Texas A&M wins seventh straight
Kelsey Bone scored 22 points, making 11 of 13 shots, to lift No. 22 Texas A&M to an 83-60 victory over Kansas State on Wednesday in Las Vegas. The game was part of the three-day World Vision Classic at UNLV.
Courtney Walker added 16 points, nine rebounds, and five steals for the Aggies (7-3), who have won their last seven games after opening with losses to three top-10 teams — Louisville, Connecticut and Penn State.
Texas A&M led by eight at the half and pulled away behind Walker, who had 12 of her points after the break.
Haley Texada scored 19 points and Brittany Chambers added 15 to lead Kansas State (7-2).
Chambers only played 28 minutes after spraining her right ankle in the Wildcats’ loss to TCU on Sunday. She didn’t start, snapping a streak of 101 straight games she had started, but quickly entered the game.
No. 1 Stanford 53, No. 21 South Carolina 49: Chiney Ogwumike had 21 points and 15 rebounds, Mikaela Ruef had a tiebreaking basket with 53 seconds left and the Cardinal (10-0) held on to beat the host Gamecocks (10-1).
The Cardinal came cross-country to face the rising Gamecocks and found themselves in a tough matchup. The game was tied at 45all with 1:14 to go after Aleighsa Welch’s foul shot. That’s when Ruef drove left and put up a shot that barely caught the rim and fell in for the lead.
South Carolina had a chance to tie on its next possession, but Ieasia Walker made just one of two foul shots. Walker’s 3-pointer with 3 seconds left drew the Gamecocks within 51-49 but that was as close as things got.
Tami Kokenis had 15 points for Stanford, including six foul shots in the final minute to keep control.
No. 2 Connecticut 97, Oakland 20: Bria Hartley and Breanna Stewart each scored 21 points and Brianna Banks had 18 to lead the host Huskies (9-0) over the Golden Grizzlies (5-6).
No. 5 Notre Dame 100, Alabama A&M 39: Kayla McBride scored 16 points to lead four teammates in double figures as the Irish (7-1) over the Lady Bulldogs (1-6) in the first round of the World Vision Classic in Las Vegas.
No. 6 Georgia 72, TCU 59: Erika Ford scored 10 points in a span of just over 6½ minutes midway through the first half and the Lady Bulldogs rolled over (12-0) the host Horned Frogs (5-4).
Natalie Ventress had 19 points for Big 12 newcomer TCU, which had won five consecutive home games.
No. 17 North Carolina 76, East Carolina 67: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 24 points and the Tar Heels (11-1) pulled away in the second half to beat the Pirates (8-3) in the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
No. 23 Florida State 94, Mercer 42: Natasha Howard led five players in double figures with 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Seminoles (9-1) rolled over the visiting Bears (7-3).