Wednesday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Games played Nov. 21, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Tianna Hawkins had 25 points and nine rebounds, Malina Howard added 17 points, and Alicia DeVaughn had 14 to help No. 10 Maryland beat American 94-54 on Wednesday.
It was the first game for Maryland (3-1) since a 50-49 loss at St. Joseph's on Saturday. Maryland started freshman Chloe Pavlech at point guard for the first time and she responded with eight assists.
Gelesia George had a career-high 13 points for American. Jen Dumiak, who averaged 20.5 points in the Eagles' first two games, had nine.
No. 7 LOUISVILLE 55, GONZAGA 42
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) — Megan Deines and Shoni Schimmel each scored 16 points to help Louisville beat Gonzaga in the semifinals of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope.
Louisville (5-0) led by eight at the half before Gonzaga cut it to 44-40 with 8:12 left. That's as close as the Bulldogs would get as the Cardinals scored the next 11 points.
Schimmel had seven points during the burst as the Bulldogs went without a point for over 8 minutes. Danielle Walter's layup with 2 seconds left ended the drought.
Taelor Karr led Gonzaga (5-1) with nine points. The Zags shot just 30 percent from the field.
Louisville will face Oregon State in the championship game Thursday. The Beavers beat Winthrop 68-64.
No. 18 ST. JOHN'S 71, IONA 55
NEW YORK (AP) — Shenneika Smith scored 21 points and Nadirah McKenith added 17 to help St. John's beat Iona.
Briana Brown scored six straight points to blow the game open midway through the second half. The Red Storm (3-1) led 41-34 with 13:07 left before the junior guard had a layup, two free throws and a jumper to make it a 13-point game.
McKenith's three-point play moments later capped the 9-0 run. Iona could only get within 11 the rest of the game.
Aleesha Powell scored 13 points and Damika Martinez added 11 to lead Iona (2-3).
The Gaels were coming off a 69-point loss to then-No. 3 Duke on Sunday. Iona trailed 27-11 with 6 minutes left in the first half before using an 11-0 run to close to 27-22.
Brown's 3-pointer with 1:05 left ended the drought and gave St. John's a 30-22 halftime lead.