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CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Gabby Williams returns, No. 1 UConn tops S. Florida for AAC title

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Notre Dame still has a shot at being a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament after several knee injuries crippled the Fighting Irish this season.

They lost four pivotal players to injury — but only three games.

As a result, the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish have put themselves in position for another top seed in the women’s tournament even after their loss to third-ranked Louisville in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship game.

“I think we certainly are in the conversation,” coach Muffet McGraw said after the 74-72 loss to Louisville .

No. 1 Connecticut has a top seed locked up, and the Cardinals would appear to have the head-to-head advantage over Notre Dame. That means it could come down to three teams — No. 2 Baylor, No. 4 Mississippi State and the Irish — for the remaining pair of No. 1 seeds.

The Fighting Irish (29-3) were one of the top four seeds in the NCAA’s most recent bracket reveal, along with UConn, Louisville and Mississippi State. They’ve earned a No. 1 seed in each of the last six years.

But this injury-plagued season is a bit different.

Notre Dame went with just a six-player rotation in tight games. Each starter played at least 31 minutes in the ACC Tournament title game and only one reserve logged more than 4 minutes. Non-starters combined for just 26 of the 245 points scored by the Irish during three days in Greensboro.

All-American forward Brianna Turner never played this season after injuring a knee last March. Guard Mychal Johnson injured a knee before the season and freshman center Mikayla Vaughn played just six games before she was hurt. Point guard Lili Thompson, a transfer from Stanford, was injured Dec. 31 at Wake Forest, and Marina Mabrey shifted over to replace her.

“We definitely needed some time to figure out, get some chemistry with me being at the point and not being on the wing,” Mabrey said. “But I think everyone’s help me out a lot, and we’re coming together well.”

Despite the injuries, Notre Dame never missed a beat until the ACC Tournament final. The Irish clinched a share of their fifth straight regular-season league title by beating North Carolina State in the finale , and after that game McGraw said she “couldn’t be prouder of any team.

“We kept losing people during the year, but we never put our heads down or felt sorry for ourselves,” she said. “They just came to work every single day. This was the most rewarding championship I think we’ve had.”

That victory came as part of a 14-game winning streak that was sandwiched by losses to Louisville — by 33 points on Jan. 11 , then by two on Sunday for its first defeat in a tournament game in its new conference.

Even as the Irish had won four straight ACC Tournaments from 2014-17, McGraw viewed her team as “the underdog.”

“It’s a position we’re not used to, and it is one that we’re really enjoying right now,” McGraw said. “I think it’s going to be a testament to the perseverance and relentlessness.”

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DETROIT – Allie Leclaire scored 24 points and tied a career high with eight rebounds, Jessica Lindstrom had her 41st career double-double and No. 22 Green Bay beat Wright State 62-44 on Tuesday for its fourth straight Horizon League Tournament championship and automatic NCAA berth.

The Phoenix, winners of 11 straight HL tournament games, has claimed seven of the last eight titles and 16 of 21. Green Bay is 16-4 all-time in the championship game for 18 NCAA Tournament appearances.

Lindstrom added 12 points and 14 rebounds, her 18th double-double this season, for top-seed Green Bay (29-3), which reached 29 wins for the sixth time in program history. Leclaire, named the tournament’s MVP, averaged 20.3 points per game in three tournament games and made four 3-pointers against Wright State.

Green Bay held the league’s player of the year Chelsea Welch to just 13 points on 2-of-15 shooting. The Raiders were 1 of 13 from long range and shot 28 percent overall.

The Phoenix closed the first quarter on a 7-0 run for a 10-point lead and Wright State didn’t make a second-quarter field goal for the final seven minutes of the half to trail 38-21. Green Bay cruised in the second half, leading for over 38 minutes, for its seventh straight win and 62nd in 66 series meetings.

Lexi Smith scored 14 points for No. 3 seed Wright State (23-10). Welch scored 22 and 24 points in the two single-digit, regular-season losses to Green Bay.

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Gabby Williams wasn’t going to let a hip injury sideline her from the American Athletic Conference title game.

She missed UConn’s semifinal win after tweaking a long-standing injury in her left hip in the Huskies’ quarterfinal victory. She made her presence felt Tuesday night.

The senior forward had 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals in No. 1 UConn’s 70-54 win over 19th-ranked South Florida in the AAC championship. UConn earned a trip to the NCAAs for the 30th straight year.

“It was made when I woke up this morning,” Williams said of when she knew she was going to play . “I knew that if I was going to make the decision to play, I would have to go out there and attack it. I didn’t want to show I’m halfway there. I was going to play like I always do.”

Auriemma was impressed with his senior forward’s play .

“It was hard to take her out tonight,” the Hall of Fame coach said.

Williams had help from Azura Stevens, who earned MVP honors of the tournament despite coming off the bench for two of the three games. She scored 13 points for the Huskies (32-0) and is the team’s first reserve player to win MVP since Charde Houston did it in 2008.

“We don’t see Azura as someone who doesn’t start for us,” Auriemma said . “She’s the same as anyone else in the starting lineup. We choose to start a smaller lineup, but if we ever wanted to change it wouldn’t be because we didn’t like the performance of someone else, it would be because we wanted a different look. We have a starting six.”

This was the fourth straight year that these teams met for the AAC title. South Florida had lost the first three meetings by an average of 32 points and has never beaten UConn in 26 all-time meetings. Then again, no one has beaten the Huskies in the conference since league play began in 2013. The Huskies are 101-0.

Kitija Laksa scored 26 points to lead South Florida (26-7).

UConn led 23-20 early in the second quarter as the Bulls were able to slow down the game, but the Huskies only allowed South Florida to score three more points for the rest of the half. Katie Lou Samuelson’s 3-pointer just before the buzzer gave UConn a 37-23 advantage at the break.

“I thought we got out to a good start out of the gate. For us, Connecticut closed that first quarter and closed the second quarter,” South Florida coach Jose Fernandez said. “Look in final minute of each quarter, hand it to them the way they closed the two quarters.”

The Bulls scored the first four points of the second half to get within 10 before UConn put the game away with the next seven.

Later in the third quarter, the Huskies had a nifty fast break. Williams caught a pass near the foul line before tipping it in the air to Samuelson for the lay-in. That made it 48-30 with 3:57 left in the third. It was 55-32 by the end of the quarter and UConn never looked back.

Williams did land hard midway through the fourth quarter, but after a quick trip to the locker room she re-entered the game a few minutes later. She offered a “no comment” as far as if she hurt the hip further or her arm on that play.

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DETROIT (AP) — Allie Leclaire scored 24 points and tied a career high with eight rebounds, Jessica Lindstrom had her 41st career double-double and No. 22 Green Bay beat Wright State 62-44 on Tuesday for its fourth straight Horizon League Tournament championship and automatic NCAA berth.

The Phoenix, winners of 11 straight HL tournament games, has claimed seven of the last eight titles and 16 of 21. Green Bay is 16-4 all-time in the championship game for 18 NCAA Tournament appearances.

Lindstrom added 12 points and 14 rebounds, her 18th double-double this season, for top-seed Green Bay (29-3), which reached 29 wins for the sixth time in program history. Leclaire, named the tournament’s MVP, averaged 20.3 points per game in three tournament games and made four 3-pointers against Wright State.

Green Bay held the league’s player of the year Chelsea Welch to just 13 points on 2-of-15 shooting. The Raiders were 1 of 13 from long range and shot 28 percent overall.

The Phoenix closed the first quarter on a 7-0 run for a 10-point lead and Wright State didn’t make a second-quarter field goal for the final seven minutes of the half to trail 38-21. Green Bay cruised in the second half, leading for over 38 minutes, for its seventh straight win and 62nd in 66 series meetings.

Lexi Smith scored 14 points for No. 3 seed Wright State (23-10). Welch scored 22 and 24 points in the two single-digit, regular-season losses to Green Bay.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: South Carolina wins SEC title, hands Mississippi State first loss

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-   NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A’ja Wilson helped eighth-ranked South Carolina become the first Southeastern Conference women’s program to win four consecutive tournament titles Sunday, snapping the nation’s longest winning streak at 32 with a 62-51 upset of No. 2 Mississippi State.

Wilson scored 16 points, and the Gamecocks beat Mississippi State yet again with a title on the line. South Carolina beat the Bulldogs last April for the program’s first national championship, and now the Gamecocks (26-6) have their third straight SEC tournament title at Mississippi State’s expense.

Mississippi State (32-1) had not lost since that national title game, coming into the SEC tournament final with the Bulldogs’ first regular season championship and hoping a third try at the tournament title would be the charm.

No. 4 Louisville 74, No. 5 Notre Dame 72

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Asia Durr scored 17 points and Sam Fuehring converted a key three-point play in the final minute, helping Louisville beat Notre Dame for its first Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title.

Arica Carter had 16 points and hit four 3-pointers, Fuehring and Myisha Hines-Allen each added 15 points and Durr, the ACC player of the year, hit four free throws in the final seconds for the top-seeded Cardinals (32-2). They won their first conference tournament since 1993 in the Metro.

Jessica Shepard had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the second-seeded Fighting Irish (29-3). They won the tournament the previous four years.

No. 1 UConn 82, Tulane 56

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Katie Lou Samuelson scored 21 points to lead UConn to an 82-56 rout of Tulane in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

The unbeaten Huskies saw two players leave the game with injuries. Crystal Dangerfield scored 14 points before going down with a right ankle injury in the third quarter. All-American Gabby Williams aggravated a long-standing hip injury and left the game before halftime. Both players returned from the locker room to the bench, but stayed there.

Napheesa Collier added 19 points and Azura Stevens chipped in with 15 points and nine rebounds for Connecticut (30-0), which has won 30 games for the 13th straight season and 23rd overall.

Kolby Morgan had 21 points to lead Tulane, which finishes its season at 14-17.

No. 3 Baylor 94, TCU 48

OKLAHOMA CITY – Kalani Brown scored 28 points and rolled past TCU in a record-setting Big 12 semifinal Sunday for its 27th straight victory.

The 46-point margin was the biggest in a Big 12 Tournament game, topping Iowa State’s 37-point victory over Nebraska in 2000.

Lauren Cox had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Alexis Morris scored a season-high 18 points for Baylor (30-1). Jordan Moore and Amy Okonkwo each scored 12 points for TCU (19-12).

Baylor will play No. 7 Texas in the championship. The Lady Bears won six straight conference tournament titles before losing to West Virginia in the final last year.

No. 7 Texas 68, West Virginia 55

OKLAHOMA CITY – Jatarie White scored 11 points to help Texas beat West Virginia in a Big 12 semifinal.

Ariel Atkins, Joyner Holmes and Alecia Sutton each scored 10 points for the Longhorns (26-5), who have won 11 of 12.

Naomi Davenport scored 17 points and Kristina King added 12 for West Virginia (21-11), which was the defending tournament champion.

Texas will play No. 3 Baylor for the title Monday night. Baylor defeated TCU 94-48 earlier Sunday in the other semifinal.

Baylor beat Texas for the tournament titles in 2015 and 2016. The Lady Bears defeated Texas 81-56 on Jan. 25 and 93-87 on Feb. 19 and will enter the championship game on a 27-game win streak.

No. 13 Ohio State 79, No. 17 Maryland 69

INDIANAPOLIS – Kelsey Mitchell scored 25 points and Ohio State beat Maryland to win the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament.

After trailing 22-17 at the end of the first quarter, Ohio State outscored Maryland 27-9 in the second period to take a 44-31 lead into the half. The Buckeyes started the second quarter with a 16-2 run before the Terrapins finally called timeout in an attempt to slow Ohio State’s momentum. The scoring onslaught gave the tournament’s top seeded Buckeyes the cushion they needed when the Terrapins made a run in the second half.

Maryland ended the third quarter on a 12-2 scoring run and continued to climb back into the game early on in the fourth. The Terrapins pulled within two points with about four minutes left to play in the game but the Buckeyes were too much for Maryland.

Stephanie Mavunga finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, Sierra Calhoun scored 13 and Linnae Harper added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

No. 20 South Florida 80, East Carolina 44

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Maria Jespersen scored 23 points and South Florida routed East Carolina in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals.

Kitija Laksa added 21 points for the Bulls (25-6). They will face UCF on Monday.

Lashonda Monk had 11 points for East Carolina (16-15).

No. 25 Mercer 68, East Tennessee State 53

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Kahlia Lawrence scored 29 points and Mercer beat East Tennessee State in the Southern Conference championship to earn its first NCAA berth at the Division I level.

The Bears (30-2) reached 30 wins for the first time in school history and ran their record winning streak to 27. Alex Williams added 14 points for Mercer.

Erica Haynes-Overton had 12 points for ETSU (20-11).

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: No. 22 Belmont women win OVC, first into NCAA field

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Julie McCabe had 19 points and 10 rebounds and No. 22 Belmont became the first team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, beating Tennessee-Martin 63-56 in overtime Saturday in the Ohio Valley Conference championship game.

Belmont (31-3) stayed alive in regulation with 3-pointers from Maura Muensterman with 14.6 seconds to go and Darby Maggard with 4.5 seconds left. The Bruins even got the final possession after forcing a five-second count on the inbound but didn’t get off a last shot.

Kylee Smith and Maggard each added 15 points to helo the Bruins run their winning streak to a school- record 22 games. They’ve beaten OVC opponents 46 straight.

Janekia Mason had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the second-seeded Skyhawks (19-14). They missed their last three shots in regulation and first five in overtime.

(2) Mississippi State 70, (15) Texas A&M 55

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Victoria Vivians scored 22 points and Mississippi State remained in position to add a Southeastern Conference Tournament title to its regular-season championship.

The Bulldogs (32-0) reached the title game for a third straight year and extended the nation’s longest active winning streak to 32 games. They will play No. 8 South Carolina, the three-time defending tournament champion, on Sunday.

Chennedy Carter led Texas A&M (24-9) with 27 points.

(3) Baylor 83, Kansas State 54

OKLAHOMA CITY – Kalani Brown scored 26 points and Baylor beat Kansas State in the Big 12 quarterfinals.

Brown, a 6-foot-7 center who was named Big 12 Player of the Year this week, made 9 of 12 shots and had 13 rebounds. Dekeiya Cohen had 19 points, and Juicy Landrum added 14 for the Lady Bears (29-1). They shot 50.8 percent from the floor en route to their 26th straight victory.

Baylor will face TCU in the semifinals.

Kayla Goth scored 24 points for Kansas State (16-15).

(4) Louisville 64, (23) N.C. State 59

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Sam Fuehring scored 15 points and Louisville held off North Carolina State in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals.

The top-seeded Cardinals (31-2) will face No. 5 Notre Dame in the final,

Chelsea Nelson scored 20 points for the Wolfpack (24-8).

(5) Notre Dame 90, (11) Florida State 80

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Marina Mabrey scored a season-high 27 points in Notre Dame’s comeback victory over Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals.

The second-seeded Fighting Irish (29-2) rallied from eight down in the third quarter in their pursuit of a record-tying fifth straight tournament title. They will face No. 4 Louisville in the title game.

Shakayla Thomas had 24 points for the Seminoles (25-6).

(6) Oregon 65, (9) UCLA 62

SEATTLE – Sabrina Ionescu had 17 points and Oregon scored the final 10 points to rally past UCLA in the Pac-12 semifinals.

UCLA opened a 62-55 lead on Kennedy Burke’s jumper with 5:28 remaining, but the Bruins failed to score again. Oregon (29-4) advanced the title game against the winner of the late game between No. 16 Stanford and Arizona State.

Jordin Canada had 19 points for the Bruins (24-7).

(7) Texas 81, Iowa State 69

OKLAHOMA CITY – Ariel Atkins scored 25 points and Texas beat Iowa State in the Big 12 quarterfinals.

Atkins made 10 of 15 field goals and 5 of 6 3-pointers. Jatarie White had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Brooke McCarty added 12 points and seven assists to help the Longhorns (25-5) advanced to play West Virginia.

Emily Durr and Bridget Carleton each scored 25 points for the Cyclones (3-18).

(8) South Carolina 71, (19) Georgia 49

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A’ja Wilson had 21 points and 11 rebounds and South Carolina routed Georgia to reach the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship for the fourth straight year.

Wilson came off the bench for a second straight game after a bout of vertigo kept her out of the regular-season finale and left her questionable for the tournament.

Three-time defending tournament champ South Carolina (25-6) will play No. 2 Mississippi State for something no SEC team has ever managed – a fourth straight title.

Mackenzie Engram led the Bulldogs (25-6) with 10 points.

(13) Ohio State 90, Minnesota 88

INDIANAPOLIS – Kelsey Mitchell scored 30 points, and Stephanie Mavunga had 26 points, a Big Ten Tournament-record 21 rebounds and seven blocks in Ohio State’s semifinal victory.

The top-seeded Buckeyes didn’t secure a spot in the championship game until Carlie Wagner’s 12-foot jumper from the right of the lane bounced off the rim as time expired.

Ohio State (26-6) will face No. 17 Maryland for the title.

Kenisha Bell had 27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for Minnesota (23-8). Wagner had 26.

