February 3, 2013

Top 25 Women: UConn fights off St. John's

The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points and Kelly Faris added 17 to help No. 3 Connecticut beat St. John's 71-65 on Saturday.

Unlike most of their other victories this season, the Huskies (20-1, 7-1 Big East) had to work for the entire game to earn this win.

With the game tied at 57, Mosqueda-Lewis took over, scoring UConn's next seven points. She had a three-point play and then hit four free throws to give UConn a 64-59 lead with 1:55 left.

Shenneika Smith led St. John's (10-10, 4-4) with 21 points.

(1) BAYLOR 81, OKLAHOMA STATE 62: Brittney Griner had 30 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high seven assists to lead the visiting Bears (20-1, 10-0 Big 12) to their 19th straight win.

(2) NOTRE DAME 64, CINCINNATI 42: Kayla McBride scored 17 of her 19 points in the first half and the Irish (20-1, 8-0 Big East) jumped out to an early 23-point lead against the Bearcats (8-13, 0-8) at South Bend, Ind.

It was the 15th straight win for Notre Dame, matching the fourth-longest streak in school history, also accomplished in 2009-10 and 1990-91. The victory also was the 699th in 31 seasons for Coach Muffet McGraw.

Kayla Cook led the Bearcats with 12 points. Dayeesha Hollins, Cincinnati's leading scorer at 15.4 points per game, was held to a season-low six.

(12) LOUISVILLE 74, GEORGETOWN 60: Antonita Slaughter scored 22 points and the Cardinals (19-4, 7-2 Big East) held Georgetown's Sugar Rodgers to six points in a win over the Hoyas (13-9, 4-5) at Louisville, Ky.

Slaughter scored 14 first-half points, then began the second with a 3-pointer to give the Cardinals a 36-29 lead en route to their fifth consecutive win.

Rodgers, the nation's second-leading scorer at 23.7 points per game, made just 2 of 17 shots and missed all seven of her 3-point attempts. Katie McCormick led the Hoyas with 21 points, 18 in the second half.

(23) IOWA STATE 67, TEXAS TECH 52: Chelsea Poppens had 18 points and nine rebounds to help the Cyclones (15-5, 6-4 Big 12) rally past the Red Raiders (16-6, 6-4) at Ames, Iowa.

Hallie Christofferson added 15 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for Iowa State, which shot 59 percent from the field in the second half.

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