Baylor wins first game as No. 1
Top 25: WVU remains among the unbeaten with 28-point win
The Associated Press
WACO, Texas -- Brittney Griner scored 25 points, including the basket that started Baylor's game-clinching run and the Lady Bears beat No. 17 Iowa State 70-58 on Saturday in their first-ever game as the nation's No. 1 team.
Griner's jumper with 15:38 left pushed Baylor (14-1) ahead 40-31 and sparked a 17-3 run that she watched most of from the bench. That came after the Cylones (12-3) had cut the gap to seven points, the closest since the Lady Bears opened the game by scoring the first 16 points.
When teammate Melissa Jones drove for a layup and was fouled less than a minute later, Griner took a breather with three fouls before Jones hit her free throw. The Lady Bears were up 55-34 before Griner returned 4 1/2 minutes later.
No. 2 Connecticut 76, No. 13 Notre Dame 76 -- Box Score
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Kelly Faris scored a career-high 20 points, including a layup with less than 15 seconds left, and Maya Moore added 31 points to help No. 2 Connecticut escape with a win.
UConn (14-1, 4-0 Big East) has now won 10 consecutive games against Notre Dame (13-4, 2-1), which snapped an eight-game winning streak and dropped to 0-4 against ranked teams this season.
Skylar Diggins missed two shots in the last five seconds for the 13th-ranked Irish, including a last-ditch 3 at the buzzer that sailed way beyond the basket.
The loss spoiled an outstanding effort by Natalie Novosel, who scored Notre Dame's last six points and all but two of her 16 in the second half.
Diggins also had 16 and Devereaux Peters had 17 for the Irish.
No. 4 Stanford 82, Arizona State 35 -- Box Score
STANFORD, Calif. -- Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored all 16 of her points in the first half and grabbed eight rebounds, and No. 4 Stanford earned its 54th straight home victory.
Jeanette Pohlen added 18 points - 14 in the first half - to go with three steals and three assists for the Cardinal (12-2, 3-0 Pac-10) in their 10th straight win in the rivalry. Stanford is picked to win its 11th consecutive Pac-10 conference crown this season after three straight trips to the Final Four.
Dymond Simon led the way with seven points for the cold-shooting Sun Devils (10-4, 2-2), who were never in this game on the way to being swept in their annual Bay Area trip after a 67-55 loss on Thursday night at California.
No. 6 West Virginia 72, Cincinnati 44 -- Box Score
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Madina Ali had 15 points and 11 rebounds to hlep No. 6 West Virginia remain one of two unbeaten teams in Division I - along with No. 3 Duke (15-0).
The Mountaineers (16-0, 3-0 Big East) extended the best start in school history and improved their school-record home winning streak to 28 games.
Shareese Ulis scored 16 points to lead Cincinnati (8-7, 1-2), which lost for the seventh time in 10 games.
West Virginia scored the game's first seven points and never trailed. Ali scored 10 points in the first half to help the Mountaineers to a 38-24 halftime lead. The nation's top defense held Cincinnati to just 19.7 percent shooting (12 of 61) for the game and blocked a season-high 17 shots.
No. 7 Texas A&M 85, Colorado 58 -- Box Score
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Danielle Adams had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Tyra White scored 16 as No. 7 Texas A&M rolled to an 85-57 win over Colorado to start Big 12 Conference play Saturday night.
Texas A&M won its seventh straight overall and eighth in a row against Colorado (9-5, 0-1).
Texas A&M (13-1, 1-0) built a big first-half lead despite a slow start by Adams and was up by 28 at halftime. The Buffaloes used a 14-6 run to start the second half and pull to 51-31, but the Aggies answered with a 14-7 spurt to stretch their advantage to 65-38 with about 10 minutes left.
Brittany Spears scored 21 points to lead Colorado.
The victory is A&M's 10th this season by at least 25 points and the 11th time the team has scored at least 70.
Skylar Collins added a career-high 11 points in just 10 minutes for the Aggies and Sydney Colson had nine points and seven assists.
No. 12 UCLA 61, Southern California 42 -- Box Score
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jasmine Dixon scored 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and No. 12 UCLA won its 11th straight conference game and beat Southern California for the third straight time.
Doreena Campbell added 13 points for UCLA (13-1, 3-0 Pac-10), whose only loss to LSU on Dec. 28 snapped its 10-game winning streak to open the season. That was its best start since the 1980-81 team opened with 12 straight victories.
Ashley Corral scored 14 points for USC (10-4, 2-1), which had its six-game winning streak end. Still, the Trojans are off to their hottest start since going 17-1 before their first Pac-10 loss in 1993-94.
