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NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Sweden’s height advantage got to South Korea.
In an effort to compensate for the disparity, South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong decided to use a backup player in goal because he is the tallest of the team’s three keepers.
The gamble worked, but a penalty still gave the Swedes a 1-0 victory on Monday at the World Cup.
“We evaluated all of our goalkeepers and we felt like with the very tall Swedish players, we thought Jo Hyeon-woo would be the best and we thought he’d be a little bit quicker,” Shin said. “So we chose him.”
At 1.89 meters (6-foot-3), Jo is tallest of the South Korean goalkeepers. But he is normally No. 3 on the list when it comes to playing time.
Shin is well-known for pulling surprises.
In World Cup warm-up matches, he switched the numbers of his players around, arguing Swedish scouts would be confused because he says “it’s very difficult for westerners to distinguish between Asians.”
Shin mentioned Sweden’s height advantage about a dozen times after the match. He even acknowledged his players “were a little bit psychologically concerned about the height of the Swedish players.”
Sweden’s starting players averaged about 1.90 meters (6-3), while South Korea’s starters averaged about 1.83 meters (6 feet).
Shin also started with Kim Shin-wook as his primary striker. He is the tallest player on South Korea’s team at 1.97 meters (6-5 1/2).
Jo did his job in goal, making a half-dozen sprawling saves until he was beaten on a second-half penalty by Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist.
Asked to name South Korea’s most important player, Sweden coach Janne Andersson didn’t hesitate.
“I think definitely,” Andersson said, “the goalie was their best.”
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Below you’ll find the standings and schedule broken down by each group:
Thursday, June 14:
Friday, June 15:
Tuesday, June 19: Russia vs. Egypt, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Wednesday, June 20: Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia, 11 a.m. ET, Fox
Monday, June 25: Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt, 10 a.m. ET, FS1
Monday, June 25: Uruguay vs. Russia, 10 a.m. ET, Fox
Friday, June 15:
Friday, June 15:
Wednesday, June 20: Portugal vs. Morocco, 8 a.m. ET, FS1
Wednesday, June 20: Iran vs. Spain, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Monday, June 25: Iran vs. Portugal, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Monday, June 25: Spain vs. Morocco, 2 p.m. ET, FS1
Saturday, June 16:
Saturday, June 16:
Thursday, June 21: Denmark vs. Australia, 8 a.m. ET, FS1
Thursday, June 21: France vs. Peru, 11 a.m. ET, Fox
Tuesday, June 26: Australia vs. Peru, 10 a.m. ET, FS1
Tuesday, June 26: Denmark vs. France, 10 a.m. ET, Fox
Saturday, June 16:
Saturday, June 16:
Thursday, June 21: Argentina vs. Croatia, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Friday, June 22: Nigeria vs. Iceland, 11 a.m. ET, Fox
Tuesday, June 26: Iceland vs. Croatia, 2 p.m. ET, FS1
Tuesday, June 26: Nigeria vs. Argentina, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Sunday, June 17:
Sunday, June 17:
Friday, June 22: Brazil vs. Costa Rica, 8 a.m. ET, FS1
Friday, June 22: Serbia vs. Switzerland, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Wednesday, June 27: Serbia vs. Brazil, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Wednesday, June 27: Switzerland vs. Costa Rica, 2 p.m. ET, FS1
Sunday, June 17:
Monday, June 18:
Saturday, June 23: Germany vs. Sweden, 11 a.m. ET, Fox
Saturday, June 23: South Korea vs. Mexico, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Wednesday, June 27: South Korea vs. Germany, 10 a.m. ET, FS1
Wednesday, June 27: Mexico vs. Sweden, 10 a.m. ET, Fox
Monday, June 18: Belgium vs. Panama, 11 a.m. ET, FS1
Monday, June 18: Tunisia vs. England, 2 p.m. ET, FS1
Saturday, June 23: Belgium vs. Tunisia, 8 a.m. ET, Fox
Sunday, June 24: England vs. Panama, 8 a.m. ET, FS1
Thursday, June 28: England vs. Belgium, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Thursday, June 28: Panama vs. Tunisia, 2 p.m. ET, FS1
Tuesday, June 19: Colombia vs. Japan, 8 a.m. ET, FS1
Tuesday, June 19: Poland vs. Senegal, 11 a.m. ET, Fox
Sunday, June 24: Japan vs. Senegal, 11 a.m. ET, Fox
Sunday, June 24: Poland vs. Colombia, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Thursday, June 28: Japan vs. Poland, 10 a.m. ET, FS1
Thursday, June 28: Senegal vs. Colombia, 10 a.m. ET, Fox
|Saturday, June 30|
|Match 50: Group C winner vs. Group D runner-up||10 a.m. ET||Kazan||Fox|
|Match 49: Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up||2 p.m. ET||Sochi||Fox|
|Sunday, July 1|
|Match 51: Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up||10 a.m. ET||Moscow||Fox|
|Match 52: Group D winner vs. Group C runner-up||2 p.m. ET||Nizhny Novgorod||Fox|
|Monday, July 2|
|Match 53: Group E winner vs. Group F runner-up||10 a.m. ET||Samara||FS1|
|Match 54: Group G winner vs. Group H runner-up||2 p.m. ET||Rostov||Fox|
|Tuesday, July 3|
|Match 55: Group F winner vs. Group E runner-up||10 a.m. ET||Saint Petersburg||FS1|
|Match 56: Group H winner vs. Group G runner-up||2 p.m. ET||Rostov||Fox|
|Friday, July 6|
|Match 57: Match 49 winner vs. Match 50 winner||9 a.m. ET||Nizhny Novgorod||FS1|
|Match 58: Match 53 winner vs. Match 54 winner||1 p.m. ET||Kazan||FS1|
|Saturday, July 7|
|Match 60: Match 55 winner vs. Match 66 winner||9 a.m. ET||Samara||Fox|
|Match 59: Match 51 winner vs. Match 52 winner||1 p.m. ET||Sochi||Fox|
|Tuesday, July 10|
|Match 61: Match 57 winner vs. Match 58 winner||1 p.m. ET||Saint Petersburg||Fox|
|Wednesday, July 11|
|Match 62: Match 59 winner vs. Match 60 winner||1 p.m. ET||Moscow||Fox|
|Saturday, July 14|
|Match 63: Match 61 loser vs. Match 62 loser||9 a.m. ET||Saint Petersburg||Fox|
|Sunday, July 15|
|Match 64: Match 61 winner vs. Match 62 winner||10 a.m. ET||Moscow||Fox|
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(PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS) — A week away from the draft, while it looks like the No. 1 pick is set, teams are still gathering information and having players in for workouts.
Big men Marvin Bagley and Mo Bamba recently worked out for the Atlanta Hawks, and Jaren Jackson Jr. had a stellar workout for the Phoenix Suns. Many lottery teams are still gathering information on Michael Porter Jr., whose medical history is integral to this process.
At this point it’s important to be wary of smokescreens, and remember, trades are still possible.
USA TODAY Sports canvassed multiple league executives in shaping its latest mock draft. The actual NBA draft will be held next Thursday in New York.
Arizona • Center • Freshman
Height: 7-1 • Weight: 250
The Suns worked out several of the top prospects likely as due diligence, but it’s going to be Arizona center Deandre Ayton. Suns GM Ryan McDonough called Ayton’s workout “phenomenal,” and it would be a shock if they went another route.
Missouri • Forward • Freshman
Height: 6-11 • Weight: 211
The Kings are known to be enamored with Porter but are still trying to gather the latest medical information. If they’re convinced that he’s fully healthy, he could be the combo-forward they’ve been searching for. A trade down could also be possible if they believe they could get him lower, as the Kings have no first rounders in 2019.
Duke • Forward • Freshman
Height: 6-11 • Weight: 234
If Bagley learns to rely on his three-pointer a bit more, he’ll be a matchup nightmare for opposing big men. The Hawks would get immediate offensive help with this pick, and Bagley would be afforded time to improve his defense.
Real Madrid • Guard
Height: 6-8 • Weight: 220
The Grizzlies are several pieces away from contending for the postseason, but Doncic, the EuroLeague MVP, is the most polished and accomplished prospect among the elites. He immediately gives Memphis another primary ballhandler and someone capable of stretching the floor.
Michigan State • Forward • Freshman
Height: 6-11 • Weight: 236
Viewed as perhaps the prospect with the most room to grow both physically and offensively, Jackson Jr. is an immediate asset on the defensive end. His length and timing are outstanding, and given his comfort from the perimeter, he could be the prototypical NBA big man in a few years.
Texas • Center • Freshman
Height: 7-1 • Weight: 225
Similar to Jackson, Bamba is already NBA-ready on the defensive end, and there’s a question as to how far he’ll be able to stretch the floor when he’s not demoralizing defenses with his patented alley-oop finishes. Bamba, who will have the longest wingspan in the NBA at 7-10, is the kind of physical freak teams may regret passing on.
Duke • Forward • Freshman
Height: 6-10 • Weight: 251
Carter Jr. represents a safe, solid pick with low risk. He’s a polished, but not plodding, big man with great footwork and high basketball IQ.
Oklahoma • Guard • Freshman
Height: 6-2 • Weight: 177
Is anyone surprised that Young wasn’t able to maintain his furious scoring pace for an entire season? The Cavs may benefit because other teams tried to poke holes in his obvious talent.
Alabama • Guard • Freshman
Height: 6-2 • Weight: 183
Sexton is an aggressive, confident scorer who could thrive as the lead guard. The guard-depleted Cavs are known to be interested in Sexton as well.
Villanova • Guard • Junior
Height: 6-7 • Weight: 210
Given Bridges’ experience and strengths, he’s likely an immediate contributor at the next level, filling a wing position that nearly every team covets.
Michigan State • Forward • Sophomore
Height: 6-7 • Weight: 220
The Hornets need help all over, and Bridges is a position-less wing who could play small forward and power forward in smaller lineups. He’s a bit of a tweener in terms of ideal fit, but his raw athleticism and stature make him lottery worthy.
Miami • Guard • Freshman
Height: 6-5 • Weight: 196
The Clippers are in a unique position to draft back-to-back lottery players, affording them a chance to make a riskier move with one of their picks. Walker, a raw, physical guard, offers them a scoring mindset combined with a versatile profile on the defensive end.
Texas A&M • Center • Sophomore
Height: 6-10 • Weight: 241
As for that risk, it comes in the form of Williams. Athletic and rim-running, Williams has tantalizing tools at center for the modern NBA. He also doesn’t have much of an offensive arsenal anywhere outside of the paint, and the 47% free throw percentage is scary.
Kentucky • Forward • Freshman
Height: 6-9 • Weight: 215
Not many forwards can create offense off the bounce like Knox, and it’s impossible to ignore his versatility. He’s needs to add muscle to his frame and any team must be patient with him, but there’s significant upside as he continues to develop.
Kentucky • Guard • Freshman
Height: 6-6 • Weight: 180
Give him a few years to develop more of an offensive repertoire, and Gilgeous-Alexander is an ideal NBA point guard. His length, passing and defense are all intriguing, but don’t expect him to orchestrate an NBA offense as a rookie.
Texas Tech • Guard • Freshman
Height: 6-4 • Weight: 198
Smith is a freak athlete without much more that teams can bank on. He’s stunning in transition and finishes dunks that hardly look feasible. His defensive instincts are there, too, but teams will have to grapple with what else he’s able to create on offense.
UCLA • Guard • Junior
Height: 6-1 • Weight: 185
Holiday would be less of a risk than the Bucks are typically accustomed to drafting. He’s a poised, crafty ballhandler, and with two brothers already in the league, he’s got an obvious NBA pedigree.
Oregon • Forward • Freshman
Height: 6-7 • Weight: 208
There’s potentially a lot of value in Brown, who does a lot of things well but nothing great. His defensive instincts are probably his best asset, and with the right coaching and system, he could develop a more enhanced offensive game.
Pau-Orthez (France) • Guard
Height: 6-3 • Weight: 180
The lefty guard has good outside touch, a quick first step and a deft midrange game. There usually aren’t many potentially starting-caliber guards left this late in the draft.
Cedevita (Croatia) • Forward
Height: 6-9 • Weight: 195
Musa needs to add significant bulk to his frame, not necessarily to compete offensively but because he could be a liability on defense. He’s a rangy shooter and a creative finisher with good vision; offenses won’t stall with him in the rotation.
Maryland • Forward • Sophomore
Height: 6-7 • Weight: 190
No one helped themselves more at the NBA draft combine than smooth-shooting forward Kevin Huerter, who excelled in the scrimmage portion. There is a belief that Huerter may have secured a promise, which could have swayed his decision to stay in the draft.
Boise State • Guard • Senior
Height: 6-7 • Weight: 197
There’s also a belief that Hutchison, who pulled out of the NBA draft combine, may have a first-round promise from Chicago. If that’s the case, the athletic, four-year wing would fit the bill of prospects the Bulls have drafted in the past.
Villanova • Guard • Sophomore
Height: 6-5 • Weight: 200
DiVincenzo parlayed his strong Final Four and draft combine showing into a likely first-round pick. He’s a downhill scorer, crafty finisher from multiple angles and someone who makes his teammates better.
Ohio State • Forward • Junior
Height: 6-8 • Weight: 223
Bates-Diop has good mobility, anticipation and athleticism, and his face-up game was an asset in college. As a redshirt player, there are legitimate questions as to how much he’ll improve.
Southern California • Guard • Sophomore
Height: 6-3 • Weight: 193
Despite withdrawing from USC earlier this season, Melton remains an intriguing prospect thanks to his defensive intensity and transition ability. At the draft combine he also mentioned how special it would be for him to play for his hometown Lakers.
Boston College • Guard • Junior
Height: 6-5 • Weight: 188
It’s not hard to see what scouts like about Robinson. He’s a poised, steady guard with good size who can occasionally explode to the rim. He’s a comfortable scorer who could easily command a second unit off the bench.
Georgia Tech • Guard • Sophomore
Height: 6-4 • Weight: 213
Okogie has good size and a great motor, but his offensive instincts can feel a little hectic at times. He should immediately be able to hold his own on the defensive end.
