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The Associated Press | December 14, 2013

Top 25 Roundup: Stanford celebrates VanDerveer

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No. 6 Stanford beats No. 23 Gonzaga 73-45

STANFORD, Calif. -- Chiney Ogwumike had 19 points and seven rebounds and No. 6 Stanford celebrated Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer's 900th victory a few weeks later back at home, beating 23rd-ranked Gonzaga 73-45 on Saturday.

Ogwumike shot 8-for-16 and in the first game at Maples Pavilion since VanDerveer won her 900th game against Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 27 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. VanDerveer became the fifth Division I coach to join the 900 club, and was honored after the game for her accomplishment in an on-court ceremony.

This was a solid warmup for the Cardinal (8-1) as they returned for the first time following a 16-day break for final exams, a week before they host No. 3 Tennessee. Stanford first plays Monday at home against New Mexico.

Sunny Greinacher scored 18 points to lead the West Coast Conference favorite Zags (8-2), who had their six-game winning streak snapped while losing a sixth consecutive in as many tries against perennial Pac-12 power Stanford. Gonzaga was coming off impressive wins against Big Ten opponents Ohio State and Wisconsin.

Kailee Johnson hit a pair of 3-pointers and added 11 points for Stanford in its seventh consecutive win since a 76-57 defeat at No. 1 Connecticut on Nov. 11. Amber Orrange had 10 points and three assists.

No. 3 Lady Vols breeze past Troy 103-64

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Isabelle Harrison, Cierra Burdick and Nia Moore had double-doubles Saturday as No. 3 Tennessee used its height advantage remained unbeaten with a 103-64 victory against Troy.

Tennessee (9-0) outrebounded Troy 74-29 and was only two rebounds away from the school single-game record set in February 1988. Six of Tennessee's 10 players are listed as 6-foot-2 or taller. Troy (4-5) has nobody taller than 6-1.

Harrison had 13 points and 12 rebounds despite sitting out most of the second half. Moore had 10 points and 13 rebounds, career highs in both categories. Bashaara Graves and Meighan Simmons scored 16 points each and Mercedes Russell added 10 as the Lady Vols recorded their highest point total of the season despite committing 28 turnovers.

Ashley Beverly-Kelley scored 22 points and Joanna Harden added 14 for Troy. Harden entered Saturday's game ranked third in the nation in scoring with 26.6 points per game.

Jewell leads No. 4 Notre Dame past Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Loyd Jewell scored 20 points, Natalie Achonwa had 18 points and nine rebounds and No. 4 Notre Dame cruised to an 86-64 victory against Michigan on Saturday night.

Michaela Mabrey added 14 points for the Fighting Irish (9-0), who led 47-23 at halftime. The Irish shot 59 percent from the floor and forced 19 turnovers, including 13 in the decisive first half.

Reserve guard Shannon Smith scored 23 points for Michigan (7-4), which had won six of seven. Cyesha Goree had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Siera Thompson finished with 10 points.

No. 7 Louisville beats Austin Peay 108-53

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Shoni Schimmel scored 24 points, Cortnee Walton had 13 and No. 7 Louisville's high-powered offense was too much for Austin Peay in a 108-53 victory Saturday night.

Sara Hammond added 12 points to help Louisville (10-1) win its third consecutive game. Ranked sixth nationally in field goal shooting at 49 percent, the Cardinals shot 52 percent against the Lady Govs.

Austin Peay missed 11 of its first 15 attempts from the field and shot 30 percent overall.

Kristen Stainback led Austin Peay (3-6) with 14 points and Jennifer Nwokocha had eight.

Stainback scored eight of the first 10 points for Austin Peay, which held its last lead at 7-6. Louisville responded with a 10-0 run and led 56-34 at halftime.

Cardinals guard Jude Schimmel started for the first time this season and had seven points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

It was the third consecutive loss for Austin Peay.

