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Top 25 women capsules: No. 1 UConn routs 10th-ranked Stanford 78-53

Connecticut's Azura Stevens, left, goes to the basket against Stanford's Maya Dodson during the third quarter of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (David Dermer / Associated Press)
Connecticut's Azura Stevens, left, goes to the basket against Stanford's Maya Dodson during the third quarter of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (David Dermer / Associated Press)

Crystal Dangerfield scored 24 points and Katie Lou Samuelson added 21 to help top-ranked UConn rout No. 10 Stanford 78-53 on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.

In her seventh career start Dangerfield ran the offense with a sharpshooter’s mentality. The sophomore knocked down 6-of-7 3-pointers and recorded four steals.

Stanford (0-2) struggled making shots around the rim for a second straight game. The Cardinal made just 5-of-31 shots in the first half and committed 15 turnovers.

Gabby Williams and Napheesa Collier added 11 and eight points, respectively, for UConn (1-0).

DiJonai Carrington led Stanford with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, despite coming off the bench.

(9) Louisville 95, (5) Ohio St, 90 (OT): Asia Durr scored a career-high 47 points, including 13 of her team’s 15 in overtime, to lead the Cardinals (2-0) to a victory over the Buckeyes (1-1) in Columbus, Ohio.

Durr’s jumper with 3:27 remaining in overtime and her 3-pointer a possession later put the Cardinals ahead 87-83, which ended up being a decisive blow to the Buckeyes. She shot 16 for 29 from the field and 9 for 16 from 3.

Ohio State do-it-all guard Kelsey Mitchell struggled early but finished with 26 points. She hit one free throw with 5.5 seconds left to tie the game at 80 and send it to overtime. That’s when Durr took over.

Linnae Harper and Asia Doss were also in double figures for the Buckeyes (1-1) with 21 and 19 points, respectively.

(2) Texas 95, Stetson 59: Lashann Higgs scored 18 points and the Longhorns opened its season with a victory over the Hatters (1-1) in Austin, Texas.

Senior Brooke McCarty, the Big 12 player of the year last season, scored 14 for Texas. Another senior guard, Ariel Atkins produced a career-best six assists and four steals for the Longhorns. Junior Jordan Hosey added a career-high 13 points and eight rebounds.

Kennedi Colclough led Stetson with 19 points. Brittney Chambers scored 12.

(3) Baylor 100, Coppin State 54: Kalani Brown had 24 points and 12 rebounds to help the Lady Bears (2-0) beat the Eagles (0-1) in Waco, Texas.

The double-double was the second in as many games for Baylor’s All-American center, and Lauren Cox just missed a one of her own with 12 points and nine rebounds. Baylor had five double-digit scorers in all and shot 61 percent from the floor and 54 percent from the 3-point line.

The Lady Bears jumped out to the lead by scoring the game’s first five points and 13 of the first 17. They went ahead by double figures on Natalie Chou’s layup with 3:59 to go in the first quarter and built the lead the rest of the way.

Genesis Lucas led all scorers with 25 points for Coppin State, which also received 19 points and 11 rebounds from Chance Graham.

(8) UCLA 76, Presbyterian 40: Monique Billings scored 12 points, Kennedy Burke added 11, and the Bruins (2-0) routed the Blue Hose (0-2) in Los Angeles for their second straight blowout victory.

The Bruins were coming off a 60-point win against San Jose State in their opener, and they had their way with Presbyterian from the opening tip.

Burke scored all of her points in the first half, when UCLA opened the game on a 12-0 run and shot 47 percent. The Blue Hose missed 18 of 22 shots over the first two quarters.

Cortney Storey was the only Blue Hose in double figures with 18 points. She made four 3-pointers for the 1,100-student school from South Carolina.

(11) Oregon 110, Drake 77: Sabrina Ionescu had 29 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for her fifth career triple-double, and the Ducks (2-0) beat the Bulldogs (1-1) in Eugene, Oregon, in the second round of the preseason WNIT.

Ionescu, a sophomore, is just one away from the Pac-12 career record of six, set by Nicole Powell (Stanford, 2001-04) and two shy of the NCAA mark of seven by Suzie McConnell (Penn State, 1985-88) and Louella Tomlinson (St. Mary’s, California, 2008-11).

The Ducks had three double-doubles in the game.

Sara Rhine led Drake with 14 points and Katie Van Scyoc added 11 points with three 3-pointers. The Bulldogs were outrebounded 49-20.