(16) Stanford 58, Arizona State 46

SEATTLE – Freshman Kiana Williams scored 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting, including a season-high six 3-pointers, to help No. 16 Stanford beat Arizona State in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals.

Alanna Smith added 13 points for second-seeded Stanford.

The Cardinal will play top-seeded and No. 6 Oregon in the championship game Sunday. Stanford (22-9) beat the Ducks 78-65 on Feb. 4 in the only other meeting between the teams this season.

Kianna Ibis made a jumper to give No. 6 seed Arizona State (21-12) a 2-0 lead, but the Sun Devils missed their next nine – and 13 of their next 14 – field-goal attempts as Stanford (22-9) used a 27-5 run to open a 20-point lead.

(17) Maryland 66, Nebraska 53

INDIANAPOLIS – Brianna Fraser scored 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting and Eleanna Christinaki had 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in Maryland’s victory in the Big Ten semifinals.

Maryland (25-6) will play No. 13 Ohio State in the championship game Sunday.

Janay Morton led Nebraska (21-10) with 15 points.

(21) Green Bay 62, Northern Kentucky 49

DETROIT – Allie LeClaire scored 17 of her 21 points in the second half and Green Bay pulled away from Northern Kentucky in the Horizon League quarterfinals.

The top-seeded Phoenix (27-3) will play the winner of the Youngstown State-Milwaukee game Sunday in the semifinals Monday.

Molly Glick had 16 points for Northern Kentucky (9-22).

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: No. 8 South Carolina tops No. 12 Lady Vols in SEC tourney

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roshunda Johnson scored 20 points, and No. 2 Mississippi State remained undefeated by routing Kentucky 81-58 on Friday in the Southeastern Conference quarterfinals.

The Bulldogs (31-0) extended the nation’s longest winning streak and are trying to add their first tournament title to the regular-season crown. They will play No. 15 Texas A&M for a third consecutive spot in the final.

Victoria Vivians added 17 points, and Blair Schaefer had 15, tying her career-high with five 3-pointers. Taylor Murray led Kentucky (15-17) with 15 points.

No. 4 LOUISVILLE 73, VIRGINIA TECH 70

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Myisha Hines-Allen had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Louisville hold off Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.

Newly crowned ACC player Asia Durr struggled with just 11 points on 3-for-19 shooting for the top-seeded Cardinals (30-2). They will face No. 23 North Carolina State in the semifinals.

Taylor Emery had 27 points for Virginia Tech (18-13).

No. 5 NOTRE DAME 83, VIRGINIA 47

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Marina Mabrey scored 24 points to help Notre Dame beat Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.

Arike Ogunbowale added 16 points for the second-seeded Fighting Irish (28-2) in their 13th straight victory. Trying to become the second league team to win five straight tournament titles, Notre Dame will face No. 11 Florida State in the semifinals.

Aliyah Huland El scored 13 points for the Cavaliers (18-13).

No. 6 OREGON 84, COLORADO 47

SEATTLE (AP) — Satou Sabally scored 21 points, and Lexi Bando added 19 to help Oregon beat Colorado in the Pac-12 quarterfinals.

The regular-season champion Ducks (28-4) will face No. 9 UCLA in the semifinals.

Mya Hollingshed had 20 points for Colorado (15-16).

No. 8 SOUTH CAROLINA 73, No. 12 TENNESSEE 62

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A’ja Wilson had 24 points and 12 rebounds coming off the bench and South Carolina beat Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference quarterfinals.

The Gamecocks (24-6) are back in the semifinals as they chase a record fourth straight tournament title. They will play No. 19 Georgia.

Anastasia Hayes led Tennessee (24-7) with 17 points.

No. 9 UCLA 77, CALIFORNIA 74

SEATTLE (AP) — Jordin Canada scored 27 points and UCLA held California scoreless for more than two minutes down the stretch to escape with the Pac-12 quarterfinal victory.

Mikayla Cowling’s pull-up jumper put Cal up 69-68 with 2:40 remaining, but the Bruins responded with six consecutive points, going up 74-69 on two free throws by Canada with 38 seconds left. Kianna Smith hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Cal. UCLA (24-6) will face sixth-ranked Oregon in the semifinals.

Cowling had 16 points for Cal (21-10).

ARIZONA STATE 57, No. 10 OREGON STATE 51

SEATTLE (AP) — Courtney Ekmark scored 18 points and Arizona State held Oregon State without a field goal over the final 5:14 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Arizona State missed its first nine shots of the fourth quarter, but the Beavers managed just a pair of baskets for a 50-44 lead.

Kianna Ibis finally connected for the Sun Devils with 3:38 remaining, triggering the game-ending 13-1 run.

Arizona State (21-11) advanced to Saturday’s semifinals against No. 16 Stanford (21-9), which beat Southern California 69-59.

No. 11 FLORIDA STATE 73, MIAMI 69

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Imani Wright scored 20 points and Florida State held off Miami in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.

The third-seeded Seminoles (25-5) have won seven of their last eight games, and will play fifth-ranked Notre Dame in the semifinals.

Emese Hof had 21 points for Miami (21-10).

No. 13 OHIO STATE 82, RUTGERS 57

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points, Stephanie Mavunga added 18 and Ohio State cruised into the Big Ten semifinals for the fifth straight year.

The top-seeded Buckeyes (26-6) will face Minnesota.

Tyler Scaife led Rutgers (20-12) with 13 points.

No. 19 GEORGIA 55, No. 14 MISSOURI 41

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Que Morrison scored 16 points Georgia beat Missouri in the Southeastern Conference quarterfinals.

Georgia (25-5) will face eighth-ranked South Carolina in the semifinals.

Jordan Frericks led Missouri (24-7) with 10 points.

No. 15 TEXAS A&M 75, No. 24 LSU 69

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chennedy Carter scored 27 points, a Texas A&M record in a Southeastern Conference Tournament game, to help the Aggies reach the semifinals.

Texas A&M (24-8) will face second-ranked Mississippi State on Saturday.

Ayana Mitchell had Mitchell had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Raigyne Williams also scored 17 points for LSU (19-9).

No. 16 STANFORD 69, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 59

SEATTLE (AP) — Kiana Williams scored 18 points, Alanna Smith added 14 and Stanford never trailed against Southern California in the Pac-12 quarterfinals.

The Cardinal (21-9) will face Arizona State in the semifinals.

Aliyah Mazyck had 22 points for Southern California (20-11).

No. 17 MARYLAND 67, INDIANA 54

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kaila Charles scored 24 points and Maryland held Indiana scoreless over the final minute in the Big Ten quarterfinals.

Maryland (24-6) will face Nebraska in the semifinals.

Amanda Cahill had 17 points for Indiana (17-14).

No. 22 BELMONT 63, JACKSONVILLE STATE 53

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Darby Maggard scored 20 points and Belmont tied the school record set last season with its 21st straight victory, pulling away from Jacksonville State in the Ohio Valley semifinals.

Kylee Smith added 19 points for the top-seeded Bruins (30-3) in their 45th straight win over OVC opponents. They will face Tennessee-Martin in the title game.

Kiana Johnson and Tasha Magruder each had 10 points for the Gamecocks (19-12).

No. 23 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 51, No. 18 DUKE 45

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Chelsea Nelson had an Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament-record 22 rebounds and scored 15 points in North Carolina State’s quarterfinal victory.

The fifth-seeded Wolfpack (24-7) will face No. 4 Louisville in the semifinals.

Lexie Brown led Duke (22-8) with 16 points.

No. 25 MERCER 81, SAMFORD 44

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Kahlia Lawrence scored 23 points and top-seeded Mercer advanced to the Southern Conference title game for the third straight year.

The Bears (29-2), who tied the program record for wins with its 26th straight victory, will go for its first title in four years on Sunday against second-seeded East Tennessee State.

Olivia Crozier had 13 points for the Bulldogs (15-16).

CBB Women’s Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Rennia Davis’ banked 3 lifts No. 12 Lady Vols by Auburn 64-61

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Rennia Davis scored 16 points and banked in a 3-pointer from the left wing with a half-second lift, lifting 12th-ranked Tennessee to a 64-61 win over Auburn on Thursday night in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

The seventh-seeded Lady Vols (24-6) advanced to meet second-seconded South Carolina in Friday’s quarterfinals after a desperation shot at the buzzer came up short.

There were 13 ties and 15 lead changes.

The last tie came when Daisa Alexander caught an errant UT inbounds pass with 21.8 seconds to go and turned that into a drive down the lane, making it 61-61 with 11.2 seconds to go.

Jaime Nared led Tennessee with 17 points but missed the last half of the fourth quarter after falling hard under the basket.

Janiah McKay had 24 points for 10th-seeded Auburn (14-15) and Alexander 16.

No. 14 Missouri 59, Mississippi 50

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Amber Smith had 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Missouri beat Mississippi in the second round of the SEC Tournament.

Sophie Cunningham added all 11 of her points in the second half and sixth-seeded Missouri advanced the quarterfinals to face No. 3 seed Georgia on Friday night. During the regular season, Missouri lost its only meeting with Georgia on the road 62-50.

Missouri never trailed although 14th-seeded Ole Miss closed the first half on a 12-3 run to go into halftime down 28-26. The Tigers outscored the Rebels 13-4 in the third quarter and mostly led in double digits throughout the fourth.

Smith was 6 of 9 from the field and the Tigers made 17 of 35 in winning their first SEC Tournament game in six tries.

Madinah Muhammad had 20 points and Alissa Alston added 10 for the Rebels.

No. 15 Texas A&M 82, Arkansas 52

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Danni Williams scored 22 points with four 3-pointers, Chennedy Carter had 19 points, five rebounds and eight assists and Texas A&M beat Arkansas in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Carter scored seven of her team’s first nine points, Texas A&M closed the first quarter on an 8-0 run and the Aggies held Arkansas to three second-quarter field goals en route to a 41-19 lead. The Aggies made their final 10 shots of the first quarter and their first two of the second.

Khaalia Hillsman added 10 points and 13 rebounds for Texas A&M (23-8). Anriel Howard also grabbed 13 boards as the Aggies outrebounded Arkansas 63-32.

Fifth-seeded Texas A&M faces 24th-ranked and No. 4 seed LSU on Friday.

Devin Cosper scored 15 points on 6-of-20 shooting for Arkansas (13-18).

No. 23 N.C. State 77, North Carolina 64

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Aislinn Konig scored 19 points with five 3-pointers, Greensboro native Akela Maize had 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks and North Carolina State beat North Carolina to advance to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinals.

The fifth-seeded Wolfpack will play 18th-ranked and No. 4 seed Duke on Friday.

Paris Kea led 12th-seeded North Carolina (15-16) with four 3-pointers and 27 points.

No. 25 Mercer 75, Western Carolina 44

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Kahlia Lawrence, the first three-time Southern Conference player of the year, scored 23 points and Mercer cruised to a win over Western Carolina in a league tournament opener that set the school record winning streak at 25.

Keke Calloway added 18 points for the Bears (28-2), who are ranked for the first time since 1980 when the team set a school record with 29 wins.

Mercer, the No. 1 seed, plays fifth-seeded Samford in Friday’s semifinals. The Bears have played and lost in the last two Southern Conference title games.

Lawrence had eight points and Calloway two 3-pointers as Mercer led 20-11 after one quarter. The lead was 33-18 at the half and a 12-0 run early in the third decided things. Lawrence had six points and Amanda Thompson four. The Catamounts had 24 turnovers that the Bears, who had just two giveaways, turned into 28 points.

Nikki Johnson had 17 for eighth-seeded Western Carolina (5-25), which finished on a five-game losing streak.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Louisville and Notre Dame share ACC women’s crown

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Gabby Williams scored 18 points and dished out nine assists on her senior night and top-ranked UConn completed an undefeated regular season for the 10th time in program history with an 82-53 win over No. 20 South Florida.

Azura Stevens led all scorers with 21 points and Katie Lou Samuelson had 14 for the Huskies (29-0, 16-0 American), who are now 98-0 in games against American Athletic Conference opponents. They are 86-0 in the regular season and have won all four conference tournaments.

Kitija Laksa scored all but two of her 14 points in the second half for South Florida (24-6, 13-3). The Bulls lost for the first time in 10 games. They had won 12 of 13 since being blown out by UConn last month in Tampa.

No. 3 BAYLOR 80, WEST VIRGINIA 54

WACO, Texas (AP) — Juicy Landrum matched her career high with scored 20 points, Dekeiya Cohen had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, and No. 3 Baylor completed a perfect Big 12 regular season with a win over West Virginia.

The win came at a cost as point guard Kristy Wallace went down with a right knee injury early in the second quarter and didn’t return. She participated in Senior Night festivities walking with a noticeable limp and returned to the bench on crutches in the third quarter.

The Lady Bears (28-1, 18-0) led 21-19 in the second quarter before a five-point possession sparked a 19-3 run that made it an 18-point game early in the third, and West Virginia didn’t challenge again.

Naomi Davenport finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for West Virginia (20-10, 8-10), and Teana Muldrow added 16 points.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Mercer is back in the women’s rankings for the first time in 38 years.

The Bears, riding a 24-game winning streak, entered The Associated Press women’s Top 25 poll Monday at No. 25. It’s the first time the team has been in the poll since Dec. 9, 1980.

“This is a moment to celebrate,” Mercer coach Susie Gardner said. “This is awesome. It’s difficult for a mid-major to get considered and we’re very humbled and very honored without question to be ranked.”

Mercer’s next game is on Thursday in the opener of the Southern Conference tournament. The Bears, who have lost in the title game each of the last two seasons, will try and go one step further and earn the school’s first NCAA Tournament bid.

“We’ve had the heartbreak of the championship game the last two years,” Gardner said. “Last year, being up 13 with 12 minutes to go and losing the game at the end, we had to live with that. We don’t talk about it all the time and we haven’t talked about the (winning) streak. We always talk about the next game.”

The Bears are tied with No. 3 Baylor for the third-longest winning streak in the country behind No. 2. Mississippi State and top-ranked UConn.

The Huskies were once again the unanimous No. 1 choice from the 32-member national media panel. They will close out their regular season on Monday night against No. 20 South Florida.

The top five remained unchanged with Louisville and Notre Dame following UConn, Mississippi State and Baylor.

Oregon moved up two spots to sixth. Texas, South Carolina, UCLA and Oregon State round out the first 10 teams in the poll.

Oklahoma State fell out of the Top 25 and was replaced by Mercer.

Here are other tidbits from the poll:

SUIT: South Carolina coach Dawn Staley is suing Missouri’s athletic director , saying he slandered her when he suggested she created an atmosphere that encouraged fans to spit on his players and use racial slurs. Staley’s suit asked for no more than $75,000 in damages from Jim Sterk for disparaging her reputation.

The Gamecocks coach called the accusations “serious and false” right after they were made and said she lost sleep over them.

South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner investigated, interviewing security personnel and others at the arena and found no evidence of spitting or racial slurs. He asked Sterk to retract his comments.

POLL WATCH: It’s been 38 years since Mercer was last in the Top 25 and that streak could end Monday. The Bears have won 24 straight games — tying the program record — and are 27-2 on the season. They’ve already surpassed the school mark for victories and went 14-0 in the Southern Conference.

MOVIN’ ON UP: Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell climbed to third on the NCAA career scoring list, passing Brittney Griner on Sunday. Mitchell has 3,286 points, three more than the former Baylor star. The Buckeyes star had 22 in a win over Penn State that helped the team clinch the outright Big Ten regular-season title. She’s 107 points behind Jackie Stiles for second on the all-time list and 241 away from Kelsey Plum’s record. Mitchell has a maximum of nine games left if the Buckeyes reach both the Big Ten Tournament final and NCAA title game, and she’d have to average 26.8 points to break the mark.

STRONG ON THE BOARDS: Duke senior Rebecca Greenwell has pulled down eight or more rebounds in eight straight games, the longest current streak in the ACC. The eight consecutive games is a school record for a guard. Greenwell also moved into a tie for 12th place on Duke’s all-time rebounding list with 738.

DUCKS FLY HIGH: Oregon won its first conference championship in 18 years Sunday and moved up two spots in the poll, back to No. 6. The Ducks were near the bottom of the conference before coach Kelly Graves took over.

“It’s pretty overwhelming,” said Graves. “As coaches, one of our jobs is to help them realize their potential and their dreams. We had kids who wanted to be champions and worked their butts off. Today, they were rewarded with that. I’m happy for them and love each and every one of them — and told each and every one of them. It’s a good day, as you can tell.”

FALLING TERRAPINS: Maryland dropped to No. 17 this week after splitting a pair of games with Michigan and Nebraska. It’s the Terrapins’ lowest ranking in eight years.

