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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 20 points, Brandone Francis had a career-high 17 and No. 8 Texas Tech won the first Top 10 matchup on its home court, beating second-ranked West Virginia 72-71 on Saturday.
Evans hit a lean-in jumper to give the Red Raiders (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) a four-point lead in the final minute and send the first sellout crowd of the season into a frenzy. The Mountaineers had their nation-leading 15-game winning streak stopped.
Jevon Carter scored 28 points — one off his career high — for West Virginia (15-2, 4-1). Esa Ahmad added 18 in his season debut following an NCAA academic suspension.
MICHIGAN 82, No. 4 MICHIGAN STATE 72
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Moritz Wagner scored a career-high 27 points for Michigan.
The Wolverines (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten) have won eight of nine games overall and two straight against their rivals.
The Spartans (16-3, 4-2) have lost two of three games with an overtime win over Rutgers in between the setbacks.
Michigan State’s Miles Bridges had 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
No. 1 VILLANOVA 78, ST. JOHN’S 71
NEW YORK (AP) — Donte DiVincenzo hit six 3-pointers and scored 25 points to help Villanova silence a rowdy crowd and hold off upset-minded St. John’s at Madison Square Garden.
Shamorie Ponds came close to leading the Red Storm (10-8, 0-6 Big East) to their first win over a No. 1 team in 33 years. Ponds scored a career-high 37 points in front of 17,123 fans.
The Wildcats (16-1, 4-1) were flawless from the free-throw line over the final minute to avoid the startling upset. Mikal Bridges had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Villanova. The Wildcats went 13-for-30 on 3-point range.
No. 5 PURDUE 81, MINNESOTA 47
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vincent Edwards scored 25 points in 29 minutes on 9-for-14 shooting for Purdue in its 13th consecutive victory.
Isaac Haas pitched in 14 points and five rebounds for Purdue (17-2, 6-0), which produced its best Big Ten start since going 8-0 to begin conference play in the 1989-90 season.
Jordan Murphy had 10 points and four rebounds for the Gophers (13-6, 2-4), who have lost all three games since center Reggie Lynch was suspended and small forward Amir Coffey was sidelined by a shoulder injury. This was the second-largest margin of defeat at home in program history, behind only a 90-51 loss to No. 1 UCLA on Dec. 20, 1968.
No. 5 WICHITA STATE 72, TULSA 69
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Landry Shamet and backcourt mate Conner Frankamp each scored 16 points and Wichita State held off Tulsa.
Shamet made the first of two free throws with 8 seconds left for a three-point edge. After Shamet missed his second shot, the Shockers fouled Sterling Taplin. He missed the front end of a one-and-one with 4.9 seconds left, Junior Etou rebounded and passed back to Taplin, whose 3-point try rimmed out.
Taplin scored 26 points. Markis McDuffie added 10 points and nine rebounds for Wichita State (15-2, 5-0 American Athletic Conference). Henderson had 14 points for Tulsa (10-8, 3-3).
No. 7 DUKE 89, WAKE FOREST 71
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Marvin Bagley III had 30 points and 11 rebounds for Duke, which was without Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski due to a virus.
With longtime assistant Jeff Capel in charge, the short-handed and illness-ravaged Blue Devils (15-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their second straight and moved their conference record over .500 for the first time this season.
Bryant Crawford scored 21 points and Keyshawn Woods had 15 to lead Wake Forest (8-9, 1-4), which hasn’t won at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 21 years.
No. 9 OKLAHOMA 102, No. 16 TCU 97, OT
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Trae Young scored 29 of his 43 points after halftime for Oklahoma, which won in overtime.
Young, the freshman who leads the nation in scoring and assists, also had 11 rebounds and seven assists. Brady Manek added 22 points for the Sooners (14-2, 4-1 Big 12), who made a school-record 19 3-pointers.
Jaylen Fisher had a career-high 22 points and Vlad Brodziansky added 21 for TCU (13-4, 1-4), which lost its second overtime game of the week.
No. 10 XAVIER 92, No. 25 CREIGHTON 70
CINCINNATI (AP) — Trevon Bluiett emerged from his shooting slump with 24 pointsa and Kaiser Gates responded to getting dropped from the starting lineup by scoring 16, as Xavier recovered from back-to-back road losses.
The Musketeers (16-3, 4-2 Big East) shook up their starting lineup and got back in form after losses to Providence and No. 1 Villanova. They pulled ahead by 27 points midway through the second half.
The Bluejays (14-3, 4-2) gave up a season high in points and took their most lopsided loss.
No. 11 Arizona State 77, Oregon State 75
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Shannon Evans scored seven of his 22 points in a late 10-0 run for Arizona State.
Cody Justice added 14 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Sun Devils (14-3, 2-3 Pac-12), who were coming off an upset home loss to Oregon on Thursday night.
Stephen Thompson Jr. scored 21 for the Beavers (10-7, 2-3), including five 3s (in 10 attempts).
Arizona State prevailed despite an off night from point guard Tra Holder. The Pac-12’s leading scorer at 20.9 points per game made 1 of 9 shots for four points.
Tres Tinkle scored 18 for Oregon State but missed a 3-pointer that would have won the game at the buzzer.
No. 12 KANSAS 73, KANSAS STATE 72
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Devonte Graham had 23 points, and Malik Newman hit the go-ahead foul shots with 15 seconds left for Kansas.
Udoka Azubuike added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Jayhawks (14-3, 4-1 Big 12), who beat their Interstate 70 rival for the sixth straight time and 12th in a row at Allen Fieldhouse.
Dean Wade had 22 points to lead Kansas State (12-5, 2-3).
No. 13 SETON HALL 74, GEORGETOWN 61
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Desi Rodriguez and Myles Powell each scored 19 points to lead Seton Hall.
The Pirates (15-3, 4-1 Big East), who remained undefeated at home (11-0), received 11 points and 13 rebounds from Angel Delgado.
The Hoyas (12-5, 2-4) were led by Marcus Derrickson, who scored 18 points while Jahvon Blair and Jessie Govan scored 11 points each.
No. 14 CINCINNATI 78, SOUTH FLORIDA 55
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jarron Cumberland scored 18 points and Cincinnati shrugged off a slow start.
Jacob Evans III had 16 points and Kyle Washington added 14 to help the Bearcats (15-2, 4-0) remain unbeaten in American Athletic Conference play. The victory was the eighth straight for Cincinnati, which shot 70 percent while outscoring the Bulls 43-22 in the second half.
USF (7-11, 0-5) has lost six in a row, remaining winless in the AAC, where it has been beaten by an average of nearly 25 points per game. Payton Banks led the Bulls with 22 points.
No. 15 GONZAGA 75, SAN FRANCISCO 65
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Johnathan Williams scored 17 points and Josh Perkins added 16 to lead Gonzaga to 18th straight road victory in the West Coast Conference.
The Bulldogs (16-3, 6-0) got a rare test in conference play after winning their first five games by at least 29 points. But they were up to the task with help from two key blocked shots late by Rei Hachimura.
Souley Boum scored 22 points and Frankie Ferrari added 18 for the Dons (10-9, 2-4). San Francisco has lost 14 straight games against ranked opponents since beating Gonzaga at home 66-65 on Feb. 12, 2012.
No. 17 ARIZONA 90, OREGON 83
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Allonzo Trier scored 25 points and Deandre Ayton added 24 for Arizona.
Arizona (14-4, 4-1 Pac-12) scored eight straight points to go up 84-77 with 72 seconds left. The Wildcats shot 53 percent from the field.
Elijah Brown scored 25 points and MiKyle McIntosh had 20 for the Ducks (12-6, 2-3).
No. 19 CLEMSON 72, No. 18 MIAMI 63
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Donte Grantham had 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and Mark Donnal had 12 points, including two critical second-half 3s, for Clemson.
The Tigers (15-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) continued their best start in nine seasons and bounced back from their first ACC defeat that snapped a 10-game win streak at North Carolina State on Thursday night.
Clemson made a season-high 12 3-pointers.
Anthony Lawrence II and Lonnie Walker IV had 16 points each for Miami (13-3, 2-2).
No. 20 NORTH CAROLINA 69, NOTRE DAME 68
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Joel Berry II hit two free throws with 7.1 seconds left as North Carolina earned its first Atlantic Coast Conference road victory of the season.
Berry finished with 15 points while Luke Maye had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (14-4, 3-2). Sophomore point guard T.J. Gibbs got a game-high 19 points and six assists for the Irish (13-5, 3-2).
Gibbs dribbled downcourt and got off an errant shot but got a rebound which spun out at the buzzer.
No. 21 KENTUCKY 74, VANDERBILT 67
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin Knox scored five straight points to put Kentucky ahead to stay.
With the score tied at 59, Knox hit a jumper with 3:48 left and hit the free throw that put Kentucky ahead for good. He added a layup on the next possession for the Wildcats (14-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference). Wenyon Gabriel added a tip-in, and Hamadou Diallo knocked down a 3-pointer for a 10-2 run clinching the victory.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Kentucky with 22 points. Knox finished with 17.
Jeff Roberson led Vanderbilt (6-11, 1-4) with 20 points.
No. 22 AUBURN 76, MISSISSIPPI STATE 68
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Bryce Brown scored 23 points and Mustapha Heron and Desean Murray both added 14 for Auburn.
Auburn (16-1, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) won its 14th straight game despite trailing by 13 points early in the second half. It’s the program’s longest winning streak since the 1999-2000 season, when the Tigers also won 14 in a row.
Quinndary Weatherspoon had 14 points for Mississippi State (13-4, 1-3).
No. 23 FLORIDA STATE 101, SYRACUSE 90, 2OT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Briain Angola scored 24 points, including five in the second overtime, and Christ Koumadje added a career-high 23 for Florida State.
Tied at 82 at the end of the first overtime, the Seminoles scored the first six points of the second extra session to take control. Two free throws by Tyus Battle cut FSU’s lead to 88-84 but it scored nine of the next 11 points to put it out of reach.
Phil Cofer added 16 points for Florida State (13-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which played without leading scorer and rebounder Terance Mann, who missed the game due to a concussion.
Battle, who had five points at halftime, led the Orange (12-6, 1-4) with 37 points,
No. 24 TENNESSEE 75, TEXAS A&M 62
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jordan Bowden scored 15 points as Tennessee handed Texas A&M its fifth consecutive loss.
Kyle Alexander had 14 points, Admiral Schofield scored 12 and Jordan Bone added 10 as Tennessee (12-4, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) won its third straight in Volunteers coach Rick Barnes’ 1,000th career game. Barnes improved his head coaching record to 647-353.
After being ranked fifth in the nation at the start of SEC play, Texas A&M (11-6, 0-5) hasn’t won since.
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phil Booth hit five 3s and scored 21 points and Jalen Brunson had 17 to lead No. 1 Villanova to an 89-65 win over Xavier on Wednesday night.
The Wildcats (15-1, 3-1 Big East) returned to the top spot of the poll on Monday.
The Wildcats raced to a 22-9 lead. Booth hit three 3s in the first half and Brunson was solid both from long range and in attacking the basket to make it 40-28 at the break.
Naji Marshall had 13 points for Xavier (15-3, 3-2),
No. 4 MICHIGAN STATE 76, RUTGERS 72, OT
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Miles Bridges ended his scoreless start with 7:43 left in regulation and finished with just 11 points for Michigan State.
The Spartans (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten) were coming off a lopsided loss at Ohio State and the setback seemed to have lingering effects for the team and their sophomore star.
The Scarlet Knights (11-7, 1-4) took a one-point lead on Corey Sanders’ step-back jumper with 1 minute left. Sanders missed a long jumper with 16 seconds left.
Bridges was fouled with 8 seconds left, but made only the second free throw to tie the game.
With a chance to win, Sanders missed a shot near the top of the key with a second left in regulation. Sanders made a game-tying floater with 1:21 left in overtime. He made a layup to pull Rutgers within two with 9 seconds left, but Cassius Winston sealed the win with two free throws to put the Spartans ahead by six.
Sanders scored 22 points for the Scarlet Knights.
Michigan State’s Nick Ward had 17 points.
No. 7 DUKE 87, PITTSBURGH 52
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Marvin Bagley III scored 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Duke.
Bagley recorded his 13th double-double of the season, one shy of the Duke freshman record shared by Jabari Parker and Gene Banks.
The Blue Devils (14-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed and needed less than 17 minutes to build a 30-point lead.
Jared Wilson-Frame led the Panthers (8-9, 04) with 17 points.
TEXAS 99, No. 16 TCU 98, 2OT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Jericho Sims made a free throw with 5 seconds left, then Texas watched as TCU’s Jaylen Fisher missed a layup off the rim at the final buzzer in the second overtime.
Sims had missed his second free throw and the Horned Frogs got the play they wanted with Fisher driving the lane for a point-blank layup that somehow bounced out.
Texas got it biggest win of the season hours after the school announced that sophomore guard Andrew Jones has been diagnosed with leukemia and has started treatment. Further details on his diagnosis and condition have not been released.
TCU had rallied from 13 down in the second half and led 94-90 in the second overtime. The game was tied at 98 when Desmond Bane of TCU missed a shot and Kenrich Williams fouled Sims on the rebound.
Eric Davis scored 22 points to lead Texas (11-5, 2-2 Big 12). Williams scored 26 for TCU (13-3, 1-3), which made 15 3-pointers but none in the second overtime.
LOUISVILLE 73, No. 23 FLORIDA STATE 69
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Deng Adel scored 16 points and Louisville rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to defeat to snap Florida State’s 28-game home winning streak.
Ray Spalding added 15 points for the Cardinals (12-4, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who made six 3-pointers in the second half. Ryan McMahon, who scored 11 points, had three 3-pointers in the final 20 minutes, including one that gave the Cardinals the lead and another with 59 seconds remaining that pushed the lead to 71-66.
Terance Mann tied a career high with 25 points and Braian Angola added 18 for Florida State (12-4, 1-3).
