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NCAA Women’s Basketball Top 25 Capsules: Christyn Williams leads No. 2 UConn to 89-71 win at No. 1 Notre Dame

Connecticut's Crystal Dangerfield (5) drives by Notre Dame's Brianna Turner (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. (Robert Franklin / Associated Press)
Connecticut's Crystal Dangerfield (5) drives by Notre Dame's Brianna Turner (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. (Robert Franklin / Associated Press)

Freshman Christyn Williams scored a career-high 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting and No. 2 Connecticut never lost the lead after the 6:36 mark of the first quarter in dominating No. 1 Notre Dame 89-71 on Sunday, at South Bend, Indiana.

All-American Katie Lou Samuelson, who was held scoreless by the Irish in the first half, had 15 points, including a three-point play that gave Geno Auriemma’s Huskies a 74-64 lead with 6:08 to play. The Huskies’ biggest lead was 19 points late.

Napheesa Collier added 16 points with 15 rebounds. Crystal Dangerfield scored 13 points and Megan Walker had 12 as the Huskies (7-0) ended a 28-game winning streak at home by Muffet McGraw’s Irish, who beat UConn 91-89 in overtime in last season’s NCAA semifinals on way to their second national championship. In its last 100 games at home, Notre Dame is 97-3 – with all the losses coming against the Huskies.

Jackie Young, who scored 32 against the Huskies last March, led the Irish with 18 points.

(3) Oregon 110, Long Beach State 48: Erin Boley scored 24 points, Sabrina Ionescu set a school record with 17 assists and Oregon rolled past Long Beach State, at Eugene, Oregon.

Ruthy Hebard added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Ducks (7-0), and Maite Cazorla and Satou Sabally each had 18 points. After missing nine of its first 11 3-point attempts, Oregon finished 13 of 29 from beyond the arc as Boley and Cazorla each made four.

Ionescu exited with about four minutes to play with 12 points and six rebounds, four shy of her 13th triple-double. She shares the overall NCAA record of 12 with BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth.

Shanaijah Davison led the 49ers (1-7) with 25 points.

(4) Baylor 94, (18) South Carolina 69: Kalani Brown had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead Baylor, at Columbia, South Carolina.

The Gamecocks (4-4) couldn’t account for the size of the Lady Bears (7-0) and it quickly became a mismatch.

Baylor made seven of its first 10 shots to jump out to a 16-3 lead. The Lady Bears scored 32 points in the first quarter – tied for the most ever against the Gamecocks. Baylor ended the first half leading 57-35, scoring the most points South Carolina has ever given up in a first half.

Chloe Jackson had 19 points and seven assists and Juicy Landrum was 3 for 4 on 3s to finish with 15 points for the Lady Bears.

Te’a Cooper led South Carolina with 16 points. Sophomore LeLe Grissett scored 11 and had 10 rebounds for her first career double-double.

(5) Louisville 107, Tennessee State 52: Asia Durr scored 19 points, Dana Evans added 17 and Louisville used several runs over the final three quarters to blow out Tennessee State, at Louisville, Kentucky.

The winless Tigers (0-9) trailed only 29-25 early in the second quarter. Louisville (8-0) quickly turned up the defense as Sam Fuehring forced the first of six turnovers leading to 12 points during a 14-2 run over 3:16 that provided a 43-27 lead with 3:34 remaining before the half. Louisville led 49-31 at the break.

Louisville then scored the first 16 points during a 37-point third quarter to roll to season highs in points and victory margin.

Junior forward Kylee Shook broke a single-game school record with eight blocks, along with grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds.

(6) Mississippi State 67, (10) Texas 49: Jazzmun Holmes scored 17 points, and Mississippi State beat Texas in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, at Austin, Texas.

The Bulldogs entered the marquee matchup of powerhouse programs coming off a series of early season routs. The result against Texas turned out to be more of the same: The Bulldogs were in complete control, even if the score wasn’t quite so out of hand.

Mississippi State (8-0) led by 17 at halftime, stretched it to 24 in the third quarter and was never really threatened.

Bulldogs senior Teaira McCowen grabbed 12 rebounds to set the school record with 1,109 for her career. The center broke LaToya Thomas’ mark of 1,108.