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AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 17

 

RANKING TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE BALLOTS LAST WEEK
1 UConn 28-0 800 32 32 1
2 Mississippi State 30-0 765 0 32 2
3 Baylor 27-1 733 0 32 3
4 Louisville 29-2 697 0 32 4
5 Notre Dame 27-2 685 0 32 5
6 Oregon 27-4 627 0 32 8
7 Texas 23-5 611 0 32 6
8 South Carolina 23-6 542 0 32 7
9 UCLA 23-6 511 0 32 10
10 Oregon State 23-6 496 0 32 12
11 Florida State 24-5 457 0 32 9
12 Tennessee 23-6 452 0 32 15
13 Ohio State 24-6 398 0 32 14
14 Missouri 23-6 381 0 32 11
15 Texas A&M 22-8 338 0 32 17
16 Stanford 20-9 333 0 32 16
17 Maryland 23-6 280 0 32 13
18 Duke 22-7 247 0 31 20
19 Georgia 24-5 246 0 31 19
20 South Florida 24-5 243 0 32 18
21 Green Bay 26-3 119 0 27 22
22 Belmont 28-3 110 0 28 23
23 North Carolina State 22-7 101 0 26 21
24 LSU 19-8 85 0 23 24
25 Mercer 27-2 25 0 9 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Iowa 18, Oklahoma State 15, Michigan 15, Gonzaga 11, Dayton 9, Syracuse 8, Arizona State 7, DePaul 6, California 6, Quinnipiac 5, Minnesota 5, Central Michigan 4, Oklahoma 3, Buffalo 2, Florida Gulf Coast 2, Miami 1, UC Davis 1.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Unbeaten No. 2 Mississippi State women rout Kentucky 85-63

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   Teaira McCowan had 20 points and 20 rebounds to match a career high, Victoria Vivians added 18 points and No. 2 Mississippi State routed Kentucky 85-63 on Sunday in Lexington, Kentucky, and become the first Southeastern Conference team to finish the regular season unbeaten in 20 years.

The Bulldogs (30-0, 16-0 SEC) matched Tennessee’s milestone in 1997-98 after erasing a 9-3 deficit with a 14-4 run led by 3-point shooting. The 6-foot-7 McCowan then took control inside on both ends of the floor before Vivians warmed up offensively.

McCowan did most of her damage in the first half with 17 points and 13 rebounds on the way to helping the Bulldogs dominate the boards 40-23 and paint scoring 38-20. MSU also finished 10 of 18 from behind the arc, with Blair Schaefer making four for 12 points.

Maci Morris scored 16 of her 22 points in the first half for the Wildcats (14-16, 6-10), who had won two of three coming in.

(4) Louisville 81, Pittsburgh 49: Asia Durr scored 20 points, and Louisville claimed its first regular-season conference title in 17 years with a win over Pittsburgh in Louisville, Kentucky.

Louisville (29-2, 15-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed and cruised to its fourth straight victory and eighth in nine games.

The Cardinals led by as much as 34-14 thanks to the hot shooting of Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen, both of whom scored 12 points in the first half.

Hines-Allen finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds for 43rd double-double of her career.

The Panthers (10-19, 2-14) used a 10-2 run midway through the third quarter to get within 12 points, but Louisville ended the period on an 11-1 run to put the game away.

(5) Notre Dame 88, (21) N.C. State 67: Jackie Young shed a mask protecting a broken nose and scored 22 points to lead four players in double figures, and Notre Dame closed out the regular season with its 12th straight victory, over North Carolina State in South Bend, Indiana.

Arike Ogunbowale had 21 points, Marina Mabrey had 17 and Kathryn Westbeld added 16 for the Irish (27-2, 15-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who earned a share of the ACC regular-season title with No. 4 Louisville, the last team to beat coach Muffet McGraw’s team on Jan. 11.

Kaila Ealey scored 18 points, Chelsea Nelson had 15 and Kiara Leslie added 10 for N.C. State (22-7, 11-5), which had won three straight and 10 of its last 11 coming in.

(15) Tennessee 65, (7) South Carolina: Rennia Davis had 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and Tennessee rallied on its home court in Knoxville, Tennessee, for a victory over South Carolina – playing without star center A’ja Wilson.

Wilson, a national player of the year candidate, didn’t make the trip to Knoxville due to vertigo. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan started in the Southeastern Conference scoring leader’s place and had a team-high 17 points in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Mercedes Russell added 16 points and 12 rebounds for Tennessee (23-6, 11-5).

Without Wilson, South Carolina (23-6, 12-4) had its highest turnover total (21) and lowest point total of the season.

(8) Oregon 74, Arizona 61: Ruthy Hebard scored 24 points and Oregon clinched its first Pac-12 regular-season title in 18 years with a victory over Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

Oregon (27-4, 16-2 Pac-12) won 24 games last season and took a big step this season, breaking school records for overall and conference wins. The Ducks closed the regular season with six straight wins and 10 of 11 to earn their first Pac-12 title since 1999-2000.

Sabrina Ionescu finished with 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for Oregon. Lexi Bando had 15 points and hit consecutive 3-pointers to turn back a late Arizona surge.

Arizona (6-23, 2-14) kept up with the high-flying Ducks and made a late run, but came up short. Freshman Sam Thomas had 17 points to lead the Wildcats, who closed the regular season with six straight losses.

(9) Florida State 64, Georgia Tech 61: Shakyala Thomas scored 19 points, Chatrice White had her sixth double-double of the season and Florida State rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat Georgia Tech in Tallahassee, Florida.

The win gives Florida State (24-5, 12-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) a double bye in this week’s conference tournament.

Georgia Tech (17-12, 6-10) had a chance to send it into overtime, but Pan’s 3-point attempt hit the back of the rim.

(17) Texas A&M 82, (11) Missouri 63: Anriel Howard turned in her sixth straight double-double and became Texas A&M’s career and single-season rebounding record-holder as the Aggies beat Missouri in College Station, Texas.

Howard had 16 points and 10 rebounds for 923 boards in her career, passing Prissy Sharpe (920 from 1996-2000), and 360 this season, tying Peggy Pope (1978-79).

Chennedy Carter scored 23 points and Danni Williams 20 for the Aggies (22-8, 11-5), who finished in a four-way tie for fourth place with Missouri (23-6, 11-5), LSU and Tennessee in the SEC.

(12) Oregon State 64, Arizona State 60: Marie Gulich scored 30 of her career-high 36 points in the second half and Oregon State rallied to defeat Arizona State in Tempe, Arizona, and secure a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament.

Gulich was 16-of-18 shooting, including all 13 of her shots in the second half as the Beavers (23-6, 14-4) overcame a 10-point halftime deficit with a strong third quarter.

Gulich made seven shots and both her free throws in the third quarter to help OSU take a 45-43 lead. She made six shots and two free throws in the fourth but it was Katie McWilliams who secured the win with two free throws with 13 seconds left.

The Beavers shot 74 percent in the second half and 62 percent for the game. Arizona State shot 32 percent in the second half, 37 percent for the game, but had a 14-4 advantage in offensive rebounds.

Robbi Ryan and Sophie Elenga had 13 points apiece for the Sun Devils (19-11, 10-8), who play Thursday in the opening round of the tournament in Seattle.

(13) Maryland 77, Nebraska 75: Kaila Charles had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Stephanie Jones had the go-ahead free throws and a huge block with 13.9 seconds left and Maryland held on to defeat Nebraska in College Park, Maryland, to secure the second-seed for this week’s Big Ten Tournament.

Hannah Whitish put Nebraska on top for the first time since the opening minute 75-74 with a 3-pointer from the right corner on an inbounds play with 48.7 seconds to play. On Maryland’s possession, Jones grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled at 26.3 seconds. After Jones made both free throws she came up with a block on Jasmine Cincore’s drive and grabbed the loose ball. Following a timeout, Charles made 1 of 2 free throws. The Cornhuskers had 13.2 seconds but Whitish’s 3 was off the rim as time ran out.

Eleanna Christinaki had 13 points for the Terrapins (23-5, 12-4 Big Ten).

Whitish had four 3s and 14 points for Nebraska (20-9, 11-5).

(14) Ohio State 89, Penn State 64: Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points to become the No. 3 scorer in NCAA history and the nation’s leading double-double duo, Stephanie Mavunga and Linnae Harper, did it again as Ohio State rolled past Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania, to clinch the outright Big Ten regular-season title and the No. 1 seed to the conference tournament.

Mitchell’s 3,286 career points moved her past former Baylor star Brittney Griner (3,283).

The Buckeyes (24-6, 13-3) led early on and by 15 at halftime. The lead reached 26 points after three quarters to a high of 38 in the fourth.

Teniya Page scored 19 points and Jaida Travascio-Green 17 for the Lady Lions (15-14, 6-10).

(16) Stanford at Washington State, canceled: The women’s basketball game between No. 16 Stanford and Washington State scheduled for Sunday in Pullman, Washington, was canceled after the death of the Cougars’ director of strength and conditioning David Lang.

Lang, a longtime member of the athletics department, worked directly with the women’s basketball and men’s and women’s golf programs.

Stanford (20-9, 14-3) entered the day a game behind No. 8 Oregon for the Pac-12 Conference championship. The Ducks clinched their first regular-season title in 18 years with a 74-61 victory over Arizona, which is 11th in the conference, on Sunday.

Washington State (10-19, 3-14) is locked into the No. 10 seed for the Pac-12 Tournament, which begins on Wednesday.

(19) Georgia 63, Florida 43: Senior Mackenzie Engram and freshman Gabby Connally each scored 12 points and Georgia beat Florida in Athens, Georgia.

Georgia (24-5, 12-4 Southeastern Conference), which was picked eighth in the SEC preseason poll after a 16-15 finish last season, has only lost to teams currently ranked in the Top 25.

Caliya Robinson added 11 points and Taja Cole 10 for Georgia.

Funda Nakkasoglu was the only Florida (11-18, 3-13) player in double figures with 10 points.

(20) Duke 70, North Carolina 54: Rebecca Greenwell tied her career-high with 31 points, Lexie Brown added 22 and both had double-doubles to help Duke secure the fourth seed for the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament with a win over rival North Carolina in Durham, North Carolina.

Greenwell hit seven 3-pointers for the Blue Devils (22-7, 11-5) and grabbed 13 rebounds, one short of her career high.

Duke, up by two at the half, scored the first 15 points of the second half, nine by Greenwell, to break the game open. Greenwell had 15 points in the quarter that ended with the Blue Devils up 56-36.

Jamie Cheer scored 20 points for North Carolina (14-15, 4-12).

(22) Green Bay 88, Detroit 45: Jessica Lindstrom and Allie LeClaire, the only two seniors for Green Bay, combined for 37 points and the Phoenix coasted to a win over Detroit in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Lindstrom had 19 points and 14 rebounds for her 16th double-double of the season and 39th of her career. LeClaire added 18 points and surpassed 1,400 for her career.

The seniors had seven points apiece in the first quarter when the Phoenix (26-3, 16-2 Horizon League), who won their fourth straight with their highest scoring game of the season, had runs of 7-0 and 11-0 en route to a 25-13 lead.

Nicole Urbanick led the Titans (2-27, 2-16), who have lost four straight, with 17 points.

(24) LSU 79, Alabama 78 (OT): Ayana Mitchell scored a career-high 27 points on 11-of-13 shooting with 12 rebounds and a game-saving blocked shot with a second left and LSU defeated Alabama in overtime in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Chloe Jackson led the Tigers (19-8, 11-5) with 31 points. The Crimson Tide (17-12, 7-9) is the eighth seed.

Hannah Cook contested jumper to the right of the lane put Alabama up 70-68 with 3.5 seconds left in regulation. The Tide committed a non-shooting foul with 1.9 to go before Khayla Pointer inbounded the ball deep to Mitchell in the lane for the turnaround tying shot with less than a second to go.

Cook led Alabama (17-12, 7-9) with 18 points.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: No. 1 UConn women have 43-0 run in 80-36 win at SMU

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   DALLAS – Katie Lou Samuelson scored 23 points and top-ranked UConn wrapped up its fifth consecutive American Athletic Conference regular-season championship, using a 43-0 first-half run to rout SMU 80-36 on Saturday.

Nepheesa Collier added 16 points, Azura Stevens had 14 and Kia Nurse 13 for the Huskies (28-0, 15-0). McKenzie Adams led SMU (10-18, 4-11) with 10 points.

SMU scored the first five points and led 12-6 late in the first quarter, then UConn scored the next 43 points for a 49-12 lead. UConn set a program record for fewest points allowed in a quarter, the quarter format in its third NCAA season, by outscoring SMU 32-1 in the second period. SMU went from 4:13 remaining in the first quarter to 46 seconds into the third quarter without a field goal.

(3) Baylor 85, TCU 53

FORT WORTH, Texas – Kristy Wallace scored 19 points, Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox had double-doubles and Baylor its 24th straight game.

Brown had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Cox reversed that with 11 points and 12 boards in the first game for the Lady Bears (27-1, 17-0 Big 12) since clinching their eighth straight Big 12 title with a win at sixth-ranked Texas. It was Baylor’s 24th straight win against the Horned Frogs (18-10, 9-8).

Amy Okonkow led TCU with 13 points.

(6) Texas 72, Iowa State 59

AMES, Iowa – Ariel Atkins scored 20 points, Lashann Higgs had 14 and Texas held off Iowa State 72-59 for its eighth win in nine games.

Brooke McCarty added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Longhorns (23-5, 14-3 Big 12).

Bridget Carleton had 23 points for Iowa State (12-16, 6-11) in its home finale.

(10) Ucla 78, Utah 71 (OT)

LOS ANGELES – Jordin Canada had 22 points and 14 assists, leading UCLA past Utah.

Monique Billings had 24 points and 10 rebounds for her 45th career double-double for the Bruins (23-6, 14-4 Pac-12). Emily Potter had 24 points for Utah (17-12, 8-10).

Utah’s Tilar Clark got her own rebound and made a layup with 1.4 seconds, tying it at 65 and sending the game to overtime. Canada had a key three-point play in the extra session.

UCLA celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1968 AIAW national championship team led by Ann Meyers Drysdale. She was in attendance and gave a speech.

(18) South Florida 84, Cincinnati 65

TAMPA, Fla. – Maria Jespersen had 26 points and a season-high 16 rebounds for South Florida.

Kitija Laska added 22 points for the Bulls (24-5, 13-2 American Athletic Conference). They will take a nine-game winning streak into their regular-season finale at No. 1 UConn on Monday night.

Ana Owens had 15 points for Cincinnati (17-11, 9-6).

(23) Belmont 84, Tennessee State 42

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Kylee Smith scored 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting and added 10 rebounds and Belmont ended the regular season with its 37th straight Ohio Valley Conference victory.

Darby Maggard added 17 points to help the Bruins (28-3, 18-0) win their 19th in a row.

Tia Wooten had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee State (6-21, 4-14).

(25) Oklahoma State 79, West Virginia 69

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Loryn Goodwin scored 12 of her 22 points in a mid-game rally, and Braxtin Miller matched a career-high 23 points for Oklahoma State.

Kaylee Jensen added 17 points and 17 rebounds to help Oklahoma State (19-9, 10-7 Big 12) end a three-game losing streak. Teana Muldrow led West Virginia (20-0, 8-9) with 23 points.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: No. 1 UConn beats Tulane 91-47 for 50th straight road win

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   NEW ORLEANS – Azura Stevens scored 23 points, Napheesa Collier had 22 and No. 1 UConn won its 50th straight road game, 91-47 over Tulane on Wednesday night.

Katie Lou Samuelson had 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for UConn (27-0, 14-0 American). The Huskies led by 32 in the first half and built a lead as large as 48 in the final period.

Stevens reached 1,300 career points with her sixth point of the game. She hit nine of 12 field goals and all five of her foul shots. Her only misses were from 3-point range.

Kolby Morgan scored 15 points for Tulane (12-15, 4-10).

 
No. 14 Ohio State 88, Northwestern 54

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points and Ohio State beat Northwestern, moving the Buckeyes closer to at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship.

If the Buckeyes (23-6, 12-3) beat Rutgers at home Sunday they will finish in no worse than a tie for the title. They are a half-game ahead of Maryland (11-3) and 1 1/2 in front of Nebraska (10-4).

Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah had 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Wildcats (10-19, 3-12).

 
No. 18 South Florida 81, Houston 65

TAMPA, Fla. – Kitija Laksa scored 32 points and South Florida beat Houston to seal the No. 2 seed in the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

Maria Jespersen had 19 points and 11 rebounds for South Florida (23-5, 12-2). Angela Harris scored 21 points for Houston (20-8, 9-5).

 
No. 23 Belmont 66, Jacksonville State 35

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – Kylee Smith had 17 points and eight rebounds, Sally McCabe added 16 points and nine rebounds to help Belmont win its 18th straight

Darby Maggard added 12 points for Belmont (27-3, 17-0) in its 42nd consecutive Ohio Valley Conference victory. Tasha Magruder had six points for Jacksonville State (17-11, 11-6).

 
Kansas 66, No. 25 Oklahoma State 59

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kylee Kopatich scored 19 points, hitting five 3-pointers, and Christalah Lyons added 15 points in Kansas’ upset victory.

Austin Richardson added 13 points for Kansas (12-15, 3-13).

