Sunday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Monday, December 12, 2011
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Brittney Griner had 17 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks to help No. 1 Baylor beat St. John's 73-59 on Sunday in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Brooklyn Pope scored 19 points to lead the Lady Bears (10-0), who have a showdown with No. 2 Connecticut on Dec. 18. It's the second straight season they have met as the top two teams in the AP poll. The Huskies edged the Lady Bears in Hartford last season by a point.
Baylor struggled early on against St. John's and was trailing 36-30 early in the second half before finally taking over.
Griner was the catalyst during an 18-3 run, scoring six points and blocking two shots. Her two free throws gave Baylor a 38-36 lead. The 6-foot-8 junior phenom's consecutive layups later in the burst extended the advantage to 44-39.
Odyssey Sims' first basket of the game capped the run and made it a nine-point game.
Eugeneia McPherson scored 23 points to lead St. John's (5-5), which wouldn't get within seven the rest of the way.
NO. 5 MARYLAND 78, GEORGE MASON 50
Alyssa Thomas had 18 points to lead four players in double figures for Maryland.
Laurin Mincy scored 15 points, Lynetta Kizer added 14 and Anjale Barrett 13 for the Terrapins (11-0).
Coming off a team-record 75-point win over Delaware State on Thursday, the Terrapins trailed briefly early, but built a 24-point lead by halftime.
Maryland scored the first 10 points of the second half and went ahead by as much as 36.
Taleia Moton led the Patriots (6-3) with 16 points and Janaa Pickard added 12.
NO. 6 DUKE 93, USC-UPSTATE 35
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Elizabeth Williams scored 22 points on 10-of-10 shooting to lead four players in double figures for Duke.
Haley Peters added 17 points for Duke (7-2), which was coming off a 72-65 loss to No. 10 Kentucky. Chloe Wells had 11 points and reserve Kathleen Scheer added 10.
Tee'Ara Copney led the Spartans (1-8) with eight points, all in the first half.
USC-Upstate is in its first season of full Division I membership after transitioning from Division II, and had lost earlier at North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Auburn.
Duke shot 59.7 percent from the field, while USC-Upstate shot 25.5.
NO. 7 TENNESSEE 84, NO. 20 DEPAUL 61
Glory Johnson scored 16 points and Cierra Burdick added 15 to lead Tennessee in the Maggie Dixon Classic.
Shekinna Stricklen added 12 points, and Alicia Manning had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Vols (5-2), who saw their 12-point halftime lead cut to 41-37 before using a 15-4 run to take control. Stricklen had six points during the burst.
Her layup made it 56-43 with 11:19 left and DePaul (8-2) couldn't get within single digits the rest of the way.
Jasmine Penny scored 16 points and Keisha Hampton added 14 for DePaul.
NO. 8 TEXAS A&M 68, TCU 53
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Adaora Elonu had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Tyra White also scored 15 points to lead Texas A&M.
Kelsey Bone chipped in 10 points for the Aggies (7-2) as the defending national champions snapped a two-game skid in the finale of a five-game road trip.
Briesha Wynn scored 14 points for TCU (4-5), which was hosting a defending champion for the first time since 1987 against Texas. The Horned Frogs' leading scorer, Natalie Ventress, was held without a point over 13 minutes.
Leading by nine at the break, the Aggies started the second half with an 8-2 run.
NO. 10 KENTUCKY 101, ARK.-PINE BLUFF 43
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Bria Goss scored 19 points for Kentucky in a tuneup before the Wildcats face third-ranked Notre Dame on Dec. 18.
The game was a breather for the Wildcats (10-0), who faced No. 15 Louisville and sixth-ranked Duke in their last two games — both victories.
Kentucky's full-court press was unrelenting from the beginning of the game, and coach Matthew Mitchell didn't call it off until the final minute. The Wildcats forced 49 turnovers, breaking the previous school record of 48 set earlier this season against Jacksonville State.
Chigozianyi Okwumabua had 13 points for Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-7).
CENTRAL MICHIGAN 75, NO. 12 PURDUE 62
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Brandie Baker scored all 16 of her points in the second half, and freshmen Crystal Bradford and Jessica Green each added 14 points for Central Michigan.
The Chippewas (3-5) outscored the Boilermakers (7-3) 47-25 in the second half as they shot 14 for 24 from the field, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range.
Brittany Rayburn had 25 points for the Boilermakers, who were coming off a loss to third-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday.
KK Houser added 11 points and Sam Osatarello had 10 as Purdue shot 40 percent from the field (25 for 62), including 3 of 14 from beyond the arc.
NO. 17 PENN STATE 76, MARYLAND-EASTERN SHORE 51
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Maggie Lucas scored 20 points and Nikki Greene added 14 for Penn State.
Alex Bentley had 11 points and nine assists as the Lady Lions (8-2) shot 47 percent (27 of 58) from the field. Penn State has averaged 80 points over its last six contests, going 5-1 during that stretch.
Amber Cook scored 12 points for the Hawks (2-5), who shot 27 percent (20 of 75).
Leading 40-30 at the break, Penn State held the Hawks to 12 points in the first 11 minutes of the second half.
NO. 18 NORTH CAROLINA 93, E. TENNESSEE ST. 77
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Chay Shegog tied a career high with 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead North Carolina.
Freshman Danielle Butts had a season-high 17 points for the Tar Heels (7-1), who improved to 4-0 against teams from the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Krista Gross and Brittany Rountree added 14 points each and She'la White added 12 for North Carolina.
Shawn Randall scored 16 points to lead the Buccaneers (0-10), who made a season-high nine 3-pointers. Destiny Mitchell added 13 points for ETSU.
NO. 19 GEORGETOWN 59, GEORGE WASHINGTON 50
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sugar Rodgers had 18 points and six steals to lead Georgetown to its eighth straight victory.
Tia Magee's three-point play with 48.7 seconds left gave the Hoyas a 58-49 lead and finally some breathing room against a pesky George Washington team.
In what was once an annual matchup, Georgetown (9-2) won the first game between the crosstown rivals since 2004. George Washington (5-4), which had its four-game winning streak snapped, still leads the all-time series 17-15.
Danni Jackson had 10 points, eight steals and four rebounds for the Colonials.
NO. 22 DELAWARE 70, WAKE FOREST 57
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Elena Delle Donne, the nation's leading scorer, had 30 points and 13 rebounds to lead Delaware.
Delle Donne, who averages 29 points, helped the Blue Hens (8-0) claim their first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference team and extend the best start in school history.
Delaware held Wake Forest without a field goal for 11½ minutes during the decisive 19-3 run. Delle Donne's jumper with just over 11 minutes left made it 48-46 and put the Blue Hens ahead to stay. Jocelyn Bailey capped it with a free throw that put Delaware up 65-49 with 3:08 to play.
Chelsea Douglas scored 15 points for the Demon Deacons (7-2).
NO. 24 OKLAHOMA 72, WIS.-MILWAUKEE 50
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Whitney Hand scored 17 points and matched her season high with 10 rebounds to help Oklahoma snap a three-game losing streak.
The Sooners (4-3) ended their first three-game skid since March 2008 and avoided losing four straight for the first time since January 2004. They are still in jeopardy of falling out of the Top 25 for the first time since the 2004-05 season following consecutive losses to Vanderbilt, Ohio State and Fresno State.
Courtney Lindfors scored 15 points to lead the Panthers (2-6), who missed 17 of their first 18 shots and couldn't make up ground after that.