No. 2 CONNECTICUT 61, No. 1 STANFORD 35
STANFORD, Calif. — Geno Auriemma insists long winning streaks do little to get him amped up, even after he traveled his Connecticut team across the country to face top-ranked Stanford and its daunting 82-game unbeaten run at Maples Pavilion. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and second-ranked UConn played spoiler and streak-buster this time, snapping Stanford’s nation-leading home winning streak with a surprisingly easy 61-35 victory Saturday. It was the Huskies who saw the end of their NCAA record 90-game winning streak at Maples Pavilion with a 71-59 loss two years ago, almost to the day on Dec. 30. Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points as UConn (11-0) thoroughly outplayed Stanford (11-1) on both ends of the floor in this highly touted game featuring the country’s top programs and Final Four regulars from opposite coasts. The game was the 51st meeting between the top two teams in the poll. The No. 1 seed had won the previous nine matchups and holds a 31-20 lead. Chiney Ogwumike had 18 points and 13 rebounds but struggled in the post as Stanford lost at home for the first time since March 2007. Stefanie Dolson had 10 points and 14 rebounds and flustered Ogwumike all afternoon, and Bria Hartley and Kelly Faris also scored 10 apiece for UConn. Breanna Stewart scored seven straight points during a decisive 17-2 run in the first half as UConn built a 22-7 lead against the cold-shooting Cardinal and kept the pressure on the rest of the way.
No. 3 BAYLOR 106, SE LOUISIANA 41
WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner and the Baylor Lady Bears did what they consistently do: win at home. Jordan Madden scored all 13 of her points in the first half and the third-ranked Baylor took control early in a 106-41 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday night for its 46th consecutive home victory. The defending national champion Lady Bears (10-1) now have the longest active home winning streak in women’s college basketball. Their latest victory at the Ferrell Center came after No. 2 Connecticut won 61-35 earlier Saturday at top-ranked Stanford to end the 82-game home streak by the Cardinal. Baylor’s last home loss was 70-54 to Texas in the 2009-10 regular season finale, a game that then-freshman Griner missed while serving a suspension for throwing a punch in the previous game. The Lady Bears are 102-1 in non-conference home games in Mulkey’s 13 seasons. The loss was 69-55 to 12th-ranked Purdue in the preseason WNIT championship game on Nov. 19, 2006. Baylor played for the first time since a 76-53 victory over Tennessee on Dec. 18 at home. Next for the Lady Bears is the Big 12 opener Wednesday night at league newcomer TCU. Their only remaining non-conference game in the regular season is Feb. 18 at Connecticut, Baylor has won eight in a row since losing to Stanford in Hawaii a week into the season.
No. 4 DUKE 73, MONMOUTH 32
DURHAM, N.C. — Tricia Liston scored 15 points for No. 4 Duke, and Monmouth tied a Division I record with three points in the first half of a 73-32 rout Sunday. The overmatched Hawks managed just one field goal in the opening 20 minutes against the Blue Devils (11-0). Monmouth (3-8) matched the NCAA’s halftime scoring mark set in 2003 by Savannah State against Florida State and equaled by Tennessee State two years ago against Georgia Tech. Chelsea Gray scored 13 points and Haley Peters added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who could afford an off day from star sophomore Elizabeth Williams. She had 11 rebounds but matched a career low with seven points — nine below her average — on 1-of-7 shooting.
No. 7 KENTUCKY 78, MARIST 56
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Jennifer O’Neill scored a career-high 21 points, and Kentucky pulled away to beat Marist for its 11th straight victory. DeNesha Stallworth also had 21 points for the Wildcats (12-1), who came out sluggish after Friday’s 90-23 rout of Alcorn State in which they set a school record for fewest points allowed. Kentucky trailed just twice early on but didn’t gain its usual comfortable lead until late in the game. O’Neill’s play on both ends helped wear down Marist. The sophomore guard shot 7 of 11, including 4 of 7 on 3-point attempts, to easily surpass her previous best of 13 points. O’Neill also set career highs with four steals and four 3-pointers. Kentucky scored 35 points off 27 Marist turnovers. Elizabeth Beynnon had 15 points for the Red Foxes (5-6), who fell to 1-17 against ranked opponents.
No. 13 TENNESSEE 66, RUTGERS 47
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee used a strong defensive performance and balanced scoring to defeat Rutgers. The victory was the 1,200th in Tennessee’s program history, an NCAA best. It was also the ninth consecutive win over Rutgers for the Lady Volunteers (9-3). Tennessee led by as many as 28 points in the second half after leading 33-13 at halftime. The Scarlet Knights (8-4) shot 34.6 percent (18 of 52) from the field and just 22.2 percent (6 of 27) in the first half. Rutgers’ 13 first-half points were the fewest Tennessee has allowed in a first half this season. Rutgers missed its first seven shots as the Lady Vols jumped out to an early 8-0 lead. Tennessee’s Isabelle Harrison recorded a double-double with a game-high 18 points and 11 rebounds. Meighan Simmons scored 15 points and Bashaara Graves 11. Kahleah Copper led the Scarlet Knights with 13 points.
