Saturday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Sunday, January 29, 2012
WACO, Texas (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 28 points and moved into second place on the NCAA career blocks list in No. 1 Baylor’s 74-46 rout of Kansas on Saturday night.
Griner passed Michigan State’s Alyssa DeHaan midway through the first half. The 6-foot-8 phenom has 506 blocks in her career and now only trails Saint Mary’s star Louella Tomlinson, who had 663.
Kimetria Hayden added 10 points and Destiny Williams had 11 rebounds for Baylor (21-0, 8-0 Big 12), which is one of two unbeatens left. Wisconsin-Green Bay improved to 19-0 on Saturday by routing Valparaiso.
Carolyn Davis scored 12 and Angel Goodrich and CeCe Harper had 10 points each for Kansas (16-4, 5-3). Aishah Sutherland had 10 rebounds.
No. 2 NOTRE DAME 71, ST. JOHN’S 56
NEW YORK (AP) — Skylar Diggins scored 24 points to help Notre Dame beat St. John’s for the Fighting Irish’s 18th straight victory.
Devereaux Peters added 18 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks and four steals for Notre Dame (21-1, 8-0 Big East), which was coming off a 28-point blowout of No. 7 Tennessee on Monday night.
Trailing 6-1 early on, Notre Dame went on a 19-2 run to take an early 12-point lead. Diggins had the final eight points of the run, including a pretty floater down the lane that made it 20-8 with 11:16 left in the half.
St. John’s scored the next eight points, including two 3-pointers by Tesia Harris, to cut it to a four-point game. That’s as close as the Red Storm (13-8, 5-3) would get as Notre Dame put it away with a 14-0 spurt.
No. 3 CONNECTICUT 77, SOUTH FLORIDA 62
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Tiffany Hayes scored 33 points and Connecticut won its 97th consecutive game at home, beating South Florida.
Stefanie Dolson tied a season high with 22 points and added 18 rebounds for UConn (19-2, 8-1 Big East).
Hayes, coming off a 35-point performance at Syracuse on Wednesday, had back-to-back 30-point games for the first time in her career. It was her 10th consecutive game in double figures and 18th this season.
Caitlin Rowe had a career-high 20 points and Inga Orekhova added 16 for South Florida (12-10, 4-4).
Connecticut was up by just one point early in the second half before using a 17-5 run to take control.
The win was the 790th in UConn coach Geno Auriemma’s career.
No. 4 STANFORD 74, CALIFORNIA 71, OT
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike scored three of her career-high 27 points in overtime to help Stanford wrap up a perfect first half of the Pac-12 season with a victory over rival California.
Toni Kokenis added 18 points, including two key free throws in overtime,and Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 12 to move past Val Whiting into fourth place on the all-time scoring list for the Cardinal (18-1, 9-0). Stanford has won 15 straight games overall and has a three-game lead over the Golden Bears (15-6, 6-3) and Arizona State at the midpoint of the conference season.
This one wasn’t easy as the Cardinal allowed the final nine points of regulation to force overtime and then got only one basket in the extra session, a layup by Chiney Ogwumike on their opening possession.
No. 12 WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY 65, VALPARAISO 37
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Julie Wojta scored 14 of her 19 points in the first half and Wisconsin-Green Bay remained unbeaten with a victory over Valparaiso.
The Phoenix (19-0, 9-0 Horizon), who along with No. 1 Baylor are the only undefeated teams left, led by three early on before closing the first half on a 32-11 run to take a 24-point lead at the break.
Lydia Bauer added 11 points and Adrian Ritchie had 10 for Green Bay, which is off to the best start in school and Horizon League history.
The Phoenix forced 26 turnovers which they converted into 32 points.
Gina Lange scored a career-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting to lead Valparaiso (5-15, 1-8).
IOWA 59, No. 13 PURDUE 42
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Kamille Wahlin scored all 13 of her points in the second half and Iowa upset Purdue, snapping the Boilermakers’ 11-game winning streak.