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Ae’Rianna Harris scored 13 points and Purdue held Rutgers to 10 points in the first half en route to a 47-33 win on Wednesday night that ended the No. 21 Scarlet Knights’ 11-game winning streak.
Andreona Keys added 10 points for the Boilermakers (11-7, 2-2 Big Ten Conference), who spoiled Rutgers’ first appearance in the Top 25 since March of 2015.
The Scarlet Knights made the first and last basket of the first period and missed 10 to trail 10-4 after one quarter. Their shooting in the second quarter was 3 for 12 and the Boilermakers scored the last seven to lead 25-10. Rutgers’ shooting was 5 of 24 (21 percent), including 0 for 9 from 3-point range.
The highlight of the night for Rutgers (16-3, 4-1) was their last basket of the first half, scored by Tyler Scaife at the 4:36 mark that pushed the fifth-year senior into the exclusive 2,000-point club.
The Scarlet Knights made five field goals in each of the last two quarters. Ciani Cryor made a long shot that made it 41-33 with 1:01 to play but Purdue scored the last six points of the game. Rutgers’ second-half totals were 1 of 11 from distance, 10 of 32 overall (31 percent) for final 1 of 20 behind the arc and 15 of 56 overall (27 percent).
Both teams had 20 turnovers and Purdue shot just 24 percent in the second half and 33 percent (16 of 48) overall.
No. 15 WEST VIRGINA 74, KANSAS 54
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Naomi Davenport hit four 3-pointers and finished with 22 points and Teana Muldrow had 19 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals to help the No. 15 West Virginia women defeat Kansas 74-54 on Wednesday night.
Katrina Pardee added 15 points and senior Chania Ray had 12 points and a season-high tying 10 assists for West Virginia (15-2, 3-2 Big 12). The Mountaineers have won five in a row against Kansas (11-5, 2-3).
Davenport hit two 3s, while Muldrow and Pardee scored five points apiece, during a 16-1 run that gave West Virginia a 52-33 lead with four minutes left in the third quarter. Kylee Kopatich sandwiched a 3-point play and a layup around two free throws by Tyler Johnson as the Jayhawks scored the first seven fourth-quarter points to trim their deficit to 55-44. Muldrow had nine points from there as the Mountaineers pulled away.
Kopatich had 17 points and Austin Richardson scored 10 on 4-of-16 shooting for Kansas. The Jayhawks shot just 35 percent (19 of 54) from the field, including 3 of 12 from 3-point range.
West Virginia scored 24 points off 17 Kansas turnovers.
TCU 79, No.7 TEXAS 77
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU guard Kianna Ray stood at the free throw line with 6 seconds left and a chance to beat her hometown team.
Ray made both free throws, giving the Horned Frogs a huge upset, 79-77 over No. 7 Texas on Wednesday night for their first win over a Top 10 team in more than eight years.
“I really wasn’t,” said Ray, the sophomore from Austin, when asked what she was thinking then. “We shoot those every day. … Just take deep breaths and shoot it like I do every time.”
Ray was fouled by Ariel Atkins on a drive to the basket. That came after Atkins tied the game, and the second time in the final 38 seconds the two traded baskets. Atkins had made a short runner in the lane before Ray’s open 3-pointer put Frogs up 77-75.
TCU (11-5, 2-3 Big 12) had lost its last 13 games against ranked teams, and hadn’t beaten a Top 10 team since a 56-54 home victory over No. 10 Texas A&M on Dec. 12, 2009.
“It’s just a fun win. It’s a fun win, and I don’t really know how you can define a signature victory in the moment,” fourth-year TCU coach Raegan Pebley said. “I think you have to see what happens after it. So we’re just going to love on it right now and go to work.”
Atkins had 25 points to lead Texas (13-2, 4-1), which had won six in a row since its only loss at Tennessee a month earlier. Lashann Higgs had 18 points, though her desperation 3 at the buzzer was way off the mark, and Audrey-Ann Cardon-Goudreaux had 11.
“I’m not shocked at all, actually,” Higgs said. “We didn’t come to play. We didn’t play defense like we know how to play.”
The Longhorns had a 10-point lead late in the first quarter, and then trailed by 12 before halftime. They led 69-64 with 4 1/2 minutes left after consecutive jumpers by Atkins.
“They played with more urgency and a lot more passion to win,” Texas coach Karen Aston said. “We played in spurts. … Really good in some spurts and disinterested in some spurts.”
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr credits her Louisville women’s basketball teammates for creating opportunities that have allowed the junior guard to score from all over the court.
Durr is putting up career-best offensive numbers while making sure other Cardinals are involved. Their unselfish philosophy is one reason they’re unbeaten and enjoying the best start in school history — and have an eye on winning the national championship.
Louisville’s chances begin with Durr, who’s showing growth on the defensive end as well.
“I don’t want to be one-dimensional, just a pure scorer,” Durr said. “I want to be a player who passes the ball well, who can rebound the ball well and can guard. I’m trying to become a player who can do more than one thing.”
The Douglasville, Georgia, native is succeeding in many areas for Louisville (18-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which seeks its third Final Four appearance under coach Jeff Walz and first since 2013. Durr began the week tied for 31st nationally in scoring at 20.2 points per game, an average jump-started by her school-record 47-point performance in the Cardinals’ 95-90 overtime win at then-No. 5 Ohio State on Nov. 12.
Durr shot 9 of 15 from long range against the Buckeyes and offered a hint that this season could be different for her and Louisville. The first team all-ACC selection has remained accurate from behind the arc and ranks seventh nationally in 3-point shooting at nearly 48 percent, with her 56 baskets on 118 attempts tying for 10th.
“I really worked on my shot,” said Durr, who is currently 13th in career scoring at Louisville with 1,378 points. “My teammates are doing a really great job of finding me on the court and the staff is doing a great job of putting together a great game plan to give my teammates a chance to find me on the court.”
Durr’s 47-percent shooting is more than five points better than last season and her solid defensive numbers have held steady. Her approach to defense is what pleases Walz most.
“She has taken pride in that, but defensively is where I’ve been impressed,” the coach said of Durr, who averaged a team-best 12.7 points playing under him last summer on the U.S. Under-23 squad. She also participated in the National Team camp with teammate and senior forward Myisha Hines-Allen.
Walz added, “She is rebounding the ball better. All of the things that you might not look at first on the stat sheet, she’s really focusing on.”
Good as Durr has been, the Cardinals’ depth and selflessness means she doesn’t have to do everything.
Hines-Allen, a two-time All-ACC selection, is having another strong season at 13.2 points per game. Louisville’s three other starters — forwards Sam Fuerhing and Jazmine Jones and junior point guard Arica Carter — average from 6.5 to 8.9 points per contest. Freshman reserve guard Dana Evans has a team-high 71 assists.
The Cardinals’ rotation can go 10 deep, flexibility they’ll need in Thursday night’s ACC showdown against No. 2 Notre Dame (15-1, 4-0). The Irish’s lone loss came against top-ranked UConn, which Louisville visits on Feb. 12.
Louisville has lost its last 11 to the Irish and is 4-14 lifetime against them. As Walz tries to focus on big-picture goals for his team, he acknowledges this meeting’s importance towards the Cardinals’ hopes of winning its first ACC title.
Then again, wins against Top 25 opponents this season — Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon and Duke — have Louisville believing it can beat powerhouse programs and establish itself as a title contender.
Durr sets the tone for the Cardinals.
She has combined for 30 first-quarter points the past two contests, demonstrating the green light Walz has given her.
“Sometimes he has to tell me to stop shooting,” Durr said, laughing. “But it’s a good thing when he has to tell a player to stop because that means you’re being very aggressive.”
Louisville is hoping all those good things happening for Durr — and the Cardinals — continue.
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NEW YORK (AP) — After a two-year hiatus, C. Vivian Stringer has Rutgers back in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll.
The Scarlet Knights jumped into the AP Top 25 on Monday at No. 21, riding an 11-game winning streak. Rutgers was last ranked on March 2, 2015.
There was a time not so long ago when Rutgers was a staple in the Top 25, but the team went through some lean years before returning to the rankings. Rutgers is in the midst of a remarkable turnaround after going 6-24 last season.
“To go to the low depths we did and to show that perseverance and fight we have is great,” Stringer said. “We had to build everything from scratch. It showed me a lot about myself. I never gave up. We had more resolve to fight.”
The Scarlet Knights visit Purdue on Wednesday.
UConn remained a unanimous choice from the 32-member national media panel after cruising to two victories last week. The Huskies were followed in the rankings by Notre Dame, Louisville, Mississippi State and Baylor. Louisville hosts the Irish on Thursday.
South Carolina dropped from fourth to ninth after losing at Missouri on Sunday while the Tigers moved up three spots to 12th. It’s the Gamecocks’ worst ranking since Jan. 20, 2014.
Tennessee, Texas and Oregon are in front of the Gamecocks while Ohio State rounds out the top 10.
Green Bay also re-entered the poll this week at No. 25. Stanford and Villanova dropped out.
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BIG TEN REVIVAL: With Rutgers’ return, the Big Ten has five teams in the Top 25 for the first time since Nov. 23, 2015. Ohio State is 10th, Maryland 11th, Iowa tied for 18th, Rutgers 21st and Michigan 23rd.
“It’s huge,” Stringer said of having so many ranked teams. “I try to treat this as I would the Big East with Notre Dame, Louisville, Connecticut, Rutgers. We had a monster there. If we can continue to play well, the NCAA would consider us to be a strong conference and we’ll get all five schools in.”
MIGHTY DUCKS: After sweeping Southern California and UCLA, Oregon has moved up a spot to eighth, which is the Ducks’ highest ranking ever. The Ducks had been as high as ninth in 1982 and again this season.
“That’s neat,” coach Kelly Graves said. “We don’t talk about it as a team, but it means we had a hell of a weekend.”
Oregon swept the Los Angeles schools for the first time in school history. It is 15-2 on the season, with the losses coming against Louisville and Mississippi State.
“I wouldn’t have guessed we’d be 15-2 against the 13th-toughest schedule in the country at this point with the youngest team in the Top 25. … We’re better right now than I thought we’d be. I got some gritty kids and they’re tough mentally.”
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Others receiving votes: Villanova 49, Stanford 30, South Florida 24, Syracuse 22, Georgia 10, Marquette 5, LSU 4, Utah 3, Brown 2, Ball State 1, Belmont 1, Mercer 1
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Sophie Cunningham was too much for South Carolina to handle for the second straight year, scoring 27 points to lead No. 15 Missouri to an 83-74 victory over the fourth-ranked Gamecocks on Sunday.
Cunningham, who suffered a right knee sprain last week and sat out Missouri’s loss to LSU on Thursday, returned with a knee brace but showed no ill effects. She made 9 of 10 shots from the field and had seven assists and six rebounds.
Last year, Cunningham scored 26 points and hit the winning shot in Missouri’s home victory over the eventual national champions.
The Tigers (14-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) shot 56.3 percent from the field and 61.5 percent from 3-point range. Amber Smith had 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Bianca Jackson and Tyasha Harris led the Gamecocks (13-2, 2-1) with 14 points each.
No. 2 NOTRE DAME 77, GEORGIA TECH 54
ATLANTA (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored 25 points, Jackie Young added 14 and Notre Dame had no trouble winning its eighth straight game with a victory over Georgia Tech.
Despite injuries reducing their roster to seven scholarship players and three walk-ons, the Fighting Irish (15-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) used a dominant inside game to put Georgia Tech away early with a 30-point halftime lead.
Kaylan Pugh had 17 points and Francesca Pan scored 11, but they were the only Yellow Jackets to finish in double figures. Georgia Tech (12-5, 1-3) gave itself no chance, missing 22 of their first 27 shots from the field and looking nothing like the team that played No. 3 Louisville tough in a narrow home loss Dec. 28.
No. 3 LOUISVILLE 67, VIRGINIA TECH 56
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr scored 21 points to lead Louisville to a victory over Virginia Tech.
The Cardinals (18-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) made their first seven shots to jump out to a 16-2 lead midway through the first quarter. Durr made her first five shots and scored 16 in the first period.
Regan Magarity scored 14 points to lead the Hokies (12-4, 1-2).
No. 5 MISSISSIPPI STATE 83, LSU 70
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Teaira McCowan had 31 points and 20 rebounds to help Mississippi State stay unbeaten with a victory against LSU.
McCowan scored Mississippi State’s first nine points after halftime to extend a nine-point lead to 15 after being held to eight in the first half on 3-for-10 shooting. LSU got no closer than 10 points the rest of the game. It’s the second time this season McCowan has had at least 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game.
Morgan William scored 13 points and Chloe Bibby had 10 for Mississippi State (17-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference), whose bench outscored LSU’s 16-2.
Chloe Jackson led LSU (10-4, 2-1) with 25 points and Raigyne Louis had 20 despite being limited by foul trouble.
No. 7 TENNESSEE 86, VANDERBILT 73
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mercedes Russell scored a career-high 33 points as Tennessee came from behind in the second half to outlast Vanderbilt and remain unbeaten.
Vanderbilt (4-13, 0-3 SEC) has never beaten the Lady Vols (15-0, 3-0) at Knoxville in 33 attempts. Tennessee capitalized on its superior size to go on an 11-0 run midway through the second half and withstand an unexpected challenge from the Commodores.
Russell already had outscored her previous career high of 26 points by the end of the third quarter and ended up shooting 14 of 20 and pulling down eight rebounds. Cheridene Green shot 7 of 8 and scored 17 points — also a career high — and Jaime Nared added 15 points.
No. 8 TEXAS 75, KANSAS STATE 64
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Lashann Higgs scored 26 points and Texas used a big run to start the second half to beat Kansas State.
Even with leading scorer Brooke McCarty having a rough shooting day as she scored just nine points, the Longhorns (13-1, 4-0 Big 12) had enough to beat the Wildcats.
Kayla Goth scored 17 points to lead the Wildcats (1-3).
