Thursday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Friday, March 9, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Odyssey Sims scored 18 points and Brittney Griner had 15 points, nine rebounds and five blocks to power No. 1 Baylor over Texas Tech 72-48 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 women’s tournament on Thursday.
The Lady Bears (32-0) move into Friday’s semifinal against Kansas State. Against the Lady Raiders (19-13), they built a 24-point halftime lead and kept up the pressure in the second half.
While Griner dominated inside, Sims came through with four three-pointers. Monique Smalls led Texas Tech with 11 points and Shauntal Nobles had nine points and six rebounds.
The Lady Bears, who had two single-digit wins over the Lady Raiders in the regular season, didn’t let Texas Tech hang around for long in the quarterfinals. Baylor needed a few minutes to get adjusted to Tech’s zone defense but never looked back after taking a 6-4 lead 4:04 into the game.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alexia Standish scored 25 points, including six 3-pointers, and Texas A&M pulled away late in the second half to advancw to the Big 12 Women’s Championship semifinal.
The Aggies scored 11 unanswered points that concluded with 3:24 remaining to transform an eight-point advantage into a 73-54 cushion. Kansas would get no closer than 15 for the remainder and lost by the same margin.
Kansas sliced an eight-point deficit to 52-49 with 12:10 remaining on a layup by Aishah Sutherland, but Texas A&M countered with six straight points. The Jayhawks remained within striking distance until the Aggies sparked an 11-0 run six minutes later.
Sydney Carter scored 18 points and Kelsey Bone added 16 for the Aggies; both players grabbed seven rebounds apiece.
Angel Goodrich led Kansas with 21 points to compliment nine assists.
No. 2 STANFORD 76, WASHINGTON 57
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 18 points to help Stanford advance to the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament.
Younger sister Chiney Ogwumike had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Bonnie Samuelson scored 11 points on three 3-pointers for the top-seeded Cardinal (29-1), who pulled away after halftime in their first game following a first-round bye.
Stanford is looking for a ninth straight conference tournament title. The Cardinal will play Friday against the winner of Arizona-Arizona State.
Regina Rogers, Mackenzie Argens and Aminah Williams each scored 12 points for eighth-seeded Washington (17-13), which dug itself a hole by shooting 25.8 percent and committing eight turnovers in the first half.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike shook off a bloody nose and showed why she was the Pac-12 player of the year. The senior forward made eight of 13 shots and keyed a second-half run that resulted in the game’s largest lead.