• Shelton of La. Tech earns women's LSWA POW

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Tech senior guard Kelia Shelton posted a season high 31 points to earn her the week's Louisiana Sports Writers Association honor for women's college basketball player of the week. Shelton almost allowed Louisiana Tech to get the biggest win of their season against undefeated No. 22 Mississippi State. State was able to escape with an 81-77 victory. Shelton hit 11-of-21 field goals, 3-of-4 three-pointers and 6-of-8 free throws while pulling down four rebounds in 33 minutes of action.

  • Rubel earns Big Sky player of week honor

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Montana senior guard Kellie Rubel has been named Big Sky Conference women's basketball player of the week. The Bozeman native scored a season-high 24 points on 5-of-12 shooting and 11-of-12 from the free-throw line to lead the Lady Griz over Portland 69-55. Rubel went 3-for-4 from behind the arch with all three of her treys coming in the opening six minutes of action. She finished the contest with six rebounds and five assists as Montana improved to an even 4-4 on the season. Montana returns to action Thursday as the Lady Griz travel to face Seattle in non-conference action.

  • Texas and Texas A&M meet in Big 12-SEC Challenge

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    The Big 12 and SEC couldn't have asked for a better game for the inaugural challenge between the conferences Sunday with No. 3 Texas facing No. 4 Texas A&M. The two schools will play each other in a doubleheader in Little Rock along with Arkansas facing Oklahoma. The site of the doubleheader will be used for the SEC tournament this March. The four teams will play again next year in Oklahoma City with the matchups switched. "When they put this game together, they weren't anticipating that," Texas coach Karen Aston said of the high rankings. "We have one more game before we play A&M that we need to be worried about. But this will be a fun game for the fans.

  • No. 10 Louisville women rout Old Dominion 100-46

    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jude Schimmel and No. 10 Louisville bounced back in a big way. The senior guard had 12 points, 10 assists and six rebounds and the Cardinals rebounded from a loss to No. 8 Kentucky to rout Old Dominion 100-46 on Monday night. Schimmel, who went scoreless and had as many turnovers (four) as assists before fouling out of Louisville's 77-68 loss to the Kentucky on Dec. 7, was 5-for-9 from the field, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range, against the Monarchs (5-3). "My shots haven't really been falling (lately) and sometimes I get frustrated with that, but my coach and my teammates keep telling me that that's not all it's about," said Schimmel, who was 0 for 6 from the field against Kentucky.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Mitch McGary has an introduction he'll never forget

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    McGary, the 21st overall pick out of Michigan, finished with three points and four rebounds in seven minutes.

  • No. 21 Mississippi State routs MVSU 104-41

    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Blair Schaefer was 4 of 5 from 3-point range with 12 points and five assists in No. 21 Mississippi State's 104-41 win over Mississippi Valley State on Monday night. Fourteen players played at least nine minutes for the Bulldogs (11-0) and 11 had at least six points. Mississippi State dominated the glass with 26 offensive rebounds compared to MVSU's 24 defensive boards. Chinwe Okorie led the way with seven offensive rebounds. The Bulldogs also forced 37 turnovers which led to an 86-48 edge in overall shot attempts. Okorie, Martha Alwal, Victoria Vivians and LaKaris Salter each scored 11 and Sherise Williams added 10. Vivians and Kendra Grant each had two 3-pointers and Mississippi State w

  • No. 19 Oklahoma State breezes by New Orleans 84-33

    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Roshunda Johnson hit all four of her 3-pointers and scored 22 points to lead No. 19 Oklahoma State to an 84-33 win over New Orleans on Monday night. Brittney Martin added 10 points as 13 Oklahoma State (7-1) players scored and 15 saw game action. The Cowgirls made 55 percent of their field goals and held a 44-25 rebounding advantage. Octavia Wilson and Halie Matthews paced New Orleans (1-5) with six points apiece. The Privateers were held to 12 field goals on 48 attempts (25 percent) and turned the ball over 26 times. Oklahoma State raced out to a 15-5 lead and expanded it to 47-16 at halftime. New Orleans made six field goals in the opening frame and was forced into 17 turnovers.

  • Longtime South Dakota college basketball coach Martin dies

    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — University of South Dakota officials say longtime college men's basketball coach Doug Martin has died. He was 78. Martin's 31-year career in South Dakota including head coaching stints at Mount Marty, the University of South Dakota and Dakota Wesleyan. His overall record was 371-418. Martin spent the majority of his career at Dakota Wesleyan, where he coached from 1988 to 2005. He compiled a 252-256 record and won four conference titles with the Tigers. He was inducted into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. Martin was the head coach at Mount Marty from 1978-82 and at USD from 1982-86. USD officials say Martin died Sunday in his hometown of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Steven Adams, Kendrick Perkins form the best center rotation in Thunder history

    Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Situations like these often create tension in the sports and business world. And that friction can cause rifts between the competitors, particularly a pair whose job description includes physically bulldozing each other on a daily basis.