Creighton • Guard • Junior
Height: 6-4 • Weight: 200
Steady and with great length, Thomas is a low-risk, heady guard who won’t make unforced mistakes and can immediately stretch the floor with his offense.
Cincinnati • Guard • Junior
Height: 6-6 • Weight: 210
With good size and strength for his position, Evans can be an immediate contributor on the defensive end and should have no trouble in a switch-heavy defense. His three-point shooting ability could be a bonus.
Chalmette High School • Center
Height: 7-0 • Weight: 233
Robinson might be the most enigmatic prospect in the draft, with a range as high as just outside the lottery all the way until the second round. The size and talent are there, but teams could have questions about his drive and commitment after skipping his lone year in college basketball.
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CHICAGO (AP) — Phoenix general manager Ryan McDonough was on stage moments after the NBA draft lottery ended, talking about the future of the Suns and mentioning how they had the best odds of picking No. 1 overall.
And then he stopped to correct himself.
“We have No. 1,” McDonough said. “I’ve got to adjust to that.”
It’s an adjustment that he and the Suns will happily be making.
The worst team in the league this season will pick first in the NBA draft on June 21, after the Suns won the draft lottery on Tuesday night. It’s the first time the Suns will have the chance to make the first overall selection.
“It’s great for our franchise,” said McDonough, whose club went 21-61 this season and missed the playoffs for an eighth consecutive year. “It’s something that you say coming into it, you don’t have any control over it so you’re not going to get nervous. And I was here dying. I could barely breathe. I needed an oxygen tank.”
The Suns have three great candidates for No. 1, all with ties to either Arizona or new Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov. Arizona freshman center Deandre Ayton is widely expected to be a strong candidate to go No. 1 overall, and he was at the lottery to watch the Suns win the pick. So was Duke’s Marvin Bagley III, an Arizona native.
And Kokoskov is particularly familiar with Slovenia’s Luka Doncic, who will be coming to the NBA from Real Madrid. Kokoskov coached Slovenia — and Doncic — to the gold medal at the European championships last summer.
“We have a small target grouping in mind, but we’re not going to rule anything out at this point,” McDonough said. “I think we’ll have a great choice, no matter who we select.”
The Suns were big winners.
So were Sacramento and Atlanta.
Sacramento will pick No. 2 and Atlanta got the No. 3 pick — both of them moving up and bucking some odds to get there. The top three spots were determined by the lottery, and then spots 4-14 fell in line of reverse order of record.
Sacramento had a 18.3 percent chance entering the lottery of moving into the top three, while Atlanta’s move-up was really just a slightly bigger upset than a coin-flip — the Hawks came into the night with a 42.3 percent chance of getting picks 1, 2 or 3.
“No big deal. It’s a deep draft,” Kings vice president and general manager Vlade Divac said. “We’re going to do our job and obviously, I’m glad that we played the last two years to develop guys and try to win games. You cannot develop guys if you don’t teach them how to win.”
The Hawks, like the Suns, got their lottery result one day after introducing a new coach. Lloyd Pierce is taking over in Atlanta, with a reputation of helping great young talent develop — he’s worked with Joel Embiid, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and LeBron James, among many others.
“For Hawks fans, it’s a big deal,” said Hawks owner Jami Gertz, who represented the franchise on stage at the lottery. “I say to Atlanta, we are on our way. Championships down the road, sooner than later. Let’s go.”
The rest of the slots, in order, went to No. 4 Memphis, No. 5 Dallas, No. 6 Orlando, No. 7 Chicago, No. 8 Cleveland, No. 9 New York, No. 10 Philadelphia, No. 11 Charlotte, No. 12 and No. 13 Los Angeles Clippers, and No. 14 Denver.
The draft is June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The lottery has been around since 1985, was tweaked to a weighted system in 1990 and will be changing again next year in an effort to discourage teams from tanking.
Going forward, the three teams with the worst regular-season records will all have 14 percent chances of winning the No. 1 pick, the fourth-worst team will have a 12.5 percent chance and the fifth-worst 10.5 percent. So there will still be a benefit to being bad, but the odds will be so similar among the bottom five teams — a 3.5 percent differential in the race for No. 1, instead of the 16.2 percent gap like this year — that the reward for losing might be lessened.
“I don’t like that word, what is it, tanking?” Divac said. “I hate it.”
Josh Jackson, who just completed his rookie season with Phoenix, represented the Suns on the stage, for the public announcement of what was drawn in secret about an hour earlier. Only a handful of team representatives, NBA officials and media knew the outcome of the lottery before it was revealed publicly and they were all sequestered until the results were aired.
Jackson said he thinks the Suns need a big man. That means his vote, for now anyway, is Ayton.
“He’s got so much potential,” Jackson said.
The Suns feel the same way about themselves. They have three picks in the first 31 in this draft, plus have some cap room to work with this summer. The plan, McDonough said, is to add some veterans to mold what will be a young core led by the likes of Devin Booker, Jackson and potentially whoever the No. 1 pick is next month.
With some more luck, Jackson won’t be going to more lotteries.
“Hopefully we won’t be sitting up here too much longer,” Jackson said.
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Ae’Rianna Harris scored 13 points and Purdue held Rutgers to 10 points in the first half en route to a 47-33 win on Wednesday night that ended the No. 21 Scarlet Knights’ 11-game winning streak.
Andreona Keys added 10 points for the Boilermakers (11-7, 2-2 Big Ten Conference), who spoiled Rutgers’ first appearance in the Top 25 since March of 2015.
The Scarlet Knights made the first and last basket of the first period and missed 10 to trail 10-4 after one quarter. Their shooting in the second quarter was 3 for 12 and the Boilermakers scored the last seven to lead 25-10. Rutgers’ shooting was 5 of 24 (21 percent), including 0 for 9 from 3-point range.
The highlight of the night for Rutgers (16-3, 4-1) was their last basket of the first half, scored by Tyler Scaife at the 4:36 mark that pushed the fifth-year senior into the exclusive 2,000-point club.
The Scarlet Knights made five field goals in each of the last two quarters. Ciani Cryor made a long shot that made it 41-33 with 1:01 to play but Purdue scored the last six points of the game. Rutgers’ second-half totals were 1 of 11 from distance, 10 of 32 overall (31 percent) for final 1 of 20 behind the arc and 15 of 56 overall (27 percent).
Both teams had 20 turnovers and Purdue shot just 24 percent in the second half and 33 percent (16 of 48) overall.
No. 15 WEST VIRGINA 74, KANSAS 54
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Naomi Davenport hit four 3-pointers and finished with 22 points and Teana Muldrow had 19 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals to help the No. 15 West Virginia women defeat Kansas 74-54 on Wednesday night.
Katrina Pardee added 15 points and senior Chania Ray had 12 points and a season-high tying 10 assists for West Virginia (15-2, 3-2 Big 12). The Mountaineers have won five in a row against Kansas (11-5, 2-3).
Davenport hit two 3s, while Muldrow and Pardee scored five points apiece, during a 16-1 run that gave West Virginia a 52-33 lead with four minutes left in the third quarter. Kylee Kopatich sandwiched a 3-point play and a layup around two free throws by Tyler Johnson as the Jayhawks scored the first seven fourth-quarter points to trim their deficit to 55-44. Muldrow had nine points from there as the Mountaineers pulled away.
Kopatich had 17 points and Austin Richardson scored 10 on 4-of-16 shooting for Kansas. The Jayhawks shot just 35 percent (19 of 54) from the field, including 3 of 12 from 3-point range.
West Virginia scored 24 points off 17 Kansas turnovers.
TCU 79, No.7 TEXAS 77
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU guard Kianna Ray stood at the free throw line with 6 seconds left and a chance to beat her hometown team.
Ray made both free throws, giving the Horned Frogs a huge upset, 79-77 over No. 7 Texas on Wednesday night for their first win over a Top 10 team in more than eight years.
“I really wasn’t,” said Ray, the sophomore from Austin, when asked what she was thinking then. “We shoot those every day. … Just take deep breaths and shoot it like I do every time.”
Ray was fouled by Ariel Atkins on a drive to the basket. That came after Atkins tied the game, and the second time in the final 38 seconds the two traded baskets. Atkins had made a short runner in the lane before Ray’s open 3-pointer put Frogs up 77-75.
TCU (11-5, 2-3 Big 12) had lost its last 13 games against ranked teams, and hadn’t beaten a Top 10 team since a 56-54 home victory over No. 10 Texas A&M on Dec. 12, 2009.
“It’s just a fun win. It’s a fun win, and I don’t really know how you can define a signature victory in the moment,” fourth-year TCU coach Raegan Pebley said. “I think you have to see what happens after it. So we’re just going to love on it right now and go to work.”
Atkins had 25 points to lead Texas (13-2, 4-1), which had won six in a row since its only loss at Tennessee a month earlier. Lashann Higgs had 18 points, though her desperation 3 at the buzzer was way off the mark, and Audrey-Ann Cardon-Goudreaux had 11.
“I’m not shocked at all, actually,” Higgs said. “We didn’t come to play. We didn’t play defense like we know how to play.”
The Longhorns had a 10-point lead late in the first quarter, and then trailed by 12 before halftime. They led 69-64 with 4 1/2 minutes left after consecutive jumpers by Atkins.
“They played with more urgency and a lot more passion to win,” Texas coach Karen Aston said. “We played in spurts. … Really good in some spurts and disinterested in some spurts.”
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr credits her Louisville women’s basketball teammates for creating opportunities that have allowed the junior guard to score from all over the court.
Durr is putting up career-best offensive numbers while making sure other Cardinals are involved. Their unselfish philosophy is one reason they’re unbeaten and enjoying the best start in school history — and have an eye on winning the national championship.
Louisville’s chances begin with Durr, who’s showing growth on the defensive end as well.
“I don’t want to be one-dimensional, just a pure scorer,” Durr said. “I want to be a player who passes the ball well, who can rebound the ball well and can guard. I’m trying to become a player who can do more than one thing.”
The Douglasville, Georgia, native is succeeding in many areas for Louisville (18-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which seeks its third Final Four appearance under coach Jeff Walz and first since 2013. Durr began the week tied for 31st nationally in scoring at 20.2 points per game, an average jump-started by her school-record 47-point performance in the Cardinals’ 95-90 overtime win at then-No. 5 Ohio State on Nov. 12.
Durr shot 9 of 15 from long range against the Buckeyes and offered a hint that this season could be different for her and Louisville. The first team all-ACC selection has remained accurate from behind the arc and ranks seventh nationally in 3-point shooting at nearly 48 percent, with her 56 baskets on 118 attempts tying for 10th.
“I really worked on my shot,” said Durr, who is currently 13th in career scoring at Louisville with 1,378 points. “My teammates are doing a really great job of finding me on the court and the staff is doing a great job of putting together a great game plan to give my teammates a chance to find me on the court.”
Durr’s 47-percent shooting is more than five points better than last season and her solid defensive numbers have held steady. Her approach to defense is what pleases Walz most.
“She has taken pride in that, but defensively is where I’ve been impressed,” the coach said of Durr, who averaged a team-best 12.7 points playing under him last summer on the U.S. Under-23 squad. She also participated in the National Team camp with teammate and senior forward Myisha Hines-Allen.
Walz added, “She is rebounding the ball better. All of the things that you might not look at first on the stat sheet, she’s really focusing on.”
Good as Durr has been, the Cardinals’ depth and selflessness means she doesn’t have to do everything.
Hines-Allen, a two-time All-ACC selection, is having another strong season at 13.2 points per game. Louisville’s three other starters — forwards Sam Fuerhing and Jazmine Jones and junior point guard Arica Carter — average from 6.5 to 8.9 points per contest. Freshman reserve guard Dana Evans has a team-high 71 assists.
The Cardinals’ rotation can go 10 deep, flexibility they’ll need in Thursday night’s ACC showdown against No. 2 Notre Dame (15-1, 4-0). The Irish’s lone loss came against top-ranked UConn, which Louisville visits on Feb. 12.
Louisville has lost its last 11 to the Irish and is 4-14 lifetime against them. As Walz tries to focus on big-picture goals for his team, he acknowledges this meeting’s importance towards the Cardinals’ hopes of winning its first ACC title.
Then again, wins against Top 25 opponents this season — Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon and Duke — have Louisville believing it can beat powerhouse programs and establish itself as a title contender.
Durr sets the tone for the Cardinals.
She has combined for 30 first-quarter points the past two contests, demonstrating the green light Walz has given her.
“Sometimes he has to tell me to stop shooting,” Durr said, laughing. “But it’s a good thing when he has to tell a player to stop because that means you’re being very aggressive.”
Louisville is hoping all those good things happening for Durr — and the Cardinals — continue.
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NEW YORK (AP) — After a two-year hiatus, C. Vivian Stringer has Rutgers back in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll.
The Scarlet Knights jumped into the AP Top 25 on Monday at No. 21, riding an 11-game winning streak. Rutgers was last ranked on March 2, 2015.
There was a time not so long ago when Rutgers was a staple in the Top 25, but the team went through some lean years before returning to the rankings. Rutgers is in the midst of a remarkable turnaround after going 6-24 last season.
“To go to the low depths we did and to show that perseverance and fight we have is great,” Stringer said. “We had to build everything from scratch. It showed me a lot about myself. I never gave up. We had more resolve to fight.”
The Scarlet Knights visit Purdue on Wednesday.
UConn remained a unanimous choice from the 32-member national media panel after cruising to two victories last week. The Huskies were followed in the rankings by Notre Dame, Louisville, Mississippi State and Baylor. Louisville hosts the Irish on Thursday.
South Carolina dropped from fourth to ninth after losing at Missouri on Sunday while the Tigers moved up three spots to 12th. It’s the Gamecocks’ worst ranking since Jan. 20, 2014.
Tennessee, Texas and Oregon are in front of the Gamecocks while Ohio State rounds out the top 10.
Green Bay also re-entered the poll this week at No. 25. Stanford and Villanova dropped out.
