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Women’s Top 25 capsules: UConn beats Memphis 97-49 for 83rd straight conference win

Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson, left, fights for a rebound against Memphis' Cheyenne Creighton, center, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Hartford, Conn. (Stephen Dunn / Associated Press)
Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson, left, fights for a rebound against Memphis' Cheyenne Creighton, center, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Hartford, Conn. (Stephen Dunn / Associated Press)

Gabby Williams scored 20 points, making all 10 of her shots, to lead six UConn players in double figures as the top-ranked Huskies routed Memphis 97-49 in Hartford, Connecticut, in the conference opener for both teams Sunday.

Kia Nurse had 16 points and Napheesa Collier added 14 for the Huskies (11-0) who have never lost in 83 American Athletic Conference games.

The win was their 71st straight conference win in the regular season to go along with all four post-season tournament titles.

Brea Elmore had 20 points for Memphis (5-9), which came into the game on a four-game winning streak.

(2) Notre Dame 96, Wake Forest 73: Arike Ogunbowale scored 25 points and Marina Mabrey added 22 to help the Fighting Irish (13-1, 2-0 ACC)beat the Demon Deacons (8-6, 0-1) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The Irish made their first six shots en route to taking a 24-6 lead late in the first quarter. Notre Dame shot 56 percent from the floor to win its sixth straight game since losing at top-ranked Connecticut on Dec. 3.

The loss ended a six-game winning streak for Wake Forest, which was led by Elisa Penna’s 24 points.

(3) Louisville 55, North Carolina State 47: Myisha Hines-Allen had 17 points and 12 rebounds to help the Cardinals (16-0, 2-0 ACC) beat the Wolfpack (12-3, 1-1) in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Asia Durr also scored 17 points for the Cardinals, who set a program record for most consecutive wins to start a season. With its 16th consecutive victory, Louisville tied the 2013-14 team for the longest winning streak in program history.

Louisville began the game on a 26-1 run as N.C. State missed its first 24 shots from the field. The Cardinals led 41-18 midway through the third quarter and held on after their lead was trimmed to 47-43 late in the fourth.

Kiara Leslie scored 18 points to lead N.C. State.

(4) South Caorlina 61, (22) Texas A&M 59: A’ja Wilson scored 25 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1.3 seconds left, as the Gamecocks (12-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) rallied from 11 points down in the final 13 minutes to upend the Aggies (11-4, 0-1) to open conference play in Columbia, South Carolina.

The Gamecocks looked like they were finished as the Aggies took a 47-36 lead on Chennedy Carter’s 3-pointer with 2:32 to play in the third quarter. But South Carolina, behind their 6-foot-5 All-American in Wilson, used a 15-2 spurt to go up 51-49.

Texas A&M was not done. Danni Williams’ jumper with 1:05 to go gave the Aggies a final lead, 59-57, before Wilson tied things with a short jumper in the lane.

After two bad turnovers by the Aggies – a 10-second call and a double-dribble violation by Williams’ as she tried to gather in the ball – Wilson came through once more. She drove across the lane and banked in a short basket for the winning points.

Carter finished with 36 points – 19 of those in the third quarter – but was clearly out of gas as the game wound down. She was 1 of 7 in the final period.

(5) Mississippi State 86, Georgia 62: Teaira McCowan had 26 points and 13 rebounds to help the Mississippi State Bulldogs (15-0, 1-0 SEC) remain unbeaten with a win over the Georgia Lady Bulldogs (12-2, 0-1) in Athens, Georgia.

McCowan scored nine of Mississippi State’s 16 points in the first quarter when not much else was going right. She gathered in 12 of her 13 rebounds in the first half.

Victoria Vivians added 20 points for State while Roshunda Johnson had 16.

Georgia got 13 points from Caliya Robinson and 10 apiece from MacKenzie Engram and Haley Clark.

(6) Baylor 97, Texas Tech 49: Kalani Brown had 26 points and 10 rebounds and the Lady Bears (12-1, 2-0 Big 12) beat the Lady Raiders (6-7, 0-2) in Waco, Texas.

The Lady Bears turned a one-point deficit in the first quarter into a 25-8 lead with a 17-2 run, and they maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way. Baylor shot 79 percent (11 for 14) in the first quarter and 53 percent for the game (37 for 70).

Lauren Cox added 21 points and nine rebounds for Baylor, which had a 58-30 advantage in the paint and outrebounded Texas Tech 53-21.

Erin DeGrate scored 12 to lead Texas Tech.

(7) Tennessee 63, Kentucky 49: Evina Westbrook scored 17 points, Mercedes Russell added 16 and the Lady Vols (13-0, 1-0 SEC) started quickly against the Wildcats (8-7, 0-1) and didn’t let up in rolling to a victory in Lexington, Kentucky.

