|He can't run, but he can hide. Wake Forest's L.D. Williams covers his head after committing a foul in the second half. (Mark Avery/Associated Press)|
Picco, BC take down No. 22 TCU
Mickel Picco scored 23 points and Boston College started with a 20-0 run to beat No. 22 TCU, 77-68, yesterday in the Caribbean Challenge in Cancun, Mexico.
It is the Eagles' first victory over a Top 25 opponent since the 2005-06 season when they beat Stanford, 77-69.
Picco and Stephanie Murphy each scored 6 points during the opening run that finally ended when Helena Sverrisdottir of the Horned Frogs hit a jumper 6:46 into the game.
Murphy added 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles (4-1), and Carolyn Swords finished with 14 points and six rebounds.
TCU (5-1) was able to cut the deficit to 33-22 at the half. The Horned Frogs were trailing by 3 with 3:53 left, but Murphy hit a layup and Picco had a tip-in to extend the lead to 7.
The Eagles hit 15 for 17 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the victory.
Rachel Rentschler scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Horned Frogs (5-1). Sverrisdottir and TK LaFleur each added 15 points.
Boston College faces James Madison today.
Maryland 71, Montana 58 - Kristi Toliver scored 13 points to help the No. 10 Terrapins beat the Grizzlies (3-1) in the Caribbean Challenge.
Marissa Coleman added 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists for the Terrapins (5-1).
California 85, S. Florida 55 - Natasha Vital scored a career-high 22 points and Devanei Hampton (9 points, 6 rebounds) played for the first time this season (right knee injury) to help the No. 3 Bears (4-0) rout the Bulls at the Paradise Jam tournament in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.
Jazmine Sepulveda scored 11 points to lead the Bulls (4-1), who averaged 98.5 points in their first four games but couldn't get much going against Cal.
Baylor 79, Central Fla. 67 - Rachel Allison scored 18 points to help the No. 6 Bears beat the Knights (1-3) in the Paradise Jam.
Danielle Wilson added 12 points and Jhasmin Player had 11 for Baylor (5-0).
Leading, 24-20, with 6:54 left in the first half, Baylor went on a 20-7 run capped by Allison's 3-point play a minute into the second half that gave the Bears a 44-27 advantage.
Maryland 80, Michigan St. 62 - Greivis Vasquez and Dave Neal each scored 17 points, and the unranked Terrapins hustled their way to an upset of the No. 5 Spartans (2-1) at the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
After falling behind by 3 early in the first half, the Terrapins (4-0) countered with a 23-5 run to take the lead for good.
Maryland shot 9 of 19 on 3-pointers while Michigan State went 2 for 9. Spartans star Raymar Morgan got into early foul trouble and managed only 4 points.
Gonzaga 83, Oklahoma St. 71 - Micah Downs scored 17 points and Jeremy Pargo added 15 to lead the No. 9 Bulldogs past the Cowboys (4-1) in the Old Spice Classic.
Gonzaga (3-0) broke open a close game down the stretch after trailing by 1 with seven minutes left.
Pargo scored on a spin move in the lane to complete a 9-0 run that put Gonzaga ahead, 71-63, with 4:21 remaining.
Tennessee 78, Siena 64 - Wayne Chism scored 15 points to lead the No. 12 Volunteers over the Saints in the first round of the Old Spice Classic. Renaldo Woolridge and Tyler Smith each added 14 for the Vols (4-0). Alex Franklin led Siena (2-1) with 17.
Georgetown 58, Wichita St. 50 - Austin Freeman scored 18 points and DaJuan Summers added 14 to lead the No. 21 Hoyas (3-0) past the Shockers (2-2) in a first-round game at the Old Spice Classic.
Arizona State 84, Charlotte 56 - Jeff Pendergraph had 23 points and 10 rebounds to help the No. 14 Sun Devils (4-0) beat the 49ers (1-4) in the first round of the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif.
Wake Forest 75, Fullerton 69 - Jeff Teague had 24 points and Al-Farouq Aminu and Chas McFarland added 14 each as the No. 19 Demon Deacons (4-0) overcame a slow start to hold off the Titans (2-3) in the first round of the 76 Classic.