Loryn Goodwin led Oklahoma State (18-9, 9-7) with 21 points.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Ionescu lifts No. 8 Oregon to 101-94 OT win over No. 10 UCLA

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Kristy Wallace scored 23 points and had seven assists as No. 3 Baylor won its eighth consecutive Big 12 championship Monday night with a 93-87 win over No. 6 Texas.

Wallace scored 14 in the third quarter and rescued the Lady Bears after Texas had started the second half with a charge and briefly held the lead. Wallace scored eight in a 14-5 run that allowed Baylor to take control of the game again and the Lady Bears kept Texas at a safe distance the rest of the way.

Wallace scored 27 the first time these teams met this season. Baylor (26-1, 16-0) has now won 18 of the last 19 matchup with Texas. With two games left, Baylor is gunning for a third undefeated conference season in school history

Texas came in two games behind Baylor and needed a win to keep its own conference title hopes alive. Brooke McCarty led the Longhorns (22-5, 13-3) with 32 points, with 16 in the fourth quarter in a furious comeback bid.

No. 8 OREGON 101, No. 10 UCLA 94, OT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu scored seven of her 23 points in overtime and Oregon outlasted UCLA.

Ionescu added 12 assists for the Ducks (25-4, 14-2 Pac-12). Oregon’s 14th conference win matched its best from 1999-2000 when it won the Pac-10 title.

Oregon built a huge first half lead before UCLA rallied while holding the Ducks without a field goal for the final 6:18 of regulation. With the game tied at 90, the Bruins had a chance for the win in regulation, but they missed a layup just before the buzzer.

Ionescu took over in OT. She scored the first four points in the extra session and the Ducks didn’t look back.

Ruthy Hebard finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. She made her first three shots to set an NCAA men’s and women’s record with 33 consecutive field goals over four games.

Jordin Canada and Monique Billings each scored 26 points and had double-doubles for the Bruins (21-6, 13-3). Canada’s 13 assists gave her 765 for her career, breaking the Pac-12 record of 757 by Stanford’s Sonja Henning in 1988-91.

No. 20 DUKE 79, No. 9 FLORIDA STATE 66

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Lexie Brown scored 30 points, and Duke upset Florida State.

Rebecca Greenwell added 22 points with three of her six 3-pointers coming during the decisive run, and Leaonna Odom had 15 points to help the Blue Devils (21-7, 10-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) earn their most significant victory — at least, by the rankings — of the season.

Nicole Ekhomu had 15 points and AJ Alix had 13 points for the Seminoles (22-5, 10-4), but top scorer Shakayla Thomas had just seven — nearly 11 below her average — on 2-of-10 shooting.

No. 19 GEORGIA 66, MISSISSIPPI STATE 52

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Caliya Robinson had 28 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, Que Morrison also had a double-double and Georgia beat Mississippi.

Robinson scored 16 points in the first half to help Georgia build a 35-18 lead after a 20-6 second quarter. Mississippi rallied in the third to pull within 45-44 but Georgia started the fourth on a 13-2 run to pull away.

Morrison had 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and Mackenzie Engram grabbed 12 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs (22-5, 10-4 Southeastern Conference), which entered with two-straight losses to a pair of ranked opponents.

Madinah Muhammad scored 18 points for Mississippi (11-16, 1-13), which has lost 15 of its last 17 games.

No. 22 GREEN BAY 66, ILLINOIS-CHICAGO 37

CHICAGO (AP) — Jessica Lindstrom had 22 points, 13 rebounds and four assists for her 14th double-double this season and Green Bay beat Illinois-Chicago.

Green Bay has won 19 straight in the series and 25 of the past 26 meetings.

Allie Leclaire added 10 points for Green Bay (24-3, 14-2 Horizon League), which extended its lead on IUPUI (12-3) in the conference standings. Lindstrom moved to seventh on the program’s scoring list in the Division I era with 1,392 points, passing Kayla Tetschlag and trailing Kim Wood by 16 points.

Before the game, Green Bay announced coach Kevin Borseth agreed to a contract extension through the 2024-25 season. He is in his 15th season at Green Bay and owns a winning percentage of .798 with the program.

UIC (7-20, 0-16) was just 14-of-47 shooting (29.8 percent) from the field and turned it over 20 times.

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LSU enters poll for first time in 4 years; UConn still No. 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Coach Nikki Fargas and her LSU Tigers are happy to be back in the AP Top 25.

It’s been four years since LSU was last in the poll, which it entered at No. 24 on Monday.

“We’re all excited that we are being recognized in the poll,” Fargas said. “We’re going to try and keep ourselves in it now.”

The Tigers were last ranked on Feb. 17, 2014, before coming in this week.

“Even though we haven’t been ranked recently, we still have been competing on the national level, making the NCAA Tournament,” Fargas added. “We’ve done a nice job, but in this conference everyone beats each other up, making it harder to get ranked.”

The Tigers are now one of seven SEC teams in the poll. LSU, which has won six of its last seven, is focused on securing a top-four seed in the SEC Tournament, which comes with a double bye until the quarterfinals. The Tigers have beaten Tennessee, Georgia and Texas A&M, who are all ranked, during this current run.

Next up for the Tigers is No. 7 South Carolina on Thursday.

“We have an opportunity to finish potentially second, third or fourth as there’s a bunch of us in that cluster,” Fargas said.

UConn and Mississippi State continue to hold the top spots in the poll.

The Huskies (26-0) received all 32 first-place votes from a national media panel. They were followed by Mississippi State, Baylor, Louisville and Notre Dame. The Cardinals lost to UConn by 11 points on Feb. 12.

Texas, South Carolina, Oregon, Florida State and UCLA round out the first 10 teams in the poll.

Other tidbits from the Top 25:

STREAK BUSTED

Michigan run’s in the Top 25 is over for now. The Wolverines were ranked for a school-record 15 straight weeks, earning a spot in every poll this season until Monday. The Wolverines have lost four of their last five.

MOVING ON UP

Florida State moved back into the Top 10 for the second time this season before falling to No. 20 on Duke Monday night. The Seminoles’ return to the elite will probably be short-lived.

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AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 16

 

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE BALLOTS LAST WEEK
1 UConn 26-0 800 32 32 1
2 Mississippi State 28-0 765 0 32 2
3 Baylor 25-1 735 0 32 3
4 Louisville 27-2 688 0 32 4
5 Notre Dame 25-2 686 0 32 5
6 Texas 22-4 632 0 32 6
7 South Carolina 22-5 597 0 32 8
8 Oregon 24-4 587 0 32 9
9 Florida State 22-4 521 0 32 12
10 UCLA 21-5 501 0 32 7
11 Missouri 22-5 488 0 32 13
12 Oregon State 21-6 443 0 32 15
13 Maryland 22-5 367 0 32 10
14 Ohio State 22-6 359 0 32 16
15 Tennessee 21-6 358 0 32 11
16 Stanford 19-9 319 0 32 14
17 Texas A&M 20-8 247 0 30 17
18 South Florida 22-5 229 0 31 22
19 Georgia 21-5 214 0 29 20
20 Duke 20-7 184 0 29 17
21 North Carolina State 21-6 132 0 29 25
22 Green Bay 23-3 106 0 25 19
23 Belmont 26-3 98 0 23 24
24 LSU 18-7 87 0 20 NR
25 Oklahoma State 18-8 73 0 17 21

Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota 60; Dayton 29; Mercer 19; Miami 14; Arizona State 12; Iowa 11; Michigan 10; West Virginia 7; Gonzaga 5; California 3; Central Michigan 3; Oklahoma 3; Quinnipiac 3; Nebraska 3; Southern Cal 1; Syracuse 1 .

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: No. 2 Mississippi State wraps up SEC regular-season title

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Victoria Vivians had 26 points and 10 rebounds and No. 2 Mississippi State wrapped up its first Southeastern Conference regular-season championship, beating No. 17 Texas A&M 76-55 on Sunday.

An 11-0 gave the Bulldogs (28-0, 14-0) a double digit lead that they would hold for the majority of the game. Roshunda Johnson and Vivians each hit two 3-pointers during the stretch.

Aggies freshman Chennedy Carter scored 16 of their first 21 points and finished with 31 on 12-of-29 shooting. She was just 1 of 8 from 3-point range.

The Bulldogs had clinched at least a share of the conference title as well as the No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament on Thursday night with a 95-50 win at Vanderbilt.

No. 1 UCONN 106, TEMPLE 45

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Katie Lou Samuelson scored 27 points and UConn continued to roll through its American Athletic Conference schedule.

Kia Nurse added 16 points for the Huskies (26-0, 13-0).

UConn has never lost an AAC regular-season or tournament game (95-0) and holds a two-game lead over South Florida (11-2) with three games to play this season.

Emani Mayo had 17 points for Temple (10-16, 2-11).

No. 4 LOUISVILLE 67, NORTH CAROLINA 57

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Asia Durr scored 19 points to help Louisville rally past North Carolina.

Arica Carter added 14 points to help the Cardinals (27-2, 13-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) finish 8-0 on the road in conference play for the second time in four years.

Janelle Bailey had 20 points for North Carolina (14-13, 4-10). The Tar Heels have lost seven in a row.

No. 5 NOTRE DAME 89, BOSTON COLLEGE 55

BOSTON (AP) — Jessica Shepard and Jackie Young each had 18 points and Notre Dame cruised to its 10th consecutive victory.

Kristina Nelson added 6 points, Arike Ogunbowale had 15 and Marina Mabrey 11 to help the Fighting Irish (25-2, 13-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) win for the 18th time in their past 19 games.

Taylor Ortlepp led the Eagles (7-20, 2-12) with a career-high 24 points.

No. 8 SOUTH CAROLINA 81, KENTUCKY 63

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A’ja Wilson scored 29 points and South Carolina had assists on 21 of 26 baskets.

Wilson shot 9 of 16 from the field, made 11 of 12 free throws and had nine rebounds and five assists in just 26 minutes for the Gamecocks (22-5, 11-3 Southeastern Conference).

Maci Morris had a career-high 35 points for Kentucky (13-15, 5-9).

MINNESOTA 93, No. 10 MARYLAND 74

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Freshman Destiny Pitts scored 20 points, hitting 6 of 11 from 3-point territory, and sophomore Gadiva Hubbard had 22 points to help Minnesota beat Maryland.

Kenisha Bell added 21 points, and the Gophers (21-6, 10-4 Big Ten) shot 14 of 24 on 3s en route to its seven victory in eight games.

Kaila Charles had 16 points, 14 rebounds and six assists for Maryland (22-5, 11-3) in its second straight loss. The Terrapins dropped into a tie for the Big Ten lead with No. 16 Ohio State.

No. 13 MISSOURI 77, No. 11 TENNESSEE 73

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Sophie Cunningham scored 12 of her 32 points in the fourth quarter and Missouri held on to beat Tennessee.

Jordan Frericks added 16 points for the Tigers (22-5, 10-4 Southeastern Conference). Jaime Nared led Tennessee (21-6, 9-5) with 25 points.

No. 15 OREGON STATE 69, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 63

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Marie Gulich had 25 points and nine rebounds, Kat Tudor scored 14 of her 17 points in the second half for Oregon State.

Tudor made three free throws that capped an 8-2 spurt and gave the Beavers (21-6, 12-4 Pac-12) the lead for good with six minutes left in the third quarter.

Kristen Simon and Sadie Edwards each scored 16 points for USC (17-10, 7-9).

No. 16 OHIO STATE 73, PURDUE 60

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 26 points and Ohio State beat Purdue for a share of the Big Ten lead with No. 10 Maryland

Stephanie Mavunga added 17 points and 12 rebounds for Ohio State (22-6, 11-3). Karissa McLaughlin had 17 points for Purdue (17-11, 8-6).

No. 22 SOUTH FLORIDA 77, CENTRAL FLORIDA 68, OT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Kitija Laksa scored 32 points to help South Florida beat Central Florida.

Maria Jespersen added 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Bulls (22-5, 11-2 American). Zakiya Saunders had a career-high 31 points for UCF (17-9, 9-4).

No. 25 NC STATE 74, WAKE FOREST 61

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Aislinn Konig made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, Akela Maize added 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and NC State beat Wake Forest.

Chelsea Nelson had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Wolfpack (21-6, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). Elisa Penna was 9 of 13 from 3-point range and had a career-high 34 points for Wake Forest (12-15, 4-10).

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: No. 3 Baylor routs Kansas 88-51

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WACO, Texas (AP) — Kristy Wallace scored 26 points, Kalani Brown added 20 and No. 3 Baylor beat Kansas 88-51 on Saturday.

Dekeiya Cohen and Lauren Cox both scored 11 for Baylor (25-1, 15-0, Big 12), which shot 51 percent from the floor.

The Lady Bears didn’t commit a turnover until 4:10 remained in the third quarter. They also took advantage of Kansas’ 21 miscues and outscored the Jayhawks 34-3 in points off turnovers.

The Jayhawks (12-14, 2-13) shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half but took only 20 shots. That rate dropped drastically after halftime, when they were 7 for 31 and finished the game at 33 percent.

Christalah Lyons led Kansas with 17 points.

No. 6 TEXAS 77, No. 21 OKLAHOMA STATE 62

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Brooke McCarty scored 17 points to help Texas defeat Oklahoma State.

Ariel Atkins scored 15 points, Jatarie White scored 12 and Joyner Holmes added 10 for the Longhorns, who won their seventh straight. Texas (22-4, 13-2 Big 12) outrebounded the Cowgirls 44-37.

Loryn Goodwin led Oklahoma State with 21 points, but she made just 8 of 23 shots. Kaylee Jensen had 19 points and 12 rebounds, but she made just 5 for 13 shots. The Cowgirls shot just 35 percent overall.

It was a rough week for Oklahoma State (18-8, 9-6). The Cowgirls lost to No. 3 Baylor 87-45 on Tuesday night.

CALIFORNIA 78, No. 14 STANFORD 66

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Asha Thomas scored 25 points and was one of three Cal players to hit a clutch 3-pointer down the stretch as the Golden Bears ended Stanford’s seven-game winning streak.

The Cardinal, down 11 to start the fourth quarter, pulled within 62-60 on a 3-pointer by Alana Smith with 4½ minutes to play. Thomas answered with a 3-pointer for the Golden Bears, who had missed their first six shots of the quarter. After Smith hit a free throw, Mikayla Cowling made a 3 and following a Smith layup, Jaelyn Brown had a 3 to put Cal up 71-63 with 1:29 to go. The Bears made 7 of 8 free throws from there.

Kianna Smith had 14 points for Cal (18-9, 9-7 Pac-12), which made 10 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter and outrebounded Stanford 46-28.

Brittany McPhee had 24 points and Smith 20 for the Cardinal (19-9, 13-3), who dropped a half-game behind league-leading Oregon.

No. 19 GREEN BAY 67, YOUNGSTOWN STATE 42

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Jessica Lindstrom because the all-time double-double leader and Green Bay outscored Youngstown State 21-0 in the third quarter and coasted to a win.

Lindstrom finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds, her 36th double-double, as the Phoenix (23-3, 13-2 Horizon League) bounced back after having their 11-game winning streak snapped on Thursday. Lindstrom passed former All-American Julie Wojta for the school’s Division I record.

The Penguins (12-14, 8-7), who entered with a five-game winning streak, scored 14 points in each quarter except for the third, when they went 0 for 14 from the field with four turnovers.

Youngstown State was 9 of 30 from 3-point range and 5 of 22 inside the arc.

Green Bay never trailed and led by 10 after one quarter and 35-28 at the half. The Phoenix had a 47-26 rebounding advantage and 34-10 on points in the paint.

No. 24 BELMONT 80, MOREHEAD STATE 56

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kylee Smith had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Darby Maggard had 14 points and 10 assists and Belmont won its 17th straight game over Morehead State.

Sally McCabe added 16 points and Jenny Roy had 11 rebounds to go with nine points as the Bruins (26-3, 16-0 Ohio Valley Conference) had a 51-29 rebounding advantage.

Belmont clinched the OVC title outright and has won 35 straight regular-season conference games and 41 straight against OVC opponents.

The Eagles (19-10, 10-6) had a 14-4 run in the second quarter to get within six but trailed by 11 at the half. They cut it to seven midway through the third, but a 12-2 Belmont run ended the threat.

Eriel McKee had 22 points for Morehead State.

CBB Women’s and Men’s Top 25 Roundup: Hebard sets NCAA record, No. 9 Oregon beats USC in 2nd OT

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   OLEAN, N.Y. – Standing alone with the ball under the basket, St. Bonaventure forward LaDarien Griffin had only one thought come to mind.

“Don’t miss,” Griffin said of his dunk with 21.5 seconds remaining that provided the go-ahead points in the Bonnies 77-74 win over Rhode Island, and snapped the 16th-ranked Rams’ 16-game winning streak on Friday night.

Griffin, actually, didn’t miss much on either end of the court in a thrilling back-and-forth game in which neither team led by more than six points.

Aside from scoring eight of his 14 points in the final 5:24, the junior forward also got his hand up to alter Jared Terrell’s potential game-tying basket with 4.8 seconds left. Griffin, who added eight rebounds and three blocks, even kept playing after losing his shoe.

