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CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Stevens’ 19 leads No. 1 UConn to 95-35 rout against Houston

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HOUSTON (AP) — Azura Stevens had 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench to lead four players in double-figures scoring, and top-ranked UConn used a strong defensive effort to rout Houston 95-35 on Saturday.

Katie Lou Samuelson and Kia Nurse each scored 17 points and Crystal Dangerfield chipped in 11 for the Huskies (15-0, 5-0 American), which forced Houston (14-5, 3-2) into 28 turnovers. The Cougars shot a season-low 20 percent.

UConn, which has won 145 straight over unranked opponents, outscored Houston 23-4 in the first quarter en route to a 45-13 halftime lead.

Jasmyne Harris led Houston with 15 points.

No. 7 TEXAS 79, KANSAS 62

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Ariel Atkins scored 22 points, including 10 in the pivotal third quarter, as No. 7 Texas overcame a challenge by unranked Kansas to win 79-62 on Saturday.

Atkins, a senior guard, also grabbed nine rebounds and had a career-best six steals, enabling Texas to maneuver from two points down at halftime to 14 ahead in the third quarter.

Lashann Higgs added 17 points for Texas (14-2, 5-1 Big 12). Sophomore Sug Sutton, making her third start at Texas, scored a career-best 14.

Junior Christalah Lyons led Kansas (11-6, 2-4) with 20 points.

No. 10 OHIO STATE 77, INDIANA 62

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Stephanie Mavunga had 20 points and 18 rebounds to lead Ohio State to a victory over Indiana.

Mavunga, the 2013 Indiana Miss Basketball from Brownsburg, Ind., sank 6 of 12 shots and 8 of 11 free throws. Linnae Harper chipped in with 19 points and Kelsey Mitchell added 15 points for the Buckeyes (16-2, 5-0 Big Ten).

They won their ninth consecutive game and are the only unbeaten team in the conference. Ohio State has won 12 in a row against the Hoosiers, including an 85-70 home win on Dec. 31.

Jaelynn Penn scored 20 points to lead the Hoosiers (8-11, 1-5).

TCU 76, No. 15 WEST VIRGINA 74

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Amy Okonkwo scored 16 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left in overtime, and TCU defeated its second straight ranked team, taking down West Virginia.

Okonkwo, who made a layup with 3.2 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and Jordan Moore had double-doubles for the Horned Frogs (12-5, 3-3 Big 12), who beat No. 7 Texas on Wednesday. Okonkwo had 12 rebounds, Moore had 17 points and 11 boards and Toree Thompson had 14 points. It is the first time since November of 2004 TCU has beaten ranked teams back-to-back.

West Virginia (15-3, 3-3) led virtually the whole game, and was up 18 early in the second half. TCU crept back and then a 10-0 run pulled the Frogs into a tie at 64-all with less than a minute to go in regulation.

Naomi Davenport and Ray had 17 points each for the Mountaineers, Teana Muldrow had 16 and Kristina King had 12 with 10 rebounds.

PURDUE 76, No. 18 IOWA 70

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Andreona Keys scored 22 of her career-high 34 points in the second half and Purdue knocked off its second straight ranked opponent, beating Iowa.

Dominique Oden added 16 points and Karissa McLaughlin 15, 12 in the second half, for the Boilermakers (12-7, 3-2 Big Ten), who beat No. 21 Rutgers on Thursday.

Oden, McLaughlin and Keys combined for all 25 Purdue points in the third quarter on 10-of-15 shooting, 3 of 5 from 3-point range, and the Boilermakers took a 57-49 lead into the fourth.

Then Megan Gustafson rallied Iowa (15-3, 3-2). She finished with a career-high 37 points plus 14 rebounds for her nation-leading 17th double-double of the season.

KANSAS STATE 80, No. 20 OKLAHOMA STATE 64

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kaylee Page had a career-high six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, Shaelyn Martin and Kayla Goth had double-doubles and Kansas State defeated Oklahoma State.

Peyton Williams had 18 points for the Wildcats (11-6, 3-3 Big 12), who played a ranked team for the fifth time in six games, winning two of them. Martin had her first double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds and Goth had 11 points and 10 assists.

Kansas State came out firing, hitting 5 of 6 3-pointers and 10 of 15 overall to lead 25-15 after one quarter. After an even second quarter, the Wildcats had a season-high 31 points in the third quarter, highlighted by four 3s from Page, to double the lead.