  • For many Capitol Hill alumni, the nickname Redskins is a point of pride, not derision.

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    For the better part of nine decades, youngsters on the south side of the city couldn’t wait to go to Capitol Hill. The school was among the area’s best both athletically and academically, and everything about it was a source of pride. That includes the mascot and the nickname that the Oklahoma City Public school board voted to remove.

  • Gopher C Walker named Big Ten player of week

    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota senior center Maurice Walker has won Big Ten Player of the Week honors. Walker averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds. 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game as the Gophers went 2-0 against North Dakota and Southern last week. Against North Dakota, Walker scored a career-high 22 points on 9-for-11 field goal shooting and added seven rebounds, three blocks and a steal in just 23 minutes of action. Walker followed up with his sixth double-figure scoring performance of the year, adding 11 points with six rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 16 minutes of play against Southern. It's Walker's first career Big Ten Player of the Week award and the second for Minnesota this season, after Andre Hol

  • Oklahoma basketball: Dinjiyl Walker adjusting to backup role

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    “I’m getting used to it and just trusting the coaches to make the right decisions and play me wherever they feel fit,” Walker said.

  • Broken thumb sidelines Kentucky's Goss 4-6 weeks

    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell has announced that senior guard Bria Goss will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks because of a broken left thumb. Goss had started 102 of 117 games for the No. 8 Wildcats (10-1) including 17 straight. She played just three first-half minutes with the thumb taped in Sunday night's 71-55 victory over Belmont after injuring it during shootaround. The 5-foot-10 Indianapolis native is averaging 7.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. Mitchell said in a release that the team is thankful Goss' injury wasn't season-ending. He said, "we hate that Bria is out but we all need to work hard so when she returns, we are stronger than ever." Kentucky visits No. 13 Duke on Sunday.

  • Thunder, Kings trending in different directions

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Sacramento Kings coach Mike Malone was fired on Sunday, just as the Thunder comes rolling into town on Tuesday. Sacramento was the polar opposite of the Thunder when the two teams met on Nov. 9. The Kings entered the game as one of the early surprises in the league — winners of five consecutive games, […]

  • South Carolina women remain No. 1 in AP Poll

    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    South Carolina stays No. 1 in The Associated Press poll for the fourth straight week after a 62-point win in its lone game. With most teams taking exams, there wasn't much movement in Monday's Top 25. The first 14 teams remained unchanged with UConn, Texas, Texas A&M and Notre Dame following the Gamecocks, who received 25 first-place ballots. North Carolina, Stanford, Kentucky, Baylor and Louisville round out the first 10. Ranked teams went 25-3 this week. The only losses were DePaul to Notre Dame, Rutgers to Tennessee and Cal to Long Beach State.

  • No. 7 Stanford women roll past Santa Clara 82-43

    Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Kaylee Johnson hardly considered this a strong night on the boards. The stat sheet told a different story for the Stanford freshman: 22 rebounds. Amber Orrange scored 20 points, Johnson posted her second 22-rebound performance, and the seventh-ranked Cardinal returned from their annual two-week break for final exams to beat Santa Clara 82-43 on Sunday night. "She's all over the boards, all over the place," Orrange said about Johnson. Orrange shot 7 for 12 with two 3-pointers as Stanford (6-2) played its West Coast Conference neighbor at Maples Pavilion in the first of two warmups before Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer takes her team to Knoxville to face Tennessee on Saturday.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder cruises past Suns for sixth straight win, continues roll up the standings

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    “We were surprised we were only down 12 at the end of the first quarter,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook for MVP? Why not?

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    If he keeps up his current play, Westbrook will force himself into the conversation as the league’s Most Valuable Player — if he hasn’t already.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Rookie Mitch McGary makes his NBA debut

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    McGary entered with six minutes left in the fourth quarter to a standing ovation from the home crowd.

  • No. 8 Kentucky women beat Belmont 71-55

    Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky senior Azia Bishop hasn't started the past two games for the eighth-ranked Wildcats. She doesn't seem to mind her new role. Bishop came off the bench and scored a season-high 15 points and had 12 rebounds in Kentucky's 71-55 victory over Belmont on Sunday night. Kentucky improved to 10-1 with its sixth straight victory. "Coming off the bench is more comfortable for me, because I can see the flow of the game, come into (the game) and know what I have to come in and do," Bishop said. "My main focus was to bring energy on the court." Bishop did just that and finished 7 of 12 from the field and came within two points of matching her career high.