No. 9 OREGON 70, No. 14 UCLA 61
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ruthy Hebard scored 19 points, Sabrina Ionescu had 18 and Maite Cazorla 17 in Oregon’s victory over UCLA.
The Ducks (15-2, 4-0) won for the seventh consecutive game and remained perfect in conference play.
Oregon senior Lexi Bando hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 58 seconds left to give the Ducks a 63-59 lead and iced the game with a pair of free throws with 40 seconds left. Bando has the best active career 3-point shooting percentage in the NCAA at 45.7.
The Bruins (11-4, 2-2) had won a school-record 20 consecutive home Pac-12 games.
Monqiue Billings led UCLA with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Jordin Canada added 19 points.
No. 10 OHIO STATE 78, No. 22 MICHIGAN 71, OT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 37 points, carrying Ohio State through the final minutes of regulation and leading the Buckeyes to a victory over Michigan.
Mitchell scored Ohio State’s final nine points of the fourth quarter, then added nine more in the extra session, outdueling Michigan’s Katelynn Flaherty in a matchup of two of the nation’s best scorers. Flaherty had 22 points and eight assists, and Hallie Thome added 27 points and eight rebounds for the Wolverines (13-4, 2-2 Big Ten).
SYRACUSE 76, No. 11 FLORIDA STATE 69
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Miranda Drummond scored a career-high 38 points, including 11 straight late in the fourth quarter that lifted Syracuse to a win over Florida State.
Drummonod’s 3-point play put the Orange (14-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) on top 58-56, the 13th lead change, with 7½ minutes to go. She followed that with a layup and then hit a pair of 3-pointers for a 66-56 lead at the 2:42 mark.
The Seminoles (14-3, 2-1), who had won four straight, got four quick points but Drummond nailed her seventh 3-pointer and the Orange made 7 of 10 free throws in the last 69 seconds to finish the upset.
No. 12 WEST VIRGININA 57, IOWA STATE 49
MORGANTOWN, Va. (AP) — Naomi Davenport scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and West Virginia beat Iowa State.
Along with Davenport’s fourth double-double this season, Chania Ray added 13 points and eight rebounds and Teana Muldlrow had 14 boards to go with nine points. The Mountaineers (14-2, 2-2 Big-12) snapped a two-game losing streak.
Bridget Carleton scored 14 points for Iowa State (7-8, 1-3), which swept the Mountaineers last season before West Virginia went on to win the Big 12 Tournament.
No. 13 MARYLAND 77, WISCONSIN 44
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Kristen Confroy, Kaila Charles and Eleanna Christinaki combined for 22 points in the first half when Maryland took a 19-point lead on its way to a victory over Wisconsin for the Terrapins’ 13th straight victory.
Maryland is only team in the country that came in with seven players averaging double figures and that balance was evident Sunday. Christinaki finished with 14 points, Confroy 12 on four 3-pointers and Charles 10 with Ieshia Small adding 13, 10 in the second half for the Terps (15-2, 4-0 Big Ten). Maryland shot 46 percent and made 9 of 21 3-point attempts while outrebounding Wisconsin 42-25.
Courtney Fredrickson scored 12 points and Marsha Howard had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Badgers (7-10, 0-4).
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 65, NO. 16 OREGON STATE 61
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kristen Simon scored 21 points as USC rallied to beat Oregon State for its first Pac-12 Conference win of the season.
USC (11-4, 1-3) snapped a three-game losing streak after rallying from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter. Simon made an open basket inside to give the Trojans a 62-61 lead with 54 seconds left.
Oregon State (11-4, 2-2 Pac-12) was down by two but a Katie McWilliams turnover — her only one of the game — against pressure by USC with eight seconds left ensured there would be no last-second heroics for the Beavers.
No. 17 DUKE 69, N.C. STATE 56
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Lexie Brown hit a season-high seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 34 points to lead Duke to a win over North Carolina State.
Haley Gorecki added 13 points, making 3 of 4 3-pointers, for the Blue Devils (11-5, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had started 0-2 in the conference for the first time since going 0-9 in 1992-93. Brown made 7 of 13 behind the arc and 10 of 21 overall and was 7 of 9 at the foul line, bouncing back from having her 23-game double-figure scoring streak end.
Kiara Leslie and Chelsea Nelson both had 15 points for NC State (12-5, 1-3), which missed its first 11 shots.
No. 18 IOWA 84, ILLINOIS 71
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Megan Gustafson scored 34 points with 12 rebounds for her 43rd career double-double, Kathleen Doyle had her second double-double and Iowa turned back Illinois.
Alexis Sevillian matched her career-high with 21 points, hitting 5 of 8 3-pointers, for the Hawkeyes (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) and Doyle had 15 points and 10 assists.
Doyle had her first double-double of 13 and 11 on Thursday when Iowa lost at No. 13 Maryland 80-64. In that game, the Hawkeyes had 23 turnovers but against the Illini, they had a season-low seven turnovers and 24 assists on 29 baskets.
Alex Wittinger had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Illinois (9-9, 0-4), which has lost five straight.
No. 19 TEXAS A&M 82, AUBURN 73
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Khaalia Hillsman scored a career-high 31 points and Chennedy Carter added 22, combining for 19 points in the fourth quarter, and Texas A&M turned back Auburn.
Danni Williams had 16 points for the Aggies (13-4, 3-0 Southeastern Conference), who handed the Tigers (10-5, 1-2) their first home loss of the 2017-18 athletic year in women’s and men’s basketball and football combined.
McKay was 11 of 11 from the foul line and had 25 points for Auburn, which set a school record by making 16 of 16 free throws. Unique Thompson added 22 points.
No. 20 OKLAHOMA STATE 96, OKLAHOMA 82
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Loryn Goodwin scored 31 points with eight rebounds and five assists to help lead Oklahoma State to a victory over rival Oklahoma.
It was the eighth straight game that Goodwin topped 20 points and her second 30-point outing of the season. Kaylee Jensen added 27 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma State (12-3, 3-1 Big 12), which snapped a three-game losing streak in the intrastate series known as ‘Bedlam.’
Maddie Manning scored 25 points and added eight rebounds, while Vionise Pierre-Louis had 19 points – 15 in the second half – and six rebounds for Oklahoma (7-8, 2-2).
No. 23 CALIFORNIA 53, ARIZONA 51
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Mikayla Cowling hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points to help California beat Arizona.
Cowling’s final 3-pointer, with 4:09 left in the game, gave the Golden Bears (11-4, 2-2 Pac-12) a 53-45 lead. But it was also their last basket as they missed their only other shot and had four turnovers down the stretch.
The Wildcats (4-11, 0-3), who have lost five straight, only made 2 of 10 shots after Cowling’s basket, but closed within two on two free throws from Sam Thomas with 41 seconds left. Thomas had a steal with 12 seconds left but a final shot wouldn’t fall for Sammy Fatkin.
Thomas and JaLea Bennett both had 13 points for Arizona.
No. 25 ARIZONA STATE 73, No. 24 STANFORD 66
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Charnea Johnson-Chapman scored a career-high 16 points and Arizona State beat Stanford.
Reili Richardson added 11 points for the Sun Devils (13-3, 4-0 Pac-12), who won their sixth straight.
Billed as “Snow Day” with fans invited to play in trucked-in snow before the game, frigid shooting doomed the Cardinals. Brittany McPhee and Kiana Williams scored on consecutive possessions early in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 50. After that, the Cardinal went 3 of 18 until making their last three shots in the final 24 seconds.
Williams had 14 points, DiJonai Carrington had 13 and McPhee 12 for the Cardinal (9-7, 3-1), who were outrebounded 47-24.
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Napheesa Collier had 25 points and 11 rebounds and No. 1 Connecticut remained unbeaten with a 100-49 rout of South Florida on Saturday night.
The Huskies (13-0, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) never trailed, shooting 54 percent from the field and hitting the century mark for the fourth time this season while playing stifling defense in holding USF sta, Kitija Laksa scoreless.
Collier made 12 of 15 shots en route to her fourth double of the season and 21st overall. Katie Lou Samuelson sat out much of the first half with three fouls, but finished with 15 points in 22 minutes. Azura Stevens added 15 points off the bench.
Laksa entered the game ranked second in the AAC in scoring at 21.5 points per game. She missed all 11 shots she attempted, including eight 3-pointers.
Laura Ferreira also had a tough night shooting for USF (12-4, 2-1), missing all nine of her 3-points attempts and finishing 1 for 16 for two points. Overall, the Bulls shot 27.8 percent (20 of 72) from the field, including 7 of 31 (22.6 percent) from 3-point range.
No. 6 BAYLOR 83, KANSAS 48
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kalani Brown scored 22 points and Dekeiya Cohen had 15 to help Baylor rout Kansas for its 11th straight victory.
The Lady Bears’ Big 12-best defense smothered the Jayhawks, limiting them to 28.6 percent shooting.
Lauren Cox added 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Cohen had eight rebounds for Baylor (14-1, 4-0).
Christalah Lyons led Kansas (11-4, 2-2) with 14 points, and Brianna Osorio had 12. Scoring leader Kylee Kopatich was held to seven.
(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) — A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 12 North Carolina at No. 8 Virginia. One of two matchups of ranked teams this weekend has the defending national champion Tar Heels (12-3, 1-1) looking to bounce back from their first conference loss of the season, a 81-80 defeat at No. 24 Florida State on Wednesday night. That attempt comes at the site of perhaps their most humiliating defeat from a year ago — a 53-43 loss in Charlottesville, Virginia, that marked the lowest-scoring game in coach Roy Williams’ tenure at his alma mater. The Cavaliers (13-1, 2-0) have won five in a row and, true to form under coach Tony Bennett, have held each opponent in that stretch to 60 or fewer points.
LOOKING AHEAD: No. 25 Clemson is off to a surprisingly strong start, earning its first national ranking since 2010, and the Tigers will look to keep it going next Thursday night when they look to complete a season sweep of North Carolina State. The Wolfpack have been tough to beat at home under new coach Kevin Keatts, winning nine of their first 10 home games before Sunday’s visit from No. 2 Duke. Clemson won its debut as a ranked team Wednesday night by beating Boston College 74-70.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Notre Dame freshman D.J. Harvey might be asked to mature in a hurry, with forward Bonzie Colson out for about eight weeks with a broken left foot. Harvey figures to be Colson’s replacement until the All-American is healthy again. He had a season-best 17 points in his first start in place of Colson, a rout of N.C. State, and will be counted upon to replace at least some of the 21.4 points and 10.4 rebounds that Colson averaged for the Irish.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Marvin Bagley III has wasted no time making history during his first — and only? — season at Duke. In Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski’s nearly four decades with the Blue Devils, only four times has a played had 30 points and 15 rebounds in a game. Three of those performances belong to Bagley, who had 32 points and 21 rebounds in last week’s victory over Florida State. Bagley leads the league in both scoring (21.9 ppg) and rebounding (11.6 rpg) and his rebounding total in that game was a program record for freshmen.
ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE: Third-ranked Louisville (16-0, 2-0) is off to the best start in school history, and after winning a pair of road games to begin ACC play, the Cardinals look to keep pace with perennial league champion Notre Dame at the top of the standings with home games against No. 17 Duke and Virginia Tech. Louisville held N.C. State without a field goal for the first 14-plus minutes of a win last week, and the Cardinals’ average margin of victory of 24.8 points ranks second in the league to No. 11 Florida State.
What I am watching this weekend in college basketball:
Saturday, 9:15 p.m. ET, ESPN2
The Jayhawks are coming off another loss at home, and they look vulnerable in the Big 12. Still time to fix things, however.
Saturday, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN
The defending champs, who average 85.2 points per game, vs. one of the best defensive programs (36.4 field goal percentage defense) in the country? Yes, please. Theo Pinson’s season stats don’t jump off the page — 9 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 4.5 APG — but he’s the X-factor for the Heels.
Saturday, 2:15 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Once a favorite to win the SEC, A&M comes limping into this game after two consecutive losses, to Alabama and Florida, respectively. The Aggies are very banged up, and LSU gave Kentucky all it could handle earlier this week. The conference known for football gets tougher for basketball teams every week.
Saturday, 6 p.m. ET, ESPNU
After a few weeks of landing on the “also receiving votes” list, Arkansas finally got into the top 25 this week. Then the Razorbacks promptly lost to unranked Mississippi State. Auburn and Bruce Pearl, meanwhile, are coming off an impressive road win at Tennessee.
Saturday, 7:15 p.m. ET, ESPN2
True freshman point guard Trae Young — who leads the country in both scoring and assists, at 29.6 and 10.7, respectively — has been terrific for the Sooners. But how does he handle going on the road at a school known for suffocating pressure defense? Keep an eye on 6-foot-9 senior forward Khadeem Lattin (7.9 PPT, 7.3 RPG), too.
Saturday, 9 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Kentucky might be young, but Kevin Knox (14.5 points, 5.6 rebounds) and Wildcats are used to being in the spotlight. Tennessee is still feeling out this Top 25 thing, as evidenced by the Vols loss at home to Auburn earlier this week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maite Cazorla hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:32 left and had 18 points to lead No. 9 Oregon over Southern California 70-66 on Friday night.
The Ducks (14-2, 3-0 Pac-12) also got 16 points from Sabrina Ionescu, who was 9 of 10 from the free throw line. Cazorla added six assists.
The Trojans (10-4, 0-3) were led by Aliyah Mazyck’s 21 points. USC leading scorer Kristen Simon was scoreless in the first half but finished with 18 points and eight rebounds.
It was the lowest-scoring game of the season for the Ducks. They started the night averaging 89.2 points per game, fourth-most in the country.
No. 14 UCLA 84, No. 16 OREGON STATE 49
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Monique Billings scored 19 points and UCLA ended Oregon State’s eight-game winning streak.
Billings was 8 of 12 from the field and had six rebounds and three steals for the Bruins (11-3, 2-1 Pac-12). They have won four of their last five.
Marie Gulich had 16 points for Oregon State (11-3, 2-1).
