Breanna Stewart ties career high with 29 points as Connecticut routs USF
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Breanna Stewart tied a career high with 29 points and Bria Hartley added 26 as top-ranked Connecticut beat South Florida 81-53 on Sunday.
Stewart made five 3-pointers and the Huskies (21-0, 8-0 American Athletic Conference) were 14 of 25 from behind the arc.
Hartley hit six of her seven shots from 3-point range in putting up 20 or more points for the third consecutive game.
Courtney Williams had 23 points and eight rebounds to lead South Florida (10-9, 5-3), which had won five of its past six games.
The win was the 27th in a row for the Huskies, dating back to last season's NCAA tournament run to the program's eighth national championship.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Tricia Liston scored 23 points and became Duke's all-time leader in career 3-pointers as the No. 3 Blue Devils beat Pittsburgh 111-67 on Sunday.
Elizabeth Williams added 20 points for the Blue Devils (20-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot a season-best 60 percent from the floor and never trailed.
Haley Peters had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Duke. Amber Henson added a career-high 13 points, Oderah Chidom had 12 and Alexis Jones had 11 for the Blue Devils.
Brianna Kiesel scored 19 points to lead the Panthers (9-11, 1-5), who shot 30 percent. Asia Logan added 17 points and Loliya Briggs had 12 points for Pittsburgh.
Liston made her record-breaking 223rd 3-pointer on a jumper from the left wing with 13:24 left in the first half. The shot gave the Blue Devils a 20-12 lead and started a 15-2 run that helped them take control of the game.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Shoni Schimmel scored 29 points, hitting a school-record nine 3-pointers, to lift No. 5 Louisville to an 88-61 win against Memphis on Sunday.
Schimmel was 9 of 12 from the 3-point line and 10 of 16 overall passing her own record of eight 3s set against South Florida on Jan. 30, 2013.
Emmonnie Henderson added 14 for Louisville (20-1, 8-0 American Athletic Conference), which has won 13 consecutive games.
Ariel Hearn led Memphis (10-10, 3-5) with 15 points.
Louisville got off to a slow start and missed eight of its first 11 shot attempts. The Tigers tied it at 15 midway through the half on a basket by Devin Mack. That's when Schimmel, who missed her first four shots, embarked on a streak from beyond the arc. She drilled six 3-pointers in a span of four minutes to lift Louisville to a 35-19 lead with 3:58 left in the first half.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Jennifer O'Neill scored 21 points to lead No. 9 Kentucky to a 68-58 victory against Arkansas on Sunday.
The Wildcats (16-4, 4-3 Southeastern Conference), coming off a stunning 57-55 loss to Alabama on Thursday, rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half to hand Arkansas its fourth loss in five games.
O'Neill scored 16 points in the first half to set the tone for the Wildcats. She finished 8 of 12 from the field and made five of Kentucky's nine 3-pointers. Janee Thompson had 13 points for Kentucky and Bria Goss added 10 including a clutch 3-pointer with 2:14 remaining.
Jessica Jackson led the Razorbacks (15-5, 2-5) with 23 points.
Jackson's three-point play and 3-pointer during a 12-3 run to open the second half gave the Razorbacks a 44-34 lead with 17:11 remaining.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tiffany Mitchell scored on a driving layup with 50.9 seconds left to lift No. 10 South Carolina to a 61-57 win against 16th-ranked Vanderbilt on Sunday for the Gamecocks' best start in the Southeastern Conference.
The Gamecocks (18-2, 6-1 SEC) had never started 6-1 since joining the conference and won their second in a row by keeping coach Dawn Staley undefeated in her third trip to Memorial Gym.
With the score tied at 55, Mitchell beat the shot clock and then stole the ball and finished off the fast break with another layup with 34.3 seconds to seal the win. Mitchell finished with 14 points. Aleighsa Welch and Elem Ibiam each added 10.
