Top 25 Capsules
WACO, Texas (AP) — Freshman guard Honesty Scott-Grayson scored 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting to lead seven Baylor players in double figures as the fourth-ranked Lady Bears easily got past Southern University 94-49 on Thursday night even without All-America post player Kalani Brown.
The 6-foot-7 Brown sat out after rolling her ankle earlier this week, ending her streak of 113 consecutive games and 64 starts in a row. Coach Kim Mulkey had said Brown was available if needed, but the Lady Bears (4-0) overmatched Southern even without the post.
Baylor led throughout, and was already up 28-7 late in the first quarter after a 20-3 spurt when seven different players combined on the nine baskets in that span of less than five minutes.
Courtney Parsons had 11 points for Southern (2-2).
No. 6 MISSISSIPPI STATE 104, LAMAR 53
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Anriel Howard and Teaira McCowan both finished with double-doubles as Mississippi State overcame a slow start to roll past Lamar.
Howard had her most effective game since coming to Mississippi State (3-0) as a graduate transfer from Texas A&M, finishing with 24 points and 13 rebounds. McCowan didn’t play much in the second half but earned her double-double by the second quarter, finishing with 11 points and 16 rebounds.
The Cardinals (3-1) were led by Chastadie Barrs who had 16 points and four steals.
No. 10 SOUTH CAROLINA 69, CLEMSON 57
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Te’a Cooper scored 15 points to lead South Carolina to a sloppy win over Clemson.
The Gamecocks (2-0) are still trying to adjust to a new style of play. They were dominant inside the past few years, but now are focusing more on faster guard play. It’s still a work in progress. South Carolina turned the ball over 27 times and shot just 36 percent.
South Carolina scored just 28 points in the second half — 16 of them in the final five minutes of the game — after leading 41-25 at the break. The team missed 10 of its first 11 shots of the second half and led just 44-41 before slowly pulling away. But they couldn’t feel comfortable until Bianca Jackson’s 3-pointer with 1:51 to go gave them a 62-49 lead.
Simone Westbrook led Clemson (2-1) with 14 points.
No. 17 N.C. State 74, VANDERBILT 54
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kiara Leslie scored 21 points and No. 17 North Carolina State used a big second quarter to pull away and beat Vanderbilt to remain undefeated.
Leslie was 7 of 11 from the field, made three 3-pointers and had a game-high five assists. Aislinn Konig hit four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points for NC State (3-0).
Cierra Walker scored 17 points to lead Vanderbilt (1-3). Mariella Fasoula had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Chelsie Hall chipped in 14 points.
No. 21 SOUTH FLORIDA 88, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 39
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Laura Ferreira and Kitija Laksa scored 19 points apiece to help South Florida beat Bethune-Cookman.
Beatriz Jordao and Tamara Henshaw each had 10 points and eight rebounds for USF (3-0). Shae Leverett added nine points and a career-high 13 boards and the Bulls outrebounded Bethune-Cookman 60-32.
Laksa and Sydni Harvey hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 17-2 run that made it 40-18 before USF took a 20-point lead into the break. The Bulls then scored 25 of the first 28 second-half points, including 10 by Ferreira, to stretch their lead to 42 and Henshaw’s steal and layup made it 86-36 with 3:46 remaining.
Kiana Williams led Bethune-Cookman (2-1) with 16 points.