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The Associated Press | November 25, 2013

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Graves, No. 3 Lady Vols trounce Oakland 84-50

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Bashaara Graves had 15 points and 11 rebounds while No. 3 Tennessee used a 21-0 run midway through the game to beat winless Oakland 84-50 on Sunday.

The Lady Vols (5-0) remained unbeaten as they head to the Bahamas for the Junkaroo Jam. Tennessee faces Virginia in its opening game on Thursday.

Meighan Simmons added 14 points, Ariel Massengale had 13, Isabelle Harrison had 11 and Mercedes Russell scored 10 for Tennessee. Victoria Lipscomb scored 13 for Oakland (0-5).

Oakland outhustled Tennessee at the start of the game and only trailed 28-27 with 2:07 left in the half when Amy Carlton missed a 3-pointer that would have put the Grizzlies ahead. Tennessee's Jordan Reynolds sank a 3-pointer 10 seconds later to help Tennessee lead 34-27 at halftime. Tennessee then scored the first 15 points of the second half and never looked back.

The game took place two days after a dedication ceremony for a statue honoring former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt, who remains on staff as head coach emeritus and watched Sunday's game from the stands. She sat between Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings and Billie Moore, who coached Summitt on the 1976 U.S. Olympic team. Summitt received a standing ovation during a timeout as a video of Friday's ceremony played on the scoreboard.

No. 1 Connecticut routs St. Bonaventure 88-39

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Kiah Stokes scored a career-high 19 points and Stefanie Dolson added 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead the top-ranked Huskies to an 88-39 win against St. Bonaventure in the final day of the Hall of Fame Classic on Sunday.

UConn (8-0) won all three games of the round-robin tournament in dominant fashion. The Huskies beat Boston University by 58 points on Friday and Monmouth by 55 on Saturday. The smallest margin of victory this season is 17 against No. 8 Maryland. UConn also beat No. 3 Stanford and No. 14 Penn State both by 19 points.

The Huskies took control early against St. Bonaventure, scoring 31 consecutive points and holding the Bonnies scoreless for more than 10 minutes in the first half. The Huskies led 55-22 at halftime.

Gabrielle Richmond led St. Bonaventure (7-2) with nine points and Katie Healy had seven points and 11 rebounds.

Williams helps No. 2 Duke beat Marquette

MILWAUKEE -- Elizabeth Williams scored 23 points and Alexis Jones added 19 as second-ranked Duke remained undefeated with a 78-61 non-conference victory against Marquette on Sunday.

Marquette (4-1) trailed 33-24 at the half and stayed close early after the break, pulling within 46-38, but Duke scored seven consecutive, opening a 53-38 lead on Chelsea Gray's 3-pointer with 13:00 remaining.

Katie Young had 21 points and Katherine Plouffe added 17 for the Golden Eagles.

The Blue Devils (5-0) played without 6-foot-3 senior forward Haley Peters, their leading rebounder, who injured her right knee on Thursday in an 88-69 victory against Vanderbilt.

The Golden Eagles used a 10-point run to take a 19-16 lead midway through the first half, but Duke responded with a 17-2 spurt to go in front 33-21.

Marquette was hampered in the first half by 12 turnovers, which Duke converted into 14 points.

No. 4 Louisville beats Florida State in OT, 69-59

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Asia Taylor scored six points in overtime along with an assist that helped No. 4 Louisville pull away for a 69-59 victory against Florida State on Sunday.

Shoni Schimmel added a 3-pointer en route to a game-high 21 points as the Cardinals (6-0) outscored the Seminoles (4-1) 15-5 in the extra session of a tense game that served as a preview to the schools' likely rivalry when Louisville joins the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

FSU rallied from a 46-38 deficit to take a 54-50 lead with 1:14 left in regulation and appeared to be in control before Louisville's Tia Gibbs made two free throws and Jude Schimmel made a key steal and layup to tie the game with 24.3 seconds left.

Louisville opened overtime with a 10-2 run including Taylor's baskets and Antonita Slaughter's layup before Schimmel sealed it with her fifth shot from beyond the arc.

No. 7 Kentucky beats Middle Tennessee 84-72

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Bria Goss scored 16 points and Kastine Evans added 15 as seventh-ranked Kentucky beat Middle Tennessee 84-72 on Sunday.

Kentucky (6-0) had lost in its last two visits to Murphy Center against Middle Tennessee coach Rick Insell, but the big-scoring Wildcats left with the program's first win here since Jan. 8, 1989.

The Wildcats opened by hitting their first five shots and took control with nine consecutive points capped by a steal by Goss and a layup for a 12-3 lead. They led by as much as 12 when Goss hit a 3-pointer midway through the half for a 27-15 lead and were up 41-34 at halftime.

Jennifer O'Neill also had 14 points for Kentucky, and Samarie Walker had 12. Kentucky now has won 16 consecutive against non-conference teams in the regular season, and the Wildcats improved to 11-4 all-time against Middle Tennessee.

Ebony Rowe, a native of Lexington, Ky., scored 28 points for Middle Tennessee (1-3). The Blue Raiders' losses now are all to Southeastern Conference teams, including Tennessee and at Arkansas.

UCLA women upset No. 10 Oklahoma 82-76

LOS ANGELES -- Cori Close didn't ask her UCLA players to do a bunch of new things against Oklahoma. She just challenged them to do one thing to try and win each possession.

The Bruins did enough, especially on the boards, to upset the 10th-ranked Sooners 82-76 Sunday for their first win against a ranked opponent in three tries this season.

