Saturday, March 8, 2014
From staff and news services
WACO, Texas - Odyssey Sims scored a season-high 27 points, Brittney Griner had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 3 Baylor ran its home winning streak to 44, beating Oral Roberts 94-56 in women's basketball on Wednesday night.
Baylor (8-1) hit 16 of its first 19 shots and led 51-34 at halftime. Sims, playing in her second game since returning from a hamstring injury, connected on a 30-footer just before the first-half buzzer.
Kevi Luper had 19 points and Taylor Cooper added 16 for Oral Roberts (3-4). The Golden Eagles have lost 40 consecutive games to ranked opponents.
Brooklyn Pope, making her second start of the season, was 8 of 9 from the floor and scored 19 points for the defending NCAA champion Bears, who have won six straight since having their 42-game winning streak snapped Nov. 16.
(11) PENN STATE 60, VIRGINIA TECH 41: Maggie Lucas scored 17 points and Mia Nickson had a double-double as the Nittany Lions (8-2) beat the Hokies (4-4) at Blacksburg, Va.
Lucas was 7 of 9 from the field, supporting a Nittany Lions offense that shot just 38.3 percent from the field.
(19) NORTH CAROLINA 49, NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 21: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 14 points and Brittany Rountree had 11 to help the Tar Heels (9-1) beat the Eagles (0-11) at Chapel Hill, N.C.
TENNESSEE: Freshman guard Andraya Carter will undergo season-ending surgery on her right shoulder Thursday.
Carter hurt her shoulder initially Nov. 18 in a 79-67 victory at Miami.
UMAINE-AUGUSTA 77, SOUTHERN MAINE C.C. 69: Allyssa Marson and Arreonte Lee scored five points apiece in overtime as the Moose (8-5, 6-3) held the Seawolves (9-3, 5-2) to four points in the extra session in a Yankee Small College Conference win at Augusta.
Lee finished with 27 points and seven rebounds, and Marson added 25 points and six rebounds.
The Seawolves were led by Rogetta Donalson, who had 27 points, seven rebounds and six steals.
(7) OHIO ST. 85, SAVANNAH ST. 45: Deshaun Thomas scored all but one of his 22 points in the first half as the Buckeyes (7-1) beat the Tigers (5-5) at Columbus, Ohio.
SOUTHERN MAINE C.C. 81, UMAINE-AUGUSTA 77: Jose Nouchanthavong made a pair of foul shots late in the game, and finished with 19 points and nine rebounds as the Seawolves (12-3, 9-1) edged the Moose (7-8, 6-5) in a YSCC game at Augusta.
Jon Amabile added 12 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Seawolves.
TENNESSEE TECH: Wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers will bypass his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
Rogers caught 61 passes for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns in his lone season at Tennessee Tech.
Rogers had 67 catches for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns for Tennessee in 2011 to earn all-Southeastern Conference honors.
He transferred to Tennessee Tech after being suspended indefinitely by Tennessee. Rogers said positive drug tests caused his suspension.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Injured running back Marcus Lattimore is giving up his final season to enter the NFL draft. He was considered a can't-miss, first-round talent after his first two seasons. However, a horrifying right knee injury in October has dropped his draft stock and it is unclear when Lattimore might return to action.
Lattimore dislocated his knee and damaged three of the four ligaments when he was tackled against Tennessee.
Doctors said surgery on his knee was successful and Lattimore easily walked into his first gathering with media since the injury.
ARKANSAS STATE: Former Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin was hired as the Red Wolves' new coach.
Harsin, a former Boise State offensive coordinator, spent the last two seasons with the Longhorns, during which time Texas was 16-9.
Harsin said he will begin work immediately at Arkansas State and won't coach the Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon State.
Harsin replaces Gus Malzahn, who left after one season to coach at Auburn. Malzahn was 9-3 this season with the Red Wolves, his first as a college head coach, and guided the team to its second straight Sun Belt Conference championship.
Texas will turn play-calling duties over to co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite.
Arkansas State will play against Kent State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Jan. 6.
ARKANSAS: Running back Knile Davis said he will enter the NFL draft and skip his senior year.
He led all SEC running backs in rushing in 2010 with 1,322 yards. He averaged 147 yards rushing over his final seven games that season.
However, he missed the 2011 season to recover from a broken left ankle. Davis returned this past season and said he was 100 percent healthy, though he gained only 377 yards rushing -- averaging 3.7 yards per carry.
ALABAMA: Quarterback A.J. McCarron said he will return for his senior season.
MISSISSIPPI STATE: Running back Nick Griffin will miss the Gator Bowl after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Griffin suffered the injury during a practice Saturday and tests revealed the damage. He is scheduled to have surgery Thursday.
Mississippi State (8-4) faces Northwestern (9-3) in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1.