Sunday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Monday, February 27, 2012
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Riquna Williams scored 20 points, Shenise Johnson added 19 and No. 5 Miami capped its Atlantic Coast Conference regular season with a 88-42 win over Boston College on Sunday.
It was the 40th straight home win for the Hurricanes (25-4, 14-2), who bounced back from Friday's loss at No. 7 Duke by grabbing a quick 14-0 lead over the Eagles. Stefanie Yderstrom scored 13 points for Miami, which will be the No. 2 seed in the ACC tournament and play a quarterfinal game on Friday in Greensboro, N.C.
Kristen Doherty scored 10 for Boston College (7-22, 2-14), which was outscored 176-99 in its two meetings with the Hurricanes this season.
No. 6 MARYLAND 65, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 50
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Alyssa Thomas scored 22 of her 24 points in the second half and added a career-high 17 rebounds, and Maryland beat North Carolina State.
Thomas finished two points shy of her scoring high to help the Terrapins (25-4, 12-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) win their fourth straight. They clinched the No. 3 seed in the league tournament that starts Thursday in Greensboro.
Laurin Mincy added 12 points for Maryland. The Terps never trailed, overcame 18 turnovers and used a late 17-5 run to pull away and claim their seventh win in eight tries against the Wolfpack (16-14, 5-11).
No. 7 DUKE 69, NORTH CAROLINA 63
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Tricia Liston scored 15 points to help Duke beat rival North Carolina and win the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship outright.
Freshman Elizabeth Williams added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Blue Devils (24-4, 15-1 ACC), who had already clinched the top seed in this week's league tournament in Greensboro. But this win gave Duke an outright ACC crown for the first time in five years, while also giving fifth-year coach Joanne P. McCallie her first road victory in the rivalry.
Duke led almost the entire way, shooting 56 percent in the first half to lead by 14 points at halftime. The Blue Devils pushed that margin to 17 before the Tar Heels (19-10, 9-7) rallied to within four in the final 90 seconds, though Duke did just enough to hold on the rest of the way.
No. 23 NEBRASKA 71, No. 8 OHIO STATE 57
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Emily Cady scored 24 points to match her career high and Nebraska upset Ohio State.
The Cornhuskers (21-7, 10-6 Big Ten) bounced back from a 20-point loss at Michigan State for only their second win in six games. The Buckeyes (24-5, 11-5) lost for the fifth time in eight conference road games.
Cady had her best game since scoring 24 in the Huskers' 82-68 loss at Ohio State on Jan. 19. The freshman forward made 9 of 16 shots from the floor after scoring just four points against the Spartans on Thursday.
Brandi Jeffery and Rebecca Woodberry scored eight apiece for Nebraska. The Huskers' season scoring leaders, Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore, combined for only 16 points.
Samantha Prahalis, coming off a school-record 42-point game against Minnesota on Thursday, led the Buckeyes with 18 points. Tayler Hill added 16.
No. 9 DELAWARE 89, NORTHEASTERN 71
NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Elena Delle Donne scored 35 points and Delaware won its 16th straight game with a victory over Northeastern.
With the win, the Blue Hens (26-1, 17-0 Colonial Athletic Association) tied the school record for victories in a season. With one game remaining on the schedule, Delaware is also trying to become the first CAA team since 2002 to finish the regular season unbeaten in conference.
The country's leading scorer at 28.1 points per game, Delle Donne scored 30 or more points for the 11th time this season. The 6-foot-5 junior hit 14 of 24 shots from the floor while adding seven rebounds.
The Hens also got 18 points from junior Lauren Carra, who hit four 3-pointers.
Northeastern (7-21 overall, 5-12 CAA), which had a three-game winning streak snapped, was led by 20 points from Jewel Tunstall.
No. 10 TENNESSEE 75, FLORIDA 59
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Glory Johnson had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Tennessee beat Florida to grab second place in the Southeastern Conference.
This was the final home game for the Lady Vols, who have lost the most games ever on the court named after coach Pat Summitt. The Hall of Famer revealed in August that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.
