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Women’s College Basketball | Top 25 results | Thursday


No. 11 Utah 74, Saint Joseph’s 48

PHILADELPH­IA — Alissa Pili scored a season-high 31 points to reach 20-plus for the fifth straight game and No. 11 Utah used a big fourth quarter to beat Saint Joseph’s.

Pili took over in the first five minutes of the fourth, making all five of her field-goal attempts during a personal 14-2 run for a 65-43 lead. She finished 12 of 17 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds for Utah (8-1). Pili came up just short of tying her career high of 33 points, set in the NCAA Tournament last season.

Kennady McQueen scored 11 of Utah’s opening 27 points and didn’t score again. Saint Joseph’s was held to six points in the first quarter and didn’t reach 11 points until Emma Boslet scored with 5:47 left in the second quarter. The Hawks started making just 3 of 19 shots.

Talya Brugler scored 16 points for Saint Joseph’s (8-1), which was attempting to start 9-0 for a second straight season. The Hawks are 7-33 all-time against ranked teams under head coach Cindy Griffin.

No. 20 Florida St. 99, Jacksonvil­le 73

TALLAHASSE­E, Fla. — Makayla Timpson had 19 points and 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season, Ta’Niya Latson added 18 points and No. 20 Florida State beat Jacksonvil­le.

Florida State scored 15 straight points in the first quarter, with scoring from four different players, to go ahead by double figures for good. Jacksonvil­le scored the first four points of the second quarter to get within 12 — the closest the Dolphins would get the rest of the way — but the Seminoles scored the next nine for a 21-point lead.

Florida State led 50-29 at the break after shooting 60% from the field and holding Jacksonvil­le to 29%. The Seminoles entered ranked 13th nationally with a 28.3% field-goal percentage defense.

Sara Bejedi scored 15 points, Carla Viegas added a season-high 14 and O’Mariah Gordon had 12 points and eight assists for Florida State (7-2). Timpson, who entered ranked fifth in the country with 26 blocked shots, reached three blocks in a game for the eighth time this season.

No. 23 Gonzaga 78, California 70

BERKELEY — Yvonne Ejim scored 21 points and Brynna Maxwell scored 18 points and 23rd-ranked Gonzaga took control in overtime and beat California.

Kayleigh Truong’s jump shot with 31 seconds left tied it at 65-all in regulation to force overtime

Ejim finished shooting 9 for 19 and Maxwell was 6-for-17 overall but made 5 for 11 inside the arc. Kayleigh Truong scored 14 points and Kaylynne Truong distribute­d 12 assists against just three turnovers.

Marta Suárez scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Leilani McIntosh and reserve Lulu Laditan-Twidale each scored 13 points, reserve Ila Lane scored 11 and McKayla Williams 10. McIntosh distribute­d 11 assists but was credited for seven turnovers.

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