• Utah women beat Arizona 62-48 for first Pac-12 win

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Joeseta Fatuesi recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Utah got its first Pac-12 win of the season on Friday, 62-48 over Arizona. Taryn Wicijowski and Tanaeya Boclair led the Utes (7-13, 1-8) with 16 points each. Wicijowski, who also had eight rebounds and five assists, passed Anne Handy (1981-85, 1760 points) for seventh in the program's career scoring at 1,762 when she scored her last basket of the night with 2:44 left. Utah extended a seven-point halftime lead to 40-24 with a 13-4 run in the first four minutes of the second.

  • No. 11 Arizona State women hold off Colorado 68-60

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Sophie Brunner and Katie Hempen scored 15 points each, combining for 21 in the second half and No. 11 Arizona State defeated Colorado 68-60 on Friday. The Sun Devils (19-2, 8-2 Pac 12), in their first game since having a 14-game winning streak snapped by Oregon State, took the lead for good with baskets on three straight possessions caused by Colorado turnovers, but couldn't put the Buffaloes (9-11, 2-7) away. The lead was 13 seven minutes into the second half but back-to-back baskets by Lexy Kresl pulled Colorado within 61-58 with 2:35 to go. Bruner answered with a basket and after a miss, Kelsey Moos drained a 3, her only points of the game, to make it 65-58 with 1:18 to go.

  • Bingley leads No. 9 Florida State women past Georgia Tech

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Emiah Bingley has been trying to improve her 3-point shooting. It showed Friday night. The reserve guard scored 15 points on 5-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc to lead No. 9 Florida State to an 82-62 victory over Georgia Tech. Bingley, a 5-foot-7 junior, finished two points shy of her season-high, set against Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 18, and helped the Seminoles (20-2, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) to their seventh straight win. "It's just something that I've been working on and spending time on and I guess tonight was the night," Bingley said. "I think 3-pointers always open it up on the inside. If we can hit from the outside, we're going to get things on the inside, too.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Phil Forte getting the Keiton Page treatment — and some help from Keiton Page

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Phil Forte and Keiton Page share one major identifying mark when it comes to opponents: the treatment.

  • Berntsen leads No. 19 Princeton women past Harvard 96-46

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Amanda Berntsen hit 6 of 7 shots for a career-high 17 points to lead No. 19 Princeton to a 96-46 win over Harvard on Friday. Blake Dietrick led the Tigers (18-0, 2-0) with 18 points, Alex Wheatley 15 and Vanessa Smith 14. Princeton, which led 44-26 at the half, shot 59.4 percent, going 9 of 15 from 3-point range. Temi Fagbenle led Harvard (8-9, 1-2) with 13. Harvard had a 47-34 rebounding advantage, which translated to a 50-14 difference in points in the paint. The Crimson had 20 offensive rebounds but got beat 23-13 in second-chance points. Harvard also had 21 turnovers that Princeton turned into 31 points. The Crimson shot just 23.8 percent, making 3 of 16 3-point atte

  • Media notes: Dave LaMont, former coach Stan Heath will call second Bedlam game

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    ESPN’s big game of the night will be No. 4 Duke at No. 2 Virginia at 6 p.m.

  • Wichita State baseball program lands on NCAA probation


    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State's baseball program was placed on probation Thursday after the NCAA found that the Shockers used 21 players who received impermissible benefits over a two-year period. The school self-reported the violations last year, likely resulting in lighter sanctions. Still, the NCAA decided that Wichita State's storied program would need to vacate all wins from the 2012 and 2013 seasons — including its 2013 NCAA tournament appearance — and pay a $5,000 fine. Shortly after he was hired in June 2013, Shockers coach Todd Butler discovered that players had purchased more than $7,000 in apparel at a substantial discount. The incidents occurred under the watch of former coach Gene Stephenson,

  • No. 8 Louisville women beat No. 23 Syracuse 78-58

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In leading Louisville to two national title games in eight years, coach Jeff Walz has shown he's not wedded to any particular system and will use whatever scheme the situation calls for to crack an opponent. He earned his 200th win behind a balanced offense built on finding the open teammate as the No. 8 Cardinals beat No. 23 Syracuse 78-58 on Thursday night. Louisville had 26 assists on 31 baskets. "His passion for the game is like no other," said senior forward Sara Hammond, a member of the 2013 national runners-up. "He doesn't think like all the other coaches. He doesn't have a set style of basketball. He just does whatever works and whatever is going to get the win.

