Saturday's Top 25 Women's College Basketball Capsules

WACO, Texas (AP) — Melissa Jones had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead six players in double figures scoring, and second-ranked Baylor overcame a slow start to overwhelm Montana State 93-56 on Saturday.

Preseason All-American Brittney Griner added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Bears (2-0), while Brooklyn Pope chipped in 14 points and eight boards. Baylor also got 11 points from Kimetria Hayden, 11 from Ashley Field and 10 from Jordan Madden.

Katie Bussey and Sarah Balian led Montana State (0-2) with 12 points each, and Rachel Semansky had 11 points and eight rebounds.

The 6-foot-8 Griner came on strong after struggling in the first half, when she shot 1 of 7 against a Bobcat front line playing much of the half without 6-4 center Chelsea Banis on the bench in foul trouble. Griner finished 3 of 10 from the field but was 9 of 10 from the foul line.

No. 6 Duke 69, BYU 54

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Karima Christmas scored 20 points and Duke overcame a slow start to beat Brigham Young.

Jasmine Thomas added 14 points and matched her career high with 11 rebounds while Kathleen Scheer had 13 points for Duke.

Mindy Bonham had 12 points to lead BYU, while Haley Hall chipped in eight points and seven rebounds.

BYU scored the first eight points capped by Bonham’s 3-pointer from the right corner at 17:28.

Christmas then got Duke going, scoring 16 of the team’s first 22 points to give the Blue Devils a 30-23 lead at the break.

Duke continued to pull away in the second half and saw its lead grow to 18 with 3:24 left on Thomas’ free throw. The Blue Devils shot just 39 percent from the field and held BYU to just 28 percent shooting.

No. 10 Oklahoma 76, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 59

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Danielle Robinson scored 16 of her 20 points in the second half to lead Oklahoma to a victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The Sooners were never able to pull away from the scrappy Panthers until Robinson turned a five-point lead with 5 minutes to play into a rout with a 14-4 run. She started the spurt with a jumper and a 3-pointer.

Aaryn Ellenberg, a freshman, added 14 points for the Sooners in their first opener on the road since playing at Tennessee to start the 2002-03 season.

The game was dedicated to former Sooner standout Rosalind Ross, a Milwaukee native, who was fatally shot outside a restaurant in her hometown last September.

Angela Rodriguez scored 16 points and Sami Tucker added 15 to lead Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a preseason pick to finish sixth in the Horizon League.

No. 13 Georgetown 79, Augusta State 41

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sugar Rodgers scored 13 points and matched her career high with six steals for Georgetown in a win over Augusta State.

Adria Crawford and Alexa Roche each scored 11 and Rubylee Wright added 10 for the Hoyas, who forced 31 turnovers.

The Jaguars came within seven just over six minutes into the game when Blaire Egardo and Eryka Menzies hit back-to-back 3s.

But the Hoyas, ranked for the first time in The Associated Press preseason poll, had a 30-8 run in which nine players scored to the end the half. Their lead was never smaller than 24 after that.

Egardo scored 20 and made six 3-pointers for Augusta State, which lost its first game under coach Nate Teymer and its 24th straight since last season.

Kansas State 64, No. 14 St. John’s 53

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Mariah White scored a career-high 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Kansas State past St. John’s in the title game of the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic.

The Wildcats (2-0) held the Red Storm (1-1) to 27.1 percent shooting (19 of 70) from the floor.

White sealed the win by hitting eight free throws in the final 5 minutes. Bransea Brown had a career-high 14 points and blocked four shots, while Brittany Chambers had 12 points and Jalana Childs 10.

Nadirah McKenith scored 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting for St. John’s. Shenneika Smith added nine points.

The score was 18-18 at the break and the teams swapped the lead until the Wildcats went ahead to stay, 38-36, on Childs’ jumper with 8:31 to play.

The Wildcats stretched the lead to nine and then held off St. John’s late charge on White’s free throws.

No. 20 Iowa State 58, Western Illinois 32

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Kelsey Bolte made all six of her 3-point shots in scoring 25 points and Iowa State pulled away in the second half to beat Western Illinois.

Leading by only one late in the first half and just 31-26 at the break, the Cyclones began the second half with a 26-4 burst to take control in the season opener.

Bolte, the team’s only senior, shot 8-for-10 overall and fell one point shy of her career high. Chelsea Poppens added nine points and eight rebounds for the Cyclones, while freshman Hallie Christofferson scored eight, all in the first 6:09 of the second half.

Any chance Western Illinois had of keeping it close vanished when the Leathernecks missed 16 of their first 17 shots in the second half. They went 14:14 without scoring while Iowa State capped its big outburst with 18 straight points.

Valencia Kelly’s 11 points led Western Illinois.

No. 21 Maryland 73, Monmouth 40

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Freshman Laurin Mincy scored 15 points, 12 in the first half, to lead Maryland to a victory over Monmouth.

Diandra Tchatchouang and Lynetta Kizer added 11 points apiece for the Terrapins, and Alyssa Thomas scored 10.

Alysha Womack scored 13 points for Monmouth.

The Terrapins reeled off 22 straight points early in the first half to take a 24-2 lead and were never seriously threatened. Their defense spurred much of the run — they had 11 steals in the first half and 14 in the game.

Maryland made its first 18 free throws, finishing 19 for 21. The Terrapins also used their size advantage to outscore the Hawks 40-2 in the paint.

Maryland is now 33-7 in home openers, and 4-0 all time against Monmouth.

No. 22 Iowa 50, Arkansas 47

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Kamille Wahlin scored 14 points and Kachine Alexander added 12 to help Iowa beat Arkansas State in the Islander Tip-Off tournament championship game.

The game was tied at 40 with 5:16 remaining when the Hawkeyes (2-0) went on a 5-0 run to open a little room, scoring on a pair of free throws by Alexander, who made all her 10 attempts from the line, and a 3-pointer by Wahlin.

Alexander, who earned MVP honors, made just one of her nine shots.

Shania Hurst’s 3-pointer pulled the Red Wolves (1-1) to 48-47 with 45 seconds left, but Morgan Johnson knocked down a jumper with 24 seconds left to restore the three-point lead.

Arkansas State had one last chance, but Jazmine Taylor’s 3-pointer hit off the back of the rim and bounced off the top of the backboard, and the Hawkeyes corralled the rebound to end the game.

Hurst scored 12 points to lead Arkansas State.

No. 25 Michigan State 90, IPFW 62

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Porsche Poole scored 12 points to lead a balanced offense for Michigan State in a season-opening victory over IPFW.

Cetera Washington and Lykendra Johnson each had 11 points for the Spartans. Kalisha Keane, Jasmine Thomas and Kelsey Smith all added 10, with Keane reaching 1,000 points in her four-year career.

Michigan State led 22-13 with 8:06 left in the first half, then went on a 29-8 run for a 51-21 halftime lead.

The Spartans shot 55 percent from the field, including 50 percent on 3-point tries, scoring 30 points beyond the arc.

Stephanie Rosado led the Mastodons with 18 points on 5-for-16 shooting.


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