Saturday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Sunday, March 4, 2012
WACO, Texas (AP) — Brittney Griner scored a career-high 41 points and top-ranked Baylor completed its first undefeated regular season with a 77-53 win over Iowa State on Saturday.
The Lady Bears (31-0, 18-0 Big 12) stretched their home winning streak to 40 in a row.
Iowa State made seven 3-pointers before halftime, including Chelsea Poppens’ shot in the final minute that tied the game at 32. The Cyclones (18-11, 9-9) still led 40-38 after Griner made a short jumper and Baylor coach Kim Mulkey called timeout.
Baylor then forced three turnovers in less than a minute. They went ahead on a reverse layup by Destiny Williams and never trailed again, then added a 26-4 run soon after that.
Griner’s previous career high was 40 points, against Green Bay in last year’s NCAA tournament. She made 15 of 18 field goals and 11 of 13 free throws against Iowa State, plus had eight rebounds. The 15 field goals matched her career high.
Anna Prins had 17 points with four 3-pointers for the Cyclones.
NO. 6 MARYLAND 73, WAKE FOREST 58
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Alyssa Thomas had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help Maryland beat Wake Forest in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Laurin Mincy added 13 for the third-seeded Terrapins (27-4), who shot 53 percent and controlled the glass for their sixth straight victory.
The Terrapins advanced to Sunday’s championship game for the third time in seven years and the first since winning the 2009 title. Maryland will face No. 15 Georgia Tech, the tournament’s fourth seed which rolled past North Carolina State in Saturday’s first semifinal.
Chelsea Douglas scored 14 to lead the seventh-seeded Demon Deacons (19-13).
NO. 21 PURDUE 68, NO. 9 PENN ST. 66
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Brittany Rayburn’s driving layup with 1.4 seconds left sent Purdue into the final of the Big Ten conference tournament with a win over Penn State.
Rayburn finished with 14 points, while Courtney Moses scored 21 and Antionette Howard had 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Boilermakers (23-8).
Alex Bentley led Penn State with 22 points, but she fouled out in the final minute. Nikki Greene scored 12 points and Mia Nickson added nine points and 13 rebounds for the Nittany Lions (24-6), who had won eight straight.
The Boilermakers will play No. 24 Nebraska in the championship game Sunday.
LSU 72, NO. 10 KENTUCKY 61
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Courtney Jones scored 18 points and LSU beat Kentucky to advance to the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game.
The fourth-seeded Lady Tigers (22-9) haven’t played in the conference title game since appearing in four in a row starting in 2005. They will face No. 13 Tennessee in the title game after the Lady Vols beat No. 25 South Carolina 74-58 in the other semifinal.
LSU held a 22-9 rebounding advantage in the first half that it turned into 10 second-chance points and went 24 for 32 at the free-throw line in the second half.
A’dia Mathies scored 18 points for Kentucky (25-6) and Keyla Snowden had 17.
NO. 11 WIS-GREEN BAY 77, ILLINOIS-CHICAGO 64
CHICAGO (AP) — Julie Wojta had 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead Wisconsin-Green Bay past over Illinois-Chicago for its seventh straight victory.
Wojta had her sixth double-double in the last seven games for the Phoenix (27-1, 17-1 Horizon League) and tied the school record with her 32nd double-double this season.
Adrian Ritchie and Lydia Bauer scored 13 apiece for Green Bay, which won its 14th consecutive regular-season title and will host a tournament quarterfinal Wednesday night. .
Jasmine Bailey scored 24 points and Shamiea Green added 20 for the Flames (17-12, 10-8), who will be the fourth seed in the conference tournament and host No. 5 Butler on Wednesday.
NO. 13 TENNESSEE 74, NO. 25 SOUTH CAROLINA 58
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Glory Johnson had 23 points and 10 rebounds as Tennessee beat South Carolina to advance to its 21st Southeastern Conference championship game.
The second-seeded Lady Volunteers (23-8) will face fourth-seeded LSU, which upset 10th-ranked Kentucky in the other semifinal. The game will pit Tennessee coach Pat Summitt against her former player, Lady Tigers coach Nikki Caldwell.
