Wednesday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Games played Dec. 19, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike had 21 points and 15 rebounds, Mikaela Ruef had a tiebreaking basket with 53 seconds left and No. 1 Stanford held on to beat No. 21 South Carolina 53-49 on Wednesday night.
The Cardinal (10-0) came cross-country to face the rising Gamecocks (10-1) and found themselves in a tough matchup. The game was tied at 45-all with 1:14 to go after Aleighsa Welch's foul shot. That's when Ruef drove left and put up a shot that barely caught the rim and fell in for the lead.
South Carolina had a chance to tie on its next possession, but Ieasia Walker made just one of two foul shots. Walker's 3-pointer with 3 seconds left drew the Gamecocks within 51-49 but that was as close as 5things got
Tami Kokenis had 15 points for Stanford, including six foul shots in the final minute to keep control.
NO. 2 CONNECTICUT 97, OAKLAND 25
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Bria Hartley and Breanna Stewart each scored 21 points and Brianna Banks had 18 to lead No. 2 Connecticut.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 14 points and nine rebounds for UConn (9-0). Stewart had 13 rebounds, eight on the offensive end, and the Huskies had a 56-26 edge on the boards.
Hartley scored 19 points in the first half when UConn shot 66 percent and led 61-12. The Huskies shot 51 percent for the game and Oakland 15 percent (7 for 47).
Elizabeth Hamlet led Oakland (5-6) with 14 points.
NO. 5 NOTRE DAME 100, ALABAMA A&M 39
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kayla McBride scored 16 points to lead four teammates in double figures as No. 5 Notre Dame cruised past Alabama A&M in the first round of the World Vision Classic.
Skylar Diggins and Whitney Holloway had 15 points each for the Fighting Irish (7-1), who reached 100 points in consecutive games for the first time in school history. Madison Cable added 13 points and Ariel Braker had 12.
Jasmine Sanders scored 10 points for Alabama A&M (1-6).
Notre Dame never trailed was up 45-24 at halftime. The Fighting Irish had 19 steals and committed just 10 turnovers while the Lady Bulldogs had four steals and 29 turnovers. Notre Dame also finished with a 37-9 edge in points off turnovers.
NO. 6 GEORGIA 72, TCU 59
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Erika Ford scored 10 points in a span of just over 6½ minutes midway through the first half and sixth-ranked Georgia stayed undefeated.
The Lady Bulldogs (12-0) were up only 10-9 before Ford, the sophomore guard who had checked in on the previous timeout, made a 3-pointer with 15:04 left in the first half. By the time Ford had a steal and breakaway layup with 8:21 left, she had scored 10 points in a 15-3 run that stretched the lead to 25-12.
Ford finished with 13 points, while Anne Marie Armstrong and Jasmine Hassell had 14 each.
Natalie Ventress had 19 points for Big 12 newcomer TCU (5-4), which had won five consecutive home games.
NO. 17 NORTH CAROLINA 76, EAST CAROLINA 67
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 24 points and No. 17 North Carolina pulled away in the second half in the Beach Ball Classic.
Krista Gross had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels (11-1), who trailed 32-31 at the half.
Whitny Edwards scored 15 points for the Pirates (8-3), Britny Edwards had 12 and Celeste Stewart 10.
The Tar Heels opened the second half with a 9-2 run, but East Carolina hung in, closing to 43-40 on Whitny Edwards' two free throws.
Danielle Butts made two free throw to put North Carolina up 53-44 with 8:37 remaining.
Britny Edwards made two foul shots with 1:52 to go to close to 69-67, but a layup by Gross, a 3-pointer by Janesha Ebron and a trey by Ruffin-Pratt made it 74-67 with 41 seconds left.
NO. 22 TEXAS A&M 83, KANSAS STATE 60
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kelsey Bone scored 22 points, hitting 11 of her 13 shots, to lift No. 22 Texas A&M to an 83-60 victory over Kansas State on Wednesday.
Courtney Walker added 16 points, nine rebounds, and five steals for the Aggies (7-3), who have won their last seven games after opening with losses to three top-10 teams — Louisville, Connecticut and Penn State.
Texas A&M led by eight at the half and pulled away behind Walker, who had 12 of her points after the break.
Haley Texada scored 19 points and Brittany Chambers added 15 to lead Kansas State (7-2).
Chambers only played 28 minutes after spraining her right ankle in the Wildcats' loss to TCU on Sunday. She didn't start, snapping a streak of 101 straight games she had started, but quickly entered the game.
The game was part of a three-day tournament at UNLV.
NO. 23 FLORIDA STATE 94, MERCER 42
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Natasha Howard led five players in double figures with 17 points and 12 rebounds as No. 23 Florida State easily beat Mercer.
Chelsea Davis had 17, Alexa Deluzio added 15, Chasity Clayton tallied 13, and Leonor Rodriguez chipped in 10 for Florida State, which is the only team in the country with five players averaging double figures in scoring.
Davis and Clayton both went 6 of 10 from the field and grabbed seven boards apiece for Florida State (9-1), which outrebounded Mercer 59-46 — the Seminoles' highest total of the season.
Florida State opened the game on an 11-2 run and took a 25-12 lead on a layup from Clayton. The Seminoles took a 42-21 advantage into the break and extended their lead to 43, 74-31, on Deluzio's second 3-pointer of the game.
Kendra Grant had 15 for Mercer (7-3), which was 1-of-17 shooting from 3-point range.