Sunday's Top 25 Women’s College Basketball Capsules
Monday, February 28, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Odyssey Sims matched a school record with nine 3-pointers and had 37 points, including the go-ahead basket in the closing seconds that helped third-ranked Baylor beat No. 16 Oklahoma 82-81 on Sunday.
Baylor called timeout after Sims scored on a floater in the lane with 8.3 seconds left. Danielle Robinson then went coast-to-coast for Oklahoma, getting away a shot over Baylor’s 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner that hung on the rim before rolling off as the buzzer sounded.
Baylor (26-2, 13-1 Big 12) won for the second time since its only conference loss, at Texas Tech eight days earlier. The Bears maintained a one-game lead over Texas A&M in the league race with two games remaining.
Robinson and Aaryn Ellenberg each had 25 points for Oklahoma (19-9, 9-5), which is 0-6 against top-10 foes this season and has lost two straight for the first time since March 2008.
No. 4 Tennessee 80, LSU 60
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Angie Bjorklund scored 17 points and No. 4 Tennessee completed its ninth undefeated run through Southeastern Conference play.
The Lady Volunteers (28-2, 16-0) won their conference games by an average 24.1 points.
Tennessee hit 17 of its first 25 shots while holding LSU to 5-of-26 shooting. A 3-pointer by Alicia Manning with 3:29 left in the first half gave Tennessee a 44-20 lead.
The Lady Tigers made three straight 3-pointers in the span of 40 seconds, then a pair of free throws by LaSondra Barrett with 44 seconds to go before halftime cut the margin to 44-31.
LSU got within 69-59 on a layup by Barrett with 2:21 remaining in the game but scored only one more point the rest of the way.
Courtney Jones had 21 points to lead LSU (18-12, 8-8).
No. 5 Texas A&M 68, Texas 65
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Danielle Adams scored 26 points and No. 5 Texas A&M beat Texas for the 10th consecutive time.
Texas A&M held the Longhorns to just 17 points in the first half — the second-lowest first-half total in Texas history — then had to hold on as the Longhorns scored 48 in the second to rally.
Adams made two critical free throws with 16 seconds left to put the Aggies ahead 66-59 and put the game out of reach. The Longhorns made two last desperate 3-pointers, the last with 1 second left.
Yvonne Anderson scored 24 points for the Longhorns (17-11, 6-8 Big 12) and sparked the second-half rally before Texas lost its third in a row and fourth in five games.
Tyra White scored 14 for Texas A&M (24-3, 12-2).
No. 6 Xavier 73, Temple 66
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amber Harris had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 6 Xavier clinched the top seed in the Atlantic 10 championship.
Ta’Shia Phillips added 18 points and 15 rebounds for her 18th double-double of the season for the Musketeers. With the victory, Xavier (25-2, 14-0) became the first school in Atlantic 10 history to finish unbeaten in conference play in consecutive seasons.
The Musketeers have bigger goals in mind than just winning their third straight conference title. They return four starters back from last season’s team that advanced to the NCAA tournament Sacramento regional final before falling at the buzzer to Stanford.
Shey Peddy scored 24 and Qwedia Wallace added 22 for Temple (22-7, 13-1), which saw its 15-game winning streak snapped.
No. 9 Duke 66, No. 13 North Carolina 58
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Jasmine Thomas scored 17 points and No. 9 Duke clinched the top seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Fellow senior Karima Christmas added 14 points, 10 rebounds and three 3-pointers for the Blue Devils (26-3, 12-2).
They won their third straight by building a 52-46 rebounding advantage, forcing 19 turnovers, building a 14-point lead after a 21-5 run — and then holding off North Carolina’s late attempt to get back in it.
Italee Lucas scored 15 points and Chay Shegog added 14 for the Tar Heels (22-7, 8-6), the No. 6 seed for the league tournament later this week in Greensboro.
No. 10 Michigan State 65, Minnesota 51
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kalisha Keane scored 19 points to help No. 10 Michigan State rally from 12 points down in the second half.
Lykendra Johnson had 18 points and Porche Poole added 10 for the Spartans (25-4, 13-3 Big Ten), who scored 13 consecutive points midway through the second half to erase the Gophers’ lead. That was part of a 26-2 run in which Michigan State held Minnesota to one basket in an 11-minute span.
Katie Loberg scored 19 points and Kiara Buford had 10 for the Gophers (12-17, 4-12), who have lost five of six.