No. 14 OKLAHOMA STATE 80, SAN DIEGO STATE 72
SAN DIEGO — Toni Young scored 30 points and Liz Donohoe scored 25 to lead Oklahoma State to a win over San Diego State and take the Surf ‘N Slam Classic title. Young also had 15 rebounds. Tiffany Bias had 12 points and 13 assists as the Cowgirls (11-0) ran their nation-best winning streak to 17 dating to last season’s WNIT championship. The Aztecs (8-4) last led at 21-18. Donohoe’s 3-pointer put Oklahoma State ahead 24-21 and though San Diego State tied it three times after that, the Cowgirls never trailed again. Donohoe made four free throws in the final minute to keep San Diego State at bay. The Aztecs did not get closer than four points in the half. Chelsea Hopkins had 13 points and 10 assists for the Aztecs. Courtney Clements also had 13 points and Deajanae Scurry scored 12 for San Diego State.
BOWLING GREEN 65, No. 15 DAYTON 40
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Alexis Rogers scored 20 points as Bowling Green handed Dayton its first defeat of the season. Rogers, a junior forward, has 83 points in her last four games for the Falcons (9-3), who have won six in a row and avenged a 69-38 loss at Dayton last season. Chrissy Steffen added 16 points and Jillian Halfhill 15 for Bowling Green, and they combined for 12 points during a 19-2 second-half run that gave the Falcons a 55-35 lead with 5:04 left. Steffen, a senior guard, now has 1,007 career points. The Flyers (12-1) made 1 of 10 shots and turned the ball over six times during that run. Rogers grabbed 10 rebounds for Bowling Green, which became the first team this season to outrebound Dayton, 43-39. Samantha MacKay and Kelley Austria scored eight points each for the Flyers, who shot just 25.5 percent (13 of 51).
No. 16 NORTH CAROLINA 65, CLEMSON 58
CLEMSON, S.C. — Xylina McDaniel scored 19 points and had six steals as North Carolina used a key 19-2 second-half run to come back and beat Clemson in each team’s Atlantic Coast Conference opener. The Tar Heels (13-1) trailed 43-35 after Chancie Dunn’s layup for Clemson. McDaniel responded with a layup with 12:20 left, sparking the 19-2 run that put UNC up 54-45 with 6:23 to play. McDaniel scored eight points during the run, which came amid 15 consecutive missed shots by the Tigers. Clemson (4-8) made just 4 of 21 field goals over the game’s final 14 minutes. North Carolina forced 35 Clemson turnovers and converted for 36 points. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 15 points, six steals, six rebounds and five assists for the Tar Heels. Nikki Dixon led Clemson with 22 points while Quinyotta Pettaway had 10 points and a career-best 18 rebounds.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN 73, No. 20 TEXAS 65
SAN DIEGO — Niki DiGuilio scored 21 points to help Central Michigan upset Texas in the consolation game of the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic. DiGuilio was 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Jessica Schroll added 14 points for Central Michigan (6-6). Central Michigan led 30-23 at halftime. The Longhorns (7-4) cut the lead to four in the second half, but Central Michigan kept the lead. Texas shot 44 percent from the field for the game, besting Central Michigan, which shot 35.5 percent. Texas also won the rebound battle 46-32. But Texas made 24 turnovers, almost doubling the amount made by Central Michigan, who made 22 points off those Texas turnovers. Imani McGee-Stafford led the Longhorns with 18 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks. Chassidy Fussell had 17 points.
No. 21 FLORIDA STATE 76, BOSTON COLLEGE 70
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Alexa Deluzio continued to be a thorn in Boston College’s side Sunday, guiding Florida State to its fourth straight victory in each team’s Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
Deluzio, who scored a career-high 28 points at BC (6-5) in a 68-59 win last year, tallied 25 points and 12 rebounds Sunday. Natasha Howard also had a double-double for the Seminoles (11-1) with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Florida State entered leading the ACC in field goal percentage at 49.5 percent, and made 50 percent (31 of 62) Sunday, though they made 1 of 6 from 3-point range. The Eagles trailed 37-30 at halftime but held close in the second. BC’s Katie Zenevitch made a layup to cut Florida State’s lead to 72-70 with 1:52 left, but Morgan Toles hit a jumper and Deluzio and two free throws for the Seminoles while the Eagles missed their last three shots.