Sunday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Monday, January 16, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Brittney Griner turned in another dominant performance, tying her season high with 32 points to go with 13 rebounds as No. 1 Baylor stayed unbeaten Sunday with an easy 77-59 win over Texas.
Griner made 12 of her first 14 shots and Baylor (17-0, 4-0 Big 12) led by 20 by halftime. Baylor used an early 19-0 run to blow the game open.
Destiny Williams added 21 points for the Lady Bears, who have allowed only two teams, Tennessee and Connecticut, to play them within 10 points this season.
Chassidy Fussell scored 20 points to lead Texas (11-5, 1-3) which stayed in the bottom third of the conference with the loss.
No. 6 TENNESSEE 87, No. 25 VANDERBILT 64
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Shekinna Stricklen scored 20 points before injuring her right knee late in Tennessee's win over Vanderbilt.
Stricklen, a preseason All-America who leads Tennessee with 15.3 points, hit the floor clutching her knee and screaming after going for a rebound with 3 minutes left and the Lady Vols comfortably ahead. Stricklen was carried to the locker room by team trainers, it appeared to be just a strain, but she will be re-evaluated Monday.
The Lady Volunteers (13-4, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) held a 45-43 lead when she hit a layup with 15:17 to go, launching a 16-2 run that put the game out of reach for the Commodores. Isabelle Harrison stole the ball from Vandy's Christina Foggie, and Ariel Massengale hit a layup on the break to make it 61-45 with 10:26 to play.
Glory Johnson added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Lady Vols.
Foggie tied her career high of 27 points to lead Vanderbilt (14-3, 2-2).
No. 7 DUKE 61, VIRGINIA TECH 34
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Freshman Elizabeth Williams had 20 points, seven rebounds and four blocks and Duke took command with a 22-2 run in the first 10 minutes to beat Virginia Tech.
The victory was the 16th in a row in the series for the Blue Devils (14-2, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) and gave coach Joanne McCallie 50 victories in just 61 ACC games, making her the second-fastest to the milestone. Kay Yow of North Carolina State did it in 57 games.
Alyssa Fenyn scored 11 to lead the Hokies (6-12, 2-3), who trailed 24-4 at the midpoint of the first half and never threatened again. Under first-year coach Dennis Wolff, the Hokies played with just six scholarship players, and only five Virginia Tech players scored.
No. 9 KENTUCKY 66, No. 24 SOUTH CAROLINA 58
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Kelya Snowden scored 15 points to lead Kentucky to a win over South Carolina.
The Wildcats (16-2, 5-0 Southeastern) came in as the SEC's leading offense, but were held to 15 below their average by the league's best defense. Still, the 66 points were the most the Gamecocks have given up all season.
Kentucky showed it can play defense too, forcing 28 turnovers and holding South Carolina (14-4, 3-2) to just three fields goals over 10 minutes after the Gamecocks took a 45-36 lead with 11 minutes to go in the game.
The Wildcats' 5-0 SEC start is their best ever and they are now alone atop the SEC.
Ieasia Walker led South Carolina with 14 points.
No. 11 OHIO STATE 64, MICHIGAN STATE 56
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Tayler Hill scored 21 points to help Ohio State beat Michigan State.
Ohio State (17-1, 4-1 Big Ten) handed the Spartans (12-6, 4-1) their first loss in the conference.
Hill made a 3-pointer to put the Buckeyes ahead with 3 minutes left in the first half they didn't give up the lead.
Ohio State enjoyed some 11-point cushions in the second half and led 54-44 with 7-plus minutes left in the game.
After Michigan State pulled within three points for a second time in the final minutes, Samantha Prahalis made a jumper and two free throws to give Ohio State a seven-point lead with 35 seconds left. Prahalis finished with 15 points.
Courtney Schiffauer scored 12, Becca Mills had 11 points and Lykendra Johnson added 10 points for the Spartans.
No. 13 MIAMI 60, FLORIDA STATE 57
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Stefanie Yderstrom's 3-pointer from deep in the corner with 17 seconds remaining gave Miami a win over Florida State and ended a 25-year victory drought for the Hurricanes in Tallahassee.
