Friday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Saturday, December 31, 2011
WACO, Texas (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 20 points in 27 minutes and top-ranked Baylor finished its nonconference schedule with a 93-55 win over Mississippi Valley State.
Destiny Williams had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Bears, who reached 13-0 for the second time in the program’s history.
De’Kisha Fondon scored 23 for Mississippi Valley (2-8). Alia Frank had 10 points and Ka’Neshia Smith added 10 rebounds.
Brooklyn Pope added 14 points for Baylor, and Odyssey Sims had 11 points and Ashley Field scored 10.
Griner and Frank were each assessed a technical foul with 2:42 left in the first half. They became tangled after falling to the floor under Baylor’s basket. The technicals were called as they attempted to get back to their feet.
NO. 3 NOTRE DAME 128, MERCER 42
MACON, Ga. (AP) — Markisha Wright had 24 points, Skylar Diggins had 21, and the Fighting Irish scored the most points in school history in overwhelming Mercer 128-42 Friday night, giving the Fighting Irish their 10th straight win.
After setting a school record with 72 points in the first half, Notre Dame needed only the first 10 minutes of the second half to reach 100 points for the first time this season.
Notre Dame (13-1), looking for a repeat trip to the NCAA championship game, opens its Big East schedule at Seton Hall on Wednesday.
Mercer (3-10) couldn’t run its offense effectively against the pressure of the Irish’s man-to-man defense. The Bears had 28 turnovers, leading to 55 points for Notre Dame.
Diggins and Wright led seven Notre Dame scorers in double figures. Kaila Turner had 17. Natalie Novosel and Natalie Achonwa each had 13 for the Irish, who lost to Texas A&M in last season’s national championship game.
NO. 8 DUKE 65, TEMPLE 54
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tricia Liston scored 20 points to lead the Blue Devils.
Duke (9-2) has had a lot of rest lately, playing just two games over the past 19 days. The Blue Devils showed no early rust against Temple, jumping out to a 17-point halftime lead before allowing the Owls to climb back in the game.
Trailing 37-20, they rallied behind Brittany Lewis to get within five. After Elizabeth Williams scored two baskets to make it 57-47 with 5:01 left, Lewis answered with consecutive layups to make it a six-point game again with 2:11 left.
Chelsea Gray just beat the shot clock with a jumper from the top of the key that bounced off the front of the rim and in to make it 59-51 and Temple could only get within five the rest of the way.
Lewis and Shey Peddy scored 13 each to lead Temple (5-7).
NO. 9 OHIO STATE 77, WISCONSIN 61
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tayler Hill scored 21 points and the Buckeyes won the teams’ Big Ten opener.
Samantha Prahalis, fourth in the Big Ten at almost 18 points a game, struggled from the field for the Buckeyes (14-0), shooting 4 of 15. She finished with 12 points and 11 assists.
Taylor Wurtz and Ashley Thomas scored 10 points apiece to lead the Badgers (4-9), who are in the middle of a stretch in which they play five of six games against ranked opponents.
NO. 10 TEXAS A&M 72, MCNEESE ST. 62
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) —Tyra White scored 19 points and Kelsey Bone added 19 points and 15 rebounds and the Aggies outlasted the scrappy Cowgirls.
Twin sisters Ashlyn and Caitlyn Baggett combined for 37 points for McNeese State in a rematch of the first round of last year’s NCAA tournament.
A&M (9-2) got a 40-point win in that one on the way to its first national title. But this time the Cowgirls led in the second half and stuck around for most of the game.
The Aggies led by seven points before a 3-pointer by Caitlyn Baggett got McNeese State (9-4) within 58-54 with about three minutes remaining. A 3-point play by Alexia Standish started a 6-1 run by A&M to extend the lead to 64-55 and the Aggies held on for the win.
NO. 11 RUTGERS 75, GEORGE WASHINGTON 54
WASHINGTON (AP) — Monique Oliver tied her season high with 23 points to lead the Scarlet Knights.
April Sykes added 17 points and Khadijah Rushdan had 13 for Rutgers (11-2), which begins Big East play at home against Syracuse on Tuesday.
