• Oklahoma City Thunder: Dion Waiters feels right at home with the Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    “They brought me in since Day One with love,” Waiters said. “It seems like I’ve been here forever. It seems like I’ve been playing with them forever, too. When I came here, we clicked right away.”

  • No. 13 Arizona State snaps 16-game losing streak to Stanford

    Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Charli Turner Thorne knows exactly when she won her last game at Maples Pavilion. "Last time I won here, I played here," the Arizona State coach quipped. "About time. Just so proud of our team." She shared this with her team, of course, and now it's "checked off the list." Promise Amukamara had 17 points and seven rebounds and No. 13 Arizona State held off 11th-ranked Stanford 60-57 on Monday to stay unbeaten atop the Pac-12 standings despite the Cardinal's second-half rally. The Sun Devils (17-1, 6-0 Pac-12) snapped a 16-game losing streak in the rivalry and won at Maples Pavilion for only the second time spanning 33 chances in program history and first since March 3, 1984.

  • No. 16 Nebraska surges late to beat Purdue 69-59

    Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Rachel Theriot made all seven of her free throw attempts and finished with 16 points to help No. 16 Nebraska beat Purdue 69-59 on Monday. Hailie Sample scored 15 points for Nebraska (14-3, 4-2 Big Ten), Brandi Jeffery had 13 and Tear'a Laudermill added 10. Emily Cady grabbed 13 rebounds and had five assists to help the Cornhuskers win their fourth consecutive conference game. Nebraska scored 15 first-half points off of 12 Purdue turnovers on its way to a 33-24 halftime lead. Whitney Bays recorded her ninth straight double-double for Purdue (9-9, 3-4) with 14 points and 14 rebounds. April Wilson added a career-high 20 points as the Boilermakers lost their fourth game in a row for the first time sin

  • Texas' Enemkpali injures knee grabbing rebound

    Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Texas forward Nneka Enemkpali injured her left knee while grabbing an offensive rebound for the eighth-ranked Longhorns in their game at No. 3 Baylor. Enemkpali was in obvious pain, clutching her knee and crying out after falling awkwardly to the floor with 5:44 left in the first half of the top 10 matchup Monday night. The 6-foot-1 senior is the leading scorer and rebounder for Texas. After being tended on the floor for several minutes, Enemkpali was carried to the locker room. She came back to the Texas bench after halftime on crutches and where her left knee in a protective sleeve. There was no immediate word from Texas officials on the extent of the injury.

  • Carter's 18 paces Oklahoma past Oklahoma State 73-54

    Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Gioya Carter has figured out the right speed at which she needs to play and as a result, the Oklahoma Sooners are racing through the Big 12 Conference. Carter continued her hot streak with 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting as Oklahoma jumped to a big early lead, shot 54.5 percent from the field and cruised to a 73-54 win over Oklahoma State on Monday. "Gioya . has a tremendous midrange jumper that's very difficult to defend," Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said. "If you take that away, then she'll tear you up passing the ball, which is really what she likes to do, anyway. She's just in a good space and she's allowing herself to stay on the floor, not committing silly fouls, which gives her some time to get inv

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Berry Tramel talks about Russell Westbrook's contentious interview

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    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 […]

  • Pac-12 has logjam atop conference with 3 unbeatens

    Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    Quick quiz: Which conference has three teams still unbeaten in conference play heading into Monday night? Hint: It's not the SEC, ACC, Big Ten or Big 12. It's the Pac-12. Arizona State, Stanford and Oregon State all sit at 5-0 in the conference, although that will change Monday with the 11th-ranked Cardinal hosting the No. 13 Sun Devils. The Beavers face Washington on Monday as well. If Charli Turner Thorne's squad can stay undefeated in the Pac-12 with its first victory at Stanford since 1984, Arizona State will have a chance to take firm command of the conference Sunday, when they host Oregon State. History isn't on the Sun Devils' side. Arizona State is 1-31 on The Farm, has lost the last 16 in the series

  • Arkansas' Bostad named SEC women's Freshman of the Week

    Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas guard McKinley Bostad has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week. The league office announced the selection Monday. Bostad was chosen after getting her first start and scoring a career best 15 points in Sunday's 73-55 win over Missouri. LSU's Danielle Ballard is the conference Player of the Week.

  • South Carolina still No. 1 in AP women's hoops poll

    Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    South Carolina remains the top team in The Associated Press women's basketball poll. The Gamecocks garnered 27 first-place votes and have been the nation's No. 1 squad for the past nine weeks. They visit Florida on Monday night. UConn, Baylor, Louisville and Tennessee round out the first five. The Lady Vols visit No. 6 Notre Dame on Monday night. The Irish are followed by Maryland, Texas, Oregon State and Texas A&M. Baylor hosts Texas in a key Big 12 matchup Monday. Western Kentucky re-entered the Top 25 one week after falling out without a loss. The 24th-ranked Lady Toppers were only the fifth team since 2000 to drop out of the poll without a defeat that week, according to STATS. Oklahoma State fell out of the ra

  • VIDEO: Paul Pierce does Russell Westbrook impression with reporters

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce joked with reporters on Saturday, pulling a Russell Westbrook by continually saying “we executed.” Pierce even donned some oversized eyewear to complete the Westbrook look. He finished up with an “I don’t like you,” a reference to Westbrook’s answer to a Berry Tramel question following Friday’s Thunder-Warriors game. Even better: […]

