Saturday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Sunday, February 26, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Natalie Novosel scored a career-high 32 points, Devereaux Peters added 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, and No. 3 Notre Dame withstood an upset bid by South Florida to beat the Bulls 80-68 on Saturday and clinch a tie for the Big East regular-season title.
Skylar Diggins had 18 points for the Irish (27-2, 14-1), who set a school regular-season mark with their 27th victory. But this one was not easy against the scrappy Bulls (15-14, 7-8), who got 18 points apiece from Inga Orekhova and Jasmine Wynne..
Notre Dame, which also shared the conference title in 2001 with Connecticut, now wraps up its regular season Monday night on the road against the Huskies.
The Irish, who trailed early in the second half, could not the Bulls away until Novosel led a late spurt.
No. 2 STANFORD 69, UTAH 42
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds, older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 15 points and five blocks and Stanford beat Utah 69-42 on Saturday, giving coach Tara Vanderveer her 700th career victory with the Cardinal.
The Hall of Fame coach is fifth on the all-time coaching list with 852 wins.
Joslyn Tinkle had 12 points and nine rebounds for Stanford, which won its 78th straight game at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal (26-1, 17-0 Pac-12) led the entire way and ran their conference winning streak to 74 despite going just 2 of 12 on 3-pointers.
Taryn Wicijowski scored 15 points and Iwalani Rodrigues had 12 for Utah, which has lost two straight after winning three in a row. The Utes trailed by as much as 27 and never recovered after shooting 23.8 percent in the first half.
No. 4 CONNECTICUT 85, MARQUETTE 45
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored a career-high 27 points to lead fourth-ranked Connecticut to an easy victory over Marquette.
The Huskies (26-3, 13-2 Big East) have won all seven meetings against Marquette and will face No. 3 Notre Dame on Monday night to try and earn a share of the conference regular season title.
Tiffany Hayes scored 18 of her 20 points in the second half, including 13 in the first seven minutes to help UConn blow the game open.
Katherine Plouffe scored 16 points to lead the Golden Eagles (13-15, 4-11), who have lost five straight and nine of their last 10 games.
No. 12 GREEN BAY 78, BUTLER 53
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Julie Wojta had 27 points and 13 rebounds to help Green Bay earn its 14th straight Horizon League regular season title with a victory over Butler.
Green Bay (25-1, 15-1), playing its final home game of the regular season, also got 13 points from Lydia Bauer and 10 from Adrian Ritchie.
It was the 33rd straight victory by Green Bay over Butler (12-15, 8-8).
Wojta also had six steals and five assists.
Mandy McDivitt scored 12 points to lead Butler, and Jenna Cobb scored nine.
No. 14 TEXAS A&M 79, TEXAS TECH 51
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Adaora Elonu scored 14 points and Texas A&M rolled to a victory over Texas Tech.
Tyra White and Alexia Standish scored 13 points apiece, Karla Gilbert scored 11 in a reserve role and Kelsey Bone had 10 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots for the Aggies (20-7, 11-5 Big 12). Texas A&M shot 59 percent, led by double figures beginning midway through the first half and held a 36-18 halftime edge in getting ready for its next game, Monday night at home against No. 1 Baylor.
Casey Morris led the Lady Raiders (17-11, 5-11) with 15 points. Texas Tech has lost four in a row.
No. 15 GEORGETOWN 65, SYRACUSE 62
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Sugar Rodgers scored 21 points, including a three-point play in the game’s last minute, and Georgetown used a 5-0 run in the final 39 seconds to sink Syracuse.
The Orange held the lead for most of the second half, going up 62-60 on Iasia Hemingway’s jumper with 1:03 to play. But after a Georgetown (22-6, 11-4 Big East) timeout, Rodgers, the Big East’s leading scorer coming in at 19.3 per game, was fouled on the game-tying basket and sank the foul shot for a one-point lead.
After Syracuse’s Rachel Coffey missed her attempt at a go-ahead 3, the Orange fouled and Morgan Williams stepped to the line and sank both of her shots for Georgetown’s final margin with 11 seconds left. Syracuse got a last-second 3-point attempt off but it wouldn’t fall.
Hemingway finished with 20 points to pace Syracuse (17-12, 6-9).
No. 16 LOUISVILLE 75, No. 21 DEPAUL 62
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Becky Burke scored 20 points and Louisville defeated DePaul to earn a split in the season series.
Louisville used a 12-2 run that spanned the final minute of the first half and the first four minutes of the second to build a 43-31 lead after a free throw by Shoni Schimmel with 16:12 to play. The Cardinals led by 13 twice and were never threatened the rest of the way.
Schimmel added 18 points, Bria Smith had 10 and Shawnta’ Dyer finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinals (20-8, 9-6 Big East), who have won three of their past four games.
Anna Martin had 18 points, Jasmine Penny added 12, while Katherine Harry grabbed 15 rebounds for DePaul (20-9, 8-7).
No. 19 ST. BONAVENTURE 58, RHODE ISLAND 32
KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — Megan Van Tatenhove scored 17 points and St. Bonaventure defeated Rhode Island for its 16th straight win, becoming just the seventh team in Atlantic 10 Conference history to make a perfect run through league play while earning its first regular-season title.
In a game featuring the only undefeated team in the A-10 vs. the only winless team in the conference, the Bonnies (27-2, 14-0) held the Rams (1-28, 0-14) to a season-low point total.
No. 20 ST. JOHN’S 69, VILLANOVA 49
NEW YORK (AP) — Da’Shena Stevens scored 21 points and St. John’s won its seventh consecutive game, defeating Villanova.
Eugeneia McPherson scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half for the Red Storm (20-8, 12-3 Big East), who shot 51.9 percent (14 of 27) to take a 36-26 lead at the break.
St. John’s used a 13-2 run to take a 49-30 lead with 13:29 remaining, and the Wildcats (15-13, 5-10), who lost their fifth straight, never got closer than 15 points the rest of the way.
No. 24 RUTGERS 68, PROVIDENCE 47
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Khadijah Rushdan scored 21 points to lead Rutgers past Providence, extending the Scarlet Knights’ winning streak against the Friars to 19 straight games.
The Scarlet Knights (20-8, 9-6 Big East) were never really threatened in this one, leading by 16 points at the break and outscoring the Friars 31-26 in the second half to seal it.
Rachel Barnes led Providence (13-15, 5-10) with 12 points while Teya Wright earned a double-double, scoring 11 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
No. 25 GONZAGA 77, BYU 60
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga clinched its eighth straight West Coast Conference regular-season title and avenged a 30-point loss to BYU.
Katelan Redmon had 28 points and seven rebounds for Gonzaga (25-4, 14-2 West Coast), which shot 49 percent from the floor. In a 70-40 loss to BYU on Feb. 9, the Bulldogs shot just 22 percent while scoring their fewest points in 11 years.
Kayla Standish added 15 points and Taelor Karr had 11 points and six assists.
Haley Steed had 17 points, Lexi Eaton 13 and Kristen Riley 11 for BYU (23-6, 11-4), which will carry the No. 2 seed into next week’s conference tournament.
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