Women’s Top 25 Basketball Roundup: No. 1 UConn women rout No. 2 Duke
No. 1 CONNECTICUT 83 No. 2 DUKE 61
DURHAM, N.C. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 21 points on a career-high seven 3-pointers, and No. 1 Connecticut beat second-ranked Duke on Tuesday night.
Breanna Stewart had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies (11-0).
UConn shot 49 percent, held the Blue Devils without a field goal for a critical 8½-minute stretch while pushing its lead well into the 20s and turned the 52nd meeting of Nos. 1 and 2 into the latest blowout in this series.
“I think I would be less than honest if I said I thought we could come in here and win by 20,” said coach Geno Auriemma, who earned his 850th career win. “Simply because we haven’t played in (12 days). We weren’t sure what we were going to get from (Mosqueda-Lewis and Morgan Tuck). And I thought Duke being at home and they’ve got a bunch of upperclassmen ... it would be a little bit different.”
Stefanie Dolson had 14 points and Bria Hartley finished with 13 for UConn, which won its seventh straight against Duke. The previous six were decided by average of nearly 30 points.
No. 3 TENNESSEE 94 TENNESSEE ST. 43
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Bashaara Graves scored 17 points to lead five Lady Vols in double figures and No. 3 Tennessee trounced Tennessee State to continue its fastest start since its 2007-08 national championship season.
The Lady Vols (10-0) have won each of their games by at least nine points. Tennessee also started 10-0 in 2007-08.
Tennessee will put its perfect record to the test Saturday at No. 6 Stanford. The Lady Vols’ only previous game against a Top 25 opponent was an 81-65 victory Nov. 11 at No. 14 North Carolina, which was ranked 12th at the time.
Rachel Allen scored 12 points for Tennessee State (3-8).
No. 7 LOUISVILLE 105 BALL STATE 67
MUNCIE, Ind. — Shoni Schimmel had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Sara Hammond scored 11 of her 13 points in the first five minutes as No. 7 Louisville overwhelmed Ball State.
The Cardinals (11-1) have won four straight and tied the school’s single-season record for games with 90 or more points.
Louisville already has done that eight times this season, matching its 1990-91 total. It also has topped 100 points four times.
Jill Morrison had 17 points and Nathalie Fontaine finished with 14 to lead Ball State (3-6), which has lost two straight. Ball State was trying to upset its first ranked opponent since a stunning win over Tennessee in the 2009 NCAA tournament.
No. 12 LSU 69 FLORIDA G.C. 46
BATON ROUGE, La. — Raigyne Moncrief scored 11 points as LSU proved too much for Florida Gulf Coast.
Jasmine Rhodes added 10 for the Lady Tigers (9-1) as they dominated from the free throw line, making good on 21 of 25 (84 percent) while the Eagles went 0-for-4 from the line.
Florida Gulf Coast (5-4) was led by Sarah Hansen with 15 points on 6 of 7 shooting – including 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.
FGCU had eight players make at least one 3-pointer.
Both teams started slowly, with the score tied at eight with 9:27 left in the first half. LSU then outscored FGCU 27-8 and scored the final 15 points of the first half to stretch the lead to 19 (35-16) at intermission.
No. 16 GEORGIA 81 LIPSCOMB 46
ATHENS, Ga. — Shacobia Barbee scored 16 points, pulled down eight rebounds and dished four assists to lead No. 16 Georgia to a dominating win over Lipscomb.
Georgia (11-0) closed the first half on a 16-2 run to open a 39-23 lead at the break. Barbee scored eight points during that stretch.
The Lady Bulldogs rolled their momentum right through halftime, extending the lead to 55-25 by the 13:18 mark. The lead got as high as 44 points as Lipscomb searched for any way to stop the Lady Bulldogs.
Merritt Hempe scored 15 points while Tiaria Griffin added 12 to go with her nine rebounds and four assists. Georgia outrebounded Lipscomb 54-31.
The Bisons (2-6) struggled mightily, shooting 26.3 percent from the field.