• No. 1 South Carolina tops Wisconsin 67-44

    Updated: 27 min ago

    FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — A'ja Wilson scored 11 points and Jatarie White added 10 and No. 1 South Carolina beat Wisconsin 67-44 on Thursday in the Junkanoo Jam. It was South Carolina's first game as the No. 1 team in the country. The Gamecocks (4-0) will face No. 22 Syracuse on Friday. After a sluggish start, the Gamecocks got going. They led 15-14 before going on a 16-4 run to close the half. South Carolina scored the first 10 points during its burst which was capped by a 3-pointer by Tina Roy. The Gamecocks led 31-18 at the half. Wisconsin (1-3) closed to 11 but South Carolina used a 12-3 run to put the game away. Michala Johnson scored 13 to lead the Badgers.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Sooners top Butler to earn Battle 4 Atlantis title berth

    By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Holding Butler to 24 percent shooting — the best by an Oklahoma team in nearly 11 years — the Sooners earned a berth in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game by topping the Bulldogs 59-46 on Thursday afternoon, with Isaiah Cousins’ 13 points leading a balanced offense.

  • No. 22 Syracuse women defeat East Carolina 69-58

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island (AP) — Alexis Peterson scored 19 points, matching her career high, as No. 22 Syracuse women beat East Carolina 69-58 and advanced to Friday's championship in the Lucaya Division of the Junkanoo Jam. Peterson scored 12 in the first half when the Orange (4-0), after trailing 6-2 early, went on a 14-0 run. Syracuse led 47-27 at the half, thanks to 44-percent shooting and six 3-pointers — against just one for the Lady Pirates (5-1) in the period. Brianna Butler and Briana Day scored 13 each. Syracuse scored at least 40 in the first half for the third straight game. Butler scored 11 of Syracuse's first 30 points. Day had 10 rebounds and Peterson five assists.

  • Sooners top Butler 59-46 for Atlantis title berth

    By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Isaiah Cousins scored 13 points and Oklahoma beat frigid-shooting Butler 59-46 on Thursday to earn a spot in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game. Jordan Woodard and TaShawn Thomas each scored 10 points for the balanced Sooners (4-1), who made their first 11 shots from 2-point range on the way to a quick 30-14 lead. Oklahoma meets either No. 2 Wisconsin or Georgetown in the title matchup Friday afternoon. Kellen Dunham scored 17 points for Butler (4-1), which knocked off No. 5 North Carolina in the quarterfinals but went scoreless for an 8-minute second-half stretch against the Sooners.

  • Oklahoma State tops Tulsa 73-58 in MGM title game

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    LAS VEGAS — Six games into the season the Oklahoma State basketball team is unbeaten and already has a tournament championship. But that doesn’t mean coach Travis Ford is content. Far from it. After beating in-state rival Tulsa 73-58 to capture the MGM Grand Main Event title Wednesday, Ford emphasized the importance of continuing to improve. “It’s always good to be 6-0, but I don’t even look at it in those terms,” he said. “I don’t allow myself to put any expectations on this team right now. The only expectation we have is to get better every day.” The Cowboys took two big steps this week, defeating Oregon State in the tournament opener on Monday, then blowing out Tulsa (3-2) with exceptional

  • No. 7 Aggies rout McNeese St 93-27

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Following his team's fastest start of the season, Texas A&M coach Gary Blair intends to have an enjoyable holiday, while preparing for a much bigger test on Sunday. "It's always good to love your team the night before Thanksgiving," a pleased Blair said after the No. 7 Aggies defeated McNeese State 93-27 on Wednesday night. "This team finally showed up tonight, and showed what we're capable of doing, regardless of opponent." Following sluggish starts in their two prior victories over Rice and Prairie View A&M, the Aggies made a point of running and gunning from the opening tip against the Cowgirls. Their plan worked to perfection in building a 54-14 halftime lead.

  • Lang's career night lifts No. 6 Texas over UTPA

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Kelsey Lang is beginning to flourish in a bigger role with the Texas Longhorns. Lang, new to the starting lineup this season, scored a career-best 20 points to help sixth-ranked Texas beat Texas-Pan American 72-45 on Wednesday night. The 6-foot-5 sophomore center was 10 of 13 from the field. She set her previous high mark less than a week ago, scoring 14 as the Longhorns upset Stanford on Nov. 20. Last season, Lang, backup to 6-7 Imani Stafford-McGee, averaged 5.4 points in 14 minutes a game. McGee-Stafford has yet to play this season because of a stress fracture in her left leg. Lang is averaging 14.5 points in 31 minutes. "Our guards have been throwing some tremendous passes," Lang said.