Kaylee Jensen had 24 points and 13 rebounds for Oklahoma State (12-4, 3-2) and Mandy Coleman had 10 points and 13 boards. OSU won the first meeting at home 76-68.

No. 21 RUTGERS 80, MINNESOTA 70, OT

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Tyler Scaife scored 25 points, Stasha Carey added 23 and the pair combined for all 12 Rutgers points in overtime to lift the Scarlet Knights to a win over Minnesota.

Carlie Wagner, who had five 3-pointers, and Destiny Pitts, who hit a 3 from the left corner with 14.8 seconds left in regulation for the extra sessions, both had 22 points for the Golden Gophers.

Carey had the first four points before Wagner scored midway through overtime. Scaife had back-to-back critical jumpers before the game was wrapped up at the foul line as Minnesota was 1 of 11 in the extra session.

It was a good bounce back for the Scarlet Knights (17-3, 5-1 Big Ten), who returned to the Top 25 for the first time since the end of the 2015 regular season and promptly lost at Purdue, scoring just 10 points in the first half and 33 for the game.

No. 23 MICHIGAN 69, NEBRASKA 64, OT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Katelynn Flaherty scored 24 points to help Michigan beat Nebraska.

Flaherty was 8 of 16 from the field, including four 3-pointers, and hit all four of her free throws for Michigan (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten).

Hannah Whitish led Nebraska (12-6, 3-2) with 16 points

No. 25 GREEN BAY 69, CLEVELAND STATE 43

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Jessica Lindstrom scored 16 points, on 7-of-12 shooting, grabbed eight rebounds and had four assists to help Green Bay beat Cleveland State.

Karly Murphy had 10 points and Jen Wellnitz added six with a career-high nine assists for Green Bay (14-2, 4-1 Horizon League). The Phoenix have won three in a row and 10 of their last 11.

Allie LeClaire’s jumper sparked an 11-2 opening run for Green Bay before Frankie Wurtz and Lindstrom back-to-back 3s to make it 17-3 at the end of the first quarter. LeClaire scored five points during a 13-0 run that pushed the lead to 26 points with three minutes left in the first half and Cleveland State trailed by at least 19 the rest of the way.

Jade Ely led the Vikings (11-6, 3-3) with 17 points and Khayla Livingston scored 11.

CBB Top 25 Women’s and Men’s Roundup: Ionescu leads No. 8 Oregon women over Arizona 62-44

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu had 22 points and 11 rebounds as No. 8 Oregon pulled away in the second half to a 62-44 victory over Arizona on Friday night.

Ruthy Hebard added 14 points for the Ducks (16-2, 5-0 Pac-12), who won their eighth consecutive game. Ionescu’s double-double was her eighth of the season.

Sam Thomas had 14 points to lead the Wildcats (4-12, 0-5). Kat Wright added 12 points and Jalea Bennett had 10.

No. 14 UCLA 81, UTAH 74

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Michaela Onyenwere and Jordin Canada scored 20 points each to lead UCLA.

Clinging to a 67-66 lead in the fourth quarter, UCLA (12-4, 3-2 Pac-12) got a layup from Canada to spark a 5-0 spurt and hung on from the free-throw line over the final 4 minutes to seal it. The Bruins shot just 36 percent from the field but controlled the glass 46-36, including a 20-7 edge in offensive rebounds.

Onyenwere also had 11 rebounds to get her first career double-double and Canada dished out eight assists.

Megan Huff led Utah (12-4, 3-2) with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

No. 22 OREGON STATE 57, No. 18 ARIZONA STATE 54

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Marie Gulich scored the last three points and Mikayla Pivec got a hand on a potential game-tying shot as Oregon State snapped Arizona State’s six-game winning streak.

Gulich scored a game-high 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting for Oregon State (12-4, 3-2). Her left-handed drive on three defenders with 40 seconds left in the game gave the Beavers a 56-54 lead. She made one of two free throws with 17 seconds to go.

Robbi Ryan had 19 points to lead the Sun Devils (13-4, 4-1).

No. 24 CALIFORNIA 69, WASHINGTON 60

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Kristine Anigwe had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Penina Davidson added 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting with nine boards to help California hold off Washington.

Anigwe and Davidson combined to make 20 of 28 shots from the floor (71 percent), but the rest of the Golden Bears shot just 23.5 percent (8 of 34). Asha Thomas added 14 points and eight assists, while Mikayla Cowling scored two points on 1-of-7 shooting, but added 11 assists, six rebounds and three steals.