No. 21 VILLANOVA 75, XAVIER 57
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Kelly Jekot scored 10 of her 21 points in the decisive third quarter and Villanova beat Xavier.
Jekot hit three 3-pointers, grabbed five rebounds and had six assists. Megan Quinn had 10 points, and Alex Louin added eight points and a career-high eight assists for Villanova (12-2, 2-2 Big East).
Jada Byrd scored 12 points for Xavier (8-5, 1-2).
No. 25 ARIZONA STATE 80, No. 23 CALIFORNIA 71
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Kianna Ibis scored 26 points and Arizona State beat California.
Jamie Ruden added 14 points, and Robbi Ryan had for 13 for the Sun Devils (12-3, 3-0) in their fifth straight victory.
Asha Thomas had 25 points, and Kristine Anigwe, a junior from Phoenix, added 24 points and seven rebounds for the Golden Bears (10-14, 1-2).
No. 24 STANFORD 61, ARIZONA 46
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Alanna Smith and Kiana Williams had 12 points each for Stanford.
DiJonai Carrington added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinal (9-6, 3-0 Pac-12).
Lucia Alonso scored 15 points Arizona (4-10, 0-3).
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Miles Bridges had 15 points, seven assists, six rebounds and two blocks to help No. 1 Michigan State turn a closely contested game into another rout, pulling away to beat Maryland 91-61 on Thursday night.
The Spartans (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) went on a 15-0 run late in the first half to take control and led 44-32 at halftime. They refused to be content with the 12-point lead, building 30-plus point cushions in the second half by diving for loose balls, playing tough defense and finishing with a season-high 16 3-pointers.
Freshman Jaren Jackson had 15 points, three blocks and two steals despite playing just 4 minutes in the first half because he had two fouls.
Anthony Cowman scored 26 points for the Terrapins (13-4, 2-2), who had won seven straight.
COLORADO 90, No. 4 ARIZONA STATE 81, OT
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Namon Wright scored five of his 19 points in overtime, including two crucial free throws at the end, for Colorado.
Down 11-0 to start the game, the Buffaloes (9-6, 1-2 Pac-12) steadily whittled away and opened up a six-point lead with 1:17 remaining in regulation. But the Sun Devils (12-2, 0-2) stormed back, with Mickey Mitchell tying the game at 74 with 5 seconds left on an emphatic dunk.
In overtime, the Buffaloes hit six straight free throws down the stretch. It was the highest-ranked team Colorado has beaten since knocking off No. 3 Texas on Feb. 4, 2003. The Colorado fans stormed the court to celebrate.
McKinley Wright added 19 points and George King chipped in 18 as Colorado snapped a three-game skid, including two straight to start conference play.
Tra Holder had 24 points for Arizona State before fouling out in OT.
No. 9 WICHITA STATE 81, HOUSTON.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Landry Shamet scored 18 points in just 22 minutes to lead Wichita State.
Wichita State (12-2, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) made nine of its first 11 3-point shots and led by as many as 25 in the first half. Starting guards Shamet and Conner Frankamp (15 points) were a combined 12 of 15 from the field.
Rob Gray led Houston (12-3, 2-1 American) with 13 points, six below his season average. He was 6 of 14 from the field.
No. 14 ARIZONA, UTAH 82
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Deandre Ayton scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Arizona.
The Wildcats (12-3, 2-0 Pac-12) have won nine straight.
Rawle Alkins finished with 22 points for Arizona and Parker Jackson-Cartwright added 19.
Sedrick Barefield led Utah (10-4, 2-1) with 23 points and David Collette added 19.
Utah rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game late, but couldn’t pull off the upset.
No. 19 CINCINNATI 55, TEMPLE 53
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jacob Evans III hit the winner with .4 seconds to play for Cincinnati and the Bearcats got a needed assist from a soaring water bottle.
The Bearcats (13-2, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) rallied down the stretch to win their sixth straight game.
Temple led by two points when a turnover and on offensive foul caused coach Fran Dunphy to angrily smack a water bottle on the scorer’s table and send the plastic container to the court. Dunphy was whistled for the technical. Gary Clark made one of two free throws to cut the Bearcats’ deficit to one.
Kyle Washington put the Bearcats ahead 52-50 on a 3-pointer from the wing and Evans hit the jumper in the final second to win it.
Washington led the Bearcats with 18 points and Evans had 14.
Obi Enechionyia led the Owls (7-7, 0-3) with 14 points. The Owls have lost four straight games.
No. 19 GONZAGA 89, PEPPERDINE 59
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Killian Tillie had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead Gonzaga.
Johnathan Williams scored 13 points and Rui Hachimura had 12 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs (13-3, 3-0 West Coast Conference), who have not lost to Pepperdine since 2002.
Gonzaga outscored Pepperdine 48-14 in the paint and had a 36-13 edge off the bench, with Corey Kispert adding nine points and eight rebounds. Zach Norvell Jr. scored all 10 of his points in the second half.
Eric Cooper Jr. had a season-high 19 points for the Waves (3-12, 0-3).
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Marina Mabrey scored 21 points, Arike Ogunbowale had 20 despite struggling from the field and No. 2 Notre Dame beat Miami 83-76 victory on Thursday night.
Jessica Shepard had 12 points, Jackie Young added 11 and Kathryn Westbeld scored 10 for the Irish (14-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Ogunbowale hit her first shot and then missed her next 12, going 28 minutes without a basket, before scoring on a rebound and hitting a free throw for a 62-57 Irish lead with 7:28 to play.
Erykah Davenport scored 24 points for Miami (11-4, 1-1).
No. 3 LOUISVILLE 66, No. 17 DUKE 60
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr had 22 points and came back from a first-half leg injury to grab a key rebound late that helped Louisville survive Duke’s fourth-quarter rally.
Louisville (17-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) appeared in control with a 15-point lead midway through the third quarter. But the Cardinals made just 7 of 26 shots in the second half, allowing Duke (11-4, 0-2) to and get to 63-60 on Haley Gorecki’s 3-pointer with 2:54 remaining.
Gorecki led Duke with a career-high 25 points.
No. 4 SOUTH CAROLINA 88, MISSISSIPPI 62
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A’ja Wilson had 25 points and 15 rebounds, Alexis Jennings and Doniyah Cliney had 14 points apiece and defending national champion South Carolina beat Mississippi.
The Gamecocks (13-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) had an answer for every Rebel rally and eventually pulled away in the fourth quarter. South Carolina shot 38 percent, including 8 for 27 from 3-point range.
Madinah Muhammad scored 29 points for Rebels (10-5, 0-2).
No. 5 MISSISSIPPI STATE 111, ARKANSAS 69
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Victoria Vivians scored 29 points, Morgan William added a season-high 18 and Mississippi State beat Arkansas,
Mississippi State (16-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) broke a fairly tight game open in the third quarter by outscoring Arkansas 30-18. Vivians made all seven of her shots during the run.
Jailyn Mason scored 15 points for Arkansas (10-5, 1-1).
No. 7 TENNESSEE 70, AUBURN 59
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jaime Nared scored 19 points, Evina Westbrook made a tiebreaking basket with 1:43 left and Tennessee outlasted Auburn to remain unbeaten.
Tennessee (14-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) withstood a season-high 28 turnovers and continued its best start since winning its first 18 games in 2005-06
Daisa Alexander scored 16 points for Auburn (10-4, 1-1). The Tigers have won seven in a row.
No. 10 OHIO STATE 91, MINNESOTA 75
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Stephanie Mavunga scored 25 points and Kelsey Mitchell added 21 for Ohio State.
Mavunga was sensational in hitting 11 of her 15 shots from the floor and grabbing five rebounds before leaving the game with 7:49 left.
Ohio State (13-2, 2-0 Big Ten) won its seventh in a row, including all six games in the month of December. Destiny Pitts led Minnesota (12-4, 1-2) with 28 points.
No. 11 FLORIDA STATE 69, CLEMSON 47
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Nausia Woolfolk scored a career-high 18 points and Florida State beat Clemson for the 17th straight time.
The Seminoles (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won four straight since their 87-72 loss at No. 8 Texas on Dec. 17. Alexis Carter had 16 points for Clemson (10-5, 0-2).
No. 13 MARYLAND 80, No. 18 IOWA 64
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Kaila Charles scored 12 of her 24 points in the first quarter, and Blair Watson had nine of her 13 in the fourth quarter for Maryland.
Maryland (14-2, 3-0 Big Ten) won its 12th straight and ended Iowa’s winning streak at seven.
Megan Gustafson had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Iowa (14-2, 2-1).
LSU 69, No. 15 MISSOURI 65.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Chloe Jackson scored 22 points, including four free throws in the last 10.4 seconds, and LSU ended Missouri’s 13-game winning streak.
With Amber Smith scoring 16 of her career-high 27 points in the fourth quarter, Missouri (13-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) erased most of an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but LSU (10-3, 2-0) made 8 of 10 free throws to hold on.
Jordan Frericks had 19 points and 15 rebounds for Missouri.
No. 19 TEXAS A&M 74, KENTUCKY 70
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Khaalia Hillsman scored 20 points and Danni Williams added 19 in Texas A&M’s victory over Kentucky.
The Aggies (12-4, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) rebounded from a 61-59 loss to No. 4 South Carolina in on Sunday. Maci Morris scored 22 points for Kentucky (8-8, 0-2).
No. 22 MICHIGAN 80, WISCONSIN 57
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Katelynn Flaherty scored 20 of her 25 points in the second half, Hallie Thome added 20 points and Michigan gave coach Kim Barnes Arico the most wins in school history.
The Wolverines (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) never trailed en route to giving Barnes Arico her 124th win in six seasons. Barnes Arico had been tied with Sue Guevara.
Courtney Frederickson had 16 points for Wisconsin (7-9, 0-3).
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Katie Lou Samuelson scored 19 points and No. 1 Connecticut routed East Carolina 96-35 on Wednesday.
Gabby Williams added 18 points, Napheesa Collier had 14 points and Azura Stevens matched a season high with 16 rebounds for the Huskies (12-0, 2-0 American Athletic Conference).
They shot 53 percent and scored 31 points off the Pirates’ 20 turnovers while extending their Division I record road winning streak to 42 and winning their 142nd in a row against unranked opponents.
Alex Frazier and Destiny Campbell had eight points apiece for East Carolina (8-7, 0-2).
No. 6 BAYLOR 89, IOWA STATE 49
WACO, Texas (AP) — Natalie Chou had 17 points and hit five of Baylor’s 12 3-pointers and the Lady Bears overwhelmed Iowa State.
Dekeiya Cohen and Lauren Cox each scored 14 points, and Kalani Brown had 13 points and 11 rebounds for her seventh double-double this season. Baylor (13-1, 3-0 Big 12) started the game with a 10-0 run and won its 10th straight. The Lady Bears led by 18 points after the first quarter and had their largest halftime lead ever in a Big 12 game at 52-16.
Bridget Carleton led Iowa State (7-7, 1-2) with 15 points and five rebounds.
No. 8 TEXAS 84, No. 20 OKLAHOMA STATE 79
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — LaShann Higgs scored a career-high 30 points and Brooke McCarty added 21 to help Texas rally late to beat Oklahoma State.
Texas (12-1, 3-0) shot 56 percent and went 12 of 13 from the free throw after not getting to the line until there were less than three minutes left in the third quarter.
Braxtin Miller scored 23 points for Oklahoma State (11-3, 2-1 Big 12), and Loryn Goodwin and Kaylee Jensen each had 20 points.
KANSAS STATE 60, No. 12 WEST VIRGINIA 52
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Peyton Williams had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Kaylee Page scored seven of her 12 points in the fourth quarter and Kansas State handed West Virginia its second straight loss.
The Wildcats (9-5, 1-2 Big 12) had lost three straight. Teama Muldrow had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Mountaineers (13-2, 1-2). They had won 10 straight at home.
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CINCINNATI (AP) — J.P. Macura scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half to get Xavier rolling, and Trevon Bluiett had 21 points as the fifth-ranked Musketeers won their 10th in a row, beating Butler 86-79 on Tuesday night.
The Musketeers (15-1, 3-0 Big East) matched their highest ranking in school history on Monday. A day later, they matched the best start in school history by getting up 14 points and holding on against the team that’s pulled off the biggest upset so far in the conference.
Butler (12-4, 2-1) was coming off 101-93 win over then-No. 1 Villanova on Saturday. The Bulldogs were only 4 of 14 from beyond the arc in the first half, with Xavier leading 44-36. Kaiser Gates had a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 66-52 midway through the second half.
Kamar Baldwin had 28 points for Butler and Kelan Martin added 25.
No. 18 TEXAS TECH 85, No. 10 KANSAS 73
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 15 points, Norense Odiase and Justin Gray had 12 apiece, and Texas Tech never trailed in winning at Allen Fieldhouse or the first time in 18 tries.
The Red Raiders (13-1, 2-0 Big 12) built a 16-point lead midway through the first half, then found an answer every time the 3-point-dependent Jayhawks (11-3, 1-1) tried to mount a second-half charge.
Zach Smith had 11 points and Jarrett Culver contributed 10 for Texas Tech, which has won its first two Big 12 games for the first time in a decade. The Red Raiders also snapped a four-game skid in league road openers by winning their seventh straight game in the toughest of venues.
Devonte Graham led the Jayhawks with 27 points. They were 6 of 26 from beyond the arc and missed all 12 of their 3-point attempts in the second half.
FLORIDA 83, No. 11 TEXAS A&M 66
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Egor Koulechov scored 19 points and Keith Stone added 18 as Florida built a big lead early and cruised to victory.
The short-handed Aggies, who were playing without three starters, dropped their second straight game after starting the season 11-1 and rising to No. 5 in the poll. This was A&M’s second straight lopsided loss after a 79-57 defeat at Alabama on Saturday.
The Gators (10-4, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) made 17 3-pointers, led by five from Koulechov and four from Stone to win their fourth straight game.
