Posted: Feb 2, 2013 7:59 PM
Updated: Feb 2, 2013 7:59 PM
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Brittney Griner had 30 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high seven assists to lead top-ranked Baylor to its 19th straight win Saturday night, 81-62 over No. 19 Oklahoma State.
The Lady Bears (20-1, 10-0 Big 12) took control with an 18-2 run immediately after coach Kim Mulkey called timeout and put her five starters back on the floor with 10:03 remaining, just after Liz Donohoe's scoop shot put Oklahoma State (15-5, 4-5) up 21-16.
Griner had three baskets and also assisted on a 3-pointer by Jordan Madden and a Kimetria Hayden's layup during the stretch, which featured two shot-clock violations by the Cowgirls.
Odyssey Sims stretched the lead to 34-23 with a steal that led to a three-point play, and Baylor stretched its lead to 18 by scoring the first seven points after halftime.
Donohoe led the Cowgirls with 24 points, one off her season best.
NO. 3 NOTRE DAME 64, CINCINNATI 42
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Kayla McBride scored 17 of her 19 points in the first half and Notre Dame jumped out to an early 23-point lead to beat Cincinnati for its 15th straight victory.
The streak matches the fourth-longest in school history, also accomplished in 2009-10 and 1990-91. The victory also was the 699th in 31 seasons for coach Muffet McGraw, 26 with Notre Dame (20-1, 8-0 Big East). Cincinnati (8-13, 0-8) fell to 0-9 all-time against the Fighting Irish.
Kayla Cook led the Bearcats with 12 points. Dayeesha Hollins, Cincinnati's leading scorer at 15.4 points per game, was held to a season-low six.
Kaila Turner added 11 points for the Irish, who outshot Cincinnati 50 percent to 35 percent.
NO. 3 CONNECTICUT 71, ST. JOHN'S 65
NEW YORK (AP) Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points and Kelly Faris added 17 to help lead Connecticut to a win over St. John's.
The Huskies (20-1, 7-1 Big East) had to work for the entire game to earn this one. With the game tied at 57, Mosqueda-Lewis took over, scoring UConn's next seven points. She had a three-point play and then hit four free throws to give UConn a 64-59 lead with 1:55 left.
Aliyyah Handford hit one free throw to make it a four-point game with 1:37 left before Faris answered with a 3-pointer 20 seconds later to seal the win.
Shenneika Smith led St. John's (10-10, 4-4) with 21 points.
NO. 12 LOUISVILLE 74, GEORGETOWN 60
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Antonita Slaughter scored 22 points and Louisville held Georgetown's Sugar Rodgers to only six points in a win over the Hoyas.
Rodgers, the nation's second-leading scorer at 23.7 points per game, made just 2 of 17 shots and missed all seven of her 3-point attempts. It was the senior guard's lowest total, and first game below double figures, since she scored six on Nov. 19, 2011 against Houston.
Slaughter scored 14 first-half points, then began the second with a 3-pointer to give the Cardinals (19-4, 7-2) a 36-29 lead en route to their fifth consecutive win.
Katie McCormick led the Hoyas (13-9, 4-5) with 21 points, 18 in the second half.
NO. 23 IOWA ST. 67, TEXAS TECH 52
AMES, Iowa (AP) Chelsea Poppens had 18 points and nine rebounds to help Iowa State rally past Texas Tech.
Hallie Christofferson added 15 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for the Cyclones (15-5, 6-4 Big 12), who trailed 20-12 just past the midway point of the first half.
Iowa State pulled to 29-25 by halftime, and in the second half the Cyclones shot 59 percent from the field, finishing at 49 percent for the game. They also held Texas Tech to 21 percent shooting after halftime and 29 percent overall.
Chynna Brown led the Red Raiders (16-6, 6-4) with 18 points and eight rebounds.