Women's Top 25 Capsules
The Associated Press
Mar. 02, 2015
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Jennifer O'Neill and Makayla Epps combined for 22 second-half points and No. 13 Kentucky made 27 free throws in beating No. 2 South Carolina 67-56 on Sunday, denying the Gamecocks an unbeaten season in Southeastern Conference play.
The Wildcats (21-8, 10-6) shot 32 percent from the field but succeeded in getting to the foul line and converting 27 of 35 chances for their biggest win this season. They also left the Gamecocks (27-2, 15-1) tied with Tennessee atop the SEC, though South Carolina earned the No. 1 seed for this week's tournament in Little Rock, Arkansas, by beating the Volunteers last week.
Epps led the way with 8-of-11 shooting from the free throw line and scored 14 points. O'Neill went 7 of 8 and had 15, capping a strong effort by Kentucky's seniors in their home finale.
A'ja Wilson scored 16 points for South Carolina, which also shot 32 percent.
VIRGINIA 75, NO. 8 LOUISVILLE 59
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Faith Randolph scored 23 points and Sarah Imovbioh had 22 points and 17 rebounds in Virginia's victory over Louisville in the final-regular season game for both teams.
The Cavaliers (17-12, 7-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) used a 16-4 run to rally for their second victory in the last seven games. Breyana Mason added 11 points and Randolph also had eight assists.
Shawnta' Dyer scored 12 points for Louisville (24-5, 12-4). The Cardinals had already clinched the third seed in the ACC tournament.
No. 4 NOTRE DAME 67, N.C. STATE 60
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 16 points and Notre Dame played through a mistake-heavy performance to beat North Carolina State.
Madison Cable added 12 points for the Fighting Irish (28-2, 15-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won the outright league regular-season title.
Len'Nique Brown-Hoskin had 16 points for the Wolfpack (16-13, 7-9).
No. 5 MARYLAND 69, No. 25 NORTHWESTERN 48
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Brene Moseley scored 18 points and Maryland wrapped up a perfect inaugural season in Big Ten play, beating Northwestern.
Maryland, which moved over from the Atlantic Coast Conference, went 18-0 against Big Ten opponents.
Brionna Jones had 14 points and 13 rebounds and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 11 points to help the Terrapins (27-2) pull away for their 21st straight win.
Nia Coffey scored 14 points for Northwestern (22-7, 12-6).
NO. 6 TENNESSEE 79, VANDERBILT 49
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ariel Massengale scored 26 points and tied a school single-game record with eight 3-pointers to help Tennessee beat Vanderbilt in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Tennessee's victory and No. 13 Kentucky's 67-56 triumph over No. 2 South Carolina allowed the Lady Vols (25-4, 15-1 Southeastern Conference) to win a share of the regular-season conference title.
Massengale went 8 of 11 from 3-point range and Tennessee was 12 of 22 from beyond the arc.
Vanderbilt (14-15, 5-11) shot 1 of 11 from 3-point range and committed 25 turnovers. The Commodores are 0-30 against the Lady Vols in Knoxville.
No. 9 FLORIDA STATE 69, MIAMI 55
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Maegan Conwright scored 17 points and Florida State topped Miami in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Ivey Slaughter scored 13 and Leticia Romero finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Seminoles (27-3, 14-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who set a school record for wins in a regular season. Florida State had already secured the No. 2 seed behind Notre Dame in the ACC tournament and will open in the quarterfinals Friday at Greensboro, North Carolina.
Adrienne Motley scored 20 points for Miami (18-11, 8-8).
No. 10 ARIZONA STATE 59, COLORADO 46
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Katie Hempen hit back-to-back 3-pointers during a key second-half stretch and scored 15 points to help Arizona State beat Colorado.
The Sun Devils (26-4, 15-3 Pac-12) were already locked into the second seed in the Pac-12 Conference tournament next week after Oregon State beat California on Saturday to win the regular-season title.