Vanderbilt (16-4, 5-2) saw its four-game winning streak end as the Commodores missed out on their fourth upset of a ranked team this season.
Christina Foggie finished with 23 points for Vanderbilt.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Meighan Simmons scored 26 points as No. 11 Tennessee raced past No. 17 Texas A&M 76-55 on Sunday.
Simmons scored nearly as many points (15) as the Aggies in the first half, as the Lady Vols roared to a 36-20 lead in the first 20 minutes and A&M never threatened after the break. Tennessee, playing without guard Ariel Massengale, snapped A&M's nine-game winning streak in its first visit to College Station. Massengale suffered a face injury in the first half of UT's Thursday victory against Florida.
Simmons was 12 of 19 from the field. Bashaara Graves, Isabelle Harrison, and Andraya Carter each chipped in 10 points for Tennessee (16-4, 5-2 SEC).
Courtney Walker led Texas A&M (16-5, 6-1) with 20 points. Courtney Williams scored 14 points, and Karla Gilbert added 14 points with 11 rebounds for the Aggies.
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Odyssey Sims converted a three-point play with 3.8 seconds remaining in overtime to give No. 12 Baylor a 69-66 victory against No. 8 Oklahoma State on Sunday.
Sims, who entered the game as the nation's leading scorer with 30.4 points per game, had a season-low 17 on 7-for-27 shooting, but she had eight rebounds and eight assists.
Mackenzie Robertson scored 18 points and Nina Davis added 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Lady Bears (15-4, 6-1 Big 12), who moved past the Cowgirls to the top of the conference standings. It was Baylor's second consecutive win since back-to-back losses to Connecticut and Kansas.
Tiffany Bias scored 14 of her 17 points after halftime to help Oklahoma State rally from 16 points down in the second half. Roshunda Johnson scored 15 points, Kendra Suttles scored 12 and Brittney Martin added nine points and 11 rebounds for the Cowgirls (17-2, 6-2).
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Maggie Lucas scored 25 points and Dara Taylor added 15 points and 10 assists to help No. 13 Penn State roll to an 83-53 win against Minnesota on Sunday.
Lucas scored 15 points in the first half as Penn State jumped to a 44-22 halftime lead. She finished with four 3-pointers and was 7 of 8 from the line. She made her first four free-throw attempts to extend her streak to 35 in a row.
Ariel Edwards added 16 points for Penn State (15-4, 6-1 Big Ten), which has won four in a row since losing to Purdue on Jan. 12. The Lady Lions face the No. 22 Boilermakers Thursday night.
Rachel Banham scored 25 points to lead Minnesota (13-8, 2-5). Amanda Zahui B. added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Micaella Riche scored a layup with 3:46 remaining, and the Golden Gophers went on to miss their final four shots.
BOULDER, Colo. -- Promise Amukamara forced two turnovers in the finals seconds and Adrianne Thomas made the game-winning free throws as No. 14 Arizona State avoided the upset with a 68-66 win against Colorado on Sunday.
Amukamara had a steal, pushed the ball down the court, and found Thomas under the hoop with 4 seconds left. Thomas was fouled and made both free throws. On the ensuing possession, Amukamara forced a traveling call on Colorado's Brittany Wilson with 1 second remaining as the Buffaloes were unable to get off a final shot.
Deja Mann scored 17 points to lead Arizona State (17-3, 6-2 Pac-12), which earned its first conference road sweep since 2011. Sophie Brunner and Thomas each added 12 points. Kelsey Moos grabbed 11 rebounds.
Jen Reese had 22 points to lead Colorado (12-7, 2-6). Brittany Wilson added 12 points and seven assists and Ashley Wilson scored 12.
OXFORD, Miss. -- Theresa Plaisance scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 15 LSU held Mississippi without a point during the final 3 1/2 minutes of the game to secure a 66-56 win on Sunday.
