Wednesday's Top 25 Women's College Basketball Capsules
Thursday, December 2, 2010
WACO, Texas (AP) — Brooklyn Pope had 20 points with 14 rebounds and got her three assists on baskets by Brittney Griner for second-ranked Baylor, which built a big lead and held off No. 16 Notre Dame 76-65 on Wednesday night.
Pope made a layup with 11:18 left that gave Baylor (8-1) its largest lead at 56-37. Notre Dame then scored 12 consecutive points in 79 seconds before Pope made a jumper.
Griner had 21 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. The preseason AP All-American had her fifth consecutive 20-point game — she averaged 29.8 points her previous four games.
Skylar Diggins had 21 points for Notre Dame (5-3), whose other losses this season were to eighth-ranked Kentucky and No. 13 UCLA.
It was the closest home game of the season for Baylor, which won its previous seven by an average margin of 42 points.
No. 9 Tennessee 99, Lamar 55
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Meighan Simmons scored 28 points and set a Tennessee record with eight 3-pointers against Lamar.
Simmons, a freshman who has scored in double digits every game this season, opened with back-to-back 3s and had 17 points by halftime.
The Lady Vols (7-1) grabbed a 12-0 lead as Lamar missed its first nine shots before Monique Whittaker hit a layup with 15:12 left in the half. The Lady Cardinals (5-2) committed 29 turnovers, leading to 33 points for Tennessee.
The Lady Vols shot 7 of 13 from behind the arc to take a 49-27 halftime lead. They finished with 15 3-pointers, tying a school record.
Shekinna Striklen scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Tennessee.
No. 11 Oklahoma 94, Sam Houston State 45
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Morgan Hook scored 25 points and set an Oklahoma freshman record with seven 3-pointers, leading the Sooners over Sam Houston State in their final tuneup before a weekend showdown with No. 6 Ohio State.
Hook came off the bench and scored seven straight points to put Oklahoma (7-0) ahead 11-6 after the briefest of struggles early on, and the Sooners never trailed again. She made her first five shots, including three 3-pointers, as Oklahoma charged out to a 28-point halftime lead.
She added two more 3s as the Sooners scored the first 13 points of the second half, and Sam Houston State (5-3) was never closer than 40 points after that.
Preseason All-America point guard Danielle Robinson added 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals for the Sooners.
No. 12 Georgetown 65, Richmond 64
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sugar Rodgers banked in a short jumper with 1:05 remaining to break a tie and help Georgetown rally past Richmond.
The Hoyas (6-1), coming off an upset win over then-No. 4 Tennessee last Saturday, trailed 59-53 with 6:40 remaining, but closed with a 12-5 run. Tommacina McBride hit a short jumper for her only basket of the game to tie the score at 61, and Rodgers’ shot gave Georgetown the lead for good.
Richmond (4-4) had several opportunities to win, but went the final 6:40 without a field goal.
Rodgers finished with 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting. Monica McNutt added 18 points.
Brittani Shells scored 20 of her 26 points in the first half for the Spiders. Abby Oliver had 17 of her 22 points after halftime.
No. 25 Michigan State 72, No. 15 Florida State 64
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Kalisha Keane scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half to lead a fierce Michigan State comeback against Florida State in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game.
Porsche Poole came off the bench to add 18 points and Brittney Thomas had 14 for the Spartans (6-1), who made 19 of 23 free throws and shot 9 of 21 from 3-point range.
The Seminoles (6-1) went scoreless for nearly 7 minutes midway through the game as the Spartans went on a 19-0 run to grab a 37-30 lead.
Courtney Ward had 15 points to lead Florida State.
No. 21 Georgia 70, Southern Mississippi 53
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Jasmine James scored 18 points to help Georgia shake off a sluggish start against Southern Mississippi.
Georgia (6-1) missed 10 of its first 11 shots, but ended up shooting a respectable 45 percent from the field for the game. Ranika Ransford came off the bench for the Lady Dogs to score a career-high 11 points. Porsha Phillips added 10.
Brittany Johnson led Southern Mississippi (3-3) with 16 points. Tanesha Washington had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Bowling Green 79, No. 23 Vanderbilt 68
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Lauren Prochaska scored 31 points and Bowling Green knocked off Vanderbilt.
Prochaska shot 8 of 16 from the field, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range, for the Falcons (7-1), who won their seventh straight game.
Prochaska also hit all 10 of her free throws to extend her streak to 53, breaking her own school record.
Jasmine Lister, Jence Rhoads and Hannah Tuomi scored 14 points each for the Commodores (4-2).