Other tidbits from the poll:
BIG TEN REVIVAL: With Rutgers’ return, the Big Ten has five teams in the Top 25 for the first time since Nov. 23, 2015. Ohio State is 10th, Maryland 11th, Iowa tied for 18th, Rutgers 21st and Michigan 23rd.
“It’s huge,” Stringer said of having so many ranked teams. “I try to treat this as I would the Big East with Notre Dame, Louisville, Connecticut, Rutgers. We had a monster there. If we can continue to play well, the NCAA would consider us to be a strong conference and we’ll get all five schools in.”
MIGHTY DUCKS: After sweeping Southern California and UCLA, Oregon has moved up a spot to eighth, which is the Ducks’ highest ranking ever. The Ducks had been as high as ninth in 1982 and again this season.
“That’s neat,” coach Kelly Graves said. “We don’t talk about it as a team, but it means we had a hell of a weekend.”
Oregon swept the Los Angeles schools for the first time in school history. It is 15-2 on the season, with the losses coming against Louisville and Mississippi State.
“I wouldn’t have guessed we’d be 15-2 against the 13th-toughest schedule in the country at this point with the youngest team in the Top 25. … We’re better right now than I thought we’d be. I got some gritty kids and they’re tough mentally.”
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Others receiving votes: Villanova 49, Stanford 30, South Florida 24, Syracuse 22, Georgia 10, Marquette 5, LSU 4, Utah 3, Brown 2, Ball State 1, Belmont 1, Mercer 1
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Sophie Cunningham was too much for South Carolina to handle for the second straight year, scoring 27 points to lead No. 15 Missouri to an 83-74 victory over the fourth-ranked Gamecocks on Sunday.
Cunningham, who suffered a right knee sprain last week and sat out Missouri’s loss to LSU on Thursday, returned with a knee brace but showed no ill effects. She made 9 of 10 shots from the field and had seven assists and six rebounds.
Last year, Cunningham scored 26 points and hit the winning shot in Missouri’s home victory over the eventual national champions.
The Tigers (14-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) shot 56.3 percent from the field and 61.5 percent from 3-point range. Amber Smith had 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Bianca Jackson and Tyasha Harris led the Gamecocks (13-2, 2-1) with 14 points each.
No. 2 NOTRE DAME 77, GEORGIA TECH 54
ATLANTA (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored 25 points, Jackie Young added 14 and Notre Dame had no trouble winning its eighth straight game with a victory over Georgia Tech.
Despite injuries reducing their roster to seven scholarship players and three walk-ons, the Fighting Irish (15-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) used a dominant inside game to put Georgia Tech away early with a 30-point halftime lead.
Kaylan Pugh had 17 points and Francesca Pan scored 11, but they were the only Yellow Jackets to finish in double figures. Georgia Tech (12-5, 1-3) gave itself no chance, missing 22 of their first 27 shots from the field and looking nothing like the team that played No. 3 Louisville tough in a narrow home loss Dec. 28.
No. 3 LOUISVILLE 67, VIRGINIA TECH 56
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr scored 21 points to lead Louisville to a victory over Virginia Tech.
The Cardinals (18-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) made their first seven shots to jump out to a 16-2 lead midway through the first quarter. Durr made her first five shots and scored 16 in the first period.
Regan Magarity scored 14 points to lead the Hokies (12-4, 1-2).
No. 5 MISSISSIPPI STATE 83, LSU 70
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Teaira McCowan had 31 points and 20 rebounds to help Mississippi State stay unbeaten with a victory against LSU.
McCowan scored Mississippi State’s first nine points after halftime to extend a nine-point lead to 15 after being held to eight in the first half on 3-for-10 shooting. LSU got no closer than 10 points the rest of the game. It’s the second time this season McCowan has had at least 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game.
Morgan William scored 13 points and Chloe Bibby had 10 for Mississippi State (17-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference), whose bench outscored LSU’s 16-2.
Chloe Jackson led LSU (10-4, 2-1) with 25 points and Raigyne Louis had 20 despite being limited by foul trouble.
No. 7 TENNESSEE 86, VANDERBILT 73
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mercedes Russell scored a career-high 33 points as Tennessee came from behind in the second half to outlast Vanderbilt and remain unbeaten.
Vanderbilt (4-13, 0-3 SEC) has never beaten the Lady Vols (15-0, 3-0) at Knoxville in 33 attempts. Tennessee capitalized on its superior size to go on an 11-0 run midway through the second half and withstand an unexpected challenge from the Commodores.
Russell already had outscored her previous career high of 26 points by the end of the third quarter and ended up shooting 14 of 20 and pulling down eight rebounds. Cheridene Green shot 7 of 8 and scored 17 points — also a career high — and Jaime Nared added 15 points.
No. 8 TEXAS 75, KANSAS STATE 64
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Lashann Higgs scored 26 points and Texas used a big run to start the second half to beat Kansas State.
Even with leading scorer Brooke McCarty having a rough shooting day as she scored just nine points, the Longhorns (13-1, 4-0 Big 12) had enough to beat the Wildcats.
Kayla Goth scored 17 points to lead the Wildcats (1-3).
No. 9 OREGON 70, No. 14 UCLA 61
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ruthy Hebard scored 19 points, Sabrina Ionescu had 18 and Maite Cazorla 17 in Oregon’s victory over UCLA.
The Ducks (15-2, 4-0) won for the seventh consecutive game and remained perfect in conference play.
Oregon senior Lexi Bando hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 58 seconds left to give the Ducks a 63-59 lead and iced the game with a pair of free throws with 40 seconds left. Bando has the best active career 3-point shooting percentage in the NCAA at 45.7.
The Bruins (11-4, 2-2) had won a school-record 20 consecutive home Pac-12 games.
Monqiue Billings led UCLA with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Jordin Canada added 19 points.
No. 10 OHIO STATE 78, No. 22 MICHIGAN 71, OT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 37 points, carrying Ohio State through the final minutes of regulation and leading the Buckeyes to a victory over Michigan.
Mitchell scored Ohio State’s final nine points of the fourth quarter, then added nine more in the extra session, outdueling Michigan’s Katelynn Flaherty in a matchup of two of the nation’s best scorers. Flaherty had 22 points and eight assists, and Hallie Thome added 27 points and eight rebounds for the Wolverines (13-4, 2-2 Big Ten).
SYRACUSE 76, No. 11 FLORIDA STATE 69
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Miranda Drummond scored a career-high 38 points, including 11 straight late in the fourth quarter that lifted Syracuse to a win over Florida State.
Drummonod’s 3-point play put the Orange (14-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) on top 58-56, the 13th lead change, with 7½ minutes to go. She followed that with a layup and then hit a pair of 3-pointers for a 66-56 lead at the 2:42 mark.
The Seminoles (14-3, 2-1), who had won four straight, got four quick points but Drummond nailed her seventh 3-pointer and the Orange made 7 of 10 free throws in the last 69 seconds to finish the upset.
No. 12 WEST VIRGININA 57, IOWA STATE 49
MORGANTOWN, Va. (AP) — Naomi Davenport scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and West Virginia beat Iowa State.
Along with Davenport’s fourth double-double this season, Chania Ray added 13 points and eight rebounds and Teana Muldlrow had 14 boards to go with nine points. The Mountaineers (14-2, 2-2 Big-12) snapped a two-game losing streak.
Bridget Carleton scored 14 points for Iowa State (7-8, 1-3), which swept the Mountaineers last season before West Virginia went on to win the Big 12 Tournament.
No. 13 MARYLAND 77, WISCONSIN 44
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Kristen Confroy, Kaila Charles and Eleanna Christinaki combined for 22 points in the first half when Maryland took a 19-point lead on its way to a victory over Wisconsin for the Terrapins’ 13th straight victory.
Maryland is only team in the country that came in with seven players averaging double figures and that balance was evident Sunday. Christinaki finished with 14 points, Confroy 12 on four 3-pointers and Charles 10 with Ieshia Small adding 13, 10 in the second half for the Terps (15-2, 4-0 Big Ten). Maryland shot 46 percent and made 9 of 21 3-point attempts while outrebounding Wisconsin 42-25.
Courtney Fredrickson scored 12 points and Marsha Howard had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Badgers (7-10, 0-4).
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 65, NO. 16 OREGON STATE 61
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kristen Simon scored 21 points as USC rallied to beat Oregon State for its first Pac-12 Conference win of the season.
USC (11-4, 1-3) snapped a three-game losing streak after rallying from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter. Simon made an open basket inside to give the Trojans a 62-61 lead with 54 seconds left.
Oregon State (11-4, 2-2 Pac-12) was down by two but a Katie McWilliams turnover — her only one of the game — against pressure by USC with eight seconds left ensured there would be no last-second heroics for the Beavers.
No. 17 DUKE 69, N.C. STATE 56
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Lexie Brown hit a season-high seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 34 points to lead Duke to a win over North Carolina State.
Haley Gorecki added 13 points, making 3 of 4 3-pointers, for the Blue Devils (11-5, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had started 0-2 in the conference for the first time since going 0-9 in 1992-93. Brown made 7 of 13 behind the arc and 10 of 21 overall and was 7 of 9 at the foul line, bouncing back from having her 23-game double-figure scoring streak end.
Kiara Leslie and Chelsea Nelson both had 15 points for NC State (12-5, 1-3), which missed its first 11 shots.
No. 18 IOWA 84, ILLINOIS 71
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Megan Gustafson scored 34 points with 12 rebounds for her 43rd career double-double, Kathleen Doyle had her second double-double and Iowa turned back Illinois.
Alexis Sevillian matched her career-high with 21 points, hitting 5 of 8 3-pointers, for the Hawkeyes (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) and Doyle had 15 points and 10 assists.
Doyle had her first double-double of 13 and 11 on Thursday when Iowa lost at No. 13 Maryland 80-64. In that game, the Hawkeyes had 23 turnovers but against the Illini, they had a season-low seven turnovers and 24 assists on 29 baskets.
Alex Wittinger had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Illinois (9-9, 0-4), which has lost five straight.
No. 19 TEXAS A&M 82, AUBURN 73
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Khaalia Hillsman scored a career-high 31 points and Chennedy Carter added 22, combining for 19 points in the fourth quarter, and Texas A&M turned back Auburn.
Danni Williams had 16 points for the Aggies (13-4, 3-0 Southeastern Conference), who handed the Tigers (10-5, 1-2) their first home loss of the 2017-18 athletic year in women’s and men’s basketball and football combined.
McKay was 11 of 11 from the foul line and had 25 points for Auburn, which set a school record by making 16 of 16 free throws. Unique Thompson added 22 points.
No. 20 OKLAHOMA STATE 96, OKLAHOMA 82
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Loryn Goodwin scored 31 points with eight rebounds and five assists to help lead Oklahoma State to a victory over rival Oklahoma.
It was the eighth straight game that Goodwin topped 20 points and her second 30-point outing of the season. Kaylee Jensen added 27 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma State (12-3, 3-1 Big 12), which snapped a three-game losing streak in the intrastate series known as ‘Bedlam.’
Maddie Manning scored 25 points and added eight rebounds, while Vionise Pierre-Louis had 19 points – 15 in the second half – and six rebounds for Oklahoma (7-8, 2-2).
No. 23 CALIFORNIA 53, ARIZONA 51
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Mikayla Cowling hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points to help California beat Arizona.
Cowling’s final 3-pointer, with 4:09 left in the game, gave the Golden Bears (11-4, 2-2 Pac-12) a 53-45 lead. But it was also their last basket as they missed their only other shot and had four turnovers down the stretch.
The Wildcats (4-11, 0-3), who have lost five straight, only made 2 of 10 shots after Cowling’s basket, but closed within two on two free throws from Sam Thomas with 41 seconds left. Thomas had a steal with 12 seconds left but a final shot wouldn’t fall for Sammy Fatkin.
Thomas and JaLea Bennett both had 13 points for Arizona.
No. 25 ARIZONA STATE 73, No. 24 STANFORD 66
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Charnea Johnson-Chapman scored a career-high 16 points and Arizona State beat Stanford.
Reili Richardson added 11 points for the Sun Devils (13-3, 4-0 Pac-12), who won their sixth straight.
Billed as “Snow Day” with fans invited to play in trucked-in snow before the game, frigid shooting doomed the Cardinals. Brittany McPhee and Kiana Williams scored on consecutive possessions early in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 50. After that, the Cardinal went 3 of 18 until making their last three shots in the final 24 seconds.
Williams had 14 points, DiJonai Carrington had 13 and McPhee 12 for the Cardinal (9-7, 3-1), who were outrebounded 47-24.
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Napheesa Collier had 25 points and 11 rebounds and No. 1 Connecticut remained unbeaten with a 100-49 rout of South Florida on Saturday night.
The Huskies (13-0, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) never trailed, shooting 54 percent from the field and hitting the century mark for the fourth time this season while playing stifling defense in holding USF sta, Kitija Laksa scoreless.
Collier made 12 of 15 shots en route to her fourth double of the season and 21st overall. Katie Lou Samuelson sat out much of the first half with three fouls, but finished with 15 points in 22 minutes. Azura Stevens added 15 points off the bench.
Laksa entered the game ranked second in the AAC in scoring at 21.5 points per game. She missed all 11 shots she attempted, including eight 3-pointers.
Laura Ferreira also had a tough night shooting for USF (12-4, 2-1), missing all nine of her 3-points attempts and finishing 1 for 16 for two points. Overall, the Bulls shot 27.8 percent (20 of 72) from the field, including 7 of 31 (22.6 percent) from 3-point range.
No. 6 BAYLOR 83, KANSAS 48
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kalani Brown scored 22 points and Dekeiya Cohen had 15 to help Baylor rout Kansas for its 11th straight victory.
The Lady Bears’ Big 12-best defense smothered the Jayhawks, limiting them to 28.6 percent shooting.
Lauren Cox added 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Cohen had eight rebounds for Baylor (14-1, 4-0).