  • UCLA earns season sweep, beats USC 71-60

    Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordin Canada sparked an 11-0 over the final 2:39 as UCLA completed a season sweep of rival USC with a 71-60 win on Sunday night. Brianna Barrett pulled USC into a 60-60 tie with 3:06 left, but Kacy Swain converted a pair of free throws to start the run. Canada's catch-and-release jumper on an in-bounds play as the shot clock expired with 1:21 to play made it 64-60 and added a jumper in the lane to give the Bruins a six-point lead with :38 left. USC (11-6, 3-3 Pac-12) was 0-6 during the Bruins closing run. UCLA won the season opener at USC, 59-52. The Women of Troy swept the series in 2-13-14.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks wants to continue to stagger minutes of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    Before the Thunder’s 127-99 win over Orlando on Sunday, coach Scott Brooks said that he would like to continue to stagger the minutes of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. In each of the last two games, Durant has subbed out for the first time with about five minutes left in the first quarter. Westbrook didn’t take his first breather until around the two-minute mark. The new approach is one Brooks said he has wanted to do all season but hasn’t had the right opportunities because of injuries, Durant’s minute restriction upon his return from a fractured foot or significant deficits. “It gives Kevin an opportunity to create offense in the second unit,” Brooks said. “And then it gives him an opportunity to

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder hammers Orlando 127-99

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    The win bumped the Thunder’s record to 20-20, marking only the second time OKC has been at .500 this season. It also set a terrific tone that should serve the Thunder well as it snakes its way through four more Eastern Conference cities this week.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 127-99 blowout of Orlando

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s highlight-filled 127-99 blowout of the Magic: 1. First half showcase – In the Thunder’s first three January road games — bad losses to the Warriors, Kings and Rockets — slow starts were a massive issue. OKC was outscored 102-59 combined in those three first quarters, with each early deficit eventually proving […]

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook submits his case for dunk of the year

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    The Thunder’s blowout of Orlando on Sunday night was chalked full of highlight plays. But one certainly flew above the rest. Literally. In the middle of the third quarter, Russell Westbrook soared for a fastbreak reverse slam with a loud splash of style. My personal opinion — It was the best dunk of his career. Check out […]

  • No. 11 Texas A&M women stymie Mississippi, 58-49

    Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Courtney Williams had 21 points and seven rebounds to help No. 11 Texas A&M women beat Mississippi 58-49 on Sunday. Courtney Walker added 12 points, Achiri Ade had nine points and 13 rebounds and Jordan Jones finished with eight rebounds, six assists and six steals for Texas A&M (16-3, 4-1 SEC), which held Ole Miss to its lowest-scoring output of the season. The Rebels (14-5, 4-2), who had won eight of their last nine games and three in a row, led 29-27 at halftime but committed 17 turnovers and made just 1 of 8 from 3-point range in the second half. Erika Sisk made a layup to give Mississippi a 41-38 lead with 13:28 left, but Texas A&M scored 11 straight as the Rebels went scoreless over

  • Hammond leads No. 4 Louisville to 67-55 win over Virginia

    Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The newcomers sit atop the Atlantic Coast Conference. Now the question is how long the Louisville women can stay there. The No. 4 Cardinals held off Virginia 67-55 on Sunday to win their ninth straight and remain the last team without an ACC loss. Louisville (17-1, 5-0 ACC) now faces three ranked opponents in its next four games as the Cardinals continue their inaugural season in the conference after replacing Maryland. "We're going down to Florida State here on Thursday, and they're a top 10 team," Louisville coach Jeff Walz said of the No. 20 Seminoles. "They aren't ranked top 10, but they're a top 10 team. ... If we don't go down there prepared to play and know that we're going to get their b

  • Washington State holds on to beat Oregon 79-76

    Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Tia Presley scored 29 points, Lia Galdeira added 22 and Washington State held on to beat Oregon 79-76 on Sunday. The Cougars improve to 7-1 all-time and 3-0 this season when both Presley and Galdeira reach the 20-point mark. Washington State led 77-71 with 2:08 remaining when Jillian Alleyne scored and Drea Toler converted a three-point play to pull Oregon within 77-76 with 35 seconds to play. Galdeira made a pair of free throws with 7 seconds to go. Oregon's Katelyn Loper shot a 3 with a second left, but it banged off the back of the rim to seal it for Washington State (11-6, 2-4 Pac-12). The Cougars played without senior guard Shalie Dheensaw, who suffered a right knee injury Jan. 16 and ha

  • No. 10 Kentucky falls to LSU, 84-79

    Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Fate seems to have conspired against No. 10 Kentucky lately, and now it's clear to coach Matthew Mitchell that the resolve of his team will be tested over the coming weeks. Trying to regroup from the recent loss of starting point guard Janee Thompson, the Wildcats found themselves visiting an LSU squad riding high from the recent return of its most explosive player, Danielle Ballard. Ballard scored a season-high 25 points to go with five assists, and LSU poured in its highest point total of the season in an 84-79 triumph over the Wildcats on Sunday. "We just have to fight for a positive attitude right now," Mitchell said. "Whatever we can use it as — a wake-up call or whatever — I don't kno

  • Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Cowboys searching from long range

    By John Helsley | Published: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    OSU missed its last 10 3-pointers in Tuesday night’s loss at Kansas, finishing 3-of-16 (18.8 percent), then misfired on its first 15 at OU on Saturday, producing an uncharacteristic stretch of 25 straight misfires from long range.