Amber Melgoza led the Huskies (6-10, 0-5) with 15 points and six assists, but she made just five of 18 shots from the floor as Washington connected on 21 of 61 attempts (34 percent). Hannah Johnson and Mai-Loni Henson each scored 13, with Johnson adding 11 rebounds. The Huskies are still looking for their first Pac-12 win under new coach Jody Wynn.

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MEN’S ROUNDUP:

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers have gone from looking like one of college basketball’s biggest messes to one of the season’s best surprises.

The 22nd-ranked Tigers (15-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) are ranked for the first time in nearly 15 years and riding a 13-game winning streak that includes back-to-back wins over Top 25 teams. Only No. 2 West Virginia (15 games) has a longer active winning streak.

It’s a remarkable surge for a program that a few months ago was refunding dozens of season tickets, rocked by a scandal that cost coach Bruce Pearl his top assistant and, to this point, two of his best players. The buzz has changed from Pearl’s job security to a potential NCAA Tournament run.

“You notice it coming in and out of church or walking in and out of a store,” Pearl said. “People are excited and they’re taking definitely taking notice. You do notice it on campus too, walking around campus. Winning does that. I don’t notice a lot of difference in my team and in my locker room, interestingly. They’re pretty much the same. But, yeah, the community, it has a different feel to it. There’s joy.”

There was little cause for joy entering the season. Associate head coach Chuck Person was fired while facing fraud, conspiracy and bribery charges in a wide-ranging FBI investigation for allegedly trying to steer Auburn players toward a financial advisor once they turn pro.

Forward Danjel Purifoy and center Austin Wiley, two of the team’s top three players, have been held out all season amid an internal review into the program. The NCAA said Thursday that Wiley won’t be eligible again until next season for violations self-reported by Auburn.

Two staffers have also been placed on indefinite leave.

The remaining Tigers have done quite well.

Mustapha Heron, Bryce Brown and Jared Harper have led a surge into the best record in the SEC going into Saturday’s game at Mississippi State.

The Tigers expect to fill at least two buses taking students to the game.

They’ve opened SEC play with double-digit wins over both No. 24 Tennessee and Arkansas , which was also ranked at the time. Auburn overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to beat Mississippi Tuesday night in front of the season’s first sellout crowd at Auburn Arena.

The Tigers are off to their best start since opening the 1999-2000 season 16-1.

Even at full-strength, this start would have exceeded most expectations for a team picked to finish ninth in the SEC. Now, the Tigers are hoping for their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2003. They hadn’t cracked the Top 25 since Jan. 20, 2003 before this week.

Auburn has only one senior and the team’s 12 underclassmen matches Kentucky for most in the nation.

Heron has followed up a strong freshman season by averaging 15.8 points and 5.5 rebounds. Brown’s 15.6-point average is more than double his scoring from last season. Harper is scoring 12.6 points a game and ranks third in the SEC in assists.

Desean Murray, a transfer from Presbyterian College is also scoring in double digits (11.2 ppg) while Anfernee McLemore is the SEC’s top shot blocker.

Pearl has more depth than ever at Auburn even without Wiley and Purifoy. Nine players are averaging 12-plus minutes.

But he says his roster remains undersized and has little margin for error.

“The point is, if we don’t play well, we’re going to lose,” Pearl said. “We didn’t play well (against Ole Miss), and we were fortunate to win. So let’s recognize it, be grateful for it and realize that’s not going to happen very often. To go down to Mississippi State, we’re going to have to have to play great to have a chance to win.

“We’ve played a lot of great basketball. We’re capable of it. I don’t mind putting that pressure on. I want to put that pressure on them, because that’s the reality of it.”

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CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: No. 3 Louisville women rout No. 2 Notre Dame 100-67

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr scored 36 points, Myisha Hines-Allen had a career-high 31 and No. 3 Louisville overwhelmed No. 2 Notre Dame on both ends for a 100-67 blowout victory Thursday night in an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown.

The unbeaten Cardinals (19-0, 5-0 ACC) erased an early deficit to dominate the short-handed Irish in nearly every phase during a marquee matchup between top teams. Louisville went on to the program’s biggest victory since upsetting top-seeded Baylor in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and snapped an 11-game losing streak against Notre Dame (15-2, 4-1).

Playing before a crowd of 12,614, Durr quickly set the tone with three first-quarter 3-pointers and eight overall in shooting 13 of 18 from the field. Hines-Allen kept pace with her, hitting 15 of 20 while grabbing 12 rebounds.

Jackie Young had 23 points for the Irish, who had won eight straight since losing 80-71 to top-ranked Connecticut.

