Monday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Tiffany Hayes scored 23 points, Bria Hartley added 20 and No. 2 Connecticut beat Oklahoma 73-55 on Monday night for its 12th straight victory.
The Huskies (24-2) never trailed on their way to moving to 10-0 all-time in the series, which is becoming an annual tradition around Valentine's Day.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Stefanie Dolson contributed 10 points apiece, and Connecticut built a commanding lead in the first 7 minutes before withstanding a series of rallies by Oklahoma (16-8).
Whitney Hand scored 18 points while playing 40 minutes but she was the only one of the Sooners who could score with regularity against the nation's top defense.
Oklahoma cut an early 17-point deficit to five before halftime but was never closer than seven points in the second half.
Aaryn Ellenberg, once the Sooners' most dangerous scorer, continued a prolonged slump by missing eight of her first nine shots. She has shot 16 for 75 (21 percent) over the last seven games — a stretch that has included two games against top-ranked Baylor and this one against an even more stingy defense.
NO. 13 TENNESSEE 91, NO. 7 KENTUCKY 54
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Meighan Simmons scored a season-high 25 points for Tennessee.
Shekinna Stricklen added 18 points for the Lady Volunteers (18-7, 9-3 Southeastern Conference), who shot 59 percent while holding Kentucky to 33.3 percent and held a 45-27 rebounding advantage.
Bria Goss had 15 points for the Wildcats (21-4, 10-2), who lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
Tennessee led 46-28 at halftime after shooting 60 percent. Both teams had 10 turnovers, but the Lady Vols had scored eight more points off giveaways than the Wildcats.
Tennessee's lead reached 40 points with 4:37 to play.
A'dia Mathies, who scored 34 points in Kentucky's last meeting with Tennessee, had 12.
MINNESOTA 64, NO. 16 NEBRASKA 58
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's Kionna Kellogg scored with 1:01 left break the game's final tie.
The Gophers (13-14, 5-8 Big Ten) used a 20-0 run to forge a 40-24 lead with 17:00 to go. But the Cornhuskers (19-5, 8-4) overcame a 58-51 deficit with a 7-0 run capped by Kaitlyn Burke's basket with 3:17 left.
Neither team scored until Kellogg made her go-ahead basket. The Gophers, who had lost three straight, made four free throws for the final margin.
Rachel Banham led Minnesota with 21 points, including three 3-pointers, and Kiara Buford added 16. Brianna Mastey and Kellogg grabbed 11 rebounds each as the Gophers piled up a 42-31 edge on the boards.
Jordan Hooper made four 3-pointers and led Nebraska with 20 points.