No. 8 Maryland overpowers Delaware State 93-44

TOWSON, Md. -- Alyssa Thomas shook off early foul trouble to finish with 18 points and 10 rebounds, helping No. 8 Maryland rout Delaware State 93-44 Saturday night for its eighth consecutive victory.

Thomas was on the bench after picking up a pair of early fouls when Maryland (10-1) finished the first half on a 21-6 run, extending a 24-16 lead. Seven different Terrapins scored during the burst, led by five points from Tierney Pfirman.

Raven Bankston led Delaware State (3-5) with 22 points. The Hornets shot only 24 percent (15 for 62) from the field.

Maryland improved to 4-0 against Delaware State.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 13 points and Lexie Brown 11 for Maryland. Malina Howard added 10 points.

The Terrapins scored 22 points off 18 Hornet turnovers and outrebounded the visitors 64-33.

Maryland's edge in size, speed and depth was no match for the Hornets' patient offensive attack early on. The Terrapins led 45-22 at halftime, ending the opening 20 minutes on a 21-6 run and holding Delaware State without a field goal after Bankston's left-side bank shot with 6:00 left in the first half.

The Terrapins played most of the first half without leading scorer Thomas, who picked up her second personal foul three minutes into the game while fighting for a loose ball on the Delaware State baseline and sat on the bench for the remainder of the half.

But Delaware State couldn't capitalize on her absence as Maryland flexed its muscle on defense and scored in waves.

No. 14 Oklahoma State tops South Florida 75-56

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Liz Donohoe scored 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds as the No. 14 Oklahoma State women topped South Florida 75-56 in the All-College Classic at Chesapeake Energy Arena Saturday.

Donohoe scored five points in an early 9-0 run which gave OSU a 16-7 lead with 13:55 left in the first half and the Bulls would never get closer than six again. Oklahoma State, which has now started each of the last four seasons 8-0, twice led by as many as 23 points in the second half.

USF (5-4) hit 8 of 30 (26.7 percent) field goals, 2 of 12 (16.7 percent) 3-point shots and 3 of 7 (42.9 percent) free throws in the first half as the Cowgirls took a 38-21 advantage into the break.

Tiffany Bias scored 16 points and dished out seven assists. She moved into 11th on Oklahoma State's all-time scoring list at 1,255.

North Carolina cruises by Charleston Southern 100-49

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Xylina McDaniel scored 15 points to lead a balanced attack that had five players score in double figures for No. 15 North Carolina in a 100-49 romp past Charleston Southern on Saturday.

Three players had 14 points for the Tar Heels (8-2), Stephanie Mavunga, who had 11 rebounds, Alisha Gray and N'Dea Bryant, a career high for her, a sophomore reserve. Diamond DeShields added 10 to go with a career-high seven assists.

Erin Bratcher had 14 points and DJ Fowler 12 for the Buccaneers (3-4), who were held to 27 percent shooting and committed 31 turnovers.

North Carolina shot a blistering 58 percent despite coming off a 10-day break for finals, and in the second half cranked up the defense to match. Charleston Southern trailed 49-30 at the break but was out-scored 51-19 in the second half. UNC had 25 steals, 16 from players off the bench, and blocked 11 shots.

No. 19 Nebraska rolls past Creighton 63-38

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Emily Cady scored 14 points and Jordan Hooper added 15 rebounds as No. 19 Nebraska downed Creighton 63-38 on Saturday.

The Huskers led at the half by eight points (35-27) and went on a 10-0 run after the break to stretch the lead to 18. Creighton did not score for the first six minutes of the second half, missing 12 attempts until Sammy Jensen made a 3-pointer.

Hailie Sample scored 13 points for Nebraska (8-2) and Brandi Jeffery came off the bench to shoot a perfect 4-4 from the floor and make both her free throws for a total of 11 points.

The Bluejays (4-5) took 31 shots from behind the 3-point arc, making seven, and shot just 23.1 percent from the field. The team held its largest lead four minutes into the first half at 10-7. Alyssa Kamphaus and Marissa Janning led Creighton with eight points each.

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