No. 6 Stanford takes out Texas behind Ogwumike's 18 points
STORRS, Conn. -- UConn coach Geno Auriemma challenged his perimeter players to make shots. The Huskies responded early and often.
Breanna Stewart scored 24 points to lead five players in double figures as top-ranked UConn cruised to a 100-46 win against Monmouth in the second day of the Hall of Fame Challenge on Saturday.
Stewart added eight rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks. It was the third consecutive game that she scored at least 20 points and fourth time she has eclipsed that total. She is averaging 20 points in seven games.
The Huskies scored the first 12 points and raced out to a 20-5 lead, making eight of their first 10 shots, including four 3-pointers.
PHILADELPHIA -- Coach Muffet McGraw loves to give her team an educational experience whenever Notre Dame goes on road trips.
The 76-54 win against Penn on Saturday provided an opportunity for McGraw to show the fifth-ranked Irish a history of Philadelphia basketball in their first game at the Palestra in 32 years.
Katy Allen and Sydney Stipanovich each scored 11 to lead Penn (0-2).
The game marked the return of Notre Dame forward Natalie Achonwa, who missed the first three while recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in her right knee. The senior was supposed to miss at least a month, but returned a little sooner.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Back on the court where she won two Texas state high school championships, Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike was struggling to find the basket.
It was easy to see why: Ogwumike had a 6-foot-7 defender standing in her way.
So Stanford moved her outside, picked up the pressure on defense to force turnovers and transition baskets, and the No. 6 Cardinal fought their way back from poor first half to earn a 63-54 win Saturday at Texas.
Ogwumike overcame a poor shooting start to finish with 18 points and keyed a second-half run for the Cardinal (4-1).
TOWSON, Md. -- Alyssa Thomas had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 8 Maryland used a late run in the first half to pull away for a 90-53 victory against Towson on Saturday night.
Lauren Mincey and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 14 points each for Maryland (4-1), which has won two in a row. The Terrapins improved to 14-5 all-time against the Tigers (1-4).
Tanisha McTiller led Towson with a season-high 25 points. Dominique Johnson added 11 points for the Tigers, who have lost two in a row.
Brene Mosely had 11 points and Brionna Jones 10 for Maryland.
WACO, Texas -- Odyssey Sims scored 28 points, Nina Davis had 14 points and seven rebounds and No. 9 Baylor beat UTSA 92-62 Saturday night.
The Lady Bears (6-0) extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 63, rolling through three games in as many nights by an average score of 93-49 before a nine-day break.
The Roadrunners had a season high in points for a Baylor opponent and the closest margin in six home games for the Lady Bears. Rice had the previous low margin at 33 points.
Kamra King led the Roadrunners (2-4) with 11 points, while Miki Turner and Mathilde Hergott scored 10 apiece.
RUSTON, La. -- Raigyne Moncrief had 17 points and No. 15 LSU held Louisiana Tech to only 29.4 percent shooting in an 81-69 victory against Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
Jeanne Kenney added 13 points for LSU (4-1) which led 54-40 with 13:00 to play when a fight broke out. Officials reviewed the video and ejected DaShawn Harden and Danielle Ballard of LSU and TyJae' Chenevert of Louisiana Tech.
The Tigers led by no less than 12 from there.
Whitney Frazier had 24 points and eight rebounds and Christassia Walter added 15 for Louisiana Tech (0-3). The Techsters missed their first nine field goals of the game and only led when Walter made 1 of 2 free throws to open the scoring.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Jen Reese scored 18 points and hauled in seven rebounds to lead No. 16 Colorado to an 85-53 rout of New Mexico on Saturday.
Reese was 7 of 10 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and got help from four other Buffaloes in double-digits: Lexy Kresl with 13 points, Lauren Huggins with 12, Jasmine Sborov with 11 points, and Jamee Swan with 10 and eight rebounds. Undefeated on the season, the win also extended the Buffaloes non-conference win streak to 28.
Colorado (4-0) took control early in the first half, heading into the break with a 42-28 advantage, then continued to pull away with 55.6 percent shooting from the field, hitting 10 of 18 from beyond the arc. They remain atop the Pac-12 from the freethrow line by hitting 75 percent, 15 of 20.
Sara Halasz led New Mexico (1-3) with 16 points and six rebounds.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Alaina Coates scored a game-high 21 points to lead No. 19 South Carolina to an 88-54 victory against San Diego State on Saturday.
Coates was 5 of 6 from the field and went 11 of 15 from the line and grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds. Three other players for the Gamecocks (6-0) were in double digits including Tiffany Mitchell with 17, Asia Dozier with 16, and Khadjah Sessions with 12.
South Carolina closed the first period with a comfortable 43-29 lead. They hit 52.7 percent from the field and 67.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Turnovers and personal fouls plagued San Diego State. Ahjalee Harvey had seven of the team's 25 turnovers. And two starters - Khristina Hunter and Cierra Warren - fouled out of the game.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Becca Mills scored 20 points as No. 21 Michigan State forced 20 turnovers and defeated Rice 81-68 with a breakaway second half on Saturday night.
Neither team led by more than five points in a close first half, and Rice (3-3) opened the second with a Megan Palmer layup for a 32-32 tie. The Spartans then exploded on a 12-2 run featuring 3-pointers by Klarissa Bell and Kiana Johnson.
Johnson finished with 15 points, Bell 10 and Annalise Pickrel 14 for Michigan State (4-1).