Christalah Lyons led Kansas (11-4, 2-2) with 14 points, and Brianna Osorio had 12. Scoring leader Kylee Kopatich was held to seven.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maite Cazorla hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:32 left and had 18 points to lead No. 9 Oregon over Southern California 70-66 on Friday night.
The Ducks (14-2, 3-0 Pac-12) also got 16 points from Sabrina Ionescu, who was 9 of 10 from the free throw line. Cazorla added six assists.
The Trojans (10-4, 0-3) were led by Aliyah Mazyck’s 21 points. USC leading scorer Kristen Simon was scoreless in the first half but finished with 18 points and eight rebounds.
It was the lowest-scoring game of the season for the Ducks. They started the night averaging 89.2 points per game, fourth-most in the country.
No. 14 UCLA 84, No. 16 OREGON STATE 49
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Monique Billings scored 19 points and UCLA ended Oregon State’s eight-game winning streak.
Billings was 8 of 12 from the field and had six rebounds and three steals for the Bruins (11-3, 2-1 Pac-12). They have won four of their last five.
Marie Gulich had 16 points for Oregon State (11-3, 2-1).
No. 21 VILLANOVA 75, XAVIER 57
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Kelly Jekot scored 10 of her 21 points in the decisive third quarter and Villanova beat Xavier.
Jekot hit three 3-pointers, grabbed five rebounds and had six assists. Megan Quinn had 10 points, and Alex Louin added eight points and a career-high eight assists for Villanova (12-2, 2-2 Big East).
Jada Byrd scored 12 points for Xavier (8-5, 1-2).
No. 25 ARIZONA STATE 80, No. 23 CALIFORNIA 71
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Kianna Ibis scored 26 points and Arizona State beat California.
Jamie Ruden added 14 points, and Robbi Ryan had for 13 for the Sun Devils (12-3, 3-0) in their fifth straight victory.
Asha Thomas had 25 points, and Kristine Anigwe, a junior from Phoenix, added 24 points and seven rebounds for the Golden Bears (10-14, 1-2).
No. 24 STANFORD 61, ARIZONA 46
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Alanna Smith and Kiana Williams had 12 points each for Stanford.
DiJonai Carrington added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinal (9-6, 3-0 Pac-12).
Lucia Alonso scored 15 points Arizona (4-10, 0-3).
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Marina Mabrey scored 21 points, Arike Ogunbowale had 20 despite struggling from the field and No. 2 Notre Dame beat Miami 83-76 victory on Thursday night.
Jessica Shepard had 12 points, Jackie Young added 11 and Kathryn Westbeld scored 10 for the Irish (14-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Ogunbowale hit her first shot and then missed her next 12, going 28 minutes without a basket, before scoring on a rebound and hitting a free throw for a 62-57 Irish lead with 7:28 to play.
Erykah Davenport scored 24 points for Miami (11-4, 1-1).
No. 3 LOUISVILLE 66, No. 17 DUKE 60
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr had 22 points and came back from a first-half leg injury to grab a key rebound late that helped Louisville survive Duke’s fourth-quarter rally.
Louisville (17-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) appeared in control with a 15-point lead midway through the third quarter. But the Cardinals made just 7 of 26 shots in the second half, allowing Duke (11-4, 0-2) to and get to 63-60 on Haley Gorecki’s 3-pointer with 2:54 remaining.
Gorecki led Duke with a career-high 25 points.
No. 4 SOUTH CAROLINA 88, MISSISSIPPI 62
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A’ja Wilson had 25 points and 15 rebounds, Alexis Jennings and Doniyah Cliney had 14 points apiece and defending national champion South Carolina beat Mississippi.
The Gamecocks (13-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) had an answer for every Rebel rally and eventually pulled away in the fourth quarter. South Carolina shot 38 percent, including 8 for 27 from 3-point range.
Madinah Muhammad scored 29 points for Rebels (10-5, 0-2).
No. 5 MISSISSIPPI STATE 111, ARKANSAS 69
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Victoria Vivians scored 29 points, Morgan William added a season-high 18 and Mississippi State beat Arkansas,
Mississippi State (16-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) broke a fairly tight game open in the third quarter by outscoring Arkansas 30-18. Vivians made all seven of her shots during the run.
Jailyn Mason scored 15 points for Arkansas (10-5, 1-1).
No. 7 TENNESSEE 70, AUBURN 59
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jaime Nared scored 19 points, Evina Westbrook made a tiebreaking basket with 1:43 left and Tennessee outlasted Auburn to remain unbeaten.
Tennessee (14-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) withstood a season-high 28 turnovers and continued its best start since winning its first 18 games in 2005-06
Daisa Alexander scored 16 points for Auburn (10-4, 1-1). The Tigers have won seven in a row.
No. 10 OHIO STATE 91, MINNESOTA 75
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Stephanie Mavunga scored 25 points and Kelsey Mitchell added 21 for Ohio State.
Mavunga was sensational in hitting 11 of her 15 shots from the floor and grabbing five rebounds before leaving the game with 7:49 left.
Ohio State (13-2, 2-0 Big Ten) won its seventh in a row, including all six games in the month of December. Destiny Pitts led Minnesota (12-4, 1-2) with 28 points.
No. 11 FLORIDA STATE 69, CLEMSON 47
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Nausia Woolfolk scored a career-high 18 points and Florida State beat Clemson for the 17th straight time.
The Seminoles (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won four straight since their 87-72 loss at No. 8 Texas on Dec. 17. Alexis Carter had 16 points for Clemson (10-5, 0-2).
No. 13 MARYLAND 80, No. 18 IOWA 64
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Kaila Charles scored 12 of her 24 points in the first quarter, and Blair Watson had nine of her 13 in the fourth quarter for Maryland.
Maryland (14-2, 3-0 Big Ten) won its 12th straight and ended Iowa’s winning streak at seven.
Megan Gustafson had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Iowa (14-2, 2-1).
LSU 69, No. 15 MISSOURI 65.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Chloe Jackson scored 22 points, including four free throws in the last 10.4 seconds, and LSU ended Missouri’s 13-game winning streak.
With Amber Smith scoring 16 of her career-high 27 points in the fourth quarter, Missouri (13-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) erased most of an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but LSU (10-3, 2-0) made 8 of 10 free throws to hold on.
Jordan Frericks had 19 points and 15 rebounds for Missouri.
No. 19 TEXAS A&M 74, KENTUCKY 70
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Khaalia Hillsman scored 20 points and Danni Williams added 19 in Texas A&M’s victory over Kentucky.
The Aggies (12-4, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) rebounded from a 61-59 loss to No. 4 South Carolina in on Sunday. Maci Morris scored 22 points for Kentucky (8-8, 0-2).
No. 22 MICHIGAN 80, WISCONSIN 57
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Katelynn Flaherty scored 20 of her 25 points in the second half, Hallie Thome added 20 points and Michigan gave coach Kim Barnes Arico the most wins in school history.
The Wolverines (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) never trailed en route to giving Barnes Arico her 124th win in six seasons. Barnes Arico had been tied with Sue Guevara.
Courtney Frederickson had 16 points for Wisconsin (7-9, 0-3).
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Katie Lou Samuelson scored 19 points and No. 1 Connecticut routed East Carolina 96-35 on Wednesday.
Gabby Williams added 18 points, Napheesa Collier had 14 points and Azura Stevens matched a season high with 16 rebounds for the Huskies (12-0, 2-0 American Athletic Conference).
They shot 53 percent and scored 31 points off the Pirates’ 20 turnovers while extending their Division I record road winning streak to 42 and winning their 142nd in a row against unranked opponents.
Alex Frazier and Destiny Campbell had eight points apiece for East Carolina (8-7, 0-2).
No. 6 BAYLOR 89, IOWA STATE 49
WACO, Texas (AP) — Natalie Chou had 17 points and hit five of Baylor’s 12 3-pointers and the Lady Bears overwhelmed Iowa State.
Dekeiya Cohen and Lauren Cox each scored 14 points, and Kalani Brown had 13 points and 11 rebounds for her seventh double-double this season. Baylor (13-1, 3-0 Big 12) started the game with a 10-0 run and won its 10th straight. The Lady Bears led by 18 points after the first quarter and had their largest halftime lead ever in a Big 12 game at 52-16.
Bridget Carleton led Iowa State (7-7, 1-2) with 15 points and five rebounds.
No. 8 TEXAS 84, No. 20 OKLAHOMA STATE 79
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — LaShann Higgs scored a career-high 30 points and Brooke McCarty added 21 to help Texas rally late to beat Oklahoma State.
Texas (12-1, 3-0) shot 56 percent and went 12 of 13 from the free throw after not getting to the line until there were less than three minutes left in the third quarter.
Braxtin Miller scored 23 points for Oklahoma State (11-3, 2-1 Big 12), and Loryn Goodwin and Kaylee Jensen each had 20 points.
KANSAS STATE 60, No. 12 WEST VIRGINIA 52
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Peyton Williams had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Kaylee Page scored seven of her 12 points in the fourth quarter and Kansas State handed West Virginia its second straight loss.
The Wildcats (9-5, 1-2 Big 12) had lost three straight. Teama Muldrow had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Mountaineers (13-2, 1-2). They had won 10 straight at home.
NEW YORK (AP) — One week after seeing its 17-year run in the poll end, Stanford is back in the Top 25.
The Cardinal re-entered the poll at No. 24 on Monday after beating then-No. 11 UCLA and Southern California. Stanford fell out of the poll last week after being ranked in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for 312 consecutive weeks.
It was tied for the third longest streak in the history of the poll.
UConn remained the unanimous No. 1 choice from the 32-member national media panel. The top eight remained unchanged with Notre Dame, Louisville, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Baylor, Tennessee and Texas following the Huskies.
Oregon moved up a spot to ninth and Ohio State is 10th.
Arizona State came back into the poll at No. 25 while South Florida and Green Bay dropped out of the rankings.
The Cardinal and Sun Devils play in Arizona on Sunday.
Other tidbits from the poll:
FALLING PHOENIX: Green Bay fell out of the poll after losing to Northern Kentucky (3-10) this week. It was the first time that the Norse had beaten the Phoenix in program history.
UNBEATENS: And then there were four. UConn, Louisville, Mississippi State and Tennessee are the final four undefeated teams left. Louisville is off to the best start in program history with a 16-0 mark after Sunday’s win over N.C. State.
“I’ve really been proud of our kids, the fight that they’ve shown,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. “Now we’ve got to continue to grow.”
UConn visits East Carolina on Wednesday and South Florida on Saturday. Louisville hosts No. 17 Duke and Virginia Tech this week. Mississippi State plays Arkansas and LSU. Tennessee hosts Auburn and Vanderbilt.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu closed out 2017 with a record performance.
Oregon’s sophomore guard had her NCAA record eighth career triple-double in the 10th-ranked Ducks victory over Washington on Sunday.
She had 24 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to help the Ducks win their fifth straight game. She broke the mark in her 48th career game with an assist on Lexi Bando’s 3-pointer with 1:47 to play.
“It’s pretty surreal to be honest,” Ionescu said. “I don’t think I’ve really realized that I just broke it, but I’m just happy that we won and got better.”
Penn State’s Suzie McConnell (128 games) and Louella Tomlinson (125) of Saint Mary’s shared the mark with Ionescu until Sunday.
It was Ionescu’s fourth triple-double in 15 games this season.
“As long as we continue to win, that’s what’s important to me,” she said. “The triple-doubles just come.
“Coach (Kelly Graves) was joking that I almost got a quadruple-double with my (seven) turnovers, so maybe I should have turned it over a little more and set another record.”
Ionescu’s efforts helped Graves win his 500th game.
Other tidbits from the week:
WINNING IN ATHENS: Mississippi State’s Vic Schaefer walked out of Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum with a win Sunday for the first time in 21 years.
“I have never won here,” said Schaefer, speaking of his time as an assistant coach and as a head coach. “It is good to finally walk off with a victory.”
Teaira McCowan had 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the No. 5 team to an 86-62 victory. It was Mississippi State’s first win in Athens, Georgia, since a 72-71 squeaker in 2002.
POLL WATCH: One week after dropping out of the poll for the first time in 17 years, Stanford most likely will come back into the Top 25 after victories over No. 11 UCLA and Southern California.
SLAYING THE PHOENIX: Northern Kentucky beat No. 19 Green Bay on Saturday for the first time in program history after five losses since 2016.
AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 9
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Others Receiving Votes: South Florida 65, Rugers 47, Green Bay 46, Miami 14, New Mexico 14, Syracuse 3, Georgia Tech 3, North Carolina State 2, Brown 1, Virginia Tech 1, DePaul 1, Navy 1
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gabby Williams scored 20 points, making all 10 of her shots, to lead six UConn players in double figures as the top-ranked Huskies routed Memphis 97-49 in the conference opener for both teams Sunday.
Kia Nurse had 16 points and Napheesa Collier added 14 for the Huskies (11-0) who have never lost in 83 American Athletic Conference games.
The win was their 71st straight conference win in the regular season to go along with all four post-season tournament titles.
Brea Elmore had 20 points for Memphis (5-9), which came into the game on a four-game winning streak.
No. 2 NOTRE DAME 96, WAKE FOREST 73
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored 25 points and Marina Mabrey added 22 to help Notre Dame beat Wake Forest.
The Fighting Irish (13-1, 2-0 ACC) made their first six shots en route to taking a 24-6 lead late in the first quarter. Notre Dame shot 56 percent from the floor to win its sixth straight game since losing at top-ranked Connecticut on Dec. 3.
The loss ended a six-game winning streak for Wake Forest (8-6, 0-1), which was led by Elisa Penna’s 24 points.
No. 3 LOUISVILLE 55, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 47
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Myisha Hines-Allen had 17 points and 12 rebounds to help Louisville beat North Carolina State.
Asia Durr also scored 17 points for the Cardinals (16-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who set a program record for most consecutive wins to start a season. With its 16th consecutive victory, Louisville tied the 2013-14 team for the longest winning streak in program history.
Louisville began the game on a 26-1 run as N.C. State missed its first 24 shots from the field. The Cardinals led 41-18 midway through the third quarter and held on after their lead was trimmed to 47-43 late in the fourth.
