Huskies barely hang on, still extend streak to 101
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.
Connecticut’s Napheesa Collier finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds as the Huskies beat Tulane for their 101st straight win.