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No. 1 UConn 64, No. 18 Creighton 48

STORRS, Conn. — Donovan Clingan came off the bench to score six points in 16 minutes in his first game back from an injury and No. 1 UConn used a stifling defense to beat No. 18 Creighton.

Tristen Newton scored 16 points for the Huskies (16-2, 6-1 Big East), who were playing their first game ranked No. 1 since 2009. Cam Spencer and Alex Karaban each had 13 points.

Clingan, a 7-foot-2 sophomore, missed five games with a tendon injury in his right foot.

Steven Ashworth led Creighton (13-5, 4-3) with 14 points while Baylor Scheierman, who came into the game averaging 18 points a game, added 12.

No. 4 North Carolina 86, Louisville 70

CHAPEL HILL N.C. — RJ Davis scored 21 points and North Carolina beat Louisville for its seventh straight victory, the Tar Heels’ longest winning streak in five seasons.

Armando Bacot had 19 points, Cormac Ryan added 17 and former Louisville player Jae’Lyn Withers scored 15 off the bench for North Carolina (14-3, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Skyy Clark scored 16 points, Brandon Huntley-Hatfield had 15 and reserve Tre White added 12 for Louisville (6-11, 1-5), which has lost five of six.

No. 5 Houston 77, No. 25 Texas Tech 54

HOUSTON — Jamal Shead scored a career-high 29 points and also had 10 assists, J’Wan Roberts added 12 points and Houston snapped a two-game losing streak with a win over Texas Tech.

Shead scored 15 first-half points, shooting 6 for 9 from the field as Houston (15-2, 2-2 Big 12) led 38-29 at the half. He finished 12 of 16 from the field.

Kerwin Walton scored 18 points and Pop Isaacs added 12 points for Texas Tech (14-3, 3-1), which had its nine-game winning streak snapped.

No. 8 Kentucky 90, Mississipp­i St. 77

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Antonio Reeves scored 27 points and Kentucky beat Mississipp­i State for coach John Calipari’s 400th victory with the Wildcats.

Kentucky (13-3, 3-1 Southeaste­rn Conference) shot 62% in the second half and 56% overall to provide the milestone victory for the Hall of Famer, who became the third-fastest active coach to achieve that with a program.

Rob Dillingham added 16 points for the Wildcats.

Tolu Smith III had 26 points for the Bulldogs (12-5, 1-3).

No. 13 Auburn 80, Vanderbilt 65

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jaylin Williams hit every shot he attempted scoring 21 points as Auburn coasted to its 10th straight victory routing Vanderbilt.

Williams knocked down five shots in the first half, including a pair of 3s, and five free throws, and his dunk with 19 seconds left helped the Tigers (15-2, 4-0 Southeaste­rn Conference) take a 41-24 lead into halftime.

Vanderbilt (5-12, 0-4) has lost four straight and joins Missouri as the only winless teams in SEC play.

Tyrin Lawrence led the Commodores with 15 points. Jason Rivera-Torres added 14, Ezra Manjon had 12 and Malik Pressley 11.

No. 15 Oklahoma 77, West Virginia 63

NORMAN, Okla. — Jalon Moore scored 16 points and Javian McCollum and Rivaldo Soares each added 13 to help Oklahoma defeat West Virginia.

Otega Oweh added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma (14-3, 2-2 Big 12), which shot 63.6% in the second half to pull away. The Sooners bounced back from losses to TCU and Kansas.

Noah Farrakhan scored 14 points and RaeQuan Battle added 12 for West Virginia (6-11, 1-3), which was trying to build momentum after upsetting thenNo. 25 Texas last Saturday.

LSU 89, No. 22 Mississipp­i 80

BATON ROUGE, La. — Jordan Wright scored a game-high 27 points leading LSU to a victory over No. 22 Mississipp­i.

Wright, a graduate transfer from Vanderbilt and a Baton Rouge area native, scored six of LSU’s nine points to close the first half and eight of Tigers’ 10 points to open the second half.

Jalen Cook added 16 points for LSU (11-6, 3-1 Southeaste­rn Conference). Tyrell Ward contribute­d 11, including a trio of 3-pointers in two minutes during a 13-4 run that boosted the Tigers’ lead to 64-48 with 9:48 left to play.

Mississipp­i (15-2, 2-2) was led by Jaylen Murray with 23 and Allen Flanigan with 20.

Top 25 Women No. 9 UConn 83, Seton Hall 59

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — Paige Bueckers scored a season-high 32 points to lead No. 9 UConn to a win over Seton Hall.

The All-American guard left the game with 6:38 remaining in the third quarter after colliding with teammate KK Arnold at midcourt. She returned with just under three minutes left in the period after icing her neck and promptly hit a baseline jumper on her first shot attempt for a 59-46 lead.

