Top-ranked Connecticut wins No. 33 in a row; routs Central Florida 83-35
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Breanna Stewart scored 23 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked seven shots to lead top-ranked Connecticut to its 33nd consecutive win, an 83-35 rout of Central Florida on Wednesday night.
Freshman Saniya Chong added a season-high 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Huskies (27-0, 14-0 American Athletic Conference), who jumped out to a 26-point lead in the first half and extended it in the second.
Bria Hartley had 20 points and four rebounds, becoming the third player in school history to record 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in her career.
Zykira Lewis had 11 points to lead Central Florida (10-16, 3-12), which has lost 12 of its last 14 games.
The Huskies held Central Florida to 12 field goals on 70 shots and outscored the Knights 44-6 in the paint.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Sara Hammond scored 17 points, and Shoni Schimmel added 15 to lead No. 3 Louisville to an 81-62 victory against Houston on Wednesday night.
Schimmel, the school's second all-time leading scorer behind Angel McCoughtry, topped 2,000 points for her career and helped the Cardinals (26-2, 14-1 American Athletic Conference) improve to 16-0 at home. Louisville is one shy of matching its record for home wins set in 2006-07.
Marche Amerson scored 23 points and Jessieka Palmer added 16 for Houston (5-21, 1-14).
Louisville led 13-3 early, but the Cougars rallied behind Palmer, who had eight points in a 3-minute span. Amerson's two free throws cut the deficit to 17-15 and Houston kept it close until the Cardinals closed the half with an 11-3 run to take a 38-27 lead at halftime.
Louisville maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half and improved to 6-0 at home against the Cougars.
WACO, Texas -- Odyssey Sims scored 18 of her 24 points in the first half and No. 6 Baylor coasted to its ninth consecutive win, beating Iowa State 89-51 Wednesday night.
Sims, the nation's leading scorer, made nine of 13 from the field and pushed her season total on 3-pointers to 80 by going 6 of 8 from long range.
The Lady Bears (23-3, 13-1 Big 12), who have their highest ranking of the season, took control with a 10-1 run midway through the first half on the way to their 34th consecutive conference home win.
Freshman Seanna Johnson scored 12 points to lead the Cyclones (17-8, 6-8), who haven't won two games in a row since a 14-0 start capped by a 92-43 win against Texas Tech that put them at 3-0 in the Big 12.
It was the first of two meetings between the teams in the final five games of the regular season and the first since Baylor beat Iowa State 75-47 in the Big 12 tournament championship game last season.
Baylor frustrated Hallie Christofferson, the No. 2 scorer in the Big 12 behind Sims, with a variety of post defenders. She finished with 10 points but made just two of six from the field, even missing a shot from right in front of the basket after a steal in the backcourt.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Bria Holmes scored 20 points and Christal Caldwell added 15 as twelfth-ranked West Virginia throttled No. 13 Oklahoma State 77-45, holding the Cowgirls to 25 percent shooting on Wednesday night.
The Mountaineers (23-3, 12-2 Big 12) raced out 14-0 and were never threatened, leading by 18 at halftime and adding an 8-0 run to start the second half on a Caldwell jumper.
Oklahoma State (20-5, 9-5) was led by Tiffany Bias, who scored 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting. As a team, the Cowgirls connected on just 16 of 62 shots and were an even colder 1 of 18 on 3-pointers for a season-low 45 points.
The Mountaineers, who handed Oklahoma State its first loss of the season 71-67 in Stillwater on Jan. 4, harried the Cowgirls into 17 turnovers.
Asya Bussie added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Mountaineers with Taylor Palmer adding 10 points and four assists.