Texas A&M (11-3, 0-2) was led by Jay Jay Chandler’s 17 points on a night the team was missing Admon Gilder, who missed his fourth straight game with a knee injury, and Duane Wilson who also sat out with a knee injury. Leading scorer D.J. Hogg, who is averaging 14.6 points a game, served the last game of a three-game suspension for an undisclosed team rules violation.
No. 16 TCU 81, BAYLOR 78, OT
WACO, Texas (AP) — Vladimir Brodziansky had 18 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime, as TCU bounced back from its first loss.
The Horned Frogs (13-1, 1-1 Big 12), after blowing a 12-point lead in the second half, went ahead to stay on Brodziansky’s 3 from the top of the key with 1:29 left in overtime that made it 75-74.
Jo Lual-Acuil had 28 points and 11 rebounds for Baylor (10-4, 0-2), while Terry Maston had 20 points and nine rebounds.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 78, No. 22 ARKANSAS 75
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Nick Weatherspoon scored 22 points and his brother Quinndary Weatherspoon added another 22 for Mississippi State.
Mississippi State (13-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) built off its best start during non-conference play in years, rallying for the win after trailing for much of the second half.
Arkansas (11-3, 1-1) was playing its first game in the AP’s national rankings since March 2015. The Razorbacks came in averaging more than 90 points per game, but Mississippi State slowed the pace and took a 32-28 lead into halftime.
Daryl Macon led Arkansas with 24 points while Daniel Gafford added 17.
AUBURN 94, No. 23 TENNESSEE 84
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bryce Brown and Jared Harper each scored 18 points as Auburn erased an early 14-point deficit for its 11th straight victory.
By rallying in its Southeastern Conference opener, Auburn extended its longest winning streak since a 14-game run in 1999-2000. Auburn (13-1, 1-0 SEC) also ended a 10-game road skid in this series and beat Tennessee in Knoxville for the first time since a 74-69 triumph on Jan. 7, 1998.
Lamonte Turner had a carer-high 25 points for Tennessee (9-4, 0-2) has lost two straight games for the first time this season.
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BUTLER 76, No. 21 VILLANOVA 53
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tori Schickel scored 16 of her 26 points in the second half on Tuesday when Butler pulled away to whip No. 21 Villanova 76-53.
Schickel, who averaged 24.5 points and 18 rebounds against the Wildcats last year, had 10 points in the third quarter when the Bulldogs (9-5, 1-1 Big East) pulled away.
Whitney Jennings added 16 points, Kristen Spolyar had 13 and Michelle Weaver 11 for Butler. Schickel, who had seven rebounds to give her 700 for her career and six assists, made 10 of 11 shots as the Bulldogs finished at 53 percent (28 of 53).
Villanova scored the last five points of the first half to trail 31-29 and took the lead on back-to-back baskets by Alex Louin less than a minute into the second half.
The Wildcats went ahead by a basket again before the Bulldogs reeled off 12 straight points, half by Schickel. After another Louin basket, Spolyar had two 3s in a 9-0 run. Butler ended up with a 27-11 scoring advantage in the third quarter and was never threatened.
NEW YORK (AP) — One week after seeing its 17-year run in the poll end, Stanford is back in the Top 25.
The Cardinal re-entered the poll at No. 24 on Monday after beating then-No. 11 UCLA and Southern California. Stanford fell out of the poll last week after being ranked in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for 312 consecutive weeks.
It was tied for the third longest streak in the history of the poll.
UConn remained the unanimous No. 1 choice from the 32-member national media panel. The top eight remained unchanged with Notre Dame, Louisville, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Baylor, Tennessee and Texas following the Huskies.
Oregon moved up a spot to ninth and Ohio State is 10th.
Arizona State came back into the poll at No. 25 while South Florida and Green Bay dropped out of the rankings.
The Cardinal and Sun Devils play in Arizona on Sunday.
Other tidbits from the poll:
FALLING PHOENIX: Green Bay fell out of the poll after losing to Northern Kentucky (3-10) this week. It was the first time that the Norse had beaten the Phoenix in program history.
UNBEATENS: And then there were four. UConn, Louisville, Mississippi State and Tennessee are the final four undefeated teams left. Louisville is off to the best start in program history with a 16-0 mark after Sunday’s win over N.C. State.
“I’ve really been proud of our kids, the fight that they’ve shown,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. “Now we’ve got to continue to grow.”
UConn visits East Carolina on Wednesday and South Florida on Saturday. Louisville hosts No. 17 Duke and Virginia Tech this week. Mississippi State plays Arkansas and LSU. Tennessee hosts Auburn and Vanderbilt.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu closed out 2017 with a record performance.
Oregon’s sophomore guard had her NCAA record eighth career triple-double in the 10th-ranked Ducks victory over Washington on Sunday.
She had 24 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to help the Ducks win their fifth straight game. She broke the mark in her 48th career game with an assist on Lexi Bando’s 3-pointer with 1:47 to play.
“It’s pretty surreal to be honest,” Ionescu said. “I don’t think I’ve really realized that I just broke it, but I’m just happy that we won and got better.”
Penn State’s Suzie McConnell (128 games) and Louella Tomlinson (125) of Saint Mary’s shared the mark with Ionescu until Sunday.
It was Ionescu’s fourth triple-double in 15 games this season.
“As long as we continue to win, that’s what’s important to me,” she said. “The triple-doubles just come.
“Coach (Kelly Graves) was joking that I almost got a quadruple-double with my (seven) turnovers, so maybe I should have turned it over a little more and set another record.”
Ionescu’s efforts helped Graves win his 500th game.
Other tidbits from the week:
WINNING IN ATHENS: Mississippi State’s Vic Schaefer walked out of Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum with a win Sunday for the first time in 21 years.
“I have never won here,” said Schaefer, speaking of his time as an assistant coach and as a head coach. “It is good to finally walk off with a victory.”
Teaira McCowan had 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the No. 5 team to an 86-62 victory. It was Mississippi State’s first win in Athens, Georgia, since a 72-71 squeaker in 2002.
POLL WATCH: One week after dropping out of the poll for the first time in 17 years, Stanford most likely will come back into the Top 25 after victories over No. 11 UCLA and Southern California.
SLAYING THE PHOENIX: Northern Kentucky beat No. 19 Green Bay on Saturday for the first time in program history after five losses since 2016.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) —- Nick Ward scored 21 points to help No. 2 Michigan State rout Savannah State 108-52 on Sunday in East Lansing, Michigan.
Miles Bridges added 19 points and 21 rebounds for the Spartans (14-1). They won their 13th in a row and have scored 100 points in four consecutive games for the first time in school history.
The Spartans shot 63 percent from the floor and held the Tigers scoreless over the last 8:50 of the second half during a 32-0 run.
Savannah State (3-12) lost for the eighth time in nine games, the last six in a row. Dexter McClanahan led the Tigers with 14 points.
(16) Kentucky 66, Georgia 61: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored five of his 21 points down the stretch, and the Wildcats (11-2, 1-0) added several clutch late baskets to rally past the Bulldogs (9-3, 0-1) in their Southeastern Conference opener in Lexington, Kentucky.
The Wildcats shot a season-low 17 of 54 from the field (32 percent) but got needed baskets to overcome an eight-point deficit. Gilgeous-Alexander’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 4:39 remaining set the tone for big shots that Kevin Knox, Hamidou Diallo and then Gilgeous-Alexander followed with layups before Wenyen Gabriel’s 3 with 1:08 left provided a six-point cushion.
Yante Maten had 17 points for the Bulldogs.
(21) Cincinnati 82, Memphis 48: Gary Clark had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season, and Jarron Cumberland scored 15 points, leading the Bearcats (12-2, 1-0 American Athletic) past the Tigers (9-5, 0-1) in Highland Heights, Kentucky, and extending the nation’s longest active home-court winning streak to 34.
Playing their first game in 10 days, the Bearcats came out rusty but turned up the defense and were in control by halftime.
Kareem Brewton Jr. led Memphis with 17 points.
The Bearcats are playing this season at BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University while their on-campus arena is renovated. They went 18-0 at Fifth Third Arena last season.
(23) Seton Hall 75, St. John’s 70: Khadeen Carrington scored 24 points to help the Pirates (13-2, 2-0 Big East) beat the Red Storm (10-4, 0-2) at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Desi Rodriguez added 23 points and nine rebounds for the Pirates. Myles Powell had 16 points, and Angel Delgado finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
The Red Storm played without scoring leader Shamorie Ponds. The Big East’s No. 3 scorer at 20.1 points per game, he injured a knee Thursday night in a loss to Providence. Tariq Owens led the Red Storm with 19 points, and Marvin Clark II added 18 points before fouling out.
(25) Creighton 83, Providence 64: Marcus Foster scored 18 points and the Bluejays (11-3, 1-1 Big East) beat the cold-shooting Friars (10-5, 1-1) in Omaha, Nebraska.
Toby Hegner matched his season high with 15 points to help the Bluejays bounce back from a road loss to Seton Hall in their conference opener.
Creighton never trailed and went on a 13-4 run spanning the halves to take control.
Nate Watson led Providence with a season-high 20 points.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gabby Williams scored 20 points, making all 10 of her shots, to lead six UConn players in double figures as the top-ranked Huskies routed Memphis 97-49 in the conference opener for both teams Sunday.
Kia Nurse had 16 points and Napheesa Collier added 14 for the Huskies (11-0) who have never lost in 83 American Athletic Conference games.
The win was their 71st straight conference win in the regular season to go along with all four post-season tournament titles.
Brea Elmore had 20 points for Memphis (5-9), which came into the game on a four-game winning streak.
No. 2 NOTRE DAME 96, WAKE FOREST 73
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored 25 points and Marina Mabrey added 22 to help Notre Dame beat Wake Forest.
The Fighting Irish (13-1, 2-0 ACC) made their first six shots en route to taking a 24-6 lead late in the first quarter. Notre Dame shot 56 percent from the floor to win its sixth straight game since losing at top-ranked Connecticut on Dec. 3.
The loss ended a six-game winning streak for Wake Forest (8-6, 0-1), which was led by Elisa Penna’s 24 points.
No. 3 LOUISVILLE 55, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 47
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Myisha Hines-Allen had 17 points and 12 rebounds to help Louisville beat North Carolina State.
Asia Durr also scored 17 points for the Cardinals (16-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who set a program record for most consecutive wins to start a season. With its 16th consecutive victory, Louisville tied the 2013-14 team for the longest winning streak in program history.
Louisville began the game on a 26-1 run as N.C. State missed its first 24 shots from the field. The Cardinals led 41-18 midway through the third quarter and held on after their lead was trimmed to 47-43 late in the fourth.
Kiara Leslie scored 18 points to lead N.C. State (12-3, 1-1).
No. 4 SOUTH CAORLINA 61, No. 22 TEXAS A&M 59
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A’ja Wilson scored 25 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1.3 seconds left, as South Carolina rallied from 11 points down in the final 13 minutes to upend Texas A&M to open Southeastern Conference play.
The Gamecocks (12-1) looked like they were finished as the Aggies (11-4) took a 47-36 lead on Chennedy Carter’s 3-pointer with 2:32 to play in the third quarter. But South Carolina, behind their 6-foot-5 All-American in Wilson, used a 15-2 spurt to go up 51-49.
Texas A&M was not done. Danni Williams’ jumper with 1:05 to go gave the Aggies a final lead, 59-57, before Wilson tied things with a short jumper in the lane.
After two bad turnovers by the Aggies — a 10-second call and a double-dribble violation by Williams’ as she tried to gather in the ball — Wilson came through once more. She drove across the lane and banked in a short basket for the winning points.
Carter finished with 36 points — 19 of those in the third quarter — but was clearly out of gas as the game wound down. She was 1 of 7 in the final period.
No. 5 MISSISSIPPI STATE 86, GEORGIA 62
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Teaira McCowan had 26 points and 13 rebounds to help Mississippi State remain unbeaten with a win over Georgia in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
McCowan scored nine of Mississippi State’s (15-0, 1-0 SEC) 16 points in the first quarter when not much else was going right. She gathered in 12 of her 13 rebounds in the first half.
Victoria Vivians added 20 points for State while Roshunda Johnson had 16.
Georgia (12-2, 0-1 SEC) got 13 points from Caliya Robinson and 10 apiece from MacKenzie Engram and Haley Clark.
No. 6 BAYLOR 97, TEXAS TECH 49
WACO, Texas (AP) — Kalani Brown had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Baylor beat Texas Tech.
The Lady Bears (12-1, 2-0 Big 12) turned a one-point deficit in the first quarter into a 25-8 lead with a 17-2 run, and they maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way. Baylor shot 79 percent (11 for 14) in the first quarter and 53 percent for the game (37 for 70).
Lauren Cox added 21 points and nine rebounds for Baylor, which had a 58-30 advantage in the paint and outrebounded Texas Tech 53-21.
Erin DeGrate scored 12 to lead Texas Tech (6-7, 0-2).
No. 7 TENNESSEE 63, KENTUCKY 49
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Evina Westbrook scored 17 points, Mercedes Russell added 16 and Tennessee started quickly against Kentucky and didn’t let up in rolling to a victory in the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools.
Playing their first game since beating then-No. 18 Stanford 10 days ago, the Lady Vols (13-0) scored the game’s first 10 points and led 26-7 after one quarter. Their lead grew to as many as 23 midway through the third as they remained unbeaten while handing the Wildcats (8-7) their sixth consecutive loss.
Maci Morris had 18 points for the Wildcats.
No. 8 TEXAS 79, No. 9 WEST VIRGINIA 58
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Brooke McCarty scored 17 points and Texas beat West Virginia.
Texas (11-1, 2-0 Big 12) held West Virginia scoreless for seven minutes starting late in the second quarter and without a field goal for more than 12 minutes. The Longhorns put together an 18-0 push during that span. Texas led by 30 in the fourth quarter.