No. 12 Miami 70, Georgia Tech 59
ATLANTA (AP) — Riquna Williams scored 32 points and No. 12 Miami closed its ACC regular season with a sixth straight victory.
Williams, a junior guard who came in averaging 21.3 points, was 4 for 6 from behind the 3-point arc as Miami (26-3, 12-2) dashed Georgia Tech’s hopes of a first-round bye in the ACC tournament. She had 19 points after intermission and finished two shy of her career best.
Williams scored eight points in a 12-3 run that gave Miami a 52-42 lead midway in the second half, and Georgia Tech (21-9, 9-5) couldn’t get closer than six points the rest of the way.
No. 14 Florida State 57, Clemson 50
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Alexa Deluzio scored 22 points and Cierra Bravard added 15 to lead 14th-ranked Florida State.
Deluzio scored 16 points in the first half, including a pair of 3-point baskets that spurred a 9-0 run late in the half and sent the Seminoles to the locker room with a 34-26 lead. She was 6 of 10 from the floor, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range.
Florida State (23-6, 11-3) will have a bye in the ACC tournament that begins Thursday.
Clemson (10-19, 3-10) jumped out to an 8-2 lead but faltered quickly on its way to a sixth straight defeat. Kirstyn Wright and Sthefany Thomas each scored 11 points for the Tigers.
Clemson shot just 30 percent in the game, with 6-4 center Lindsey Mason going 0 for 10.
No. 15 Maryland 79, Boston College 69
BOSTON (AP) — Alyssa Thomas had 17 points and nine rebounds, Kim Rodgers scored 16 points and No. 15 Maryland made up for a rough shooting game with strong defense.
The Terrapins (23-6, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) went just 3-3 in their last six regular season games after winning seven straight.
Stefanie Murphy led Boston College with 21 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out in the final minute. The Eagles (18-11, 5-9) lost four of their final five games of the regular season.
Anjale Barrett had 15 points and Lynetta Kizer 14 for Maryland, which entered the day needing help to get one of the top four spots and a bye in the upcoming league tournament.
Maryland shot just 42.4 percent from the floor, but held the Eagles to 39.1 percent and forced 17 turnovers.
No. 20 Kentucky 76, Auburn 62
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Victoria Dunlap scored 19 points and No. 20 Kentucky closed its regular season with a win over Auburn.
The Wildcats (22-7, 11-5 Southeastern Conference) trailed 33-30 at the half after the Tigers’ Alli Smalley swished a 35-footer at the buzzer.
Kentucky used a 10-0 run in 2:58 to go up 50-43 with 10:34 to go, then, when the Tigers closed to 57-52, the Wildcats ripped off a 12-3 run ending in a Maegan Conwright three-point play and a 69-55 lead with 3:26 left.
Kentucky shot 26 of 34 (76.5 percent) from the line and forced the Tigers into 29 turnovers.
Smalley led the Tigers (15-14, 8-8) with 24 points, Morgan Jennings scored 16, and Chantel Hilliard and Blanche Alverson each added 10.
No. 21 Marist 60, Fairfield 45
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Kate Oliver scored 19 points to help No. 21 Marist get its school-record 23rd straight win.
Erica Allenspach had 11 points and seven rebounds to help the Red Foxes (27-2, 18-0 MAAC) become just the second team in league history to finish unbeaten in conference play since it went to an 18-game schedule. Marist also accomplished the feat in 2007-08.
Brittany McFarlane scored 12 points and Taryn Johnson had 10 for the Stags.
Marist, tops in the nation in scoring defense at 49.5 points allowed per game, held Fairfield (17-12, 10-8) to just 19 points in the first half.
Florida 74, No. 22 Georgia 71
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jaterra Bonds scored 22 points, Jordan Jones added 18 and Florida handed No. 22 Georgia its third consecutive loss.
The Gators (17-13, 7-9 SEC) closed out the regular season with a three-game winning streak and secured the No. 8 seed in the Southeastern Conference tournament. The Lady Bulldogs (20-9, 10-6) will be the No. 4 seed.
Bonds was 5 of 10 from behind the arc, and Jones was 3 of 6.
Jasmine James scored 23 points to lead Georgia, and Porsha Phillips added 15 points and 17 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season. The Lady Bulldogs finished 3 for 14 on 3-pointers.
The Lady Bulldogs led 71-70 with 1:11 remaining, but made several errors in the final minute.