Stanford women top West Virginia, 72-55


Stanford women top West Virginia, 72-55


NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer glanced at the stat sheet and gushed as she examined Amber Orrange's solid all-around game."She played like a senior, forget freshman," the Hall of Famer said.Orrange had 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead the top-seeded Cardinal to a 72-55 victory over West Virginia in the second round of the women's NCAA tournament on Monday night."She was doing stuff, just under control. What, five assists? How many turnovers did she have? No turnovers, against that?" VanDerveer said, referencing West Virginia's physical defense. "She was a player. She wasn't a freshman. Nothing was holding her back today."Orrange was aggressive from the outset, scoring eight of the Cardinal's first 12 points, and had 12 by halftime. She set career highs for points and rebounds, but said she was merely taking what she was given.Oh, and she wanted to show the Mountaineers that she could handle their physical play, too."We knew coming in that they wanted to be physical, but we also wanted to make the first punch before they could hit us first, and I think we did that," Orrange said.Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 16 points and Chiney Ogwumike finished with 13 for the top-seeded Cardinal (33-1), who easily stretched their school-record winning streak to 30.Stanford put together a 17-0 run to take a 33-12 lead, and the advantage never dipped below 16 again. Orrange responded with consecutive baskets when Nnemkadi Ogwumike went to the bench with two fouls in the middle of the game-changing run."I call her my little knife," Nnemkadi Ogwumike said, laughing at herself while praising Orrange. "She slices and dices."Ayana Dunning led the Mountaineers (24-10) with 14 points and Asya Buassie had 11, but West Virginia shot just 31 percent."When they started scoring, our girls started pressing on offense," Mountaineers coach Mike Carey said. "We started taking some shots we shouldn't take."The Cardinal were leading 16-12 when Nnemkadi Ogwumike's two free throws sparked the 17-0 blitz. West Virginia went more than six minutes without scoring and trailed 33-14 after Dunning finally broke the drought with a 15-foot jumper 5:01 before halftime.The only bright spot for the Mountaineers during the big run occurred when Nnemkadi Ogwumike, a national player of the year contender, picked up her second foul and went to the bench. But Orrange made a jumper and a driving layup on the next two possessions for the Cardinal, who led 38-21 at halftime.The Mountaineers' plan to slow down the Ogwumike sisters might have been effective, guard Christal Caldwell said, had Orrange not caught them off guard."It made her have to be a lot more aggressive," Caldwell said.Ogwumike went back to the bench after drawing her third foul with 16:08 to play and the Cardinal ahead 44-26. Ogwumike's absence slowed Stanford's offense, but West Virginia still struggled to score. The Mountaineers missed 10 of their first 12 shots after halftime, including several open looks, and finished 4 for 18 on 3-pointers.Stanford's bid for a fifth straight trip to the Final Four now moves on to the Fresno Regional, where it will face South Carolina on Saturday. The Gamecocks advanced with a 72-61 victory over Purdue.The Mountaineers, meanwhile, continued a trend under Carey in which they are a perfect 6-0 in first-round NCAA tournament games, but 0-6 in the second round.In each of the last two seasons, they have been knocked out by a team featuring one of the top players in the country. Last year, it was Baylor and Brittney Griner.

Pac-12 basketball teams near Barcelona terrorist attack safe


Pac-12 basketball teams near Barcelona terrorist attack safe

Men's basketball teams from Oregon State, Clemson and Arizona were staying at a hotel in Barcelona, Spain, near where a van drove into pedestrians on Thursday, but team officials said everyone was safe.

Spanish police have confirmed they are investigating the bloodshed in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district as a terror attack. The area is a popular summer tourist spot.

Tulane also was playing in Barcelona, but it was unclear if they were staying in the same hotel as the other teams.

Oregon State assistant coach Gregg Gottlieb posted to Facebook: "We are all luckily ok. Our hotel/restaurant is located right on Las Ramblas. This tragedy happened right in front of us as our team just sat down for pregame meal. Thoughts and prayers for all those that are were hurt."

The Beavers' game Thursday night was canceled. It was supposed to be the first of a five-game tour.

Clemson was scheduled to play Thursday night against a Spanish All-Star team.

"We've been in contact with our men's basketball program currently in Barcelona and the entire travel party is safe and secure. Their exhibition game for tonight has been cancelled and the team will return to Clemson as previously scheduled tomorrow morning. Our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona," the South Carolina school said in a statement.

Clemson coach Brad Brownell confirmed in a text to The Associated Press that the three teams were staying in the same hotel.

"We are fine. Thankful to be safe and together," Brownell wrote.

Tulane athletic director Troy Tannen confirmed via social media that the Green Wave players and staff were safe.

Replying to a Twitter inquiry from a Portland television about whether the team was OK, Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle responded: "Yes we are, happened directly in front of our hotel while we were having a team meal in the restaurant, so senseless and sad! All accounted4."

Oregon State said it has not yet determined the remaining schedule for the team, which was supposed to be on the exhibition tour until Aug. 25.

A spokesman for Arizona said the Wildcats have canceled their third and final exhibition of their tour and "are currently working on travel plans to return home."

The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof


The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof

Your education dollars are always at work, so it is with pride and bewilderment that we report that the University of California’s incoming class (2021, for those few who can get out in four years) marched to Memorial Stadium and formed the world’s largest human letter.
It was . . . wait for it . . . a “C.” A 7,196-person-strong “C.”
But the school, as it occasionally does, missed a golden opportunity to seize a golden opportunity. All they needed to do was have a quick whip-round, get $55,586.44 from each and every one of the captives . . . er, students, and they could have wiped out their entire athletics deficit in one night.
You see, while forming gigantic letters is always fun (or as the kids used to say when double negatives didn’t mean voting, never not fun), Cal is staring at quite possibly the bleakest future a major athletic university ever has. The athletic department, whose chief officer, Mike Williams, has just announced his intention to quit, is over $400 million in debt between construction costs, ambition, shrinking allegiance and the absence of a Phil Knight-level sugar daddy to buy the pain away.
And before you blame Williams, he inherited this indigestible planetoid from his predecessor, Sandy Barbour, who grew it from her predecessor, Steve Gladstone, and hastened it from . . . well, you get the drift. 
Cal’s been blowing through money it hasn’t been taking in for years upon years, didn’t realize the deficit-cutting benefits of the Pac-12 Network (because they largely don’t exist), and the day of reckoning looms closer and closer, especially now that new chancellor Carol Christ (no apparent relation) described the deficit as “corrosive” and has insisted that the athletic department have a balanced budget by 2020.
In short, the school may only be able to afford a lower-case “C” before too long. Maybe in comic sans.