Faris scores career-high 20 as Connecticut surges to victory
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.