Sug Sutton scored 16 points for Texas (7-1).

(7) Maryland 92, UMBC 61: Stephanie Jones scored 17 points and freshman Shakira Austin added 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead Maryland, at College Park, Maryland.

Sara Vujacic finished with 13 points for Maryland, which led 58-30 at the break. Kaila Charles and Taylor Mikesell had 11 points apiece.

The Terrapins shot 55 percent (34 for 62) from the field, including 7 of 14 from beyond the arc. Every player on the Terrapins roster scored at least a point.

Maryland (8-0) entered the game leading the nation in rebounds (51) and rebounding margin (19.3). That trend continued as the Terrapins outrebounded the Retrievers 44-28.

Junior guard Dominika Skrocka was 6 of 7 from 3-point range and finished with 18 points for UMBC (6-3), which has lost three straight games.

Gonzaga 79, (8) Stanford 73: Chandler Smith scored 20 points, including two late free throws, as Gonzaga beat Stanford, at Spokane.

Katie Campbell and Jill Townsend scored 15 points each for Gonzaga (8-1), which won for the second time in 10 games against Stanford. The Bulldogs’ only loss this season is to No. 1 Notre Dame.

Kiana Williams scored 18 for Stanford (6-1), which was enjoying its best start in six seasons. All six Stanford wins this season were by at least 22 points.

Stanford was hurt by woefully shooting in the first three quarters, as the Zags outshot them 54 percent to 43 percent in the game. Gonzaga also outrebounded the Cardinal 38-24.

(11) Tennessee 76, Oklahoma State 63: Evina Westbrook scored a career-high 29 points on 12-for-15 shooting and Tennessee handed Oklahoma State its first loss in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, at Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Westerbrook, who made all eight of her shots for 16 points, and Braxtin Miller, who had 22 for the Cowgirls, put on a show in the first half. There were 10 ties and three lead changes with Oklahoma State (6-1) holding a 43-40 lead.

Tennessee (6-0) controlled the third quarter, scoring the first eight points and then following that with an 11-1 run. It was 61-49 entering the fourth quarter.

Rennia Davis and Zaay Green had 15 points apiece for the Lady Vols and Cheridene Green had 13 rebounds.

Miller finished with 29 points, five rebounds and five steals.

(12) Syracuse 98, Towson 55: Miranda Drummond and Tiana Mangakahia had double-doubles and Syracuse rolled past Towson, at Syracuse, New York.

Digna Strautmane led the Orange (7-2) with 19 points. Drummond had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Mangakahia 13 points and 12 assists. Gabrielle Cooper and reserve Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi each added 15 points.

Kionna Jeter had 19 points for the Tigers (3-4), who last played Syracuse in 1977.

Syracuse held Towson to 28 percent shooting and forced 30 turnovers that were turned into 31 points. Janeen Camp added 10.

(13) North Carolina State 85, Old Dominion 56: Grace Hunter had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Aislinn Konig hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 points and North Carolina State rolled past Old Dominion, at Raleigh, North Carolina.

Reserve Armaini Hawkins matched Konig, who went 4 of 5 on 3s to run her consecutive game streak with at least one to 41. The Wolfpack (8-0) are off to their best start since opening 14-0 in 1999-00.

Old Dominion (5-2) was led by Maggie Robinson with 17 points. The Monarchs shot 29 percent, going 4 of 17 from 3-point range, and were 6 of 17 from the line.

(14) Iowa 92, Robert Morris 63: Megan Gustafson scored 32 points with 12 rebounds and Iowa rolled past Robert Morris, at Iowa City, Iowa.

Gustafson, who came in shooting 75 percent, made 13 of 15 shots against the Colonials (1-6) and hit all six of her free throws while posting her 61st double-double. Hannah Stewart scored 16 points with nine boards as the senior pair, who combine for over 36 points per game, dominated down low with the Hawkeyes (5-2) owning points in the paint 56-20. Makenzie Meyer added 12 points as Iowa shot 64 percent.

Nneka Ezeigbo led Robert Morris with 13 points.