“He didn’t tie it tight enough,” coach Mark Schmidt said with a laugh, referring to Griffin losing his shoe while running up the court with about three minutes left and then throwing the shoe off to the sideline.

“I don’t know,” Griffin said. “I just ran down the floor and threw it out of bounds.”

Matt Mobley made up for Jaylen Adams’ offensive struggles by scoring 26 points. Adams hit just 2 of 12 attempts for 10 points.

The Bonnies (20-6, 10-4 Atlantic 10 Conference) won their eighth straight. St. Bonaventure also reached the 20-win plateau for a third consecutive season.

The Rams (21-4, 13-1) had the nation’s longest winning streak snapped in losing for the first time since a 68-64 decision at Alabama on Dec. 6. The loss also snapped Rhode Island’s 21-game winning streak in conference play, dating to 53-43 loss against Fordham on Feb. 15, 2017.

Terrell led the Rams with 23 points. E.C. Matthews scored all of his 14 points in the second half, playing three days after hurting his left knee in an 85-67 win over Richmond.

“I think their grittiness kind of knocked us on our heels a little bit,” Rams coach Dan Hurley said.

The loud and raucous crowd that packed the Reilly Center certainly didn’t help.

With the game tied at 50, Hurley attempted to get his players’ attention by rapping the legs of his folding chair on the court during a timeout. He’s not sure they heard him.

“I want to get these guys juiced up, because the place was obviously electric. I was trying to just create some energy,” Hurley said. “It was a meager attempt, but I had to try something.”

Unlike their 87-63 loss at Rhode Island a month ago, the Bonnies refused to wilt and instead matched the Rams’ high-tempo attack shot for shot.

The turning point came with 6 minutes left, with Rhode Island up 67-61. St. Bonaventure’s Courtney Stockard intercepted Stanford Robinson’s pass at mid-court and scored on an open layup.

Griffin took over by scoring six points on three consecutive possessions.

Rhode Island’s Cyril Langevine hit two free throws after he was fouled while attempting a dunk to put the Rams up 74-73 with 38 seconds remaining,

Then came Griffin’s go-ahead dunk in which he was set up by a pass from Adams from the top of the key.

“Coach drew up a great play,” Griffin said in how the Bonnies adapted to the Rams double-teaming Adams. “He made a great pass. I just made sure to finish it.”

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WOMEN’S FRIDAY ROUNDUP

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Ruthy Hebard scored 27 points and set an NCAA record with 30th consecutive field goals to help No. 9 Oregon hold off Southern California 80-74 in double-overtime Friday night.

Hebard was 12 of 12 from the field for her fifth perfect shooting game of the season, helping the Ducks (24-4, 13-2 Pac-12) tie No. 14 Stanford for the conference lead. Hebard also had 10 rebounds.

There were 12 ties and 21 lead changes, the last on Hebard’s inside shot with 1:36 left as Oregon scored the last seven points of the game. That included Lexi Bando’s 3-pointer that bounced off the top of the backboard and through the net for a 78-74 lead.

Maite Cazorla had 17 points, Sabrina Ionescu 15, and Bando 11.

Kristen Simon had 19 of her 26 points after halftime and finished with 15 rebounds for the Trojans (17-9, 7-8). Aliyah Mazyck added 18 points, and Sadie Edwards had 16.

No. 15 OREGON 67, No. 7 UCLA 64, OT

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Marie Gulich had 24 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks to lead Oregon State.

Katie McWilliams had 16 points and five rebounds, and Kat Tudor added 14 point and seven rebounds for the Beavers (20-6, 11-4 Pac-12).

Jordin Canada had 21 points and five assists, and Monique Billings added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Bruins (21-5, 12-3).

Gulich made a lay-up at the 1:47 mark of the extra period to put the Beavers ahead 63-62. Billings was fouled on the next possession and sank both free throws for UCLA.

Gulich was then fouled and made both free throws to give the Beavers a 65-64 lead. The Bruins missed two shots and had a third blocked. Gulich was fouled on the rebound and sank both free throws with 34 seconds left.

Kennedy Burke and Canada missed 3-pointers on UCLA’s final possession.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Mississippi State earns share of first SEC title

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Teaira McCowan had 19 points and 11 rebounds and No. 2 Mississippi State earned a share of its first Southeastern Conference title with a 95-50 victory over Vanderbilt on Thursday night.

The Bulldogs (27-0, 13-0) can win the regular-season championship outright with a victory over No. 17 Texas A&M on Sunday.

McCowan, a 6-foot-7 junior center, had her 19th double-double of the season. Senior guard Victoria Vivians also scored 19 points.

Christa Reed led the Commodores (6-21, 2-11) with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

No. 4 Louisville 87, Boston College 52

BOSTON – Asia Durr scored 16 points to help Louisville beat Boston College.

Louisville (26-2, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) was coming off a 69-58 loss at No. 1 Connecticut on Monday night. Sam Fuehring had 14 points and seven rebounds.

Georgia Pineau had 22 points and seven rebounds to lead Boston College (7-9, 2-11).

No. 5 Notre Dame 83, Virginia 69

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Arike Ogunbowale scored 27 points and No. 5 Notre Dame opened with a 20-2 run to cruise past Virginia.

Marina Mabrey added 16 points, and Jessica Shepard had 15 to help the Irish (24-2, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) win their ninth in a row. Felicia Aiyeotan had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Virginia (16-10, 9-4). J’Kyra Brown also scored 17 points.

No. 8 South Carolina 77, No. 20 Georgia 65

ATHENS, Ga. – Tyasha Harris scored 20 points, A’Ja Wilson had 18 points and 16 rebounds and South Carolina took control in the second half to beat Georgia.

Alexis Jennings had 19 points, and Bianca Jackson added 13 for South Carolina (21-5, 10-3 Southeastern Conference). Taja Cole led Georgia (21-5, 9-4) with 12 points.

Purdue 75, No. 10 Maryland 65

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Dominique Oden made two straight 3-pointers late in the game, and Purdue shocked Maryland to end the Terrapins’ seven-game winning streak.

Although Maryland (22-4, 11-2) remains atop the Big Ten, the three-time defending conference champions hold a tenuous one-game lead over Ohio State and Nebraska with three to play.

Andreona Keys scored 17 points for Purdue (17-10, 8-5), and Karissa McLaughlin had 15. Kaila Charles led Maryland with 14 points.

Alabama 72, No. 11 Tennessee 63

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Jordan Lewis scored 14 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter and Alabama beat Tennessee in Knoxville for the first time in school history.

Alabama (16-10, 6-7 Southeastern Conference) has beaten Tennessee four straight times overall after losing 42 consecutive games in the series from 1984-2016. Tennessee (21-5, 9-4) leads the series 49-6.

Ashley Williams added 16 points for Alabama. Jaime Nared had 22 for Tennessee.

No. 12 Florida State 91, Clemson 43

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Shakayla Thomas scored 19 points, Imani Wright had 16 and Florida State beat Clemson for the 18th straight time.

Florida State (22-4, 10-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won four straight. Kobi Thornton had 17 points for Clemson (11-16, 1-13). The Tigers hace dropped eighth in a row.

No. 13 Missouri 59, Auburn 51

AUBURN, Ala. – Jordan Frericks scored 19 points and Missouri held off Auburn.

Sophie Cunningham added 12 points for Missouri (21-5, 9-4 Southeastern Conference).

Janiah McKay had 18 points for Auburn (13-12, 4-9).

No. 14 Stanford 74, California 69

STANFORD, Calif. – Kiana Williams scored a career-high 26 points and Stanford won its seventh straight, beating California despite not making a shot for the final eight minutes.

After Kaylee Johnson’s basket with 8:04 to play put the Cardinal (19-8, 13-2 Pac-12) on top 65-51, they missed nine shots and had three turnovers. Asha Thomas had 20 points for Cal (17-9, 8-7).

Syracuse 68, No. 17 Duke 65

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Tiana Mangakahia scored 19 points, including the winning 3-pointer with 57 seconds left, and Syracuse upended Duke.

After Mangakahia’s basket, Duke missed five 3-pointers.

Isis Young had 16 points for the Orange (19-7, 8-7 Atlantic Coast Conference). Lexie Brown scored 20 points for the Blue Devils (20-7, 9-5).

No. 17 Texas A&M 85, Florida 80

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Chennedy Carter scored 28 points and Texas A&M rallied to beat Florida.

Anriel Howard added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Aggies (20-7, 9-4 Southeastern Conference).

Funda Nakkasoglu had 24 points for the Gators (10-16, 2-11).

Cleveland State 71, No. 19 Green Bay 60

CLEVELAND – Ashanti Abshaw, Khayla Livingston and Olivia Voskuhl each scored 21 points and Cleveland State ended Green Bay’s 11-game winning streak.

The Vikings (18-8, 10-5 Horizon League) had lost 15 straight in the series.

Jessica Lindstrom had 23 points and a career-high 21 rebounds for the Phoenix (22-3, 12-2) to tie Julie Wojta’s school record of 35 double-doubles.

No. 24 Belmont 95, Eastern Kentucky 62

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Darby Maggard scored 26 points, and Kylee Smith had 23 and Belmont made its debut in the Top 25 with a victory over Eastern Kentucky.

Maggard was 6 of 9 from 3-point range, and Smith was 4 of 5 to help the Bruins (25-3, 15-0 Ohio Valley) win their 16th straight game. Abby Wright had 22 points for Eastern Kentucky (8-16, 5-10).

CBB Men’s and Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Kyron Cartwright’s 17 helps Providence stun No. 3 Villanova 76-71

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Kyron Cartwright scored 17 points and Providence withstood several late surges to stun third-ranked Villanova 76-71 on Wednesday night.

Rodney Bullock and Alpha Diallo each added 14 points for the Friars (17-9, 8-5 Big East), who snapped a five-game losing streak to the Wildcats.

It was Providence’s first win over Villanova since Jan. 24, 2016.

Mikal Bridges had 19 points for Villanova, but fouled out with 1:12 to play in the game. Jalen Brunson added 14 points.

Villanova (23-3, 10-3) pulled within 59-54 on a pair of free throws by Omari Spellman with 6:25 left. But the Friars outscored the Wildcats 8-4 over the next two minutes to push the lead back to 67-58.

No. 4 Xavier 102, Seton Hall 90

CINCINNATI – Trevon Bluiett followed his worst shooting performance of the season with a 37-point effort, and Xavier held on to securing first place in the Big East.

Xavier (24-3, 12-2) has won nine in a row heading into its showdown with No. 3 Villanova on Saturday at the Cintas Center. Xavier leads the league by a game and a half over the Wildcats.

Bluiett missed all of his four shots from beyond the arc and finished with a season-low six points during a win at Creighton on Saturday. He had his touch from the first shot on Wednesday – a nothing-but-net 3 – and finished 8 of 11 beyond the arc, one shy of the school record for 3-pointers made in a game. His 37 points were three shy of his career high.

Naji Marshall added a career-high 20 points. Xavier went 14 of 29 from beyond the arc.

Seton Hall (17-9, 6-7) has dropped a season-high four in a row. Myles Powell scored a career-high 30 points,

No. 10 Auburn 76, Kentucky 66

AUBURN, Ala. – Bryce Brown returned from a shoulder injury to score 18 points and make four 3-pointers in leading Auburn.

The Tigers (23-3, 11-2 Southeastern Conference) overcame a horrid shooting start to take control down the stretch, with some big baskets from Brown and clutch plays from Jared Harper.

Harper also scored 18 and had seven assists while making all nine free throw attempts for the league-leading Tigers.

Brown missed the Georgia game with a right shoulder injury and got off to a cool start against the Wildcats (17-9, 6-7), who dropped their fourth straight.

Florida State 81, No. 11 Clemson 79

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Phil Cofer scored 17 points, Trent Forrest added 16 and Florida State rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half.

The Seminoles (18-8, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) didn’t take their first lead until 1:05 remaining in overtime when Forrest made a driving layup to put them up 75-74. After Clemson was called for a 5-second violation on the inbounds, Forrest came up big with another driving layup to put FSU up by three.

Clemson scored four of the next six points to get within 79-78 but Forrest made both free throws with 5.3 seconds remaining to extend the margin to three.

Forrest also had a layup with 8 seconds remaining in regulation that tied it at 70 and sent it into overtime.

Terance Mann added 13 points as the Seminoles snapped a two-game losing streak and gave coach Leonard Hamilton his 500th career win and 300th at Florida State.

Marcquise Reed scored 23 points while Gabe Devoe and David Skara had 11 each for Clemson (20-5, 9-4).

No. 12 Duke 74, Virginia Tech 52

DURHAM, N.C. – Grayson Allen scored 25 points and matched a career high with seven 3-pointers as Duke won without freshman star Marvin Bagley III.

Freshman Gary Trent Jr. added 19 points for the Blue Devils (21-5, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). Bagley III, the league’s leading scorer and rebounder, missed his second game with a sprained right knee.

It was Allen’s best output in an ACC game after several struggle-filled nights this season. And Trent had his own big performance on the perimeter by knocking down five 3s, part of Duke’s 15-of-33 showing from behind the arc.

Duke led 36-28 at halftime, then used a 9-0 burst midway through the second half to blow the game open.

Justin Bibbs scored 15 points to lead the Hokies (18-8, 7-6), who never looked in sync against Duke’s zone defense.

No. 22 Michigan 74, Iowa 59

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Duncan Robinson scored 18 points to lead Michigan.

The Wolverines (21-7, 10-5 Big Ten) won for the second straight game and the fourth time in five games.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 16 points for the Wolverines and Moritz Wagner added 14 points. Charles Matthews scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds for Michigan, as the Wolverines held the Hawkeyes under 60 points for just the third time this season.

Luka Garza scored 22 points to pace the Hawkeyes (12-16, 3-12).

No. 24 Nevada 77, Boise State 72

BOISE, Idaho – Kendall Stephens tied his career-high with 21 points and Caleb Martin also had 21 to lead Nevada past Boise State.

Nevada (22-5, 11-2 Mountain West) never led by more than six points in a physical game and held Boise State leading scorer Chandler Hutchinson to 13 points, well below his 20.3 average.

Boise State (20-6, 10-4) lost at home for the first time this season, ending a school-record 13-game home winning streak.

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Women’s Top 25 Capsules: Brooke McCarty, Joyner Holmes lead No. 6 Texas past Texas Tech 87-72

AUSTIN, Texas – Brooke McCarty and Joyner Holmes scored 13 points apiece to help No. 6 Texas beat Texas Tech 87-72 on Wednesday night.

Five Longhorns reached double figures as they beat Tech for the 10th straight time. Sug Sutton scored 12, Jatarie White 11 and Ariel Atkins 10 also reached double figures for Texas (21-4, 12-2 Big 12).

Dayo Alabode led Tech (7-18, 1-13 Big 12) with 19 points. She made five 3-pointers. Jada Terry added 17 for Tech, which has lost seven in a row.

No. 22 South Florida 64, SMU 54

TAMPA, Fla. – Maria Jespersen scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her 14th double-double and South Florida won its sixth straight, defeating SMU.

Jespersen had 10 points in the third quarter when the Bulls (21-5, 10-2 American) stretched a 22-18 halftime lead to 45-31. The Mustangs (10-16, 4-9) cut the lead to six with 1:10 to play but USF made 7 of 8 free throws in the final minute to secure the win.

Kitija Laksa, coming off a career-high 41 points that led to big win over ranked Ohio State and got the Bulls ranked after a six-week absence, added 16 points on 4-of-16 shooting.

Kiara Perry led SMU, which is 0-12 against USF and is 0-12 on the road this season, with 18 points.

The teams shot a combined 13 of 63 (21 percent) in the first half.

Minnesota 93, No. 23 Michigan 87

MINNEAPOLIS – Carlie Wagner scored 26 points and Minnesota outscored Michigan 11-4 in the final three minutes for the win.

Katelynn Flaherty’s 3 pointer gave the Wolverines an 83-82 lead with five minutes left but they missed their next three shots while Gadiva Hubbard sandwiched two baskets around a Kehinde Bello bucket for the Gophers. After Nicole Munger ended the four-minute drought the Gophers made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 31 seconds.

Hubbard finished with 17 points and seven assists for Minnesota (20-6, 9-4 Big Ten), which reached 20 wins for the 13th time, three times in four years under coach Marlene Stollings. Kenisha Bell had 16 points, Destiny Pitts 10 points and 13 rebounds. Flaherty had 26 points for the Wolverines (20-8, 9-6).

CBB Women’s and Men’s Top 25 Roundup: New No. 1 Virginia beats Miami 59-50

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Kalani Brown scored 20 points and added 23 rebounds and Dekeiya Cohen totaled 20 points and 11 boards to help lead No. 3 Baylor to a dominating 87-45 victory over No. 21 Oklahoma State on Tuesday night.

Kristy Wallace also had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Lady Bears (24-1, 14-0 Big 12), who won their 21st straight game, tied for the nation’s third-longest current streak.

Kaylee Jensen, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Week, scored 18 points and added seven rebounds for Oklahoma State (18-7, 9-5). Lauren Goodwin just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.

