Sunday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Monday, March 5, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists, Toni Kokenis scored 23 points, and No. 2 Stanford capped its third straight unbeaten conference season with an 86-61 victory over California on Sunday night.
Chiney Ogwumike added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinal (28-1, 18-0 Pac-12), who won their 25th in a row overall and eighth straight against the Golden Bears.
The Cardinal, who captured the inaugural Pac-12 regular-season crown and the program's 12th straight conference title, ran their winning streak against conference opponents to 75 since losing 57-54 to Cal in Berkeley on Jan. 18, 2009.
Gennifer Brandon scored 11 points and Eliza Pierre had 10 to lead Cal (22-8, 13-5).
NO. 3 NOTRE DAME 69, DEPAUL 54
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Devereaux Peters had 16 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks to lead Notre Dame past DePaul in the Big East quarterfinals.
Natalie Novosel also had 16 points and Kayla McBride added 14 for the Irish (29-2) who are coming off the program's first outright regular-season conference championship.
Katherine Harry had 10 of her 14 points in the first half for eighth-seeded DePaul (22-10).
Notre Dame will face West Virginia in Monday's semifinal. The Mountaineers beat No. 12 Georgetown 39-32 earlier.
West Virginia handed the Irish their only conference loss this season, 65-63 in South Bend on Feb. 12.
NO. 4 CONNECTICUT 49, NO. 23 RUTGERS 34
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half and Connecticut beat Rutgers in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.
The third-seeded Huskies (27-4) will face second-seed St. John's in the semifinals Monday night. The Red Storm ended the Huskies' 99-game home winning streak on Feb. 18. UConn then proceeded to lose to No. 3 Notre Dame last Monday night, marking the first time in 19 years the Huskies lost consecutive home games.
With the victory, UConn (27-4) avoided seeing two more of its streaks end. The Huskies still haven't lost consecutive games in 19 years. They also haven't been beaten three straight times at home since that same season.
Erica Wheeler scored 13 points to lead Rutgers (22-9).
No. 6 MARYLAND 68, No. 15 GEORGIA TECH 65
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Alyssa Thomas scored a career-high 29 points and Maryland beat Georgia Tech to win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship.
Lynetta Kizer had 11 points and Kim Rodgers added 10 to help the third-seeded Terrapins (28-4) claim their 10th ACC tournament title and second in four years.
Tyaunna Marshall scored 18 of her 25 points in the second half and Sasha Goodlett added 20 points for the fourth-seeded Yellow Jackets (24-8), who were denied their first league tournament title.
They had one last chance to force overtime after Anjale Barrett's missed free throw with 9.4 seconds remaining kept it a three-point game.
Georgia Tech called time with 5.6 seconds left and got the ball to Marshall, whose contested 22-footer failed to hit the rim as the buzzer sounded.
WEST VIRGINIA 39, No. 12 GEORGETOWN 32
Taylor Palmer scored all 11 of her points in the second half to help West Virginia beat Georgetown in the Big East tournament quarterfinals.
Both teams struggled on offense, setting the tournament record for fewest combined points in a game, easily coming in under the mark of 78 set in 2005 by Boston College and Villanova.
Leading 21-18 with 14:39 left, West Virginia used a 14-6 run to take control of the game. Palmer hit three 3-pointers during the spurt, including one with 6:56 left that made it 34-24. That was the Mountaineers' (23-7) final basket of the game.
NO. 13 TENNESSEE 70, LSU 58
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Glory Johnson had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Shekinna Stricklen added 16 points as Tennessee won its third-straight Southeastern Conference tournament title.
The Lady Volunteers (24-8) had a frustrating SEC season by their lofty standards, but Johnson and Stricklen and their fellow seniors pulled together to lead the team to its 16th overall conference tournament title. Tennessee fans cheered "We back Pat" after the win in honor of coach Pat Summitt, who announced before the season she'd been diagnosed with early onset dementia.
Adrienne Webb scored 16 points to lead LSU (22-10).
The score was tied at 41 with 15:32 to play, when Tennessee used a 13-2 run to take the lead.
TEXAS 79, No. 17 TEXAS A&M 64
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Yvonne Anderson scored 25 points to go with nine assists and Texas beat Texas A&M, picking up a key victory to the Longhorns' NCAA tournament hopes.
Texas (18-12, 8-10 Big 12) ended the regular season with three straight wins and finished out a season sweep of the defending national champions.
The Aggies (20-9, 11-7) head into the Big 12 tournament with three losses in their last four games.
Chassidy Fussell scored 19 for Texas. Kelsey Bone had 13 points and eight rebounds for Texas A&M.
The game was the last regular-season matchup between the rivals. Texas A&M leaves the league after this season to go to the Southeastern Conference and Texas officials have given no indication they plan to schedule the Aggies for nonconference games.
NO. 18 ST. JOHN'S 68, LOUISVILLE 61, OT
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Shenneika Smith scored 24 points and St. John's advanced to the Big East semifinals.
Nadirah McKenith added 15 points for the Red Storm (22-8), which held Louisville to two free throws and a late 3-pointer by Shoni Schimmel in the extra period.
Schimmel had 11 of her 16 points in the first half for Louisville (22-9), and Antonita Slaughter also scored 16 for the Cardinals.
St. John's led as many as nine in the second half, before Slaughter tied the game at 56 with just over a minute left.
The second-seeded Red Storm will face third-seeded Connecticut. St. John's has won nine straight and ended UConn's 99-game home winning streak on Feb. 18.
No. 19 ST. BONAVENTURE 78, SAINT JOSEPH'S 52
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Megan Van Tatenhove scored 27 points and Jessica Jenkins added 22 as St. Bonaventure cruised past Saint Joseph's.
The Bonnies (29-2), the top seed in the tournament, advanced to the A-10 finals on Monday for the first time in program history. With the win, St. Bonaventure also extended its best-ever winning streak to 18 straight games.
This one was never really in doubt, as the Bonnies never trailed.
The Hawks stayed close early on, but Jenkins, who hit four 3-pointers in the game, knocked down a jumper and then a trey to turn a three-point Bonnies lead midway through the first half into 13-point halftime edge thanks to a 14-4 run.
The Bonnies then outscored the Hawks 45-32 in the second half to seal it.
Michelle Baker had 22 points to pace the fifth-seeded Hawks (21-10).
NO. 21 PURDUE 74, NO. 24 NEBRASKA 70, 2OT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — KK Houser scored 19 points to help Purdue win the Big Ten tourtnament championship.
Houser, from Lincoln, Neb., also had five steals against her hometown team.
Chantel Poston had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Sam Ostarello added eight points and 10 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Boilermakers (24-8), who won the tournament for the eighth time in 17 years.
Purdue's Brittany Rayburn, who scored nine points and hit the game winner in the semifinal victory against Penn State, was named the tournament's most outstanding player.
Lindsey Moore scored 27 points and Jordan Hooper added 25 for Nebraska (24-8).
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