Gators Suffer Stunner
Fayetteville, Ark. — BJ Young led three players in double figures with 13 points as Arkansas opened quickly and never let up in a shocking 80-69 victory over No. 2 Florida last night.
The win improves the Razorbacks (14-8, 5-4 SEC) to 14-1 at home this season, and it snaps a 10-game winning streak for the Gators — who had ascended to the No. 2 spot in The AP Top 25 one day earlier.
Arkansas opened the game 15 of 20 from the field.
Michael Qualls and Marshawn Powell added 11 points each and all 11 players scored for the Razorbacks in their first win over a top 10 team since early in 2008-09.
Mike Rosario led Florida (18-3, 8-1) with 15 points, while Scottie Wilbekin had 14.
No. 3 Michigan 76
No. 10 Ohio St. 74 (ot)
Ann Arbor, Mich. — Tim Hardaway Jr. brought Michigan back with a relentless streak of 3-point shooting, then blocked a shot by Aaron Craft in the final seconds of overtime to give the Wolverines a victory over Ohio State.
Hardaway finished with 23 points, including five straight 3-pointers in the second half. The Wolverines (21-2, 8-2 Big Ten) led by two points when Craft rushed the ball into the frontcourt after a missed Michigan free throw. He got all the way to the basket, but Hardaway was there to smother his last-ditch attempt to tie it.
After scoring at will most of the second half, Ohio State (17-5, 7-3) managed only two points in overtime.
No. 8 Miami 72, BC 50
Coral Gables, Fla. — Kenny Kadji scored 10 points during a span of four possessions to start a second-half surge and Miami remained unbeaten in the ACC.
The Hurricanes (18-3, 9-0 ACC) have won 10 consecutive games and are 10-0 in their on-campus arena.
Olivier Hanlan scored 16 points for Boston College (10-12, 2-7), which lost to Miami for the second time in three weeks, and for the sixth straight time.
No. 2 Notre Dame 59 Villanova 52
Villanova, Pa. — Muffet McGraw earned her 700th victory with Notre Dame’s victory over Villanova.
McGraw became the 13th coach in Division I history to reach the 700-victory plateau. Her career record is now 700-257 in 31 years coaching. She’s had 612 of the wins at Notre Dame.
No. 3 Connecticut 94 Marquette 37
Storrs, Conn. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 24 points and Bria Hartley added 20 to lead Connecticut to a rout of Marquette.
Mosqueda-Lewis hit her first eight shots and her first five 3-point attempts, while Hartley tied a career high with five 3-pointers.
Six Huskies scored in double figures, including all five starters. Caroline Doty added 12 points, going 4-of-4 from behind the arc for the Huskies (21-1, 8-1 Big East), who were coming off a lackluster six-point win at St. John’s.
No. 22 Okla. State 76
Stillwater, Okla. — Tiffany Bias scored 19 points, Toni Young added 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Oklahoma State got back on track with a victory over TCU.
Bias was 7 of 11 from the floor to lead a 51 percent team shooting effort for the Cowgirls (16-5, 5-5 Big 12), who had lost their previous two. Young now has scored in double figures in 29 consecutive games dating to last season.
Natalie Ventress led the Horned Frogs (7-14, 0-10) with 24 points and was 6 of 8 from 3-point range and 8 of 14 overall. Her teammates, however, were a combined 12 of 42 from the floor.
TCU’s first trip to Stillwater as a Big 12 member wasn’t much of a contest. The Cowgirls never trailed after the opening minutes and led by as many as 23. OSU improved to 4-1 all-time against the Horned Frogs.
No. 24 Syracuse 72, Cincinnati 48
Cincinnati — Kayla Alexander and Elashier Hall tallied 23 points apiece as Syracuse defeated Cincinnati in Big East play for its third straight win.
Alexander went 8 of 12 from the field and added five blocks. Hall made 7 of 13 shots and scored eight straight points to give the Orange (19-3, 7-2) its biggest lead of the game, 69-46, with 2:42 left to play.
Cincinnati (8-11, 0-6) opened the second half with a 3-pointer to trim the deficit to 31-30 but Syracuse used a 10-0 run to pull away.
The Orange, who have won their last three games by a combined 71 points, shot 49 percent (25 of 51) while holding Cincinnati to 31.5 percent (17 of 54).
Cincinnati held a 33-32 rebounding edge but committed 21 turnovers. Syracuse turned those mistakes into 24 points.
Dayeesha Hollins led the Bearcats with 13 points.