Thursday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Games played Jan. 2, 2014
Originally published January 2, 2014 at 9:09 p.m., updated January 3, 2014 at 12:39 a.m.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Kayla McBride scored 18 points on 8-for-8 shooting from the field to help No. 2 Notre Dame cruise to a 94-51 victory over South Dakota State on Thursday night.
McBride was also 2 for 2 from the free-throw line, and had four steals. Natalie Achonwa added 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Irish (12-0) and Jewell Loyd had 14 points in Notre Dame's final nonconference matchup before making its Atlantic Coast Conference debut.
Gabby Boever scored nine points to lead the Jackrabbits (9-7), who were facing their highest-ranked opponent in program history.
The Irish used a 12-0 run to take a 19-4 lead on Taya Reimer's layup 5½ minutes into the game. Madison Cable hit two 3-pointers during another 12-0 run that pushed the lead to 57-21 in the final minute of the first half.
Loyd's layup with just under 15 minutes remaining made it 69-29.
No. 3 DUKE 87, OLD DOMINION 63
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Tricia Liston scored 17 points, all in the first half, and Elizabeth Williams had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead Duke.
Oderah Chidom added 13 points and Alexis Jones 12 for the Blue Devils (13-1), playing for the first time in 11 days.
Tiffany Minor led the Monarchs (6-7) with 20 points while LaQuanda Younger added 15.
Duke shot 60 percent, compared to Old Dominion's 46.2, and outrebounded the Monarchs 47-24.
No. 16 LSU 80, No. 5 TENNESSEE 77
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Danielle Ballard matched a career high with 25 points and LSU held on for the win after squandering most of a 16-point lead in the last 4½ minutes.
LSU (11-2, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) ended a seven-game losing streak in the rivalry and ended the Lady Vols' string of 16 consecutive victories in SEC openers.
Tennessee (11-2, 0-1), which trailed 75-59 with 4:37 left, had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds. LSU was clinging to a 78-77 lead when Tennessee's Isabelle Harrison missed the second of two free throws with 15.9 seconds left. After Raigyne Moncrief made two free throws, Andraya Carter missed a potential tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds.
No. 6 KENTUCKY 85, ALABAMA 63
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jennifer O'Neill had 17 points to help Kentucky beat Alabama in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Azia Bishop added 16 points and eight rebounds for Kentucky (13-1), Kastine Evans had 15 points, and Samarie Walker finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Shafontaye Myers led Alabama (7-7) with 20 points, and Daisha Simmons had 12.
Kentucky raced to a 30-16 lead, Alabama cut it 34-29, and Kentucky finished the half on a 16-9 run.
No. 9 BAYLOR 92, KANSAS STATE 63
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Odyssey Sims scored 40 points, Sune Agbuke had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Baylor won its 50th straight Big 12 game.
Sims shot 12 for 19 from the field and 12 for 16 on free throws for the Lady Bears (11-1, 1-0).
Ashia Woods scored a career-high 27 points to lead Kansas State (6-6, 0-1), and Leticia Romero added 20 points and five rebounds.
Sims, who came in averaging just over 30 points per game, scored 15 in the first half points on 5-for-7 shooting.
No. 10 NORTH CAROLINA 74, JAMES MADISON 71
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Xylina McDaniel scored 19 points and North Carolina held off James Madison.
Latifah Coleman added 14 points, and Stephanie Mavunga had 10 points and 10 rebounds to help the Tar Heels (12-2) win their seventh straight. With Hall of Fame coach Sylvia Hatchell watching from a high sideline platform, North Carolina let most of a 13-point lead disappear. Hatchell has been out all season while she receives treatment for leukemia.
Precious Hall had 18 points for James Madison (10-4).
No. 11 OKLAHOMA STATE 67, TEXAS 61
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Tiffany Bias had 23 points and six assists to lead Oklahoma State.
Brady Sanders pulled Texas (9-4) within 61-55 with 1:03 remaining but Oklahoma State went 6 of 6 from the free-throw line, including four by Bias, in the final 51 seconds to hold off the Longhorns.
The Cowgirls (12-0) are off to the best start in school history after winning 11 straight to start last season.
Liz Donohoe scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, moving into 14th place on Oklahoma State's all-time rebounding list.
No. 13 SOUTH CAROLINA 55, ARKANSAS 51
FAYETVILLE, Ark (AP) — Tiffany Mitchell had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead South Carolina past previously undefeated, yet unranked Arkansas in their SEC opener.
South Carolina (13-1, 1-0) held the Razorbacks to 16 first half points and led 28-16 at halftime. Arkansas (13-1, 0-1) did not hit double figures as a team until 12:30 into the game.
Both teams have held their opponent point totals to the mid-40's this season while averaging 77 points each offensively. But the Razorbacks slow start hurt them throughout the second half as South Carolina was relentless defensively.
No. 14 IOWA STATE 71, TCU 49
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Nicole Blaskowsky scored 24 points to lead undefeated Iowa State.