The Gamecocks (23-9) had gotten a rare win in Knoxville earlier in the regular season, but Tennessee’s determined seniors didn’t let it happen again.
Markeshia Grant and Ieasia Walker both scored 13 points for South Carolina.
NO. 24 NEBRASKA 77, NO. 14 OHIO ST. 62
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jordan Hooper had 21 points and 10 rebounds as Nebraska knocked off Ohio State in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.
Kaitlyn Burke scored 20 points and Emily Cady 10 for the Cornhuskers (24-7), who advanced to Sunday’s final against Purdue, which beat Penn State 68-66 in the other semifinal.
Samantha Prahalis scored 23 points for the second-seeded Buckeyes (25-6), who were denied a chance to win their fourth straight tournament title. Raven Ferguson added 13 points and Tayler Hill had 10.
Nebraska is competing in its first Big Ten tournament.
NO. 15 GEORGIA TECH 87, N.C. STATE 61
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Tyaunna Marshall scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half and Georgia Tech claimed a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game by routing North Carolina State.
Metra Walthour added 13 points for the fourth-seeded Yellow Jackets (24-7). They led by as much as 36, shot 53 percent and built a 53-28 rebounding advantage to reach their first title game since 1992. Georgia Tech will face No. 6 Maryland in the final.
Sasha Goodlett had 12 points and 10 rebounds as Georgia Tech won its seventh straight.
Myisha Goodwin-Coleman had 13 points for ninth-seeded N.C. State (18-15).
NO. 19 ST. BONAVENTURE 68, LA SALLE 53
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Megan Van Tatenhove led five players in double figures with 13 points and St. Bonaventure pulled away in the second half to beat La Salle in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 conference tournament.
Jessica Jenkins and Armelia Horton each scored 11 points for the Bonnies (28-2), who advanced to the conference semifinals for the first time in program history. Reserves Chelsea Bowker and Cece Dixon had 10 points apiece.
Brittney Wilson scored 19 points for La Salle (14-17), which trailed 27-24 at intermission and shot just 17.1 percent (6 of 35) in the half.
NO. 20 LOUISVILLE 63, VILLANOVA 47
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Shoni Schimmel scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half to lead Louisville past Villanova in the second round of the Big East tournament.
Asia Taylor added 13 points for the Cardinals (22-8), who will face No. 18 St. John’s in the quarterfinals on Sunday.
Leading 38-33 early in the second half, Louisville went on a 22-8 run over the next 13 minutes to take control. Taylor got the burst started with back-to-back layups. Then Shawnta’ Dyer took over scoring seven of her nine points during the spurt.
Laura Sweeney had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Villanova (17-14).
NO. 22 GONZAGA 83, SAINT MARY’S 78
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kayla Standish scored 31 points as Gonzaga held off Saint Mary’s in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament.
Katelan Redmon added 20 points, Haiden Palmer 14 and Taelor Karr 11 for the top-seeded Bulldogs (26-4), who won their fifth straight and 11th in their last 12 games.
Gonzaga will face second-seeded BYU in Monday’s final. BYU defeated San Diego 64-46 in the other semifinal.
Jackie Nared’s 26 points paced the fourth-seeded Gaels (21-10). Danielle Mauldin had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Alex Carbonel scored 13.
NO. 23 RUTGERS 52, MARQUETTE 43
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Monique Oliver had 18 of her 23 points in the second half to help Rutgers rally past Marquette in the second round of the Big East tournament.
Khadijah Rushdan added nine points and 12 rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (22-8), who will face No. 4 Connecticut in the quarterfinals Sunday night.
Marquette led 26-20 early in the second half before Oliver hit a putback with 7:35 left to give Rutgers its first lead since early in the first half. Oliver made six of eight free throws in the final 3 minutes and Rutgers’ held the Golden Eagles scoreless the rest of the way.
Katherine Plouffe scored 15 points to lead Marquette (14-17).
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