  • Westbeld leads No. 4 Notre Dame women past Va Tech 74-50

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Sometimes in college basketball, inexperienced teams have letdowns on the road against inferior opponents. Notre Dame had no such trouble against Virginia Tech. Kathryn Westbeld scored a career-high 17 points in leading the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish to a 74-50 victory over the Hokies on Thursday night. The freshman was averaging 8.6 points per game before scoring 11 in the first half as Notre Dame (20-2, 7-1 ACC) jumped out to a 43-17 lead. The Fighting Irish, tied with Florida State and Louisville atop the ACC standings, won their sixth straight game and beat the Hokies for the third consecutive time. "I thought it was important for us to take control early," Notre Dame coach Muf

  • No. 18 Mississippi State women beat Vanderbilt 69-44

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Victoria Vivians scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half, and No. 18 Mississippi State rolled to a 69-44 victory over Vanderbilt on Thursday night. Vivians was 5 of 8 3-point range and the Bulldogs (22-2, 7-2 SEC) were 8 of 15. Martha Alwal added 14 points and Kendra Grant was 2 of 3 from the arc, finishing with 12 points. The Bulldogs had a 14-6 run to close out the first half with an 11-point lead while holding the Commodores (12-9, 3-5) to just 19 first-half points. Mississippi State allowed Vanderbilt within 31-25 early in the second half but pulled away from there. Vanderbilt had a 33-29 advantage on the boards but had 22 turnovers and shot just 34.7 percent. Rebekah Dahlman le

  • No. 5 Maryland wins 12th straight, 91-65 over Michigan

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Laurin Mincy and the Maryland Terrapins are adjusting just fine to their new conference. Mincy scored 24 points, and No. 5 Maryland rolled to its 12th consecutive victory, remaining unbeaten in Big Ten play with a 91-65 win over Michigan on Thursday night. The Terps scored the first 11 points and never trailed. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 20 points for Maryland, and Lexie Brown had 14 points and eight assists. Maryland (18-2, 9-0) already looks like the class of the Big Ten in its first season in the league. The Terps have won all but two of their conference games by double digits. They'll start the second half of their league slate Sunday against No. 20 Iowa, which is only a game behind Maryland.

  • No. 15 Nebraska women hold off Illinois, 59-57

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Tear'a Laudermill scored 16 points and Natalie Romeo hit a late 3-pointer to help No. 15 Nebraska women hold off Illinois for a 59-57 win on Thursday night. Hailie Sample made a layup with 1:57 left, giving Nebraska (16-4, 6-3, Big 10) its first lead of the game, 57-56. After Illinois' Chatrice White was called for an offensive foul, Sample found Romeo for the eventual winning 3. Illinois missed two potential tying shots in the final 37 seconds. The Illini (11-10, 2-7) led by as many as 11 in the first half and 51-42 with 9:40 left. Emily Cady scored four and Laudermill added five during a 9-0 run which tied it fewer than two minutes later.

  • No. 1 South Carolina women cruise past Alabama 85-54

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley hasn't looked ahead all season and won't start now, no matter how close her top-ranked Gamecocks are to their matchup with No. 2 Connecticut. A'ja Wilson scored 17 points, Alaina Coates had 14 points and 10 rebounds and No. 1 South Carolina routed Alabama for the second time this month in a 85-54 victory Thursday night. The Gamecocks (20-0, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) now prepare for a three-game road stretch, the last of which is Feb. 9 with its highly anticipated showdown with the defending national champion Huskies. "This team is staying in the moment. When you bring something to their attention, they do a good job to focus on what that is," she said.

  • No. 6 Tennessee women eke out 73-72 win over No. 10 Kentucky

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Isabelle Harrison and Cierra Burdick combined to score 25 second-half points and sixth-ranked Tennessee held on to edge No. 10 Kentucky 73-72 victory Thursday night. Trailing 33-27 just after the break, the Lady Vols' two post players took charge inside to seize control of a game that was tight throughout. Harrison scored 13 of her 19 points in the second half, while Burdick added 12 of her 16 in the final 20 minutes as Tennessee (18-3, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) earned its first true road win over a top-10 opponent since 2008. Makayla Epps' consecutive 3-pointers got Kentucky (16-5, 5-3) to 73-72 with 1:16 remaining and the Wildcats had several chances to win it in the final minute.