(15) California 67, Cal State Northridge 42: Kristine Anigwe scored 26 points – including California’s first 12 – to lead the Lady Bears, at Berkeley, California.

Anigwe became the third player in Cal basketball history – male or female – to reach 2,000 career points and the 20th in Pac-12 women’s basketball history. She joins Collen Galloway (1978-81, 2,320 points) and Ashley Walker (2006-09, 2,142) on the list. Anigwe also grabbed 10 rebounds for her seventh double-double in as many games, and 48th overall.

Cal (7-0) held Channon Fluker to seven points and five rebounds. She entered the game averaging 25.1 points and 13.3 rebounds per game.

De’Jionae Calloway paced Cal State Northridge with 13 points and Jordyn Jackson added 10.

(19) Arizona State 70, Tulsa 52: Kianna Ibis scored 14 points and Courtney Ekmark and Robbi Ryan each scored 12 and Arizona State won the Sun Devils’ annual ASU Classic, at Tempe, Arizona.

The Sun Devils (5-2) led 36-29 at halftime and took further control in the third quarter limiting Tulsa (5-4) to 4-of-14 shooting. Ibis hit a pair of jump shots and Ryan and Ekmark each added baskets in an 8-0 run to start the third and ASU cruised from there.

The Sun Devils have won four of their last five and are averaging 75.2 points per game during that span.

Crystal Polk led Tulsa with 14 points.

(20) Minnesota 67, Air Force 50: Kenisha Bell scored 27 points and Destiny Pitts added 16 to lead Minnesota, at Minneapolis.

Pitts had seven points in a late 16-0 run that kept the Golden Gophers (7-0) under first-year coach and former star player Lindsay Whalen.

Minnesota was up 52-43 with 5:21 to play before holding Air Force for almost four minutes. The Falcons missed six straight shots during the scoring drought.

Taiye Bello had 18 rebounds and Bell nine to help Minnesota to a 54-38 advantage on the boards.

Kaelin Immel scored 16 points to lead the Falcons (4-4).

(21) Miami 73, Colorado 58: Laura Cornelius hit four 3-pointers and scored a career-high 26 points, Beatrice Mompremier added 15 as Miami handed Colorado its first loss, at Coral Gables, Florida.

Cornelius hit a jumper in the final minute of the first half to give the Hurricanes (7-2) at 31-29 lead. The Buffaloes (6-1) took a one-point lead early in the third quarter before Cornelius hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 10-0 run that proved to be the separation Miami needed.

With the opening basket of the third quarter, Colorado pulled within 51-44 but got no closer.

Peanut Tuitele led Colorado with 15 points and Alexis Robinson added 13 to surpass 1,000 for her career.

(22) Marquette 85, Michigan 74: Erika Davenport scored 21 points and Allazia Blockton had 18 points, five rebounds and five assists to help Marquette beat Michigan, at Milwaukee.

Davenport shot 9 for 11 and grabbed eight rebounds and Blockton hit 3 of 5 from 3-point range. Amani Wilborn and Danielle King scored 12 points apiece and Natasha Hiedeman had 11 points, seven assists, three steals and two blocks for Marquette (6-1).

Hiedeman hit back-to-back 3s – the first of which gave the Golden Eagles the lead for good at 13-12 – during a 16-2 run that made it 24-14 with three minutes left in the first quarter.

Hillmon, Priscilla Smeenge and Nicole Munger had 12 points apiece for Michigan and Hallie Thome scored 11.

(23) Iowa State 91, Arkansas 82: Bridget Carleton scored 24 points to move into Iowa State’s top 10, Kristin Scott added a career-high 21 and the Cyclones turned back Arkansas in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, at Ames, Iowa.

Iowa State (6-1) led by 14 points late in the third quarter but a 7-0 run by the Razorbacks (5-2) cut the lead to 85-82 with 3:02 to play.

Chelsea Dungee, who had a career-high 27 points, made a layup at the 3:10 mark then had a steal and was fouled. Dungee, who was 13 of 15 from the line, only made one free throw and Arkansas didn’t score again.

Carleton, who also had 11 rebounds, moved past Stacy Frese (1,494) on the Cyclone scoring list.

Malica Monk added 22 points for Arkansas.


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