Kentucky Wins In-State Showdown
Louisville, Ky. — Janee Thompson scored 13 points, including a 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds left, to lift No. 9 Kentucky to a 48-47 comeback victory over No. 6 Louisville last night.
The freshman guard finished with 13 points and scored the final six for the Wildcats (6-1), who trailed by 14 points in the second half before rallying down the stretch behind tough defense that held Louisville without a field goal for the final 4:54.
After Thompson’s 3-pointer, Louisville (8-1) had one final chance, but Bria Smith’s lay-up was blocked by Azia Bishop just before the buzzer.
No. 1 Stanford 69
Spokane, Wash. — Chiney Ogwumike had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help Stanford beat Gonzaga.
Taylor Greenfield added a career-high 18 points, hitting six 3-pointers, for Stanford (8-0). Joslyn Tinkle added 16 points.
Taelor Karr and Haiden Palmer led cold-shooting Gonzaga (6-2) with 10 points each.
No. 4 Duke 77
No. 10 California 63
Durham, n.c. — Tricia Liston scored 22 points to help Duke beat California.
Chelsea Gray added 13 points for the Blue Devils (6-0), who built a big lead early with a 22-2 run in the first half. Elizabeth Williams had 12 points and Alexis Jones had 11 points as Duke won for the 65th time in its last 67 home games.
Brittany Boyd scored 23 of her 28 points in the second half to lead California (6-1). Layshia Clarendon added 13 points for the Golden Bears, who shot a season-worst 36 percent from the field.
No. 6 Penn State 101
Fairleigh Dickinson 44
State College, Pa. — Maggie Lucas scored 24 points and Penn State overwhelmed Fairleigh Dickinson, rebounding from its first loss of the season with a victory.
Four other players scored in double figures for the Lady Lions (6-1), who used a 43-11 run over the last 13 minutes of the first half to take control against the Knights (1-5).
Fairleigh Dickinson led 10-7 at 12:53 of the half before star guard Lucas and Penn State turned up the pressure. Lucas ran the floor and burned Fairleigh Dickinson from 3-point range. After missing her first two shots, she finished 7 of 14 from the field, including 6 of 9 on 3-point attempts.
No. 8 Georgia 60
Georgia Tech 50
Atlanta — Jasmine Hassell scored 22 points and No. 8 Georgia held Georgia Tech to 30 percent shooting in a victory over their in-state rival.
Georgia Tech (3-4) cut an 18-point deficit to six points with less than two minutes left, but Hassell hit a layup and Khaalidah Miller went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final minute for the Lady Bulldogs (9-0).
No. 12 Oklahoma 68
Norman, Okla. — Aaryn Ellenberg scored 18 points and Whitney Hand grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Oklahoma over Marist 68-55, extending the Sooners winning streak to six games.
Ellenberg had three steals, scoring of us two. Hand also had 12 points for her first double-double of the season, and five assists. Morgan Hook scored 16 points.
Oklahoma led at halftime 34-30, took off in the second half, outscoring Marist 34-25. The Sooners (7-1) finished the game on a 17-5 run.
No. 14 Purdue 87
Central Michigan 71
West Lafayette, Ind. — Sam Ostarello had 23 points and nine rebounds to help Purdue defeat Central Michigan.
KK Houser added 19 points and five assists for the Boilermakers (7-1). Taylor Manuel scored 12 points, making all five of her field-goal attempts, and grabbed nine rebounds.
Purdue led 49-31 at halftime and shot 49 percent from the field. The Boilermakers were 50 percent from 3-point range, 7 of 14, with Houser hitting 3 of 5 attempts. Purdue was also 26 of 31 from the free-throw line.
Crystal Bradford led the Chippewas (2-4) with 18 points. Jessica Green scored 15 and Brandie Baker and Jas’Mine Bracey added 11 points apiece for Central Michigan, which lost earlier in the week to No. 5 Notre Dame, 72-63.
