Conference Update: Rivalry in women’s hoops, Duarte leads Ducks, Conference Tourneys loom
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This week’s update:
Rivalry in women’s hoops coming Sunday
The Oregon State women’s basketball team is coming into form, having won two straight including an upset on the road of 8th-ranked UCLA. Beavs guard Aleah Goodman was named Pac-12 Player of the Week, and she joined John Canzano on the Bald Faced Truth to talk about the team’s rise, saying “Something that we’ve said since the beginning is, the strong is going to survive this season. If we can stick together, if we can stay together, we’ll be able to get through whatever is thrown our way.” The Beavs will look to upset 14th-ranked Oregon on Sunday, a 3pm tip on the Pac-12 Network.
Duarte leading Ducks to road win
Chris Duarte scored 17 points in the final 10 minutes of regulation, finishing with 24 for the game, to lead the Oregon Ducks to a big road win at Stanford 71-68. It was a big win for the Ducks, bouncing back from a loss to 19th-ranked USC earlier in the week 72-58. Oregon has now won six of its last seven games, and visit Cal on Saturday at 1pm (FS1).
Career-high for Silva guides Beavs to win
Senior center Roman Silva scored a career-high 15 points to lead Oregon State to a slim road victory over Cal on Thursday night, 59-57. Silva, who is averaging 5.2 points per game on the season, made six of his eight shot attempts from the floor, scoring thirteen points in the second half alone. It was Oregon State’s first victory in Berkeley since 2009. OSU visits Stanford on Saturday (4pm, Pac-12 Network).
Conference Tournaments approach
The Pac-12 women’s tournament is scheduled to take place next Wednesday, March 3rd, in Las Vegas at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Mandalay Bay Events Center. The national No.4-ranked Stanford Cardinal will be the top seed, having clinched the regular season conference crown on Monday with a 62-48 win over 9th-ranked Arizona, making it Stanford’s first regular season conference title since 2014. On the men’s side, the Pac-12 Tournament will be the following week, Wed. March 10th through Sat. March 13th, from T-Mobile Arena in Vegas. The UCLA Bruins lead by a half-game for the top-seed in the conference over cross-town rival USC, while Oregon and Colorado each sit 2 games back of the Bruins.
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