Tuesday's Top 25 Women's College Basketball Capsules
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Men’s teams. Women’s teams. No. 89 belongs to UConn. It beats them all.
The No. 1-ranked Huskies women’s basketball team topped the 88-game winning streak set by John Wooden’s UCLA men’s team from 1971-74, beating No. 22 Florida State 93-62 on Tuesday night. Playing with the relentlessness that has become its trademark — and would have made Wooden proud — Connecticut blew past the Seminoles as it has so many other teams in the last 2 1/2 years.
“I don’t want my team to compare themselves to anyone,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said afterward. “I’m not John Wooden and this isn’t UCLA. This is Connecticut and that’s good enough.”
Maya Moore had a career-high 41 points and 10 rebounds and freshman Bria Hartley added 21 points for the Huskies, who have not lost since April 6, 2008, in the NCAA tournament semifinals. Only twice during the record run has a team come within single digits of UConn — Stanford in the NCAA championship game last season and Baylor in early November.
No. 2 Baylor 77, Syracuse 43
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Odyssey Sims scored 25 points and Brittney Griner added 15.
Griner had eight blocks for the Bears a night after going without one for just the second time in her college career.
Iasia Hemingway led the Orange (8-1) with 10 points. Syracuse lost for the first time in 30 regular season nonconference games.
Sims made 5 of 9 3-pointers for the Bears, who shut down Clemson the night before at the Sunsplash Shootout. Syracuse plays the Tigers on Wednesday night.
Brooklyn Pope added 10 points and seven rebounds for Baylor.
No. 3 Duke 46, No. 4 Xavier 45
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Jasmine Thomas made the second of two free throws with 2 1/2 seconds to play, then flew down the court to block a breakaway layup at the buzzer and preserve No. 3 Duke’s 46-45 win over No. 4 Xavier on Tuesday night.
Thomas led the Blue Devils (12-0) with 16 points, while Krystal Thomas added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Xavier (10-1) came up just short despite 22 points and 15 rebounds from Amber Harris. Ta’Shia Phillips had 19 rebounds and eight points.
Duke won despite being outshot 38 percent to 27 and being outrebounded 51-37.
No. 6 West Virginia 71, North Carolina Central 39
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Liz Repella scored 17 points and Korinne Campbell and Ali Madina each added 11 points for the Mountaineers.
West Virginia scored the game’s first 20 points en route to the first 12-0 start in program history.
Asya Bussie and Jessica Harlee had 10 points apiece for West Virginia.
Chasidy Williams scored 10 points to lead the Eagles (2-9), who shot 21.7 percent from the floor. N.C. Central was playing the program’s first home game against a ranked Division I opponent.
The Mountaineers survived a season-high 22 turnovers, winning by at least 30 points for the sixth time this season. They led 38-20 at halftime.
No. 11 Kentucky 107, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 35
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Keyla Snowden scored a career-high 28 points and the Wildcats (9-1) forced the Golden Lions (0-8) into 41 turnovers and 20 percent shooting from the field.
Jasmine Abrams led Pine Bluff with 12 points.
Kentucky was able to pull away early thanks to its suffocating defense.
The Wildcats held Pine Bluff without a shot for a three-minute span in the first half. By the time the Lions got one off, it was 27-6.
Victoria Dunlap finished with 11 points and six rebounds for Kentucky.
No. 12 Michigan State 67, Vermont 33
EAST LANSING, Mich (AP) — Lykendra Johnson scored 14 points and Michigan State (12-1) won its 10th in a row.
The Spartans got 12 points from Klarissa Bell and 10 from Kalisha Keane.
MSU, which led 36-15 at halftime, put the game away early in the second half with a 13-2 run during the first five minutes.
Lauren Wheeler and Lauren Buschmann led the Catamounts (0-10) with eight points apiece. Vermont converted just 12-of-43 field goals in the contest.
Michigan State begins the Big Ten season at home against Illinois on Jan. 2. The Spartans scored 35 points off of 26 Vermont turnovers.
Arizona State 79, No. 16 DePaul 66
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Tenaya Watson had 25 points, Dymond Simon had 24 points and seven assists.
DePaul (13-2) had won 10 straight games and was coming off an impressive victory over No. 3 Stanford. The pesky Sun Devils (8-2) had already faced two Top 25 teams this season and didn’t back down against the Blue Demons, dominating the second half for their fifth straight win.
Watson added eight rebounds and four steals, and Simon sneaked in for five rebounds for Arizona State, which wraps up its non-conference schedule against Marist on Tuesday.
Felicia Chester had 16 points and Keisha Hampton added 14 for the Blue Demons.