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Women’s Top 25 capsules: Kia Nurse, No. 1 UConn roll past Temple 113-57

Connecticut's Molly Bent, left, brings the ball up the court with Temple's Emani Mayo defending during the second half of an NCAA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Philadelphia. (Chris Szagola / Associated Press)
Connecticut's Molly Bent, left, brings the ball up the court with Temple's Emani Mayo defending during the second half of an NCAA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Philadelphia. (Chris Szagola / Associated Press)

Kia Nurse scored 24 points and freshman Megan Walker added a career-best 22 to help No. 1 UConn rout Temple 113-57 on Sunday in Philadelphia.

The Huskies (18-0, 7-0 American) played without Katie Lou Samuelson, who was sidelined by an ankle injury after she got hurt against Tulsa on Thursday.

It was a rough week for the junior forward. She was still sporting a blackened left eye after taking an elbow to the face against Texas on Monday.

Mia Davis scored 19 points for Temple (9-9, 1-5), and Tanaya Atkinson had 15. The Owls have dropped six of seven.

(12) Florida State 50, (2) Louisville 49: A.J. Alix made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:04 remaining and Nicole Ekhomu added a free throw with 7.8 seconds left, helping the Seminoles (18-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) hand the Cardinals (20-1, 6-1) their first loss of the season in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Seminoles won despite shooting just 28 percent overall.

Myisha Hines-Allen finished with 13 for Louisville.

(3) Mississippi State 71, (6) Tennessee 52: Victoria Vivians had 24 points and nine rebounds to help the Bulldogs (20-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) beat the Lady Vols (16-3, 4-2) in Knoxville, Tennessee, a victory that matched Mississippi State’s best start in school history.

Mississippi State also got off to a 20-0 start last season and went on to finish 34-5 with a loss to South Carolina in the NCAA Tournament final.

Tennessee has lost three of its last four, with all four of those games coming against Top 25 foes.

(5) Notre Dame 90, Clemson 37: Arike Ogunbowale and Jackie Young each scored 23 points, helping the Fighting Irish (18-2, 6-1 ACC) cruise to the win over the Tigers (11-9, 1-6) in South Bend, Indiana.

Fresh off their biggest comeback ever, rallying from a 23-point deficit to beat No. 6 Tennessee 84-70 on Thursday, the Irish never were in trouble.

Jessica Shepard scored 17 points on 8-for-9 shooting and Kathryn Westbeld had 14 points for Notre Dame.

Kobi Thornton had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Clemson. The Tigers shot 26 percent (15 of 58) from the field.

(7) Oregon 75, (18) Oregon State 63: Satou Sabally scored 21 points, Sabrina Ionescu had 15 points and 11 assists and the Ducks (18-3, 7-1 Pac-12) beat the Beavers (14-5, 5-3) in Eugene, Oregon.

The Ducks broke the game open with a 28-11 second quarter and led by as many as 27 points to snap a 14-game losing streak against the Beavers. Maite Cazorla had 16 points and Mallory McGwire 14 for Oregon.

Kat Tudor scored 17 points and Marie Gulich 16 for Oregon State after they had combined for 62 points in the Beavers’ 85-79 overtime win Friday.

(10) South Carolina 81, Kentucky 64: A’ja Wilson scored 26 points after missing two games because of an injury, leading the Gamecocks (16-3, 5-2 SEC) to a victory over the Wildcats (9-11, 1-5) in Lexington, Kentucky.

Wilson, who tops the Southeastern Conference with 23.2 points per game, showed no ill effects in her return from a sprained right ankle. He shot 10 for 12 and also had eight rebounds.

Former Kentucky forward Alexis Jennings added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Gamecocks. Tyasha Harris had 12 points.

Maci Morris led Kentucky with 19 points. Taylor Murray had 17.

(11) Missouri 88, Arkansas 54: Sophie Cunningham scored 22 points to lead five Missouri players in double figures, and the Tigers (17-2, 5-1 SEC) beat the Razorbacks (11-9, 2-5) in Columbia, Missouri.

Kayla Michael and Lauren Aldridge had 13 points apiece, while Jordan Chavis and Jordan Frericks each scored 12, for Missouri.

Kiara Williams and Jailyn Mason topped Arkansas with 14 points apiece.

(13) UCLA 64, Stanford 53: Jordin Canada had 21 points and five assists and Monique Billings scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Bruins (15-4, 6-2 Pac-12) past the Cardinal (12-18, 6-2) in Los Angeles.

Kennedy Burke added 10 points for UCLA. The Bruins have won six of their last seven, including four in a row.

Stanford missed its first six field-goal attempts and UCLA never trailed.

Kiana Williams, the only Cardinal player to score in double figures, had 14 points.

North Carolina 92, (15) Duke 86 (OT): Paris Kea scored a career-high 36 points, including a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left that sent the game into overtime, and the Tar Heels (14-6, 4-3 ACC) beat the Blue Devils (15-5, 4-3) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Jamie Cherry made four free throws in the final minute and scored 22 points with a career-high 13 assists for the Tar Heels, who had lost seven in a row.

Haley Gorecki scored a career-high 29 points for Duke and Lexie Brown had 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Minnesota 77, (20) Iowa 72: Kenisha Bell scored 21 points and Carlie Wagner added 15 to help the Golden Gophers (16-5, 5-3 Big Ten) to a win over the Hawkeyes (15-5, 3-4) in Minneapolis.

Bell and Wagner combined to make six free throws in the final 25 seconds to boost the Golden Gophers.

Kathleen Doyle had 21 points and Megan Gustafson had 20 and 10 rebounds in the third straight loss for Iowa.

(21) California 62, Southern California 59: Kristine Anigwe scored 20 points and Asha Thomas converted the go-ahead 3-point play with 1:29 to play, and the Golden Bears (14-5, 5-3 Pac-12) edged the Trojans (13-6, 3-5) in Los Angeles.

Mikayla Cowling had 12 points, Thomas and Kianna Smith 10 each for Cal.

Kristen Simon had 21 for USC, which missed four 3s on the last possession.

(22) Arizona State 73, Colorado 59: Kianna Ibis scored 24 points, Courtney Ekmark added 16 and the Sun Devils (14-6, 5-3 Pac-12) beat the Buffaloes (11-8, 2-6) in Tempe, Arizona, for the eighth straight time.

Arizona State had lost three in a row overall.

Kennedy Leonard led Colorado with 23 points.

Nebraska 52, (25) Rutgers 42: Kate Cain scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Jasmine Cincore added 11 and seven to help the Cornhuskers (14-6, 5-2 Big Ten) to stun the Scarlet Knights (17-5, 3-2) in Piscataway, New Jersey.

The Cornhuskers have won five of their last six games, including back-to-back victories against ranked opponents. After losing in overtime to then-No. 23 Michigan on Jan. 13, Nebraska beat No. 20 Iowa on Tuesday.

Rutgers trimmed its deficit to 45-42 when Nigia Greene hit a 3-pointer with 5:56 to play, but the Scarlet Knights went scoreless from there as Nebraska closed on a 7-0 run.

Tyler Scaife had 20 points for Rutgers, which had its 12-game home win streak snapped.


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