West Virginia forward Brandon Watkins finishes a dunk Friday as Oklahoma State’s Leyton Hammonds reacts. Brody Schmidt, AP has dealt with plenty of turbulence during his career in and around basketball.
It was nothing like Thursday night’s flight home from New York, where the Bulldogs played St. John’s. Collier said the lights on the plane went out 40 minutes into the flight, oxygen masks deployed, tears flowed and text messages started being sent as the Bulldogs descended from 35,000 feet to 10,000 before an unscheduled landing in Pittsburgh.
los angeles» Sadie Edwards and Courtney Jaco combined for 30 points and powered Southern Cal to a 79-54 dismantling of 20th-ranked Colorado in a Pac-12 opener.
Four Trojans reached double figures — Edwards, 16; Jaco, 14; Minyon Moore, 12; and Aliyah Mazyck,11 — while shooting 47 percent and harassing the Buffaloes into 24 turnovers. Kristen Simon just missed her seventh double-double. She had nine points and 11 rebounds.
The loss was the second straight for Colorado, which fell 82-75 to Wyoming before Christmas.
Kennedy Leonard led the Buffs with 19 points. Colorado shot 31 percent for the game, suffering through a 3-for-16 second quarter.
Erica McCall posted her sixth double-double of the season, and No. 13 Stanford won 64-57 over No. 18 Arizona State. … Kelsey Plum scored 44 points, Chantel Osahor had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 9 Washington rolled to a 99-77 Pac-12 victory over Oregon. … Chanette Hicks had 14 points, seven assists and five steals as No. 19 Virginia Tech finished its nonconference season undefeated with an 88-48 rout of Delaware State. … Marie Gulich had career highs of 27 points and 13 rebounds to help No. 22 Oregon State pound Washington State 80-58. … Maria Jespersen scored a careerbest 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as No. 23 South Florida pulled away in the third quarter and cruised to a 74-60 victory over Stetson. The Associated Press