(12) Duke 74, Grand Canyon 61: Rebecca Greenwell scored 19 points to become the 11th player in program history to score 1,500 career points, and the Blue Devils (1-0) beat the Antelopes (0-2) in Phoenix in a season opener for Duke.

Greenwell’s fifth 3-pointer of the game came with 2:07 remaining in the third quarter to put her over 1,500 points and give Duke a 55-46 lead. She finished with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.

She could become the first Blue Devil to amass 1,500 points, 600 rebounds and 200 made 3-pointers. She entered needing 15 points and 19 rebounds to reach that mark.

Lexie Brown and Leaonna Odom each added 14 points for Duke. The Blue Devils are returning the top-scoring backcourt in the ACC with Brown and Greenwell, who combined for 37.4 points last season.

Vanessa Murphy, Brie Mobley and Jessica Gajewski each scored 15 points for Grand Canyon, which trailed 42-31 at halftime.

Duke has won 10 straight road openers and 14 consecutive season-opening games.

(14) Tennessee 87, East Tennessee State 49: Mercedes Russell scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Lady Vols (1-0) opened their season with a blowout of the Lady Buccaneers (1-1) in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Jaime Nared added 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Lady Vols pulled ahead for good by going on an early 17-0 run with ETSU going scoreless for a stretch of 7 minutes, 54 seconds. Russell and Nared delivered their big numbers while playing only 22 minutes each.

This marked the debut performance of a Tennessee freshman class that was ranked first in the nation by multiple recruiting services. The four freshmen played more of a supporting role Sunday as the senior duo of Russell and Nared came up big. Anastasia Hayes was the top freshman scorer with 17 points, though she also had eight turnovers.

ETSU couldn’t recover from the loss of all-Southern Conference guard Tianna Tarter, who played just six minutes and spent the entire second half on the bench with her nose bandaged.

(18) Florida State 75, Jacksonville State 51: Shakayla Thomas scored 23 points for her 17th career 20-point game, and the Seminoles (2-0) used a 20-0 third quarter to beat Jacksonville State (1-1) in Jacksonville, Alabama.

Jacksonville State’s second-half scoring drought ended at 12 minutes, 59 seconds.

Nicole Ekhomu added 14 points and eight rebounds, and AJ Alix had 13 points and seven assists for Florida State, which is coming off its fourth-highest scoring game (109) in program history.

Gretchen Morrison made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points for Jacksonville State.

(20) Texas A&M 83, Louisiana 62: Chennedy Carter scored 18 points, Arriel Howard had 17 points and 14 rebounds and the Aggies (2-0) overcame a sluggish opening quarter to beat the Ragin’ Cajuns (1-1) in College Station, Texas, to advance to the semifinals of the preseason WNIT.

Texas A&M hosts No. 11 Oregon in a semifinal game on Thursday.

Louisiana led 19-12 after the first before Texas A&M went on a 12-4 run to take a 24-23 lead with a pair of free throws by Danni Williams. Howard’s 3-pointer with 28 seconds left before halftime put the Aggies up 33-30 and they led the rest of the way.

Skyler Goodwin led Louisiana with 13 points, Kendra Howard had 12 and Nekia Jones 10.

(23) South Florida 90, Houston Baptist 43: Kitija Laksa scored 26 points, Maria Jespersen and Laura Ferreira had double-doubles and the Bulls (2-0) coasted to a win over the Huskies (0-1) in Tampa, Florida.

Jespersen had 17 points and 11 rebounds while Ferreira had a career-high 15 rebounds to go with 10 points. Laia Flores had 14 points, eight rebounds, eight steals and five steals for the Bulls.

Sophie Taylor scored 15 points to lead Houston Baptist.

(24) Michigan 74, Liberty 50: Katelynn Flaherty scored 20 points for her 51st career 20-plus game, Hallie Thome added 16 points and the Wolverines (2-0) beat the Flames (1-1) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the second round of the preseason WNIT.

Thome battled foul trouble all game but made 7 of 8 shots. Flaherty was 4-of-14 shooting but made all 10 of her free throws and had five assists.

Nicole Munger made three 3-pointers and scored 13 points for Michigan. Hailey Brown had her first double-digit scoring game of her career with 10 points and six rebounds.

Akienreh Johnson, who was injured last season, scored her first points since Dec. 17, 2016. She finished with four points.

Keyen Green had 12 points and eight rebound for Liberty, which shot just 34 percent. The Flamers were just 4 of 20 from distance.


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