No. 16 OHIO STATE 88, ILLINOIS 69

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 28 points with five 3-pointers, Linnae Harper had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 16 Ohio State bounced back for a victory over Illinois.

Mitchell sank a wide open 3-pointer early in the first quarter to extend her NCAA record to 84 straight games with a made 3. Lexie Brown (Duke) and Aliyah Mazyck (UCLA) are tied for second for the longest current streak among power five conferences at 25 games.

Stephanie Mavunga added 14 points and Sierra Calhoun 11 for Ohio State (21-6, 10-3 Big Ten), which fell to nonconference foe South Florida 84-65 on Sunday.

Mitchell trails WNBA star Brittney Griner (Baylor) by 67 points for third on the NCAA career-points list.

Alex Wittinger had a career-high 30 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks for Illinois (9-18, 0-13). Ali Andrews added 15 points on five 3-pointers.

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TUESDAY’S MEN’S ROUNDUP:

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — New No. 1 Virginia looked the part Tuesday, never trailing and holding Miami to 38 percent shooting to win 59-50.

Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter scored 22 points, including a four-point play. But defense was the difference for the Cavaliers, who limited an opponent to 50 points or less for the 12th time.

The Cavaliers (24-2, 13-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won in their first game since 1982 as the No. 1 team. They bounced back from an overtime home loss Saturday to Virginia Tech that ended a 15-game winning streak.

The Hurricanes (18-7, 7-6) lost their second in a row, and lost at home for only the second time.

No. 2 MICHIGAN STATE 87, MINNESOTA 57

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jaren Jackson Jr. scored a career-high 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting and the Spartans cruised to their ninth consecutive victory.

The Spartans (25-3, 13-2) notched their best 28-game record under coach Tom Izzo and pulled within a half-game of first-place Ohio State in the Big Ten despite just five points in 25 minutes from star Miles Bridges.

Nick Ward had 13 points and nine rebounds and Cassius Winston pitched in 12 points for the Spartans, who made their first six 3-point attempts and finished 14 for 22 from behind the arc.

Isaiah Washington scored 18 points and Jordan Murphy added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Gophers (14-14, 3-12), who lost their eighth straight game.

No. 7 TEXAS TECH 88, No. 23 OKLAHOMA 78

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 26 points and Texas Tech beat Oklahoma in Division I scoring leader Trae Young’s first college game in the city where he was born.

Young, the son of former Texas Tech player Rayford Young, missed all nine 3-pointers while finishing with 19 points in front of a hostile Lubbock crowd that booed him just about every time he touched the ball in the Sooners’ fourth straight loss.

The Red Raiders (22-4, 10-3 Big 12) won their seventh straight game, including a six-game Big 12 run that’s the best in the conference this season. They tied the Sooners for the most Top 25 wins nationally this season at six.

Evans went 4 of 7 from 3-point range, including a fadeaway shot from the left corner that put Texas Tech ahead 79-71 with less than 2 minutes to go. He added his second dunk of the second half moments later between a pair of 3s that kept the Sooners (16-9, 6-7) alive into the final minute.

No. 13 KANSAS 83, IOWA STATE 77

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Udoka Azubuike scored 19 points, Malik Newman had 17 and Kansas bounced back from a brutal loss at Baylor.

Lagerald Vick scored 16 points for the Jayhawks (20-6, 9-4 Big 12), who shot 48.4 percent from the floor and committed just seven turnovers. Kansas took a five-point lead into the break after Nick Weiler-Babb’s long 3 to end the half was waved off, and it quickly jumped ahead by 11 early in the second half.

Freshman Cameron Lard scored 19 points with 11 rebounds for Iowa State (13-12, 4-9).

No. 16 RHODE ISLAND 85, RICHMOND 67

KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — Jared Terrell had 17 points and Rhode Island extended its winning streak to 16 games.

Cyril Langevine added 15 points and six rebounds off the bench for the Rams (21-3, 13-0 Atlantic 10), who now have the longest single-season streak in school history. The longest ever was 22 games over two seasons in 1937-38 and 1938-39.

But the Rams were dealt a blow late in the first half when senior guard E.C. Matthews left the game with a left knee injury after getting tangled up with Richmond’s Grant Golden on a loose ball. Coach Danny Hurley said the prognosis for Matthews was good.

URI has won four of last five meetings with the Spiders (9-16, 7-6).

No. 18 TENNESSEE 70, SOUTH CAROLINA 67

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grant Williams scored 22 points and made a big basket in the closing seconds Tuesday as No. 18 Tennessee edged South Carolina 70-67 to hand the Gamecocks their sixth consecutive loss.

Tennessee (19-6, 9-4 SEC) has won seven of its last eight and 10 of its last 12. The Volunteers got back on track three nights after losing 78-50 at Alabama for their most lopsided defeat of the season.

South Carolina (13-13, 4-9) continued its slide as the Gamecocks have spent the last three weeks falling out of NCAA Tournament contention one season after their first Final Four appearance.

MISSOURI 62, No. 21 TEXAS A&M 58

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Kassius Robertson scored 16 points, Jordan Barnett added 15 and Missouri pushed its winning streak to five games.

The Tigers (18-8, 8-5 Southeastern Conference) played solid defense and clean offense, but struggled in the last five minutes, against struggling with the press.

Up two points with 14 seconds left, Missouri turned the ball over on an inbound. Texas A&M’s Robert Williams missed a layup with a chance to tie, and the Tigers closed it out at the free-throw line.

T.J. Starks and Admon Gilder led the Aggies (17-9, 6-7) with 14 points each.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: No. 1 UConn tops No. 4 Louisville 69-58 / AP Top 25 Poll

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Katie Lou Samuelson scored 26 points and top-ranked UConn used an early run to beat No. 4 Louisville 69-58 on Monday night.

Napheesa Collier added 14 points and Gabby Williams had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Huskies (25-0), who won their 76th consecutive home game and ended Louisville’s 13-game road winning streak.

Louisville (25-2) scored the first three points and UConn rattled of 19 straight.

Samuelson had seven points during that game-changing burst. By the time Jazmine Jones’ reverse layup went in just before the end of the first quarter, the Cardinals were down 22-6 much to the delight of the sellout crowd of just over 10,000 fans. It didn’t get much better for the Cardinals in the second quarter as they trailed 42-22 at the half. UConn’s star junior had 19 points at the break.

No. 13 MISSOURI 84, ARKANSAS 58

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Sophie Cunningham scored 18 points with four 3-pointers, Jordan Frericks had 15 points and eight rebounds. For the first time since 1984-87, Missouri (20-5, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) has three straight seasons with 20-plus victories.

Jordan Chavis added 12 points off the bench for the Tigers, who shot 51.7 percent from the floor with 11 3-pointers. Hannah Schuchts scored 10.

Jailyn Mason scored 15 points and Bailey Zimmerman added 14 for Arkansas (12-13, 3-9), which fell to the Tigers 88-54 on Jan. 21.

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UCONN STILL No.1 – Belmont earns first AP Top 25 ranking in school history

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s a buzz at Belmont — the Bruins are in the AP Top 25 for the first time in school history.

“It’s a huge honor to think of all the teams and players who have come through the program, for this to be the first team that’s ranked that’s special,” first-year coach Bart Brooks said Monday. “It’s a cool thing to be a part of.”

Brooks is no stranger to the Top 25, having been an assistant coach at DePaul for many years where the Blue Demons were consistently ranked. He inherited a really good team that is 24-3 this season and has won 39 consecutive Ohio Valley Conference games — the second longest active conference streak behind only No. 1 UConn.

“Coach Cam Newbauer did a really, really good job putting the team together. Most of those guys were back,” Brooks said of his predecessor who took over at Florida. “We have some new faces and dealt with some injury stuff. It’s been an absolute pleasure to coach these guys. Most people don’t walk into a situation like this.”

The rookie coach told his team at the end of practice that they were going to be ranked and there was jubilation from the players. The Bruins host Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State this weekend in their first game as a ranked team. Brooks knows his team will be ready for the upcoming contests.

“One thing our team has done this year is stay focused on what our next task is,” he said. “Whether it’s a practice or walkthrough or video session, they stay in the moment. I hope they continue to be as tough and resilient and nearsighted as they can be.”

The Bruins have won 15 consecutive games and their only losses this season have come to Oklahoma, Stanford and Wright State.

While it’s Belmont’s first appearance in the poll, the top five remained unchanged with UConn leading the way as the unanimous choice from the 32-member national media panel. The Huskies host No. 4 Louisville on Monday night. Mississippi State, Baylor and Notre Dame round out the first five teams in the poll.

Other tidbits from the Top 25:

FLIPPING SPOTS: The only change in the Top 10 was that No. 7 UCLA changed places with No. 8 South Carolina. The Gamecocks lost last Monday to No. 2 Mississippi State.

WELCOME BACK: South Florida re-entered the poll at No. 22 after beating then-No. 13 Ohio State on Sunday. Arizona State and TCU dropped out of the rankings.

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Smith, Thompson, Holdsclaw headline women’s hoops Hall of Fame class

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Katie Smith, Tina Thompson and Chamique Holdsclaw headline the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame class for 2018 announced Monday.

The three former WNBA stars were eligible for the first time.

Joining them in the seven-member class are former Colorado coach Ceal Barry, longtime assistants Chris Dailey and Mickie DeMoss and longtime New Jersey high school and college coach Rose Marie Battaglia. Dailey and DeMoss are the first two assistant coaches to get into the Hall.

The group will be enshrined on June 9 at the Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.

Smith was a three-time Olympic gold medalist, former Ohio State star, and led the Detroit Shock to two WNBA championships in 2006 and 2008. She’s fifth on the WNBA’s all-time scoring list.

“I am humbled and honored to be chosen as a member of such a prestigious group of athletes who have given their all for this game we love,” Smith said. “Basketball has taken me from Logan, Ohio, to places I never would have dreamed. I am grateful to everyone who has touched my life through this sport.”

Thompson won four consecutive championships with the Houston Comets after getting drafted first in the inaugural 1997 WNBA draft. She was the league’s No. 1 all-time scorer until being passed by Diana Taurasi last year.

“I am extremely honored to be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. It is a true privilege to have my name reside in the home where so many of the greats of our game are housed,” said Thompson, who played at Southern California. “As a young girl, little did I know how good old-fashioned hard work and passion would affect my life in such a grand way. Fabulous indeed.”

Holdsclaw was the all-time leading scorer and rebounder at Tennessee and led the Lady Vols to three straight NCAA championships from 1996-98.

Dailey has been at UConn since Geno Auriemma took over in 1985. She’s helped the team win 11 national championships and over 1,000 games. DeMoss has won over 800 games as an assistant at Tennessee and LSU.

“I think that it’s a reflection just on being able to acknowledge the contributions of everyone, whether it’s a high school coach, a player or a college coach. It’s an honor to be the first (assistant) and to go in with Mickie DeMoss, I think that’s fitting,” Dailey said. “You know we’ve battled each other for a long time and we’re good friend(s) and it just seems like it’s a fitting move.”

Barry won over 500 games at Colorado and Cincinnati and was Big Eight Coach of the Year four times.

Battaglia coached for 38 years in New Jersey and is an inductee of the state’s Hall of Fame. She won 702 games.

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame also will honor the Women’s Professional Basketball League, which operated from 1979-81 in the U.S., as part of the “Trailblazers of the Game” display at the Hall of Fame.

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AP Women’s Basketball Poll

 

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE BALLOTS PREVIOUS
1 UConn 24-0 800 32 32 1
2 Mississippi State 26-0 765 0 32 2
3 Baylor 23-1 731 0 32 3
4 Louisville 25-1 702 0 32 4
5 Notre Dame 23-2 682 0 32 5
6 Texas 20-4 614 0 32 6
7 UCLA 21-4 562 0 32 8
8 South Carolina 20-5 559 0 32 7
9 Oregon 23-4 558 0 32 9
10 Maryland 22-3 537 0 32 10
11 Tennessee 21-4 493 0 32 11
12 Florida State 21-4 453 0 32 12
13 Missouri 19-5 382 0 32 15
14 Stanford 18-8 352 0 32 17
15 Oregon State 19-6 322 0 30 16
16 Ohio State 20-6 268 0 32 13
17 Texas A&M 19-7 266 0 31 14
17 Duke 20-6 266 0 31 19
19 Green Bay 22-2 241 0 31 20
20 Georgia 21-4 238 0 32 18
21 Oklahoma State 18-6 169 0 31 22
22 South Florida 20-5 144 0 30 NR
23 Michigan 20-7 62 0 17 21
24 Belmont 24-3 53 0 18 NR
25 North Carolina State 20-6 44 0 13 23

Others receiving votes:LSU 28; Nebraska 22; West Virginia 20; Dayton 11; Central Michigan 10; Mercer 7; TCU 6; Arizona State 6; DePaul 5; Miami 5; Gonzaga 3; Iowa 3; Villanova 2; Minnesota 2; California 2; UAB 2; Southern California 2; Quinnipiac 1.

CBB Women’s Top25 Roundup: Canada helps No. 8 UCLA beat No. 25 Arizona State 71-63

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Victoria Vivians scored 23 points and Teaira McCowan had 21 points and 16 rebounds to help No. 2 Mississippi State beat Kentucky 74-55 on Sunday.

In front of a second-straight sellout crowd at Humphrey Coliseum, coach Vic Schaefer defeated Kentucky for the first time in his career. The Bulldogs had lost 11 straight games in the series before Sunday’s win.

The Bulldogs (26-0, 12-0 SEC) got control of the ball game late in the period, extending the lead to 56-43 and the Wildcats never got it back down to single digits.

Kentucky (12-14, 4-8) was led by Maci Morris’ 21 points before she fouled out in the fourth quarter.

No. 5 NOTRE DAME 85, GEORGIA TECH 69

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale overcame a first-half scoreless drought of nearly 17 minutes to finish with 27 points, leading Notre Dame past Georgia Tech.

Jackie Young scored 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting, Jessica Shepard had her eighth double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Kathryn Westbeld added 10 points. Coach Muffet McGraw’s Irish (23-2, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their eighth straight despite 19 turnovers.

Kaylan Pugh had 13 points, Francesca Pan 12 and Chanin Scott and Kierra Fletcher scored 10 each for the Yellow Jackets (15-11, 4-9 ACC), who were tied 39-all at halftime.

No. 7 SOUTH CAROLINA 64, FLORIDA 57

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A’ja Wilson scored 22 points and South Carolina used a big run spanning the half to beat Florida.

South Carolina (20-5, 9-3 SEC) appeared sluggish after playing its third game of the week and being down to nine healthy players. With a slim first-quarter lead, coach Dawn Staley deliberately kept Wilson on the bench for the start of the second quarter, knowing the Gamecocks could have to play stretches without her going forward.

Not coincidentally, that’s when the Gators (10-15, 2-10) made a run to take a 10-point lead.

Wilson re-entered the game and led a 10-0 burst to tie the game, then scored at the buzzer for a halftime tie after the Gators briefly re-took the lead. Another South Carolina run out of the locker room gave it a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

No. 8 UCLA 71, No. 25 ARIZONA STATE 63

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordin Canada scored 16 points and Lajahna Drummer added 15 to lead UCLA to a victory over Arizona State.

Canada also had 10 assists and scored nine of her points in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Bruins (21-4, 12-2 Pac-12). Monique Billings had 14 points and Michaela Onyenwere added 12.

Robbi Ryan led the Sun Devils(17-9, 8-6) with 14 points and Kianna Ibis and Courtney Ekmark added 13 points apiece.

No. 9 OREGON 90, WASHINGTON STATE 79

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Ruthy Hebard scored 29 points, hitting all 12 of her field goal attempts, as Oregon beat Washington State, to remain in a tie for first place in the Pac-12.

Satou Sabally and Sabrina Ionescu each added 17 points for Oregon (23-4, 12-2 Pac-12), which shot 80 percent in the first half and 62 percent for the game.

Borislava Hristova scored 22 points for Washington State (10-16, 3-11), which was coming off an overtime loss to No. 16 Oregon State on Friday.

The Ducks welcomed back Lexi Bando, the nation’s active career leader in 3-point shooting at 45.5 percent, from injury. She scored nine points.

No. 10 MARYLAND 72, RUTGERS 54

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Eleanna Christinaki scored 18 points and Maryland used a big run at the end of the first half to beat Rutgers.

The Terrapins (22-3, 11-1 Big Ten) led 30-26 with 3:43 left in the half before they scored 13 of the final 14 points in the second quarter. Kristen Confroy had five of her 11 points during the burst and five players scored during the game-changing run.

Maryland led 43-27 at the half and Rutgers tried to cut into the deficit in the second half, but couldn’t get within single digits.

No. 11 TENNESSEE 62, No. 18 GEORGIA 46

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mercedes Russell reached a milestone and was on the verge of another as Tennessee dominated Georgia.

Russell scored 13 points, leaving her one shy of 1,500 for her career, and grabbed 15 rebounds, making her the six Tennessee player to reach 1,000 boards.

Jaime Nared led the Lady Vols (21-4, 9-3), who have won four straight, with 15 points and Meme Jackson and Rennia Davis added 11 each.

