Hous­ton gets de­fen­sive in hold­ing off Cincin­nati

Stan­ford women crushed at home by No. 3 Ore­gon

Albuquerque Journal - - SPORTS -

HOUS­TON — Hous­ton coach Kelvin Sampson has made de­fense a big part of the Cougars’ DNA.

With No. 25 Cincin­nati threat­en­ing an up­set on Hous­ton’s home court, the 12thranked Cougars clamped down com­pletely.

Hous­ton held Cincin­nati score­less over the fi­nal 6:11, staving off the Bearcats 65-58 on Sun­day for a key Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence win.

“That’s what coach preaches ev­ery day at prac­tice,” De­Jon Jar­reau said. “We de­fend and re­bound. We go at it, we com­pete. We try our best to carry it over to the game be­cause that’s our cul­ture. If you aren’t buy­ing into our cul­ture, you aren’t play­ing.”

Jar­reau scored 14 of his 16 points in the sec­ond half and added eight re­bounds and five as­sists. He scored 11 con­sec­u­tive points in the sec­ond half, in­clud­ing six straight to give Hous­ton a 63-58 lead with 3 ½ min­utes left.

“I just took what they gave me,” Jar­reau said. “They were on our shoot­ers, so that gave me a lane to go and make a play.”

Corey Davis Jr. also had 16 points. Davis and Jar­reau each made free throws in the fi­nal 20 sec­onds to seal it for the Cougars (23-1, 10-1).

Top 25 Women

No. 2 LOUISVILLE 72, VIR­GINIA TECH

63: In Blacksburg, Va., Asia Durr scored 34 points and Louisville over­came a near-col­lapse.

Sam Fuehring added 21 points and 13 re­bounds for the Car­di­nals (23-1, 10-1 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence), who won their ninth in a row. Fuehring made con­sec­u­tive driv­ing bas­kets in the fi­nal quar­ter af­ter the Hok­ies had closed to within 62-56 with un­der four min­utes to play, al­low­ing Louisville to avoid an up­set.

No. 3 ORE­GON 88, No. 11 STAN­FORD 48: In Stan­ford, Calif., Sab­rina Ionescu had 27 points, nine re­bounds and eight as­sists, and Ore­gon ran its NCAA-best win­ning streak to 16 games by run­ning away from Stan­ford to snap a 29-game los­ing streak at Maples Pav­il­ion.

Ionescu scored 17 of her points in the first half and made 12 of 20 shots as the Ducks (23-1, 12-0 Pac-12) ended Stan­ford’s 22-game home win­ning streak.

The loss was one of the worst in Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer’s 33 sea­sons at Stan­ford.

No. 4 NOTRE DAME 97, No. 24 FLORIDA STATE 70: In South Bend, Ind., Arike Ogun­bowale scored 27 points and Jes­sica Shep­ard added 26 as Notre Dame (21-3, 9-2 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) got its tran­si­tion game go­ing again to beat Florida State.

Ogun­bowale moved closer to be­com­ing the school’s lead­ing scorer. She has 2,301 points. Sky­lar Dig­gers-Smith is the all­time leader at 2,357.

The Semi­noles (20-4, 8-3) lost for the first time on the road this sea­son.

No. 6 MIS­SIS­SIPPI STATE 91, TEN­NESSEE 63: In Starkville, Miss., Teaira McCowan had 24 points and 15 re­bounds, Jor­dan Dan­berry added 20 points Mis­sis­sippi State (22-1, 10-0 SEC( pulled away late to beat Ten­nessee.

No. 7 ORE­GON STATE 82, CAL­I­FOR­NIA 74: In Berke­ley, Calif., Des­tiny Slocum scored 26 points and Ore­gon State (20-4, 10-2 Pac-12) over­came an 11-point deficit to beat Cal­i­for­nia.

No. 8 MARQUETTE 93, VILLANOVA 55: In Mil­wau­kee, Natisha Hiede­man scored 22 points, Al­lazia Block­ton had 19 and Marquette (21-3, 12-0 Big East) beat Villanova for its 12th con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

No. 10 MARY­LAND 62, No. 20 RUT­GERS 48: In Pis­cat­away, N.J., Kaila Charles scored 17 points and Mary­land (22-2, 11-2 Big Ten) ex­tended its lead in the Big Ten over Rut­gers (17-6, 9-3).

No. 15 SYRA­CUSE 96, BOS­TON COL­LEGE 69: In Syra­cuse, N.Y., Mi­randa Drum­mond made 6 of 9 3-point­ers and scored 24 points, and Syra­cuse (18-5, 7-3 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) beat Bos­ton Col­lege.

No. 16 IOWA 78, OHIO STATE 52: In Colum­bus, Ohio, Me­gan Gustafson had 19 of her 29 points in the sec­ond half as Iowa (19-5, 10-3 Big Ten) pulled away to beat Ohio State.

UCLA 100, No. 17 UTAH 90: In Salt Lake City, Kennedy Burke scored 26 points, Michaela Onyen­were added 25 points for the sopho­more’s 11th 20-plus game of the sea­son and UCLA (15-9, 8-4 Pac-12) up­set Utah (18-5, 7-5) as the Bru­ins ran their win­ning streak in this series to 13 games.

No. 25 MI­AMI 65, PITTS­BURGH 51: In Pitts­burgh, Beatrice Mom­premier scored 23 points with 13 re­bounds and Mi­ami (21-5, 9-2) kept Pitt win­less in the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence.

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