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Women’s Top 25 capsules: Azura Stevens reaches milestone in UConn’s win over Michigan State

Connecticut's Gabby Williams, front, chases after a loose ball in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State during the Phil Knight Invitational tournament in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. (Timothy J. Gonzelez / Associated Press)
Connecticut's Gabby Williams, front, chases after a loose ball in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State during the Phil Knight Invitational tournament in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. (Timothy J. Gonzelez / Associated Press)
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Azura Stevens recorded one of three UConn double-doubles and reached 1,000 points for her career as the top-ranked Huskies beat Michigan State 96-62 at the PK80 Invitational on Saturday in Eugene, Oregon.

Stevens had 25 points and 16 rebounds for the Huskies (5-0), who won their 136th consecutive game against an unranked opponent. Kia Nurse added 20 points for UConn, Napheesa Collier had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Crystal Dangerfield had 10 points and 10 assists.

Stevens started for the third straight game in place of injured preseason All-American Katie Lou Samuelson, who wore a protective boot on her sprained left foot. Stevens was 10-for-15 from the field, including a 3-pointer, and had five assists.

Sidney Cooks led the Spartans (4-1) with 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench, and Branndais Agee scored 10 points, giving her 1,001 for her career.

(2) Texas 92, Washington 68: Junior Jatarie White was 10 of 12 from the field and scored 24 points along with seven rebounds to lead the Longhorns (5-0) over the Huskies (2-3) at the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas.

Brooke McCarty added 15 points, six rebounds and six assists as the Longhorns shot 57 percent from the field and used a 20-0 run in the first half to pull away.

Lashann Higgs and Alecia Sutton each had 10 points for the Longhorns, who never trailed.

Amber Melgoza led Washington with 12 points. Alexis Griggsby added 10 points, while Hannah Johnson had nine points and five rebounds for the Huskies.

After leading 10-9, the Longhorns went on a 20-0 over the next 7:12. The lead grew to as many as 32 points early in the fourth quarter.

(3) South Carolina 76, St. John’s 58: Alexis Jennings scored 25 points, A’ja Wilson scored 17 and the Gamecocks (6-0) held on to beat the Red Storm (3-1) in the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Florida.

Wilson also grabbed 17 rebounds for the Gamecocks, who won their 17th straight game going back to last season.

The win means South Carolina coach Dawn Staley will go for career victory No. 400 on Sunday night, when the Gamecocks play for the tournament title against either No. 6 Notre Dame or No. 17 South Florida.

St. John’s made its first shot, and then missed its next 18 attempts from the field. Akina Wellere scored 14 points for the Red Storm, who shot 31 percent.

(5) UCLA 72, Creighton 63: Kennedy Burke scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Bruins (5-1) to the victory over the Bluejays (3-3) in the Las Vegas Shootout.

Monique Billings added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Bruins while Lajahna Drummer had 10 points for UCLA, which rallied in the second half to sweep their two Shootout games this weekend.

Jaylyn Agnew led Creighton with 15 points. Audrey Faber added 13 points and Temi Carda had 12 points for the Bluejays, who led for most of the first half, but shot only 36 percent from the field.

UCLA only had eight turnovers in the game.

The Bluejays built a 26-17 lead, their largest of the game with 9:27 until halftime. The Bruins rallied late in the second quarter, and led 36-35 at halftime, despite shooting 35 percent in the half.

(6) Notre Dame 76, (17) South Florida 66: Jackie Young scored 23 points, Arike Ogunbowale added 21, and the Fighting Irish (5-0) overcame a brilliant performance by Kitija Laksa to beat the Bulls (5-1) in the Gulf Coast Showcase semifinals.

Young and Ogunbowale combined for 18 points in the fourth quarter for the Irish, who will play No. 3 South Carolina for the tournament title on Sunday night.

Jessica Shepard scored 15 for Notre Dame, which never trailed and kept a double-digit lead for most of the second half.

