No. 5 Lady Vols rout old rival Rutgers
Top 25: Michigan upsets No. 13 Ohio St. in Big Ten opener
The Associated Press
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Taber Spani scored 22 points, one of five Tennessee players with double-digit scoring, as the No. 5 Lady Vols routed Rutgers 87-51 on Thursday.
Tennessee (12-2) jumped out to a fast lead, and a 3-pointer at the baseline from Angie Bjorklund with 18:34 in the first half capped a 9-2 run to open the game. That shot gave Bjorklund her 267th career trey, making her Tennessee's all-time leader in 3-point baskets.
Tennessee used strong shooting to build an 18-point margin but cooled off with about four minutes left before halftime.
Rutgers (7-6) took advantage and used a 11-4 run to close out the first half, cutting Tennessee's halftime lead to 40-29.
The Lady Vols pulled away with nine unanswered points to open the second half.
April Sykes led Rutgers with 15 points.
No. 2 Baylor 101, Texas-Pan American 55 -- Box Score
WACO, Texas -- Brittney Griner scored 21 points and second-ranked Baylor wrapped up its non-conference schedule with its 10th straight victory, 101-55 against Texas-Pan American on Thursday night.
Griner played also had seven rebounds and two blocks while playing only 16 minutes.
Jordan Madden scored 13 points for Baylor (13-1) and Destiny Williams had 12 while Melissa Jones and Brooklyn Pope had 11 each. All 12 Lady Bears scored and had at least one rebound though none played more than 20 minutes.
Bianca Torre and Maria Erlingsdottir had 15 points each for Pan Am (8-8).
The Lady Bears, who open Big 12 play Jan. 8 at home against Iowa State, won their 11 non-conference home games by an average margin of 39 points. They are 41-0 in December home games in coach Kim Mulkey's 11 seasons.
No. 3 Duke 71, Temple 64 -- Box Score
DURHAM, N.C. -- Karima Christmas tied a season high with 20 points to help No. 3 Duke beat Temple 71-64 Thursday night.
Jasmine Thomas added 13 points for the Blue Devils, who improved to 13-0 for the fourth time in program history.
Shay Selby and Krystal Thomas each had 12 points for Duke.
Qwedia Wallace scored 21 points to lead the Owls (7-6), who were up 31-30 at halftime. Satoria Bell tied a season high with 16 points for Temple, and Shey Peddy had 10 points.
Duke, which trailed at halftime for only the second time all season, scored the first eight points of the second half.
The Owls twice cut the deficit to two points, but the Blue Devils responded with an 11-2 run midway through the second half to take a 51-40 lead with 8 1/2 minutes remaining.
No. 6 West Virginia 62, St. Bonaventure 53 -- Box Score
OLEAN, N.Y. -- Liz Repella scored 15 of her season-best 20 points in the second half to rally the undefeated No. 6 West Virginia Mountaineers to a comeback 62-53 win against St. Bonaventure on Thursday night.
Asya Bussie added 13 points as the Mountaineers (13-0) overcame their first halftime deficit of the season by outscoring the Bonnies 47-33 in the second half.
Armelia Horton scored 11 for St. Bonaventure (9-5), which lost for only the second time in its past eight.
The Mountaineers went ahead for good on Vanessa House's layup 4:40 into the second half as part of a 10-1 run. Extending the best start in program history, West Virginia shook off a terrible first half in which it missed 15 of its first 16 shots.
No. 7 Texas A&M 96, San Diego State 52
SAN DIEGO -- Danielle Adams scored 23 points and No. 7 Texas A&M routed San Diego State 96-52 Thursday night to win the Surf ‘N Slam championship game.
Adams was virtually unstoppable as she dominated her counterpart, 6-foot-3 Paris Johnson, San Diego State’s leading scorer. Adams made 11 of 15 shots despite playing only 17 minutes due to foul trouble.
Texas A&M (11-1) limited the Aztecs to 31.8 percent shooting on 14 of 44 shots. San Diego State made just 4 of 24 shots in the first half when it trailed 54-14 at halftime.