Kiara Leslie scored 18 points to lead N.C. State (12-3, 1-1).
No. 4 SOUTH CAORLINA 61, No. 22 TEXAS A&M 59
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A’ja Wilson scored 25 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1.3 seconds left, as South Carolina rallied from 11 points down in the final 13 minutes to upend Texas A&M to open Southeastern Conference play.
The Gamecocks (12-1) looked like they were finished as the Aggies (11-4) took a 47-36 lead on Chennedy Carter’s 3-pointer with 2:32 to play in the third quarter. But South Carolina, behind their 6-foot-5 All-American in Wilson, used a 15-2 spurt to go up 51-49.
Texas A&M was not done. Danni Williams’ jumper with 1:05 to go gave the Aggies a final lead, 59-57, before Wilson tied things with a short jumper in the lane.
After two bad turnovers by the Aggies — a 10-second call and a double-dribble violation by Williams’ as she tried to gather in the ball — Wilson came through once more. She drove across the lane and banked in a short basket for the winning points.
Carter finished with 36 points — 19 of those in the third quarter — but was clearly out of gas as the game wound down. She was 1 of 7 in the final period.
No. 5 MISSISSIPPI STATE 86, GEORGIA 62
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Teaira McCowan had 26 points and 13 rebounds to help Mississippi State remain unbeaten with a win over Georgia in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
McCowan scored nine of Mississippi State’s (15-0, 1-0 SEC) 16 points in the first quarter when not much else was going right. She gathered in 12 of her 13 rebounds in the first half.
Victoria Vivians added 20 points for State while Roshunda Johnson had 16.
Georgia (12-2, 0-1 SEC) got 13 points from Caliya Robinson and 10 apiece from MacKenzie Engram and Haley Clark.
No. 6 BAYLOR 97, TEXAS TECH 49
WACO, Texas (AP) — Kalani Brown had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Baylor beat Texas Tech.
The Lady Bears (12-1, 2-0 Big 12) turned a one-point deficit in the first quarter into a 25-8 lead with a 17-2 run, and they maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way. Baylor shot 79 percent (11 for 14) in the first quarter and 53 percent for the game (37 for 70).
Lauren Cox added 21 points and nine rebounds for Baylor, which had a 58-30 advantage in the paint and outrebounded Texas Tech 53-21.
Erin DeGrate scored 12 to lead Texas Tech (6-7, 0-2).
No. 7 TENNESSEE 63, KENTUCKY 49
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Evina Westbrook scored 17 points, Mercedes Russell added 16 and Tennessee started quickly against Kentucky and didn’t let up in rolling to a victory in the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools.
Playing their first game since beating then-No. 18 Stanford 10 days ago, the Lady Vols (13-0) scored the game’s first 10 points and led 26-7 after one quarter. Their lead grew to as many as 23 midway through the third as they remained unbeaten while handing the Wildcats (8-7) their sixth consecutive loss.
Maci Morris had 18 points for the Wildcats.
No. 8 TEXAS 79, No. 9 WEST VIRGINIA 58
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Brooke McCarty scored 17 points and Texas beat West Virginia.
Texas (11-1, 2-0 Big 12) held West Virginia scoreless for seven minutes starting late in the second quarter and without a field goal for more than 12 minutes. The Longhorns put together an 18-0 push during that span. Texas led by 30 in the fourth quarter.
Freshman Rellah Boothe scored a season-best 14 points, converting 6 of 8 shots in 13 minutes. Alecia Sutton scored 11 points, while Jatarie White produced 10 points and nine rebounds.
Naomi Davenport led West Virginia (13-1, 1-1) with 20 points.
No. 10 OREGON 94, WASHINGTON 83
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu set an NCAA record with her eighth career triple-double to lead Oregon to a victory over Washington.
Ionescu had 24 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to help the Ducks (13-2, 2-0 Pac-12) to their fifth consecutive win. She broke the mark in her 48th career game with an assist on Lexi Bando’s 3-pointer with 1:47 to play.
Penn State’s Suzie McConnell and Louella Tomlinson of St. Mary’s shared the mark with Ionescu until Sunday.
Ruthy Hebard added 23 points and 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season, and Bando had 20 points.
Amber Melgoza had 23 of her 31 points in the final quarter for the Huskies (6-7, 0-2).
No. 11 UCLA 82, No. 20 CALIFORNIA 46
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Monique Billings scored 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds for her third straight double-double and UCLA beat California.
Jordin Canada, who is third in the NCAA in assists (5.8), had 16 points and nine assists for UCLA (10-3, 1-1 Pac-12). Kennedy Burke added 10 points, five assists and four steals as the Bruins had 26 assists on 34 field goals.
The Bruins finished the second quarter on a 13-1 run for a 34-19 halftime lead. The Golden Bears were held without a field goal for 9:25 of the second quarter for a record-low-tying four points.
Kristine Anigwe opened Pac-12 play with back-to back double-doubles to pace Cal (10-3, 1-1). She had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 12 OHIO STATE 85, INDIANA 70
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points and Stephanie Mavunga and Linnae Harper turned in double-doubles to lead Ohio State to a victory over Indiana.
Mitchell, the all-time Division-I leader for career 3-pointers, was only 1 of 8 from the arc but 8 of 11 otherwise in passing Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante (2000-04) for second on the Big Ten’s career scoring list with 2,938 points.
Mavunga had 14 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks for her eighth double-double this season with Harper picking up her sixth with 19 points and 10 boards for the Buckeyes (12-2, 2-0 Big Ten).
Tyra Buss scored 24 points and Kym Royster a career-high 22 for the Hoosiers (7-8, 0-2).
No. 13 FLORIDA STATE 103, NORTH CAROLINA 65
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Imani Wright sank a school record eight 3-pointers and finished with a career-best 33 points to propel Florida State to a win over North Carolina in an Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
Wright missed just four of her 12 shots from behind the arc and finished with 11-for-18 shooing overall as Florida State (13-1) dominated from long range, sinking 10 of 20 while holding North Carolina to just 1 for 13.
Shakayla Thomas added 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
After a tight first quarter, Florida State opened the second quarter with an 18-3 run to make it 41-24 and took a 57-36 advantage into the halftime break.
Janelle Bailey and Paris Kea led North Carolina (10-4) with 17 points apiece.
MIAMI 51, No. 14 DUKE 48
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Erykah Davenport had 13 points and 14 rebounds and Miami picked up a rare win over Duke, outlasting the Blue Devils in an Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
Shaneese Bailey also had 13 points for the Hurricanes (11-3), who are now 3-14 all-time against Duke (11-3), where Miami’s 13-year coach Katie Meier was a standout player. Both teams entered the game with five-game winning streaks.
After Duke’s Leaonna Odom tied the game at 45 with 4:45 remaining, Miami scored its final six points from the foul line, shooting 4 of 6 while going 0 for 3 from the field. Duke missed five straight shots before Lexi Brown swished a 3-pointer from the left corner with 27 seconds left to make it 50-48. The Blue Devils, who lead the ACC at 40 percent behind the arc, were 0 for 8 in the second half and 2 of 14 overall before Brown’s basket.
Duke finished 3 of 16 behind the arc and 19 of 55 overall (24.5 percent) and had 22 turnovers.
No. 15 MARYLAND 69, PENN STATE 65
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Stephanie Jones scored the final four points and Maryland pulled out a win at Penn State, pushing their win streak to 11 games.
Penn State called a 30-second timeout with 1:19 to go and tied at 65, but were unable to inbound and the turnover resulted in Jones getting fouled and going to the line for the first time. She made both free throws and, after a Penn State miss, the Terps went deep into the shot clock before Jones scored with 12 seconds remaining. Penn State missed two final shots.
Penn State is winless against Maryland since the Terrapins joined the Big Ten in 2015.
Maryland (13-2, 2-0 Big Ten) opened conference play by dropping 100 on Illinois Thursday, but the outcome against Penn State (9-6, 0-2) was in doubt until Jones found her shooting touch in the last minute.
No. 16 MISSOURI 62, ALABAMA 57
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jordan Chavis made four 3-pointers and scored 17 points, Sophie Cunningham added 13 points and Missouri beat Alabama to open SEC play.
Alabama went on an 11-0 run, with eight points from Hannah Cook, to cut Mizzou’s lead to 57-54 with under a minute to play, but Chavis was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with 15.5 seconds left and made all three free throws for a 60-54 lead.
Lauren Aldridge added two 3-pointers and eight points as Missouri (13-1) was 10 of 22 from distance. The Tigers have won 13 straight since a season-opening 79-76 loss to Western Kentucky.
Cook and Shaquera Wade each scored 11 points for Alabama (10-4).
No. 17 OREGON STATE 71, WASHINGTON STATE 53
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Kat Tudor hit seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points, both career highs, Marie Gulich and Mikayla Pivec had double-doubles and Oregon State pulled away from Washington State for its eighth-straight win.
Gulich had 22 points and a season-high 14 rebounds and Pivec 10 and 10 for the Beavers (11-2, 2-0 Pac-12), who outscored the Cougars 22-10 in the third quarter after trailing 31-29 at the half.
Chanelle Molina had 13 of her season high 17 points in the first half and Alexys Swedlund added 13 for the Cougars (7-7, 0-2).
No. 23 IOWA 82, No. 21 MICHIGAN 72
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Megan Gustafson had 27 points and 11 rebounds for her NCAA-leading 14th double-double, sophomore Kathleen Doyle set career-highs with 23 points and nine assists, and Iowa beat Michigan.
Iowa (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) is off to its best start since the 1995-96 season when the Hawkeyes opened at 20-1.
Michigan went on a 7-0 run to pull within 64-62 but Iowa answered with an 8-0 spurt, capped by Gustafson’s layup with 1:21 to go. The Hawkeyes’ lead didn’t dip below nine points the rest of the way.
Alexis Sevillian added 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting for Iowa. Gustafson went 11 of 11 from the free-throw line for the second straight game and she was 8 of 9 from the field.
Katelynn Flaherty, ranked seventh nationally with 22.7 points per game, led Michigan (12-3, 1-1) with four 3-pointers and 24 points.
No. 24 OKLAHOMA STATE 76, KANSAS STATE 68
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Loryn Goodwin and Kaylee Jensen had double-doubles and Oklahoma State held on to defeat Kansas State after giving up most of an 18-point lead in the second half.
Goodwin had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Jensen 19 and 18 for the Cowgirls (11-2, 2-0 Big 12), who won their fifth straight. Mandy Coleman scored 17.
Coleman opened the game with two 3-pointers and Oklahoma State opened a 10-0 lead on the Wildcats (8-5, 0-2). It was 19-13 after one quarter and a 10-0 run in the second quarter helped stretch the margin to 19 before KSU cut it to 42-26 at the half.
Kayla Goth had 17 points, Peyton Williams 15 and Rachel Ranke 13 for Kansas State.
No. 25 SOUTH FLORIDA 75, TULANE 46
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Maria Jespersen had 17 points and 11 rebounds and South Florida opened American Conference play with a win over Tulane.
Tamara Henshaw and Kitija Laksa added 14 points apiece and Laia Flores had 11 assists for the Bulls (11-3).
Meredith Schulte led the Green Wave (8-6), who had a three-game winning streak snapped, with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Kolby Morgan, who averages 21.8 points, was held to eight on 3-of-19 shooting.
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nick Ward had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 2 Michigan State rolled to a 111-61 victory over Cleveland State on Friday night, the third straight game for the Spartans with over 100 points.
The Spartans led 63-25 at halftime after shooting 74 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes — including 9 of 13 from 3-point range. Michigan State (13-1) is making short work of the weaker opponents on its schedule. The Spartans scored 107 points against Houston Baptist and 102 against Long Beach State.
Joshua Langford scored 23 points for Michigan State, and Miles Bridges added 18 with eight rebounds and seven assists.
Bobby Word scored 26 points for Cleveland State (3-10) and made seven 3-pointers.
No. 7 WEST VIRGINIA 85, OKLAHOMA STATE 79
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Teddy Allen scored 15 points to lead six West Virginia players in double figures in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
West Virginia (12-1, 1-0 Big 12), trailed by seven early in the second half, but rode Allen, who scored 13 of his team-high points over the final 20 minutes. The Mountaineers, who won their 12th straight, got 13 points from Sagaba Konate, 12 each from Javon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr., 11 from Lamont West and 10 from James Bolden in a balanced scoring night.
The Cowboys (10-3, 0-1), the nation’s No. 2 free throw shooting team entering the game, went just 11 of 19 from the line in the second half.
Jeffrey Carroll and Tavarius Shine scored 17 points each to lead the Cowboys.
No. 11 KANSAS 92, TEXAS 86
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Devonte’ Graham had 23 points and eight assists, converting six 3-point baskets, for Kansas in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Kansas (11-2, 1-0 Big 12), which converted 17 of 35 3-point attempts, including 11 in the second half, won a conference opener for the 27th consecutive season.
Lagerald Vick scored 21 points, making a career-best five 3s. Svi Myhailiuk added 20 points, hitting five 3-pointers.
Sophomore center Udoka Azubuike had 13 points and a career-best 13 rebounds for Kansas.
Kansas has won 13 of its last 14 games against Texas, including eight in a row.
Freshman Mohamed Bamba led Texas (9-4, 0-1) with 22 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks, all season bests.
No. 16 KENTUCKY 90, LOUISVILLE 61
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander came off the bench to score a career-high 24 pointsa and PJ Washington added 16 for Kentucky in the annual showdown for Bluegrass supremacy.
The Wildcats (10-2) used a 20-6 run to close the first half. Their 24-11 surge over 8:41 built a 67-38 lead that eventually reached 32, a gap helped by 57 percent second-half shooting.
Kentucky earned its biggest series win since a 76-46 rout in the 1999-00 season.
Deng Adel had 13 points for Louisville (10-3).
No. 22 TEXAS TECH 77, No. 18 BAYLOR 53
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 18 points and freshman Zhaire Smith added 15 in his Big 12 debut as Texas Tech won in the conference opener for both teams.
