• Moore, No. 10 Louisville beat Grand Canyon 65-51

    Updated: 24 min ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Mariya Moore scored 17 points and led the decisive second-half spurt that sent No. 10 Louisville over Grand Canyon 65-51 on Thursday night. Moore had a 3-pointer, assist and steal in quick succession as Louisville built a 56-35 lead with 7:57 left. She hit 3 of 6 3-pointers and all four free throws in Louisville's second straight win following a loss to Kentucky. Coming off a 54-point rout of Old Dominion on Monday, the Cardinals (10-1) struggled against Grand Canyon's aggressive zone early as the Antelopes (3-7) played a Top 10 team for the first time.

  • No. 19 Oklahoma State holds off Weber State women 55-49

    Updated: 27 min ago

    OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Roshunda Johnson scored 16 points, including the final go-ahead bucket late in the second half, to lift No. 19 Oklahoma State to a 55-49 win over Weber State on Thursday night. LaShawn Jones contributed 13 points and Brittney Martin had 11 for Oklahoma State (8-1), which took a 30-19 advantage into the break but had to quell a Weber State rally to secure its sixth straight win. Jones and Martin also had seven rebounds each. Weber State (5-6) opened the second half with an 11-2 run to narrow the gap and later tied the game at 47 on a Jalen Carpenter layup with 3:02 left. But the Cowgirls quickly retook the lead with a pair of buckets from Johnson and padded their advantage by going 4 for 4 from the free-th

  • Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant says MVP buzz not getting to Russell Westbrook

    Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    There aren’t many NBA players who seem to catch Kobe Bryant’s eyes for the right reasons. But Russell Westbrook – and his fear nobody attitude – is one of them. Bryant recently told ESPN that Westbrook is the closest player in the NBA to him in terms of intensity. “He just plays with a rage that’s not very common,” Bryant told reporters. Of late, Westbrook has been receiving heaps of praise and some strong MVP buzz. But last year’s MVP says Westbrook isn’t letting that get to his head. “As a teammate and brother, I’m happy he’s getting the praise,” Kevin Durant said. “Because just last year everyone had something negative to say about him. But that’s how the world is.

  • Kobe Bryant says Russell Westbrook is closest to him in intensity

    Erik Horne | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Compliments from Kobe Bryant are always welcome. The future Hall of Fame guard thinks Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is the closest player in the NBA to him in terms of intensity, according to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes: Kobe recently said Russell Westbrook is the closest to him in terms of intensity. KB: “He just plays with […]

  • Lauren Hill to become honorary coach

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Lauren Hill's basketball career is finished. The freshman at Mount St. Joseph decided Wednesday to give up her playing career after achieving her goal of scoring in a game even as she fights an inoperable brain tumor. Hill will continue raising money for cancer research as she spends time with her family. Coach Dan Benjamin sent an email saying she would be an honorary coach with the team. Her decision came one day after she scored during a 66-65 win over Wooster. "She stepped onto the court one last time in her college career and again fought the odds and made a basket that brought everyone in the gym to their feet," her family said in a Facebook post. "At the end of the game, she accepted a donatio

  • Enemkpali leads No. 3 Texas to win over McNeese

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    AUSTIN (AP) — Imani McGee-Stafford didn't give third-ranked Texas a lot of points or rebounds Wednesday night. She gave the Longhorns something more important: proof that she is on her way back. McGee-Stafford, the star 6-foot-7 center, returned to the lineup for the first time this season after recovering from a stress fracture in her left leg. She played nine minutes as a reserve, contributing four points and four rebounds during a 76-59 victory over McNeese State. But McGee-Stafford, a junior, could be a difference maker when the Longhorns (9-0) begin Big 12 competition on Jan. 3 against Kansas. "She looks good," coach Karen Aston said. "As the days go along, she'll get more comfortable." McGee-Stafford

