Lady Vols open SEC with victory
Top 25: Notre Dame holds SE Missouri St. to 21
The Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Kelley Cain and Glory Johnson scored 19 points each to lead No. 5 Tennessee to a 73-65 victory over LSU on Sunday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Kamiko Williams added 13 points for the Lady Vols (13-2), who didn't hit a 3-pointer for the first time in 422 games. They were 0-for-7 from behind the arc, marking the first time since Jan. 21, 1999 that they didn't hit a 3. Tennessee won that game too, beating Florida.
LaSandra Barrett scored 15 points while Jeanne Kenney added 11 for LSU (10-5). Courtney Jones had 10.
TCU 76, No. 5 Oklahoma 69 -- Box Score
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Emily Carter scored 26 points while Helena Sverrisdottir added 24 to help TCU overcome the return of Oklahoma's Whitney Hand and beat the 15th-ranked Sooners 76-69 on Sunday.
Hand played for the first time in 401 days after suffering an ACL injury last season. She had a career-high 24 points, but the Sooners (10-3) couldn't find a way to slow down Sverrisdottir and Carter in the final 3 1/2 minutes.
With the game tied at 63 with 3:29 left, the senior pair combined for 12 of TCU's last 13 points while the Horned Frogs (8-6) held the Sooners to just two field goals in that span.
TCU, which has won 28 of its last 29 home games, scored seven of the first eight points to start the second half and take a 35-33 lead, the Lady Frogs' first of the game. That would start off a string of nine ties and eight lead changes until Carter and Sverrisdottir took over.
Oklahoma led by as many as nine points in the first half and 32-28 at halftime behind Hand's 17 points.
Danielle Robinson scored 17 points for Oklahoma, but the rest of the Sooners starters were just 6-for-21 from the field.
No. 6 West Virginia 63, Central Connecticut State 37 -- Box Score
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Freshman Brooke Hampton scored 11 points and West Virginia overcame a sluggish first half to beat Central Connecticut State.
The Mountaineers (14-0) extended the best start in school history and improved their school-record home winning streak to 27 games.
Liz Repella and Ayana Dunning added 10 points each for West Virginia. Sarah Miles had seven points and a career-high nine steals in her first start since missing seven games with a knee injury.
West Virginia outscored the Blue Devils 40-17 in the second half after leading by just three at halftime.
Kerianne Dugan scored 11 points for Central Connecticut State (7-5).
No. 8 UCLA 80, Washington State 55 - Box Score
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Jasmine Dixon and Darxia Morris each scored 12 points to help UCLA beat error-prone Washington State.
UCLA (12-1, 2-0 Pac-10) has won 21 consecutive in the series since 2001.
Washington State (2-12, 0-2) has lost six consecutive games, but stayed close in the first half until poor shooting took a toll. Freshman Ireti Amojo was the only Cougar in double figures with 13 points.
No. 9 Stanford 78, California 45 - Box Score
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Jeanette Pohlen scored 15 points and No. 9 Stanford followed up its streak-busting win over Connecticut by easily knocking off rival California 78-45 on Sunday.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 14 points before leaving with a shoulder injury early in the second half for the Cardinal (10-2, 1-0 Pac-10), who showed few signs of a letdown just three days after snapping UConn's NCAA record 90-game winning streak with a 71-59 win at Maples Pavilion.
Talia Caldwell and Rama N'Diaye scored 10 points each to lead the Golden Bears (8-4, 0-1), who have lost five straight overall to their Bay Area rivals and 17 of 18 at home.
This victory capped an impressive 12-day run for Stanford. After losing two straight road games to DePaul and Tennessee, the Cardinal have gotten coach Tara VanDerveer her 800th win at San Francisco, blown out No. 4 Xavier by 37 points, snapped Connecticut's record winning streak and beaten the Bears.
No. 12 Michigan State 70, Illinois 57 - Box Score
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Kalisha Keane scored 27 points to help Michigan State beat Illinois.
Lykendra Johnson added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten), who are off to the best start in school history.
Michigan State was 12-2 in 1973-74 and 2004-05, the season it lost to Baylor in the NCAA final.
An 11-game winning streak also ties the second-longest run in school history.
Keane was 10 for 14 from the field and made 3 of 6 3-pointers.
She had 18 points in the first half as the Spartans sprinted to a 19-3 lead, then saw the Fighting Illini (6-9, 1-1) cut it to 36-32 at the break.
Karisma Penn had 23 points and Centrese McGee scored 12 for Illinois, which trimmed a 13-point margin to five in the second half.
No. 13 Ohio State 86, Bethune-Cookman 38 - Box Score
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jantel Lavender scored 29 points in 21 minutes and Ohio State ended its longest losing streak in eight years with a victory over Bethune-Cookman.
The three-game skid started with the Buckeyes (9-4) losing to top-ranked Connecticut on Dec. 19, and was followed by a home loss to Duquesne and Thursday's defeat at Michigan in the Big Ten opener.
Bethune-Cookman (6-6), which had won three straight, scored the first four points of the game but Lavender had Ohio State's first 11 and finished with 21 in the first half as the Buckeyes took a 46-25 lead.
Lavender's only miss in 13 shots came on a layup in the first 4 minutes.
Samantha Prahalis had 10 points and 10 assists for Ohio State.
Jasmine Daniels had 11 points for the Wildcats.
