Saturday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Sunday, March 11, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Top-ranked Baylor proved Saturday it has more than just Brittney Griner.
Odyssey Sims had a season-high 26 points to help make up for an off afternoon by her All-American teammate, and the Lady Bears rolled to a 73-50 victory over No. 23 Texas A&M in the Big 12 tournament championship game.
The Lady Bears (34-0) wrapped up their second straight title and fourth overall by beating the Aggies for the third time this year.
Baylor also beat Texas A&M to win the tournament title in 2009 and again last season, when the Aggies returned the favor in the NCAA tournament.
Sydney Carter had 12 points for Texas A&M (22-10), which played its third straight game without top scorer Tyra White. She’s been hampered by her left foot and coach Gary Blair elected to rest her for the NCAA tournament rather than risk any more damage against Baylor.
Baylor will head to the dance trying to make history.
With six more wins, coach Kim Mulkey’s crew will become the first team in men’s or women’s major college basketball to finish 40-0. Baylor also would become the 15th unbeaten national champ — Mulkey was part of one of those teams, Louisiana Tech, in 1981.
Griner finished with a season-low 11 points and three rebounds, while Destiny Williams had 12 points and 11 boards. Jordan Madden contributed 10 points.
NO. 2 STANFORD 77, CALIFORNIA 62
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 29 points, Chiney Ogwumike added 17 and Stanford rolled to the Pac-12 tournament title, extending its winning streak to a school-record 28 games.
The Cardinal (31-1) won their ninth tourney title while improving to 30-2 in the event that began in 2002. It was their 78th consecutive victory against a Pac-12 opponent.
Layshia Clarendon scored 20 points and freshman Brittany Boyd added 13 for the senior-less Golden Bears (24-9), making just their second appearance in the final. They were the only team to force overtime against Stanford in the regular season, but couldn’t get untracked against the dominance of the Ogwumike sisters in the Battle of the Bay south edition.
NO. 7 DELAWARE 66, UNC WILMINGTON 39
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Elena Delle Donne scored 11 of her 15 points in the decisive first half and Delaware advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association title game.
Delaware (29-1) limited the Seahawks to four baskets on 14 percent shooting in taking a 42-13 halftime lead. It was the school-record 19th straight victory for the Blue Hens, a streak that includes three wins over UNCW (20-12).
Delle Donne, the nation’s leading scorer, shot 5 for 12 from the field and finished well below her 28-point average. But the 6-foot-5 junior played only 18 minutes due to the lopsided score.
Delaware next faces Drexel on Sunday.
Tawanna Lee led the Seahawks with 13 points. UNCW scored 94 in a quarterfinal win over Hofstra, including 51 in the first half.