University of Maine sophomore Adrianna Smith was named the America East women’s basketball player of the week for the third time on Monday.

Smith averaged 21.5 points, 10 rebounds and 3.5 assists to help Maine to wins over UMass Lowell and the University of Albany. She had 21 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in a 61-50 win over UMass Lowell on Wednesday. On Saturday in a 50-49 win over Albany, Smith had 22 points and nine rebounds.

The Black Bears host Bryant on Wednesday.

POLL: It was a rough week for Ohio State, which lost all three of its games and tumbled down the AP Top 25 as a result.

The previously unbeaten Buckeyes fell from second to 10th in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll after losing to Iowa and Indiana, two top 10 teams, as well as Purdue. Ohio State fell two games back in the Big Ten Conference standings.

South Carolina remained No. 1 for the 32nd consecutive week. The Gamecocks, who were again a unanimous choice from the 28-member national media panel, have the fourth-longest streak ever atop the poll. Only UConn (51 and 34 weeks) and Louisiana Tech (36) have had longer runs at No. 1.


Stanford moved back up to No. 2 in the poll and the Cardinal were followed by LSU, Indiana and UConn in the top five.

(3) LSU 76, TENNESSEE 68: Alexis Morris scored a career-high 31 points, stirring a raucous sellout crowd with a series of clutch transition layups in the fourth quarter, and host LSU (21-0, 9-0 SEC) topped Tennessee (16-8, 8-1).

Angel Reese had 18 points and 17 rebounds for her program-record 21st straight double-double for LSU.

Jordan Walker scored 19 points and Rickea Jackson had added 17 for Tennessee.

(8) MARYLAND 87, PENN STATE 66: Abby Meyers scored 24 points and Diamond Miller added 14 as host Maryland (18-4, 9-2 Big Ten) began a busy week by routing Penn State (12-10, 3-8).

The Terrapins face No. 6 Iowa on Thursday and No. 10 Ohio State on Sunday, but they made short work of the Lady Lions, holding them to 18 points in the first half.



(6) VIRGINIA 67, SYRACUSE 62: Jayden Gardner scored 17 points and made a jumper near the foul line in the final minute as visiting Virginia (17-3, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference)  withstood a second-half surge by Syracuse (13-10, 6-6) to win its seventh straight game.

POLL: Purdue became this season’s first unanimous No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll after wins over Michigan and Michigan State last week as chaos ensued behind the Boilermakers among other ranked teams.

More than half of Top 25 teams lost, including second-ranked Alabama, which was routed by Oklahoma in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. That allowed Purdue to grab the remaining No. 1 votes and tighten its grip atop the poll, while Tennessee jumped two spots to second and Houston held onto third in voting by 62 national media members.

The Boilermakers (21-1) have won eight straight since a one-point loss to Rutgers on Jan. 2.

The Volunteers climbed to their highest perch since reaching No. 1 for four weeks during the 2018-19 season. They routed Georgia before becoming one of three SEC teams to beat Big 12 opponents on Saturday, knocking off No. 10 Texas 82-71 for their fifth consecutive win over a top-10 team.


The Crimson Tide dropped to fourth after the blowout loss to the Sooners, when Alabama fell behind by 17 at halftime in an eventual 93-69 defeat. The Tide edged fifth-ranked Arizona by just two points in this week’s poll.

Virginia was sixth and Kansas State, which rebounded from a narrow loss at No. 13 Iowa State by pummeling Florida on Saturday, fell two spots to seventh; the Wildcats face eighth-ranked Kansas in a top-10 showdown Tuesday night.


LOUISVILLE: Louisville has reached a 20-year, $41 million agreement with L&N Federal Credit Union through 2042 to rename its Cardinal Stadium home football field.

The 25-year-old, 60,800-seat stadium had been without a title sponsor since 2018, when the school dropped the name and logo of Louisville-based pizza chain Papa John’s amid fallout from a report that founder John Schnatter used a racial slur during a company conference call. The University of Louisville Athletic Association agreed in October 2019 to pay Schnatter $9.5 million over five-plus years in a settlement to terminate naming rights. A final $2 million payment is due this summer.

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