Jarrett Culver finished with 13 points and Niem Stevenson had 11 points and a game-high five assists for the Red Raiders (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) in the first meeting out of 135 with both of these longtime conference rivals ranked.
Mark Vital scored 12 points for the Bears (10-3, 0-1), who were missing Big 12 rebounding leader Jo Lual-Acuil because of a left foot sprain. Baylor was outrebounded 39-21, including 22-8 in the first half while falling behind 40-19.
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Junior Jessica Shepard, playing despite a sprained ankle, had 24 points and 12 rebounds as No. 2 Notre Dame pulled away from upset-minded Syracuse for an 87-72 Atlantic Coast Conference victory on Thursday night.
Jackie Young tied her career-high with 23 points, Kathryn Westbeld had 16 with the help of three 3-pointers and Arike Ogunbowale had 12 points for the Irish (12-1).
Sophomore point guard Tiana Mangakahia had a game-high 26 points, eight assists and nine rebounds to lead Syracuse (12-2). Miranda Drummond added 15 points.
No. 3 LOUISVILLE 74, GEORGIA TECH 71
ATLANTA (AP) — Louisville point guard Asia Durr returned to her hometown and scored 38 points, but it took teammate Myisha Hines-Allen’s driving layup with 1.9 seconds remaining for the third-ranked Cardinals to squeak out the win.
The Yellow Jackets (11-3) built a 22-13 lead on a jumper by freshman Kierra Fletcher with 9:55 left in the second quarter only to watch Louisville (15-0) close the period on a 33-12 blitz in which Durr scored 18 points.
Tech was led by reserve guard Kayla Pugh’s 17 points.
No. 5 MISSISSIPPI STATE 112, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 36
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Teaira McCowan scored a career-high 41 points, and Mississippi State scored the second-most points in school history/
McCowan put together the 12th 40-point game in Mississippi State history and the first since Morgan William scored 41 in last season’s NCAA Tournament. She added 13 rebounds for her sixth straight double-double and ninth this season.
The 112 points were just five shy of the school record set in 1986 against Judson.
The Bulldogs (14-0) put the game away in the second quarter with a 24-0 run.
Kristy Parker had 10 points to lead the Devilettes (0-11).
No. 6 BAYLOR 88, KANSAS STATE 58
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kalani Brown scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting to lead Baylor in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Baylor (10-1, 1-0 Big 12) led 8-0 2:05 into the game, a run that included a technical foul on Kansas State coach Jeff Mittie.
The Lady Bears hammered the Wildcats (8-3, 0-1) in the paint, scoring 48 points inside.
Kansas State’s Kayla Goth had 22 points on 8-of-20 shooting.
No. 8 TEXAS 88, OKLAHOMA 78
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Lashann Higgs scored a career-high 25 points and Texas won at Oklahoma for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
Ariel Atkins added 15 points and nine rebounds and Brooke McCarty had 12 points for Texas (10-1, 1-0 Big 12), which had lost its previous seven games at Oklahoma (5-7, 0-1). The Longhorns never trailed and led by as many as 20 points.
Oklahoma had won its last 12 Big 12 openers and is now 19-3 in such games under coach Sherri Coale. The Sooners’ last loss in their league opener was on Jan. 5, 2005, at Texas Tech.
Shaina Pellington scored 16 points and Ana Llanusa and Maddie Manning each added 14 to lead the Sooners.
No. 9 WEST VIRGINIA 87, TCU 82
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Katrina Pardee and Chania Ray combined on two quick baskets in the fourth quarter to finally put No. 9 West Virginia ahead to stay.
Naomi Davenport scored 19 of her career-high 32 points in the first half for the Mountaineers (13-0, 1-0 Big 12). Teana Muldrow had 20 points and 17 rebounds for her seventh double-double this season, while Pardee had 17 points and Ray 11.
Amber Ramirez had 21 points for TCU (9-3, 0-1).
No. 13 FLORIDA STATE 82, JACKSONVILLE 50
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Imani Wright scored 24 points, leading four in double figures, the 12th time in 13 games Florida State has had four or more in double figure .
Shakayla Thomas scored 18 points, Chatrice White and Nicki Ekhomu added 14 apiece and Florida State (12-1) shot 51 percent for the game while holding Jacksonville (9-5) to 35 percent shooting.
Jasmyn Brown led Jacksonville with 12 points.
No. 15 MARYLAND 100, ILLINOIS 65
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Kaila Charles scored 24 points, Blair Watson had 22 as Maryland opened Big Ten play.
Stephanie Jones had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (12-2), who have won nine straight.
Brandi Beasley had 16 points and Alex Wittinger 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Illini (9-5).
CREIGHTON 69, No. 18 VILLANOVA 54
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Audrey Faber and Jaylyn Agnew each scored 19 points and Creighton gave coach Jim Flanery his 300th program win.
Sydney Lamberty’s three-point play off a layup put Creighton (7-4) ahead 39-36 with 5:51 left in the third quarter and the Bluejays never trailed thereafter.
Megan Quinn and Jannah Tucker led Villanova (10-1) with 11 points each.
No. 19 GREEN BAY 58, WRIGHT STATE 51
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Jessica Lindstrom had a double-double and Jen Wellnitz had 11 points, including the clinching three-point play with 17.3 seconds left for Green Bay.
Lindstrom had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Phoenix (11-1), who have won six straight.
Green Bay has won 30-straight conference opening games but the Raiders (9-4) made this one tough on the league favorites.
Chelsea Welch scored 22 points for the Raiders
No. 21 MICHIGAN 89, PENN STATE 69
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Katelynn Flaherty had a school record 10 3-pointers and scored 33 points, Hallie Thome had a double-double and Michigan used a 20-0 run in the first quarter to roll to the win/
It was coach Kim Barnes Arico’s 123rd win in her six seasons with the Wolverines (12-2), who have won eight straight, tying her with current Central Michigan coach Sue Guevara for the most wins at the school.
Flaherty had the previous single-game record for 3-pointers with eight.
Teniya Page had 19 points for the Nittany Lions (9-5).
No. 22 TEXAS A&M 79, SMU 57
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Chennedy Carter scored 28 points and Anriel Howard had 15 points and 16 rebounds for Texas A&M.
The Aggies (11-3) rebounded from an 84-62 loss to No. 10 Oregon on Dec. 21.
Kiara Perry scored 11 points to lead SMU (6-7).
No. 23 IOWA 56, WISCONSIN 46
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Megan Gustafson had 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead Iowa to its sixth straight win.
Gustafson was 5 of 12 from the field, made all 11 of her free throws, and collected her 13th double-double of the season and the 40th of her career. Chase Coley added 14 points and Alexis Sevillian had 11 for Iowa (13-1), which is off to its best start since the 2004-05 season.
Suzanne Gilreath scored 11 points to lead Wisconsin (7-7), which has lost three of its last four games.
No. 24 OKLAHOMA STATE 98, TEXAS TECH 57
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Kaylee Jensen had 26 points and 12 rebounds and Oklahoma State won its fourth straight.
Jensen was 12 of 16 from the field. Loryn Goodwin added 20 points and Braxtin Miller 17 for Oklahoma State (10-2), which has won nine of its last 10 against the Lady Raiders.
Recee’ Caldwell scored 20 points to lead Texas Tech (6-6), which had its three-game win streak snapped.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stanford’s 17-year run in the Top 25 is over.
The Cardinal on Monday fell out of The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for the first time since the 2001 season, ending a streak of 312 consecutive ranked weeks.
The remarkable run started with the 2001-02 preseason poll and ended on Christmas. Stanford (6-6) lost at home last week to Western Illinois and Tennessee to fall to .500 on the season. Five of the Cardinal’s six losses this season have come to teams that were in the top 10 when they played.
“We can schedule it so that we are 12-0 or 10-2. But this team went to the Final Four last year, and that’s the level that we have to get to,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said after an 83-71 loss to No. 7 Tennessee on Dec. 22. “Tennessee wasn’t in the Final Four last year, Baylor wasn’t, Ohio State wasn’t, but those are the teams you have to play to get there. We need our tough schedule to pay off for us.
“But it only pays off if we build on it. Don’t get frustrated. Get mad and go to work. We are looking up at people right now. We need people to look up at where we need to be and embrace that challenge.”
Life doesn’t get easier for the Cardinal, who host No. 11 UCLA and Southern California this week to begin Pac-12 play.
Only UConn, which remained the unanimous No. 1 team as voted on by a 32-member national media panel, has a longer active streak in the poll. The Huskies have been ranked for 458 consecutive weeks. Stanford’s streak is tied for third longest in the history of the poll. Tennessee had the longest run at 565 weeks. Stanford’s mark ties it with Duke.
UConn was followed by Notre Dame, Louisville, South Carolina and Mississippi State. With a light schedule because of the holidays, the top 17 teams stayed the same.
Oklahoma State replaced the Cardinal in the poll, coming in at No. 24.
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CONFERENCE ROLL CALL
The Southeastern Conference has five teams ranked, while the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten each have four. The American Athletic Conference has two while the Big East and Horizon League have one team apiece. Conference play begins this week.
With Stanford falling out of the poll, Baylor now owns the second-longest active run in the poll at 267 consecutive weeks. Notre Dame is third with 201, Maryland 142 and South Carolina 100.
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TORONTO (AP) — Katie-Lou Samuelson scored a season-high 33 points, Kia Nurse had 24 and No. 1 UConn posted its biggest victory of the season, routing Duquesne 104-52 on Friday.
Samuelson made 8 of 9 3-point attempts, including seven straight in the second and third quarters for the Huskies (10-0) before taking the rest of the night off.
The game was a homecoming of sorts for Nurse. The senior forward from Hamilton, Ontario, received a rousing ovation from the sellout crowd when she was introduced as UConn’s final starter, and another when she checked out with 3:24 remaining and her team leading 98-50. Nurse finished with five rebounds and two assists. She was 9 for 11 from the field.
Chassidy Omogrosso scored 15 points and Libby Bazelak had 14 for Duquesne (10-3), which had won eight in a row.
NO. 10 OREGON 85, HAWAII 44
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu had 19 points and eight rebounds in Oregon’s victory over Hawaii in the Duel in the Desert.
Ruthy Hebard hit 8 of 10 shots and finished with 18 points and six rebounds for the Ducks (11-2). Julissa Tago had 11 points for the Rainbow Wahine (6-6).
NO. 16 MISSOURI 72, ILLINOIS 55
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Sophie Cunningham scored 27 points to lead Missouri to its 12th straight victory.
Cunningham was 8 of 11 from the field, with three 3-pointers, and 8 of 8 from the foul line for the Tigers (12-1). Brandi Beasley had 14 points for the Illini (9-5).
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Naomi Davenport scored 20 points to lead No. 10 West Virginia to a 75-55 victory over Radford on Saturday.
The Mountaineers improved to 10-0 for the second straight season.
Teana Muldrow, the nation’s sixth-leading scorer at 23.2 points per game, added 12 points and 13 rebounds for West Virginia. Kristina King and Katrina Pardee had 11 points apiece.
Khiana Johnson led Radford (4-4) with 17 points, and Jayda Worthy added 11.
NO. 17 OREGON STATE 74, UC SANTA BARBARA 49
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Aleah Goodman had 17 points and Oregon State beat UC Santa Barbara in the Dam City Classic at the Moda Center.
Kat Tudor added 14 points to help the Beavers (7-2) run their winning streak to five. Tal Sahar led the Gauchos (1-8) with 11 points and seven rebounds.
NO. 18 STANFORD 74, UNLV 33
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Kiana Williams scored 14 points and Stanford rolled past UNLV.
Alanna Smith and Maya Dodson both added 11 points for the Cardinal (6-4). Brooke Johnson had 19 points for UNLV (5-4).
NO. 21 GREEN BAY 72, BRADLEY 40
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Karly Murphy scored a career-high 18 points and Allie LeClaire added 15 to help Green Bay beat Bradley.
Frankie Wurtz added 12 points for the Phoenix (9-1). Shunseere Kent had 12 points for Bradley (5-4).
NO. 23 MICHIGAN 77, FORT WAYNE 45
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Katelynn Flaherty scored 21 points, Hallie Thome added 18 and Michigan cruised to its sixth straight victory.
The Wolverines (10-2) scored the first 10 points and led 21-2 after the first quarter. Jaelencia Williams had 13 points for Fort Wayne (3-8).
NO. 24 CALIFORNIA 70, BYU 45
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Mikayla Cowling scored 13 of her 21 points in the first half and California routed BYU.
Cal (8-2) has won four of its last five games by 20 or more points, and is 5-0 against West Coast Conference teams. Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee scored 10 points for BYU (4-6).
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freshman Chennedy Carter made a jumper from the baseline with 9 seconds left for the last of her school-record 46 points in No. 19 Texas A&M’s 75-74 victory over Southern California on Friday night.
Carter scored 15 points in the first quarter on 6-of-8 shooting and finished 17 of 28 from the field for the Aggies (9-2).
USC’s Aliyah Mazyck missed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left but it didn’t fall. Sadie Edwards had 20 points for USC (8-1), and Kristen Simon added 18.
NO. 22 SOUTH FLORIDA 108, SOUTHERN 48
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Kitija Laksa made 11 3-pointers and scored 40 points — both career highs — to help South Florida beat Southern.
Laksa made 11 straight 3s after missing on her first attempt, and added six rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots and two steals for the Bulls (8-2). She was 13 of 16 from the field overall and made all three of her free throws.
Laia Flores had with 14 points, 11 assists and six rebounds, and Alyssa Rader added 13 points and with six rebounds. Briana Green led the Jaguars (1-7) with 18 points and five rebounds.
NO. 13 OHIO STATE 103, DARTMOUTH 70
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points and No. 13 Ohio State scored 33 straight points to rout Dartmouth.
The Buckeyes (10-2) led 58-51 with four minutes left in the third quarter and extended to 91-51 on Makayla Waterman’s free throw with 6:30 left in the game. The Big Green (7-3) missed nine straight shots and committed seven turnovers during the stretch.