Marquette 75, No. 15 Georgetown 73, 2OT -- Box Score
WASHINGTON (AP) - Little-used guard Gabi Minix made a 3-pointer in the second overtime to give Marquette the lead, and the Golden Eagles held on for the upset.
Adria Crawford's two free throws put the 15th-ranked Hoyas up 71-69 with 3:43 left, before Minix - a freshman guard averaging 2.6 points - hit an open 3 from the wing to give Marquette the lead.
Angel Robinson hit three free throws down the stretch to seal the victory for the Golden Eagles (13-3, 1-2 Big East), snapping Georgetown's six-game winning streak.
Tatiyiana McMorris had 19 points to lead Marquette and Robinson added 18.
Sugar Rodgers had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Hoyas (13-4, 1-2) before fouling out with 1:59 left in the second overtime.
No. 16 DePaul 69, No. 18 St. John's 54 -- Box Score
NEW YORK -- Anna Martin scored a season-high 24 points to lead No. 16 DePaul to its 12th win in 13 games.
Taylor Pikes added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Demons (15-2, 3-0 Big East), whose lone loss during that span was at Arizona State on Dec. 21.
Leading by six at halftime, DePaul took control of the game by scoring 14 of the first 18 points in the second half. Martin had eight points during the spurt, including six consecutive in one stretch.
Deirdre Naughton's layup capped the run and gave DePaul a 47-31 lead. The 18th-ranked Red Storm couldn't get within 13 the rest of the game.
Shenneika Smith and Nadirah McKenith each scored nine points to lead St. John's (12-4, 1-2), which saw its 13-game home winning streak end.
No. 19 Oklahoma 70, Nebraska 50 -- Box Score
LINCOLN, Neb.-- Aaryn Ellenberg scored 19 points to lead four Oklahoma players in double figures and the No. 19 Sooners snapped a three-game road skid.
Whitney Hand added 18 points, Morgan Hook had 16 and Danielle Robinson 12 for Oklahoma (11-3, 1-0 Big 12).
Jordan Hooper scored 16 points and Catheryn Redmon had 10 for the Cornhuskers (10-5, 0-1), who shot a season-low 29.6 percent and committed 19 turnovers.
The Devaney Center crowd never had a reason to get into the game. Both teams were sloppy early, and Nebraska stayed that way throughout.
The Sooners made 11 of 24 3-pointers, with Hand and Hook each hitting four.
No. 21 Iowa 89, No. 20 Ohio State 76 -- Box Score
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jaime Printy scored 25 points, Kamille Wahlin added 18 and 21st-ranked Iowa moved back to .500 in the Big Ten.
Kachine Alexander had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (14-3, 2-2), who snapped a three-game losing streak against the Buckeyes.
Ohio State closed to 77-72 with 4:08 left, but Iowa used a 10-2 run to pull away.
Samantha Prahalis had 22 points for the Buckeyes (10-5, 1-2), who have dropped four of six. Star Jantel Lavender tied a season low with 14 points while battling foul trouble in the second half, though she grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked four shots.
Missouri 85, No. 22 Texas 80, OT -- Box Score
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- RaeShara Brown scored a career-high 27 points to help Missouri overcome a 12-point deficit in the final minutes of regulation before winning in overtime.
San Antonio native Christine Flores added 24 points to give Missouri (9-6, 1-0 Big 12) and new coach Robin Pingeton a signature win in the conference opener for both teams.
Ashleigh Fontenette and Chassidy Fussell scored 22 points each for No. 22 Texas (11-4, 0-1). The defeat marked fourth-year Texas coach Gail Goestenkors' first loss to Missouri after five consecutive wins.
Texas was in control most of the game against a team that earned just two conference wins and finished in last place in the Big 12 last season. The Longhorns stretched a four-point halftime lead to a 72-60 advantage with under 3 minutes remaining before Missouri's late run.
No. 23 Syracuse 75, Seton Hall 50 -- Box Score
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Elashier Hall had 16 points, Carmen Tyson-Thomas and Erica Morrow each added 15, and No. 23 Syracuse overcame a shaky start.
Syracuse (13-2, 1-1 Big East), which lost its conference opener to No. 15 Georgetown on Tuesday, defeated Seton Hall (7-9, 0-3) for the third conseuctive time.
After committing a season-high 31 turnovers in its 80-62 loss to the Hoyas on Tuesday, Syracuse seemed intent on doing it again. Just over 6 minutes in, the score was tied 5-5 as the teams combined to commit 19 turnovers and shoot 2 for 13.
After Jasmine Crew hit a jumper to put the Pirates up 13-12 midway through the half, the Orange methodically took control. Syracuse closed the half with a 27-8 rush.
Jazzmine Johnson had 10 points to lead Seton Hall.