Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Women's Top 25 Capsules
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Kayla Alexander and Elashier Hall converted three-point plays to key a decisive second-half spurt, and No. 21 Syracuse beat Rutgers 58-45 on Tuesday night, denying Scarlet Knights coach C. Vivian Stringer her 900th victory.
Stringer, a Hall of Famer in her 42nd season as a head coach, is seeking to become just the fourth women's coach to reach 900 wins along with Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and Sylvia Hatchell, who reached the mark on Feb. 7.
The Scarlet Knights have lost three straight since Stringer earned her 899th career victory against Cincinnati. Stringer's next chance will come Saturday afternoon at St. John's.
Syracuse (22-3, 10-2 Big East), which has its best record in program history through 25 games, broke a three-game losing streak against Rutgers (14-11, 5-7) and upped its home record to 12-0.
No. 18 DELAWARE 69, GEORGE MASON 55
FAIRFAX, Va. -- Elena Delle Donne scored 18 of her 31 points in the first half and also grabbed nine rebounds in leading Delaware past George Mason for its 18th straight win.
Delle Donne scored 10 points during a decisive 21-8 Delaware (23-3, 14-0) run to close the half, giving the Blue Hens a 41-24 lead.
Delle Donne jumped up two spots on the NCAA all-time career points list, finishing the night in 20th place with 2,758.
Delaware has now won 34 straight Colonial Athletic Association games and has beaten George Mason four straight times.
Amber Easter led George Mason (8-16, 3-10) with 14 points.
The Patriots never pulled closer than 10 points in the second half despite Delaware going 6:46 without a made field goal at one point. Delaware outshot George Mason 44.4 percent (24 for 54) to 33.9 percent (21 for 62).