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NCAA Women’s Top 25: Sabrina Ionesco lead No. 3 Oregon past Buffalo, 102-82

Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu, right, is fouled by Buffalo's Autumn Jones during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Ore., Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (Chris Pietsch / Associated Press)
Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu, right, is fouled by Buffalo's Autumn Jones during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Ore., Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (Chris Pietsch / Associated Press)
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Sabrina Ionescu had her 12th career triple double, Ruthy Hebard added 25 points and No. 3 Oregon cruised past Buffalo 102-82 on Sunday, at Eugene, Ore.

Ionescu finished with 12 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, the last board coming with 1:24 left to play. Hebard had 13 points in the third quarter as the Ducks (4-0) doubled their halftime lead to 20 points.

All five Oregon starters scored in double figures as Satou Sabally had 20 points, and Maite Cazorla and Erin Boley added 15 each. The Ducks also made 34 of 38 free throws, including runs of 17 and 13 in a row, and held a 35-23 edge in rebounds.

Cierra Dillard led the Bulls (2-1) with 32 points and Courtney Wilkins added 19.

(6) Mississippi State 110, Coppin State 38: Teaira McCowan scored 23 points to lead seven Mississippi State players in double figures as the Bulldogs routed Coppin State, at Starkville, Miss.

The Bulldogs (4-0) didn’t allow a field goal until 8:08 in the second quarter as they jumped out to a 41-6 lead after the first quarter and led 64-16 at the half. The 41 points scored in the opening frame were second most in school history just shy of last week’s 42 scored against Lamar in the third quarter.

McCowan played just 19 minutes in the game but still managed to dominante. She was 10 of 12 from the field with six rebounds and five blocked shots. Andra Espnioza-Hunter and Jessika Carter scored 16 each as Carter led the team with eight rebounds.

Chance Graham was high scorer for the Eagles (0-4) with 16 points and had a double-double with 10 rebounds.

(9) Maryland 85, (10) South Carolina 61: Stephanie Jones scored 18 points and Channise Lewis had 10 points and a career high 12 assists to lead Maryland to a win over South Carolina, at Columbia, S.C.

The Terrapins (4-0) fell behind 18-6 as the Gamecocks blitzed them in the first five minutes. But Maryland then went on a 26-1 run, scoring on 12 of their next 15 possessions.

It was a cushion Maryland needed. After Lewis’ 3-pointer on the first possession of the second half put Maryland up 48-26, the Terps turned the ball over nine times in the period.

But South Carolina (2-1) missed all six of its 3-pointers in the quarter and could only knock eight points of Maryland’s lead.

Mikiah Herbert Harrigan scored 14 points and Te’a Cooper added 11 for the Gamecocks.

(12) Tennessee 96, Florida A&M 31: Meme Jackson scored 19 points and Rennia Davis had a double-double to lead Tennessee to a victory over Florida A&M, at Knoxville, Tenn.

Jackson made three 3-pointers and was 7 of 12 overall with six steals while Davis had 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Lady Vols (3-0), who have won their first three games by an average of 47 points.

All five Lady Vols starters played just 21 minutes. Jackson opened the game with two 3-pointers as Tennessee scored the game’s first 20 points.

Mya Moye scored seven points to lead the Lady Rattlers (0-3), who shot just 19 percent and made only 2 of 23 from the arc.

Georgia Tech 63, (14) Georgia 53: Lorela Cubaj had 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, Elizabeth Dixon had her second straight double-double and Georgia Tech upset Georgia for just its sixth win in the 41-game series, at Atlanta.

The Lady Bulldogs lead the series 35-6, including a 12-5 mark in Atlanta.

Cubaj converted 3-point plays on consecutive possessions to give Tech a 53-44 lead with just over four minutes left and Georgia trailed by at least six points the rest of the way.

Dixon finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Kierra Fletcher and Elizabeth Balogun each scored 10 points for Georgia Tech (3-1).

Taja Cole and Gabby Connally each scored 10 points for Georgia (2-2).

(17) N.C. State 75, Radford 58: Elissa Cunane scored 23 points, Kiara Leslie added a double-double and North Carolina State defeated Radford, at Raleigh, N.C.

Cunane, a freshman, was 7 of 16 from the field and 9 of 11 at the line to reach her career high while Leslie, a Maryland graduate transfer, scored 14 points with a career-high 14 rebounds. Aislinn Konig made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points and Grace Hunter had 10 rebounds and five assists with her eight points.

Destinee Walker scored 15 points to lead the Highlanders (2-1), who return three starters from a squad that went 24-9 last season.