Laksa led the way for USF, scoring 36 points and shooting 9 for 11 from 3-point range. She topped the 30-point mark for the eighth time in her career, and almost single-handedly tried to carry the Bulls back from what was once a 19-point deficit.

(7) Mississppi State 67, Green Bay 46: Victoria Vivians scored 17 points and Roshunda Johnson added 14, leading the Bulldogs (6-0) past the Phoenix (5-1) in the Cancun (Mexico) Challenge.

The Bulldogs jumped ahead 17-6 and a big third quarter stretched the score to 55-31. Green Bay took its first loss. Jessica Lindstrom led the Phoenix with 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting.

Blair Schaefer had 13 points and Morgan William 10 for Mississippi State. Teaira McCowan had nine points and 13 rebounds. The Bulldogs shot 44 percent from 3-point range.

(8) Baylor 80, Georgia Tech 57: Kalani Brown scored 23 points and Lauren Cox had 22 to lead the Lady Bears (5-1) over the Yellow Jackets (6-1) in the championship game of the Junkanoo Jam in Bimini, Bahamas.

Baylor never trailed after Brown scored eight points in an early 11-0 run.

The only lead for Georgia Tech was 3-2 after Lorela Cubaj hit a 3-pointer less than a minute into the game.

After the Lady Bears had five early turnovers against the pressing Yellow Jackets, Brown started the big run by making a jumper with 7:27 left in the first quarter. By time Cox made a jumper just more than 3 minutes later, they led 13-3.

Imani Tilford led Georgia Tech with 13 points, and Elo Edeferioka has 12 before fouling out.

(9) Ohio State 94, (14) Stanford 82: Kelsey Mitchell scored six of her game-high 37 points in overtime to lead the Buckeyes (7-1) to a victory over the Cardinal (4-3) in the Play4Kay Shootout in Las Vegas.

Mitchell was named MVP of the event.

Trailing by nine points after three quarters, the Buckeyes outscored Stanford 27-18 in the fourth quarter to force overtime, and then went on a 13-0 run in the extra period to seal the win.

Asia Doss gave Ohio State its first lead of the contest when she knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner with 5:09 left in the game, then scored the Buckeyes’ first seven points in overtime.

Doss and Sierra Calhoun each finished with 15 points for the Buckeyes, while Linnae Harper added 12.

(10) Oregon 92, Oklahoma 74: Sabrina Ionescu scored 28 points and Ruthy Hebard had 15 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Ducks (5-1) to the victory over the Sooners (3-2) at the PK80 Invitational.

Ionescu had 18 points in the second half and finished one off her career high for the Ducks to go with seven rebounds and six assists. Maite Cazorla added 11 points.

Oregon had a 25-18 edge in bench points as Satou Sabally had 13 and Justine Hall 10.

Vionise Pierre-Louis led the Sooners with 32 points and 13 rebounds, but Oklahoma was hampered by a 1-for-21 effort from 3-point range. Maddie Manning added 17 points and Ana Llanusa 12.

Each team grabbed 41 rebounds, with the Sooners holding a 21-13 edge on the offensive glass behind Pierre-Louis’ seven.

(11) West Virginia 79, Virginia Tech 61: MVP Teana Muldrow had 23 points and 11 rebounds and the Mountaineers (6-0) won the Paradise Jam Island Division in Melbourne, Florida, with a win over the Hokies (5-2).

Chania Ray had five 3-pointers for 17 points and Naomi Davenport 15 points as all five starters scored in double figures and accounted for all of the points for the Mountaineers.

West Virginia never trailed, outscoring the Hokies 20-14 in the first quarter and 21-14 in the second. Kristina King, who had 13 points, had scored eight in a row for the Mountaineers during a 13-2 run in the second quarter that had the lead at 15.

Virginia Tech got within nine early in the third quarter but Muldrow followed a Davenport 3 with four free throws and Katrina Pardee, who had 11 points, later followed two free throws with a 3-point play. West Virginia was never challenged after scoring the first eight points of the fourth quarter.

(12) Tennessee 69, South Dakota 49: Tournament MVP Jaime Nared had 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks as the Lady Vols (6-0) beat the Coyotes (3-3) to win the Cancun Challenge.