No. 16 TENNESSEE 102, No. 22 NORTH CAROLINA 57
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Meighan Simmons scored a career-high 33 points and exceeded the 1,000-point mark for her career as Tennessee routed North Carolina for its sixth consecutive victory.
Simmons shot 12-of-22, including 9-of-11 in the first half. The junior guard scored her 1,000th career point by sinking a pair of free throws with 11:44 left in the first half, becoming the 37th Lady Vol to reach that plateau.
Isabelle Harrison added a career-high 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds for the Lady Vols (6-1). Cierra Burdick scored 15 points, Bashaara Graves had 11 points and Taber Spani added 10 points.
Xylina McDaniel scored 19 points and Waltiea Rolle added 13 points for North Carolina (7-1). The Tar Heels had been allowing only 54.3 points per game and hadn’t given up more than 64 points in any of their seven wins.
No. 19 UCLA 86, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 66
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Markel Walker had 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead five players in double figures, and UCLA routed Loyola Marymount.
Alyssia Brewer had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Kacy Swain added 14 points for the Bruins (4-1), who had a season-high 55 rebounds and were 22 of 25 from the free throw line. Atonye Nyingifa made all 10 of her free throws, where she scored all of her points.
Hazel Ramirez was the only player in double figures for the Lions (5-4) with 17 points. They remained winless in three road games and fell to 0-9 all-time against the Bruins. LMU’s leading scorer Alex Cowling had nine points and 10 rebounds.
With Walker, Brewer and Corinne Costa standing 6-foot-1 or better, the Bruins held a decided advantage in the paint and it helped them outscore the Lions, 44-24.
No. 20 KANSAS 65, MINNESOTA 53
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Carolyn Davis scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, helping Kansas rally in the second half to remain unbeaten with a victory over Minnesota.
Chelsea Gardner, coming off a career-high 26-point performance against Grambling State, added 14 points off the bench for the Jayhawks (7-0). Davis and Gardner combined for 15 of the Jayhawks’ 26 field goals.
Rachel Banham had 19 points and was 8 of 16 from the floor for the Golden Gophers (6-3), including a 3-pointer with 10:59 to play that pulled Minnesota within 42-41. But Kansas responded with a 9-0 run and was never seriously threatened again.
Banham scored 12 of her points in a back-and-forth first half that saw Minnesota lead by seven early, but ended in a 30-30 tie.
Kansas won despite committing 17 turnovers, going 3 of 14 from 3-point range and missing 15 of its 25 free-throw attempts.
No. 25 WEST VIRGINIA 54, VIRGINIA 47
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Christal Caldwell scored 17 of her 19 points in the second half to rally No. 25 West Virginia to a victory over Virginia in a nonconference game.
Caldwell’s jumper capped an 11-0 run by the Mountaineers (4-2) at the start of the half that erased a 26-23 halftime lead for the Cavaliers (5-2).
The junior guard added three 2-point baskets and a 3-pointer as West Virginia built a 43-30 lead with 11:39 remaining.
The Cavaliers cut that to three points, 48-45, after two free throws by Simone Egwu with 3:12 left. Caldwell responded with a 3-pointer and, after a layup by Egwu, added a layup with 35 seconds left for a 53-47 West Virginia lead.
Taylor Palmer added 11 points and Linda Stepney seven assists for West Virginia, which had lost its last two games.
Egwu scored 14 points and Ataira Franklin 12 for the Cavaliers.
No. 23 DAYTON 65, ARIZONA STATE 59
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Ally Malott scored 20 points and Dayton rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat Arizona State in the championship game of the ASU Classic.
Samantha MacKay scored 17 points, including a 3-pointer with just under a minute to play to put Dayton ahead to stay. Andrea Hoover had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Flyers (9-0), who trailed 40-28 at the break.
The Sun Devils scored the first two points after halftime before the Flyers came back. Beginning with MacKay’s 3-pointer, Dayton outscored the hosts 10-4. The Flyers’ largest lead was at the end of the game.
Janae Fulcher had 11 points to lead the Sun Devils (3-4), who beat Binghamton on Saturday to advance. Dayton defeated UNLV on Saturday.