Sunday, November 11, 2012
Top 25 Women's Capsules
STORRS, Conn. -- Freshman Breanna Stewart scored 21 points in her college debut Sunday as No. 2 Connecticut routed the College of Charleston 103-39 to win its 17th consecutive season opener.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 19 points, hitting 5 of 10 shots from 3-point range. Stefanie Dolson added 11 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for UConn, which had six players in double figures. Every member of the team scored.
Alyssa Frye scored 14 to lead the College of Charleston (1-1), which scored the first basket of the game, and just 14 others. The Cougars opened their season on Friday with a 56-38 win over Coastal Carolina.
UConn hasn't lost a season-opening game since 1995 and hasn't lost an opener at home since 1990. The Huskies are now 27-1 in home openers under Geno Auriemma.
No. 4 STANFORD 97, SANTA CLARA 57
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Chiney Ogwumike scored 22 points, Joslyn Tinkle added 19 and Stanford beat rival county Santa Clara.
Amber Orrange matched her career high with 18 points for the Cardinal (2-0), who had a much easier time of it in their second game of the year.
Game number three will provide Stanford with its biggest test of the young season.
Stanford meets defending national champion Baylor in a highly-anticipated matchup at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu on Friday. The Bears beat the Cardinal in last year's national semifinal.
Lindsay Leo scored 16 points to lead the Broncos (1-1), while Meagan Fulps finished with 14 points and Ruta Zurauskyte had 11.
No. 5 MARYLAND 88, LOYOLA, MD 45
BALTIMORE -- Tianna Hawkins scored 26 of her 33 points in the first half and Maryland cruised past crosstown rival Loyola.
Hawkins also had 13 rebounds and finished with a double-double for the second consecutive game. Alicia DeVaughn scored 16 points and Tierney Pfirman added 13 for the Terrapins (2-0), who have four starters back from last year's team that won the ACC title and advanced to the Elite Eight for the fourth time under coach Brenda Frese.
Katie Sheahin, last season's Player of the Year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, led Loyola (0-1) with 19 points and made all eight of her free throws attempts.
The Terrapins dominated the paint and outrebounded the Greyhounds, 55-18. Maryland also made nearly 52 percent (30-for-58) of its shots.
No. 8 PENN STATE 72, HOWARD 61
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Maggie Lucas scored 25 points and Penn State's pressure defense sparked a late first-half run to take control in a win over Howard in the season opener.
The Lady Lions finished the first half on a 14-0 run after forcing turnovers on six straight Howard possessions. Lucas and backcourt mate Alex Bentley poked balls away for steals for easy transition buckets to help Penn State turn a six-point deficit with 4:42 left into a 39-31 lead at the half.
Bentley finished with 14 points and seven steals -- six in the first half.
Saadia Doyle had 36 points to lead the Lady Bison, who took advantage of early Penn State miscues with good ball movement in halfcourt sets.
But Howard withered under Penn State's stifling backcourt pressure. Bentley and Lucas are big reasons why Penn State is the favorite to repeat as Big Ten champions.
No. 9 LOUISVILLE 95, PORTLAND 48
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Shoni Schimmel had 16 points to lead Louisville past Portland.
Bria Smith scored 15, Sheronne Vails had 13 and freshman Megan Deines added 12. Shawnta' Dyer scored 10 for Louisville (2-0).
Kari Luttinen and Ellen Nurmi each had 10 points for the Pilots (0-2).
Louisville opened the game on a 17-2 run and never trailed. The Cardinals forced 19 first-half turnovers, including 12 steals, out of their full court zone press and held the Pilots to just nine field goals. Portland turned the ball over 32 times in all.
Deines' putback at the buzzer gave Louisville a 48-25 halftime advantage.
Louisville had an 11-4 run after halftime, capped by Deines' three from the left corner to give the Cardinals a 59-30 edge.
No. 10 GEORGIA 57, RUTGERS 51
ATHENS, Ga. -- Khaalidah Miller's 12 points led a balanced scoring effort and Georgia opened the season with a win over Rutgers.
Three of Miller's teammates scored 10 points apiece: Anne Marie Armstrong, Jasmine James and Jasmine Hassell.