The Aggies scored the first nine points of the game and increased the lead to 26-6 before the Aztecs broke an 8-minute, 29-second drought on Melissa Sweat’s basket at the 6:11 mark.
Johnson led San Diego State (6-6) with 12 points, but she missed 10 of 12 shots from the floor. Johnson was 0 for 7 in the first half with two shots blocked.
No. 11 Kentucky 68, Tennessee-Martin 47 -- Box Score
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Keyla Snowden was sharp from the arc with 17 points and No. 11 Kentucky overcame an injury to its top scorer Thursday night in a 68-47 win against Tennessee-Martin 68-47.
Kentucky star Victoria Dunlap left with 9:51 remaining in the game after colliding with teammate Crystal Riley while chasing a rebound. Coach Matthew Mitchell did not have an immediate update, but said he was optimistic because Snowden was walking around after the game. Dunlap had seven points and seven rebounds when she exited.
Snowden, the current Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, shot 5-for-8 on 3-pointers. She's scored at least 15 points in four straight games, making at least four 3s each time.
Freshman Samantha Drake posted her first career double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Wildcats (11-1).
Freshman Jasmine Newsome scored 16 for the Skyhawks (7-7).
Michigan 64, No. 13 Ohio State 51 -- Box Score
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Veronica Hicks had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Michigan upset No. 13 Ohio State 64-51 in its Big Ten opener Thursday.
The Wolverines (8-5, 1-0 Big Ten) snapped a 14-game losing streak to Ohio State, beating them for the first time since 2001. Ohio State (8-4, 0-1) has lost three straight, starting with a 31-point loss to top-ranked Connecticut.
Jantel Lavender had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Ohio State, but point guard Samantha Prahalis missed 12 of her 13 field-goal attempts.
Michigan jumped out to a quick 24-4 lead as Ohio State missed 11 of its first 13 shots. The Buckeyes, who lost to Duquesne on Tuesday night, made it 28-20 late in the half, but the Wolverines scored the final six points.
Penn State 68, No. 14 Iowa 59 -- Box Score
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Alex Bentley scored 19 points and Penn State used a 12-1 run over 31/2 minutes to rally from a seven-point deficit and beat No. 14 Iowa 68-59 Thursday night.
Iowa (12-2, 0-1) led 55-48 with 6:33 to go before Penn State (12-3, 1-0) outscored the Hawkeyes 20-4 the rest of the way.
“I thought they played really well the last 5 minutes of this game. We, I thought, did a nice job for 35 minutes but we were completely outplayed the last 5 minutes,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “That’s disappointing because that’s the first time that’s happened to us this year.”
Zhaque Gray scored 14 points for Penn State and Nikki Greene had 10 rebounds and five blocks.
Jaime Printy led Iowa with 17 points and Kelly Krei added 14.
Iowa led 46-42 with 13:36 to go when Bentley went to the bench with four fouls. Over the next 7 minutes, the Hawkeyes built their lead to 7. Bentley re-entered the game at the 7:25 mark and, a minute later, Penn State started its 20-4 run.
Bentley scored four points and Gray seven, including two three-pointers, during the run. Gray’s 3-pointer off a behind-the-back pass from Bentley gave Penn State the lead for good at 58-56.
“We made the big shots when we needed them down the stretch,” Penn State coach Coquese Washington said. “Zha Zha made some huge shots down the stretch. Alex made a really big basket driving to the basket.”
The Nittany Lions held Iowa 14 points below the 72.7 points per game it had been averaging.
“I’m happy with our defensive effort,” Washington said. “We held Iowa to 59 points and I think they were averaging around 73 points. That’s something that we really stressed.”
No. 16 Notre Dame 91, Loyola Marymount 47 -- Box Score
SEATTLE -- Freshman Kayla McBride scored 20 points in a reserve role and No. 16 Notre Dame shot well, defeating Loyola Marymount 91-47 Thursday at the Seattle University Holiday Tournament.
Notre Dame (11-3) and Loyola Marymount (6-8) each won their openers Wednesday. The tournament didn't officially bill this as the championship game.