No. 4 MISSISSIPPI STATE 76, MISSISSIPPI 45

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Teaira McCowan had 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead Mississippi State over Mississippi.

McCowan shot 12 of 13 from the field and added four blocks in just 26 minutes on the floor. The Bulldogs (18-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) won their eighth straight game in the series.

Mississippi State jumped out to a 14-0 lead in less than five minutes, getting two 3-pointers from Blair Schaefer during the run.

Ole Miss (11-6, 1-3) cut its deficit to 36-29 early in the third quarter, but got no closer. Madinah Muhammad scored 14 for the Rebels.

No. 17 TEXAS A&M 79, No. 6 TENNESSEE 76

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Danni Williams scored seven points in overtime and Texas A&M handed Tennessee its first defeat of the season.

The Aggies (14-4, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) missed 18 consecutive shots from the field late in the game before recovering in the extra period thanks to Williams’ clutch free throw shooting. She made all five of her attempts from the line in overtime, including when she was fouled on a 3-point attempt with the Aggies trailing 76-74 and 7.8 seconds remaining.

Following a timeout, Tennessee had a chance to win but turned the ball over. Williams was fouled with 0.4 seconds left and made both free throws.

Williams and Khaalia Hillsman each scored 22 points to lead Texas A&M, and Chennedy Carter added 21.

Mercedes Russell led the Lady Vols (15-1, 3-1) with 21.

No. 9 SOUTH CAROLINA 71, AUBURN 63

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A’ja Wilson had 19 points and 11 rebounds before spraining her right ankle with 16 seconds left in South Carolina’s victory over Auburn.

Wilson, the 6-foot-5 All-American, was a force with her 12th double-double this season and, in the first quarter, became just the third player in program history to reach 2,000 career points. But she came down hard under her own basket in the final seconds and hobbled over to the corner of the court. Team trainers helped her off and she went right to the locker room.

Wilson and the defending national champion Gamecocks (14-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) rebounded from their first SEC loss of the season Sunday at Missouri to win their eighth straight over the Tigers (10-6, 1-3).

Janiah McKay led Auburn with 27 points.

MICHIGAN STATE 82, No. 11 MARYLAND 68

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Taryn McCutcheon scored a career-high 25 points and Michigan State surprised Maryland to end the Terrapins’ 13-game winning streak.

Maryland (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten) dressed nine players and played only seven. Sophomore guard Blair Watson, the team’s second-leading scorer, tore her right ACL in practice on Wednesday and is done for the season.

The depleted three-time conference champions used an 11-0 run in the third quarter to close to 43-42, but Michigan State (13-5, 3-2) regained control with a 12-1 spurt and cruised to the finish.

Shay Colley had 17 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for Michigan State.

Brianna Fraser scored 17 points for Maryland. But the Terrapins shot only 39 percent and committed 24 turnovers in their first loss since Nov. 19 at Connecticut.

Michigan State was 0-10 against Maryland in a series that began in 2005.

No. 12 MISSOURI 81, VANDERBILT 70

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jordan Chavis scored a career-high 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range and Missouri defeated Vanderbilt.

Amber Smith also had 18 points for the Tigers (15-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference), who had no letdown after beating then-No. 4 South Carolina on Sunday.

The lead was 28 before Vandy followed with an 11-0 run and closed the game on a 10-0 run. Cierra Walker scored 17 points for the Commodores (4-14, 0-4), who have lost eight of nine.

No. 13 FLORIDA STATE 105, MIAMI 67

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Nausia Woolfolk scored a career-high 23 points and Florida State routed in-state rival Miami.

Imani Wright had 17 points for the Seminoles (15-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who tied the school record with 12 3-pointers in bouncing back from Sunday’s loss at Syracuse.

Florida State took a 21-7 lead with four minutes left in the first quarter and the lead stayed in double figures the rest of the way. Miami’s largest deficit of the season had been 15 points but the Seminoles surpassed that in the first quarter. They scored the last 11 points of the first half to lead 57-31.

Enida Banks led Miami (11-6, 1-3) with 14 points. The last time the Hurricanes gave up 100 points was Jan. 10, 2007, when top-ranked Maryland scored 111.

No. 16 DUKE 80, WAKE FOREST 67

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Lexie Brown scored 27 points and Rebecca Greenwell became Duke’s all-time leading 3-point shooter in a victory over Wake Forest.

