• No. 21 Mississippi State rolls past Miami (Ohio) 68-42

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Victoria Vivians scored 20 points to lead No. 21 Mississippi State to a 68-42 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Sunday in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic. Mississippi State is now one of only seven unbeaten teams in Division I. Breanna Richardson added 12 points for Mississippi State (14-0). Vivians made 9 of 17 shots and had four rebounds and three steals. Martha Alwal had three blocked shots to move into sole position of 8th place in SEC career history. Baleigh Reid led Miami (Ohio) (2-7) with nine points as the Redhawks were held to 16-of-53 shooting and turned the ball over 24 times. The Bulldogs were held to well below their 86.2 points per game average and had their second lowest point tota

  • OU women's basketball: Sooners fall in Big 12-SEC Challenge to Arkansas

    From staff reports | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    The Oklahoma women fell to Arkansas 71-64 in the Big 12-SEC Challenge in North Little Rock, Ark., on Sunday at Verizon Arena. The loss was the third straight for the Sooners, who fell to 5-5 on the season.

  • Oklahoma basketball: How former Weber State assistant Kellen McCoy wound up back in Oklahoma coaching Mount St. Mary

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Kellen McCoy was on the Weber State coaching staff when the discussions that led to the Wildcats’ visit to Norman to take on No. 15 Oklahoma began. But when the game tips off just after 7 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center, the Norman native will be sitting in the stands with several members of his current team, happy with the way everything’s turned out.

  • Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Maryland focuses on Le'Bryan Nash, Phil Forte

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Nash led the Cowboys with 17 points, but managed just six in the second half when he went 2-of-6 shooting from the floor. Forte connected on three 3-pointers among 13 points, yet finished 4-of-11 shooting.

  • Hammond leads No. 10 Louisville women past No. 24 California

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Sara Hammond knew there would be some growing pains with a pair of freshmen in the starting lineup. So far, it looks as if everything is coming along quite nicely for Louisville. Hammond scored 10 of her 18 points in the second half, and the 10th-ranked Cardinals beat No. 24 California 70-57 on Sunday in a rematch of their 2013 national semifinal. "It did take some time and we're continuing to grow," Hammond said. "I think this whole first half, each game, we've grown more, matured more, and it's not just physical but mental." Shawnta Dyer matched her season best with 12 points for the Cardinals (11-1), who have won three straight since losing at home to No. 13 Kentucky two weeks ago.

  • UCLA routed by No. 2 UConn 86-50

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — UCLA coach Cori Close knew her young team was going to take some lumps early in the season. It would be hard not to with the schedule that the Bruins have played so far, facing Top 25 teams nearly every game. She hopes that difficult scheduling will pay off when the team starts Pac-12 play. "That's what I'm counting on," Close said. "I'm counting on that every experience has been a growth opportunity that maybe one of our freshman wouldn't have seen against a lesser opponent." Close has 10 new players, including seven freshmen who made up the consensus No. 1 recruited class. So far the Bruins have lost to North Carolina, Nebraska, Texas and now UConn.

  • Oklahoma basketball notebook: Dante Buford begins practicing with Sooners

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Freshman forward Dante Buford finally began practicing with Oklahoma on Sunday. Buford will redshirt this season and be able to play as a freshman next year.

  • No. 2 UConn women rout UCLA 86-50

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 22 points to lead a balanced offense and No. 2 UConn beat UCLA 86-50 on Sunday in the Naismith Hall of Fame women's holiday showcase at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Gabby Williams added 12 points and Kia Nurse had 11 for the Huskies (8-1). UConn led 24-18 with 7 minutes left in the first half before going on a 16-2 run over the next 6:30 to take a 20-point lead. Five Huskies scored during the burst that was capped by Stewart's layup with 33 seconds left. UCLA (4-6) scored the final five points of the half to close to 40-25 at the break. Jordin Canada tried to keep the Bruins in the game, scoring seven straight points during one stretch. Her layup made it 50-37, but it wa

  • Powers, No. 18 Michigan State beat No. 19 Syracuse 89-76

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — Aerial Powers had 32 points and 17 rebounds, leading No. 18 Michigan State over No. 19 Syracuse 89-76 in the final game of the Florida Sunshine Classic at Rollins College on Sunday. The Spartans (8-3) took a 72-65 lead with 5:51 left when Tori Jankoska made a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer in a 14-second span. The Orange (8-3) closed to 78-72 on Cornelia Fondren's free throws with 2:21 left, but Michigan State made 11 of 12 free throws from there. Jankoska scored 18 of her 25 points in the second half and finished with 10 rebounds. Becca Mills added 19 points for the Spartans.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: No. 19 Cowgirls rally to beat USC

    By KYLE GLASER, Associated Press | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Liz Donohoe scored 21 points, Roshunda Johnson added 17 more and the No. 19 Cowgirls rallied in the second half to beat Southern California 66-62 on Sunday.

  • No. 13 Duke women top No. 8 Kentucky, 89-68

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — No. 13 Duke finally figured out how to finish off a Top 10 team: Build a big lead, and don't let up. The Blue Devils routed No. 8 Kentucky 89-68 on Sunday behind 17 points from freshman Azura Stevens. Elizabeth Williams had 13 points and 10 rebounds and freshmen Rebecca Greenwell and Sierra Calhoun had 13 points apiece for the Blue Devils (8-3). They never trailed and shot 56 percent — including 61 percent in the first half while building a 24-point lead — to earn their most-lopsided win over a Top 10 opponent since also beating No. 8 Maryland by 21 in February. "I think that was a big problem for us in the three games we lost," Greenwell said. "We knew we couldn't let them get on runs. .