  • Gilbert, Chattanooga stuns No. 4 Lady Vols 67-63

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Chattanooga's Jim Foster - a Hall of Fame coach and wine aficionado - watched his team deliver a vintage performance on the eve of Thanksgiving. Freshman guard Keiana Gilbert scored a career-high 27 points and made a critical block in the last minute Wednesday night as Chattanooga stunned No. 4 Tennessee 67-63 despite squandering a 17-point lead. "I think it's going be an Opus night," Foster quipped. "That's a fine cabernet." The score was tied 63-all in the final minute when Tennessee's Andraya Carter made a midcourt steal and drove to the basket, but Gilbert blocked the shot and Chattanooga's Alicia Payne got the rebound and was fouled. Payne made one of two free throws to put Chattanooga a

  • No. 4 Lady Vols stunned 67-63 at Chattanooga

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Chattanooga's McKenzie Arena has become a house of horrors for the Tennessee Lady Volunteers. Freshman guard Keiana Gilbert scored a career-high 27 points and made a critical block in the last minute Wednesday night as Chattanooga shocked No. 4 Tennessee 67-63 despite squandering a 17-point lead. The stunning result came two seasons after Tennessee's Holly Warlick began her head coaching career with a loss at Chattanooga. "You cannot just show up and be average against a team like UTC, or you're going to have the result we had," Warlick said.

  • Powers, No. 16 Michigan State beat Oakland 79-64

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Aerial Powers scored 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and No. 16 Michigan State beat Oakland 79-64 on Wednesday night. Tori Jankoska added 19 points, Anna Morrissey 11 and Jasmine Hines 10 for the Spartans (3-1). Powers is the first player in the MSU women's basketball program to open the season with four straight double-doubles. Olivia Nash led the Golden Grizzlies (1-3) with 17 points and seven rebounds. Elena Popkey added 14 points and Nola Anderson 12. Michigan State made 18 of 38 shots for 47.4 percent in taking a 41-27 halftime lead over Oakland. Powers had 16 points and seven rebounds. The Golden Grizzlies shot just 30 percent in opening half. Michigan State led by as many as 2

  • Oklahoma basketball: Buddy Hield scores 24 as OU tops No. 22 UCLA

    By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Buddy Hield scored 24 points — including a personal 10-0 run in the second half to single-handedly erase a UCLA lead — and Oklahoma beat the 22nd-ranked Bruins 75-65 in the quarterfinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Wednesday.

  • No. 22 West Virginia beats Evansville 83-39

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Bria Holmes scored 32 points to lead No. 22 West Virginia over Evansville 83-39 on Wednesday night. The Mountaineers (3-1) scored the first seven points of the game and raced out to a 16-3 lead before Evansville could settle in as the Purple Aces (1-3) missed 9 of their first 10 shots. Sara Dickey's layup with 5:14 in the half cut the deficit to seven, but West Virginia used a 15-3 run to close the half and lead 41-22 at the break. West Virginia pounded the ball inside after the break — its first six field goals were all layups — with Averee Fields and Holmes taking advantage underneath. Fields finished with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Teana Muldrow had nine points and nine rebounds for WVU, w

  • No. 22 Georgia routs Colgate 66-35

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Shacobia Barbee scored 16 points and dished out five assists to lead No. 22 Georgia to a 66-35 rout of Colgate on Wednesday night. Georgia led 19-17 with 6:54 remaining in the first half, then forced eight turnovers during a 13-2 run to build a 32-19 halftime lead. The Bulldogs (6-0) led by double digits the rest of the way, and finished with 16 steals. Barbee was 7 of 13 from the field, and was one assist shy of her career best. Merritt Hempe added 10 points for the Bulldogs. Colgate's Carole Harris hit the first bucket after the break. The Bulldogs answered with an 11-0 run to lead 43-21 with 13:49 to play. Harris scored 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting to lead Colgate (0-4), which shot just 13

  • Oklahoma women's basketball: Texas A&M transfer Peyton Little excited to finally get on the road and on the court

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Peyton Little is finally getting to play for — and travel with — the Oklahoma women’s basketball team, and she’s doing well so far.