Taja Cole and Mackenzie Engram had 11 points apiece for the Bulldogs (21-4, 9-3), who have not won in Knoxville since 1996.

No. 12 FLORIDA STATE 91, MIAMI 71

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Imani Wright scored 21 points, Nausia Woolfolk missed a triple-double by a rebound and Florida State defeated rival Miami for the sixth straight time.

Woolfolk finished with 18 points, a career-high 10 assists, nine rebounds and four steals. Shakayla Thomas added 19 points for the Seminoles (21-4, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) and Chatrice White scored 14.

Wright’s 3-pointer — she had four to give her 86 this season — in the final minute of the first quarter gave FSU a 28-18 lead. Thomas and White had 3-point plays and five points in a 14-0 run early in the second quarter that had the lead at 24.

The Seminoles shot 55 percent (34 of 62) and had a 43-29 rebounding advantage.

The Hurricanes (17-8, 7-5), who shot 42 percent (25 of 59), got 21 points and 12 rebounds from Erykah Davenport.

SOUTH FLORIDA 84, No. 13 OHIO STATE 65

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Kitija Laksa scored a career-high 41 points, 18 in a decisive first quarter, and South Florida went on to defeat Ohio State.

Maria Jespersen added 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls (20-5), who won their fourth straight to reach 20 wins for the sixth straight season. Laia Flores had 11 assists and eight rebounds as the Bulls outrebounded Ohio State 46-26.

Stephanie Mavunga had 28 points on 13-of-16 shooting for the Buckeyes (20-6), who had won four straight. Kelsey Mitchell added 19.

LSU 80, No. 14 TEXAS A&M 78

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Chloe Jackson scored 27 points and Raigyne Louis added 26 and LSU upended Texas A&M.

The Lady Tigers (16-7, 8-4) shot 53 percent in taking down their third Top 25 team in their past five games and joined the Aggies (19-7, 8-4) in a fifth-place tie in the Southeastern Conference.

Texas A&M got within 79-78 after a 3-pointer by Danni Williams with 17 seconds left. Louis made a free throw and LSU got the ball back after Khayla Pointer created a double team on Khaalia Hillsman and forced a jump ball. But a long inbounds pass went awry and the Aggies got a final chance. Chennedy Carter drove the floor, hounded by Williams, and missed a hurried 3-pointer.

No. 16 OREGON STATE 95, WASHINGTON 57

SEATTLE (AP) — Kat Tudor hit a career-high tying seven 3-pointers on nine attempts and finished with 23 points and Oregon State hit a season-high 18 3-pointers in its win over Washington.

Mikayla Pivec had 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting and added five rebounds with seven assists for Oregon State (19-6, 10-4 Pac-12). Taya Corosdale had 13 points, Katie McWilliams, 11 and Taylor Kalmer and Aleah Goodman scored 10 apiece. Kalmer also had seven rebounds and six assists — both career highs.

The Huskies (7-18, 1-13), who reached their first Final Four in 2016 and lost in the Sweet 16 last season, have lost six in a row and 13 of their last 14.

Amber Melgoza led Washington with 18 points.

No. 17 STANFORD 62, COLORADO 53

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Brittany McPhee had 25 points and 12 rebounds to help Stanford beat Colorado.

Stanford (18-8, 12-2 Pac-12) has won six in a row and nine of its last 10.

Kennedy Leonard and Annika Jank made back-to-back jumpers to give Colorado (12-13, 3-11) a two-point lead midway through the second quarter, but Stanford used an 18-2 run — scoring the final 12 points as the Buffaloes went scoreless for almost four minutes — to close the first half with a 35-21 advantage.

No. 19 DUKE 60, CLEMSON 35

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Rebecca Greenwell had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Duke reached 20 wins for an Atlantic Coast Conference record 21st straight season with a win over Clemson.

Erin Mathias added 12 points and nine rebounds and Leaonna Odom had 10 points for the Blue Devils (20-6, 9-4). Lexie Brown was held to a season-low six points on 2-of-12 shooting but hit a 3-pointer for the 25th straight game, an ACC best that matches the school record. Brown had nine assists.

Aliyah Collier led the Tigers (11-15, 1-12), who have lost seven straight, with 11 points.

MICHIGAN STATE 66, No. 21 MICHIGAN 61

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lexi Gussert scored 11 of her 14 points in the first half to help her team build a double-digit lead and Michigan State held on to beat Michigan.

The Spartans (15-11, 5-8 Big Ten) had lost six straight, reeling without one of their best players and a key reserve.

The Wolverines (20-7, 9-5) have lost three of four, falling out of contention to win a Big Ten title.

No. 23 N.C. STATE 73, NORTH CAROLINA 54

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Aislinn Konig scored 18 points and Chelsea Nelson scored 11 with a season-high 16 rebounds and North Carolina State beat North Carolina.

Armani Hawkins added 14 points and Kiara Leslie scored 11 for the Wolfpack (20-6, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

North Carolina led 15-14 after the first quarter before the Wolfpack broke it open in the second and outscored the Tar Heels, who missed 12 of 15 shots, 20-6. NC State took control with an 11-2 run with Kaila Ealey scoring six.

Paris Kea led North Carolina (14-11, 4-8) with 21 points.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: No. 3 Baylor women roll 83-63 over TCU for 20th win in a row

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Napheesa Collier scored 26 points and Katie Lou Samuelson added 22 to lead UConn to a 124-43 rout of Wichita State on Saturday, for the second-most lopsided win in Huskies’ history.

The 124 points was two shy of the program record, which was set against Providence in 1998.

Gabby Williams added 17 points, Azura Stevens 16 and Kia Nurse 14 for the Huskies (24-0, 12-0 American), who won their 75th straight home game.

Rangie Bassard had 20 points to lead Wichita State (10-16, 5-7 American).

No. 3 BAYLOR 83, No. 24 TCU 63

WACO, Texas (AP) — Kalani Brown scored 23 points, Lauren Cox had another double-double and Baylor won its 20th game in a row.

Cox had 16 points and 11 rebounds for her ninth double-double this season, fifth in Big 12 play. Brown had her 13th game this season with at least 20 points. Juicy Landrum added 15 points on five 3-pointers, plus eight assists and six rebounds. Baylor (23-1, 13-0 Big 12) has won 23 straight games in the series.

Jayde Woods had 14 points for TCU (16-8, 7-6)

No. 6 TEXAS 76, KANSAS STATE 54

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Brooke McCarty scored 13 of her 17 points in the pivotal third quarter and Texas beat Kansas State.

McCarty, a senior and reigning Big 12 player of the year, scored 10 points in a 1:49 span.

Texas (20-4, 11-2 Big 12) led by 11 when McCarty began her surge. The Longhorns were ahead by 19 when she finished and well on their way to a seventh straight victory against Kansas State.

Peyton Williams led Kansas State (13-12, 5-9) with 13 points.

No. 20 GREEN BAY 65, MILWAUKEE 36

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Allie LeClaire scored 16 points, Jessica Lindstrom added 13 and Green Bay beat Milwaukee for its 11th straight win.

LeClaire was 6 of 9 from the field with two 3-pointers and had five assists and three rebounds. Lindstrom was 5 of 8 from 3, with five rebounds and four assists.

The Phoenix (22-2, 12-1 Horizon League) closed the first quarter with a 10-0 run to lead 18-8 and had a 14-2 run, including the last seven points of the second quarter, to lead 34-17 at the break. With the first 13 points of the third, Green Bay had a 20-0 run to make it 47-17.

No player had more than seven points for the Panthers (17-8, 8-5).

No. 22 OKLAHOMA STATE 81, IOWA STATE 73

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Kaylee Jensen scored 16 straight points in the fourth quarter for Oklahoma State and finished with a career-high 35.

Jensen steadied Oklahoma State (18-6, 9-4 Big 12) after Iowa State (10-14, 4-9) cut a 26-point deficit late in the second quarter to two points with a 30-12 third quarter.

Madison Wise had a career-high 21 for Iowa State.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: No. 8 UCLA beats Arizona for ninth straight win

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michaela Onyenwere had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 8 UCLA to a 69-46 win over Arizona on Friday night, the Bruins’ ninth straight victory.

Kennedy Burke added 10 points and nine rebounds for UCLA (20-4, 11-2), which has won 11 of its last 12 and remains tied atop the Pac-12 with No. 9 Oregon and No. 17 Stanford.

Onyenwere, a freshman, posted her third double-double this year with her best rebounding effort of the season.

Leading by 17 at halftime, the Bruins had seven points from Onyenwere and six from Burke in the third quarter to break the game open, 55-28.

JaLea Bennett scored 19 points and Lucia Alonso had 11 for the Wildcats (6-18, 2-11), losers of five of their last six.

NO. 9 OREGON 76, WASHINGTON 63

SEATTLE (AP) — Ruthy Hebard dominated on the interior while scoring 14 of her career-high 30 points in the third quarter, and Oregon pulled away from Washington.

The Ducks (22-4, 11-2 Pac-12) rebounded from last Sunday’s home loss to No. 17 Stanford and overmatched the Huskies on the inside. With the Ducks struggling to hit from the perimeter in the first half, Oregon went almost exclusively to Hebard to start the third quarter. She responded by making 6 of 7 shots in the quarter and helping Oregon build an 18-point lead.

Hebard made 13 of 15 shots overall, most of them within a couple feet of the basket.

Washington (7-17, 1-12) lost its fifth straight and simply didn’t have the size to counter Oregon in the paint. Amber Melgoza led the Huskies with 21 points and Mai-Loni Henson added 16.

NO. 16 OREGON STATE 63, WASHINGTON STATE 61

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Katie McWilliams made a pair of free throws with 1.1 seconds left in overtime, and Oregon State escaped with the victory over short-handed Washington State.

WSU’s Maria Kostourkova made 1 of 2 free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining to tie the game. McWilliams took a long inbounds pass and was fouled by Kostourkova while putting up a shot on the baseline.

Aleah Goodman hit five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 17 points. Marie Gulich scored 15 points to pass 1,000 in her career and grabbed 16 rebounds, and Pivec added 12 points for the Beavers (18-6, 9-4 Pac-12), who beat the Cougars for the ninth straight time.

Hristova scored 21 points and Chanelle Molina 10 for the Cougars (10-15, 3-10).

NO. 17 STANFORD 70, UTAH 49

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Brittany McPhee scored 18 points and the Cardinal won their fifth straight.

Marta Sniezek made all three of her shots from the arc and scored 11 points with four assists, and Nadia Fingall added 10 points and six rebounds for Stanford (17-8, 11-2 Pac-12), which has won eight of its last nine games and is now 23-0 against Utah dating to the teams’ first meeting in 1986.

Daneesha Provo scored 14 points and Emily Potter 12 for the Utes (15-9, 6-7), who have lost four of their past five.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 77, NO. 25 ARIZONA STATE 62

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aliyah Mazyck scored 24 points, Kristen Simon added 22 and Southern California rolled to the victory.

USC (16-8, 6-7 Pac-12) snapped a two-game skid, both to UCLA. Arizona State (17-8, 8-5) had a three-game win streak end.

Mazyck was 9 of 17 from the floor and made four 3-pointers, and Simon was 8-of-17 shooting.

Courtney Ekmark scored 17 points and Charnea Johnson-Chapman had 12 to lead Arizona State.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: No. 2 Mississippi State women rout Florida

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Roshunda Johnson scored 22 points and No. 2 Mississippi State stayed undefeated with a 98-50 victory at Florida on Thursday night.

The Bulldogs (25-0, 11-0 Southeastern Conference) never trailed, hitting three 3-pointers to open the game and doubling up Florida (10-14, 2-9) on the scoreboard by the end of the third quarter.

Victoria Vivians added 17 points for Mississippi State, and Morgan William chipped in with 15. Teaira McCowan had her 17th double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Funda Nakkasoglu led the Gators with 17 points.

No. 7 SOUTH CAROLINA 79, ALABAMA 66

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A’ja Wilson scored 21 points and had nine rebounds for South Carolina.

The Gamecocks (19-5, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) shot 67 percent in the first half to build a 15-point lead. They were coming off losses against the nation’s top two teams, No. 1 UConn and No. 2 Mississippi State, but were in control against the Crimson Tide (14-10, 4-7).

Tyasha Harris had 17 points and five assists for the Gamecocks. Hannah Cook and Shaquera Wade each scored 13 points for Alabama.

No. 10 MARYLAND 76, MICHIGAN STATE 68

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Kaila Charles had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Maryland.

Maryland (21-3, 10-1 Big Ten) won its sixth straight and avenged an 82-68 home loss to Michigan State on Jan. 11. Stephanie Jones and Kristen Confoy each had 14 points.

Victoria Gaines led Michigan State (14-11, 4-8) with 15 points, and Taya Reimer had 15.

No. 11 TENNESSEE 90, ARKANSAS 85

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Rennia Davis had 33 points and 14 rebounds, both career bests, and Tennessee made 9 of 10 free throws in the last minute to hold off Arkansas.

Meme Jackson also had a career high with 21 points for the Lady Vols (20-4, 8-3 Southeastern Conference). Jaime Nared added 16 points.

Devin Cosper had 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting for a career high 29 points for the Razorbacks (12-12, 3-8). Malica Monk made all four of her 3s and added a career-high 25 points.

No. 12 FLORIDA STATE 77, VIRGINIA 62

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Shakayla Thomas scored 20 points, and A.J. Alix added 17 for Florida State.

Imani Wright had 14 points to help the Seminoles (20-4, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) reach 20 wins for the 12th time under coach Sue Memrau

Felicia Aiyeotan had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Cavaliers (15-9, 8-3).

No. 13 OHIO STATE 90, RUTGERS 68

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting and reached another milestone to lead Ohio State to a 90-68 win over Rutgers on Thursday night.

Mitchell had four assists to surpass 500 for her career, making her just the fourth player in NCAA history with 3,000 points and 500 assists. She was was 5 of 6 from 3-point range.

Sierra Calhoun scored 17 points for the Buckeyes (20-5, 9-3 Big Ten). Tyler Scaife had 27 points for the Scarlet Knights (18-8, 6-6).

No. 14 TEXAS A&M 83, MISSISSIPPI 54

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Chennedy Carter scored 20 of her 26 points in the first half and Texas A&M gave coach Gary Blair his 350th win with the Aggues.

Khaalia Hillsman added 16 points, and Danni Williams had 13 for the Aggies (19-6, 8-3 Southeastern Conference).

Freshman Promise Taylor blocked 10 shots, setting the Rebels’ single-game record that was held by Susan Byrd (7, 1993-94) and the all-time season mark with 71, surpassing Shawn Goff (67, 2007-08). Taylor also scored 14 points and had eight rebounds. Alissa Alston scored 17 to lead the Rebels (11-13, 1-11).

No. 15 MISSOURI 83, KENTUCKY 78

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Sophie Cunningham scored 29 points on 8-of-10 shooting for Missouri.

Cierra Porter had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers (19-5, 7-4 Southeastern Conference), and Jordan Frericks had 15 points and nine rebounds.

Taylor Murray led Kentucky (12-13, 4-7) with 23 points.

No. 18 GEORGIA 67, VANDERBILT 55

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Taja Cole had 11 points, seven assists and a career-high five steals for Georgia.

Mackenzie Engram also had 11 points and Que Morrison added 10 on 5-of-6 shooting for the Bulldogs (21-3, 9-2 Southeastern Conference).

Kayla Overbeck had a career-high 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting for the Commodores (6-19, 2-9).

No. 21 MICHIGAN 84, NORTHWESTERN 63

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Katelynn Flaherty scored 36 points, making nine 3-pointers, and No. 21 Michigan snapped a two-game skid.

Flaherty made five 3-pointers in scoring 15 points in the second quarter when the Wolverines (20-6, 9-4) outscored the Wildcats 22-9 to take a 40-24 halftime lead.

Flaherty, who made 9 of 16 from behind the arc, was two points shy and one 3-pointer shy of career highs. Halloe Thome added 25 points.

Jordan Hamilton had 21 points for Northwestern (9-16, 2-9).

MIAMI 52, No. 23 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 48

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Keyanna Harris scored nine of her 17 points in the fourth quarter to help Miami upset North Carolina State, snapping the Wolfpacks’ seven-game winning streak.

Harris matched her career high on 7-of-11 shooting. Kelsey Marshall added 14 points, and Emese Hof had 13 for the Hurricanes (17-7, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Erika Cassell had a career-best 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead NC State (19-6, 8-4). Kiara Leslie and Chelsea Nelson each chipped in another 11 points for the Wolfpack.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Jensen, Goodwin lift No. 22 Cowgirls past No. 24 Frogs 71-54

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Katie Lou Samuelson scored 19 points and Azura Stevens added 12 to help No. 1 UConn beat University of Central Florida 55-37 on Wednesday night.

It was the lowest scoring effort of the season for the Huskies (23-0, 11-0 American), who came into the game averaging an NCAA best 93.1 points.

Napheesa Collier had 11 points and had 12 rebounds for the Huskies, who led by 17 at the end of the first quarter and were never seriously challenged the rest of the game.