Freshman Rellah Boothe scored a season-best 14 points, converting 6 of 8 shots in 13 minutes. Alecia Sutton scored 11 points, while Jatarie White produced 10 points and nine rebounds.
Naomi Davenport led West Virginia (13-1, 1-1) with 20 points.
No. 10 OREGON 94, WASHINGTON 83
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu set an NCAA record with her eighth career triple-double to lead Oregon to a victory over Washington.
Ionescu had 24 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to help the Ducks (13-2, 2-0 Pac-12) to their fifth consecutive win. She broke the mark in her 48th career game with an assist on Lexi Bando’s 3-pointer with 1:47 to play.
Penn State’s Suzie McConnell and Louella Tomlinson of St. Mary’s shared the mark with Ionescu until Sunday.
Ruthy Hebard added 23 points and 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season, and Bando had 20 points.
Amber Melgoza had 23 of her 31 points in the final quarter for the Huskies (6-7, 0-2).
No. 11 UCLA 82, No. 20 CALIFORNIA 46
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Monique Billings scored 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds for her third straight double-double and UCLA beat California.
Jordin Canada, who is third in the NCAA in assists (5.8), had 16 points and nine assists for UCLA (10-3, 1-1 Pac-12). Kennedy Burke added 10 points, five assists and four steals as the Bruins had 26 assists on 34 field goals.
The Bruins finished the second quarter on a 13-1 run for a 34-19 halftime lead. The Golden Bears were held without a field goal for 9:25 of the second quarter for a record-low-tying four points.
Kristine Anigwe opened Pac-12 play with back-to back double-doubles to pace Cal (10-3, 1-1). She had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 12 OHIO STATE 85, INDIANA 70
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points and Stephanie Mavunga and Linnae Harper turned in double-doubles to lead Ohio State to a victory over Indiana.
Mitchell, the all-time Division-I leader for career 3-pointers, was only 1 of 8 from the arc but 8 of 11 otherwise in passing Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante (2000-04) for second on the Big Ten’s career scoring list with 2,938 points.
Mavunga had 14 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks for her eighth double-double this season with Harper picking up her sixth with 19 points and 10 boards for the Buckeyes (12-2, 2-0 Big Ten).
Tyra Buss scored 24 points and Kym Royster a career-high 22 for the Hoosiers (7-8, 0-2).
No. 13 FLORIDA STATE 103, NORTH CAROLINA 65
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Imani Wright sank a school record eight 3-pointers and finished with a career-best 33 points to propel Florida State to a win over North Carolina in an Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
Wright missed just four of her 12 shots from behind the arc and finished with 11-for-18 shooing overall as Florida State (13-1) dominated from long range, sinking 10 of 20 while holding North Carolina to just 1 for 13.
Shakayla Thomas added 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
After a tight first quarter, Florida State opened the second quarter with an 18-3 run to make it 41-24 and took a 57-36 advantage into the halftime break.
Janelle Bailey and Paris Kea led North Carolina (10-4) with 17 points apiece.
MIAMI 51, No. 14 DUKE 48
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Erykah Davenport had 13 points and 14 rebounds and Miami picked up a rare win over Duke, outlasting the Blue Devils in an Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
Shaneese Bailey also had 13 points for the Hurricanes (11-3), who are now 3-14 all-time against Duke (11-3), where Miami’s 13-year coach Katie Meier was a standout player. Both teams entered the game with five-game winning streaks.
After Duke’s Leaonna Odom tied the game at 45 with 4:45 remaining, Miami scored its final six points from the foul line, shooting 4 of 6 while going 0 for 3 from the field. Duke missed five straight shots before Lexi Brown swished a 3-pointer from the left corner with 27 seconds left to make it 50-48. The Blue Devils, who lead the ACC at 40 percent behind the arc, were 0 for 8 in the second half and 2 of 14 overall before Brown’s basket.
Duke finished 3 of 16 behind the arc and 19 of 55 overall (24.5 percent) and had 22 turnovers.
No. 15 MARYLAND 69, PENN STATE 65
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Stephanie Jones scored the final four points and Maryland pulled out a win at Penn State, pushing their win streak to 11 games.
Penn State called a 30-second timeout with 1:19 to go and tied at 65, but were unable to inbound and the turnover resulted in Jones getting fouled and going to the line for the first time. She made both free throws and, after a Penn State miss, the Terps went deep into the shot clock before Jones scored with 12 seconds remaining. Penn State missed two final shots.
Penn State is winless against Maryland since the Terrapins joined the Big Ten in 2015.
Maryland (13-2, 2-0 Big Ten) opened conference play by dropping 100 on Illinois Thursday, but the outcome against Penn State (9-6, 0-2) was in doubt until Jones found her shooting touch in the last minute.
No. 16 MISSOURI 62, ALABAMA 57
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jordan Chavis made four 3-pointers and scored 17 points, Sophie Cunningham added 13 points and Missouri beat Alabama to open SEC play.
Alabama went on an 11-0 run, with eight points from Hannah Cook, to cut Mizzou’s lead to 57-54 with under a minute to play, but Chavis was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with 15.5 seconds left and made all three free throws for a 60-54 lead.
Lauren Aldridge added two 3-pointers and eight points as Missouri (13-1) was 10 of 22 from distance. The Tigers have won 13 straight since a season-opening 79-76 loss to Western Kentucky.
Cook and Shaquera Wade each scored 11 points for Alabama (10-4).
No. 17 OREGON STATE 71, WASHINGTON STATE 53
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Kat Tudor hit seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points, both career highs, Marie Gulich and Mikayla Pivec had double-doubles and Oregon State pulled away from Washington State for its eighth-straight win.
Gulich had 22 points and a season-high 14 rebounds and Pivec 10 and 10 for the Beavers (11-2, 2-0 Pac-12), who outscored the Cougars 22-10 in the third quarter after trailing 31-29 at the half.
Chanelle Molina had 13 of her season high 17 points in the first half and Alexys Swedlund added 13 for the Cougars (7-7, 0-2).
No. 23 IOWA 82, No. 21 MICHIGAN 72
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Megan Gustafson had 27 points and 11 rebounds for her NCAA-leading 14th double-double, sophomore Kathleen Doyle set career-highs with 23 points and nine assists, and Iowa beat Michigan.
Iowa (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) is off to its best start since the 1995-96 season when the Hawkeyes opened at 20-1.
Michigan went on a 7-0 run to pull within 64-62 but Iowa answered with an 8-0 spurt, capped by Gustafson’s layup with 1:21 to go. The Hawkeyes’ lead didn’t dip below nine points the rest of the way.
Alexis Sevillian added 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting for Iowa. Gustafson went 11 of 11 from the free-throw line for the second straight game and she was 8 of 9 from the field.
Katelynn Flaherty, ranked seventh nationally with 22.7 points per game, led Michigan (12-3, 1-1) with four 3-pointers and 24 points.
No. 24 OKLAHOMA STATE 76, KANSAS STATE 68
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Loryn Goodwin and Kaylee Jensen had double-doubles and Oklahoma State held on to defeat Kansas State after giving up most of an 18-point lead in the second half.
Goodwin had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Jensen 19 and 18 for the Cowgirls (11-2, 2-0 Big 12), who won their fifth straight. Mandy Coleman scored 17.
Coleman opened the game with two 3-pointers and Oklahoma State opened a 10-0 lead on the Wildcats (8-5, 0-2). It was 19-13 after one quarter and a 10-0 run in the second quarter helped stretch the margin to 19 before KSU cut it to 42-26 at the half.
Kayla Goth had 17 points, Peyton Williams 15 and Rachel Ranke 13 for Kansas State.
No. 25 SOUTH FLORIDA 75, TULANE 46
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Maria Jespersen had 17 points and 11 rebounds and South Florida opened American Conference play with a win over Tulane.
Tamara Henshaw and Kitija Laksa added 14 points apiece and Laia Flores had 11 assists for the Bulls (11-3).
Meredith Schulte led the Green Wave (8-6), who had a three-game winning streak snapped, with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Kolby Morgan, who averages 21.8 points, was held to eight on 3-of-19 shooting.
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nick Ward had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 2 Michigan State rolled to a 111-61 victory over Cleveland State on Friday night, the third straight game for the Spartans with over 100 points.
The Spartans led 63-25 at halftime after shooting 74 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes — including 9 of 13 from 3-point range. Michigan State (13-1) is making short work of the weaker opponents on its schedule. The Spartans scored 107 points against Houston Baptist and 102 against Long Beach State.
Joshua Langford scored 23 points for Michigan State, and Miles Bridges added 18 with eight rebounds and seven assists.
Bobby Word scored 26 points for Cleveland State (3-10) and made seven 3-pointers.
No. 7 WEST VIRGINIA 85, OKLAHOMA STATE 79
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Teddy Allen scored 15 points to lead six West Virginia players in double figures in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
West Virginia (12-1, 1-0 Big 12), trailed by seven early in the second half, but rode Allen, who scored 13 of his team-high points over the final 20 minutes. The Mountaineers, who won their 12th straight, got 13 points from Sagaba Konate, 12 each from Javon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr., 11 from Lamont West and 10 from James Bolden in a balanced scoring night.
The Cowboys (10-3, 0-1), the nation’s No. 2 free throw shooting team entering the game, went just 11 of 19 from the line in the second half.
Jeffrey Carroll and Tavarius Shine scored 17 points each to lead the Cowboys.
No. 11 KANSAS 92, TEXAS 86
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Devonte’ Graham had 23 points and eight assists, converting six 3-point baskets, for Kansas in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Kansas (11-2, 1-0 Big 12), which converted 17 of 35 3-point attempts, including 11 in the second half, won a conference opener for the 27th consecutive season.
Lagerald Vick scored 21 points, making a career-best five 3s. Svi Myhailiuk added 20 points, hitting five 3-pointers.
Sophomore center Udoka Azubuike had 13 points and a career-best 13 rebounds for Kansas.
Kansas has won 13 of its last 14 games against Texas, including eight in a row.
Freshman Mohamed Bamba led Texas (9-4, 0-1) with 22 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks, all season bests.
No. 16 KENTUCKY 90, LOUISVILLE 61
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander came off the bench to score a career-high 24 pointsa and PJ Washington added 16 for Kentucky in the annual showdown for Bluegrass supremacy.
The Wildcats (10-2) used a 20-6 run to close the first half. Their 24-11 surge over 8:41 built a 67-38 lead that eventually reached 32, a gap helped by 57 percent second-half shooting.
Kentucky earned its biggest series win since a 76-46 rout in the 1999-00 season.
Deng Adel had 13 points for Louisville (10-3).
No. 22 TEXAS TECH 77, No. 18 BAYLOR 53
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 18 points and freshman Zhaire Smith added 15 in his Big 12 debut as Texas Tech won in the conference opener for both teams.
Jarrett Culver finished with 13 points and Niem Stevenson had 11 points and a game-high five assists for the Red Raiders (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) in the first meeting out of 135 with both of these longtime conference rivals ranked.
Mark Vital scored 12 points for the Bears (10-3, 0-1), who were missing Big 12 rebounding leader Jo Lual-Acuil because of a left foot sprain. Baylor was outrebounded 39-21, including 22-8 in the first half while falling behind 40-19.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Ruthy Hebard and Sabrina Ionescu scored 25 points each to lead No. 10 Oregon to an 89-56 victory over Washington State on Friday in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Hebard had 10 rebounds for the Ducks (12-2) for her fourth double-double of the season. Oregon finished the game on a 20-6 run for its largest margin of victory in a conference game in 12 years.
Lexi Bando added 18 points and Satou Sabally 14 for the Ducks, who won their fourth in a row.
Louise Brown led the Cougars (7-6) with 12 points, and Kayla Washington had 10.
Washington State played without its leading scorer, sophomore Borislava Hristova, who’s fourth in the Pac-12 at 16.9 points per game.
Ionescu scored 15 points in the third quarter, making all five of her shots including three 3-pointers. The Cougars were 10 of 15 in the period but saw their deficit grow by three points to 69-48.
STANFORD 76, No. 11 UCLA 65
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Brittany McPhee scored 12 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter to help Stanford to an upset of UCLA in a Pac-12 Conference opener.
The Cardinal (7-6) on Monday fell out of The Associated Press women’s basketball Top 25 for the first time since the 2001 season, ending a streak of 312 consecutive ranked weeks. Stanford had lost three of four, including losses to Top-10 teams Baylor and Tennessee, and entered conference play with its worst 12-game start since the 1998-99 season.
Jordin Canada led UCLA (9-3) with 20 points.
No. 14 DUKE 68, LIBERTY 51
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Lexie Brown scored 26 points, coach Joanne P. McCallie collected her 600th career win and Duke beat Liberty for its fifth straight win.
McCallie is in her 11th year with the Blue Devils (11-2) and 26th overall season as a head coach.
Keyen Green scored 12 points and Ashtyn Baker had 10 to lead Liberty (5-7).
No. 17 OREGON STATE 75, WASHINGTON 63
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Marie Gulich scored 18 of her 24 points in the second half, including eight in the pivotal third quarter and Oregon State opened Pac-12 play with a win over Washington.
Kat Tudor added 17 points and Mikayla Pivec scored 11 for the Beavers (9-2), who have won seven straight.
Amber Melgoza had 15 of her 19 points in the first half for the Huskies (6-6), who went up by 11 after a 10-point run in the second quarter. Oregon State scored the last five to close within 36-30 at the break.
No. 20 CALIFORNIA 76, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 64
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Kristine Anigwe tallied her third double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds and California rolled to its seventh straight win, beating Southern California in a Pac-12 Conference opener.
Penina Davidson scored 11 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Golden Bears (10-2), who beat USC for the third straight time. Mikayla Cowling scored 13 with five assists and reserve Jaelyn Brown added 10 points.
Kristen Simon finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Trojans (10-2). It was her 19th career double-double. Minyon Moore added 14 points and five assists and Aliyah Mazyck had 13 points and six rebounds.
