Col­lier lifts UConn to a rout of Tem­ple

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL -

NO. 5 CON­NECTI­CUT 109, TEM­PLE 74

STORRS, Conn. — Napheesa Col­lier tied a sea­son-high with 30 points and grabbed 14 re­bounds on Satur­day, lead­ing No. 5 Con­necti­cut to a 109-74 rout of Tem­ple.

Col­lier, who had 30 points in a vic­tory over the Owls last month, recorded her 12th dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son and 36th of her ca­reer. She hit 12 of her 16 shots, dished out 6 as­sists and blocked 3 shots.

“I don’t know that there’s a bet­ter player any­where that does as much ev­ery night,” said UConn Coach Geno Auriemma. “I’m sure peo­ple al­ready have made up their mind who the best player in the coun­try is or who the na­tional player of the year is, what­ever, any of that. I just don’t know that there is any­one that on ev­ery sin­gle night does all the things that Pheesa does.”

Crys­tal Danger­field added 22 points and 9 as­sists for UConn (21-2, 10-0 Amer­i­can), which tuned up for Mon­day’s meet­ing with No. 12 South Carolina by shoot­ing 63 per­cent and break­ing the 100-point bar­rier for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game.

Katie Lou Sa­muel­son added 19 points for the Huskies, who had 31 as­sists on 39 bas­kets. Christyn Wil­liams (Cen­tral Arkansas Chris­tian) had nine points.

Mia Davis had 20 points and nine re­bounds for Tem­ple (8-15, 4-6 Amer­i­can), which lost for the first time in five games. Lena Niang added 15 points and Al­liya Butts had 13 points and 8 as­sists.

The Owls scored the game’s first five points. UConn took a 10-9 lead 3 ½ min­utes into the game on a Walker free throw and never trailed again. A three-pointer from Sa­muel­son just be­fore the half­time buzzer sent the Huskies into in­ter­mis­sion up 58-40.

Tem­ple did not play poorly, es­pe­cially on the of­fen­sive end, where they were 14 of 34 from three-point range, in­clud­ing 8 of 14 in the first half. But UConn dom­i­nated un­der­neath, outscor­ing Tem­ple 38-14 in the paint and 2310 on the fast break.

NO. 1 BAY­LOR 89, TCU 71

WACO, Texas — Kalani Brown scored a sea­son-high 32 points on 11-of-12 shoot­ing and No. 1 Bay­lor stretched its Big 12 win­ning streak to 34 in a row with a vic­tory over TCU.

Lau­ren Cox had 18 points, 8 re­bounds and 5 as­sists for the Lady Bears (211, 11-0), who shot 64.8 per­cent from the field while outscor­ing TCU 58-26 in the paint.

Amy Okonkwo had 28 points and Jayde Woods 10 for the Horned Frogs (17-6, 7-5), who had their five-game Big 12 win­ning streak snapped. Okonkwo had 18 points be­fore half­time.

NO. 13 GONZAGA 93, PORT­LAND 62

PORT­LAND, Ore. — Zyk­era Rice had 14 points and Laura Stock­ton scored 13 to help No. 13 Gonzaga beat Port­land and ex­tend its win streak to six games.

Jill Townsend added 12 points while Katie Camp­bell and Louise Forsyth each scored 11 points for Gonzaga. The Bull­dogs (22-2, 11-1 West Coast Con­fer­ence) shot a sea­son-high 60.3 per­cent from the field, in­clud­ing 20 of 29 (71.4 per­cent) in the sec­ond half.

Julie Spencer hit a jumper to give the Pi­lots (10-13, 2-10) a 10-4 lead but they missed their next nine shots and scored just one point over the next nine min­utes, 40 sec­onds. Haylee An­drews led Port­land with 17 points and Mad­die Muhlheim scored 13.

NO. 14 TEXAS 91, KAN­SAS 73

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Joyner Holmes matched a ca­reer-high with 22 points and No. 14 Texas jumped out early and beat Kan­sas.

The Longhorns (19-5, 9-3 Big 12) swept the sea­son se­ries with Kan­sas (12-10, 2-9) for the sixth con­sec­u­tive sea­son, and re­bounded from a tough home loss to top-ranked Bay­lor, 74-68 on Mon­day night.

Kylee Kopatich scored 18 points to lead the Jay­hawks. Aniya Thomas added 10 of her 15 points in the sec­ond half.

NO. 22 IOWA STATE 77, WEST VIR­GINIA 61

AMES, Iowa — Kristin Scott scored 15 points in the third quar­ter, an­other 10 in the fourth and fin­ished with 29, and No. 22 Iowa State pulled away from West Vir­ginia for its fourth con­sec­u­tive win.

Brid­get Car­leton had 12 of her 23 points in the first half when the Cy­clones (18-5, 8-3 Big 12) took a 33-26 lead. Iowa State scored 20 points in the first quar­ter but strug­gled in the sec­ond, mak­ing just 3 of 13 shots but keep­ing the lead by mak­ing 7 of 9 from the foul line.

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