Sunday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Monday, January 23, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Haley Peters scored a career-high 21 points and No. 5 Duke beat No. 8 Maryland 80-72 on Sunday for its 10th straight win.
Chelsea Gray had seven of her 17 points in the final 3 minutes to help the Blue Devils (16-2, 7-0) remain the Atlantic Coast Conference's only unbeaten team in league play.
Alyssa Thomas matched a career-high with 26 points and Tianna Hawkins added 17 for the Terrapins (18-2, 5-2). They whittled a 12-point deficit to three on Lynetta Kizer's jumper with 3 1/2 minutes left.
Gray followed with a 3-pointer roughly 30 seconds later to make it 74-68, and her jumper with 1:04 remaining pushed the lead back to six and made it a two-possession game the rest of the way.
Duke then went 4 of 4 from the free-throw line in the final minute to seal its 34th straight win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
NO. 6 KENTUCKY 57, FLORIDA 52
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kastine Evans scored all of her 10 points in the second half to help Kentucky hold off Florida.
The Wildcats rallied early in the second half. After playing to a 21-all halftime tie, Evans scored eight points during a 17-2 Kentucky run to open the half.
Jordan Jones led the Gators (13-7, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) with 13 points.
Florida slowly chipped away at the lead, limiting the Wildcats (18-2, 7-0) to three field goals in the game's final 10 minutes. The Gators pulled to 50-48 with 25.2 seconds left, but the Wildcats hit seven of eight free throws in the final 30 seconds.
NO. 10 OHIO ST. 96, ILLINOIS 84
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Samantha Prahalis scored eight straight points down the stretch for Ohio State, leading the Buckeyes past pesky Illinois.
Prahalis finished with 28 points, Tayler Hill added 26 and Amber Stokes 16 for the Buckeyes (19-1, 6-1 Big Ten), who have won four in a row since their lone loss.
After Hill hit a late 3-pointer to give the Buckeyes the lead for good, Prahalis — Ohio State's only senior — hit two 3s and another outside jumper.
Karisma Penn had 23 points, Adrienne GodBold 18, Amber Moore 13 and Ivory Crawford 12 for the Illini (6-14, 0-7), who added to their list of close losses in conference play.
NO. 15 GEORGIA 61, MISSISSIPPI 47
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Anne Marie Armstrong scored 15 points, Khaalidah Miller added 13 and Georgia opened with a 30-2 run to easily beat Mississippi.
Jasmine Hassell added 11 points and Meredith Mitchell had 10 for the Lady Bulldogs (16-4, 5-2 Southeastern Conference), who forced 12 turnovers and harassed Ole Miss into 25.9 percent (7 for 27) shooting in the opening half.
The Rebels (12-8, 2-5) went nearly 12 minutes in the first half without converting a basket, and they trailed 43-15 at the break.
Valencia McFarland and Tia Faleru each scored 13 points for Ole Miss.
NO. 16 DELAWARE 60, DREXEL 49
NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Elena Delle Donne scored 21 points and Delaware took control in the second half to beat Drexel.
Akeema Richard added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Hens (16-1, 7-0 Colonial Athletic Association), who opened with a 10-0 run and won their sixth straight.
Kamile Nacickaite scored 12 points and Tyler Hale added 10 for Drexel (9-8, 5-2).
The Dragons cut the deficit to 36-33 on Hollie Mershon's 3-pointer with 12:58 remaining, but the Blue Hens went on a 13-4 run to regain control.
Vice President Joe Biden, a Delaware graduate, attended the game.
IOWA ST. 66, NO. 17 TEXAS TECH 49
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Hallie Christofferson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Iowa State beat Texas Tech to end the longest losing streak in coach Bill Fennelly's 17 seasons.
Leading 26-23 at halftime, Iowa State (10-7, 1-5 Big 12) missed its first seven shots in the second half, then ran off 12 straight points to start a 17-3 run that put the Cyclones in control and ended their five-game losing streak.
Texas Tech (14-4, 2-4) missed 12 of its first 13 shots in the half and never recovered, falling behind by as many as 20 points. The Lady Raiders have lost four straight after a 14-0 start. Monique Smalls' 13 points led Texas Tech, which shot just 28 percent.
NO. 18 LOUISVILLE 64, NO. 19 GEORGETOWN 61
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shoni Schimmel scored 19 points and Louisville built a 10-point second-half lead then hung on to beat Georgetown.
Becky Burke scored 13 points and Antonita Slaughter added 11 for Louisville (16-4, 5-2 Big East), which hit a season-high 11 3-pointers in 25 attempts.
Sugar Rogers had 24 points for the Hoyas (15-5, 4-3), while Tia Magee and Rubylee Wright both added 11.
The Hoyas rallied within four points on Adria Crawford's layup with 1:18 left, but Louisville hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final minute.
NO. 20 NEBRASKA 64, MINNESOTA 49
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Jordan Hooper scored 15 of her 23 points in the first half and Nebraska broke a two-game losing streak with a win over Minnesota.
Freshman Emily Cady added 13 points and seven rebounds, and Hailie Sample had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Cornhuskers (16-3, 5-2), who pulled into a three-way tie for third place in the Big Ten with Michigan and Penn State, 1 1/2 games behind league-leading Purdue.
Rachel Banham had 13 points and Leah Cotton added 10 for Minnesota (11-10, 3-4), which lost for the third time in four games and posted its lowest point total of the season.
Hooper started a 23-2 run that turned a close game into a blowout.
NO. 22 PENN ST. 68, IOWA 52
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Alex Bentley scored 21 points and Penn State beat Iowa hours after longtime Nittany Lions football coach Joe Paterno died of cancer.
There was a pregame moment of silence for Paterno, the winningest coach in college football. The Lady Lions also sported black bands on their uniforms as a tribute.
Down 48-50 with 6:32 remaining, Penn State (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) closed with a 20-2 run.
Ariel Edwards added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Penn State, which shot 24 of 71 (34 percent) and 1 of 7 (14 percent) from 3-point range.
Kamille Whalin led Iowa (11-9, 3-4) with a season-high 21 points.
NO. 24 NORTH CAROLINA 60, N.C. STATE 50
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Chay Shegog scored 16 points and Candace Wood added 15 to help North Carolina beat North Carolina State.
The Tar Heels (14-5, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their second straight game to cap a week that began with the worst loss in program history at Connecticut. North Carolina shot 42 percent but held N.C. State to three field goals in the final 10 1/2 minutes.
Marissa Kastanek scored 20 points for the Wolfpack (13-7, 3-4), who shot just 28 percent from the floor and 8 for 29 from 3-point range. N.C. State had won three straight league games coming in, but fell to the Tar Heels for the 20th time in 24 meetings.
SOUTH CAROLINA 65, NO. 25 VANDERBILT 60, OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — La'Keisha Sutton scored 20 points, including four 3-pointers, to help South Carolina beat Vanderbilt in overtime.
Sutton scored five points in the extra period for the Gamecocks (15-5, 4-3), who broke a three-game skid in the Southeastern Conference. Aleighsa Welch had 11 points and nine rebounds, and Markeshia Grant scored 10 points, including a pair of free throws at 2:45 in OT.
Christina Foggie scored 16 points and Tiffany Clarke had 15 for the Commodores (14-5, 2-4), who lost their third straight in SEC play and first overall at home this season.
Vanderbilt trailed by nine in the second half before tying it at 56 with 24.8 seconds left.