s basketball will improve its strength of schedule next year to help boost its 2018 NCAA Tournament resume.

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