Oregon women win season opener over San Jose State
EUGENE — Taylor Lilley scored 19 points and Oregon's freshmen centers, Nicole Canepa and Ellyce Ironmonger, scored 14 and 12, respectively, as the Ducks opened the season with a 67-32 win against San Jose State.
Lilley was 6-of-8 from the field and 4-for-6 from the 3-point line. Canepa debuted by making 6-of-10 from the field, while Ironmonger grabbed seven rebounds.
Natalie White scored 18 to pace the Spartans, who shot just 19 percent from the field overall. Lilley knocked down two of her 3-pointers in the opening minutes of the game as the Ducks jumped out to a 14-2 lead at the 15:32 mark.
Her third 3-pointer of the first half gave Oregon a 37-15 advantage three minutes before halftime and the Ducks went into the break, up 43-20.
Canepa and Ironmonger sparked the Ducks in the second half. Canepa scored the first seven points to put Oregon up 50-20, then Ironmonger followed with a pair of baskets inside to push the Ducks' lead to 54-20 with 14:06 left to play.
San Jose State didn't score its first field goal of the second half until a jumper by Alisha Hicks at the 10:32 mark made it 56-23 Oregon.
Oregon State 73, Cal Poly 64
At Corvallis, Ashley Allen scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Oregon State over Cal Poly in the season opener for both teams.
Allen, a senior guard, made the first shot of the game — a 3-pointer — and the Beavers, who shot 50 percent from 3-point range, never trailed against the Mustangs.
Freshman guard Talisa Rhea came off the bench to score 18 points for OSU.
State, including four 3-pointers, in her first game.
Junior forward Lisa McBride didn't start for Cal Poly, but had 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting and seven rebounds.
Forward Megan Harrison was the only other player in double figures for the Mustangs, with 10 points.
Oregon State, which led by as many as 17 points in the second half, avenged a loss last year to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
No. 13 Cal 83, Fresno State 79
At Fresno, Calif., Ashley Walker had 31 points and a career-high 23 rebounds in California's victory over Fresno State in both schools' season opener.
Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 15 points and Kelsey Adrian had 13 for the Golden Bears, who finished the game with an 11-3 rally. Gray-Lawson, the 2006 Pac-10 player of the year who missed last season's final 23 games with a knee injury, scored the Bears' final six points in her first game since Dec. 10, 2006.
Walker, a junior all-conference forward who led the Pac-10 in rebounding last season, hit the go-ahead jumper with 1:33 to play, giving the Golden Bears their first lead of the second half. After Gray-Lawson hit a layup to put Cal up 79-76 with 1:18 left, Bailey Amundsen tied it with a 3-pointer for Fresno State.
But Gray-Lawson hit a 3-pointer with 37 seconds to play, and Fresno State's Emma Andrews missed a fastbreak layup. Gray-Lawson hit a final free throw to finish off Cal's first game since learning Pac-10 player of the year Devanei Hampton could miss the first six weeks of the season after arthroscopic knee surgery.
Tierre Wilson, Fresno State's only returning starter, scored 22 points and Amundsen had 18 for the Bulldogs.