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In brief: Swoopes-Loyola Chicago women post upset

Associated Press

COLLEGE WOMEN: Sheryl Swoopes was a special basketball player with more individual awards than can be listed in addition to an NCAA title, three Olympic gold medals and four WNBA championships.

She might be a pretty special coach as well.

Taylor Johnson scored 24 points and Sam Lambrigtsen added a career-high 21 as Loyola of Chicago shocked No. 17 DePaul 88-75 on Monday, ending a 21-game losing streak in the Chicago rivalary.

Loyola (7-3) last beat DePaul in 1993 and the Blue Demons (8-5) were coming off an impressive 77-64 win over then No. 12 Northwestern.

“It’s special. DePaul’s not just any old team. We knew that,” said Swoopes, 17-46 in her first two seasons at Loyola. “It’s a special moment for us. Anytime you can make history, that’s always special.

“Trying to mold a team, groom a team and teach a young team how to win, and the importance of executing, it’s special. And to be able to come and do it on their home court probably makes it a little more special than that.”

Lambrigtsen matched her career high with 17 points in the first half as the Ramblers closed with an 11-0 run to take a 41-30 lead.

Johnson hit 8 of 9 shots and scored 20 points in the second half as Loyola kept the Blue Demons at bay by shooting 67 percent.

“I thought we finally found a way to put four quarters together today,” Swoopes said. “DePaul’s a really good team. I thought our game plan was spot on. More than that, they just went out, they played hard, they executed the game plan. They played together and fortunately we were able to come out and win the game today.”

Chanise Jenkins scored 20 points, Jessica January 16 and Megan Podkowa 15 for the Blue Demons, who led by 10 in the first quarter but missed their last 11 shots of the second and were outscored 22-8.

Thriller at Cal: Courtney Range scored a career-high 29 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and knocked down a jumper with 28 seconds left in the second overtime to help No. 21 California beat No. 19 UCLA 108-104 in a rare nonconference battle between the two Pac-12 schools in Berkeley.

The Golden Bears (8-2) used just seven players.

Jordin Canada hit a 3-pointer before the regulation buzzer to force overtime at 86-all. Monique Billings hit a layup with four seconds left in the first overtime to tie it at 96.

Canada finished with 28 points for the Bruins (7-3) and Billings 21.

Sun Devils hot: Arnecia Hawkins hit all seven of her shots, including three 3-pointers, for a career-high 23 points and No. 23 Arizona State (8-3) found its shooting touch in the second half to defeat No. 10 Florida State (9-3) 68-56.

The Sun Devils shot 65 percent in the second half.

Missouri joins ranking: UConn remains a unanimous No. 1 in the Associated Press women’s basketball poll while Missouri enters the Top 25 for the first time in nearly a decade. The Tigers are No. 25 for their first appearance in the poll since Jan. 9, 2006.

Wild sign ex-Chief to big four-year deal

NHL: The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a $20.75 million, four-year contract extension that begins next season.

The 26-year-old Spurgeon, who played junior hockey with the Spokane Chiefs, has four goals and 12 assists with a plus-four rating in 31 games and a team-high 65 blocked shots this season.

Among defensemen who have played at least 300 games in the NHL since then, Spurgeon’s 38 penalty minutes are the fewest. He has 117 points and a plus-18 rating in 326 career games.

Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel each scored two goals and Pittsburgh ended a five-game losing streak with 5-2 win over visiting Columbus.

David Warsofsky got his first goal in nearly two years as the Penguins gave coach Mike Sullivan his first victory following an 0-4 start.

Duke drops out, but just from the Top 10

COLLEGE MEN: Saturday’s overtime loss to Utah cost Duke a spot in the top 10 for the first time since February 2014.

Providence moved into the top 10 for the first time since Jan. 17, 1978 when the Friars were ranked ninth.

Utah returned to the AP men’s rankings after a week out with its win over Duke at Madison Square Garden. South Carolina is in the Top 25 for the first time since the final poll of 2003-04.

Wall drops 19 dimes

NBA: John Wall had a career-high 19 assists and also scored 12 points, Martin Gortat had 27 points and 16 rebounds and Washington beat visiting Sacramento 113-99.

Wall was just 4-of-15 shooting but finished with assists on nearly half of Washington’s 42 baskets. He connected with Gortat several times on a night when injuries limited coach Randy Wittman to eight players.

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