Erica Wheeler scored 12 points, and Chelsey Lee 11 for Rutgers (0-1).
The Scarlet Knights dominated the boards, claiming 42 rebounds to Georgia's 29, but Rutgers also turned the ball over 26 times, leading to 18 Georgia points.
An 18-2 run by the Lady Dogs midway in the first half proved to be the difference in the game.
Rutgers led 12-8 after Lee's short basket with 12:57 to go in the first half before Georgia mounted its 18-2 surge, capped by Tiaria Griffin's steal and layup with 4:17 to go before the half, building a 26-14 lead.
GEORGETOWN 62, No. 11 DELAWARE 56
DOVER, Del. -- Sugar Rodgers scored 35 points and recorded five steals as Georgetown stunned Delaware in the second round of the preseason WNIT.
Rodgers, who shot 11 of 21 from the field, knocked down a team-high four 3-pointers and made 9 of 10 free-throw attempts.
Georgetown (2-0) trailed 30-28 at halftime but Rodgers opened the second half with two free throws and back-to-back layups to put the Hoyas ahead 34-30.
Delaware (1-1) rallied, cutting the deficit to 54-53 with 2:17 left to play behind a Lauren Carra 3-pointer, but Rodgers converted two free throws and recorded a steal and fast-break layup on the next possession to end the Blue Hens' comeback hopes.
Rodgers scored eight of Georgetown's last 10 points.
Delaware was without last year's leading scorer Elena Delle Donne. Delle Donne, who also missed Delaware's season opener, is dealing with symptoms of Lyme Disease. She is listed as day-to-day.
No. 14 ST. JOHN'S 72, CENTRAL FLORIDA 54
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Shenneika Smith scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as St. John's bounced back from an opening-game loss to defeat Central Florida.
Smith and Nadirah McKenith each had three baskets during a 17-0 run that gave the Red Storm (1-1) a 30-15 lead 1:05 before halftime.
Smith, a senior guard, missed St. John's loss to Texas on Friday night because of a one-game NCAA suspension for participating in a nonsanctioned game last summer.
St. John's led by 26 points with 8:43 remaining. Briahanna Jackson scored 10 of her 20 points during a 12-0 run for the Knights (0-2), but they got no closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Joe Tartamella of St. John's earned his first head coaching victory in the teams' first meeting, but they'll be seeing a lot more of each other once UCF moves to the Big East next season.
No. 18 NEBRASKA 64, TEMPLE 39
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Jordan Hooper scored 12 points, leading a balanced Nebraska offense, and the Cornhuskers had no trouble with Temple.
Hooper also grabbed 14 rebounds for Nebraska (2-0), which led 36-17 at the half. Lindsey Moore and Brandi Jeffery added 10 points for the Huskers.
Erica Covile led the Owls (1-1) with 10 points. Sally Kabengano had nine rebounds for Temple. The Owls shot 33 percent from the field and missed on all eight of their 3-point attempts.
Nebraska, coming off a season-opening win Friday over North Carolina A&T, shot only 32 percent from the field but did make seven 3-pointers and attempted 22 more shots than Temple.
No. 20 TENNESSEE 71, NO. 22 GEORGIA TECH 54
ATLANTA -- Bashaara Graves scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Sunday, and fellow Tennessee forward Cierra Burdick added 16 points as the Lady Volunteers beat Georgia Tech to spoil the Yellow Jackets' debut in McCamish Pavilion.
The Yellow Jackets (0-1) trailed 45-30 at halftime before starting the second half with a 13-0 run. The Lady Vols (1-1) bettered that with an 18-0 knockout streak to even their record in their second game since legendary coach Pat Summitt stepped down.
Junior Tyaunna Marshall scored 18 and Dawnn Maye added 12 for Georgia Tech in its new on-campus arena.
Tennessee lost 80-71 Friday night at Chattanooga, committing 26 turnovers and giving up 52 second-half points.
Summitt, who announced last year that she has early-onset dementia before stepping down in April, sat five rows behind the Tennessee bench at that game, but was not at Georgia Tech.