Miami (15-3, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 41-22 a minute into the second half, but Florida State rallied to tie the game at 57 on Cierra Bravard's free throw with 37 seconds left.
Shenise Johnson led Miami with 24 points. Johnson's final basket of the half gave her 2,000 in her career. Morgan Stroman and Riquna Williams added 11 for the Canes. Yderstrom finished with 9.
Natasha Howard led Florida State (10-9, 2-3) with 22 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.
Miami's last win in Tallahassee came on Jan. 29, 1987.
PENN STATE 93, No. 15 NEBRASKA 73
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Maggie Lucas scored 24 points to lead five Nittany Lions in double figures as Penn State overwhelmed Nebraska in the second half.
Penn State (13-4, 3-2 Big Ten) trailed by six at half, but came out strong, holding Nebraska (15-2, 4-1) to just two field goals in the first eight minutes after break.
The Nittany Lions outscored the Huskers 26-9 in that stretch, taking their first lead of the game at 48-46 on Zhaque Gray's jumper with 18:08 left and going up 64-53 on Maggie Lucas's pull-up 3-pointer with 15:19 left.
Emily Cady had 17 points to lead Nebraska.
No. 17 PURDUE 57, IOWA 55
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Brittany Rayburn scored 14 points and came up with a key block late to help Purdue defeat Iowa.
Rayburn made two free throws with 17.5 seconds left, then blocked Kelly Krei's potential game-winning 3-pointer on the other end. Rayburn followed up a performance in which she tied an NCAA record with 12 3-pointers in a win over Minnesota on Jan. 12
Courtney Moses added 10 points for the Boilermakers (15-3, 5-0 Big Ten), who won their eighth straight. Purdue has allowed 63 or fewer and held each opponent under 38 percent shooting during the streak.
The Boilermakers had 24 offensive rebounds to make up for 30 percent shooting.
Morgan Johnson scored 16 points, despite hurting her left ankle during the first half and struggling with it throughout the game. Jaime Printy scored 15 points and Krei added 10 for the Hawkeyes (10-8, 2-3).
No. 18 GEORGETOWN 69, SYRACUSE 42
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sugar Rodgers scored 23 points and Georgetown never trailed as it rolled over Syracuse.
Tia Magee had 11 points and six steals and Rubylee Wright added a season-high 15 points for the Hoyas (14-4, 3-2 Big East), who rebounded from an 80-60 home loss to second-ranked Notre Dame Monday and beat Syracuse for the sixth straight time.
Iasia Hemingway scored 14 points for the Orange (12-7, 1-4), who started the game 0-for-12 from the field and didn't score a field goal until 12 minutes, 2 seconds remained in the first half when they were already behind 16-1.
No. 19 GEORGIA 68, MISSISSIPPI STATE 51
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Anne Marie Armstrong scored 22 points to lead Georgia to a victory over Mississippi State.
Khaalidah Miller added 17 points and Jasmine Hassell had 12 for Georgia (15-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference), which hit five 3-pointers and shot 42.3 percent from the field.
Georgia opened the game on a 13-4 run and led 34-26 at the half.
Porsha Porter scored 12 points and Kendra Grant added 10 for Mississippi State (11-6, 1-3), which shot a season-high 46 percent (23-of-50) from the field, but turned the ball over 22 times.
Georgia held MSU leading scorer Diamber Johnson to 10 points, all in the second half after the game was out of reach.
No. 20 DELAWARE 70, NORTHEASTERN 54
BOSTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne had 22 points and 10 rebounds despite missing most of the first half with a left leg injury and Delaware beat Northeastern.
Delle Donne entered the tight contest with about 6 minutes left in the first half. She ended up playing 22 minutes while going 6 of 15 from the field and a perfect 9 of 9 from the free throw line. The junior forward came into the game leading the nation in scoring at 29.8 points.
Delaware (14-1, 5-0 Colonial Athletic Association), led by at least 12 points the rest of the way. Danielle Parker added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Lauren Carra scored 12 points, all on 3-point shots.
Northeastern (3-13, 1-4) was led by Deanna Kerkhof with 14 points and nine rebounds.