MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Napheesa Collier had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and top-ranked Connecticut routed Memphis 93-36 Wednesday to remain undefeated.
The Huskies (19-0, 8-0 American Athletic Conference) trailed only briefly in the opening minutes before beating the Tigers for the ninth time overall and second time this season.
UConn routed Memphis 97-49 when the Tigers visited Dec. 31. The venue changed, but not the final result with the Huskies winning in a more smothering fashion despite coach Geno Auriemma pulling all but one starter in the third quarter. UConn held Memphis to fewer points in each of the first three quarters.
Connecticut’s Kyla Irwin (25) shoots a basket in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Memphis, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
Azura Stevens added 18 points for UConn. Katie Lou Samuelson, who missed the Huskies’ win at Temple last weekend because of an injured ankle, scored 17 points in 25 minutes. Crystal Dangerfield, a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, added 12.
Brea Elmore led Memphis (7-13, 2-5) with 13 points, well below the 21 she had been averaging in league play.
IOWA STATE 78, No. 19 OKLAHOMA STATE 69
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) – Bridget Carleton scored 13 of her career-high 39 points – the most by a Big 12 player this season – in the fourth quarter as Iowa State rolled past No. 19 Oklahoma State.
The Cyclones (9-11, 3-6 Big 12) made 13 of 18 free throws in the fourth quarter, 12 of the makes coming in the last 1 1/2 minutes.
Carleton’s 3-point play with 5:10 remaining gave Iowa State its first lead, 60-58. Adriana Camber hit a 3 with 4:11 left to put the Cyclones ahead for good at 63-60 and Carleton’s 3 at 2:56 – their last field goal – made it a two-possession game and started a 7-0 run.
The Cowgirls (14-5, 5-3), who were 11-0 at home, shot 4 for 22in the fourth quarter, including 2 of 12 from 3-point range. Loryn Goodwin scored 30 points, making 14 of 16 free throws, and Kaylee Jensen had 12 points and 14 rebounds.
No. 20 WEST VIRGINIA 82, TEXAS TECH 52
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Katrina Pardee hit six 3-pointers and scored 23 points, Teana Muldrow moved into the top 10 in career scoring and No. 20 West Virginia rolled past Texas Tech.
Pardee opened the scoring with a 3-pointer and had four of the six 3s in the first quarter for the Mountaineers (17-4, 5-4 Big 12), who took a 24-10 lead. Knocking down a season-high 13 3s on 24 attempts, West Virginia lead by 18 at the half.
Muldrow had 18 points, giving her 1,555 to move into the Mountaineers’ top 10. She also had seven rebounds and four steals. Chania Ray had four 3s and 18 points and Naomi Davenport scored 14.
Erin Degrate had 20 points for Texas Tech (7-13, 1-8), which shot 55 percent but also committed 30 turnovers that led to 38 West Virginia points. The Mountaineers had 11 turnovers and 20 assists on 30 baskets.
No. 24 TCU 68, KANSAS STATE 63
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) – Amy Okonkwo scored 22 points, including the clinching layup with 8 seconds left, and No. 24 TCU celebrated its first appearance in the Top 25 in seven years with a win over Kansas State.
Kianna Ray had a chance to put the Horned Frogs (14-5, 5-3 Big 12) up by two possessions with 11 seconds left but only made the first of two free throws. She atoned for the miss with a steal and then Okonkwo secured their fifth straight win by getting inside on the inbounds play.
Okonkwo had eight points in the third quarter as TCU broke away from a 34-34 halftime tie to lead 58-47 entering the fourth quarter. The Horned Frogs led by 13 with just under nine minutes to play but Ray’s 3-pointer with four minutes to go was their only basket in a 14-3 K-State run.
Kayla Goth had 17 points and 11 assists for the Wildcats (11-9, 3-6).
Connecticut’s Azura Stevens (23) looks for an opening against Memphis Jada Stinson (0) and Taylor Barnes (15) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma watches during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Memphis, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
Connecticut guard Crystal Dangerfield (5) grabs a loose ball from Memphis Taylor Barnes (15) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
Connecticut Forward Kyla Irwin (25) shoots a basket over Memphis Cheyenne Creighton (10) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. Connecticut won 93-36. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
Connecticut guard Katie Lou Samuelson (33) is greeted by teammates in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Memphis, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
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