Roundup: Kelsey Plum is NCAA's top dawg
I mean wow – Kelsey Plum scored 57 points on Saturday to become the NCAA all-time leading scorer, surpassing Jackie Stiles (Plum entered the game needing 55 to get past Stiles). The Huskies beat Utah 84-77, so the Dawgs needed every single one of those 57 points (that’s a Pac-12 single-game record, by the way).
It’s tourney time, y’all. The Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament begins Thursday in Seattle, and Oregon State is the No. 1 seed after winning its third straight Pac-12 title. The Beavs will get the winner of Cal and USC in the quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, Arizona State won the Pac-12 wrestling title, winning five individual belts along the way (Pac-12 Networks recap).
Stanford women’s swimming and diving won the Pac-12 title, blowing past second-place Cal by nearly 200 points. Helps to have Katie Ledecky (Swimmer of the Meet) and Simone Manuel on your side.
The LaVar Ball comments and clarifications regarding wanting his son to play for the Lakers have sort of clouded the fact that UCLA men’s basketball stepped up defensively to beat Arizona on the road Saturday in Tucson. Luckily, C.L. Brown of ESPN didn’t overlook the actual game and dives into how the Bruins stopped the ‘Cats.
Zack Rosenblatt of the Arizona Daily Star tells us about the story of incoming Arizona football recruit My-King Johnson, who is about “to become the first active, openly gay scholarship player in major college football history.” The defensive end signed his letter of intent to play with the ‘Cats and could potentially help RichRod’s porous defense right away.
Jacob Thorpe recaps the joyous Senior Day for Washington State men’s basketball Sunday, as the Cougars defeated rival Washington 79-71, closing the game on a 15-7 run.
No. 2 USC women’s water polo defeated No. 1 Stanford in overtime to win the Barbara Kalbus Invitational title. Ioanna Haralabidis provided the tournament-winning goal with five seconds remaining.
Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports examines the start of the Willie Taggart era at Oregon. It certainly has been rocky at moments.
Kyle Bonagura writes that Colorado football hopes to avoid the “Pac-12 South title curse.” How about this? Bonagura notes that the three teams that won the South from 2012-14 (UCLA, ASU and Arizona) went a combined 5-22 in Pac-12 play in 2016.
Nick Kranz of California Golden Blogs looks at Cal men’s basketball’s offensive issues.
Lya Wodraska details Utah gymnastics’ win at Arizona State on Saturday, defeating the Sun Devils 197.6-194.85. Arizona natives MyKayla Skinner and Kari Lee had solid homecomings for the Utes.