Arkansas knocks off No. 12 Sooners
Roundup: Ricketts’ 21, Harris’ 18 paces 11-0 Razorbacks
The Associated Press
NEW YORK -- Connecticut won its 88th consecutive women's basketball game to match the record set by the UCLA men, beating No. 11 Ohio State, 81-50, on Sunday in the Maggie Dixon Classic.
Tiffany Hayes scored 26 points and Maya Moore added 22 for top-ranked UConn, which already owned the longest winning streak in NCAA women's basketball history. Now, the Huskies have equaled the standard set by John Wooden and his Bruins from 1971-74.
Connecticut tied the mark before a crowd of 15,232 -- the second-biggest for a women's game at Madison Square Garden. The Huskies (10-0) can surpass UCLA at home against No. 15 Florida State.
Jantel Lavender came into the game leading the nation in scoring with 26.6 points per game, but was held to 14 as Ohio State (8-2) fell to 2-7 against No. 1 teams.
No. 6 Tennessee 82, No. 3 Stanford 72 (OT)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Meighan Simmons scored 23 points, including a 3-pointer to force overtime, and Tennessee used free throws to pull away in the extra session against Stanford.
Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer was denied her 800th career win for a second time. Her next chance comes Wednesday against San Francisco.
The Cardinal (6-2) held a 63-57 lead with 6:21 to go in regulation but found themselves in foul trouble as time ticked off the clock. After Toni Kokenis was called for her fourth foul, Simmons hit a pair of free throws to tie it at 63 with 4:59 to go.
Jennette Pohlen fouled out with a team-leading 24 points less than a minute into overtime, and Sarah Boothe joined her 16 seconds later. The Lady Vols (10-2) went 8 of 14 from the foul line in overtime while the Cardinal's only overtime points came on a pair of free throws by Kayla Pedersen.
No. 8 Texas A&M 79, Rutgers 50
NEW YORK -- Danielle Adams had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Sydney Carter added 18 points and the Aggies rolled past Rutgers in the Maggie Dixon Classic.
Tyra White had 17 points for Texas A&M (9-1), which led 38-20 at halftime.
Erica Wheeler scored 13 points for Rutgers (7-5) and April Sykes had 10.
Texas A&M held Rutgers to 27 percent shooting and just five first-half field goals. The Aggies came in outscoring their opponents by an average of more than 25 points a game.
No. 9 UCLA 72, Hawaii 44
HILO, Hawaii -- Nina Earl scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half to lead No. 9 UCLA past Hawaii.
The Bruins (9-0) used a stifling fast break to force the Rainbow Wahine (4-5) into 31 turnovers and 28 percent shooting, including 10.5 percent from 3-point range.
Jasmine Dixon and Doreena Campbell each added 10 points for UCLA.
Keisha Kanekoa scored 16 points, and Rebecca Dew and Kamilah Jackson added 10 apiece for Hawaii.
UCLA is off to its best start since a 12-0 mark to open the 1980-81 season.
No. 10 North Carolina 75, South Carolina 51
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Jessica Breland had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead North Carolina past South Carolina.
The Tar Heels (11-0) overcame a sloppy first half to remain unbeaten and haven't lost in their annual December trip to Myrtle Beach in nine years.
North Carolina held South Carolina (5-5) to 31.7 percent shooting and below its average of 59 points a game.
Italee Lucas added 16 points and Waltiea Rolle had 14 points and 12 rebounds for North Carolina.
Marah Strickland led the Gamecocks with 18 points.
Arkansas 67, No. 12 Oklahoma 57
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- C'eira Ricketts scored 21 points and Lyndsay Harris added 18, leading unbeaten -- but unranked -- Arkansas past Oklahoma.
Arkansas (11-0) used a 10-0 run late in the second half to take the lead for good in a game that featured nine ties and seven lead changes.
Harris' step-back 3-pointer with 6:39 remaining started the stretch and gave Arkansas a 49-48 edge. Those were the first of eight consecutive points for Harris.
Ricketts, also a junior guard, added five steals and four assists as Arkansas beat its first ranked opponent in two years.
Danielle Robinson scored 20 points for the Sooners (9-2).
No. 18 St. John's 56, UC Santa Barbara 47
NEW YORK -- Shenneika Smith scored 15 points and Sky Lindsay added a season-high 13 to lead the Red Storm, who were playing without star forward Da'Shena Stevens.
Smith scored 10 consecutive points for St. John's (10-1) in the second half, sparking a late run to stretch the lead to 51-37 with 4:52 play. She finished off the spurt with a nifty running layup in the lane. She also had nine rebounds in the Red Storm's 10th consecutive win.
Kelsey Adrian led the Gauchos (5-6) with 10 points.
No. 19 Maryland 79, Delaware State 49
DOVER, Del. -- Alyssa Thomas scored 17 points and Maryland beat Delaware State to extend its winning streak to nine games.
The Terrapins (10-1) began the second half on a 22-5 run to put away the Hornets (1-7).
Lynetta Kizer had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Tianna Hawkins scored 15 points and Alicia DeVaughn scored 13 in Maryland's first game since Dec. 10.
Kizer also had four blocks. The Terrapins shot 50.9 percent from the floor.
No. 20 Georgetown 72, Missouri State 59
WASHINGTON -- Sugar Rodgers shook off early foul trouble to score 18 of her 20 points in the second half, helping the Hoyas win their second in a row after consecutive losses.
Monica McNutt added 14 points and Rubylee Wright had 13 for Georgetown (9-3).
Jasmine Malone had 16 points for the Bears (7-3), who had their five-game winning streak end in the second game of a three-game East Coast road trip.
No. 23 Texas 85, UNLV 59
LAS VEGAS -- Chassidy Fussell scored 21 points and Texas beat UNLV for its second consecutive victory at the BTI Classic.
Kathleen Nash added 19 points and Ashleigh Fontenette 11 for the Longhorns (7-3), who shot 49 percent from the field -- including 56 percent on 3-pointers.
Kelli Thompson led the Lady Rebels (5-5) with 15 points.
No. 25 Boston College 85, UNC-Wilmington 55
BOSTON -- Kerri Shields scored eight of her 18 points during a 23-0 run to close the first half as the Eagles extended the best start in school history.
Carolyn Swords added 23 points and six rebounds for Boston College (11-0), which climbed into the Top 25 this week for the first time this season.
Brittany Blackwell led UNC-Wilmington (6-3) with 15 points and seven rebounds. The Seahawks fell to 0-21 against ranked opponents.