Tara Booker scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half for GW, which briefly closed the deficit to 12 points after trailing by 19 at halftime.
Danni Jackson added 14 points and Tiana Myers had 10 for the Colonials (6-7), who have lost four of their last five.
NO. 13 TEXAS TECH 58, SAN DIEGO 57
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kierra Mallard scored on a putback with 7.6 seconds left, and Texas Tech remained undefeated with a win over San Diego in the Surf N’ Slam Classic.
Casey Morris missed a jumper before Mallard grabbed the rebound, took one dribble and scored to give the Lady Raiders one of their few leads of the game. San Diego’s Felicia Wijenberg missed a wide open layup at the buzzer after taking a pass from Dominique Conners.
Texas Tech (12-0) had to overcome an 11-point deficit in the first half — its largest of the season. Chynna Brown had 14 points, and Mallard added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Raiders, who came in as one of seven unbeaten teams in the nation.
Morgan Woodrow scored 20 points for San Diego (9-3).
NO. 15 GEORGETOWN 77, DARTMOUTH 38
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Sugar Rodgers scored a career-high 39 points in the Hoyas’ 11th straight victory.
Rodgers, who tied her career best 34 the night before in a win over Vermont, was 13 for 26 and made 6 of 12 3-pointers while outscoring all of Dartmouth’s players combined. She was also 7 for 8 from the foul line and pulled down eight rebounds for the Hoyas (12-2) in the final game of the 35th annual Blue Sky Classic, the longest consecutive running women’s college basketball tournament in the nation.
Tia Magee added 10 points and five rebounds for Georgetown, which is on its longest streak since winning 16 straight in the 2009-10 season.
Faziah Steen led Dartmouth (2-10) with 16 points.
NO. 23 NEBRASKA 71, NO. 16 PENN STATE 63
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Jordan Hooper scored 31 points, including a clinching 3-pointer with 17 seconds left, and the Cornhuskers won their Big Ten debut.
Hooper also had 12 rebounds and Lindsey Moore added 16 points for Nebraska (12-1), which trailed by nine points in the second half but rallied by holding the Nittany Lions to just one field goal over a 8:18 span. Nebraska used a 13-2 run to take a 60-58 lead with 4:39 left.
The game was tied twice more in the late stages and Penn State still trailed by just one point after a made foul shot by Alex Bentley with 1:58 left. The Cornhuskers sealed the victory by scoring the final seven points of the game.
Bentley led the Nittany Lions (10-3, 0-1) with 22 points and eight steals. Maggie Lucas added 18 points and Nikki Greene had 15 rebounds.
NO. 20 PURDUE 57, MINNESOTA 53
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Antionette Howard scored the go-ahead basket and K.K. Houser had 15 points to lead the Boilermakers in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Purdue (11-3) shot just 30.4 percent, but tied the game at 50 on a free throw by Sam Ostarello, and then Howard scored on a layup to give Purdue its first lead in the second half at 52-50.
Howard scored again with 1:27 left in the game to give the Boilermakers a 54-52 lead. She finished with 13 points and four rebounds.
Rachel Banham scored 15 points and Leah Cotton had 11 for the Golden Gophers (8-7).
NO. 24 NORTH CAROLINA 79, NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 42
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Chay Shegog had 20 points and five blocked shots to pace the Tar Heels.
Krista Gross added 15 points and 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season for North Carolina (10-2), which beat a MEAC team for the second straight day after demolishing Savannah State 74-21 on Thursday. Brittany Rountree chipped in 11 points.
Chasidy Williams had 15 points and eight rebounds for NCCU (2-12), a first-year full member of NCAA Division I. The Eagles have played and lost at UNC five straight seasons. Kabrina Truesdale added 10 points for NCCU.
UNC led 14-0 behind eight points from Gross before Blaire Houston broke the Eagles’ drought on a layup with 13:43 left in the first half.
UNC shot 47.7 percent to 30.0 for NCCU, outrebounded the Eagles 44-32 and committed 24 turnovers to the visitors’ 36.