Sierra Calhoun added 20 points for Ohio State, Stephanie Mavunga had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Linnae Harper scored 16 points. Andi Norman had 23 points for Dartmouth, and Kate Letkewicz added 22.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke says freshman guard Mikayla Boykin will miss the rest of the season after injuring her left knee.
Team spokesman Lindy Brown said Friday that Boykin was hurt Sunday in the 14th-ranked Blue Devils’ victory over Winthrop.
Boykin averaged 4.6 points, 3.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals while starting Duke’s first eight games.
She was the Associated Press women’s basketball player of the year in North Carolina last season, averaging 37.4 points for Clinton High School while setting the state high school athletic association’s scoring records for both single game (63 points) and in a season (1,159).
The disclosure of her injury came 10 days after another guard, Kyra Lambert, said she would redshirt this season after tearing a knee ligament last March during the NCAA Tournament.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Teaira McCowan scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to help No. 5 Mississippi State beat No. 9 Oregon 90-79 on Wednesday night.
The 6-foot-7 McCowan was nearly unstoppable, making 15 of 18 shots from the field. She scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds before halftime and continued to dominate during the second half, scoring after offensive rebounds and off well-timed passes.
She blocked five shots, and 12 of her 19 rebounds were on the offensive end.
Mississippi State (10-0) also got a steallar performance from Victoria Vivians, who scored 30 points, including 26 in the second half. She shot 10 of 15 from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range.
Oregon (8-2) was led by Ruthy Hebard, who had 25 points and seven rebounds. The Ducks lost despite shooting 55 percent from the field.
No. 6 BAYLOR 95, MCNEESE STATE 34
WACO, Texas (AP) — Kristy Wallace scored 20 points and Baylor opened on a 27-3 run to rout McNeese State.
Kalani Brown had 17 points and 16 rebounds, and Didi Richards added 11 points and 12 rebounds for her first career double-double with the Lady Bears (9-1), who were playing their first game in eight days.
Natalie Chou scored 17 points, and Moon Ursin pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds.
McNeese State (4-5) shot 18 percent (11 of 61) and didn’t make its first 2-point field goal until the 6:53 mark of the second quarter.
No. 8 TEXAS 68, NORTHWESTERN STATE 44
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Ariel Atkins had 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals in only 21 minutes as Texas beat Northwestern State.
The senior guard made all six of her shots from the field for the Longhorns (8-1). Jatarie White added 15 points in 19 minutes, and Jada Underwood had 11 points.
Freshman Jha’ne Wheeler led Northwestern State (4-5) with a season-best 15 points.
Texas played without injured guard Brooke McCarty, the reigning Big 12 player of the year and the Longhorns’ second-leading scorer behind Atkins. McCarty’s status is day to day.
No. 17 OREGON STATE 84, SAVANNAH STATE 36
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Mikayla Pivec scored 19 points, Marie Gulich had 18 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, and Oregon State used a 26-5 second quarter to beat Savannah State.
Joanna Grymek added 16 points for Oregon State (7-2), which had the third-highest attendance (8,280) in program history. Kat Tudor scored all 11 of her points in the first half.
Gulich had 12 points and eight rebounds in the first 20 minutes to help Oregon State build a 45-14 halftime lead.
Kaylee Allen led Savannah State (2-6) with 16 points.
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jaime Nared had 23 points and 13 rebounds and No. 11 Tennessee outlasted No. 2 Texas 82-75 on Sunday in a physical matchup of unbeaten teams.
Mercedes Russell Russell added 15 points and 12 rebounds to help Tennessee to the 10th 10-0 start in school history and the second in Holly Warlick’s six seasons as coach.
Tennessee maintained a narrow lead throughout the final 19 minutes and overcame some shaky free-throw shooting down the stretch by making seven of its last eight field-goal attempts.
Lashann Higgs scored 13 points for Texas (7-1).
NO. 6 MISSISSIPPI STATE 86, LITTLE ROCK 48
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Morgan William scored a season-high 16 points and Mississippi State overpowered Little Rock to improve to 9-0.
Teaira McCowan added 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Victoria Vivians had 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs have won 31 straight regular-season nonconference games and 30 nonconference home games in a row.
Monique Townson and Kyra Collier each had 11 points for Little Rock (3-6).
NO. 10 WEST VIRGINIA 101, COPPIN STATE 43
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Katrina Pardee scored a career-high 25 points and West Virginia reached 909 for the second straight season.
Teana Muldrow added 22 points for West Virginia. Genesis Lucas scored 10 of her 15 points in the second quarter for the Eagles (1-9).
NO. 13 FLORIDA STATE 77, ARIZONA STATE 66
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Imani Wright scored 22 points and Florida State used a big first quarter to turn back Arizona State.
Florida State is 10-0 for the third time ever, and two shy of its best start ever. Shakayla Thomas had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Seminoles, and AJ Alix added 14 points and 11 assists.
Reili Richardson led the Sun Devils (7-3) with a career-high 18 points.
NO. 14 DUKE 101, WINTHROP 30
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Lexie Brown scored 32 points, Haley Gorecki added a career-high 20 for Duke.
Brown was 14 of 22 from the field, two more field goals than the Eagles had (12 of 46). Gorecki went 7 of 11, including 5 of 7 behind the arc for the Blue Devils (8-2), who shot 61 percent for the game.
Kayla Brown had 12 points for Winthrop (1-8).
NO. 17 MISSOURI 78, SIU-EDWARDSVILLE 48
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Sophie Cunningham had a career-high seven 3-pointers and a season-high 35 points and Missouri rolled to its ninth straight victory.
Cunningham was 11-of-16 shooting with all five of her misses for the Tigers (9-1) coming from 3-point range. Gwen Adams led the Cougars (3-5) with 12 points.
NO. 19 OREGON STATE 110, SAN JOSE STATE 62
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Marie Gulich scored 22 points, Taylor Kalmer had 19 and Oregon State broke 100 points for the first time since 2015.
Kat Tudor added 15 points for the Beavers (6-2). Myzhanique Ladd matched her career high with 19 points for the Spartans (2-7).
MIAMI 65, NO. 20 KENTUCKY 54
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Endia Banks had 13 points and eight assists and Miami handed Kentucky its second straight loss.
Erykah Davenport added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Hurricanes (6-3). Maci Morris had 18 points for Kentucky (8-3). The Wildcats were coming off a 70-64 loss at Florida Gulf Coast on Friday night.
NO. 22 VILLANOVA 69, TEMPLE 65
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Alex Louin scored with 43 seconds left and she and Adrianna Hahn made 3 of 5 free throws to help Villanova hold off Big 5 rival Temple for the Wildcats’ best start in 37 years.
Villanova is 9-0 to start a season for the first time since the 1979-80 season. Tanaya Atkinson had 24 points and a season-high 18 rebounds for Temple (7-3).
NO. 23 GREEN BAY 76, LOYOLA-CHICAGO 39
CHICAGO (AP) — Jessica Lindstrom had 14 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for Green Bay.
Frankie Wurtz had 16 points and five rebounds, and Karly Murphy added 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor for the Phoenix (8-1). Jessica Cerda led Loyola-Chicago (1-8) with 13 points.
NO. 24 MICHIGAN 54, KENT STATE 41
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Hailey Brown and Hallie Thome each scored 11 points and No. 24 Michigan overcame a slow start to get past Kent State.
Nicole Munger added 19 points for Michigan (8-2). Alexa Golden had 15 points for Kent State (6-5).
NO. 25 CALIFORNIA 92, PACIFIC 85
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Kristine Anigwe had 28 points and 18 rebounds for California,
Penina Davidson added 22 points and 10 rebounds for Cal (7-2). Luaulu-Summers had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Pacific (4-5).
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored 20 points and Marina Mabrey added 15 points and eight rebounds, leading No. 3 Notre Dame over Penn 66-54 on Saturday.
Notre Dame (9-1) took the lead for good in the early minutes and dominated inside, outscoring Penn 40-18 in the paint 40-18.
Lauren Whitlatch led Penn (2-4) with 18 points, all on 3s. Quakers senior forward Michelle Nwokedi, the defending Ivy League Player of the Year, was held to four points. She shot 2 for 14 and didn’t score in the second half. She had been averaging a team-high 13.6 points.
NO. 4 LOUISVILLE 80, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 26
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr scored 19 points in 20 minutes for Louisville.
Louisville (11-0) had a 28-1 first-quarter runs abd shot 70.8 percent in the first half and 56.3 percent for the game. Bionca Dunham added 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting.
Jess Louro led Middle Tennessee (5-3) with seven points.
NO. 9 OREGON 98, SOUTHERN UTAH 38
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu had 16 points and 12 assists, and Lexi Bando scored 17 points to help Oregon overpower Southern Utah.
Ionescu had her fifth double-double of the season and the Ducks (8-1) won their fifth in a row. Ruthy Hebard added 13 points, and Mallory McGwire had 10.
Breanu Reid had 11 points for the Thunderbirds (1-8).
OKLAHOMA 79, NO. 16 SOUTH FLORIDA 74
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Gabbi Ortiz had eight 3-pointers and 31 points, both career highs, and Oklahoma beat South Florida to snap a four-game losing streak.
Vionise Pierre-Louis added 18 points, and Ana Llanusa had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Sooners (4-5). Kitija Laksa had 21 points for the Bulls (7-2).
NO. 21 TEXAS 72, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 61
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Khaalia Hillsman scored half of her 26 points in the fourth quarter, and Anriel Howard tied the Texas A&M record for career double-doubles.
Howard had 20 points and 10 rebounds to tie Daniel Gant and Kelsey Bone with 19 double-doubles, one ahead of Hillsman. Hillsman was 10 of 14 and had six rebounds and three blocks for the Aggies (8-2).
Taylor Baudoin had 18 points for the Sugar Bears (5-3).
CHICAGO (AP) — Katie Lou Samuelson scored 20 points, Crystal Dangerfield had 18 and No. 1 UConn gave coach Geno Auriemma his 999th victory with a 103-69 rout of DePaul on Friday night.
Auriemma is on the verge of joining fellow Hall of Famers Pat Summitt and Tara VanDerveer as the only Division I women’s basketball coaches to reach the 1,000-win mark.
Samuelson led six players in double figures, and UConn (8-0) set a season high for points. Dangerfield was 6 of 7 from 3-point range.
Napheesa Collier had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Azura Stevens scored 16 points, Kia Nurse added 13, and Gabby Williams scored 11 to go with 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Amarah Coleman scored 16 points for DePaul (6-3).
Oklahoma State 87, No. 7 UCLA 72
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Loryn Goodwin had 27 points, six rebounds and five assists for Oklahoma State.
Kaylee Jensen had 19 points and 15 rebounds, while Braxtin Miller also scored 19 for Oklahoma State (7-2), whose students stormed the court after the game.
Jordin Canada scored 28 points and had seven rebounds and seven assists for UCLA (7-2). Kennedy Burke added 12 points and eight rebounds.
No. 15 Maryland 80, George Washington 54
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Blair Watson had three 3-pointers and 11 points in the first quarter and finished with 19 points to lead Maryland to its seventh straight victory.
Kaila Charles added 14 points and nine rebounds, giving her double figures in every game this season for the Terps (9-2), Ieshia Small had 13 points and Jones had 12.
Brianna Cummings had 14 points for George Washington (3-7).
No. 17 Missouri 70, Saint Louis 58
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Cierra Porter and Sophie Cunningham posted double-doubles and Missouri made 9 of 10 free throws in the final 63 seconds.
Porter hit 11 of 13 free throws and scored 23 points with 18 rebounds, while Cunningham chipped in 15 points and 10 boards for the Tigers (8-1). Amber Smith added 13 points for Missouri.
Jackie Kemph paced the Billikens (4-7) with 18 points and seven assists.
Florida Gulf Coast 70, No. 20 Kentucky 64
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Rosemarie Julien scored 23 points, including a clutch three-point play and two late free throws for Florida Gulf Coast.
Kentucky had tied the Eagles (9-2) at 57 when Julien converted a three-point play to give them the lead for good.
Taylor Murray led Kentucky (8-2) with 19 points.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) — Myisha Hines-Allen scored 16 points and No. 4 Louisville broke away early to cruise past UT Martin 91-56 on Tuesday night in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Cardinals (9-0) are off to the second-best start in program history. The 2006-07 team started 15-0.
Louisville closed out the first quarter on a 16-2 run to build a 29-9 lead in the final minute of the period. It was a spurt spurred by reserves as the Cardinals scored 14 points after coach Jeff Walz made three substitutions with 4:24 left in the quarter.
The Cardinals shot 17 of 32 after halftime in extending their lead. Asia Durr and Jazmine Jones each added 14 points for Louisville, which had five players finish in double figures.
Chelsey Perry led the Skyhawks (3-5) with 15 points.
(5) South Carolina 69, College of Charleston 43: A’ja Wilson had her eighth double-double this year with 26 points and 15 rebounds, and the Gamecoacks (9-1) put away the Cougars (2-6) in Columbia, South Carolina.
It was the third straight victory for the Gamecocks since their lone loss to No. 3 Notre Dame on Nov. 26. South Carolina now takes an almost two-week break – and early on, it looked like it had begun the time off just a bit early.
The Gamecocks opened 2 of 12 shooting with three turnovers and were only up 8-3 over the struggling Cougars. That’s when Wilson got going with four straight baskets to build a double-digit lead that South Carolina would not relinquish.
Wilson, the 6-foot-5 senior, was no match for College of Charleston. She reached double figures in points and rebounds in her first 12 minutes.
The Cougars, who made only three field goals the opening 20 minutes, used a 12-2 start to the third quarter to cut a 24-point deficit to 36-22. Wilson, once more, pushed the Gamecocks forward with two foul shots and a pair of baskets to restore the 20-point margin.
Wilson, the two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year, made 10 of 20 shots. She also had three steals and a block as the Gamecocks beat Charleston for a ninth straight time.
Alexis Jennings had 12 points for South Carolina while freshman guard Bianca Jackson had 10 rebounds.