Greenwell had 23 points, and her three 3s gave her 254, two more than Tricia Liston. Greenwell had been one 3 short of the record for nine games, five of those she missed and two she was limited because of a knee injury. She started every game she played, 108, until coming off the bench the last two.

Duke (13-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) opened a 19-point lead late in the third quarter.

Elisa Penna had 24 points for the Demon Deacons (10-7, 2-2).

No. 25 GREEN BAY 65, YOUNGSTOWN STATE 56

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Jessica Lindstrom had 12 points and 13 rebounds, Karly Murphy scored 14 and Green Bay withstood a barrage of 3-pointers by Youngstown State.

Fourteen of Youngstown State’s 19 baskets were 3-pointers — seven coming in the fourth quarter. Chelsea Olson scored all nine of her points in the fourth — all on 3s — as Youngstown State (6-10, 2-3 Horizon League) cut an 18-point margin to 56-50 with 3:29 to go.

The Phoenix (13-2, 3-1) led for all but four minutes despite a cold-shooting night. Green Bay’s NCAA-leading defense kicked in, generating 20 points off 16 Youngstown State turnovers and holding the Penguins to 37 percent shooting.

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CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: TCU women upset No. 7 Texas 79-77 on Kianna Ray’s late FTs

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Durr’s offense helps spark record start for No. 3 Louisville

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.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Rutgers back in AP women’s hoops poll; UConn still No. 1

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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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AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 10

 

 

RANKING TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE BALLOTS LAST WEEK
1 UConn 13-0 800 32 32 1
2 Notre Dame 15-1 747 0 32 2
3 Louisville 18-0 741 0 32 3
4 Mississippi State 17-0 702 0 32 5
5 Baylor 14-1 661 0 32 6
6 Tennessee 15-0 641 0 32 7
7 Texas 13-1 617 0 32 8
8 Oregon 15-2 559 0 32 9
9 South Carolina 13-2 557 0 32 4
10 Ohio State 15-2 520 0 32 10
11 Maryland 15-2 476 0 32 13
12 Missouri 14-2 426 0 32 15
13 Florida State 14-2 373 0 32 11
14 UCLA 11-4 367 0 32 14
15 West Virginia 14-2 320 0 31 12
16 Duke 12-4 280 0 31 17
17 Texas A&M 13-4 275 0 31 19
18 Arizona State 13-3 227 0 32 25
18 Iowa 15-2 227 0 30 18
20 Oklahoma State 12-3 224 0 30 20
21 Rutgers 16-2 139 0 27 NR
22 Oregon State 11-4 136 0 27 16
23 Michigan 13-4 115 0 27 22
24 California 11-4 67 0 18 23
25 Green Bay 12-2 51 0 14 NR

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

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Cunningham leads No. 15 Missouri to upset of No. 4 Gamecocks

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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.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Collier has 25 points, No. 1 UConn women beat USF 100-49

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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.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Cazorla hits big 3, leads No. 9 Oregon women past USC 70-66

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).

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Mabrey, Ogunbowale help No. 2 Notre Dame beat Miami

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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).

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: No. 1 UConn women stay perfect, rout ECU 96-35

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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.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Stanford back in AP women’s hoops poll; UConn still No. 1

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.

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 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

 

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE BALLOTS LAST WEEK
1 UConn 11-0 800 32 32 1
2 Notre Dame 13-1 750 0 32 2
3 Louisville 16-0 736 0 32 3
4 South Carolina 12-1 680 0 32 4
5 Mississippi State 15-0 677 0 32 5
6 Baylor 12-1 634 0 32 6
7 Tennessee 13-0 619 0 32 7
8 Texas 11-1 600 0 32 8
9 Oregon 13-2 515 0 32 10
10 Ohio State 13-2 485 0 32 12
11 Florida State 13-1 455 0 32 13
12 West Virginia 13-1 453 0 32 9
13 Maryland 13-2 420 0 32 15
14 UCLA 10-3 371 0 32 11
15 Missouri 13-1 362 0 32 16
16 Oregon State 11-2 323 0 32 17
17 Duke 11-3 291 0 31 14
18 Iowa 14-1 228 0 32 23
19 Texas A&M 11-4 172 0 28 22
20 Oklahoma State 11-2 161 0 27 24
21 Villanova 11-1 126 0 28 18
22 Michigan 12-3 105 0 25 21
23 California 10-3 94 0 22 20
24 Stanford 8-6 85 0 18 NR
25 Arizona State 11-3 67 0 18 NR

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

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: McCarty leads No. 8 Texas past No. 9 West Virginia

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.