Sophie Brunner added six points, seven rebounds and eight steals for Arizona State.
Lexy Kresl led Colorado (13-15, 6-11) with 12 points, six assists and five rebounds.
No. 11 MISSISSIPPI STATE 55, MISSISSIPPI 47
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Martha Alwal had nine points and 13 rebounds and Mississippi State won to sweep its in-state rival and end the regular season with the best record in school history.
Mississippi State (26-5, 11-5 Southeastern Conference) bounced back after losing to No. 2 South Carolina on Thursday night to secure the No. 3 seed heading into the conference tournament.
Victoria Vivians scored 17 points to lead the Bulldogs, who finished 17-1 at home, also a school record.
Tia Faleru led Ole Miss (17-12, 7-9) with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
LSU 80, No. 12 TEXAS A&M 63
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — DaShawn Harden had career highs of five 3-pointers and 28 points and Danielle Ballard added 20 points to lead LSU.
Harden, a senior who came off the bench the previous eight games, hit all five of her shots from long range and had 22 points to help their Tigers (16-12, 11-6 Southeastern Confernce) to a 47-35 lead at the half. Harden, who started on Senior Day, hit her third 3 and had 16 points as LSU took a 24-10 lead at 11:24 on the way to its highest scoring half of the season.
Courtney Williams had 19 for the Aggies (22-8, 10-6).
No. 16 DUKE 81, No. 15 NORTH CAROLINA 80
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman Azura Stevens had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Duke beat North Carolina.
All-American Elizabeth Williams added 18 points in her final scheduled game at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the Blue Devils (20-9, 11-5 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Allisha Gray scored 20 points and Jessica Washington had 19 for the Tar Heels (23-7, 10-6).
No. 17 IOWA 92, MINNESOTA 76
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Melissa Dixon hit eight 3-pointers and scored 27 points and Iowa set a record for home wins with a victory over Minnesota that also secured No. 2 seed in the Big Ten tournament.
Samantha Logic added 24 points and 13 assists while Bethany Doolittle had 12 points, 12 rebounds and nine blocks for the Hawkeyes (23-6, 14-4), who won their 16th home game.
Shae Kelly had 29 points and 12 rebounds for the Golden Gophers (22-8, 11-7).
OREGON 62, No. 19 STANFORD 55
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Jillian Alleyne had her NCAA-best 27th double-double of the season, scoring 22 points with 12 rebounds, and Oregon upset Stanford, snapping an 18-game losing streak to the Cardinal.
After a tightly-contested first half, No. 19 Stanford (21-9, 13-5 Pac-12) led 30-29 at the break.
Oregon (13-16, 6-12 Pac-12) went on a 15-2 run early in the second — including seven consecutive made free throws and a pair of layups by Alleyne — and a few moments later Amanda Delgado drilled a 3-pointer to put the Ducks up by 11 with 7:01 to go.
Lili Thomson led Stanford with 14 points.
No. 20 RUTGERS 71, INDIANA 60
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Kahleah Copper scored 24 points to lead Rutgers over Indiana.
Rutgers tied for fourth with No. 25 Northwestern in its first season in the Big Ten, six games behind fellow conference newcomer No. 5 Maryland.
Copper was 10 of 14 from the floor with seven rebounds for Rutgers (21-8, 12-6).
Tyra Buss led Indiana (14-15, 4-14) with 14 points.
No. 22 GEORGE WASHINGTON 80, GEORGE MASON 45
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hannah Schaible scored a career-high 18 points and George Washington beat George Mason in the Revolutionary Rivalry to earn the Atlantic 10 regular-season title.
It's George Washington's first outright A-10 regular-season championship since 2008.
George Washington (26-3, 15-1) had already clinched the No. 1 seed in the conferment tournament after an overtime win over Richmond on Thursday night.
Taylor Brown scored 15 points for George Mason (13-16, 5-11).