Saturday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Sunday, January 8, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Natalie Novosel sank six free throws in overtime and Skylar Diggins scored 22 points to help No. 3 Notre Dame rally to beat second-ranked Connecticut 74-67 on Saturday.
Novosel finished with 20 points, including a 10-for-11 showing from the line for the Irish (15-1, 3-0 Big East), who won their 12th straight game.
Notre Dame snapped UConn’s 57-game conference winning streak. The Huskies last lost in the Big East to Rutgers in 2008.
UConn (12-2, 2-1) , which had beaten Notre Dame 12 straight times before losing to the Irish in the national semifinals last April, got 25 points from Bria Hartley. The Huskies were hurt by a season-high 27 turnovers.
No. 1 BAYLOR 57, IOWA STATE 45
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 26 points and her teammates contributed just enough to carry Baylor past Iowa State.
Baylor (15-0, 2-0 Big 12) continued the best start in school history but had to work to do it against a feisty Iowa State team that played deliberately and milked the shot clock.
The Cyclones (9-4, 0-2) led briefly in the first half, trailed by three at the half and were down just 26-24 when Nikki Moody hit a 3-pointer early in the second half.
Baylor responded with a 10-0 run that included five points from Griner to open a 36-24 lead, and though the Cyclones kept threatening, that was enough of a cushion for the Lady Bears to hold on and protect their No. 1 ranking.
Anna Prins, a 6-foot-7 junior who gave the Cyclones their best chance against the 6-8 Griner, led Iowa State with 17 points.
No. 4 STANFORD 67, OREGON STATE 60
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 33 points and 16 rebounds to go over both 2,000 points and 1,000 boards for her career, and Stanford rallied from a rare halftime deficit to beat Oregon State and preserve a 71-game home winning streak.
Chiney Ogwumike added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the cold-shooting Cardinal (13-1, 4-0 Pac-12), scoring 10 of her points during a 12-4 spurt to open the second half of one of their hardest-fought conference games in recent memory.
Ali Gibson scored 16 points for scrappy Oregon State (10-5, 1-3), which hung tough on both ends of the floor the entire way and gave Stanford one of its biggest challenges since a 68-58 loss at No. 2 Connecticut on Nov. 21. It hardly mattered the Beavers own an 0-26 record on the Cardinal’s home floor and have now dropped 24 straight in the series Stanford leads 48-6 overall.
MICHIGAN 73, No. 8 OHIO STATE 62
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Courtney Boylan scored 19 points and Sam Arnold added 13 to help Michigan hand Ohio State its first loss of the season.
The Buckeyes (15-1, 2-1 Big Ten) were looking to extend their longest win streak since 2007 to 16 games.
But the Wolverines forced 15 turnovers and never trailed after taking a 28-26 lead on Kate Thompson’s 3-pointer with 2:49 remaining in the first half.
Michigan (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) led by as many as 19 points, but had to hold off a late Buckeyes surge.
Samantha Prahalis had 17 points and Tayler Hill added 15 for Ohio State, which cut its deficit to 62-57 with 3:29 left. The Buckeyes could get no closer.
No. 10 RUTGERS 58, CINCINNATI 47
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — April Sykes had 11 points and 11 rebounds as Rutgers beat Cincinnati.
Monique Oliver added 15 points for the Scarlet Knights (13-2, 2-0 Big East), who won their fourth straight and are off to their best start since going 17-2 in 2007-08.
Bjonee Reaves had 15 points for the Bearcats (9-7, 0-3), who dropped to 0-8 all-time against Rutgers. Dayeesha Hollins, Cincinnati’s top scorer with a 15.0 average, was limited to nine points on 3 of 12 shooting.
Rutgers broke the game open in the second half when a 12-0 run gave the Scarlet Knights a 38-21 advantage that got as big as 41-23 with 10 minutes remaining.
No. 13 TEXAS TECH 69, MISSOURI 63
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Chynna Brown scored 17 points to help Texas Tech remain unbeaten with a victory over Missouri.
The Lady Raiders (14-0, 2-0 Big 12) are off to their best start since the 2003-04 season, when the team started 15-0. Saturday’s win was Texas Tech’s first in Columbia since 2004, with both teams trading home wins the past seven seasons.
Christine Flores led Missouri (10-3, 0-2) with 16 points.
No. 15 GEORGETOWN 66, SOUTH FLORIDA 56
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Adria Crawford, Tia Magee and Sugar Rodgers had 12 points each as Georgetown beat South Florida.
Rodgers, who entered averaging 20.7 points, was just 4 of 19 from the field. Georgetown (13-3, 2-1) was coming off a 59-50 loss to DePaul in a Big East game on Tuesday that snapped the Hoyas’ 11-game winning streak.
Inga Orekhova, a junior college transfer playing in her first game with South Florida, scored 18 points. Jasmine Wynne added 17 points for the Bulls (9-7, 1-1).
After Wynne cut the Bulls’ deficit to 55-54 with a pair of free throws, Crawford and Rodgers had layup baskets that keyed a 9-0 run that helped secure the Georgetown victory.
No. 17 WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY 88, WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE 53
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Julie Wojta scored 27 points and had 12 steals, leading Wisconsin-Green Bay to a victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
She set the school and Horizon League record for steals in a game.
Wojta, a 6-foot senior, made 10 of 17 shots and had five assists and three rebounds in just 25 minutes for the Phoenix (13-0, 3-0 Horizon League).
Courtney Lindfors scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds for Milwaukee (4-9, 0-3).
Green Bay has beaten Milwaukee 14 consecutive times and has won 29 straight Horizon League regular-season games.
PROVIDENCE 60, No. 20 DEPAUL 52
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Teya Wright had 19 points and 12 rebounds to help Providence upset DePaul.
It was the Friars’ first win over a ranked opponent since Jan. 7, 2009, when they took down then-No. 20 Pittsburgh.
The Blue Demons (14-3, 2-1 Big East) played with a depleted lineup due to injuries that left them with eight available players. Keisha Hampton, who averages 16.6 points, missed her second straight game with an injured leg.
Anna Martin led the Blue Demons with 17 points.
Wright had 10 points by the middle of the first half, and Providence (9-7, 1-2) led 35-28 at halftime.
MICHIGAN STATE 75, No. 22 PENN STATE 65
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Taylor Alton scored a career-high 20 points and Michigan State held off a late Penn State rally to upset the Nittany Lions.
Alton hit six 3-pointers and had 11 of the team’s first 16 points as the Spartans built an early 18-9 lead. When Alton went to the bench, Porsche Poole took over — scoring 10 points during a 15-2 run to help Michigan State build a 22-point lead.
The Nittany Lions tried to rally in the second half, getting the Michigan State under 10 on a Maggie Lucas’ 3-pointer with 3:58 left. Lucas had 28 of her career-high 33 points in the second half.
OKLAHOMA STATE 70, No. 23 TEXAS 51
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Liz Donohoe had 13 points and 13 rebounds to help Oklahoma State upset Texas.
Kendra Suttles added 15 points while Toni Young had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Cowgirls (9-2, 1-1 Big 12).
Chelsea Bass and Cokie Reed led Texas (10-4, 0-2) with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Centers Ashley Gayle and Cokie Reed both fouled out, Gayle’s coming on a technical with 16 seconds remaining.