Playing their first game since beating then-No. 18 Stanford 10 days ago, the Lady Vols scored the game’s first 10 points and led 26-7 after one quarter. Their lead grew to as many as 23 midway through the third as they remained unbeaten while handing the Wildcats their sixth consecutive loss.

Maci Morris had 18 points for the Wildcats.

(8) Texas 79, No. 9 West Virginia 58: Brooke McCarty scored 17 points and the Longhorns (11-1, 2-0 Big 12) beat the Mountaineers (13-2, 1-1) in Austin, Texas.

Texas held West Virginia scoreless for seven minutes starting late in the second quarter and without a field goal for more than 12 minutes. The Longhorns put together an 18-0 push during that span. Texas led by 30 in the fourth quarter.

Freshman Rellah Boothe scored a season-best 14 points, converting 6 of 8 shots in 13 minutes. Alecia Sutton scored 11 points, while Jatarie White produced 10 points and nine rebounds.

Naomi Davenport led West Virginia with 20 points.

(10) Oregon 94, Washington 83: Sabrina Ionescu set an NCAA record with her eighth career triple-double to lead the Ducks (13-2, 2-0 Pac-12) to a victory over the Huskies (6-7, 0-2) in Eugene, Oregon.

Ionescu had 24 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to help the Ducks to their fifth consecutive win. She broke the mark in her 48th career game with an assist on Lexi Bando’s 3-pointer with 1:47 to play.

Penn State’s Suzie McConnell and Louella Tomlinson of St. Mary’s shared the mark with Ionescu until Sunday.

Ruthy Hebard added 23 points and 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season, and Bando had 20 points.

Amber Melgoza had 23 of her 31 points in the final quarter for the Huskies.

(11) UCLA 82, (20) California 46: Monique Billings scored 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds for her third straight double-double and the Bruins (10-3, 1-1 Pac-12) beat the Golden Bears (10-3, 1-1) in Brekeley, California.

Jordin Canada, who is third in the NCAA in assists (5.8), had 16 points and nine assists for UCLA. Kennedy Burke added 10 points, five assists and four steals as the Bruins had 26 assists on 34 field goals.

The Bruins finished the second quarter on a 13-1 run for a 34-19 halftime lead. The Golden Bears were held without a field goal for 9:25 of the second quarter for a record-low-tying four points.

Kristine Anigwe opened Pac-12 play with back-to back double-doubles to pace Cal. She had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

(12) Ohio State 85, Indiana 70: Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points and Stephanie Mavunga and Linnae Harper turned in double-doubles to lead the Buckeyes (12-2, 2-0 Big Ten) to a victory over the Hoosiers (12-2, 2-0 Big Ten) in Columbus, Ohio.

Mitchell, the all-time Division-I leader for career 3-pointers, was only 1 of 8 from the arc but 8 of 11 otherwise in passing Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante (2000-04) for second on the Big Ten’s career scoring list with 2,938 points.

Mavunga had 14 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks for her eighth double-double this season with Harper picking up her sixth with 19 points and 10 boards for the Buckeyes.

Tyra Buss scored 24 points and Kym Royster a career-high 22 for the Hoosiers.

(13) Florida State 103, North Carolina 65: Imani Wright sank a school record eight 3-pointers and finished with a career-best 33 points to propel the Seminoles (13-1, 1-0 ACC) to a win over the Tar Heels (10-4, 0-1) in Tallahassee, Florida.

Wright missed just four of her 12 shots from behind the arc and finished with 11-for-18 shooing overall as Florida State dominated from long range, sinking 10 of 20 while holding North Carolina to just 1 for 13.

Shakayla Thomas added 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

After a tight first quarter, Florida State opened the second quarter with an 18-3 run to make it 41-24 and took a 57-36 advantage into the halftime break.

Janelle Bailey and Paris Kea led North Carolina with 17 points apiece.

Miami 51, (14) Duke 48: Erykah Davenport had 13 points and 14 rebounds and the Hurricanes (11-3, 1-0 ACC) picked up a rare win over the Blue Devils (11-3, 0-1), outlasting them in Coral Gables, Florida.

Shaneese Bailey also had 13 points for the Hurricanes, who are now 3-14 all-time against Duke, where Miami’s 13-year coach Katie Meier was a standout player. Both teams entered the game with five-game winning streaks.

After Duke’s Leaonna Odom tied the game at 45 with 4:45 remaining, Miami scored its final six points from the foul line, shooting 4 of 6 while going 0 for 3 from the field. Duke missed five straight shots before Lexi Brown swished a 3-pointer from the left corner with 27 seconds left to make it 50-48. The Blue Devils, who lead the ACC at 40 percent behind the arc, were 0 for 8 in the second half and 2 of 14 overall before Brown’s basket.