Azana Baines scored 17 points to lead Seton Hall (11-7, 3-4).

No. 16 Indiana 85, Minnesota 62

BLOOMINGTO­N, Ind. — Mackenzie Holmes scored a season-high 32 points on 15-of-17 shooting and No. 16 Indiana rebounded from a big loss with a win over Minnesota.

The Hoosiers bounced back from an 84-57 loss to now-No. 2 Iowa on Saturday by making 11 of 24 3-pointers, shooting 59% overall (33 of 56) and having 23 assists on the 33 baskets.

Sara Scalia scored 22 points and Sydney Parrish added 15, both knocking down five 3-pointers for Indiana (15-2, 6-1 Big Ten Conference).

Grace Grocholski scored 19 points to lead the Golden Gophers (13-4, 3-3). Mara Braun added 14 points and Amaya Battle had 13.

No. 18 Ohio State 84, Maryland 76

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Rebeka Mikulasiko­va scored 20 points, Taylor Thierry added 17 and Ohio State turned back Maryland.

The Buckeyes scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to lead by seven, the biggest lead of the game to that point, and the Terrapins never got closer than four.

Cotie McMahon had 14 points and matched Thierry’s nine rebounds for Ohio State (14-3, 5-1 Big Ten Conference). Celeste Taylor had 11 points and eight rebounds and Jacy Sheldon had 10 with five assists. Sheldon was 3-of-10 shooting and made her three baskets in a oneminute span that helped turn a four-point lead into a 77-67 lead with 1:55 to play.

Jakia Brown-Turner, Bri McDaniel and reserve Lavender Briggs all had 16 points for the Terrapins (11-6, 3-3).

Villanova 66, No. 22 Marquette 63

PHILADELPH­IA —L ucy Olsen scored 37 points, including the last eight of the game and Villanova defeated Marquette.

Christina Dalce added 10 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks, four in the final minute and two on 3-point attempts inside the final five seconds.

Marquette scored the first seven points of the game and Liza Karlen made a pair of free throws with 3:54 to play to give the Golden Eagles a 63-56 lead, only the second time the lead reached seven.

Dalce answered with a quick layup and then Marquette proceeded to miss its final 10 shots. Olsen made two free throws to put Villanova within 63-62 with just under a minute left and her layup with 29.7 seconds to go gave the Wildcats their first lead. Her free throws with about 12 seconds to play forced Marquette to go for a 3-pointer.

Bella Runyan had three 3-pointers and 11 points for Villanova (12-5, 5-1 Big East).

Texas Tech 71, No. 24 Iowa State 63

LUBBOCK, Texas — Rhyle McKinney scored all 15 of her points in the first half, Jasmine Shavers had 15 second-half points and Texas Tech beat Iowa State for its first series victory in the last seven meetings.

Texas Tech (14-5, 3-3 Big 12), which won its first game against a ranked opponent since Jan. 18, 2023, picked up its first victory over Iowa State since Feb. 23, 2020.

McKinney, in her first start of the season, made her fifth 3-pointer with 7:22 remaining in the second quarter to give Texas Tech a 25-18 lead. Bailey Maupin added a long 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer to cap a personal 7-0 run for a 34-29 lead at the break.

Kilah Freelon gave Texas Tech a 14-point lead, 63-49, with 5:39 remaining in the fourth quarter but the Lady Raiders did not make another field goal the rest of the way. Iowa State (12-5, 6-1) got as close as six points until Shavers made two free throws with 35.6 seconds left to seal it.

Emily Ryan scored 11 of Iowa State’s 29 first-half points and finished with a season-high 18 points.

No. 25 UNLV 67, San Diego State 60

SAN DIEGO — Nneka Obiazor scored 18 points, Desi-Rae Young had 17 points and 11 rebounds for her 41st career double-double and No. 25 UNLV beat San Diego State for its eighth straight victory in the series.

UNLV (15-1, 5-0 Mountain West) extended its conference winning streak to 29 games.

UNLV had its lead trimmed to two points twice in the opening three minutes of the fourth quarter. But Obiazor made a 3-pointer with 6:19 left and Alyssa Brown converted a three-point play on UNLV’s next possession to extend the lead to 54-46. Obiazor added another 3-pointer at 2:46 to make it 61-48.

Adryana Quezada scored 18 points and Kim Villalobos had 15 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for San Diego State (11-8, 2-4).

No. 7 Kansas State at TCU, ccd

FORT WORTH, Texas — Two TCU games have been canceled because the team does not have enough available players, the Big 12 announced Wednesday.

The Horned Frogs (14-4, 1-4 Big 12) were scheduled to host No. 7 Kansas State on Wednesday night and visit No. 24 Iowa State on Saturday.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, the TCU athletic department said the games were canceled “due to injuries within the program and in the interest of the health and safety of our student-athletes.”

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