SEATTLE (AP) — Amber Orrange capped a career-high 20-point performance scoring on a spinning drive with 8.3 seconds left, and No. 4 Stanford won its seventh-straight Pac-12 Conference tournament title rallying past No. 14 UCLA 51-49 on Sunday night.
Orrange carried the Cardinal (31-2) while star Chiney Ogwumike struggled through one of the worst games of her career. Ogwumike failed to score over the final 38 minutes of the game and finished with a career low three points. Thanks to Orrange, Stanford was able to make up for the lack of scoring. Read More
After opening the season with 30 straight victories, the City College of San Francisco men’s basketball team will face its biggest test when it goes for win No. 31 in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.
If the Rams are going to advance to next weekend’s California Community College Athletic Association Final Four in Sacramento, they’ll need to win their rematch with Santa Rosa — the state’s best shooting team — at home Saturday. Read More
The sports world’s biggest crapshoot, the NCAA Tournament, starts this month, so we can expect the usual media outpouring about brackets.
I use the word crapshoot both literally and symbolically. The NCAA Tournament first became big because its counterpart, the NIT, was caught up in a point-shaving scandal and it has since thrived on gambling, both professional and amateur. And, as a way to determine the best team in the country, it is hopelessly flawed. Read More
The Pac-12 Conference women’s basketball season appears to be headed for a photo finish and the winner of the horse race will be in a good position land a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Read More
BERKELEY — As the final seconds ticked off the clock at Maples Pavilion on Jan. 19, the Cal and Stanford men’s basketball teams appeared to be headed in opposite directions. The Cardinal snagged a crucial win and seemed poised for a turnaround, while the Bears continued to sink, dropping their seventh game in 11 outings.
But Cal’s season took a 180-degree turn soon after the 69-59 loss and when the teams take the floor at Haas Pavilion for tonight’s rematch, the Bears will be playing for a chance to win a Pac-12 Conference title. Read More
It took a late season rally in which the Dons won five of their last seven regular season games and getting through four tiebreakers with San Diego, but USF earned the fifth seed in the West Coast Conference tournament, which begins today in Las Vegas.
USF will play their first game Thursday against the winner of today’s game between Loyola Marymount and Portland. They swept LMU and split two games with Portland this season, though coach Rex Walters said he has no preference which team comes out of the matchup. Read More
The Stanford and Cal women’s basketball teams both finished the regular season ranked in the top 5 in the nation, so it came as no surprise that both were rewarded with Pac-12 Conference media awards Monday.
Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike was unanimously voted as the conference’s Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, the conference unveiled. A Stanford player has won the Player of the Year honor in all four years of the media-voted awards. Read More
Shove or no shove, this season could prove to be Mike Montgomery’s finest piece of work in his 30-plus years of coaching.
On the court, the Cal men’s basketball team would probably get blown out by his 1998 Final Four squad from Stanford, and would likely get beaten by the Bears clan that won the Pac-10 Conference title in 2010, too. Read More
STANFORD — Chasson Randle was determined to not let the Stanford men’s basketball team blow another big second-half lead. He got a big hand from seldom-used Gabriel Harris to make sure.
With one more game until the Pac-12 tournament, it was exactly the type of lift coach Johnny Dawkins’ team needed.
Randle scored 22 points and matched his career high with six assists, and Stanford snapped its longest losing streak at home this season with an 84-66 win over Utah on Sunday. Read More
He was a freshman at Leuzinger High School near Los Angeles, 5-foot-7 and unimpressive.
“I guess people didn’t take me seriously,” Delon Wright, now 20, said. “I was like really skinny and I wasn’t as athletic as I am right now. So a lot of people doubted me — like I’d never be as good as my brother.”
Being the little brother of former Warrior Dorell Wright — the 2004 19th overall NBA draft pick, straight out of high school — can sway basketball scouts, and others, to doubt.
“It was just a lot,” Wright said. “Trying to prove them wrong.” Read More