  • Cowgirls suffer first loss of season to Idaho


    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Cowgirls suffered their first loss of the season when they fell to Idaho 77-66 on Tuesday night in Laramie. The Cowgirls got in a 19-point deficit in the first half that they could not overcome. Wyoming shot 30 percent from the field and was outrebounded 47-40. Junior guard Marquelle Dent led the Cowgirls with a season-high 19 points and eight assists. Senior forward Kayla Woodward recorded her second straight double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman forward Bailee Cotton recorded a career-high 15 points followed by senior guard Kaitlyn Mileto with 12 points.

  • No. 20 Oklahoma State beats Morgan State 73-43

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Brittany Atkins scored 17 points and No. 20 Oklahoma State shook off a slow start in a 73-43 victory over Morgan State on Tuesday night. Brittney Martin added 14 points and Liz Donohoe 10 for the Cowgirls (4-1), who extended their home winning streak against nonconference opponents to 36. The Lady Bears (2-4) were led by Tracey Carrington with 15 points and Braennan Farrar with 12. Morgan State shot just 26.2 percent, making 16 of 61 shots, including only 3 of 19 from 3-point range (15.8 percent). Carrington's jump shot with 4:36 left in the first half had the Bears ahead 18-17 before the Cowgirls closed on a 12-1 run to end the half to lead 29-19. The Cowgirls came out in the second half to s

  • No. 25 Mississippi St beats Louisiana-Monroe 80-46

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Sherise Williams scored 15 points to lead No. 25 Mississippi State to an 80-46 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday night. Mississippi State's defense held Louisiana-Monroe to 2-of-18 shooting in the first half as Bulldogs marched out to a 48-13 lead at the break. The defense also forced 32 turnovers and held Louisiana-Monroe to 34.2 percent shooting from the field for the game. Blair Schaefer had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists for Mississippi State (5-0). Ketara Chapel added 10 points and six rebounds as the Bulldogs held a 44-31 advantage on the glass. Alayshia Hunter made both first-half field goals for Louisiana-Monroe (1-2) and finished with 12 points.

  • No. 17 Iowa surges past Northern Iowa 73-45

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Ally Disterhoft scored 18 points and Samantha Logic added 13 with seven rebounds as No. 17 Iowa rolled past Northern Iowa 73-45 on Tuesday night. The Hawkeyes improved to 5-0 on the season, shooting 43.3 percent from the field and hitting eight 3-pointers. Whitney Jennings added 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting with four assists. Logic also had four assists and Disterhoft grabbed six boards. After leading by five at halftime, Iowa pulled away in the second half as Logic, Alexa Kastanek and Jennings each hit 3-pointers to fuel a 21-3 run. After Stephanie Davison's layup at the 17:54 mark, Northern Iowa (1-2) went on a scoreless drought until she hit another layup with 10:38 left. Kali Peschel's pair of fre

  • Calhoun helps No. 8 Duke women rout Buffalo 88-54

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke's depth was just too much for Buffalo. Freshman Sierra Calhoun had 21 points, and the eighth-ranked Blue Devils had five players score in double figures in an 88-54 victory over Buffalo on Tuesday night. Calhoun was 6 for 11 from the field and 5 for 6 at the line. She made her first five foul shots to get to 14 straight to begin her Duke career, breaking the record set by Lindsey Harding in 2002. "You definitely have to become a great free-throw shooter to become a great player, so I work on that a lot," Calhoun said. Elizabeth Williams added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Duke (4-0), and redshirt freshman Rebecca Greenwell had 10 points and 13 boards. Azura Stevens scored 12 points and f

  • No. 12 Louisville women top Western Kentucky 89-67

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bria Smith scored 22 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists and No. 12 Louisville held off a game Western Kentucky squad 89-67 on Tuesday. Louisville (5-0) shot 52 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Lady Toppers 48-36. Sara Hammond had 16 points and 10 boards while Myisha Hines-Allen added 16 points and Emmonnie Henderson 14. Western Kentucky (3-2) was led by Alexis Govan and Chastity Gooch with 20 points apiece. Both teams came out cold and were tied at 4 nearly 4 minutes into the contest. Louisville then went on a 20-4 run, going inside to Henderson on several occasions while Smith made a couple of jumpers. Later in the quarter, Hammond scored eight straight points for the Cardinals a