''We focused on our defense and we just got more possessions,'' Close said. ''We didn't worry about whether they were going perfectly and eventually our offense came.''

Atonye Nyingifa had career highs of 28 points and 16 rebounds, Nirra Fields added a career-best 17 points for the Bruins (2-2), who earlier lost to ranked Nebraska and North Carolina.

''That was the first time we played exactly to the scouting report,'' Fields said.

The Bruins got rebounds from seven of their eight players in dominating the boards, 49-29, including a 20-5 edge on the offensive glass. Fields had nine rebounds and Luiana Livulo had eight before fouling out.

No. 12 North Carolina romps Coppin State 91-51

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Diamond DeShields scored a game-high 16 points, Jessica Washington and Stephanie Mavunga each added 14 as No. 12 North Carolina rolled past Coppin State 91-51 on Sunday.

The Tar Heels (4-1) pulled ahead early with a 12-0 run to take their first double-digit lead capped off by a Washington 3-pointer. They had a 46-23 advantage at the break and led by as much as 45 during the second half.

Mavunga and DeShields each hauled in seven rebounds, and Washington hit four 3-pointers and dished out five assists. Danielle Butts finished with 12 points and nine boards.

Coppin State (2-3) was held to just 30.4 percent from the field and were out-rebounded 33-52 by North Carolina. They held an early 6-3 lead after an Ashle Craig jumper, but couldn't keep pace with the Tar Heels.

Amber Griffin led the Eagles with 12 points and Jordan Swails had nine with seven rebounds.

No. 17 Cal beats Northwestern 65-51

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Reshanda Gray shot 9 of 13 from the field, scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 17 California defeated Northwestern 65-51 on Sunday.

After Cal (3-2) scored the game's first 9 points, Northwestern (4-1) cut the deficit to 18-17. But Cal never trailed and led by as many as 18 in the second half.

Afure Jemerigbe had 16 points for Cal and Courtney Range led the team in rebounds with 13.

Maggie Lyon had 17 points for Northwestern, which shot just 3 of 17 on 3-pointers.

Gray entered the game as the Pac-12 Conference leader in field goal percentage and was coming off a career-high 24-point performance against George Washington. It was the Golden Bears' second consecutive win after losing two games in a row to then-No. 2 Duke and George Washington.

Cal and Northwestern also met last year as well in Evanston, Ill., a game the Golden Bears won 71-65.

No. 23 Georgia beats Georgia Tech 63-56

ATHENS, Ga. -- Khaalidah Miller scored 20 points and No. 23 Georgia held off Georgia Tech's comeback to beat the Yellow Jackets 63-56 on Sunday to continue its domination of the state rivalry.

Shacobia Barbee added 14 points as Georgia (5-0) improved to 32-4 all-time against Georgia Tech, including 14-0 in Athens.

The Lady Bulldogs' biggest lead was 11 points at 42-31 about 5 minutes into the second half. Georgia Tech cut the deficit to three points on a 3-pointer by Sydney Wallace with 4:27 remaining. Barbee's three-point play pushed Georgia's lead back to six points.

Barbee's steal from Georgia Tech freshman Kaela Davis set up Miller's layup that gave Georgia a 57-49 lead.

Georgia Tech (2-2) suffered its second consecutive loss to a ranked SEC team, following an 87-76 loss at No. 3 Tennessee on Nov. 17.

Davis, the daughter of former NBA star Antonio Davis, had 13 points to lead Georgia Tech after averaging 22.7 points in her first three college games.

Wallace and Tyaunna Marshall had 11 points for the Yellow Jackets.

Georgia Tech committed 27 turnovers, 10 more than Georgia, and had three players foul out, including Davis.

No. 11 Nebraska cruises by Southern 87-64

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Jordon Hooper scored 23 points and gathered eight rebounds as No. 11 Nebraska beat Southern University 87-64 on Sunday afternoon.

Hooper, an All-American, bettered her season scoring average (17.8) for the game. Emily Cady added 18 points making 5 of 6 from the field, and gathering 14 rebounds. Rachel Theriot also scored 13 points with eight assists for the Cornhuskers.

Nebraska (5-0), who is picked to win the Big 10, led 38-32 at the half, and things got worse for Southern (2-3) as the Cornhuskers outscored the Jaguars 49-32 in the second half. Nebraska shot 54 percent from the field and attempted 44 free throws, making 29, compared to Southern's 8 of 12 tries. Nebraska also led Southern in assists (14-6) and steals (7-3).

Kendra Coleman led all scorers with 30 points, including a 7 of 12 effort from beyond the arc. Adrian Sanders added another 12 for Southern University.

No. 22 Iowa State blows past Drake 89-47

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Hallie Christofferson scored 25 points to lead No. 22 Iowa State to an 89-47 blowout against Drake on Sunday.

Christofferson, leading the Big 12 in shooting, was 8 of 10 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and was joined in double digits by Seanna Johnson and Brynn Williamson with 14 points apiece, and Jadda Buckley with 12. Johnson made it a double-double with 11 rebounds as well.

The undefeated Cyclones (5-0) took control of the game with a 14-0 run to close out the first half, carrying a 40-22 advantage into the break. Iowa State picked up right where it left off, out-scoring the Bulldogs 49-25 in the second half.

Lizzy Wendell led Drake (2-3) with 15 points, including the game's first score - a layup that gave the Bulldogs an opening lead. Christofferson erased it moments later with a 3-pointer and the Cyclones pulled away.


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