Center Morgan Johnson added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (12-10, 4-5 Big Ten), who had lost four of their last five games.
Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn hit a 3-pointer to cut Iowa’s lead to 40-37 with 11 minutes left, but the Hawkeyes answered with a 16-2 run over an 8-minute stretch to pull away.
It’s the first Big Ten loss for Purdue (18-4, 8-1), which was beaten for the first time this month.
No. 16 LOUISVILLE 62, VILLANOVA 58
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Taylor scored 12 of her season-high 14 points in the second half and Louisville held off Villanova.
Shoni Schimmel scored 18 points and Bria Smith added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinals (17-4, 6-2 Big East).
Louisville trailed 38-32 with 11:30 left before going on a 15-6 run to take a three-point lead. The Wildcats (13-8, 3-5) regained a 48-47 advantage on Devon Kane’s two free throws with 4:18 left.
Taylor, who was starting for the first time in five games, put Louisville ahead for good with a jumper 20 seconds later. She then was fouled on the next possession and converted both free throws.
Louisville converted its final eight free throws to seal the victory.
Laura Sweeney had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wildcats.
No. 21 TEXAS TECH 75, TEXAS 71
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Jordan Barncastle scored 19 points, including a key three-point play with 24 seconds left, to help Texas Tech end a five-game skid with a victory over Texas.
Texas led for just the second time in the game after free throws by Ashleigh Fontenette made it 71-70 with 48 seconds to play. Barncastle’s offensive rebound and put back moments later gave the Lady Raiders the lead again, and a corner three by Texas’ Chassidy Fussell bounced off the side of the backboard with 9 seconds left.
Texas Tech (15-5, 3-5 Big 12 Conference) avoided a six-game conference losing streak for the third consecutive year. The Lady Raiders were ranked as high as No. 10 after a 14-0 start.
Fussell scored 19 for Texas (13-7, 3-5).
No. 22 GONZAGA 75, SAINT MARY’S 70
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Taelor Karr made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2 minutes left then added three free throws in the final 31 seconds to help Gonzaga beat Saint Mary’s.
Katelan Redmon had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Kayla Standish scored 18 points and Haiden Palmer added 16 for the Bulldogs (19-3, 8-1 West Coast Conference).
Jasmine Smith had 20 points for Saint Mary’s but committed a critical backcourt violation with 15 seconds left and the Gaels (16-7, 7-3) down by three.
Two weeks after the Zags had their 34-game conference winning streak snapped with a 66-63 loss to the Gaels in Spokane, Gonzaga blew a 15-point halftime lead and needed a late rally after Saint Mary’s surged in front.
No. 23 DEPAUL 71, SETON HALL 59
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Jasmine Penny scored 19 points and No. 23 DePaul avoided its longest losing streak since the 2003-04 season by holding off Seton Hall.
Anna Martin added 18 points and Katherine Harry had 13 points and 13 rebounds as the injury-ravaged Blue Demons (16-6, 4-4 Big East) snapped a three-game slide, which matched their longest since 2007-08.
Brittany Hrynko hit two long 3-pointers late and finished with 13 points for DePaul, which had a 13-point second half lead trimmed to one.
Terry Green scored 18 of her career-high 21 points in the second half for Seton Hall (7-15, 0-8), which dropped its 10th straight. The losing streak ties the longest for the Pirates since the end of the 2007-08 season.
No. 23 BYU 74, SANTA CLARA 64
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Kristen Riley had 17 points and 11 rebounds to help Brigham Young beat Santa Clara.
Jennifer Hamson added 16 points for the Lady Cougars (20-3, 9-1 West Coast Conference), who are playing their first year in the WCC and have won nine straight since dropping their conference game at Saint Mary’s. The Lady Cougars entered the Top 25 this week for the first time since 2006.
The Broncos (8-13, 1-7) wasted a near-perfect shooting performance from guard Meagan Fulps, who made her first seven field goal attempts and initial seven free throws before finally missing her last two shots from the floor. She finished with 24 points.
Santa Clara center Lindsay Leo had 14 points and 14 rebounds.
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