Poeltl scores 25 as Utah beats Washington State 88-47

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jakob Poeltl scored 25 as Utah faced little resistance in a 88-47 victory over Washington State on Sunday.

The Utes (19-7, 8-5) remain in striking distance for the Pac-12 regular-season title with the win.

The Cougars (9-16, 1-12) were never competitive after the first five minutes. The Utes went on a 17-3 run that included 14 from Poeltl to take a 21-9 lead. Another 17-5 stretch, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Jordan Loveridge pushed the lead to 40-21 at halftime.

Things didn't get better for the Cougars after the half and they never found an answer for Poeltl. The 7-footer added seven more points during a 13-0 run that gave Utah a 55-24 lead. Poeltl put an exclamation mark on the spurt with a break-away, one-handed tomahawk dunk.

Que Johnson scored a WSU-high 13 points as the Cougars shot a season-low 30.6 percent from the field.

Southern Cal women beat WSU 64-62, snap 2-game skid

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Temi Fagbenle scored a season-high 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Southern California to a 64-62 victory over Washington State on Sunday night to snap a two-game skid.

Fagbenle added five assists to go with her ninth double-double of the season. Courtney Jaco chipped in 18 points for the Trojans (18-8, 6-8 Pac-12).

Dawnyelle Awa scored 16 points to lead Washington State (12-13, 3-11), which has lost eight straight.

The Cougars had their last lead, 56-55 with four minutes left. Jaco made a 3-pointer, sparking 7-0 spurt and the Trojans led 62-56. Mariah Cooks and Borislava Hristova made consecutive layups to pull the Cougars to 62-60 with 28 seconds left.

Washington State had two chances to tie it after Awa forced a turnover on the Trojans ensuing possession, but Hristova missed a layup, and then Louise Brown missed a pair of free throws.

Jaco added two free throws with 19 seconds left to make it 64-60.

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