Los Angeles Times

USC falls to Oregon State

- Staff and wire reports

LAS VEGAS — Oregon State upset No. 6 seed USC 56-48 in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament on Wednesday behind 18 points and nine rebounds from Raegan Beers.

The No. 11 seed Beavers will play No. 3 seed Colorado in the second round on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. while the Trojans (21-9) wait for their NCAA tournament fate.

USC, which entered the game ranked 30th in the NCAA’s NET ranking, is still expected to make its first postseason appearance since 2014.

Forward Kadi Sissoko led the Trojans with 16 points, but USC shot just 29% from the field and turned the ball over 15 times in a defensive slugfest that has been typical of USC in recent weeks. USC has shot worse than 30% from the field in three of its last four games, but the Trojans still mustered two victories amid their scoring troubles thanks to their stifling defense. The defense held Oregon State to 32.1% shooting, but the Beavers (13-17) finished the game on a 21-5 run to erase USC’s eight-point, fourth-quarter lead.

Rayah Marshall inched closer to USC’s single-season blocks record with two more to bring her total to 91 but fouled out with 1:53 left after scoring only four points with 11 rebounds. Lisa Leslie’s 95 blocks in the 199293 season ranks first in program history.

USC slogged to a onepoint lead at halftime despite finishing the second quarter on a nearly six-minute scoring drought. USC turned the ball over four times in the final five minutes, 51 seconds of the second quarter as Oregon State chopped a seven-point USC lead to one.

The Trojans had 11 turnovers in the first half compared with just eight made field goals.

— Thuc Nhi Nguyen

Oregon 52, Washington 50:

Endyia Rogers scored 10 of her 28 points in the fourth quarter and the ninthseede­d Ducks (17-13) held on against the eighth-seeded Huskies (15-13).

Haley Van Dyke led Washington with 12 points, Stines had 11 and Oliver and Dalayah Daniels had 10 each. Daniels also had 11 rebounds.

Washington State California 49:

61, Charlisse Leger-Walker scored 23 points, Bella Murekatete had a double-double and the Cougars (20-10) rallied to defeat the Golden Bears (13-17). Jayda Curry led Cal with 16 points.

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