In Hous­ton, de­fense is in DNA

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Colleges -

Hous­ton coach Kelvin Sampson has made de­fense a big part of the Cougars’ DNA.

With No. 25 Cincin­nati (20-4, 92), threat­en­ing an up­set at Hous­ton, the 12th-ranked Cougars (231, 10-1) clamped down com­pletely.

Hous­ton held Cincin­nati score­less over the fi­nal 6:11, staving off the Bearcats 65-58 for a key Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence win.

Ore­gon

The No. 3 Ore­gon women (23-1, 12-0 Pac-12) beat No. 11 Stan­ford (19-4, 9-3), 88-48, hand­ing the Car­di­nal’s Tara VanDerveer the worst loss of her coach­ing ca­reer and notch­ing the Ducks’ first win at Maples Pav­il­ion since 1987.

Mary­land

Kaila Charles scored 17 points and the No. 10 Ter­rapin women ex­tended their lead in the Big Ten with a 62-48 vic­tory against No. 20 Rut­gers. The Ter­rap­ins (22-2, 112), who have won seven in a row, own a 1½-game ad­van­tage on the Scar­let Knights (17-6, 9-3).

As­so­ci­ated Press

Ore­gon’s Sab­rina Ionescu, from left, Sa­tou Sa­bally and Ruthy He­bard cel­e­brate in the last minute of a 40-point rout of Stan­ford Sun­day.

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