Duke finished 3 of 16 behind the arc and 19 of 55 overall (24.5 percent) and had 22 turnovers.

(15) Maryland 69, Penn State 65: Stephanie Jones scored the final four points and the Terrapins (13-2, 2-0 Big Ten) pulled out a win at the Nittany Lions (9-6, 0-2) in State College, Pennsylvania, pushing their win streak to 11 games.

Penn State called a 30-second timeout with 1:19 to go and tied at 65, but were unable to inbound and the turnover resulted in Jones getting fouled and going to the line for the first time. She made both free throws and, after a Penn State miss, the Terps went deep into the shot clock before Jones scored with 12 seconds remaining. Penn State missed two final shots.

Penn State is winless against Maryland since the Terrapins joined the Big Ten in 2015.

Maryland opened conference play by dropping 100 on Illinois Thursday, but the outcome against Penn State was in doubt until Jones found her shooting touch in the last minute.

(16) Missouri 62, Alabama 57: Jordan Chavis made four 3-pointers and scored 17 points, Sophie Cunningham added 13 points and the Tigers (13-1, 1-0 SEC) beat the Crimson Tide (10-4, 0-1) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Alabama went on an 11-0 run, with eight points from Hannah Cook, to cut Mizzou’s lead to 57-54 with under a minute to play, but Chavis was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with 15.5 seconds left and made all three free throws for a 60-54 lead.

Lauren Aldridge added two 3-pointers and eight points as Missouri was 10 of 22 from distance. The Tigers have won 13 straight since a season-opening 79-76 loss to Western Kentucky.

Cook and Shaquera Wade each scored 11 points for Alabama.

(17) Oregon State 71, Washington State 53: Kat Tudor hit seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points, both career highs, Marie Gulich and Mikayla Pivec had double-doubles and the Beavers (11-2, 2-0 Pac-12) pulled away from the Cougars (7-7, 0-2) in Corvallis, Oregon, for their eighth-straight win.

Gulich had 22 points and a season-high 14 rebounds and Pivec 10 and 10 for the Beavers, who outscored the Cougars 22-10 in the third quarter after trailing 31-29 at the half.

Chanelle Molina had 13 of her season high 17 points in the first half and Alexys Swedlund added 13 for the Cougars.

(23) Iowa 82, (21) Michigan 72: Megan Gustafson had 27 points and 11 rebounds for her NCAA-leading 14th double-double, sophomore Kathleen Doyle set career-highs with 23 points and nine assists, and the Hawkeyes(14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) beat the Wolverines (12-3, 1-1) in Iowa City, Iowa.

Iowa is off to its best start since the 1995-96 season when the Hawkeyes opened at 20-1.

Michigan went on a 7-0 run to pull within 64-62 but Iowa answered with an 8-0 spurt, capped by Gustafson’s layup with 1:21 to go. The Hawkeyes’ lead didn’t dip below nine points the rest of the way.

Alexis Sevillian added 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting for Iowa. Gustafson went 11 of 11 from the free-throw line for the second straight game and she was 8 of 9 from the field.

Katelynn Flaherty, ranked seventh nationally with 22.7 points per game, led Michigan with four 3-pointers and 24 points.

(24) Oklahoma State 76, Kansas State 68: Loryn Goodwin and Kaylee Jensen had double-doubles and the Cowgirls (11-2, 2-0 Big 12) held on to defeat the Wildcats (8-5, 0-2) in Stillwater, Oklahoma, after giving up most of an 18-point lead in the second half.

Goodwin had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Jensen 19 and 18 for the Cowgirls, who won their fifth straight. Mandy Coleman scored 17.

Coleman opened the game with two 3-pointers and Oklahoma State opened a 10-0 lead on the Wildcats. It was 19-13 after one quarter and a 10-0 run in the second quarter helped stretch the margin to 19 before KSU cut it to 42-26 at the half.

Kayla Goth had 17 points, Peyton Williams 15 and Rachel Ranke 13 for Kansas State.

(25) South Florida 75, Tulane 46: Maria Jespersen had 17 points and 11 rebounds and the Bulls (11-3, 1-0 AAC) beat the Green Wave (8-6, 0-1) in Tampa, Florida.

Tamara Henshaw and Kitija Laksa added 14 points apiece and Laia Flores had 11 assists for the Bulls.

Meredith Schulte led the Green Wave, who had a three-game winning streak snapped, with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Kolby Morgan, who averages 21.8 points, was held to eight on 3-of-19 shooting.


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