Michigan 60, No. 14 Iowa 53 - Box Score
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Courtney Boylan scored 18 points to help Michigan pull off its second Top 25 upset of the week, knocking off Iowa, three days after beating 13th-ranked Ohio State.
Jenny Ryan added 15 points and Carmen Reynolds had 10 rebounds for Michigan (9-5, 2-0 Big Ten).
Trailing 20-13, Michigan used a 13-1 run to close the first half and take a five-point lead at the break. The Wolverines extended the lead to as much as 12 points in the second half.
Iowa cut its deficit to 57-53 in the final minute, but couldn't get any closer.
Jaime Printy scored 18 points to lead Iowa (12-3, 0-2). She and fellow guard Kamille Wahlin combined to shoot just 7-for-36 from the field.
Morgan Johnson added 13 points and Kachine Alexander had nine points and 15 rebounds for the Hawkeyes.
No. 16 Notre Dame 97, Southeast Missouri State 21 - Box Score
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame scored the first 36 points of the game en route to an easy win over Southeast Missouri State.
Skylar Diggins had 18 points to lead the 16th-ranked Irish (12-3), who led 46-6 at half, and set numerous school records in the game. The 21 points was the fewest the school ever has allowed, eclipsing the 25 points they gave up to Grace College in 1978.
Southeast Missouri State (5-9) missed its first 18 shots and got its first basket, a 3-pointer by Katie Norman with 5:20 to go in the first half. Jasmine Davis led the Redhawks with six.
Devereaux Peters had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Kayla McBride added 17 points and Becca Bruszewski had 12.
No. 18 Maryland 74, Saint Joseph's 60 - Box Score
PHILADELPHIA -- Alyssa Thomas scored 22 points to lead Maryland over Saint Joseph's and to its 12th consecutive win.
Diandra Tchatchouang had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Lynetta Kizer had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Thomas helped lead the Terrapins (13-1) back from a six-point deficit in the first half. The Terps went on a 14-5 run early in the second half to give them a lead they would never give up.
Katie Kuester led the Hawks (10-4) with 23 points. Michelle Baker scored 12 points for the Hawks, who snapped a seven-game winning streak. Saint Joseph finished nonconference play with 10 wins, the most in team history.
Maryland shot 48 percent from the floor (29-of-61) and outrebounded the Hawks 48-30.
Saint Joseph's fell to 31-110 against Top 25 teams and has not defeated a ranked team since 2007.
No. 20 Iowa State 62, Chicago State 48 - Box Score
AMES, Iowa -- Chelsea Poppens and Hallie Christofferson each scored 17 points to help Iowa State beat Chicago State.
Kelsey Bolte added 12 points, moving her into 12th place all-time in scoring at Iowa State with 1,286 career points.
The victory was the Cyclones (11-2) fifth straight and 57th consecutive non-conference victory at home.
Iowa State led by seven at the half and never looked back.
The Cyclones held the Cougars, who averaged 69.8 points, to a season-low 48 points.
Courtney Waldon paced the Cougars (6-8) with 16 points.
Florida 64, No. 22 Arkansas 53 - Box Score
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Deana Allen scored 12 points, Jennifer George added 10 and Florida beat Arkansas.
The Gators (11-4, 1-0 SEC) led the entire game, improved to 8-0 at home and handed the Razorbacks (12-1, 0-1) their first loss of the season.
Ndidi Madu chipped in 10 points for Florida. Fellow starters Jaterra Bonds and Lanita Bartley scored nine apiece. The reserves, led by Allen and George, accounted for 28 points.
Arkansas cut Florida's double-digit lead to 58-49 with 4:24 remaining on consecutive 3-pointers by Lyndsay Harris, but the Gators held on down the stretch, with Jordan Jones and Allen hitting two free throws each.
Harris led the Razorbacks with 12 points despite missing 11 of 13 shots from the field. Sarah Watkins and Keira Peak added 10 points apiece.
Arkansas shot a season-low 31.7 percent, including 3 of 18 from 3-point range.
No. 23 Texas 94, Sam Houston State 50 - Box Score
AUSTIN, Texas -- Kathleen Nash tied a career-high with five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points as Texas beat Sam Houston State.
Chassidy Fussell added 16 points for the Longhorns (11-3) and Ashley Gayle had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
In its final game before the start of Big 12 play, Texas took an 8-0 lead against the Bearkats (6-8).
Entering the game having won consecutive tournament championships, the Longhorns extended the lead when Ashleigh Fontenette made a steal, converted the fastbreak layup and was fouled for a three-point play with 11:45 remaining in the half.
Texas ended the final 10 minutes of the first half on a 29-7 run to take a 49-17 lead.
Britni Martin scored 14 points and had seven rebounds for Sam Houston State.
No. 25 Florida State 75, Missouri 53 - Box Score
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Cierra Bravard scored 17 points, Courtney Ward had 14 and Florida State overcame a slow start to surge past Missouri.
The Seminoles (12-3) trailed 11-7 before putting together a 13-0 run, and was in control the rest of the way, snapping Missouri's five-game winning streak. It was their final tuneup before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play on Thursday at Virginia Tech.
Alexa Deluzio added 11 points for Florida State, which shot 51 percent overall and was 5 for 9 from 3-point range. Florida State dominated in every area and held Missouri (8-5) to season-worst 26.4 percent shooting.
Ward, a senior, became the 24th player in school history to score 1,000 points.
Christina Flores had 16 points for Missouri and RaeShara Brown finished with 10.