Tuesday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Skylar Diggins scored 14 points to lead a balanced offense as No. 3 Notre Dame cruised to a 90-38 victory over Central Florida on Tuesday night.
Kaila Turner had 13 points, Natalie Novosel and Natalie Achonwa added 12 each and Devereaux Peters and Kayla McBride each scored 11 for the Fighting Irish (11-1). Notre Dame shot 52 percent from the field and finished with a 46-28 rebounding advantage.
Aisha Patrick had 10 points to lead the Knights (5-6).
The Irish started pulling away from the start and led 31-5 after nine minutes. They continued to stretch the lead, going ahead by 52 midway through the second half and again with 1:16 left.
Notre Dame’s pressure defense forced Central Florida into 25 turnovers, 18 of which were steals. The Knights also shot just 28 percent from the field.
NO. 4 STANFORD 97, NO. 6 TENNESSEE 80
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored a career-high 42 points and dazzled in what might have been the most meaningful home game of her senior season as Stanford extended its school-record home winning streak to 68 games at Maples Pavilion.
A sellout crowd of 7,329 waved red “We Back Pat” rally towels in support of Hall of Fame Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt, who revealed in August she has early onset Alzheimer’s.
Toni Kokenis scored a career-high 26 points with five 3-pointers and Ogwumike also had 17 rebounds for Stanford (8-1) in another physical, back-and-forth game like those that have defined the storied series with Tennessee (7-3).
Shekinna Stricklen scored 27 points to lead the Lady Vols.
NO. 9 DUKE 107, UNC WILMINGTON 45
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Allison Vernerey scored 18 of her 22 points in the decisive first half, and Duke forced 40 turnovers.
Tricia Liston added 18 points and Elizabeth Williams finished with 16 for the Blue Devils (8-2).
They shot 57 percent, never trailed, built a 41-24 rebounding advantage and used a dominating start that included three overwhelming runs to claim a second straight lopsided victory since a loss at No. 8 Kentucky.
Abria Trice had 12 points for Wilmington, but UNC Wilmington (5-5) had nearly as many turnovers (21) as points (22) in the first half. The Seahawks fell to 0-22 against ranked opponents and had their three-game winning streak snapped.
NO. 11 OHIO STATE 88, SOUTHERN UTAH 50
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tayler Hill scored 24 points to help Ohio State overcome a sluggish start.
The Buckeyes (12-0), playing for the third time in four days, trailed 15-13 with 12:12 left in the first half after a field goal by Southern Utah’s Carli Moreland.
Samantha Prahalis countered with a jumper to tie it 15-all before Hill hit a pair of 3-pointers for a six-point lead. The Thunderbirds (4-7) never got closer than four points the rest of the way.
The Buckeyes took a 38-25 halftime lead.
Kimie Hawkins had 10 points for Southern Utah.
NO. 13 GEORGIA 63, MONTANA STATE 49
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Khaalidah Miller and Jasmine Hassell each scored 13 points as Georgia cruised past Montana State in a Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic game.
Anne Marie Armstrong added nine points and seven steals and Jasmine James had eight points and eight rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs (9-2).
Rachel Semansky had 15 points, five rebounds and five steals to lead Montana State (7-4).
There were no lead changes and only one tie, at 2-2. The Bobcats pulled to 48-42 with just more than 5 minutes left, but Georgia closed the game with a 15-7 run.
Tamika Willis started the run with two consecutive baskets that put the Lady Bulldogs ahead, 52-42.
NO. 18 WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY 80, BALL STATE 39
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Julie Wojta had 19 points and 12 rebounds as Wisconsin-Green Bay came off a 12-day layoff and easily beat Ball State.
Lydia Bauer added 14 points for the Phoenix (9-0). Megan Lukan and Breannah Ranger each scored 12 and Jenny Gilbertson added a career-high 10. Green Bay (9-0) never trailed and built a 23-point halftime lead.
Ball State (5-7) was led by Shanee’ Jackson’s nine points. The Cardinals fell to 0-5 against Horizon League opponents this season.
The Phoenix have won 28 straight regular season games and can wrap up their second undefeated non-conference season in program history with a win at Wisconsin on Friday.
NO. 20 PURDUE 66, OAKLAND 47
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Sam Ostarello had 16 points and 10 rebounds for her second career double-double to lead Purdue.
Courtney Moses scored 16 points and made four 3-pointers for the Boilermakers (9-3), who won their second straight since their upset loss at Central Michigan. Purdue won even though its leading scorer, Brittany Rayburn, scored just seven points on 2-for-8 shooting. She had averaged 15.1 points.
Sharise Calhoun scored 12 points and Zakiya Minifee and Bethany Watterworth each added 11 for Oakland (5-5), which had won two straight, including a victory over ACC opponent Clemson.
Oakland hadn’t played since a wild win over Illinois-Chicago on Dec. 11 when Calhoun made a game-winning shot from beyond half court in the 48-45 victory.
NO. 22 TEXAS 91, GRAMBLING STATE 38
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Chassidy Fussell scored 19 points as Texas opened with a 19-0 run en route to a big win.
The Longhorns (9-2) held the Tigers without a field goal over the first 5:36, led by 30 at halftime and built the margin to 55 in the closing minutes before finishing with their largest margin of victory this season.
Fussell was 3 for 7 on 3-pointers and Texas made a season-high nine from behind the arc. Ashleigh Fontenette added 14 points and 10 assists for the Longhorns. Ashley Gayle and Chelsea Bass each had 11 points, and Cokie Reed scored 10.
Savannah Carter scored 12 points to lead Grambling State (4-5).
NO. 23 NORTH CAROLINA 65, EAST CAROLINA 61
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Chey Shegog scored 19 points and Krista Goss had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead North Carolina.
The Tar Heels (8-2) used their size to pull out the win. They twice got rebounds after missing free throws in the final 23 seconds, keeping the Pirates (6-4) from beating a Top 25 team for the first time in four years.
North Carolina survived another low-scoring night. They came into their two games in Myrtle Beach leading the nation at 87.5 points a game, but scored just 48 in a loss to South Carolina on Sunday.
Chareya Smith led East Carolina with 14 points, while Tatiana Chapple added 11 points and seven rebounds.