She has only said she hopes to continue coaching as long as possible. She has spoken very little about her condition this season, instead urging others to focus on basketball instead of her.
The Lady Vols (21-8, 12-4) have struggled this season at times, losing at home to South Carolina and Arkansas for the first time ever. They will play in the SEC tournament this weekend in Nashville before playing in the NCAA tournament.
No. 11 PENN STATE 74, MINNESOTA 51
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Maggie Lucas scored 24 points and Penn State smothered cold-shooting Minnesota to claim sole possession of the Big Ten title.
Senior Zhaque Gray added 18 in her final game at the Jordan Center for the Lady Lions (23-5, 13-3), who led by as much as 24 in the first half and 33 in the second.
Kiara Buford had 11 points for Minnesota (14-16, 6-10), which kept pace with the league's best rebounding team on the glass but failed to convert several second chances and easy looks inside.
Penn State has won a season-high seven straight, including the last five by double digits.
No. 13 KENTUCKY 76, MISSISSIPPI STATE 40
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A'Dia Mathies and Bernisha Pinkett scored 13 points each to lead Kentucky to a win over Mississippi State and clinch the Wildcats' first regular season Southeastern Conference title in 30 years.
Kentucky (24-5, 13-3 SEC) opened the game on a 19-7 run and led 41-17 at the half. The Wildcats shot 40.3 percent (27-of-67) from the floor and hit 15-of-22 free throws. Kentucky will return home and celebrate its first title since 1982 later Sunday night on campus.
The Bulldogs (14-15, 4-12) have lost four straight. The loss also marked retiring MSU head coach Sharron Fanning-Otis's last regular season game.
No. 17 GEORGIA TECH 62, CLEMSON 50
ATLANTA (AP) — Sydney Wallace scored 16 points as the lone Yellow Jackets player in double figures, leading Georgia Tech past Clemson.
Georgia Tech (22-7, 12-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) improved on its best season in the conference, extending its league-wins record to a dozen.
A Wallace 3 fueled an 18-6 Yellow Jackets run that turned a three-point deficit into a nine-point lead with 4:30 left before the half. Georgia Tech led 33-25 at intermission and outscored the Tigers 29-25 in the second half. Georgia Tech pushed its lead to 16 points with just less than six minutes left in the game.
The Yellow Jackets, who swept the regular-season series against Clemson, scored 19 points off 21 Tigers turnovers. They also outrebounded the Tigers 37-28 and outscored them on bench points 44-24.
Shaniqua Pauldo had 11 points to pace the Tigers (6-21, 2-14).
No. 18 GEORGIA 62, LSU 46
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Khaalidah Miller scored 14 points to lead Georgia over LSU, taking third place in the Southeastern Conference in the final regular-season game for both teams and also clinching the third seed in the conference tournament.
Jasmine Hassell added 12 points for the Lady Bulldogs (22-7, 11-5), and Meredith Mitchell had 10.
After trailing early, the Lady Bulldogs used a 13-0 run midway through the first half to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Georgia led by two points at the break but outscored LSU, who got within four points a couple of times, 36-23 to seal it in the second half.
The Lady Bulldogs clinched a first-round bye in the SEC tournament.
Courtney Jones and Adrienne Webb had 11 points apiece to pace the Lady Tigers (20-9, 10-6), who clinched the fourth seed and also grabbed a bye in next week's conference tournament.
No. 22 PURDUE 90, INDIANA 58
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Brittany Rayburn scored 24 points to lead Purdue to a victory over Indiana.
KK Houser had 15 points and seven assists for the Boilermakers (21-8, 11-5 Big Ten), Alex Guyton scored 11 and Sam Ostarello added nine rebounds.
Rayburn, who hit four 3-pointers, reached double figures for the 89th time and passed the 1,700-point mark for her career with 1,718.
Sasha Chaplin led the Hoosiers (6-23, 1-15) with 15 points. Aulani Sinclair scored 14 and Candyce Ussery a career-high 10.