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UCLA 74, No. 2 Oregon 69
Cori Close emerged from the UCLA locker room with her shoes in her hand and a big smile on her face.
It seems the Bruins coaxed a victory dance from their reticent coach after all.
Kennedy Burke had a career-high 29 points and UCLA came back from a 22-point deficit to knock off Oregon on Friday night.
"I'm a terrible dancer," Close said, "I have no rhythm, but somehow they get me to dance after things like this, so I just enjoyed it and complimented them on their growth."
When did the mood to dance come over the eighth-year coach?
"Not until the buzzer went off," she said. "When you're playing against a team as good as Oregon and as well-coached as Oregon is, you don't relax until the very, very end.
"That's why this is a monumental win for our program."
Burke was 12 of 17 from the field and had eight rebounds for the Bruins (17-10, 10-5 Pac-12), who won for the eighth time in the last nine games. Japreece Dean added 14 points and Michaela Onyenwere had 12.
UCLA outscored the Ducks 36-14 over a large portion of the second half to lead 68-60. Oregon pulled to within 70-69 on Sabrina Ionescu's 3-pointer with 34 seconds left, but the Bruins scored the last four points at the foul line.
Burke's biggest rebound came with the Bruins up 72-69 when Ahlana Smith missed the second of two free throws. Burke chased the ball down in the corner with 11.4 seconds left, drew Ionescu's fifth foul in the process and sealed the win with two clinching free throws.
"Kennedy Burke (had) just a monster game," Close said. "I thought she was the mismatch that we were able to take advantage of, and she just had a great game."
Erin Boley led the Ducks (24-3, 13-2) with 20 points, Ionescu had 18 and Maite Cazorla 13. Oregon was playing without junior forward Ruthy Hebard, who injured her right knee in Monday night's 67-62 loss at No. 12 Oregon State.
"I give UCLA credit," Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. "They played hard, they played well and they exploited us where we were weak."
With Hebard sidelined, UCLA was able to switch more on defense instead of trying to stop Oregon's lethal pick-and-roll. The Ducks also missed Hebard's rebounding, especially after she'd had 18, including 10 on the offensive end, in their 72-52 win against the Bruins a month ago.
"Against these guys who switch (on defense), that's when you've got to have your hammer," Graves said. "When we've got Ruthy inside, they've got no match for that and we didn't, so we weren't quite as intimidating inside and they could play our perimeter kids a little better."
Oregon was just 6 of 26 from 3-point range, a far cry from the team that once led the nation beyond the arc at 43 percent.
"You're not going to beat many teams like that," Graves said.
It was the first back-to-back losses for the Ducks since they dropped three in a row to end the 2016-17 regular season, a span of 71 games.
Oregon made 10 of its first 15 shots to lead 23-12 after one quarter. The lead grew to 22 points behind 13 by Boley before the Bruins scored the last seven points of the first half to trail 42-27.
The Ducks made just 2 of 14 from 3-point range in the second half and was outscored 47-27 over the final 20 minutes.
UCLA gets its first win of the season over a Top 10 team with an impressive comeback from a sluggish first half. The Bruins also broke a five-game losing streak against the Ducks.
Oregon struggled to cope without the inside presence of star forward Hebard and her 69.0 percent shooting, second in the nation, against a projected NCAA Tournament team. The Ducks need one win to clinch at least a share of their second straight Pac-12 regular-season title.
Oregon's ranking, at No. 2 its highest ever, will slip considerably with the home loss to an unranked opponent. The larger concern, with Hebard's return still uncertain, may be the top seed in the West Regional, which would put the Ducks in Portland if they advance to the Sweet 16.
Despite the loss, Graves believes Oregon can make a strong case for a No. 1 seed by winning the conference title. "I don't think we're hitting the panic button yet," he said. "We're still 24-3 and in good position. We've just hit a little rough patch and we'll work our way out of it. If there was just something I could magically say, I would have already said it."
Butler 61, No. 11 Marquette 57
Tori Schickel scored six of her 19 points in the fourth quarter as Butler rallied past Marquette.
Schickel's layup with 36 seconds to go gave the Bulldogs (20-6, 10-5 Big East Conference) a 59-57 lead and Whitney Jennings made 2 of 4 free throws to cap the scoring. The Golden Eagles (22-5, 13-2) lost for the second time in their last three games.
Butler trailed by eight early in the fourth quarter before scoring 11 straight points for a 54-51 lead with 4:06 to go. Marquette scored four straight points to retake the lead, but Michelle Weaver's 3-pointer put the Golden Eagles ahead 57-55 and they never trailed again.
Allazia Blockton scored 14 points, Lauren Van Kleunen had 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Danielle King scored 10 for Marquette.
California 69, No. 17 Arizona State 60
Kristine Anigwe and Recee' Caldwell scored 20 points each, Asha Thomas added 18 and California ended a five-game losing streak by snapping Arizona State's five-game winning streak.
