Saturday's Top 25 Women's College Basketball Capsules
Sunday, March 6, 2011
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Brittney Griner had 26 points and 13 rebounds and ceaseless shot-altering defense helped No. 3 Baylor overcome a first-half letdown to rout Colorado 81-59 on Saturday.
Odyssey Sims added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Bears (28-2), who finished 15-1 in Big 12 play, one win better than their 2005 national championship team.
Brittany Spears scored 23 points for Colorado (15-14, 6-10), which trimmed an early 20-point deficit to 34-28 at the half but couldn’t make another run after halftime without sophomore guard Chucky Jeffery. The Buffaloes’ second-leading scorer and top rebounder was attending her great grandmother’s funeral in New York.
No. 4 Tennessee 82, Georgia 58
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Meighan Simmons scored 18 points for Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals.
The Lady Volunteers (30-2) will play in their 20th conference championship against No. 16 Kentucky or Vanderbilt.
Jasmine Hassell led the Lady Bulldogs (21-10) with 20 points.
No. 5 Texas A&M 84, Nebraska 49
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Danielle Adams had 23 points and eight rebounds to help the Aggies gets back on track entering next week’s Big 12 tournament.
The Aggies (25-4, 13-3) were up by a bucket early in the second half before scoring 14 straight points to extend their lead to 49-33 with about 16 minutes left.
Freshman Jordan Hooper scored 16 points for Nebraska (13-17, 3-13), which has lost nine of its last 10.
No. 6 Xavier 71, Saint Joseph’s 55
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Amber Harris scored 19 points and Ta’Shia Phillips had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Xavier in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals on Saturday.
Tyeasha Moss had 14 points, going 3 of 5 from 3-point range, and Special Jennings scored 11 for the Musketeers (26-2).
Katie Kuester scored 17 points and Erin Shields had 10 for Saint Joseph’s (19-11), which led 27-20 in the first half and still held a two-point lead at the break.
No. 8 Duke 74, Georgia Tech 66
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Karima Christmas scored a season-high 20 points to lead Duke in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Jasmine Thomas added 12 points for top-seeded Duke (28-3), which reached Sunday’s championship game for the fourth time in as many tries under coach Joanne P. McCallie.
Metra Walthour scored a career-high 20 points and five 3-pointers for the Yellow Jackets, while Tyaunna Marshall added 19 points.
No. 9 UCLA 66, Washington State 48
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jasmine Dixon scored 17 points for UCLA in the final game at Pauley Pavilion before it closes for a renovation project.
Darxia Morris added 15 points for the Bruins (26-3, 16-2 Pac-10), who set school records for total victories and conference wins.
UCLA scored the first 13 points of the game and led 25-4 after 13 minutes.
Carly Noyes had 10 points for Washington State, which fell to 0-22 at Pauley Pavilion.
Ohio State 72, No. 11 Michigan State 57
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jantel Lavender had 37 points and nine rebounds to lead Ohio State to a 72-57 win over No. 11 Michigan State on Saturday in the semifinals of the Big 10 tournament.
Lavender scored 21 points in the first half for the Buckeyes (21-9), who will face second-seeded Penn State (24-8) in Sunday’s title game.
Kalisha Keane had 17 points and Lykendra Johnson added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan State (27-4).
No. 15 Green Bay 68, Detroit 48
DETROIT (AP) — Kayla Tetschlag had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help Wisconsin-Green Bay complete a perfect run through the Horizon League.
Adrian Ritchie added 15 points for the Phoenix (29-1, 18-0), who held the Titans to just four second-half field goals in winning their 20th straight game.
Green Bay are unbeaten after league play for the second time in the last three seasons.
Britney Murphy scored 16 points for Detroit (12-17, 6-12).
No. 16 Kentucky 69, Vanderbilt 56
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Victoria Dunlap scored 22 points and No. 16 Kentucky withstood a late rally to reach the Southeastern Conference title game.
The Wildcats (24-7) will make their third SEC championship appearance, meeting No. 4 Tennessee in a rematch of last year’s final. The Lady Volunteers won that game 70-62 and took this year’s regular-season meeting, 73-67.
Tiffany Clarke led Vanderbilt (20-11) with 18 points and 17 rebounds.
No. 17 Georgetown 61, Syracuse 60
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Sugar Rodgers scored 18 points to lead Georgetown in the second round of the Big East tournament.
The Hoyas (22-9) will face top-ranked Connecticut on Sunday in the quarterfinals.
Elashier Hall scored 16 points to lead Syracuse (22-9).
Texas Tech 61, No. 18 Oklahoma 56
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Monique Smalls scored 13 points to lead Texas Tech, which took control with a 10-2 run to start the second half.
Texas Tech (21-9, 8-8 Big 12) made 5 of 6 free throws to hang on for the win.
Freshmen Aaryn Ellenberg scored 16 points — 14 in the first half — and Nicole Griffin added 14 for the Sooners (20-10, 10-6).
No. 19 North Carolina 83, No. 10 Miami 57
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Jessica Breland had a season-high 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead North Carolina in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Cetera DeGraffenreid and Krista Gross added 14 points apiece for the sixth-seeded Tar Heels (25-7), who shot nearly 47 percent to win the day’s only matchup of ranked women’s teams.
Riquna Williams had 21 points and ACC player of the year Shenise Johnson had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the second-seeded Hurricanes (27-4). Miami had won seven straight.
No. 20 Marquette 65, Pittsburgh 61
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Paige Fiedorowicz scored 14 points and Tatiyiana McMorris added 13 to lead Marquette in the second round of the Big East tournament.
The Golden Eagles (23-7) will face fourth-seeded Rutgers in the quarterfinals Sunday.
Taneisha Harrison scored 27 points and Shayla Scott had 11 points and 13 rebounds to lead Pitt (14-17).
No. 21 Marist 60, Siena 45
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Senior guard Erica Allenspach scored 34 points for Marist in the semifinals of the MAAC tournament.
The Red Foxes (28-2), who have won 25 games in a row, will face Loyola for the MAAC championship and automatic NCAA berth on Monday.
Serena Moore led Siena with 17 points. The Saints finished their season at 14-16.
Missouri 49, No. 23 Iowa State 48
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — RaeShara Brown scored 14 points to reach 1,000 for her career and help Missouri hold on.
Christine Flores added 11 points and six rebounds for the Tigers (13-17, 5-11 Big 12 Conference), who snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Cyclones.
Anna Prins had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Iowa State (21-9, 9-7), while leading scorer Kelesey Bolte finished with five points on 2-of-11 shooting.
No. 25 Houston 90, Tulane 84, OT
HOUSTON (AP) — Courtney Taylor had 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead Houston in the Conference USA regular-season finale for both teams.
It was a team-record 16th straight win for Houston (25-4, 16-0), which took a 73-71 lead on Brittney Scott’s layup with 41 seconds remaining.
Danielle Nunn scored 25 points and Roshaunda Barnes had 16 for Tulane (20-9, 9-7).