The Wolfpack (4-0) won their 23rd straight nonconference home game and are off to a 4-0 start for the eighth straight season.

(18) Syracuse 70, Bucknell 56: Freshman Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi had a season-high 19 points and eight rebounds, nearly getting her second straight double-double, and Syracuse eased past Bucknell, at Syracuse, N.Y.

Tiana Mangakahia, who entered averaging a team-high 17.3 points, added 13 points for Syracuse (3-1), which was 16 of 21 from the line compared to Bucknell’s eight attempts.

The Bison used a 9-0 run to pull within two points late in the first half, but Syracuse had a 34-28 lead at the break after Miranda Drummond’s 4-point play. The Orange closed the third quarter on a 5-0 run for a 54-48 lead after forcing 21 turnovers.

Ellie Mack and Abby Kapp each scored 11 points for Bucknell (2-2). Kyi English added 10 points and Kaitlyn Slagus had nine points and seven rebounds. Mack had three of Bucknell’s nine 3-pointers.

(21) South Florida 87, Oklahoma 70: Laura Ferreira had career highs of eight 3-pointers and 34 points and South Florida responded to the loss of star Kitija Laksa with a victory over Oklahoma, at Tampa, Fla.

Laksa, the only senior on the roster besides Ferreira, averaged 21.1 points last season and was expected to make a run at the Bulls’ career scoring record but was lost for this season after ACL and meniscus tears suffered in a win over Bethune-Cookman on Thursday.

Oklahoma cut an eight-point halftime deficit to 58-56 after Madi Williams’ basket to open the fourth quarter. But Rader responded with a pair of baskets, scoring six points in a 12-0 run to lead 70-56. Ferreira hit a pair of 3-pointers to cap an 11-2 run that extended the lead to 21 with 4:40 remaining. Ferreira hit two more 3-pointers in the quarter and finished 8 of 11 from distance.

Sydni Harvey scored 16 points as did Alyssa Rader, who also grabbed 11 rebounds for the Bulls (4-0).

Williams and Robertson scored 18 points each for the Sooners (2-1).

(22) Arizona State 88, Arkansas 85: Kianna Ibis scored 20 on 9-of-14 shooting, Robbi Ryan scored eight of her 13 points in the fourth quarter, and Arizona State held off Arkansas, at Fayetteville, Ark.

Arizona State led most of the way but struggled to gain separation from a team it beat 89-43 last season on Dec. 21 in Tempe, Arizona.

The Sun Devils (2-1) had their largest lead at 65-55 with 2:05 left in the third quarter. The Razorbacks (2-1) kept the deficit in single digits throughout the fourth quarter and closed to within three on Jailyn Mason’s fast break layup with 18 seconds left.

Ryan then made a pair of free throws and Sophia Elenga split a pair with 9 seconds left. Arizona State made 7 of 10 free throws in the final two minutes.

Alexis Tolefree scored 22, Chelsea Dungee added 20, Malica Monk had 13 and Mason 11 for the Razorbacks.

(23) California 81, Pacific 69: Kristine Anigwe had 25 points and 12 rebounds to help California beat Pacific in a game played at Stanford’s Maples Pavilion due to poor air quality in Berkeley, California.

Anigwe made 10 of 14 shots from the field, including 1 of 2 from 3-point range, and the Golden Bears (4-0) shot 29 of 55 (52.7 percent) from the field.

Cal pulled away with 13 straight points in the middle of the third quarter, capped at 50-39 on Anigwe’s layup. The Tigers (1-1) got as close as 66-59 on Ameela Li’s 3-pointer with 5:25 left in the game. The Bears pushed the lead to 72-59 and led by double digits from there.

Kianna Smith scored 18, Asha Thomas added 15 points, five rebounds and six assists, and Alaysia Styles 10 for Cal.

Valerie Higgins scored 17, Li had 14 and Anaya Brooklyn McDavid added 13 for Pacific.

Iowa State 75, (24) Miami 52: Bridget Carleton and Ines Nezerwa had 15 points each and Iowa State dominated throughout to beat Miami in the Preseason WNIT championship game, at Ames, Iowa.

Iowa State pulled away to its largest lead with a 14-2 run to get to 70-44 on Nezerwa’s layup with 5:38 left in the game.

The Cyclones (4-0) scored 12 straight near the end of the first quarter to lead 24-18 and never trailed again. The Hurricanes cut the deficit to 30-27 on Emese Hof’s layup with 2:31 left in the first half, but Iowa State scored seven straight to close the half up 10 and mostly led by double digits the rest of the way.

Hof scored 14 points for Miami, which made just 2 of 20 from 3-point range and 20 of 64 (31.3 percent) overall from the field.

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