CBB Men’s Top 25 Roundup: No. 11 Kansas wins 27th straight conference opener

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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.

CBB Top 25 Women’s Roundup: Shepard’s double-double leads Irish over Syracuse, 87-72

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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.

CBB Top 25 Women’s Roundup: Stanford’s 17-year run in AP women’s hoops poll ends

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.

Other tidbits from the poll:

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.

GOING STREAKING

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.

CBB Top 25 Women’s Roundup: No. 1 UConn beats Duquesne 104-52 in Toronto

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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).

CBB Top 25 Women’s Roundup: Wilson helps No. 4 South Carolina rout Temple 87-60

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A’ja Wilson had 28 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks to help No. 4 South Carolina rout Temple 87-60 on Thursday night in a homecoming for Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley.

Staley grew up in Philadelphia, a mile from Temple where she coached from 2000-08. On Wednesday, the city celebrated her, renaming a few blocks Dawn Staley Lane as a day in her honor was celebrated at the Hank Gathers Recreation Center.

She gave the center, where the Hall of Famer honed her game growing up, a replica NCAA championship trophy similar to the one her team won in April.

The game against Temple was Staley’s first against the school since she left for South Carolina following the 2008 season. She broke Nancy Wilson’s program record with her 232nd victory.

The Gamecocks (11-1) raced out to a 26-9 lead behind Wilson. She outscored the Owls 10-9 in the quarter. South Carolina led 46-20 at the half and cruised to the easy win.

Tyasha Harris had 13 points and 11 assists for South Carolina.

Mia Davis had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Temple (8-4).

NO. 5 MISSISSIPPI STATE 76, SYRACUSE 65

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Victoria Vivians had 26 points to reach a milestone and added nine rebounds in Mississippi State’s victory over Syracuse in the Duel in the Desert.

The 6-foot-1 senior guard became the third player in school history to reach 2,000 career points.

Teaira McCowan added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulldogs (13-0) before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. The 6-foot-7 junior is averaging 24.5 points and 14.5 rebounds in her last four games.

Gabrielle Cooper led Syracuse (11-1) with 22 points and nine rebounds. Tiana Mangakahia added 20 points, and Miranda Drummond had 14.

NO. 7 TENNESSEE 83, STANFORD 71

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Jaime Nared scored a career-high 28 points, Evina Westbrook added 17 and Tennessee held off Stanford to improve to 12-0.

Mercedes Russell was held to three second-half points, but still managed to keep her streak of scoring in double figures in every game alive with 11. She also had 10 rebounds.

Brittany McPhee returned to the Stanford lineup for the first time in over a month to score a season-high 27 points, one off her career best. Stanford is 6-6.

NO. 9 WEST VIRGINIA 66, MOREHEAD STATE 56

MORGNATOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Naomi Davenport scored 19 points and Teanna Muldrow had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help West Virginia beat Morehead State.

Katrina Pardee added 14 points, and Chania Ray had 11 for the Mountaineers (12-0).

Darianne Seward led the Eagles (9-4) with 23 points.

NO. 10 OREGON 84, NO. 19 TEXAS A&M 62

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Maite Cazorla scored 26 points, Sabrina Ionescu had 25 and Oregon beat Texas A&M in the Duel in the Desert.

Ruthy Hebard had 10 points and eight rebounds for Oregon. The Ducks (10-2) also beat the Aggies (10-3) last month in College Station in the Preseason Women’s NIT semifinals.

Danni Williams led the Aggies with 22 points.

NO. 13 FLORIDA STATE 92, CREIGHTON 82

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Chatrice White had 19 points and 11 rebounds in her home-state return to help Florida State beat Creighton.

White starred at Shelby-Rising City and was the first Nebraska high school female to be named a McDonald’s All-American. The Seminoles (11-1) rebounded from an 87-72 loss to No. 8 Texas on Sunday. Creighton (6-4) had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Creighton’s Audrey Faber scored 30 points and made seven 3-pointers.

NO. 14 DUKE 63, WYOMING 40

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Lexie Brown scored 23 points and Duke again clamped down on defense to beat Wyoming.

The Blue Devils held an opponent to 40 or fewer points for the third straight game — a program first — with the Cowgirls shooting only 31 percent and Duke scoring 20 points off 22 Wyoming turnovers that included 13 steals.

Brown scored 20 or more points for the fourth straight game. Haley Gorecki added 14 points, nine rebounds and five steals for the Blue Devils (10-2), who won their fourth straight game.