Diara Moore's two free throws with 3:44 left to play cut the LSU lead to a single point, 57-56, but the Rebels missed their last six shots, three from 3-point range while LSU converted 5 of 6 from the free-throw line in the final minute.
Plaisance' layup with 2:02 left gave the Tigers some breathing room, 59-56, and Shanece McKinney followed with another layup with 1:13 left to make it 61-56.
Danielle Ballard added 12 points and McKinney contributed 10 for LSU (16-4, 5-2 SEC).
Moore led Ole Miss (10-11, 1-6) with 17 points. Tia Faleru and Valencia McFarland added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Reshanda Gray scored 32 points, on 12-of-18 shooting, and pulled down 15 rebounds as No. 19 California beat UCLA 69-53 on Sunday night.
Cal led 37-31 at halftime and extended its lead to 56-39 after a 13-2 run midway through the half.
Atonye Nyingifa ended an over-4 minute field goal drought for UCLA, but the Bruins still trailed by double digits with 8:49 left.
Brittany Boyd added 18 points, five rebounds and six assists for California (14-5, 6-2). The Golden Bears held a 43-28 advantage on the glass.
Short-handed UCLA (10-11, 4-5) got 26 points from Nirra Fields. Nyingifa finished with eight points after making just 3 of 13 shots. The Bruins have been hurt by injuries this season and played just three players off of their bench, generating zero points.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Nia Coffey scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Northwestern avenged an earlier loss to No. 21 Nebraska with a 63-59 win on Sunday.
Northwestern lost to the Huskers 66-65 in its opening game of Big Ten play and were coming off a loss to No. 22 Purdue 90-65 on Thursday.
The game saw eight ties and 14 lead changes.
Tied at 51 with 7:54 remaining, neither team scored until Coffey's free throw with 4:23 left. Nebraska's Emily Cady broke the field goal drought at the 3:53 mark for a three point lead.
Knotted at 57, Maggie Lyon made a basket and Christen Inman nailed a 3-pointer to give Northwestern a 62-57 lead with 31 seconds left.
Inman had 12 points for Northwestern (13-7, 3-4) and Ashley Deary added 10 points and five assists.
Tear'a Laudermill led Nebraska (13-5, 3-3) with 18 points, Cady had 12 and 10 rebounds.
ATLANTA -- Len'Nique Brown had 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists to lead No. 23 NC State to an 80-73 victory against Georgia Tech on Sunday.
Tyaunna Marshall scored to give Georgia Tech a 51-50 lead with 14:39 remaining, but Myisha Goodwin-Coleman answered with a jumper and the Wolf Pack led the rest of the way. Krystal Barrett's 3-pointer stretched NC State's lead to 72-62 with 4:29 left.
Goodwin-Coleman and Kody Burke each scored 16 points for NC State (18-3, 5-2 ACC). Markeisha Gatling scored 14 points and Barrett added 11 points and six assists for the Wolfpack which faces No. 6 Maryland Thursday night.
Marshall had 23 points, seven assists and three steals to lead Georgia Tech (13-7, 3-4). She is now just 64 points shy of becoming the Yellow Jackets all-time career scoring leader. Nariah Taylor added 12 points.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Natasha Howard scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half to propel No. 24 Florida State past Virginia Tech in a 70-54 win that snapped a four-game losing streak.
Florida State (15-5, 3-4 ACC) controlled the game from the opening tip, scoring 10 unanswered points in the first 3 1/2 minutes and closing out the first half with another 10-0 spurt to take a 42-20 advantage into the break. Virginia Tech narrowed the gap in the second half but the Seminoles never let their lead shrink below double digits.
Emiah Bingley contributed 13 points, while Ivey Slaughter added 12 and also grabbed 12 rebounds for Florida State, which hit 26 of 64 from the field and had 16 steals.
Virginia Tech (10-9, 0-6) was led by Uju Ugoka, who scored 22 points and hauled in 10 rebounds.