College basketball: Stanford women beat UC Riverside

STANFORD — DiJonai Carrington had 13 points and a career-high 22 rebounds in her first career start Friday night and the No. 14 Stanford women got their first win of the season 53-43 over UC Riverside.

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Carrington reached the double-double on a turnaround jumper with 3:25 left in the third quarter. She had 11 points and 14 rebounds at that point.

Alanna Smith added 11 points for the Cardinal (1-2), who built a 20-6 lead after the first quarter and kept the margin in double digits the rest of the way.

The Highlanders (0-3) had a 10-2 run in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 10 at the final score, but they failed to do more during the final nine minutes as Stanford missed 16 of its last 17 shots. Michelle Curry led UC Riverside with 15 points.

Stanford opened the season ranked 10th and started with two losses in Columbus, Ohio, against then-No. 5 Ohio State and No. 1 UConn.

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Jazzman Nate Wolters stays ready, gets call to play vs. Nets

BROOKLYN — Nate Wolters arrived at his New York hotel here around 9:30 p.m. Thursday night.

After playing in Santa Cruz, California, Wednesday for the Salt Lake City Stars of the G League, the Utah Jazz’s two-way player received a call-up to the NBA.

So, he hopped on a six-hour flight to fulfill his latest professional obligation.

Wolters participated in Friday’s shootaround with the Jazz then played three minutes in Utah’s 118-107 loss to Brooklyn.

He’s used to the non-traditional process and it doesn’t bother him one bit.

“I’m on a two-way contract so I’ve kind of got to be ready whenever,” Wolters said. “I just take it day by day, each day and just play hard.”

The Jazz signed Wolters to a two-way contract in September. He has played in five G League games for the Stars, for whom he averages 14.6 points, 7.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds while playing nearly 35 minutes per night.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound guard says the consistent playing time helps for those moments when the Jazz might need him to fill in.

“I just try to bring that energy and be positive on the trip and if my name’s called, just be ready and play hard,” Wolters said.

“It’s kind of the way the contract is, you’ll never know what team you’ll be on,” he added. “But yeah, with the injuries, it made sense for me to be with them on the road trip.”

D’ANGELO RUSSELL UPDATE: Nets guard D’Angelo Russell underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Friday. He initially suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter of last Saturday’s loss in Utah after scoring 26 points in 33 minutes. Nets general manager Sean Marks said there is still no timetable for his return.

“This is the direction that’s best for D’Angelo this coming season and also long-term,” Marks said. “We’re not going to speculate on a timetable. Obviously, he’s going to miss some time with this but it’ll be somewhat irresponsible to come back and say he’s going to miss ‘x’ amount of weeks.”

NO RUBIO, NO THABO: Starting point guard Ricky Rubio (right Achilles soreness) and veteran forward Thabo Sefolosha (right knee soreness) didn’t play against Brooklyn. Jazz coach Quin Snyder said the injuries aren’t necessarily external and won’t require surgeries, but that the decisions were made to prevent any long-term damage.

“You want to be smart,” Snyder said. “Especially with what we’re dealing with, the last thing we need is for Ricky to go out …read more

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Utah Jazz’s road drought continues as it falls to Brooklyn Nets 118-107 without 5 players

BROOKLYN — Lying in a hospital bed from a Manhattan location Friday night, injured Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell tweeted a photo of himself before his team tipped off against the Utah Jazz.

“Tuned in Let’s Go Nets! #BrooklynGrit” he posted.

Even without their young leader, the Nets were still able to hand the Jazz their sixth consecutive road loss, 118-107, at Barclays Center.

Russell underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee before the game to help with a left knee contusion he suffered last weekend in Salt Lake City.

Utah remains the league’s lone team without a road win and has lost seven of its past eight games.

“We were missing assignments defensively and once we got that down pat, we couldn’t stay in front of nobody so that was uncharacteristic of us, but we’ve got one tomorrow to get this bad taste out of our mouth,” said Jazz guard Rodney Hood, who ended up with 17 points. “We need a win bad.”

To Utah’s credit, key members Ricky Rubio (right Achilles soreness) and Thabo Sefolosha (right knee soreness) were kept out of the game, in addition to previously injured stars Rudy Gobert (tibia contusion), Joe Johnson (wrist) and Dante Exum (shoulder) who still couldn’t play.

Realistically, the team was only nine players deep with two-way guard Nate Wolters filling in on short notice.

“There’s a bit of realism in this,” said Jazz coach Quin Snyder. “Thabo was a big matchup for us tonight, he couldn’t play. Our point guard couldn’t play, Ricky Rubio. Rudy’s out.

“Those are times where you need even more from other people,” he added. “It’s not an excuse but our team has to realize in those moments that the margin of error is much smaller.”

Utah fell behind by as many as 22 points but used a 31-24 run in the third quarter to trim the deficit to single digits and make the game competitive.

Brooklyn shot a season-high 50. 6 percent from the field and had a career-best performance from Spencer Dinwiddie who finished with 25 points, eight assists, five boards, two steals and zero turnovers in 31 minutes.

“I think as a starter as a point guard in my position you try to lead,” Dinwiddie said. “I didn’t do anything different because of his (D’Angelo Russell) injury. I would like to think we won for him though because our heart goes out to him, he is our teammate and our brother. We feel for …read more

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