McBride hit 9-for-14 and Notre Dame made nearly 58 percent of its tries overall. Senior Devereaux Peters scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half as the Irish pulled away.
Becca Bruszewski made all six of her shots and finished with 12 points. Skylar Diggins added 10 as Notre Dame won its sixth in a row.
The Lions continue to adjust to playing without leading scorer Alex Cowling, out for the year with a foot injury. Renahy Young scored 21 and Candice Nichols had 17.
No. 19 Georgetown 75, Clemson 54 -- Box Score
WASHINGTON -- Sugar Rodgers matched her season high with 28 points and Rubylee Wright scored a career-best 16 as No. 19 Georgetown defeated Clemson 75-54 Thursday night for its fifth straight win.
The Hoyas (12-3) pulled away by scoring the last six points of the first half for a 38-28 lead, then got 10 of the first 13 points after the break. Tia McGee scored seven of her 13 points in the big run, while Rodgers made her five 3-pointers of the second half.
Kirstyn Wright scored 17 points and Sthefany Thomas added 13 points to lead the Lady Tigers (6-8), who have dropped six straight games. Their last four losses have been by an average of 26.5 points.
No. 20 Iowa State 58, Prairie View A&M 50 -- Box Score
AMES, Iowa -- Chelsea Poppens had 18 points and 15 rebounds and Iowa State beat Prairie View A&M 58-50 on Thursday night.
The Cyclones (10-2) won their 56th consecutive nonconference home game despite being outscored in the second half.
The Panthers got the margin to 51-50 with two minutes left, but a three-point play by Poppens with 1:05 remaining gave the Cyclones a 56-50 advantage before a pair of free throws from Kelsey Bolte sealed the victory.
Prairie View started the second half on a 13-5 run and forced the Cyclones into nine early turnovers as they cut the lead to 42-33.
Poppens shot 6 of 8 from the field and made 6 of 9 free throws. The Cyclones shot 21 of 26 from the line overall.
Dominique Smith scored 23 points for the Panthers (4-7).
No. 23 Texas 81, San Diego 57
SAN DIEGO -- Yvonne Anderson scored 18 points and Chassidy Fussel had 17 to lead No. 23 Texas to an 81-57 win against San Diego on Thursday night.
Kathleen Nash had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Texas (10-3), Chelsea Bass had 10 points and Ashley Gayle had 13 rebounds.
Sam Child scored 19 for the Toreros (9-4) while Morgan Woodrow had 14 and Emily Hatch had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 24 Syracuse 90, Bryant 31 -- Box Score
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Kayla Alexander scored 23 points, Elashier Hall had career highs of 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, and No. 24 Syracuse beat Bryant 90-31 on Thursday.
It was the third straight win for the Orange (11-1) since a loss to No. 2 Baylor and their 38th consecutive nonconference home victory. Bryant (3-8), which hadn't played in nearly two weeks, had won two straight.
Carmen Tyson-Thomas had 11 points and 12 rebounds and La'Shay Taft had 10 points for the Orange. They outrebounded the Bulldogs 67-28 and held them to 1 of 28 shooting from beyond the arc.
Freshman Naana Ankoma-Mensa led Bryant with six points and Jenniqua Bailey had five.
No. 25 Florida State 92, Stetson 44 -- Box Score
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Cierra Bravard had 16 points and seven rebounds as No. 25 Florida State beat Stetson 92-44 on Thursday night.
Courtney Ward and Chasity Clayton each added 14 for the Seminoles (11-3). Ward is eight points from 1,000 in her career.
Victoria McGowan scored 12 points and Sasha Sims had 10 for Stetson (5-6).
The Seminoles have won seven straight games against the Hatters and leads the all-time series 14-4.
Florida State took a 49-29 halftime lead by shooting nearly 60 percent from the field.
"I thought we passed up good looks to get great looks," coach Sue Semrau said."That's I think what great teams do."
Ward had six of the Seminoles' season-high 25 assists."
"We've been really preaching about becoming a better basketball team,'' Semrau said. "We're very young. We have a lot of talented individuals. For them to have 25 assists is huge in sharing the ball and becoming a team.''