The Cyclones (12-0, 1-0 Big 12) built an eight-point lead in the first half, then put the defensive clamps on the Horned Frogs over the final 20 minutes, holding them to just 19 second-half points to matching a school record with their season-opening 12th straight win.
Blaskowsky was 8-of-16 from the field and drilled 7 of 15 3-point attempts. Nikki Moody added 13 points, Seanna Johnson 12 and Halle Christofferson 10 for Iowa State. The Cyclones now are 4-1 all-time against the Horned Frogs and 9-9 in conference openers.
Zahna Medley scored 22 points on 7-for-16 shooting to lead TCU (9-4, 0-1), which lost at home for the first time this season.
OHIO ST 89, No. 17 PURDUE 78
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Martina Ellerbe drilled four straight free throws to start the second half and give Ohio State the lead for good.
The Buckeyes led by as many as 16 points with four minutes left on back-to-back layups by Raven Ferguson. The Boilermakers got no closer than 10 points down in the closing minutes.
Ellerbe and Ameryst Alston each finished with 19 points to lead Ohio State (11-6, 1-0 Big Ten). Cait Craft and Darryce Moore finished with 15 and 14 points, respectively. But the Buckeyes shot 56 percent from the field (31 of 55) and converted 20 of 26 free throw attempts.
KK Houser scored 26 points to lead the Boilermakers (10-3, 0-1).
No. 18 NEBRASKA 66, NORTHWESTERN 65
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Rachel Theriot hit the go-ahead jumper with 1:39 remaining, and finished with 19 points, eight assists and six rebounds to help Nebraska outlast Northwestern.
After surrendering an 11-0 run to trail 65-61 with 2:52 remaining, the Cornhuskers (11-2, 1-0 Big Ten) got a 3-pointer from Tear'a Laudermill. Theriot then made a jumper on the next possession to put Nebraska on top for the final margin.
Northwestern (10-4, 0-1) missed two potential go-ahead 3-pointers and committed a turnover in the final two minutes.
Christen Inman led the Wildcats with 19 points and Nia Coffey added 16 points and nine rebounds.
VANDERBILT 66, No. 19 GEORGIA 58
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jasmine Lister scored 24 points and Vanderbilt's defense stifled Georgia's top scorers.
Christina Foggie added 11 points for the Commodores (12-2), who won their ninth straight. Lister (1,414) and Foggie (1,412) went past the 1,400 point milestone.
Khaalidah Miller scored 16 points to lead Georgia (12-2) and Krista Donald and Erika Ford added 12 each. However, Tiaria Griffin and Shacobla Barbee, who combine for 26.7 points, were held to five points each.
Lister's layup with 6:21 left put Vanderbilt up for good at 50-49 and she followed with a 3-pointer. Miller countered with a 3 for the Bulldogs but a Foggie's 3 at 5:07 started a 7-0 surge for a 60-52 lead with 3:45 remaining.
No. 21 FLORIDA STATE 78, PITTSBURGH 69
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Natasha Howard scored a career-high 27 points and No. 21 Florida State beat Pittsburgh in the teams' Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
Morgan Jones, Brittany Brown and Ivy Slaughter each scored 11, and Slaughter grabbed 13 rebounds as the Seminoles (13-1, 1-0) won their ninth straight.
Brianna Kiesel scored 20 points to lead Pittsburgh (8-7, 0-1), Loliya Briggs scored 15 and Asia Logan had 14.
Leading 39-28 at halftime, Florida State opened the second half with a 7-0 run, but Pitt came back again, with Kiesel hitting a 3 at 7:31 to sparking a 9-0 run and cut the deficit to eight. Howard scored five points in the final 3 minutes.
INDIANA 86, No. 22 IOWA 84
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Larryn Brooks had 20 points and nine assists as Indiana remained perfect.
The Hawkeyes (12-3, 0-1) outscored Indiana 8-3 in the final seconds to climb within two, but Brooks made 7 of 8 free throws in the final minute, and Simone Deloach and Taylor Agler each added one to stay ahead.
The score remained close in the first half until the Hoosiers went on a 12-4 run with three 3-pointers by Karlee McBride and one by Larryn Brooks. Indiana (14-0, 1-0) was up 43-36 at intermission and led by as much as 12 until Melissa Dixon knocked down a 3-pointer for the Hawkeyes with 2:40 to play to cut the deficit to three.
Samantha Logic led Iowa with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
No. 25 OKLAHOMA 68, TEXAS TECH 38
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Aaryn Ellenberg scored 17 points to lead Oklahoma.
The Sooners (10-4, 1-0 Big 12) got 12 points from Nicole Griffin and 11 points from Morgan Hook. Oklahoma shot 62 percent from the floor, including 5 of 7 from beyond the arc, and also went 11 of 13 from the free throw line.
Texas Tech (6-6, 0-1) was led by Amber Battle with 11 points and six rebounds. The Lady Raiders shot 23 percent and was just 5 of 31 (16 percent) on 3-pointers.
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