Online Extra: No. 3 Connecticut women rout DePaul 91-44
STORRS, Conn. — Stefanie Dolson scored 23 points to lead No. 3 Connecticut to a 91-44 romp over late-arriving DePaul, which ran into blizzard-related travel delays and reached the arena only 75 minutes before the opening tip.
About 30 inches of snow fell in the area Friday. The game drew 8,861 fans.
It was the first on-court meeting between UConn coach Geno Auriemma and DePaul coach Doug Bruno since they teamed to coach the U.S. women’s team to a gold medal last summer.
DePaul, which had won four of five, didn’t make to Gampel Pavilion until about 2:15 p.m. for the 3:30 p.m. start.
Dolson went 10 of 11 from the foul line for UConn (22-1, 9-1 Big East). Bria Hartley added 18 points and seven rebounds.
Megan Rogowski led DePaul (17-7, 6-4) with 12 points. The Blue Demons scored just 17 second-half points and shot 26 percent from the field.
NO. 4 STANFORD 69, ARIZONA STATE 45
STANFORD, Calif. — Chiney Ogwumike had 26 points and 14 rebounds to help Stanford to its eighth consecutive victory.
Bonnie Samuelson scored a career-high 19 points and Joslyn Tinkle added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinal (22-2, 11-1 Pac-12), who have won 11 of 12 overall.
Samuelson reached double figures in points for the third time this season and second time in three games. Stanford has beaten Arizona State 14 consecutive times.
Haley Videckis scored 11 for the Sun Devils (11-13, 3-9), who have lost five straight for the first time since an eight-game skid from Jan. 18 to Feb. 6, 1997.
NO. 6 CALIFORNIA 91, ARIZONA 86
BERKELEY, Calif. — Talia Caldwell scored a career-high 20 points and had 12 rebounds, Gennifer Brandon also had a double-double and California extended its winning streak to nine games.
Layshia Clarendon added 20 points despite a hip pointer in the first half, and Afure Jemerigbe scored 11 for the Golden Bears. California (21-2, 11-1) leads the standings and is bidding for its first Pac-12 title.
Davellyn Whyte had 26 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for Arizona. The Wildcats (11-11, 3-8) committed 21 turnovers and had no answer for Caldwell and Brandon.
Brandon collected 22 points and 14 rebounds for her third consecutive double-double and seventh in the last eight games.
NO. 8 PENN STATE 71, NO. 23 MICHIGAN STATE 56
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Alex Bentley scored 24 points and Maggie Lucas added 19 to help Penn State earn its 18th consecutive home win and grab a two-game lead in the Big Ten.
Nikki Greene had 13 points for Penn State (20-3, 10-1), which closed the first half with a 21-7 run to take a five-point lead and opened the second half with another 21-7 run to build a 19-point margin.
Bentley continued her climb through the Penn State record books by becoming only the fourth Penn State player with 300 steals and the fourth player in the Big Ten with 1,500 points, 500 assists and 300 steals in a career.
Annalise Pickrel scored 16 points for Michigan State (18-6, 6-4).
LSU 62, NO. 9 GEORGIA 54
BATON ROUGE, La. — Theresa Plaisance had 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots, and LSU snapped a snapped a two-game slide.
Plaisance’s late-game failure at the foul line marred an otherwise dominant 20-point outing in a last-second loss to Tennessee on Thursday. But she came through in the clutch this time. She converted a strong inside move with 1:33 left to give the Lady Tigers (14-10, 5-6 Southeastern Conference) a 55-52 lead, and her defensive rebound inside the final minute forced the Lady Bulldogs (20-4, 8-3) to start fouling.
Jean Kenney closed an 11-point performance with six free throws in the final 1:04 to help seal the victory. LSU’s Danielle Ballard grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds.
Jasmine Hassell led Georgia with 18 points and tied a career high with 12 rebounds.
NO. 10 KENTUCKY 75, VANDERBILT 53
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A’dia Mathies scored a season-high 28 points, and Kentucky collected its second straight road victory.
The Wildcats (21-3, 9-2) are finishing the regular season with five of their final seven Southeastern Conference games on the road, and they followed up an overtime win at Arkansas by taking control late in the first half in this one.
Bria Goss had 15 for Kentucky, while Jennifer O’Neill and Samarie Walker each had 10.
Vanderbilt (15-8, 5-5) has lost five of its last eight, and the Commodores are 1-6 against teams currently ranked in the Top 25. Tiffany Clarke had a team-high 20 points.
NO. 12 TENNESSEE 97, MISSISSIPPI 68
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Meighan Simmons scored 24 points as Tennessee rolled to the easy victory.
The Lady Vols shot 59.4 percent (38 of 64) and beat the Rebels for the 24th consecutive time. Ole Miss (8-15, 1-9 Southeastern Conference) hasn’t beaten Tennessee since a 78-72 victory on Feb. 4, 1996.
Bashaara Graves had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee (19-5, 10-1). Taber Spani and Nia Moore each added 12 points, while Kamiko Williams had 11.
MICHIGAN 67, NO. 13 PURDUE 56
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Kate Thompson scored 22 points, hitting six 3-pointers to set Michigan’s single-season record, and the Wolverines picked up a Big ten road win.
Thompson has 91 treys, breaking Carmen Reynolds’ record of 85 set in 2009-10. Nya Jordan added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Michigan (18-6, 7-4).
It was the first home loss for the Boilermakers (18-5, 7-3), who were coming off a 69-61 loss at No. 8 Penn State.
Courtney Moses and April Wilson each scored 12 for Purdue.
