Texas A&M’s de­fense stops Alabama cold

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COL­LEGE STA­TION — Ciera John­son tied a ca­reer high with 18 points and added 11 re­bounds, Sham­bria Wash­ing­ton added a ca­reer-high 14 points, and Texas A&M used its trade­mark sti­fling de­fense to de­feat Alabama 70-43 on Sun­day at Reed Arena.

Chennedy Carter scored 11 points, and N’dea Jones added 11 re­bounds for the Ag­gies (13-4, 2-2 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence), who held Alabama to just 27 per­cent shoot­ing from the field.

The Crim­son Tide (9-8, 1-3) did not have a player score in dou­ble fig­ures.

Ma­rina Mabrey scored 18 points, and the No. 1 Fight­ing Irish dom­i­nated from start to fin­ish in a win over the vis­it­ing De­mon Dea­cons.

Jes­sica Shep­ard had 16 points while Bri­anna Turner had 14 points and 12 re­bounds for the Fight­ing Irish (16-1, 4-0 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence), who got a rare off-day from lead­ing scorer Arike Ogun­bowale. Ogun­bowale, who had 30 points Thurs­day in Notre Dame's 82-68 win over No. 2 Louisville, saw her 37-game dou­bledigit scor­ing streak end. She scored just four points on 1-of-11 shoot­ing from the field.

But room­mate Mabrey hit seven of 11 shots, in­clud­ing 4 of 7 3point­ers, and had seven re­bounds and four as­sists. Shep­ard fin­ished with six re­bounds, five as­sists and four steals.


Asia Durr scored 21 points, and the No. 2 Car­di­nals bounced back nicely from its first loss of the sea­son, top­ping the Yel­low Jack­ets in Louisville, Ky.

The Car­di­nals (15-1, 3-1 ACC) shot 38 per­cent from the field in Thurs­day's 82-68 loss at topranked Notre Dame. But they put to­gether a fast start against Geor­gia Tech and then used their de­fense to put away the Yel­low Jack­ets (12-5, 2-2) af­ter they made a charge in the third quar­ter.

Fresh­man El­iz­abeth Ba­lo­gun led the Yel­low Jack­ets with 13 points.


Katie Lou Sa­muel­son scored 19 points to reach the 2,000-point mile­stone, and the No. 3 Huskies over­came a slug­gish start to beat the vis­it­ing Bulls.

Me­gan Walker added 14 points and Napheesa Col­lier had 12 for the Huskies (14-1, 3-0 Amer­i­can), who have never suf­fered a con­fer­ence loss in the AAC.

Sa­muel­son is the 10th UConn player to reach 2,000 points.

Enna Pe­hadzic had 17 points and 12 re­bounds for in­jury­plagued USF (10-7, 1-2), which led for much of the first half and trailed by just six points at the half.


Ruthy He­bard had 19 points and a ca­reer-high 18 re­bounds, Sa­tou Sa­bally added 19 points, and the No. 5 Ducks routed the host Bru­ins for their eighth straight vic­tory.

He­bard's dou­ble-dou­ble was her fourth in six ca­reer games against the Bru­ins (9-8, 2-3 Pac-12), who dropped their fifth in a row to the Ducks (15-1, 4-0).

Ore­gon never trailed and ex­tended its lead to 28 points in a dom­i­nant fourth quar­ter. They opened the quar­ter on a 15-2 run, capped by Maite Ca­zorla's con­sec­u­tive 3-point­ers that made it 7244. The Bru­ins scored the game's fi­nal eight points.

Michaela Onyen­ware led the Bru­ins with 13 points, un­der her lead­ing av­er­age of 16.8.


Erika Cas­sell had 15 points and 10 re­bounds, and the No. 8 Wolf­pack re­mained the only un­beaten Divi­sion I women's team with a vic­tory over the host Cava­liers.

Kiara Les­lie added 12 points and 10 re­bounds for the Wolf­pack (17-0, 4-0 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence). Kai Crutch­field and Elissa Cu­nane each scored 11.

North Carolina State started the sec­ond quar­ter with a 15-3 run to open a 31-13 lead. Cas­sell, who was av­er­ag­ing 5.9 points com­ing into the day, had nine points dur­ing the key se­quence.

Jo­ce­lyn Wil­loughby led Vir­ginia (7-10, 1-3) with 15 points.


Caliya Robin­son had 16 points, six re­bounds, five as­sists and two of her six blocks in a crit­i­cal last­minute pos­ses­sion, and the host Bull­dogs gave the No. 13 Lady Vols a three-game los­ing streak for the first time in 33 years.

Ten­nessee, which had never lost three-straight South­east­ern Con­fer­ence games, lost to Mis­souri, Ken­tucky and Geor­gia by a to­tal of eight points. The first two games were at home, the first time they lost con­sec­u­tive home games since De­cem­ber 1996.

West­brook scored 23 points for Ten­nessee (12-4, 1-3).

In Fe­bru­ary of 1986, Ten­nessee lost at Mis­sis­sippi and at home to Auburn and Louisiana Tech.

Gabby Con­nally added 13 points for the Bull­dogs (12-5, 3-1).


Crys­tal Allen scored 16 of her 28 points in the fourth quar­ter, La'Karis Sal­ter had a dou­ble-dou­ble, and the Rebels upset the No. 16 Wild­cats in Lex­ing­ton, Ky.

Sal­ter had 12 points and 10 re­bounds and Allen made six of her 10-for-10 per­for­mance at the foul line in the last 1:12 for the Rebels (7-11, 1-3 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence. It was the first road win over a ranked team since 2011.

Ken­tucky (15-3, 2-2), who was 11-0 at home, was with­out top scorer Maci Mor­ris, a last-minute scratch due to ill­ness. Fresh­man Rhyne Howard led Ken­tucky with 20 points and 11 re­bounds for her fourth dou­ble­dou­ble.


Kianna Ibis was 4-of-4 from 3point range and fin­ished with 26 points, and Reili Richard­son hit one of two free throws with five sec­onds left to help the No. 19 Sun Devils beat the No. 24 Golden Bears in Tempe, Ariz.

Ibis made shot 9 of 12 from the field and hit all her four freethrow at­tempts..


Kobi Thorn­ton scored 19 points with 10 re­bounds, and the Tigers ended an 18-game los­ing streak against the 22nd-ranked Semi­noles with a vic­tory in Tal­la­has­see, Fla.

The Tigers (12-5, 3-1 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence), who have won three straight, had not won in Tal­la­has­see in 17 years. Aliyah Col­lier added 11 points.

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Con­necti­cut’s Katie Lou Sa­muel­son (33) was all smiles shortly af­ter scor­ing her 2,000th col­lege ca­reer point in the sec­ond half of the No. 3 Huskies’ 63-46 vic­tory over South Florida on Sun­day. She is the 10th UConn player to reach the 2,000-point plateau.

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