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Women’s College Basketball | Top 25 results | Friday


Women’s College Top 25 No. 3 Stanford 84, California 49

STANFORD — Kiki Iriafen had 23 points and 11 rebounds, powering a balanced attack and leading No. 3 Stanford past California 84-49 on Friday night for the Cardinal’s 11th straight victory in the Bay Area rivalry.

Cameron Brink contribute­d 14 points and the nation’s leader in blocked shots had four more for the Cardinal (23-3, 12-2 Pac-12), who won their fourth straight since a 67-58 loss to 15th-ranked USC that ended a 12-0 start at home.

Ugonne Onyiah scored 12 points to lead cold-shooting Cal (15-11, 5-9), which never got in sync against the more physical, fast-paced Stanford attack.

Marta Suarez scored five straight points during a 7-0 run in the first as the Golden Bears stayed close early.

Iriafen shot 10 for 13 while Hannah Jump went 6 for 7 for 14 points. Elena Bosgana scored 12 and Brooke Demetre had 11 as Stanford continued its domination in the series with the average margin of victory at 25.8 points during the 11-game unbeaten run.

Cal leading scorer Ioanna Krimili was held to two points on 1-for-5 shooting, below her 15.9 scoring average.

The game marked the Bay Area programs’ final regular-season meeting as members of the Pac-12 Conference before both schools join the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

No. 22 Utah 77, No. 8 Colorado 76

SALT LAKE CITY — Dasia Young scored 13 points and made a driving layup at the buzzer in her return after missing four games with a concussion, and No. 22 Utah beat eighth-ranked Colorado 77-76 on Friday night.

Alissa Pili scored 18 points to lead Utah (19-7, 9-5 Pac-12), and Inis Vieira had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. The Utes have won eight of 10.

Jaylyn Sherrod scored 15 points and Frida Formann had 10 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Buffaloes (20-5, 10-4) forced seven turnovers in the fourth quarter to turn the game into a thriller.

Formann’s steal and layup gave Colorado its first lead since the first quarter and Aaronette Vonleh, who had 14 points, put the Buffaloes up 76-75 with seconds to play before Young’s heroics.

With 50.7 seconds remaining, Kindyll Wetta made a layup off Sherrod’s steal to get the Buffaloes to 73-70, after Vonleh sparked the late surge with three straight baskets.

Sherrod stole it again with 43 seconds to go but then got hurt again in the scramble and had to be helped off the court.

The Utes led by as 18 points early in the third quarter before the Buffaloes offense came roaring to life. Sherrod’s jumper with 1:21 left in the third quarter capped a blistering run where the Buffaloes made 12 of 14 shots and trimmed the Utah lead to 57-50.

Young’s basket was the only Utah field goal in the final five minutes.

But Sherrod came up limping after a drive to the hoop and then was holding her left knee. Once she left the game, Vieira made two free throws and Kennady McQueen hit a 3-pointer to make it 62-50 going into the final quarter.

Both of these teams have been beating all opponents the last four weeks except Oregon State as both the Utes and Buffaloes were swept by the Beavers.

Pili had 11 points and Jenna Johnson added 10 in the first half to lift Utah to a 39-24 halftime lead — limiting the Buffaloes to their season low in first-half points.

Utah leveraged ball pressure and a collapsing interior defense to take an early cushion that benefitted the Utes when Colorado expended energy to make runs.

No. 15 UConn 85, Georgetown 44

STORRS, Conn. — Aaliyah Edwards finished with 26 points and a seasonhigh 16 rebounds, Paige Bueckers scored 21 and No. 15 Connecticu­t breezed past Georgetown.

Edwards made 11 of 16 shots and 4 of 5 free throws for the Huskies (22-5, 14-0 Big East Conference), who upped their win streak against the Hoyas to 38 in a series they lead 54-6. Edwards posted her fifth straight doubledoub­le and 13th of the season. Bueckers sank three 3-pointers and had eight assists. Freshman reserve Ice Brady scored 10 on 5-for-5 shooting with five rebounds.

Victoria Rivera made four 3-pointers and scored 16 to pace Georgetown (16-10, 6-9).

No. 20 Creighton 71, St. John’s 51

NEW YORK — Morgan Maly and Lauren Jensen each scored 20 points and No. 20 Creighton got its 11th straight victory.

The Bluejays (21-3, 12-2 Big East) have their longest winning streak since posting 11 straight during the 2008-09 season. The program record is 16, set in the 1991-92 season.

Jensen scored 15 points and made all six of her shots in the opening 16 minutes of the game. Emma Ronsiek added 10 points during that span and Maly had nine as Creighton built a 34-15 lead.

Jensen made a 3-pointer with 6:03 remaining in the third quarter to put Creighton ahead by double figures, 45-33, for good. Molly Mogensen scored the first five points of the fourth quarter and Maly started a 10-0 run to make it 69-46.

Ronsiek finished with 14 points for Creighton, which shot 58% from the field including 9 of 18 from 3-point range.

Ber’Nyah Mayo scored 16 points and Jillian Archer added 11 for St. John’s (15-12, 9-6).

No. 25 Princeton 74, Brown 62

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Kaitlyn Chen scored 17 points, freshman Ashley Chea added 12 and No. 25 Princeton controlled the fourth quarter in beating Brown to clinch a spot in Ivy Madness.

Princeton pulled away early in the fourth by scoring eight straight points to take a 61-54 lead. The Tigers were 6 of 11 from the field in the fourth, while Brown went 3 of 15.

Chet Nweke had 11 points and nine rebounds for Princeton (19-3, 9-0), which plays at Yale on Saturday.

Grace Arnolie scored 18 points, Kyla Jones had 15 points and eight rebounds, and freshman Olivia Young added 11 points for Brown (13-9, 4-5), which hosts Pennsylvan­ia on Saturday.

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