  • No. 22 Rutgers women beats Purdue 58-49

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Kahleah Copper scored 21 points and No. 22 Rutgers beat Purdue 58-49 on Thursday. Copper was 8 of 17 from the floor with eight rebounds for Rutgers (15-5, 6-3 Big 10). Betnijah Laney had 18 points and 14 boards. Rutgers was a mere 1 of 4 on 3-pointers but had nine steals, led by Syessense Davis with four. Purdue (10-11, 3-7) was led by Whitney Bays with 16 points and eight rebounds. Ashley Morrissette added 11 points. Rutgers made one basket in the last three minutes of the first half, but led 26-22 at the break. Purdue tied it at 28 not two minutes into the second after a Morrissette jumper, but a 10-4 run midway through the half lifted the Scarlet Knights to an 11-point lead and the

  • Stevens and Chidom lead No. 17 Duke women over Pitt 62-45

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Azura Stevens had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Oderah Chidom added 10 points and 10 boards, and the No. 17 Duke women beat Pittsburgh 62-45 on Thursday night. Stevens had 11 points in the first half when Duke (15-6, 6-2 ACC) built a 36-20 advantage. The Blue Devils led by no less than 13 points in the second half. Brianna Kiesel had 13 points and Fred Potvin scored 11 to lead Pitt (13-7, 3-4). The Blue Devils took their first double-digit lead at 19-8 after an 8-0 run and stretched it to 33-14 on Stevens' basket with 2:37 left in the half. Rebecca Greenwell was 2 of 4 from 3-point range, finishing with 10 points, five rebounds and three steals.

  • Virginia's McCarthy sidelined after undergoing back surgery

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — All-American outfielder Joe McCarthy of Virginia will miss approximately 12 weeks of the season after undergoing back surgery. Coach Brian O'Connor says McCarthy had the surgery Thursday. The Scranton, Pennsylvania, native started all 69 games last season and batted .301 with six home runs and 49 RBIs. In two seasons, he's batted .317 with 152 hits in 129 games. O'Connor says the cause of the injury is uncertain and that it could even be an old injury that just acted up a few weeks ago. Says O'Connor, "We have no choice but to address it." McCarthy's injury leaves a big void in the middle of the Cavaliers' lineup.

  • College basketball: Big 12/SEC Challenge moving to January in 2016

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    The Big 12/SEC Challenge is moving to later in the season. The conferences announced Thursday that the third-annual men's basketball event next season would be played Jan. 30, 2016 with the conferences creating a common open date during conference play to accommodate the schedule. “We are excited to move this even to January to provide the Big 12 a unique showcase and help ESPN give the Big 12/SEC Challenge the attention it deserves,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “Our teams have shown a commitment to scheduling tough non-conference opponents and should be commended for setting a new standard by placing a key non-league matchup in the middle of the conference season.

  • Stokes triple-double leads Huskies over East Carolina 87-32

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Kiah Stokes watched Stefanie Dolson put up a triple-double a little over a year ago, and told her friend she was going to get one of her own before leaving UConn. Stokes had 10 points, 11 rebounds and a school-record 10 blocked shots Wednesday to help the defending national champions to an 87-32 rout of East Carolina. It was the fourth triple-double in school history. Both Dolson and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis did it last season. "Stef got hers with assists and I remember talking to her after and saying, 'I'm going to get mine but with blocks instead,' kind of joking around," the 6-foot-3 senior center said. "Now that it's actually happened, it's pretty awesome.

  • Louisville's Walz seeks 200th career win vs No. 23 Syracuse

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Coach Jeff Walz hasn't had much time to reflect upon approaching 200 career wins in his Louisville tenure. Walz can reach that milestone when No. 8 Louisville (18-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) hosts No. 23 Syracuse (14-5, 4-2) Thursday night. He didn't envision it when he took the job eight seasons ago. His sole focus was guiding the Louisville women deeper into the NCAA tournament. Walz has surpassed that simple objective with two NCAA runner-up finishes while building the Cardinals into a regular championship contender. He's on the cusp of reaching 200 wins sooner than Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma. "I don't think he's too concerned about that," Walz said of his friendly rival. "He's got nine national titles.