Pohlen leads No. 3 Stanford past USC
Top 25: Marist gets another win making its 20th consecutive
No. 3 Stanford 78, Southern California 64 -- Box Score
LOS ANGELES -- Jeanette Pohlen scored 19 points and Kayla Pedersen added 17 to lead No. 3 Stanford to a 78-64 win against Southern California on Friday night.
The victory was the 51st consecutive Pac-10 victory for the Cardinal, giving Stanford a free ride into the semifinals of next month's conference tournament.
Stanford routed the Trojans 95-51 last month, but USC kept it close this time and trailed by only two points at halftime.
The Cardinal (23-2, 14-0 Pac-10) opened the second half with a 12-2 run to take a 50-38 lead, but the run came at a price. Nnemkadi Ogwumike left the game with a sprained right ankle early in the second half. She gave the Cardinal a 48-38 lead with a layup but landed awkwardly and had to be helped off the court.
No. 9 UCLA 63, California 48 -- Box Score
LOS ANGELES -- Rebekah Gardner scored 16 points, Darxia Morris added 10 and No. 9 UCLA beat California 63-48 on Friday night for its seventh consecutive win.
Jasmine Dixon had eight points and nine rebounds for the Bruins (22-2, 12-1 Pac-10), who pulled away with a 13-2 run midway through the second half in coasting to their fifth win in a row over the Bears.
UCLA is unbeaten in its last 13 conference games at Pauley Pavilion.
Eliza Pierre scored 12 points while Talia Caldwell and Lindsay Sherbert had 10 apiece for Cal (14-11, 6-8), which lost its fourth in a row.
No. 24 Marist 60, Manhattan 42 -- Box Score
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- On a night that Marist honored its greatest player, her replacement had a career game.
Brandy Gang matched her career high with 19 points and the 24th-ranked Red Foxes routed Manhattan 60-42 on Friday night for their 20th consecutive victory.
The Red Foxes blew out the Jaspers in front of former star Rachele Fitz, who became the first women's basketball player in school history to have her jersey retired.
"This was a great day for Marist women's basketball to have the first jersey retire,'' coach Brian Giorgis said. "She not only was the greatest player in Marist history, but the greatest player to play in the MAAC. Even though we lost that type of player we're still OK.''