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Junior Jessica Shepard, playing despite a sprained ankle, had 24 points and 12 rebounds as No. 2 Notre Dame pulled away from upset-minded Syracuse for an 87-72 Atlantic Coast Conference victory on Thursday night.
Jackie Young tied her career-high with 23 points, Kathryn Westbeld had 16 with the help of three 3-pointers and Arike Ogunbowale had 12 points for the Irish (12-1).
Sophomore point guard Tiana Mangakahia had a game-high 26 points, eight assists and nine rebounds to lead Syracuse (12-2). Miranda Drummond added 15 points.
No. 3 LOUISVILLE 74, GEORGIA TECH 71
ATLANTA (AP) — Louisville point guard Asia Durr returned to her hometown and scored 38 points, but it took teammate Myisha Hines-Allen’s driving layup with 1.9 seconds remaining for the third-ranked Cardinals to squeak out the win.
The Yellow Jackets (11-3) built a 22-13 lead on a jumper by freshman Kierra Fletcher with 9:55 left in the second quarter only to watch Louisville (15-0) close the period on a 33-12 blitz in which Durr scored 18 points.
Tech was led by reserve guard Kayla Pugh’s 17 points.
No. 5 MISSISSIPPI STATE 112, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 36
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Teaira McCowan scored a career-high 41 points, and Mississippi State scored the second-most points in school history/
McCowan put together the 12th 40-point game in Mississippi State history and the first since Morgan William scored 41 in last season’s NCAA Tournament. She added 13 rebounds for her sixth straight double-double and ninth this season.
The 112 points were just five shy of the school record set in 1986 against Judson.
The Bulldogs (14-0) put the game away in the second quarter with a 24-0 run.
Kristy Parker had 10 points to lead the Devilettes (0-11).
No. 6 BAYLOR 88, KANSAS STATE 58
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kalani Brown scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting to lead Baylor in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Baylor (10-1, 1-0 Big 12) led 8-0 2:05 into the game, a run that included a technical foul on Kansas State coach Jeff Mittie.
The Lady Bears hammered the Wildcats (8-3, 0-1) in the paint, scoring 48 points inside.
Kansas State’s Kayla Goth had 22 points on 8-of-20 shooting.
No. 8 TEXAS 88, OKLAHOMA 78
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Lashann Higgs scored a career-high 25 points and Texas won at Oklahoma for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
Ariel Atkins added 15 points and nine rebounds and Brooke McCarty had 12 points for Texas (10-1, 1-0 Big 12), which had lost its previous seven games at Oklahoma (5-7, 0-1). The Longhorns never trailed and led by as many as 20 points.
Oklahoma had won its last 12 Big 12 openers and is now 19-3 in such games under coach Sherri Coale. The Sooners’ last loss in their league opener was on Jan. 5, 2005, at Texas Tech.
Shaina Pellington scored 16 points and Ana Llanusa and Maddie Manning each added 14 to lead the Sooners.
No. 9 WEST VIRGINIA 87, TCU 82
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Katrina Pardee and Chania Ray combined on two quick baskets in the fourth quarter to finally put No. 9 West Virginia ahead to stay.
Naomi Davenport scored 19 of her career-high 32 points in the first half for the Mountaineers (13-0, 1-0 Big 12). Teana Muldrow had 20 points and 17 rebounds for her seventh double-double this season, while Pardee had 17 points and Ray 11.
Amber Ramirez had 21 points for TCU (9-3, 0-1).
No. 13 FLORIDA STATE 82, JACKSONVILLE 50
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Imani Wright scored 24 points, leading four in double figures, the 12th time in 13 games Florida State has had four or more in double figure .
Shakayla Thomas scored 18 points, Chatrice White and Nicki Ekhomu added 14 apiece and Florida State (12-1) shot 51 percent for the game while holding Jacksonville (9-5) to 35 percent shooting.
Jasmyn Brown led Jacksonville with 12 points.
No. 15 MARYLAND 100, ILLINOIS 65
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Kaila Charles scored 24 points, Blair Watson had 22 as Maryland opened Big Ten play.
Stephanie Jones had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (12-2), who have won nine straight.
Brandi Beasley had 16 points and Alex Wittinger 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Illini (9-5).
CREIGHTON 69, No. 18 VILLANOVA 54
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Audrey Faber and Jaylyn Agnew each scored 19 points and Creighton gave coach Jim Flanery his 300th program win.
Sydney Lamberty’s three-point play off a layup put Creighton (7-4) ahead 39-36 with 5:51 left in the third quarter and the Bluejays never trailed thereafter.
Megan Quinn and Jannah Tucker led Villanova (10-1) with 11 points each.
No. 19 GREEN BAY 58, WRIGHT STATE 51
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Jessica Lindstrom had a double-double and Jen Wellnitz had 11 points, including the clinching three-point play with 17.3 seconds left for Green Bay.
Lindstrom had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Phoenix (11-1), who have won six straight.
Green Bay has won 30-straight conference opening games but the Raiders (9-4) made this one tough on the league favorites.
Chelsea Welch scored 22 points for the Raiders
No. 21 MICHIGAN 89, PENN STATE 69
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Katelynn Flaherty had a school record 10 3-pointers and scored 33 points, Hallie Thome had a double-double and Michigan used a 20-0 run in the first quarter to roll to the win/
It was coach Kim Barnes Arico’s 123rd win in her six seasons with the Wolverines (12-2), who have won eight straight, tying her with current Central Michigan coach Sue Guevara for the most wins at the school.
Flaherty had the previous single-game record for 3-pointers with eight.
Teniya Page had 19 points for the Nittany Lions (9-5).
No. 22 TEXAS A&M 79, SMU 57
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Chennedy Carter scored 28 points and Anriel Howard had 15 points and 16 rebounds for Texas A&M.
The Aggies (11-3) rebounded from an 84-62 loss to No. 10 Oregon on Dec. 21.
Kiara Perry scored 11 points to lead SMU (6-7).
No. 23 IOWA 56, WISCONSIN 46
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Megan Gustafson had 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead Iowa to its sixth straight win.
Gustafson was 5 of 12 from the field, made all 11 of her free throws, and collected her 13th double-double of the season and the 40th of her career. Chase Coley added 14 points and Alexis Sevillian had 11 for Iowa (13-1), which is off to its best start since the 2004-05 season.
Suzanne Gilreath scored 11 points to lead Wisconsin (7-7), which has lost three of its last four games.
No. 24 OKLAHOMA STATE 98, TEXAS TECH 57
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Kaylee Jensen had 26 points and 12 rebounds and Oklahoma State won its fourth straight.
Jensen was 12 of 16 from the field. Loryn Goodwin added 20 points and Braxtin Miller 17 for Oklahoma State (10-2), which has won nine of its last 10 against the Lady Raiders.
Recee’ Caldwell scored 20 points to lead Texas Tech (6-6), which had its three-game win streak snapped.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stanford’s 17-year run in the Top 25 is over.
The Cardinal on Monday fell out of The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for the first time since the 2001 season, ending a streak of 312 consecutive ranked weeks.
The remarkable run started with the 2001-02 preseason poll and ended on Christmas. Stanford (6-6) lost at home last week to Western Illinois and Tennessee to fall to .500 on the season. Five of the Cardinal’s six losses this season have come to teams that were in the top 10 when they played.
“We can schedule it so that we are 12-0 or 10-2. But this team went to the Final Four last year, and that’s the level that we have to get to,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said after an 83-71 loss to No. 7 Tennessee on Dec. 22. “Tennessee wasn’t in the Final Four last year, Baylor wasn’t, Ohio State wasn’t, but those are the teams you have to play to get there. We need our tough schedule to pay off for us.
“But it only pays off if we build on it. Don’t get frustrated. Get mad and go to work. We are looking up at people right now. We need people to look up at where we need to be and embrace that challenge.”
Life doesn’t get easier for the Cardinal, who host No. 11 UCLA and Southern California this week to begin Pac-12 play.
Only UConn, which remained the unanimous No. 1 team as voted on by a 32-member national media panel, has a longer active streak in the poll. The Huskies have been ranked for 458 consecutive weeks. Stanford’s streak is tied for third longest in the history of the poll. Tennessee had the longest run at 565 weeks. Stanford’s mark ties it with Duke.
UConn was followed by Notre Dame, Louisville, South Carolina and Mississippi State. With a light schedule because of the holidays, the top 17 teams stayed the same.
Oklahoma State replaced the Cardinal in the poll, coming in at No. 24.
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CONFERENCE ROLL CALL
The Southeastern Conference has five teams ranked, while the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten each have four. The American Athletic Conference has two while the Big East and Horizon League have one team apiece. Conference play begins this week.
With Stanford falling out of the poll, Baylor now owns the second-longest active run in the poll at 267 consecutive weeks. Notre Dame is third with 201, Maryland 142 and South Carolina 100.
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TORONTO (AP) — Katie-Lou Samuelson scored a season-high 33 points, Kia Nurse had 24 and No. 1 UConn posted its biggest victory of the season, routing Duquesne 104-52 on Friday.
Samuelson made 8 of 9 3-point attempts, including seven straight in the second and third quarters for the Huskies (10-0) before taking the rest of the night off.
The game was a homecoming of sorts for Nurse. The senior forward from Hamilton, Ontario, received a rousing ovation from the sellout crowd when she was introduced as UConn’s final starter, and another when she checked out with 3:24 remaining and her team leading 98-50. Nurse finished with five rebounds and two assists. She was 9 for 11 from the field.
Chassidy Omogrosso scored 15 points and Libby Bazelak had 14 for Duquesne (10-3), which had won eight in a row.
NO. 10 OREGON 85, HAWAII 44
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu had 19 points and eight rebounds in Oregon’s victory over Hawaii in the Duel in the Desert.
Ruthy Hebard hit 8 of 10 shots and finished with 18 points and six rebounds for the Ducks (11-2). Julissa Tago had 11 points for the Rainbow Wahine (6-6).
NO. 16 MISSOURI 72, ILLINOIS 55
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Sophie Cunningham scored 27 points to lead Missouri to its 12th straight victory.
Cunningham was 8 of 11 from the field, with three 3-pointers, and 8 of 8 from the foul line for the Tigers (12-1). Brandi Beasley had 14 points for the Illini (9-5).
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DETROIT (AP) – Cassius Winston scored 19 points, and No. 2 Michigan State went on a 12-2 run late in the second half to hold off Oakland 86-73 on Saturday.
Kendrick Nunn scored 32 points for the upset-minded Golden Grizzlies, who stayed right with the talented Spartans (10-1) until the final minutes. Michigan State improved to 16-0 against Oakland, but only after the type of test the Spartans can expect again from underdogs down the road.
Nick Ward had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Michigan State, which finished with a 45-30 edge on the boards and made enough outside shots to keep Oakland (6-5) at bay. It was tied at 66 before the decisive run by the Spartans, which included two 3-pointers by Winston.
OKLAHOMA 91, NO. 3 WICHITA STATE 83
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Freshman Trae Young had 29 points and 10 assists, lifting Oklahoma to the win.
The nation’s leading scorer, Young had 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the first 9 minutes, pushing the Sooners (8-1) to a lead they would never relinquish.
Freshman forward Brady Manek scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half for Oklahoma.
Darral Willis led the Shockers (8-2) with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Landry Shamet had 17 points.
NO. 6 MIAMI 59, GEORGE WASHINGTON 50
WASHINGTON (AP) – Dewan Huell scored 15 points and Lonnie Walker IV had 13, helping unbeaten Miami to the road win.
The Hurricanes (9-0) ripped off 13 of the game’s first 15 points on their way to a 21-point lead. The scrappy Colonials pulled within seven with 13:53 remaining, but the rally fizzled down the stretch.
Playing its first game since Dec. 5, Miami shot 41 percent from the field, including a 5-for-21 day from beyond the arc.
Jair Bolden had 13 points for the Colonials (5-6), who shot 18.5 percent (5 for 27) from the field in the first half and finished at 30.2 percent overall.
NO. 8 KENTUCKY 93, VIRGINIA TECH 86
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Kevin Knox scored 21 points, and Kentucky outlasted Virginia Tech 93-86 for its most significant victory this season.
Kentucky (9-1) made a season-high 11 3-pointers in its seventh straight win. Hamidou Diallo had 20 points for the Wildcats, and Quade Green added 17 points while wearing shaded protective glasses after injuring his eye last week against Monmouth.
Ahmed Hill scored 20 points and Justin Robinson had 19 for Virginia Tech (8-2), which entered the game leading the nation in scoring (96.2 points). The Hokies shot 58 percent, but committed 19 turnovers leading to 36 Kentucky points.
NO. 10 XAVIER 68, EAST TENNESSEE STATE 66
CINCINNATI (AP) – Trevon Bluiett’s jumper with 6.3 seconds left completed Xavier’s rally from a 22-point second-half deficit.
The Musketeers (10-1) overcame their worst shooting performance of the season, making clutch shots at the end to pull it out. Bluiett missed 11 straight shots and was only 7 of 22 from the field for 18 points, but made the one that mattered.
ETSU (6-4) led 51-29 with 14:24 to go, but couldn’t hold off the Musketeers. Desonta Bradford scored 20 points, but his long 3-pointer was off the mark at the buzzer.
No. 12 GONZAGA 89, NORTH DAKOTA 83, OT
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Josh Perkins scored 20 points and Zach Norvell Jr. added 19 as Gonzaga won in overtime.
Johnathan Williams added 14 points for Gonzaga (9-2).
Geno Crandall scored 28 for North Dakota (4-7), which is struggling this season after qualifying for the NCAA Tournament last season.
The game was tied 69-69 at the end of regulation.
Gonzaga opened the overtime period with 11 consecutive points – five by Norvell – for an 80-69 lead. The Bulldogs hung on for the win.
No. 13 KANSAS 73, NEBRASKA 72
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Svi Mykhailiuk hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 23.2 seconds left, and Kansas held on to break out of a mini slump.
