Faris scores ca­reer-high 20 as Con­necti­cut surges to vic­tory

The Washington Post Sunday - - Sports -

Kelly Faris scored a ca­reer­high 20 points, in­clud­ing a layup with less than 15 sec­onds left, and Maya Moore added 31 points as No. 2 Con­necti­cut es­caped with a 79-76 vic­tory over host No. 13 Notre Dame on Satur­day.

Sky­lar Dig­gins missed two shots in the last five sec­onds for the Ir­ish, in­clud­ing a last-ditch three-pointer at the buzzer that sailed way be­yond the bas­ket.

The loss spoiled an out­stand­ing ef­fort by Natalie Novosel, who scored Notre Dame’s last six points and all but two of her 16 in the sec­ond half, and dis­ap­pointed a crowd that braved a snow­storm that dumped more than a foot of snow on South Bend be­fore the game.

Dig­gins also had 16 points and Dev­ereaux Peters had 17 for the Ir­ish, whose eight-game win­ning streak was snapped. Notre Dame (13-4, 2-1 Big East) has lost all four of its games against ranked teams this year. UConn (14-1, 4-0) has now won 10 straight against Notre Dame.

U-Conn.’s Di­vi­sion I-record win­ning streak ended at 90 last week at Stan­ford. The Huskies hadn’t lost back-to-back road games in 18 years, but the Ir­ish came close to end­ing that bit of his­tory, too.

BAY­LOR 70, IOWA STATE 58: Brit­tney Griner scored 25 points, in­clud­ing the bas­ket that started a game-clinch­ing run af­ter half­time as the host Bears beat the No. 17 Cy­clones in their first-ever game as the nation’s No. 1 team.

Griner’s jumper with 15:38 left pushed Bay­lor (14-1) ahead 40-31 and sparked a 17-3 run that the 6-foot-8 star watched most of from the bench. That came af­ter the Cy­clones (12-3) had cut the gap to seven points, the clos­est since the Bears started both teams’ Big 12 opener by scor­ing the first 16 points.

When team­mate Melissa Jones drove for a layup and was fouled less than a minute later, Griner took a breather with three fouls be­fore Jones hit her free throw. The Bears were up 55-34 be­fore Griner re­turned 4½ min­utes later, a span dur­ing which fresh­man Odyssey Sims scored eight of her 15 points.

STAN­FORD 82, ARI­ZONA STATE 35: Nnemkadi Og­wu­mike scored all 16 of her points in the first half and grabbed eight re­bounds as the No. 4 Car­di­nal earned their 54th straight home vic­tory atMaples Pavil­ion with a me­thod­i­cal rout of the Sun Devils.

Jeanette Pohlen added 18 points — 14 in the first half — to go with three steals and three as­sists for the Car­di­nal (12-2, 3-0 Pac-10) in their 10th straight win in the ri­valry. Stan­ford is picked to win its 11th con­sec­u­tive Pac10 con­fer­ence crown this sea­son af­ter three straight trips to the Fi­nal Four.

WEST VIR­GINIA 72, CINCIN­NATI 44: Mad­ina Ali had 15 points and 11 re­bounds to lead the No. 6 Moun­taineers (16-0, 3-0 Big East) to a vic­tory over the Bearcats in Mor­gan­town, W.Va.

TEXAS A&M 85, COLORADO 57: Danielle Adams had 18 points and 10 re­bounds and Tyra White scored 16 as the No. 7 Ag­gies (13-1, 1-0 Big 12) rolled to a win over the Buf­faloes (9-5, 0-1).

UCLA 61, SOUTH­ERN CAL­I­FOR­NIA 42: Jas­mine Dixon scored 20 points on 9-of-11 shoot­ing as the No. 12 Bru­ins (13-1, 3-0 Pac-10) routed the Tro­jans (10-4, 2-1).

DePAUL 69, ST. JOHN’S 54: Anna Martin scored a sea­son­high 24 points to lead the No. 16 Blue Demons (15-2, 3-0 Big East) to a win over the Red Storm (12-4, 1-2) in New York.

Tay­lor Pikes added 11 points and 11 re­bounds for the Blue Demons , who have won 12 of their last 13 games.

OK­LA­HOMA 70, NE­BRASKA 50: Aaryn El­len­berg scored 19 points as the No. 19 Sooners (11-3, 1-0 Big 12) de­feated the host Corn­huskers (10-5, 0-1).

IOWA 89, OHIO STATE 76: Jaime Printy scored 25 points and Kamille Wahlin added 18 as the No. 21 Hawkeyes (14-3, 2-2 Big Ten) beat the vis­it­ing No. 20 Buck­eyes (10-5, 1-2).

MIS­SOURI 85, TEXAS 80: RaeShara Brown scored a ca­reer27 points to help the host Tigers (9-6, 1-0 Big 12) over­come a 12-point deficit in the fi­nal min­utes of reg­u­la­tion and up­set the No. 22 Longhorns (11-4, 0-1) in over­time.

SYRA­CUSE 75, SE­TON HALL 50: Elashier Hall had 16 points and Carmen TysonThomas and Erica Mor­row each added 15 as the host No. 23 Orange (13-2, 1-1 Big East) over­came a shaky start to beat the Pi­rates (7-9, 0-3) for the third straight time.

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