Zakiya Saunders led UCF with 13 points and Korneila Wright added 12 for the Knights (16-8, 8-3), who outscored UConn 17-7 in the final period, but didn’t get double figure scoring in any other period.

No. 4 LOUISVILLE 65, CLEMSON 46

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr scored 15 points to lead Louisville, which survived a sluggish start, to a win over Clemson.

The Cardinals (25-1, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) held the Tigers without a field goal for the final 8:36 of the first half. However, even with that Clemson (11-14, 1-11) still managed to take a 19-18 lead with 4:41 left in the second quarter after Alexis Carter sank two free throws.

Arica Carter responded with a jumper on Louisville’s ensuing possession to give the Cardinals the lead for good. That shot spurred a 14-2 run to end the half.

The Cardinals did get a scare late as Durr was knocked down on a foul by Aliyah Collier with 4:42 left. She eventually walked off the floor and off the court, but she did return to the bench a short time later.

No. 19 DUKE 59, WAKE FOREST 51

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Lexie Brown scored 21 points, six combing in the last 2½ minutes, and Duke turned back Wake Forest in the first game since injured starter Haley Gorecki was lost for the season.

Gorecki, a 6-foot sophomore guard, was sidelined with a left hip injury after playing just nine minutes in the Blue Devils’ last game and missing the game before that. She was averaging 17.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the 11 games since becoming a starter. Earlier in her career she missed a year-and-a-half with a right hip injury.

Wake Forest (11-13, 3-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 28-27 at the half as Elisa Penna had 15 of her 23 points. Brown’s 3-pointer started a 10-0 run that helped Duke (19-6, 8-4) to a 39-36 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

No. 22 OKLAHOMA STATE 71, No. 24 TCU 54

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kaylee Jensen and Loryn Goodwin combined for 46 points and 29 rebounds and Oklahoma State pulled away from TCU.

The teams entered the game with identical 16-4 records and tied for third in the Big 12 at 7-4, each with two wins over ranked opponents. It was the first game at TCU between two ranked games since 2004.

The Cowgirls outscored the Horned Frogs 11-2 in the last three minutes of the second quarter, including the last seven points, to lead 31-23 at the break. Jensen and Goodwin each had 14 points, combining for all 10 in a clinching run that ended with OSU up 69-52 with 2:13 to play.

Goodwin earned her 40th career double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Jensen had 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting and made all eight of her free throws to go with 16 rebounds.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: No. 2 Mississippi State takes down No. 6 South Carolina to stay unbeaten

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Victoria Vivians scored 20 of her 24 points in the first half to help spark a struggling Mississippi State offense and the No. 2 Bulldogs rallied to beat No. 7 South Carolina 67-53 on Monday night.

The Bulldogs (24-0, 10-0 SEC) ended an 11-game losing streak to the Gamecocks that included a defeat in the national championship game last season.

A 13-0 run to begin the fourth quarter was the difference in the game as the Bulldogs turned a five-point third quarter deficit into a lead they wouldn’t lose, much to the delight of the sellout crowd of 10,794 fans that was a Humphrey Coliseum record.

Blair Schaefer hit two big 3-pointers during that stretch to help flip the game in the Bulldogs’ favor.

South Carolina (18-5, 7-3) started the game up 20-10 after one quarter holding the Bulldogs to just 4-of-16 from the field. The second quarter belonged to the Bulldogs who inserted freshman forward Chloe Bibby to guard A’ja Wilson. South Carolina scored eight points in the quarter and the Bulldogs had a 13-2 run that helped them out to a 29-28 halftime advantage.

The Gamecocks had 25 points and 14 rebounds from Wilson but she managed just seven points in the second half.

No. 3 BAYLOR 74, OKLAHOMA 65

WACO, Texas (AP) — Lauren Cox scored a career-high 24 points and Baylor beat Oklahoma for its 19th straight victory.

While the Lady Bears (22-1, 12-0 Big 12) never trailed, Oklahoma tied the game at 60 when Maddie Manning hit a running scoop shot with just under 5 1/2 minutes left. The Sooners (12-12, 7-6) were still within 64-63 on a three-point play by Manning just over 2 minutes later.

Dekeiya Cohen then made a layup for Baylor, which sealed the game by making 8-of-10 free throws in the final 1:36 after winning its first 11 Big 12 games by an average margin of 29.5 points.

Cohen finished with 15 points, and Kalani Brown had 10. Kristy Wallace was 2 for 12 shooting but had 12 assists and made five of those free throws in the closing streak.

Vionise Pierre-Louis led Oklahoma with 19 points before fouling out with 1:36 to go. Gabbi Ortiz made four 3-pointers and had 14 points, all in the second half. Shaina Pellington also had 14 points, and Manning had 13.

No. 6 TEXAS 73, WEST VIRGINIA 55

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Jatarie White had 18 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season to lead Texas over West Virginia.

The Longhorns (19-4, 10-2 Big 12) opened up the game on a 7-0 run, but WVU clawed back into the game thanks to five first quarter 3-pointers.

Texas responded by outscoring the Mountaineers 19-7 in the second quarter to have a 37-26 lead at the half.

Both teams would trade scores throughout the first 15 minutes of the second half. West Virginia (17-7, 5-7) cut the lead to seven with 5:16 left in the third quarter, but couldn’t get closer.

The Longhorns would finish the game on an 11-1 run to complete the regular season sweep of WVU.

Naomi Davenport led the Mountaineers with 14 points.

No. 8 UCLA 84, USC 70

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Monique Billings and Jordin Canada each scored 18 points to lead UCLA to a win over USC.

Billings also had 11 rebounds for her 41st career double-double. It was the second time in four days UCLA beat USC.

UCLA (19-4, 10-2 Pac-12) moved into a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-12 with Oregon and Stanford. It was the Bruins’ eighth consecutive win and they moved up one spot in the national rankings earlier in the day.

Aliyah Mazyck had a team-best 21 points for the Trojans (15-8, 5-7 Pac-12). Minyon Moore made one of two free throws to pull USC within 69-68 in the fourth quarter, but the Trojans wouldn’t get any closer as the Bruins closed the game on a 15-2 run.

No. 15 MISSOURI 66, FLORIDA 64

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Cierra Porter scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help No. 15 Missouri hold off Florida 66-64 on Monday night.

Sophie Cunningham, averaging 18.4 points per game, scored her final points of the game, 10, on a baseline jumper to extend Missouri’s lead to 64-59.

Florida guard Funda Nakkasoglu sank a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:01 remaining to pull to 66-64. Missouri took some time off the clock after a defensive foul but Florida deflected the ball out of bounds off Cunningham’s knee at 12.1. The Gators’ offense stalled near the 3-point arc and Haley Lorenzen didn’t hit the rim on a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Jordan Frericks scored 12 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter for Missouri (18-5, 6-4 Southeastern Conference). Porter scored 21 of Missouri’s 32 first-half points as she was 8 of 12 from the field and the rest of the team was just 5-of-19 shooting.

Delicia Washington led Florida (10-13, 2-8) with 23 points.

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NEW YORK (AP) — UConn remains the top choice in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll.

The Huskies (22-0) were still the unanimous No. 1 by the 32-member national media panel Monday. They routed No. 7 South Carolina on Thursday and then blew out Cincinnati on Sunday.

The first five teams were unchanged in the poll with Mississippi State, Baylor, Louisville and Notre Dame following UConn. The Bulldogs (23-0) host the Gamecocks on Monday night in a key Southeastern Conference clash.

Texas moved up two spots to sixth while UCLA, Oregon and Maryland round out the first 10 teams in the poll. The Ducks dropped three places after losing to then-No. 24 Stanford on Sunday night.

The 17th-ranked Cardinal made the biggest jump in the Top 25, moving up seven spots.

N.C. State entered the poll at No. 23 and Arizona State came in at 25 while West Virginia and California dropped out.

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AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 14

 

RANKING TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE BALLOTS LAST WEEK
1 UConn 22-0 800 32 32 1
2 Mississippi State 23-0 764 0 32 2
3 Baylor 21-1 732 0 32 3
4 Louisville 24-1 701 0 32 4
5 Notre Dame 22-2 683 0 32 5
6 Texas 18-4 610 0 32 8
7 South Carolina 18-4 579 0 32 7
8 UCLA 18-4 558 0 32 9
9 Oregon 21-4 555 0 32 6
10 Maryland 20-3 535 0 32 11
11 Tennessee 19-4 483 0 32 12
12 Florida State 19-4 445 0 32 10
13 Ohio State 19-5 360 0 32 18
14 Texas A&M 18-6 348 0 32 14
15 Missouri 17-5 332 0 32 15
16 Oregon State 17-6 298 0 31 16
17 Stanford 16-8 283 0 32 24
18 Georgia 20-3 267 0 32 17
19 Duke 18-6 219 0 31 19
20 Green Bay 21-2 218 0 31 20
21 Michigan 19-6 175 0 30 13
22 Oklahoma State 16-6 92 0 24 23
23 North Carolina State 19-5 78 0 20 NR
24 TCU 16-6 72 0 19 22
25 Arizona State 17-7 52 0 17 NR

Others Receiving Votes: West Virginia 46; Belmont 28; South Florida 28; LSU 21; Nebraska 12; Mercer 8; Dayton 7; California 2; Iowa 2; Central Michigan 2; Gonzaga 2; Purdue 1; Rutgers 1; DePaul 1.

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: No. 3 Baylor beats Texas Tech 90-44 for 18th straight win

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   LUBBOCK, Texas – Juicy Landrum scored 20 points and No. 3 Baylor overwhelmed Texas Tech for the second time this season, 90-44 on Saturday for its 18th straight win.

Baylor (21-1, 11-0 Big 12) went on a 15-0 run to end the first quarter. Dekeiya Cohen finished with 19 points while Kristy Wallace had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Jada Terry had 10 points to lead Texas Tech (7-15, 1-10).

After the Lady Raiders lost 97-49 at Baylor on Dec. 31, coach Candi Whitaker was fired. They are 1-8 under interim coach Shimmy Gray-Miller.

No. 8 Texas 92, No. 22 TCU 65

AUSTIN, Texas – Ariel Atkins scored 16 points and No. 8 Texas used an overwhelming first quarter to rout No. 22 TCU.

Texas, which lost to TCU earlier this season, led 27-4 after the first quarter.

Brooke McCarty added 16 points for the Longhorns (18-4, 9-2 Big 12). Lauren Heard scored 18 points for TCU (16-6, 7-4), which hasn’t beaten a ranked opponent on the road since 2008.

No. 18 Ohio State 68, Wisconsin 55

MADISON, Wis. – Kelsey Mitchell set an NCAA record by hitting a 3-pointer in her 81st straight game and No. 18 Ohio State won on the road.

The game was delayed 15 minutes in the third quarter as Ohio State’s Makayla Waterman was fitted with a neck brace and taken off on a stretcher. She was injured falling to the court battling for a rebound. She moved a hand and shared a smile with her teammates before leaving.

Mitchell finished with 16 points for the Buckeyes (19-5, 8-3 Big Ten).

Wisconsin (9-16, 2-10), playing before a season-high crowd of 6,623, got 20 points from Marsha Howard.

No. 20 Green Bay 75, Wright State 68

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Allie LeClaire scored 22 points, Jessica Lindstrom added 19 and No. 20 Green Bay won its 10th straight game.

Karly Murphy added 14 for the Phoenix (21-2, 11-1 Horizon). Chelsea Welch scored 24 points and Mackenzie Taylor 17 for Wright State (16-8, 7-5).

Oklahoma 76, No. 21 West Virginia 57

NORMAN, Okla. – Ana Llanusa tied her career high with 27 points, leading Oklahoma over No. 21 West Virginia.

Llanusa made a career-most six 3s for the Sooners (12-11, 7-5 Big 12).

Katrina Pardee had 13 points to lead the Mountaineers (17-6, 5-6).

No. 23 Oklahoma State 92, Kansas 63

STILLWATER, Okla. – Loryn Goodwin had 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Kaylee Jensen scored 23 points with nine boards as No. 23 Oklahoma State sent Kansas to its ninth straight loss.

Braxtin Miller added 17 points for the Cowgirls (16-6, 7-4 Big 12).

Christalah Lyons scored 21 for Kansas (11-12, 2-10).

CBB Women’s Top 25 Roundup: Ionescu lifts No. 6 Oregon over No. 25 Cal 91-54

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu had 28 points and 11 assists to lead No. 6 Oregon over No. 25 California 91-54 on Friday night.

Ruthy Hebard added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Ducks (21-3, 10-1 Pac-12), who have won 13 of 14 games. Ionescu’s double-double was her 11th of the season.

It was Oregon’s largest margin of victory in a conference game this season.

Jaelyn Brown led the Golden Bears (15-7, 6-5) with 14 points and Alaysia Styles added 12. Kristine Anigwe, California’s leading scorer at 17.5 points per game, had just six to go with eight rebounds.

NO. 9 UCLA 59, USC 46

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Monique Billings got the 40th double-double of her career with 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead No. 9 UCLA over USC.

Jordin Canada added 16 points, and the Bruins (18-4, 9-2 Pac-12) won their seventh consecutive game.

USC (15-7, 5-6) struggled mightily against the UCLA zone in the first half and shot many 3-pointers it didn’t want to take. Not much was working in the first half for the Trojans offensively as they were 6 for 29 from the field and just 1 for 14 from 3-point range.

Kristen Simon led USC with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

NO. 24 STANFORD 60, NO. 16 OREGON ST 57

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Brittany McPhee had 18 points and 12 rebounds and scored No. 24 Stanford’s last four points as the Cardinal held on for a win over No. 16 Oregon State.

Stanford (15-8, 9-2 Pac-12) led 51-42 on DiJonai Carrington’s layup with 7:58 left in the fourth quarter. Mikayla Pivec made a pair of free throws at 1:17 and Taya Corosdale split a pair at 53 seconds to cut Oregon State’s deficit to 59-57.

McPhee made 1 of 2 free throws with 7.7 seconds left and Carrington stole it from Kat Tudor for the final play of the game.

Kiana Williams added 14 points and Alanna Smith scored 11 for the Cardinal, who made just 2 of 19 from 3-point range, but had 17 offensive rebounds and a 44-35 edge on the glass overall.

Katie McWilliams made 4 of 9 from 3-point range and led the Beavers (16-6, 7-4) with 16 points. Pivec added 15 points and Taylor Kalmer scored 12.

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MEN’S ROUNDUP:

With the calendar turning to February, the races for conference titles and NCAA tournament bids have greater urgency as Selection Sunday is fast approaching.

Two showdowns in the Big 12 highlight the biggest games we are watching in what should be another exciting weekend in college basketball.

Not to be overlooked for importance are key clashes in the Big East and SEC that will have significant ramifications for those conferences.

No. 15 Oklahoma at Texas

Saturday, 6:15 p.m. ET, ESPN

Even by the standards of the sport that added the term March Madness to the lexicon, the Big 12 season thus far has produced a whole new level of sanity-challenging results. The Longhorns were on the short end of one Wednesday night, thanks to a buzzer-beater delivered by Texas Tech’s Keenan Evans that capped off a career night. All Texas has to do now is take on Trae Young, who has put up a few eye-popping numbers himself for the Sooners.

Oklahoma State at No. 7 Kansas

Saturday, noon ET, CBS

One thing that hasn’t changed in 2018 in the Large Dozen-Minus-Two is the Jayhawks are again atop the conference standings. It hasn’t been easy, however, and the tightly-bunched pack emphasizes the point that there truly are no days off in the conference. Even though the Cowboys bring a three-game losing streak into Lawrence, it is worth noting that their last win came against Oklahoma.

Alabama at No. 24 Florida

Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

Speaking of madness, good luck figuring out the SEC as well. Since a win at Kentucky that had the Gators momentarily at the head of the class, they’ve dropped their last two league contests. The Crimson Tide hasn’t always been at full strength with star freshman Collin Sexton in and out of the lineup. He’s back now, but Alabama has still dropped its last two league games as well and could really use this road win to enhance its tournament profile.

Seton Hall at No. 1 Villanova

Sunday, noon ET, Fox

Though the Pirates are out of the Top 25 for the moment, their position in the potent Big East has them in reasonably good postseason shape. They could make that even better if they can add a road victory against the No. 1 team to their resume. The Wildcats don’t want to hear much about that, however, as they pursue a No. 1 seed over the final month of the regular campaign. Villanova would also like to give their hometown fans a nice start to what they hope will be a very good day with a fairly big football game likely to get their attention Sunday night.

No. 2 Virginia at Syracuse

Saturday, 4 p.m. ET

The Cavaliers gained ground on Villanova in the latest poll to put themselves within reach of the No. 1 ranking. A win against Louisville has continued their momentum heading into a trip up to the Carrier Dome. This will be a matchup of two distinct, yet successful, defenses. Virginia’s packline has allowed just six opponents to reach 60 points this season. The Orange will counter with its zone that will test the Cavaliers shooters. Squarely on the bubble, Jim Boeheim’s team could use a huge win come March.

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