Anton Gill missed a 3-pointer and James Palmer Jr. had his shot blocked by Udoka Azubuike on the Cornhuskers’ last possession, and Kansas was able to come up with the loose rebound and run out the clock to beat its former rival from the Big 12.
Azubuike had a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks (8-2).
Devonte Graham added 18 points and Mykhailiuk had 14 for the Jayhawks, who came into the game off losses to Washington and Arizona State.
Palmer had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the Huskers (7-5).
RUTGERS 71, NO. 15 SETON HALL 65
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Corey Sanders scored eight of his season-high 22 points during Rutgers’ game-ending 17-2 run, leading the Scarlet Knights to their biggest victory since Steve Pikiell became coach last year.
Freshman Geo Baker added 17 and Deshawn Freeman had 12 points and 16 rebounds as the Scarlet Knights (10-3) beat a ranked team for the first time since defeating No. 4 Wisconsin in January 2015.
Myles Powell had 18 points for the Pirates (9-2), who had won five in a row. Desi Rodriguez added 15 points and Angel Delgado had 21 rebounds.
Seton Hall did not make another field goal after Powell hit a jumper with 6:07 to play for a 63-54 lead.
NO. 16 VIRGINIA 80, DAVIDSON 60
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Nigel Johnson scored 22 points and Devon Hall had a career-high 20, helping Virginia to the victory.
Kyle Guy added 19 points for the Cavaliers (9-1), who were playing for the first time since losing 68-61 to No. 11 West Virginia on Dec. 5.
The Wildcats (4-4), also playing for the first time in 11 days, got 20 points from Peyton Aldridge and 12 from Oskar Michelsen.
NO. 17 PURDUE 82, BUTLER 67
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Carsen Edwards scored 18 points, Vincent Edwards and Isaac Haas had 15 apiece, and Purdue got its second win in the seven-year history of the Crossroads Classic.
The Boilermakers (11-2) never trailed on the way to their first win in the series in nearly two decades. Purdue had lost five in a row to Butler since its previous victory over the Bulldogs on Dec. 19, 1998.
Kelan Martin had 17 points for the Bulldogs (8-3), who went into the annual classic in Indianapolis with a five-game winning streak, including their best offensive showing of the year in a 95-67 win over Youngstown State a week ago. Paul Jorgensen finished with 15 points and eight boards.
Ryan Cline’s 3-pointer with 6 seconds left in the first period gave Purdue a 35-19 halftime lead.
INDIANA 80, NO. 18 NOTRE DAME 77, OT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Juwan Morgan scored 19 of his career-high 34 points in the last 8 1/2 minutes, helping Indiana erase an eight-point deficit and beat Notre Dame in overtime.
Indiana coach Archie Miller got his biggest win of his first season with the Hoosiers (6-5) in his first appearance at the Crossroads Classic, an annual doubleheader between the state’s four highest profile teams.
Morgan scored all of Indiana’s points in an 8-0 run to close regulation and the first four in overtime.
Bonzie Colson’s half-court heave to force a second overtime rimmed out. Colson led the Fighting Irish (8-3) with 29 points.
OKLAHOMA STATE 71, NO. 19 FLORIDA STATE
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Mitchell Solomon scored on a tip-in with 6 seconds left and then took a game-clinching charge at the other end of the court, and Oklahoma State knocked Florida State from the unbeaten ranks.
Florida State went ahead on Terance Mann’s follow with 10 seconds to go, but Oklahoma State needed only four seconds to go the length of the court to score for the 14th and final lead change.
Following a timeout, the Seminoles’ CJ Walker drove into the lane but collided with Solomon and was called for the foul, sealing the Cowboys’ win.
Oklahoma State (8-2) ended a streak of seven consecutive losses against ranked teams since February. Florida State (9-1) missed a chance to match the best start to a season in school history.
CLEMSON 71, NO. 22 FLORIDA 69
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Marcquise Reed threw a 75-foot pass to Elijah Thomas for a dunk that put Clemson ahead to stay with 37 seconds left in the Orange Bowl Classic.
With Clemson trailing 68-67, Reed rebounded a missed 3-point attempt by KeVaughn Allen and threw a football-style pass from one free-throw lane to the other, hitting Thomas on the run for an easy score.
Clemson (9-1) beat a ranked team for only the eighth time in school history and continued its best start since 2008. Florida (6-4) lost for the fourth time in the past five games.
No. 23 ARIZONA 89, NEW MEXICO 73
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – In his second game back from a broken foot, Rawle Alkins scored a career-best 26 points to lead Arizona.
The Wildcats (8-3) hit a season-best 9 of 13 3-point attempts with Alkins making all three of his attempts.
Allonzo Trier had 20 points with five assists and freshman Deandre Ayton had his ninth double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds for Arizona.
Dane Kuiper was 6 of 8 from 3-point range to finish with a career-high 24 points for the Lobos (3-8).
No. 24 TEXAS TECH 73, RICE 53
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) – Keenan Evans scored 13 points, Zhaire Smith added 12 and Texas Tech won in the Red Raiders’ first game since 1999 at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, their old home court.
Texas Tech (9-1) held an alumni game before facing an old Southwest Conference opponent, then fell behind by eight points before holding the Owls (3-8) without a field goal for the final 11 minutes of the first half while taking the lead for good.
Connor Cashaw had game highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds and was 5 of 8 from 3-point range for Rice.
NO. 25 CINCINNATI 77, UCLA 63
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kyle Washington scored 19 points and Jacob Evans III had 16, powering Cincinnati to the road win.
Cincinnati (9-2) grabbed control with an 18-0 run in the first half. It was one sweet win for the Bearcats, who lost to Lonzo Ball and UCLA in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.
Aaron Holiday scored 17 points for UCLA (7-3), and Kris Wilkes finished with 12.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Naomi Davenport scored 20 points to lead No. 10 West Virginia to a 75-55 victory over Radford on Saturday.
The Mountaineers improved to 10-0 for the second straight season.
Teana Muldrow, the nation’s sixth-leading scorer at 23.2 points per game, added 12 points and 13 rebounds for West Virginia. Kristina King and Katrina Pardee had 11 points apiece.
Khiana Johnson led Radford (4-4) with 17 points, and Jayda Worthy added 11.
NO. 17 OREGON STATE 74, UC SANTA BARBARA 49
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Aleah Goodman had 17 points and Oregon State beat UC Santa Barbara in the Dam City Classic at the Moda Center.
Kat Tudor added 14 points to help the Beavers (7-2) run their winning streak to five. Tal Sahar led the Gauchos (1-8) with 11 points and seven rebounds.
NO. 18 STANFORD 74, UNLV 33
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Kiana Williams scored 14 points and Stanford rolled past UNLV.
Alanna Smith and Maya Dodson both added 11 points for the Cardinal (6-4). Brooke Johnson had 19 points for UNLV (5-4).
NO. 21 GREEN BAY 72, BRADLEY 40
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Karly Murphy scored a career-high 18 points and Allie LeClaire added 15 to help Green Bay beat Bradley.
Frankie Wurtz added 12 points for the Phoenix (9-1). Shunseere Kent had 12 points for Bradley (5-4).
NO. 23 MICHIGAN 77, FORT WAYNE 45
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Katelynn Flaherty scored 21 points, Hallie Thome added 18 and Michigan cruised to its sixth straight victory.
The Wolverines (10-2) scored the first 10 points and led 21-2 after the first quarter. Jaelencia Williams had 13 points for Fort Wayne (3-8).
NO. 24 CALIFORNIA 70, BYU 45
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Mikayla Cowling scored 13 of her 21 points in the first half and California routed BYU.
Cal (8-2) has won four of its last five games by 20 or more points, and is 5-0 against West Coast Conference teams. Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee scored 10 points for BYU (4-6).
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freshman Chennedy Carter made a jumper from the baseline with 9 seconds left for the last of her school-record 46 points in No. 19 Texas A&M’s 75-74 victory over Southern California on Friday night.
Carter scored 15 points in the first quarter on 6-of-8 shooting and finished 17 of 28 from the field for the Aggies (9-2).
USC’s Aliyah Mazyck missed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left but it didn’t fall. Sadie Edwards had 20 points for USC (8-1), and Kristen Simon added 18.
NO. 22 SOUTH FLORIDA 108, SOUTHERN 48
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Kitija Laksa made 11 3-pointers and scored 40 points — both career highs — to help South Florida beat Southern.
Laksa made 11 straight 3s after missing on her first attempt, and added six rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots and two steals for the Bulls (8-2). She was 13 of 16 from the field overall and made all three of her free throws.
Laia Flores had with 14 points, 11 assists and six rebounds, and Alyssa Rader added 13 points and with six rebounds. Briana Green led the Jaguars (1-7) with 18 points and five rebounds.
NO. 13 OHIO STATE 103, DARTMOUTH 70
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points and No. 13 Ohio State scored 33 straight points to rout Dartmouth.
The Buckeyes (10-2) led 58-51 with four minutes left in the third quarter and extended to 91-51 on Makayla Waterman’s free throw with 6:30 left in the game. The Big Green (7-3) missed nine straight shots and committed seven turnovers during the stretch.
Sierra Calhoun added 20 points for Ohio State, Stephanie Mavunga had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Linnae Harper scored 16 points. Andi Norman had 23 points for Dartmouth, and Kate Letkewicz added 22.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke says freshman guard Mikayla Boykin will miss the rest of the season after injuring her left knee.
Team spokesman Lindy Brown said Friday that Boykin was hurt Sunday in the 14th-ranked Blue Devils’ victory over Winthrop.
Boykin averaged 4.6 points, 3.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals while starting Duke’s first eight games.
She was the Associated Press women’s basketball player of the year in North Carolina last season, averaging 37.4 points for Clinton High School while setting the state high school athletic association’s scoring records for both single game (63 points) and in a season (1,159).
The disclosure of her injury came 10 days after another guard, Kyra Lambert, said she would redshirt this season after tearing a knee ligament last March during the NCAA Tournament.
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jalen Brunson had 22 of his career-high 31 points in No. 1 Villanova’s dominating first half and Omari Spellman scored 27 to help lead the Wildcats to an 87-67 rout of Temple on Wednesday night.
Donte DiVincenzo added 12 points for Villanova (11-0), which won its unprecedented 22nd straight Big 5 game. The Wildcats last lost a contest in the Philadelphia round-robin series to Temple on Dec. 5, 2012. The Big 5 also consists of La Salle, Saint Joseph’s and Penn.
The Wildcats moved into the top spot in the rankings for the third straight season this week.
Quinton Rose scored 27 points for the Owls (6-3).
No. 9 Texas A&M 113, Savannah St. 66
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Tyler Davis recorded a double-double before halftime and Texas A&M put seven players in double figures.
D.J. Hogg led the balanced scoring for the Aggies (9-1) with 18 points. Davis overpowered the smaller Tigers (3-8) near the basket, finishing with 17 rebounds and 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting.
A&M produced its highest point total since the 1989-90 season, connecting on a school-record 16 3-pointers in 38 attempts. Hogg made 5 of 9 from 3-point range, while point guard Duane Wilson and reserve T.J. Starks hit four apiece.
Javaris Jenkins led Savannah State with 18 points.
No. 24 Texas Tech 82, Kennesaw St. 53
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 16 points and Texas Tech got its first win as a ranked team in eight years.
The Red Raiders were ranked 22nd two weeks ago when they lost to Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden and fell out of the Top 25. They returned after handing then-No. 22 Nevada its first loss last week.
Texas Tech (8-1) rolled to a 42-19 halftime lead, holding the Owls to 4-of-19 shooting and outrebounding them 26-10. Kennesaw State (1-8) shot 33 percent for the game.
James Scott scored 19 points for the Owls.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Teaira McCowan scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to help No. 5 Mississippi State beat No. 9 Oregon 90-79 on Wednesday night.
The 6-foot-7 McCowan was nearly unstoppable, making 15 of 18 shots from the field. She scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds before halftime and continued to dominate during the second half, scoring after offensive rebounds and off well-timed passes.
She blocked five shots, and 12 of her 19 rebounds were on the offensive end.
Mississippi State (10-0) also got a steallar performance from Victoria Vivians, who scored 30 points, including 26 in the second half. She shot 10 of 15 from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range.
Oregon (8-2) was led by Ruthy Hebard, who had 25 points and seven rebounds. The Ducks lost despite shooting 55 percent from the field.
No. 6 BAYLOR 95, MCNEESE STATE 34
WACO, Texas (AP) — Kristy Wallace scored 20 points and Baylor opened on a 27-3 run to rout McNeese State.
Kalani Brown had 17 points and 16 rebounds, and Didi Richards added 11 points and 12 rebounds for her first career double-double with the Lady Bears (9-1), who were playing their first game in eight days.
Natalie Chou scored 17 points, and Moon Ursin pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds.
McNeese State (4-5) shot 18 percent (11 of 61) and didn’t make its first 2-point field goal until the 6:53 mark of the second quarter.
No. 8 TEXAS 68, NORTHWESTERN STATE 44
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Ariel Atkins had 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals in only 21 minutes as Texas beat Northwestern State.
The senior guard made all six of her shots from the field for the Longhorns (8-1). Jatarie White added 15 points in 19 minutes, and Jada Underwood had 11 points.
Freshman Jha’ne Wheeler led Northwestern State (4-5) with a season-best 15 points.
Texas played without injured guard Brooke McCarty, the reigning Big 12 player of the year and the Longhorns’ second-leading scorer behind Atkins. McCarty’s status is day to day.
No. 17 OREGON STATE 84, SAVANNAH STATE 36
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Mikayla Pivec scored 19 points, Marie Gulich had 18 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, and Oregon State used a 26-5 second quarter to beat Savannah State.
Joanna Grymek added 16 points for Oregon State (7-2), which had the third-highest attendance (8,280) in program history. Kat Tudor scored all 11 of her points in the first half.
Gulich had 12 points and eight rebounds in the first 20 minutes to help Oregon State build a 45-14 halftime lead.
Kaylee Allen led Savannah State (2-6) with 16 points.