NO. 14 TEXAS A&M 50, NO. 15 SOUTH CAROLINA 48
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Kelsey Bone scored 13 points for Texas A&M, including the winning basket with 8.7 seconds left.
It was a triumphant return to South Carolina for Bone, who was the Southeastern Conference’s newcomer of the year in 2010 with the Gamecocks, then transferred to Texas A&M. She was bottled up most of the second half by South Carolina’s defense, but grabbed Adrienne Pratcher’s missed 3-pointer and went up strong for the decisive basket.
Ieasia Walker’s 3-point try was off the mark as South Carolina’s six-game win streak came to an end.
Bone also collected 15 boards for her 11th double-double of the season. Pratcher and Courtney Walker each had 10 points for the Aggies (19-5, 9-1).
Ieasia Walker led South Carolina (20-4, 8-3) with 16 points.
NO. 16 NORTH CAROLINA 60, GEORGIA TECH 58
ATLANTA — Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 14 points, including two late baskets, to help North Carolina get the win.
Ruffin-Pratt hit a jumper with 2:58 remaining, then another with 2:08 left to give the Tar Heels (22-3, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) a 55-54 lead after they surrendered a nine-point, second-half advantage.
The Yellow Jackets (10-14, 3-10) took their final lead on a steal and layup by Tyaunna Marshall with 47 seconds left, but Ruffin-Pratt’s two free throws put North Carolina back in front and Latifah Coleman’s steal and free throw provided the final margin.
The victory was coach Sylvia Hatchell’s 901st, breaking a tie for second with former Texas coach Jody Conradt.
Marshall had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets, who committed 31 turnovers.
NO. 17 UCLA 80, WASHINGTON STATE 65
PULLMAN, Wash. — Jasmine Dixon, Alyssia Brewer and Mariah Williams scored 14 points apiece, and UCLA earned its sixth consecutive win.
Nirra Fields added 12 points and Atonye Nyingifa scored 10 for the Bruins (19-4, 10-2 Pac-12), who broke away from a two-point halftime lead by shooting 85 percent (17 of 20) in the second half. UCLA finished the game at 64 percent (30 of 47).
Lia Galdeira led Washington State (9-14, 5-7) with 19 points and Sage Romberg scored 10. The Cougars had won four in a row.
NO. 18 DAYTON 68, FORDHAM 57
NEW YORK — Amber Deane scored 14 points and Kelley Austria added 12 to lead Dayton to the victory.
Despite losing seven seniors from last season’s team that lost to Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Flyers are off to the best start in school history with the lone loss coming against Bowling Green.
The Flyers (21-1, 9-0 Atlantic 10) led by three at the half before Austria took over, scoring six points during a 12-4 run to open the second half. The freshman capped the run with a lay-in that made it 45-34. The lead ballooned to 17 points before Marah Strickland rallied the Rams (16-7, 6-2). She scored 10 points in a 12-0 run to make it 54-49 with 7:30 left.
Brittany Wilson had a putback and Olivia Applewhite a layup to make it a nine-point advantage.
NO. 19 FLORIDA STATE 93, MIAMI 78
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Leonor Rodriguez led six players in double figures with 21 points as Florida State swept the season series against Miami.
Alexa Deluzio scored 20 and Natasha Howard had 15 for Florida State (19-4, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which defeated Miami 86-65 on Jan. 13.
Morgan Stroman had 16 points and Keyona Hayes grabbed 10 boards for the Hurricanes (16-7, 7-6), who had won two in a row.
NO. 20 DELAWARE 71, JAMES MADISON 64
HARRISONBURG, Va. — Elena Delle Donne had 20 points to become the Colonial Athletic Association’s career leading scorer and added 10 rebounds to help Delaware to its 15th straight win.
The Blue Hens (20-3, 11-0) snapped the Dukes’ eight-game winning streak.
Delle Donne needed 11 points to break the record of 2,667 held by Dawn Evans of James Madison (2007-11). Shooting 6 of 12, the 6-foot-5 senior also tied Gabriela Marginean of Drexel (2006-10) for most career field goals with 904. Delle Donne needs three more free throws to beat Marginean’s record of 684.
James Madison (15-8, 9-2) got within two points on seven occasions in the second half, but the Blue Hens always had an answer.
Kirby Burkholder led the Dukes with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
NO. 21 COLORADO 84, OREGON 59
BOULDER, Colo. — Chucky Jeffery had 15 points and 15 rebounds to power Colorado to the home win.
Brittany Wilson scored 16 points for the Buffaloes (18-5, 7-5 Pac-12), who have one more conference win than all of last season. Lexy Kresl added 12 points, all on 3-pointers.
Amanda Delgado led the Ducks (3-21, 1-11) with 15 points. Danielle Love scored 14.
NO. 23 OKLAHOMA 80, NO. 22 OKLAHOMA STATE 61
NORMAN, Okla. — Nicole Griffin scored 21 points for Oklahoma, and Sharane Campbell and Joanna McFarland each posted double-doubles.
The Sooners (18-5, 8-3 Big 12) took the lead for good at 27-26 late in the first half, held a 31-28 edge at halftime, and then shot 53 percent in the second half to turn the Bedlam rivalry game into a runaway.
Campbell had 15 points and 12 rebounds while McFarland posted 10 points and a career high-tying 15 rebounds. Aaryn Ellenberg scored 17 points for the Sooners while Morgan Hook had 10 assists.
Kendra Suttles led Oklahoma State (16-6, 5-6) with 15 points and nine rebounds.
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