Marta Gomez had nine points for the Cowgirls (7-4).

MICHIGAN STATE 83, NO. 22 SOUTH FLORIDA 73

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Shay Colley scored a career-high 27 points and Michigan State upset South Florida at the New Orleans Shootout.

Colley was 9 of 16 from the field and made 9 of 10 free throws in leading the Spartans (9-3) to their fourth straight victory. Jenna Allen added 17 points.

Laura Ferreira and Maria Jespersen scored 18 points for USF (10-3).

NO. 23 MICHIGAN 105, DELAWARE STATE 36

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Katelynn Flaherty hit five 3-pointers and scored 22 points, Hallie Thome had 18 points and Michigan overwhelmed Delaware State.

The Wolverines (11-2) have won six straight. They held the Hornets (1-9) to 22-percent shooting.

NO. 24 CALIFORNIA 62, KENTUCKY 52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Asha Thomas scored 17 points to help California beat Kentucky.

Mikayla Cowling added 15 points for the Golden Bears (9-2).

Maci Morris led Kentucky (8-5) with 21 points.

NO. 25 IOWA 79, DRAKE 66

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Megan Gustafson had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Iowa.

Makenzie Meyer matched her career high with 21 points and had seven assists for the Hawkeyes (12-1).

Becca Hittner scored a career-high 27 points for the Bulldogs (5-7).

CBB Top 25 Women’s Roundup: UConn still unanimous No. 1 in AP women’s hoops poll

NEW YORK (AP) — UConn remains the unanimous No. 1 team in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll.

There wasn’t much movement in the Top 25 this week with most schools in exam break.

The Huskies (8-0), who received all 32 votes from the national media panel on Monday, had the week off and will play on Tuesday against Oklahoma as coach Geno Auriemma goes for his 1,000th career victory. The top five teams stayed the same with Notre Dame, Louisville, South Carolina and Mississippi State following UConn.

Baylor, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Oregon round out the top 10. The Mountaineers and Ducks flipped spots after Oregon lost at Mississippi State.

Other poll tidbits:

OKLAHOMA BLUES: UCLA and South Florida slipped up this week losing at Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, respectively. The Bruins dropped four spots to No. 11 while the Bulls fell six places to No. 22. UCLA has a two-game eastern swing at Seton Hall and Fordham coming up before beginning Pac-12 play.

UNBEATENS: The Huskies are one of seven undefeated teams left in women’s college basketball. Louisville, West Virginia, Syracuse, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Syracuse join the No. 1 team. The Orange are the only one of the group not ranked. They get their first real test of the season against Mississippi State on Thursday.

BIG GAMES: It’s another relatively light week with Thursday being the only night with matchups of ranked teams. No. 19 Texas A&M plays Oregon in a Las Vegas tournament and Tennessee plays at 18th-ranked Stanford.

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WESTERN ILL. 71, No. 18 STANFORD 64

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Emily Clemens scored 15 of her season-high 26 points in the second half and Taylor Higginbotham had 17 points and 10 rebounds to help the Western Illinois women beat No. 18 Stanford 71-64 on Monday night for its first-ever win over a ranked team.

Clemens had four assists to move past Jolene Hanig (1988-91) into first place on the school’s career list with 545.

Olivia Braun and Morgan Blumer scored 12 points apiece for Western Illinois (10-2), which has won five in a row.

Braun hit a 3-pointer and Clemens made a layup to give the Leathernecks the lead, 55-52, for good. Kiana Williams hit a 3 to pull Stanford (6-5) within three points with 1:31 to play, but Higginbotham hit two free throws before Braun converted a 3-point play to make it 66-58 with 49 seconds left. Western Illinois made 5-of-6 free throws from there to seal it.

Alanna Smith had 18 points and 15 rebounds and Williams scored 17 points for Stanford. Kaylee Johnson grabbed 18 rebounds for the Cardinal, who outrebounded WIU 57-46, including 24-14 on the offensive glass.

The Leathernecks missed their first 14 shots, and scored just three points, in the second quarter and trailed 33-24 at the break. Blumer scored eight third-quarter points to help Western Illinois pull within two heading into the fourth.

Western Illinois was plus-12 at the free-throw line, where Stanford shot a season-low 42 percent (8 of 19).

No.9 WEST VIRGINA 84, MORGAN STATE 41

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Teana Muldrow has led injury-plagued West Virginia in scoring all season long. Monday night was no different.

Muldrow scored 25 points to lead the ninth-ranked Mountaineers over Morgan State 84-41.