Darien Huff had 10 points to lead Charleston.
(8) Baylor 105, North Dakota 43: Kalani Brown scored 21 points in 12 minutes to lead five players in double figures for the Lady Bears (8-1) in a victory over the Fighting Hawks (4-3) in Waco, Texas.
Lauren Cox added 15 points for the Lady Bears. Natalie Chou had 13 points and 10 rebounds for her first career double-double.
Fallyn Freije scored 11 points of her 13 points during a first quarter in which North Dakota led by as many as four. But Baylor responded with a 10-0 run to end the first quarter with a 27-17 lead, then outscored North Dakota 30-5 in the second.
Freshman Alexis Morris had 15 points and Dekeiya Cohen finished with 10 for Baylor. Kristy Wallace had eight assists, running her total to 15 in the last two games without a turnover.
The Fighting Hawks made their first three shots but added only three more field goals for the remainder of the first half to go 6-for-27 (22 percent). They finished 15 for 56 overall (27 percent) and 4 for 24 from 3-point range (17 percent).
(20) Kentucky 100, Evansville 62: Maci Morris made four 3-pointers and scored 20 points, freshman Tatyana Wyatt had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and the Wildcats (8-1) beat the Purple Aces (2-5) in Lexington, Kentucky.
Kentucky scored the first 19 points and led 35-8 at the end of the first quarter. It was 55-23 at halftime. Evansville outscored Kentucky 22-20 in the third but the Wildcats opened the fourth on a 9-3 run.
Alyssa Rice added 14 points with five rebounds and four assists for Kentucky, which is in the midst of playing five games in 11 days. The Wildcats play at Florida Gulf Coast on Friday and in Miami on Sunday.
Morris missed her only shot of the game in the third quarter to snap her streak of consecutive 3-pointers at nine. Wyatt had her first career double-double.
Hannah Noe led Evansville with 23 points, including six 3-pointers.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) — Madison Square Garden is the marquee arena for college basketball. It will be the site of this week’s marquee game in the AP Top 25, if not one of the best match-ups of the non-conference season.
On Tuesday night, No. 4 Villanova will face No. 12 Gonzaga in the Jimmy V Classic, pitting two of the nation’s top programs.
Gonzaga had to restock its lineup after reaching the national title game last April, yet have not seen much of a drop-off.
Led by Johnathan Williams and Josh Perkins, the Zags (7-1) are still one of the nation’s most efficient teams at both ends of the floor.
Gonzaga opened the season with four straight routs, including 86-59 over Ohio State. The Zags missed on an opportunity to face top-ranked Duke at the PK80 Invitational after losing to No. 5 Florida in Portland, but bounced back with wins over Texas, Incarnate Word and Creighton.
Gonzaga has five players scoring in double figures, led by Williams at 15.9 and Perkins at 14.3.
“At every position they are operating at a high level,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “They have depth and are probably as efficient an offensive team as we have played. It’s definitely going to be the best team we have played this year.”
The Zags could say the same thing about Villanova.
The Wildcats were picked to win a record fifth-straight Big East title and are loaded with talent. Jalen Brunson was picked as the conference’s preseason player of the year and has been playing like it, matching Mikal Bridges for the team scoring lead at 17.9 points per game, with 4.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game.
Villanova (8-0) has rolled through its non-conference schedule — its closest game was an eight-point win over Western Kentucky in the Bahamas — and will get its first real test against Gonzaga.
“Obviously a great team, great program, unbelievable toughness and just resolve to win,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.
A must-watch game.
CONTRAST IN STYLES
Villanova-Gonzaga won’t be the only game worth tuning in for Tuesday night.
Also on the schedule is No. 15 Virginia at No. 18 West Virginia in a contrast in styles.
The Cavaliers are patient on offense, working the ball around until they get the best shot possible. The Mountaineers try to pressure teams into mistakes with their relentless Press Virginia full-court prets.
West Virginia (7-1) is one of the nation’s top-scoring teams so far this season, averaging 89.6 points per game, while Virginia (8-0) is scoring 70.5 points per game.
Something has to give.
RANKED VS. RANKED
Two other games this week will feature ranked teams squaring off.
On Saturday, Florida (5-1) will face another stiff test during a tough non-conference schedule when it faces No. 17 Cincinnati, which is looking to bounce back from a lopsided loss to No. 12 Xavier. The Gators are looking to bounce back as well after losing to Florida State 83-66 Monday night.
The next day, surprising Arizona State, which moved up to No. 16 in this week’s poll, travels to Allen Fieldhouse to face No. 2 Kansas in what should be a fun game to watch.
Arizona (5-3) dropped out of the poll for the first time since 2012 after three straight losses, but has an opportunity to get back among the ranked if it can beat No. 7 Texas A&M (7-0) in Phoenix Tuesday night.
Texas Tech fell out of the poll this week after losing to Seton Hall, which moved into the rankings at No. 19. The Red Raiders were the top team in the others receiving votes category and have a resume-building opportunity when they play No. 22 Nevada on Tuesday. The Wolf Pack are ranked for the first time since 2007.
Florida State (7-0) could be ranked after beating Florida as well, if it can handle Loyola (Md.) and Tulane the rest of the week.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Terance Mann scored 25 points, CJ Walker added 17 and Florida State upset No. 5 Florida 83-66 on Monday night to remain undefeated.
The Seminoles (7-0) also extended their winning streak against the Gators (5-2) to four, their longest in the 68-game history of the series.
Florida State’s length and athleticism posed problems all night. The Seminoles altered shots, forced turnovers, controlled the boards and didn’t allow Florida many clean looks, especially from long range.
Coach Mike White pleaded with his Gators to be more physical at halftime, but they didn’t respond. Now, Florida has a two-game losing streak and questions about their lofty ranking.
The Gators entered the game with the nation’s top offense, having averaged 99.6 points in their first six games. But they went cold down the stretch against top-ranked Duke in the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon last week, and never found a rhythm against the Seminoles.
Florida blew a 17-point lead with 10 minutes left against the Blue Devils and lost 87-84. Big man Marvin Bagley III dominated Florida inside in that one.
The 6-foot-6 Mann was the main culprit Monday.
Mann made 11 of 17 shots and added eight rebounds. Every time Florida looked like it would make a run, Mann answered on the other end. The junior had a tip-in and two three-point plays in the final 8 minutes.
Florida guards Jalen Hudson (16 points), KeVaughn Allen (15), Egor Koulechov (11) and Chris Chiozza and were a combined 13 of 40 from the field, including 4 of 20 from 3-point range. Chiozza was scoreless until making three free throws down the stretch.
No. 23 BAYLOR 84, SAM HOUSTON STATE 56
WACO, Texas (AP) — Jo Lual-Acuil had 15 points and 11 rebounds, leading six players who scored in double figures for Baylor during a victory over Sam Houston State.
The Bears (6-2) lost their only two games last week to Top 25 opponents and slipped seven spots in the new poll released Monday.
Baylor broke open the game early with a 12-0 run that made it 24-11. Another 12-0 spurt early in the second half stretched the Bears’ lead to 52-27.
Nuni Omot added 15 points and Tristan Clark had 14 on 6-of-7 shooting. Manu Lecomte scored 12 points while Jake Lindsey and Mark Vital had 11 each.
Chris Galbreath led the Bearkats (5-4) with 24 points and 10 rebounds. The senior had Sam Houston State’s first eight points, but didn’t score again until the second half. He was the only player in double figures for the Bearkats as they fell to 1-4 against Division I competition.
Notre Dame won the Maui Invitational with an impressive comeback against Wichita State.
The Fighting Irish didn’t fare as well against another top 10 team, leading a shuffling at the top half of The Associated Press Top 25 poll .
Duke (10-0) received all 65 first-place votes in the poll released Monday after a pair of easy victories, its second straight week as the unanimous No. 1. The next three spots also remained the same from last week: Kansas, Michigan State and Villanova.
Notre Dame was No. 5 last week, but dropped to No. 9 following its 81-63 loss to the Spartans.
“They come at you with fresh bodies, they just keep coming at you and it takes its toll,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said of Michigan State.
Florida moved up to No. 5 despite not playing last week, followed by Wichita State, Texas A&M, Kentucky and Miami at No. 10 behind the Irish.
Notre Dame (7-1) pulled off an impressive comeback in Maui to beat Wichita State for its first title in paradise.
The Irish were no match for Michigan State last week, taken out of rhythm by the Spartans while falling into an early hole. Notre Dame did make a push in the second half, but Michigan State pushed back to run away with it.
The Irish bounced back to beat St. Francis Brooklyn on Sunday despite the ejections of preseason All-American Bonzie Colson (flagrant two foul) and Brey. The pair ended up in the locker room watching the rest of the game on Colson’s phone.
“That’s new territory for me,” Brey said. “That was very unusual.”
PACK ON THE RISE
Nevada has made big strides in Eric Musselman’s three seasons and this was expected to be his best team yet.
A year after making it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007, the Wolf Pack were picked as the favorites to win the Mountain West Conference title behind Jordan Caroline and Lindsey Drew.
Nevada has lived up to expectations so far, winning its first eight games for its best start as a Division I program (since 1970). The Wolf Pack were No. 22 in this week’s poll for their first ranking since finishing the 2006-07 season at No. 15.
“It’s great to see that we have that record now, but we have to keep improving and don’t want to stop now and be 8-1 or 8-2,” Caroline said after the Wolf Pack shook off an ugly first half to beat UC Irvine 76-65 last week. “We’re rolling and we have to keep moving along.”
Xavier had the biggest rise in this week’s poll, moving up eight spots to No. 13 after a pair of Top-25 wins. The Musketeers beat No. 16 Baylor 76-63 and No. 11 Cincinnati 89-76 last week.
Arizona State moved up four spots to No. 20 after being ranked last week for the first time since 2009.
Louisville dropped out of the poll from No. 17 after losing to Purdue and Seton Hall.
USC is down 11 spots to No. 25 following consecutive losses and Baylor fell seven places to No. 23 after losses to Xavier and Wichita State. Cincinnati was down six spots to No. 17 following its loss to Xavier.
No. 19 Seton Hall, No. 21 Purdue and No. 24 Tennessee joined Nevada in moving into the poll this week. The Vols are ranked for the first time since December 2010, when Bruce Pearl was the coach.
Texas Tech dropped out from No. 22 after losing to Seton Hall, Alabama dropped from No. 24 after losing to UCF. Creighton is out from No. 25 following a lopsided loss to then-No. 15 Gonzaga. The Zags moved up three spots to No. 12.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Desi Rodriguez had a season-high 29 points, including an off-balance bank shot with 8 seconds remaining, to rally Seton Hall to a 79-77 upset victory over No. 17 Louisville on Sunday.
After Deng Adel’s leaner tied it at 77, the Pirates ran the clock down before Rodriguez got the ball and dribbled left. He fired a hard shot off the glass for the lead in a tense, back-and-forth game between former Big East Conference rivals. The Pirates made their final seven shots.
Quentin Snider’s 3-point attempt for the winner missed with 4 seconds left and Rodriguez got the rebound to spark an on-court celebration for Seton Hall (7-1). The Pirates have won three straight.
Khadeen Carrington had 18 points, Myles Powell had 13 including a key 3-pointer and Angel Delgado had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Pirates. Adel had 20 points and Quentin Snider 15 for Louisville (4-2).
NO. 3 MICHIGAN STATE 86, NEBRASKA 57
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nick Ward matched his season high with 22 points and Michigan State beat Nebraska in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
The Spartans (7-1) have won six straight since losing to top-ranked Duke, beating each team by at least 18 points.
Jaren Jackson had 15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, Cassius Winston scored 16 points and had seven assists, and Miles Bridges added 12 points for the Spartans.
The Cornhuskers (6-3) kept it close for about 10 minutes, unlike No. 5 Notre Dame in an 81-63 loss Thursday night. James Palmer led Nebraska with 15 points.
NO. 5 NOTRE DAME 71, ST. FRANCIS (BROOKLYN) 53
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Martinas Geben had 14 points and 10 rebounds to help Notre Dame beat St. Francis despite ejections to All-American Bonzie Colson and coach Mike Brey with 6:02 left.
Colson, who had 13 points and nine rebounds, was called for a flagrant foul when he swung his elbows and floored the Terriers’ Glenn Sanabria. As Colson left the court following his ejection, Brey had to be restrained twice by his coaching staff, the second time leading to his ejection.
Matt Farrell added 12 points for the Fighting Irish (7-1). Jalen Jordan, Rasheem Dunn and Darelle Porter each had 10 points for St. Francis (2-6).
NO. 12 MINNESOTA 89, RUTGERS 67
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nate Mason scored a season-high 26 points, Jordan Murphy had his ninth straight double-double to start the season and No. 12 Minnesota beat Rutgers 89-67 on Sunday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Murphy finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds to extend the nation’s longest double-double streak. He came into the game leading the country in rebounding at 12.5 per game.
Reggie Lynch added 16 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for the Gophers (8-1), and Amir Coffey had 11 points and seven assists. Minnesota was coming off a five-point loss to No. 10 Miami on Wednesday night.
Mamadou Doucoure had 13 points and nine rebounds for Rutgers (6-2).
NO. 13 NORTH CAROLINA 97, TULANE 73
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Luke Maye had 22 points and 10 rebounds and North Carolina routed Tulane.
Kenny Williams and Joel Berry II added 13 points apiece to help the Tar Heels (8-1) win their third straight. The defending national champions shot a season-best 65.5 percent and hit nearly 68 percent during their best-shooting half of the season, helping them put this one away by halftime.
Melvin Frazier scored 27 points for Tulane (6-2).
UCF 65, NO. 24 ALABAMA 62
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A.J. Davis made the go-ahead free throw with 25 seconds remaining, then Terrell Allen stole the ball and fired it to Dayon Griffin for an easy layup that sealed Central Florida’s upset victory.
Allen finished with 16 points and eight assists, Djordjije Mumin had 11 points, and Griffin added 10 points and six rebounds for the Knights (5-3). Donta Hall had 20 points and four blocks for Alabama (6-2).
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