Sunday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Monday, November 21, 2011
WACO, Texas (AP) — Brittney Griner had 32 points and 14 rebounds while Baylor established itself as the clear No. 1 team for now with a 94-81 victory over No. 2 Notre Dame in the preseason WNIT championship game Sunday.
The Lady Bears (4-0) put the game away with a 14-3 run that was capped when Odyssey Sims had a steal that she turned into a breakway layup for a 70-58 lead with 9½ minutes left.
While both teams know the national championship won't be determined until four months from now, the early No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown provided an indication of what may be to come for Griner and the Lady Bears.
Sims had 25 points, six steals and six assists.
Skylar Diggins, like Griner a preseason AP All-America pick, had 27 points. Natalie Novosel led the Irish (3-1) with 28 points.
VIRGINIA 69, No. 3 TENNESSEE 64
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Chelsea Shine scored 18 points, including a key basket in overtime, and Virginia stunned turnover-prone Tennessee.
The Cavaliers (4-0) came into the game allowing just over 42 points a game under first-year coach Joanne Boyle, and dictated the pace against a Lady Vols team averaging 90.5 points.
Taber Spani led the Lady Vols (2-1) with 22 points, including a 3-pointer 59 seconds into overtime that gave Tennessee a 61-58 lead, but the Cavaliers scored the next 11 points, the crowd at John Paul Jones Arena getting more excited with each basket.
China Crosby had 13 points and Ataira Franklin 12 for Virginia, which beat Tennessee for just the third time in 16 games. Lexie Gerson and Ariana Moorer each scored 10.
Shekinna Stricklen had 16 and Glory Johnson 15 for the Lady Vols, who missed 10 of 21 free throws.
No. 6 TEXAS A&M 93, MISSISSIPPI STATE 47
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Kelsey Bone had 20 points and 13 rebounds to help Texas A&M handle Mississippi and get Aggies coach Gary Blair the 600th victory in his career.
He has won 192 with the Aggies.
Texas A&M (4-0) was up by 25 points early in the second half before going on a 14-0 run to make it 65-26 and put the game out of reach. The Lady Bulldogs, who made just five field goals in the first half to get in an early hole, had four turnovers in that span.
Mississippi State (3-1) was led by Diamber Johnson's 14 points.
Karla Gilbert added 12 points and Tyra White and Adrienne Pratcher scored 11 points each for the defending national champion Aggies.
No. 8 DUKE 80, WESTERN KENTUCKY 54
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Reserve Tricia Liston scored a career-high 22 points after going scoreless in her first two games this season and Duke forced 35 turnovers against Western Kentucky in a rout.
Chloe Wells added 13 points and nine assists and Chelsea Gray scored 11 for the Blue Devils, who used relentless pressure as Western Kentucky (0-3) committed mistake after mistake.
Duke (3-0) used a 14-0 run late in the first half to open up a 22-point lead just before halftime.
The Lady Toppers are winless in five meetings with Duke and hadn't hosted a team ranked as high as the Blue Devils in 11 years.
No. 9 LOUISVILLE 62, Xavier 44
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Becky Burke scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and Louisville used a swarming defense to beat Xavier.
Cierra Warren added 10 points for the Cardinals (3-1).
Ashley Wanninger had 10 points and Amber Gray added nine for the Musketeers (1-2).
The game was a rematch of last season's NCAA tournament second game that saw the Cardinals upset No. 2 seed Xavier 85-75 to earn their third straight trip to the Sweet 16. Xavier, ranked in the top 10 all of last season, is rebuilding after losing four starters from last year's team.
No. 11 PENN STATE 55, SOUTH CAROLINA 50
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Maggie Lucas scored the final six points of a game-closing 13-0 run and Penn State escaped with a victory over South Carolina.
Trailing 50-42 with 5:47 left, Penn State (3-1) turned up its defense and held South Carolina without a point the rest of the game.
Lucas, who led the Lady Lions with 18 points, had eight during the run. Her jumper in the lane with 1:24 left gave Penn State the lead for good. She then scored on a driving lay-up the next possession.
Lucas then stole the ball and was fouled, ending any hopes of a South Carolina comeback. She made two free throws to seal the win.
Ieasia Walker scored 15 to lead South Carolina (3-1), which shot just 25 percent for the game.
No. 12 GEORGIA 67, No. 23 USC 60
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Senior Meredith Mitchell scored a career-high 21 points to lead Georgia to a win over Southern Cal.
Georgia (4-0) took an early 21-7 lead and led by as many as 16 points in the second half, forcing Southern Cal (1-2) to play catch up.
Khaalidah Miller added 17 points for Georgia.
Jacki Gemelos led Southern Cal with 18 points. Briana Gilbreath and Cassie Harberts scored 15 apiece. Harberts also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Lady Dogs led by 16 as late as 3:00 to play before the Women of Troy mounted a 12-7 rally down the stretch that was too little too late.
No. 16 PURDUE 65, TENNESSEE-MARTIN 39
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Using a dominating defense to shut down a high-scoring, hot-shooting visitor, Purdue cruised to a victory over Tennessee-Martin.
In winning its first three games, UT-Martin (3-1) averaged 80 points and 12 made 3-pointers but the Skyhawks managed to shoot just .283 (15-of-53) against Purdue's rangy defense, including .273 (6-of-22) from the 3-point line.
Sam Ostarello scored 10 of her 13 points in the second half to lead Purdue (3-0), which picked up the 700th victory in program history. Courtney Moses scored 12 with a team-high eight rebounds while Brittany Rayburn scored 11.
Heather Butler led UT-Martin with 19 points but Jasmine Newsome, who entered the game with a 25.3 scoring average, was held to just two points on 1-of-9 shooting with eight turnovers.
No. 18 DEPAUL 90, HAWAII 65
HONOLULU (AP) — Anna Martin scored 22 points to lead DePaul to a win over Hawaii.
Martin hit five 3-pointers and made seven of her 11 field goal attempts for the Blue Demons (4-1). Megan Rogowski scored 17 points, Kelsey Reynolds 11 and Katherine Harry added 10 points with 12 rebounds.
The Rainbow Wahine held an early lead at 11-9, but DePaul used a 19-6 run to take a commanding lead, which it never relinquished. Hawaii cut the Blue Demons' lead to 52-44 on Kanisha Bello's 3-pointer with 14:26 left, but could get no closer.
Kamilah Jackson had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead Hawaii (1-3), which also got 16 points from Breanna Arbuckle.