The Mountaineers are 11-0 for the second straight season, a first in program history. WVU is the only undefeated team left in the Big 12.

The Lady Bears (6-5) held the Mountaineers to eight points in the first five minutes but trailed 19-4 by the end of the quarter. WVU opened the second quarter on a 24-0 run and led 45-12 at halftime.

Katrina Pardee hit five 3-pointers for WVU and had 21 points.

“When she’s open, she just has to shoot it,” Muldrow said of Pardee. “That’s what she’s good at and that’s what she’s known for.”

Naomi Davenport added 12 points and seven rebounds. Theresa Ekhelar grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in her Coliseum-debut for West Virginia.

“This is a game we had to get through and needed to win and move on,” WVU coach Mike Carey said.

Tykyrah Williams led the Lady Bears with 20 points and eight rebounds. The 43-point defeat is Morgan State’s worst this season.

“Playing an upper-level, top-10 team, our goal was to try to hold West Virginia in the 80s,” Lady Bears coach Edward Davis Jr said. “We knew they could score 80, we tried to keep them (to 80).”

No. 16 MISSOURI 74, XAVIER 48

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Sophie Cunningham scored 20 points, Cierra Porter had her 17th career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 16 Missouri won its 11th straight with a 74-48 victory over Xavier on Monday at the West Palm Invitational.

It’s Mizzou’s longest winning streak since 13 consecutive victories to open the 2015-16 season.

Porter’s block on Xavier’s last possession of the first half started a Missouri fast break and Jordan Chavis hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to give the Tigers a 39-27 lead. Chavis scored all nine of her points in the first half and Porter added six points and six rebounds.

Lauren Aldridge’s no-look pass to Jordan Frericks under the basket made it 53-34 midway through the third quarter and Missouri cruised in the fourth.

Aldridge and Frericks each added 10 points for Missouri (11-1), which lost to Western Kentucky 79-76 in the season opener. In the last three games, Cunningham has combined to score 74 points, on just 34 shots, in 75 minutes. Cunningham was also 13 of 21 from 3-point range during the span.

Freshman Deja Ross led Xavier (6-4) with three 3-pointers and 13 points.

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AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 7

 

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE BALLOTS LAST WEEK
1 UConn 8-0 800 32 32 1
2 Notre Dame 10-1 748 0 32 2
3 Louisville 13-0 740 0 32 3
4 South Carolina 10-1 686 0 32 4
5 Mississippi State 11-0 672 0 32 5
6 Baylor 9-1 627 0 32 6
7 Tennessee 11-0 620 0 32 7
8 Texas 9-1 595 0 32 8
9 West Virginia 10-0 505 0 32 10
10 Oregon 9-2 487 0 32 9
11 UCLA 8-2 467 0 32 11
12 Ohio State 11-2 442 0 32 13
13 Florida State 10-1 408 0 32 12
14 Duke 8-2 401 0 31 14
15 Maryland 10-2 365 0 32 15
16 Missouri 10-1 313 0 32 16
17 Oregon State 8-2 248 0 31 17
18 Stanford 6-4 218 0 30 18
19 Texas A&M 9-2 193 0 30 19
20 Villanova 9-0 189 0 32 20
21 Green Bay 9-1 142 0 32 21
22 South Florida 9-2 122 0 26 22
23 Michigan 10-2 114 0 28 23
24 California 8-2 100 0 22 24
25 Iowa 11-1 71 0 23 25

Others Receiving Votes: Oklahoma State 57; Syracuse 22; Oklahoma 18; Arizona State 10; Marquette 6; Rutgers 5; New Mexico 3; Southern California 2; Kentucky 2; Ball State 1; DePaul 1.

CBB Top 25 Women’s Roundup: Davenport leads No. 10 West Virginia past Radford, 75-55

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).

CBB Top 25 Women’s Roundup: Carter scores school-record 46 points for No. 19 Texas A&M

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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.

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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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CBB Top 25 Women’s Roundup: McCowan leads No. 5 Mississippi St over No. 9 Oregon 90-79

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.

CBB Top 25 Women’s Roundup: No. 11 Lady Vols top No. 2 Texas 82-75 to stay unbeaten

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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).

CBB Top 25 Women’s Roundup: Ogunbowale has 20 points, No. 3 Notre Dame women beat Penn

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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).

CBB Top 25 Women’s Roundup: No. 7 UCLA falls to Goodwin, Oklahoma State

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).

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: No. 4 Louisville cruise past UT Martin 91-56

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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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