Women’s Basketball: A New Day, A New Rout for UConn

  • Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson (33), Gabby Williams (15), and Crystal Dangerfield (5) cheer from the bench during the closing moments of their NCAA college basketball game against Tulane Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Storrs, Conn. UConn won, 98-45. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

  • Connecticut's Azura Stevens (23) grabs a rebound over Tulane's Kayla Manuirirangi (5) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Storrs, Conn. UConn won, 98-45. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Storrs, Conn. — Katie Lou Samuelson scored 15 of her 19 points in the first half to lead top-ranked UConn to a 98-45 rout of Tulane on Saturday and a 20-0 start to the season for the 11th time.

Kia Nurse added 14 points for the Huskies (9-0 American Athletic Conference) and tied a career high with seven rebounds.

Napheesa Collier hit all six of her shots for 13 points. Gabby Williams added 13 points and nine assists.

The Huskies shot 72 percent from the floor and outscored Tulane 50-18 in the paint and 15-0 on the fast break.

Kayla Manuirirangi led Tulane (11-10, 3-5) with 13 points.

No. 12 Ohio State 78Michigan State 62

Columbus, Ohio — Kelsey Mitchell scored 23 points to become the Big Ten’s career scoring leader and help Ohio State end a three-game losing streak.

Mitchell, a 5-foot-8 senior guard, has scored 3,098 points, passing Rachel Barham, who scored 3,093 in her career at Minnesota. Mitchell made four 3-pointers, extending her NCAA career record to 449.

Linnae Harper added 22 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals for the Buckeyes (17-5, 6-3). Jenna Allen had 16 points for the Spartans (15-8, 4-5).

No. 19 Oklahoma State 80Texas Tech 62

Stillwater, Okla. — Kaylee Jensen had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Loryn Goodwin had 20 points, eight assists and five steals for Oklahoma State.

Jensen added three blocks and four steals for the Cowgirls (15-5, 6-3 Big 12). Jada Terry had 14 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the Lady Raiders (7-14, 1-9. Brittany Brewer also had 14 points.

No. 24 TCU 62, Oklahoma 58

Fort Worth, Texas — Lauren Heard scored 12 points, including the tying 3-pointer, and Amber Ramirez scored all nine of her points in the final two minutes for TCU.

The Horned Frogs (15-5, 6-3 Big 12), playing as a ranked team at home for the first time since Nov. 17, 2010, won their sixth straight, their longest run since an eight-game streak in 2010-11.

Shaina Pellington led Oklahoma (10-11, 5-5) with 19 points.