Tuesday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Eugeneia McPherson scored 17 points and Nadirah McKenith added 15 to help St. John’s shock No. 7 Rutgers 62-57 on Tuesday night, the Red Storm’s fifth win in six games.
St. John’s (12-7, 4-2 Big East) was up 52-43 with 2:35 left before holding off a late rally by Khadijah Rushdan and Rutgers. Rushdan scored eight points and had an assist to get Rutgers within 57-55 with 22 seconds left.
After McPherson hit one of two free throws, Briyona Canty made two from the line to make it a one-point game with 18 seconds to go.
Shenneika Smith converted two free throws at the other end to restore the three-point lead.
April Sykes missed a 3-pointer from the wing with 7.5 seconds left that would have tied the game.
McKenith sealed the win with two more free throws.
Rushdan finished with 16 points for Rutgers (15-3, 4-1), which saw its six-game winning streak end.
No. 2 NOTRE DAME 120, PITTSBURGH 44
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Devereaux Peters scored 20 points in 18 minutes to lead Notre Dame to its most lopsided Big East victory ever.
It was the second-highest scoring game for the Irish this season. They scored 128 against Mercer in December. It was also the second time this season Notre Dame had won a Big East game by at least 50 points. The Irish beat Marquette 95-42.
Seven other players scored in double figures for the Irish (18-1, 6-0).
Natalie Achonwa (19), Kaila Turner (14), Natalie Novosel (13), Kayla McBride (11), Skylar Diggins (11 points and nine assists), Brittany Mallory (11), and Markisha Wright 11.
Pittsburgh (8-11, 0-6) was led by Ashlee Anderson’s 14.
No. 19 GEORGETOWN 67, MARQUETTE 39
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Sugar Rodgers scored 18 points and Tommacina McBride added 14 points as Georgetown rolled to its first victory ever against Marquette.
Georgetown (15-4, 4-2) won its second straight Big East game since it was drubbed 80-60 by second-ranked Notre Dame on Jan. 10.
The loss snapped Marquette’s (12-7, 3-3) three-game Big East winning streak. Overall, the Golden Eagles had won seven of their last eight games. Sarina Simmons led Marquette with 11 points.
Georgetown used an aggressive half-court trap to take control of the game right from the start. The Hoyas jumped out to a 20-6 lead when McBride made a layup with 10:14 remaining.
The Hoyas forced 11 Marquette turnovers and had 10 steals in the first 13 minutes of the game. The Golden Eagles only made three of their first 13 shots.
Georgetown extended the lead to 35-17 at halftime as Alexa Roche scored on a rebound with 1 second remaining.
SOUTH FLORIDA 66, No. 21 DEPAUL 63, OT
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Akila McDonald hit a layup with 9 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime and South Florida beat DePaul.
Kaneisha Saunders and Jasmine Wynne led the Bulls (11-8, 3-2 Big East) with 16 points each, and Inga Orekhova added 11 points.
Anna Martin scored 20 points and Megan Rogowski added 11 for DePaul (15-4, 3-2), which hosts No. 3 Connecticut on Saturday.
OKLAHOMA 65, No. 23 KANSAS STATE 57
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Aaryn Ellenberg had a season-high 31 points to go with nine steals, and Oklahoma held off a last-gasp rally by Kansas State.
Morgan Hook added 11 points for the Sooners (11-5, 3-2 Big 12), who rebounded from a meltdown at Oklahoma State to ruin the Wildcats’ first appearance in the Top 25 since the 2008-09 season.
Tasha Dickey scored 18 points and Jalana Childs had 16 for the Wildcats (13-4, 4-1), who had knocked off then-No. 9 Texas A&M and then-No. 10 Texas Tech during a five-game winning streak. They had also won eight straight games at Bramlage Coliseum.