Huskies barely hang on, still ex­tend streak to 101

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Napheesa Col­lier had 26 points and 12 re­bounds, and top-ranked Con­necti­cut held off Tu­lane, 6360, on Satur­day night in New Or­leans to push its record win­ning streak to 101 games.

Katie Lou Sa­muel­son scored 15 con­sec­u­tive U-Conn. points in a sec­ond-half spurt and fin­ished with 17. Gabby Wil­liams added 14 re­bounds for the Huskies (26-0, 13-0 Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence).

“We’re not as good as every­body thinks we are, and to­day was a per­fect ex­am­ple of that,” U-Conn. Coach Geno Auriemma said. “They think that ev­ery shot that they take is sup­posed to go in, and then when it doesn’t go in, they pout and they feel sorry for them­selves and act like 12-year-olds, and that’s ex­actly what hap­pened to­day. Not ev­ery shot is sup­posed to go in. God isn’t pun­ish­ing you. Fig­ure out a way to help us win the game.”

Kolby Mor­gan led Tu­lane (16-11, 7-7) with 19 points. Les­lie Vor­pahl had 16 and Tene Thomp­son 14.

The Green Wave pulled within two points three times late but could never get a de­fen­sive stop. Fi­nally, it got the ball with four sec­onds left, but Thomp­son’s des­per­a­tion three-pointer fell short.

BAY­LOR 89, OK­LA­HOMA STATE 67: Nina Davis had a sea­son-high 23 points along with 10 re­bounds, and the fourthranked Bears beat the Cow­girls in Waco, Tex., to move back into a share of first place in the Big 12 Con­fer­ence.

Bay­lor (25-2, 14-1 Big 12) never trailed in its first home game since a loss Feb. 6 to eighth-ranked Texas, which suf­fered its first con­fer- loss ear­lier Satur­day to set up a showdown for first place.

Along with Davis’s 30th ca­reer dou­ble-dou­ble, Kalani Brown had her eighth for Bay­lor with 19 points and 12 re­bounds in 21 min­utes.

Karli Wheeler had 18 points for Ok­la­homa State (14-12, 4-11), while Mandy Cole­man had 13 and Diana Omozee 13.

Bay­lor, which has won the past six Big 12 reg­u­lar sea­son and tour­na­ment ti­tles, plays at Texas on Mon­day night, one of three re­main­ing reg­u­lar sea­son games left for both teams.

OK­LA­HOMA 74, TEXAS 73: Pey­ton Lit­tle hit a corner three­p­ointer with two sec­onds re­main­ing, and the No. 19 Soon­ers beat the No. 8 Longhorns in Nor­man, Okla., to end Texas’s 19-game win­ning streak.

In a game marked by 16 lead changes, Lit­tle fin­ished with 15 points and was one of four Soon­ers (21-6, 12-3 Big 12) in dou­ble fig­ures. Vionise Pierre-Louis scored 21 points off the bench but fouled out with two min­utes to play. Gabbi Or­tiz scored 14 points and Gioya Carter had 10 for Ok­la­homa.

Fresh­man Nancy Mulkey hit one of two free throws with 0.4 sec­onds left to seal the vic­tory. Texas made a three-pointer as time ex­pired.

Brooke McCarty scored 16 points for the Longhorns (21-5, 14-1).

FLORIDA STATE 80, CLEM­SON 47: With lead­ing scorer Shakayla Thomas out with a shoul­der in­jury, four play­ers scored in dou­ble fig­ures to lead the No. 4 Semi­noles past the Tigers in Tallahassee.

Brit­tany Brown and Ivey Slaugh­ter each scored 14 points as FSU (24-4, 12-2 ACC) bounced back from losses ear­lier in the week to No. 8 Texas and Vir­ginia.

Danielle Ed­wards led Clem­son (14-14, 3-12) with 11 points.

SOPHIA GERMER/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Con­necti­cut’s Napheesa Col­lier fin­ished with 26 points and 12 re­bounds as the Huskies beat Tu­lane for their 101st straight win.

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