Rennia Davis and Anastasia Hayes had 12 points apiece and Mercedes Russell 10 for the Lady Vols, who went 3-0 in the tourney, starting with a 101-99 win over No. 20 Marquette in overtime.

Tennessee scored the first seven points of the game and the last 10 of the first quarter, making 9 of 11 shots, to lead 24-9. The Lady Vols added an 8-0 run in the second half and closed with the last seven to lead 41-18 at the half.

Monica Arens led the Coyotes with 10 points.

Nared finished the tournament with 58 points, 34 rebounds, 12 assists, six blocks and five steals.

(16) Duke 72, (18) Oregon State 65: Lexie Brown scored Duke’s last 10 points of the game, finishing with 19, as the Blue Devils (4-1) held off the Beavers (3-2) in Durham, North Carolina.

The Beavers used an 8-0 run to close within one with 5:49 to play and was down by three when Brown took over. She had back-to-back steals and layups, converting the first into a 3-point play, to make it 67-59.

Katie McWilliams cut three points off that at the 1:49 mark but Brown made five of six from the foul line in the last 48 seconds.

Rebecca Greenwell hit four 3s and scored 17 points with nine rebounds for the Blue Devils. Leaonna Odom added 16 on 8-of-11 shooting.

Marie Gulich made 6 of 9 shots for 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Beavers. Mikayla Pivec and Kat Tudor added 13 apiece.

(23) Missouri 55, (21) California 52: Amber Smith and Sophie Cunningham scored 11 points apiece and the Tigers (5-1) handed the Golden Bears (3-2) a rare loss in the Cal Classic in Berkeley, California.

The Tigers won the championship by making 9 of 18 3-pointers, the biggest by Jordan Chavis with 3:16 to play after the Golden Bears had erased an eight-point deficit to tie the game.

After a Cal miss, Cunningham had a putback for a five-point lead but Cal got close with a free throw and a layup from Kristine Anigwe with 16 seconds left. Cierra Porter made a free throw with 11 seconds to play but Asha Thomas missed a 3 and the Tigers held on.

It was fitting Thomas, who scored 14 points, had the final shot as she set a school record with nine made 3s in Cal’s first-round win and the Golden Bears set a record with 17 long-range buckets. However, Missouri held them to 16 attempts, just six makes.

Cal had won 13 straight nonconference home games, five of the last five tournaments and 21 tournament titles since it was switched to the four-team format in 1983.

(24) Arizona State 72, Columbia 48: Reserve Jamie Ruden and Robbi Ryan led a balanced attack with 12 points apiece and the Sun Devils (5-2) broke a two-game losing streak by winning its final game at the Cancun Classic over the Lions (2-5) .

Another reserve, Sophia Elenga, added 11 points and Cha Johnson-Chapman added 10 for the Sun Devils, who had nine players score for a 35-9 difference in bench points.

Camille Zimmerman led the Lions with 23 points.

Arizona State’s swarming defense forced 19 turnovers the Sun Devils turned in 22 points. On the other end, ASU had just three turnovers.

(25) Michigan 74, Ohio 61: Katelynn Flaherty scored 31 points, Hallie Thome had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and the Wolverines (4-1) used a 25-15 fourth quarter to beat the Bobcats (3-1).

Michigan only led 49-46 at the end of the third quarter but opened the fourth on a 10-0 run – with six straight from Flaherty to start it. She also found Thome for a transition layup and capped the run with a pair of free throws.

Jillian Dunston added nine points and 14 boards for Michigan, which outrebounded Ohio 50-31. Flaherty was 10 of 22 from the field as Michigan shot 45.5 percent. The Wolverines have only lost to No. 4 Louisville and will play sixth-ranked Notre Dame on Wednesday.

Thome faced her twin sister Hannah in the game. The Ohio reserve had six points in 13 minutes.

Dominique Doseck and Cierra Hooks each scored 17 points for Ohio. Amani Burke added 12 points.

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