Collier lifts UConn to a rout of Temple
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.