Thomas made three 3-pointers in the third period when the Golden Bears (15-11, 6-9 Pac-12) outscored the Sun Devils 22-9 and took the lead for good, going into the fourth quarter ahead 47-41. ASU got as close as three with 4:12 to go in the game before Caldwell started a 7-0 run with a 3-pointer.
Cal's only other lead came early in the first period with ASU going ahead by 12 with 3:19 remaining in the second quarter and leading 32-25 at halftime.
Anigwe grabbed 15 rebounds giving her a double-double in all 26 of Cal's games this season.
Reili Richardson scored 12 points and Courtney Ekmark 10 for ASU (18-7, 9-5).
No. 10 Stanford 56, Arizona 54
Alanna Smith hit a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left and Stanford scored the final nine points of the game to beat Arizona.
Stanford trailed 54-47 before Lacie Hull hit a 3-pointer to start the game-ending run with 4:10 left, ending a nearly five minute scoreless streak for the Cardinal (22-4, 11-3 Pac 12). Smith then hit consecutive 3-pointers to Stanford the lead.
Aari McDonald, who scored 20 points for the Wildcats, missed two free throws with 17 seconds left, but Arizona had a chance when Destiny Graham stole the Cardinal inbound pass after Stanford called timeout. McDonald's 3-point attempt at the buzzer went in and out preserving the Cardinal's win.
Smith scored 21 points and had nine rebounds for Stanford. Hull added 15 points.
McDonald added a team high seven rebounds and six assists for the Wildcats (17-9, 7-9), who have not won at Stanford since 2001.
No. 12 Oregon State 68, Southern California 61
Mikayla Pivec had 18 points and eight rebounds and Oregon State used a late run to beat Southern California.
Pivec's jumper with 5:15 left in the fourth quarter sparked a 16-2 run that turned a seven-point deficit into a seven-point lead with 22 seconds to go. Aleah Goodman and Destiny Slocum highlighted the run with back-to-back 3-pointers — Goodman giving the Beavers (22-5, 12-3 Pac-12) the lead for good at 61-59 and Slocum pushing the lead to five with 32 seconds left.
Slocum scored 16 points, Joanna Grymek had 13 points and nine rebounds, and Goodman added 11 points for Oregon State.
Aliyah Mazyck scored 25 points with five 3-pointers for USC (15-11, 5-10).
No. 24 Drake 66, Evansville 39
Sara Rhine scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds and No. 24 Drake used a big third quarter to pull away from Evansville.
The Bulldogs (20-5, 12-1 Missouri Valley Conference) outscored the Purple Aces 25-3 in the third quarter with 10-of-17 shooting while Evansville (3-22, 1-13) was going 1 of 8 with seven turnovers, five coming off steals. Evansville finished with only 13 points in the second half.
Brenni Rose added 13 points and Sammie Bachrodt 11, with both making three 3-pointers for the Bulldogs, who won their sixth straight game and reached 20 victories for the fifth straight season.
Brooke Bishop scored 10 points and was the only Evansville player in double figures.
No. 21 Iowa 76, Indiana 70 (OT)
Jordan Bohannon hit three 3s in overtime, including one with 20.2 seconds left, and Iowa rallied to beat Indiana in overtime on Friday night for its fifth win in six games.
Tyler Cook had 18 points and Bohannon added 17 for the Hawkeyes (21-6, 10-6 Big Ten) — all of them in the second half and overtime.
Bohannon, whose 3 with 28 seconds left in regulation forced overtime, buried another one to put Iowa ahead 68-65 with 2:47 to go. De'Ron Davis answered with a 3-point play, but Bohannon hit a 3 off a loose ball with 2 minutes left to give the Hawkeyes a 71-68 lead. Cook's free throw with 1:10 left made it a two-possession game, but Morgan responded with a putback.
Indiana's defense forced Bohannon to jack up a 3 at the shot clock buzzer, but the junior calmly knocked it through to complete one of the spectacular stretches of his career.
Morgan had 15 and Langford scored 14 points for Indiana (13-14, 4-12), who've dropped 12 of 13.
No. 25 Buffalo 80, Kent State 57
Nick Perkins scored a career-high 27 points and Buffalo won its 24th consecutive home game beating Kent State.
Perkins scored eight points in the final 1:15 of the first half as part of an electrifying 10-0 run in which Buffalo built a 35-27 lead. CJ Massinburg scored 18 for Buffalo (24-3, 12-2 Mid-American Conference) in matching No. 5 Tennessee for the nation's second-longest home winning streak and before the largest crowd in school history.
Buffalo moved into sole possession of first place in the East Division following Bowling Green's loss to Ohio. And the win also clinched the Bulls a bye into the quarterfinals of the MAC tournament next month as they can't finish lower than second in the East.
Antonio Williams scored 17 before fouling out to lead Kent State (19-8, 8-6), which lost consecutive games for the first time since a four-game losing streak in February 2018.
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