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Women’s Top 25 Capsules: UConn pushes streak to 103

Connecticut's Saniya Chong guards Brea Elmore of Memphis. UConn won to extend its winning streak to 103 games. (Fred Beckham / Associated Press)
Connecticut's Saniya Chong guards Brea Elmore of Memphis. UConn won to extend its winning streak to 103 games. (Fred Beckham / Associated Press)

STORRS, Conn. – Katie Lou Samuelson broke out of a shooting slump, scoring 29 points to lead UConn to a 91-48 win over Memphis that extended the Huskies record winning streak to 103 games.

The sophomore star, who was just 13 of 40 from the field during her previous three games, hit 11 of her 14 shots against the Tigers. She was 5 of 8 from 3-point range.

Nepheesa Collier added 19 points and senior Saniya Chong had 14 points and seven assists in her final regular-season home game for the Huskies (28-0, 15-0 AAC).

Brea Elmore scored 19 points to lead Memphis (13-15, 6-9), which has lost three in a row after a three-game winning streak. Cheyenne Creighton added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers.

No. 4 Baylor 86, Texas Tech 48

WACO, Texas – Nina Davis scored 16 points, coach Kim Mulkey reached her 500th career victory and Baylor claimed its seventh straight Big 12 regular-season title with a win over Texas Tech.

The Lady Bears’ victory, combined with Iowa State’s 70-66 upset of No. 6 Texas on Friday night, gave Baylor the outright championship with one game remaining.

It also made Mulkey the second-fastest coach to reach the 500-win milestone. Only her mentor and former Louisiana Tech coach Leon Barmore needed fewer games (576) to reach 500 wins than Mulkey (594).

Baylor (27-2, 16-1) led 28-11 after shooting 62 percent in the first quarter and remained in control the rest of the way.

Alexis Prince, Lauren Cox and Kalani Brown scored 13 points apiece for the Lady Bears, and Beatrice Mompremier recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Larryn Brooks led Texas Tech (12-16, 4-13) with 15 points.

No. 16 Oklahoma 73, TCU 64

FORT WORTH, Texas – Vionise Pierre-Louis scored 18 points, Maddie Manning had 15 and Oklahoma defeated TCU.

Pierre-Louis only played 14 minutes because of foul trouble and had 16 of her points in the second half. She finished 6 of 9 from the field and the foul line. Gabbi Ortiz added 13 points, seven rebounds and tied her career high with eight assists for the Sooners (22-7, 13-4 Big 12).

Oklahoma led 32-31 at the half and hit three of its 3-pointers in the third quarter and went 8 of 13 overall to outscore the Horned Frogs 24-15. Jada Butts had 10 of her 22 points in that quarter to keep TCU, which went 5 of 19, in the game.

AJ Alix added 17 points for the Horned Frogs (12-16, 4-13), who shot 31 percent for the game, 5 of 23 from 3-point range. Oklahoma shot 52 percent in the second half but finished with 23 turnovers, which TCU turned into 27 points.

No. 23 Temple 88, Cincinnati 64

PHILADELPHIA – Tanaya Atkinson scored a career-high 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Temple to a win over Cincinnati.

Alliya Butts added 23 points, hitting five 3-pointers, and Feyonda Fitzgerald 18 with 11 assists as the Owls (22-6, 12-3 American) bounced back in a big way after being thumped by No. 1 UConn on Wednesday. Temple scored the first six points of the game and the last 17 of the first quarter to lead 23-2. Atkinson had nine points and Butts eight.

Butts had 21 Atkinson 17 by the half when the Owls led 47-25 in the final game at McGonigle Hall.

Temple finished with a 41-27 rebounding advantage and had 21 assists on 32 baskets. The Owls had 10 3-pointers to five for Cincinnati.

Shanice Johnson had 15 points and Sam Rodgers 13 for the Bearcats (16-12, 7-8).

Temple closes the regular season at Central Florida on Monday and clinches the second seed with a win.


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