  • Chattanooga women stun No. 7 Stanford 54-46


    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The star power of the opponent doesn't concern Chattanooga. As long as the Mocs are playing at home, they believe they are going to win. Chelsey Shumpert scored a career-high 18 points, including five 3-pointers, and Chattanooga stunned No. 7 Stanford 54-46 on Wednesday night for its second home victory over a top-10 opponent this season. "It gives us confidence for the rest of the season," Shumpert said. "I think we just played hard. That's what we do." The Mocs (7-3) pulled off their latest stunner three weeks after producing a 67-63 upset of Tennessee, which was ranked fourth during their Nov. 26 meeting. Chattanooga has won 43 of its last 44 home games.

  • No. 1 South Carolina rolls over Hampton, 69-49


    HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Tiffany Mitchell saw Hampton's defense closing in on No. 1 South Carolina's low post players, so she waited. Time and again, she set herself up at the 3-point line, took a pass and foiled the Lady Pirates' strategy. Mitchell made six of South Carolina's nine 3-pointers and scored 20 points as the Gamecocks took command with a 19-5 first-half run and beat Hampton 69-49 on Wednesday night. The Lady Pirates were also outrebounded 48-21. "When they double-team our post players, we have to be ready to knock down shots," Mitchell said after hitting 7 of 10. South Carolina (10-0) took command with that first-half run, pulling away from a 14-all tie, but led just 37-25 at halftime.

  • No. 7 Stanford loses 54-46 to Chattanooga


    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Stanford now has something in common with its next opponent. The seventh-ranked Cardinal shot just 27.7 percent Wednesday and fell 54-46 to Chattanooga, their first regular-season non-conference loss to an unranked opponent in 14 years. The stunning result came just three weeks after Chattanooga pulled off a 67-63 stunner over No. 11 Tennessee, which was ranked fourth at the time of their Nov. 26 meeting. Tennessee hosts Stanford (6-3) on Saturday. Stanford lost despite holding Chattanooga without a basket after Keiana Gilbert had given the Mocs a 44-34 lead with 11:26 remaining. The Mocs went 7 of 8 on free throws in the last 50 seconds.

  • Northern Michigan suspends coach for cheat remark


    MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Northern Michigan has given its women's basketball coach a four-game suspension for saying that Wayne State "cheated" when it signed transfer student Shareta Brown, athletic director Forrest Karr announced Wednesday. Northern coach Troy Mattson spoke after Brown made 27 points and 19 rebounds for the Warriors in their 69-57 win Monday over his Wildcats. In a videotaped news conference, Mattson said that opponents must hold Brown to 20 points to win. He called the 6-foot-1 center "the best player in the country" but said her performance and motivation are inconsistent. "When she competes hard, she's better than everybody else out there," he said. "Her problem is she doesn't play hard all the tim

  • Williams leads No. 13 Duke past Oklahoma 92-72


    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Elizabeth Williams scored 26 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds to help No. 13 Duke beat Oklahoma 92-72 on Wednesday night. It was the third 20-point, 20-rebound game in Duke women's basketball history, joining Chris Moreland and Barbara Krause. Williams had 14 rebounds at halftime, while Oklahoma grabbed 11 as a team. The Blue Devils came into the game ranked first nationally with a 20.6 rebounding margin and outrebounded Oklahoma 57-22. Azura Stevens had 17 points for Duke (6-3), Sierra Calhoun had 14 and Rebecca Greenwell added 11 points with 10 rebounds. Williams was 10 of 18 from the floor, hit 6 of 7 free throws, and had nine offensive rebounds and three blocked shots.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Motivated Thunder gear up for intriguing matchup with scorching Warriors

    Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Trash-talk is common in the NBA. But during a frustrating 3-12 start to the season, the Thunder faced an uncomfortable amount of it.

  • Thunder notebook: More minutes for Kevin Durant

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    After being limited to 30 or less minutes his first seven games back, Durant played 35 against the Kings. It’s expected to stay around there for the foreseeable future.