  • Gray leads No. 6 North Carolina to 85-67 victory

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — No. 6 North Carolina is seeking consistency and coach Sylvia Hatchell hopes the Tar Heels find it soon. Allisha Gray scored 20 points, Stephanie Mavunga had her third double-double this season and the Tar Heels (11-1) used a strong second half to top Elon 85-67 at the Carolinas Challenge on Sunday. But it was the second straight game at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center that North Carolina found itself in a dogfight at halftime before pulling away. The Tar Heels led Maine 24-21 early in the second half Friday night before winning 65-36. This time, the Phoenix cut an 18-point first-half deficit to 46-43 at the break, then used a dominant second half to win.

  • No. 19 Oklahoma St rallies for 66-62 win over USC

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It wasn't pretty, but Oklahoma State's run of nonconference dominance remains intact. Liz Donohoe scored 21 points, Roshunda Johnson added 17 more and the No. 19 Cowgirls rallied in the second half to beat Southern California 66-62 on Sunday. Oklahoma State (9-1) improved to 76-1 against nonconference opponents over the last eight seasons with the comeback victory. USC (8-3) led the entire way until the 11:58 mark of the second half, when Donohoe and Johnson keyed a 13-0 Cowgirls run that put them in front for good. "A lot of times we're not a pretty team, but we keep plugging away and finding a way to win," OSU coach Jim Littell said. "I'm very proud of our team. This was a gutsy performance.

  • Davenport layup lifts Texas past Texas A&M 67-65

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Everything was set up with the postseason in mind at North Little Rock's Verizon Arena, the site of this season's Southeastern Conference women's tournament. The two headliners lived up to the billing in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. Led by Empress Davenport's layup with 4.2 seconds remaining, No. 3 Texas overcame an 11-point second-half deficit for a 67-65 win over No. 4 Texas A&M on Sunday. Both teams had their share of runs in the back-and-forth affair, but it was the Longhorns (10-0) who had the final push in a battle of rivals and NCAA tournament hopefuls. In the end, it was Davenport who put the finishing touch on what's become common place lately for the Longhorns — beating the Aggi

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys fall to No. 17 Maryland

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    No. 17 Maryland used an early second-half surge to build a big lead on its way to a 73-64 win over the Cowboys before an estimated 10,000 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

  • Moseley, No. 14 Maryland cruise by Coppin State 110-51

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Brene Moseley had 18 points and eight assists and No. 14 Maryland cruised to a 110-51 victory over Coppin State on Sunday. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting for the Terrapins (9-2), who broke the 100-point threshold on A'Lexus Harrison's putback with 4:27 left. Harrison finished with a career-high 12 points and eight rebounds. Kiara Leslie added 13 points, Brionna Jones scored 12 and Laurin Mincy 10. Maryland opened on a 7-0 run and led the entire way with a 59-25 advantage at the break. The Terrapins shot 58 percent from the floor, outrebounded the Eagles 44-28 and forced 29 turnovers. Amber Griffin had 10 points and Bria Harris grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Coppin State

  • No. 1 South Carolina beats Liberty 84-44

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Just a freshman, A'ja Wilson has already emerged as a top threat for South Carolina. Wilson came off the bench for 17 points and 10 rebounds to get her second career double-double and No. 1 South Carolina cruised past Liberty 84-44 Sunday. Aleighsa Welch scored 15 points and Tiffany Mitchell added 14 for the Gamecocks (12-0), who have 12 days off before beginning Southeastern Conference play. "I'm very proud because their minds could have been any place besides trying to win a game here, but they focused in at the task at hand," said coach Dawn Staley. Simone Brown led the Lady Flames (6-5) with 12 points. Ashley Rininger and Karly Buer each added 10.

  • No. 5 Irish beat St. Joseph's 64-50

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame freshman Brianna Turner didn't want to rush her return to the lineup, but Irish coach Muffet McGraw was elated to have her back. Turner responded with 19 points in 31 minutes Sunday for No. 5 Notre Dame in a 64-50 win over Saint Joseph's. After missing three games with a shoulder injury suffered Dec. 3 against Maryland, Turner missed just one field goal attempt (7 of 8) and blocked five shots. "She definitely changes the game for us," McGraw said. "We've really missed that over the last few games." Playing with a black brace on her right shoulder, Turner said she wasn't bothered by it and quickly got into the flow of the game. "It feels great," Turner said.

  • No. 21 Mississippi State trounces Illinois-Chicago 73-36

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kendra Grant scored 14 points and No. 21 Mississippi State trounced Illinois-Chicago 73-36 in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic on Saturday. Victoria Vivians had 12 points overall and Dominique Dillingham had all 10 of her points in the first half as Mississippi State (13-0) had little trouble generating or making shots against UIC. A 10-1 run to close the half pushed the lead to 21 at 39-18. The Flames were just 5 of 20 before intermission, missing all three 3-point attempts, and finished with just 10 field goals in the game. The Bulldogs domination extended into the second half as they outscored UIC 34-18 after intermission. MSU had 14 players receive at least 6 minutes of playing time and 12 of the 14

  • Oklahoma basketball: No. 15 Sooners lose a close one to No. 16 Washington

    By ADAM SOBOLESKI, Associated Press | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    The Huskies (10-0) led by as many as 20 in the first half, but only scored three points in the final 4:01 of the game. Jordan Woodard had a look at a potential winning jumper for the Sooners in the final seconds, but he missed and Andrew Andrews grabbed the rebound.