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The Associated Press | November 23, 2013

UConn strides by Boston U. 96-33

No. 1 Connecticut bests Boston U. 96-38

STORRS, Conn. -- Injuries have left top-ranked Connecticut with just three frontcourt players for the next month or so. Fortunately for the Huskies, they are three pretty good ones.

Stefanie Dolson, Breanna Stewart and Kiah Stokes combined for 58 points on Friday as the Huskies routed Boston U. 96-38 in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Challenge tournament.

Dolson followed up the first triple-double of her career a 23-point, 10-rebound performance against the Terriers. Stewart led the Huskies (6-0) with 25 points and added seven rebounds and six assists. And Stokes chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds.

No. 9 Lady Bears win 62nd home game in a row

WACO, Texas -- Odyssey Sims scored 30 points to help No. 9 Baylor extend the nation's longest home-court winning streak to 62 games with an 88-54 victory against Northwestern State on Friday night.

The Lady Bears (5-0) put together a game-clinching 11-0 run during a span of just over two minutes early in the second half, grabbing a 49-32 lead on Nina Davis' layup. They kept building on the advantage from there, leading by as many as 36 points.

Sims, a preseason AP All-American, has scored at least 20 points in six consecutive games. The senior point guard also had five rebounds and five assists in her second 30-point game this season.

Davis, among five freshmen for the Lady Bears, had 11 points.

Unbeaten Purdue defeats Belmont

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Ashley Morrissette scored 12 points and April Wilson scored 11 and had three steals as No. 18 Purdue defeated Belmont 76-46 on Friday night.

The Boilermakers (4-0) forced 20 Belmont (2-4) turnovers and harassed the Bruins into shooting only 25 percent.

Wilson opened with a 3-pointer 15 seconds into the game and the Boilermakers never trailed, shooting 43.9 percent from the floor. Morrissette scored five points on a layup and 3-pointer back to back to push Purdue's lead to 10, 22-12 midway through the first half and it steadily grew from there.

Meredith Roman led Belmont with 14 points, hitting 3 of 6 from behind the arc. Jordyn Luffman added 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Oklahoma State drops Southern California

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Brittney Martin had 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to help Oklahoma State pull away from Southern California 82-51 Friday night.

The Cowgirls (5-0) shot 51.7 percent from the field and had four players score in double figures. Liz Donohoe scored 15 points and Tiffany Bias had 14. Kendra Suttles finished with 10 points and a game-high 11 boards.

USC (3-1) was held to 18 of 54 shooting and had 19 turnovers. Ariya Crook was the only scorer in double figures for the Trojans with 12 points. Alexyz Vaioletama scored eight and pulled in seven rebounds.

Oklahoma State never trailed in the game as LaShawn Jones hit a jumper to open the scoring. Following a Crook layup to tie it at 2, the Cowgirls surged to a 20-4 lead sparked by three baskets from Martin and two 3-pointers from Donohoe.


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