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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

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