  • No. 9 Baylor women deep, talented young roster


    WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor coach Kim Mulkey no longer has All-American players Brittney Griner or Odyssey Sims on the floor like in recent seasons. Mulkey instead has a roster loaded with talented young players that makes her think about what John Calipari has with the No. 1 Kentucky men and his platoon system. "I kind of like what Calipari's doing. You hate to call them bench players, you hate to call them subs, you hate to call them all that," said Mulkey, in her 15th season at Baylor. "I can only play five at a time, and I'm comfortable starting any of those 10. I'm comfortable with any of those 10 being on the floor right now.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How much will Russell Westbrook's early absence hurt his MVP case?

    Anthony Slater | Yesterday

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted’, but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of OKC’s only professional team. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope […]

  • No. 21 Mississippi St takes down Louisiana-Lafayette 66-51


    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Morgan William hit 11 of 14 free throws and scored 21 points to help No. 21 Mississippi State stay undefeated by beating Louisiana-Lafayette 66-51 on Wednesday. Mississippi State is off to its best start in school history after its 12th consecutive win. It's the first time the Bulldogs have ever won 12-straight. Victoria Vivians had 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Mississippi State (12-0). Martha Alwal added 14 as the Bulldogs made 50 percent of their 46 field goal attempts. Keke Veal led Louisiana-Lafayette (6-1) with 17 points. Jaylyn Gordon added 13 and Kia Wilridge had 10 points and seven rebounds. Lafayette had a 34-32 lead at the break, but went cold in the second half.

  • OKC Thunder: Rookie Mitch McGary to miss 2-3 weeks with inflammation in left leg

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Yesterday

    Mitch McGary's rough rookie season continues. The Thunder forward will miss the next 2-3 weeks with periostitis (inflammation) in his left tibia. It's not expected to be a serious injury, but McGary's court activity will be lowered as a treatment. This news comes only a few days after McGary finally made his NBA debut, scoring three points and grabbing four rebounds in six brief minutes against the Suns on Sunday. McGary missed the season's first 23 games after fracturing his foot in the first preseason games. He also missed a good portion of his final season at Michigan after undergoing back surgery.

  • No. 25 DePaul rolls by Loyola-Chicago 109-84


    CHICAGO (AP) — Jessica January scored 25 points and Megan Rogowski added 21 to help No. 25 DePaul beat Loyola-Chicago 109-84 on Wednesday. It was the most points for DePaul since scoring 111 against Appalachian State on Dec. 30, 2007. Brittany Hrynko had 15 points for DePaul (7-3), Megan Podkowa and Mart'e Grays scored 14 apiece, and Chanise Jenkins added 10. The Blue Demons made 52.7 percent of their shots and held Loyola to 33 points in the second half after giving up 51 in the first. DePaul tied a school-record with 16 3-pointers, led by Rogowski's six and January's four. Becca Smith led Loyola (2-7) with 21 points, but had 10 turnovers. Taylor Johnson and Taylor Manuel had 14 apiece, and Molly Crosby and Sam

  • OSU basketball: LeBryan Nash only Top 15 recruit from 2011 still in college


    An ESPN analyst, once upon a time, said LeBryan Nash "may be the most physically gifted player" in the Class of 2011. And though that certainly reads silly with the benefit of hindsight -- New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis was, you know, also in the Class of 2011 -- the point is that Nash was highly regarded coming out of high school, so much so that 247 Sports ranked him as the No. 8 prospect in the entire nation. Now Nash is the only top-15 prospect from that class still in college. Everybody else is already a professional.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 104-92 win in Sacramento

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 104-92 win in Sacramento: 1. Hot starts – When the Thunder has hit patches of struggles over the years, it’s often been related to a string of cold play to open games. The Kendrick Perkins/Thabo Sefolosha starting lineup received steady criticism over the years. And the sluggish first quarters have remained an occasional […]