Briefs: Seahawks sign Kicker; UW wins, WSU loses


BERKELEY, Calif.

Huskies clobber

host Cal, 62-47

The Washington Huskies won their second straight to open Pacific-12 play, this time picking apart Cal, 62-47, in front of a serene Haas Pavilion crowd on Wednesday night behind a powerful rebounding performance and constricting defense.

The Huskies (10-5 overall, 2-0 Pac-12) received a big night from their big man, Aziz N’Diaye, who had 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots to help UW dominate rebounding. Washington had a season-high 48 rebounds, a dramatic shift in a category that the Huskies have struggled with this season.

C.J. Wilcox scored 19 points to become the 37th player in Washington history with 1,000 or more career points on what was an otherwise trudging offensive night for the Huskies, who shot 36.8 percent.

STANFORD, Calif.

here were no last-minute heroics by the opponent this time, no “if only” scenarios for Washington State to replay as it boarded a charter flight back to Pullman late Wednesday night.

Well, maybe one: If only Stanford hadn’t made two-thirds of its 3-point attempts and its first 24 free throws, maybe the Cougars wouldn’t be answering for another late-game meltdown.

Add it up, and a winnable game escaped WSU (9-6, 0-2 Pac-12) before 4,476 at Maples Pavilion on Wednesday, with Stanford victorious 78-67 behind an 8-for-12 effort from 3-point range and a near perfect performance at the free-throw line.

So efficient was Stanford (10-6, 1-2 Pac-12) at the foul line that as the game slipped away from WSU late, senior forward Brock Motum said he scanned the floor without a clue which Cardinal player he should foul to stop the clock.

Renton

Seahawks sign Longwell

to replace Hauschka

Seahawks memories come back quickly to Ryan Longwell.

Watching games in the Kingdome with his grandfather. Cheering on local legends Steve Largent and Jim Zorn. Even playing against his hometown team during a 15-year NFL career had special moments.

Longwell, decades removed from being a young fan, might soon be called on to add to Seahawks history. The 38-year-old veteran signed with the team Wednesday to replace kicker Steven Hauschka, who was placed on injured reserve with a strained calf.

Longwell beat out three other kickers who were invited to try out Tuesday, heading into Sunday’s divisional playoff game at Atlanta.