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Women's College Basketball Roundup

No fight in the Irish

No. 1 UConn rips No. 3 Notre Dame

From Staff And Wire Reports / January 17, 2010

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Tina Charles scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help top-ranked Connecticut rout No. 3 Notre Dame, 70-46, last night in Storrs, Conn., giving the Huskies their 56th straight victory.

Maya Moore added 20 points for UConn, which has the second-longest winning streak in women’s basketball history. They’re 14 short of the NCAA and school record set from 2001-03.

UConn (17-0, 5-0 Big East) has been at its best against top-10 teams during the streak, winning those 10 games by an eye-popping average of 27.1 points.

Devereaux Peters scored 12 points to lead the Irish (15-1, 2-1), who had been off to the second-best start in school history.

The Irish wore their alternate green road jerseys for a little extra luck, but they needed a lot more to beat UConn. Before the sellout crowd could settle in, the Huskies were up, 17-2, as four different players scored.

Ashley Barlow finally hit a jumper to end the five-minute scoreless drought for the Irish, but it wasn’t nearly enough to stop the onslaught.

Charles scored the Huskies’ next 9 points on a dazzling array of post moves. By the time Notre Dame scored consecutive baskets for the first time with 2:53 left in the half, the Irish trailed, 36-14.

BU 71, Albany 56 - The Terriers took command against the visiting Great Danes with a 27-0 first-half run and cruised to their 24th straight regular-season win over America East opponents.

Freshman Chantell Alford led the way for BU (8-8, 4-0) with 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Felicia Johnson and Charity Iromuanya each scored 15 points for Albany (7-9, 0-3).

Dartmouth 45, Harvard 44 - Margaret Smith sank two free throws with five seconds left, giving the host Big Green (5-11, 1-0 Ivy) the win over the Crimson (9-5, 0-1), who were led by Emma Markley’s 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Richmond 73, UMass 62 - Freshman Jasmine Watson scored 19 points but the host Minutewomen (7-11, 1-2 Atlantic 10) fell behind by 19 at halftime and couldn’t recover in a loss to the Spiders (13-4, 2-0).

Holy Cross 55, Bucknell 42 - Bethany O’Dell scored 16 points and the visiting Crusaders (5-13, 1-2 Patriot) broke open a close game in the second half to down the Bison (4-12, 0-3).

Providence 75, Seton Hall 61 - Chelsea Marandola scored 19 points and Trinity Hull added 15 points and seven assists as the host Friars (11-6, 2-2 Big East) snapped a two-game skid with a rout of the Pirates (8-10, 0-5).

UNH 77, UMBC 67 - Candace Williams and Amy Simpson each scored 15 points to lead the Wildcats (6-11, 1-4 America East), who built a 13-point halftime lead and coasted past the host Retrievers (8-9, 2-2).

Hartford 70, Binghamton 65 - Mary Silvia scored all of her 16 points in the second half, carrying the Hawks (13-3, 4-0 America East) past the host Bearcats (5-12, 1-3).

Stony Brook 64, Maine 59 - Kristin Baker scored 17 points but the host Black Bears (5-12, 1-4 America East) faded in the second half in a loss to the Seawolves (4-13, 2-3).

Niagara 52, Fairfield 49 - Desiree Pina came off the bench to score 22 points but it wasn’t enough as the host Stags (8-8, 2-3 Metro Atlantic) were upset by the Purple Eagles (4-12, 1-4).

Stanford 66, Washington 51 - Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 20 points and 13 rebounds and the No. 2 Cardinal (15-1, 5-0 Pac-10) held off the Huskies (8-8, 3-3) for their 38th straight victory at Maples Pavilion.

Sacred Heart 54, Central Conn. 49 - Callan Taylor scored 15 points and the Pioneers (13-4, 6-0 Northeast) downed the host Blue Devils (5-11, 2-4).

Bryant 72, Quinnipiac 62 - Kelsey O’Keefe erupted for a career-high 34 points - 28 in the second half - and the host Bulldogs (5-11, 3-3 Northeast) erased a 10-point deficit to surprise the Bobcats (9-8, 4-2).

Franklin Pierce 88, Southern Conn. 68 - Johannah Leedham hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 29 points, and the host Ravens (15-0, 11-0 Northeast-10), ranked No. 1 in Division 2, rolled past the Owls (9-7, 6-5). Leedham’s 29 points gave her 2,525 for her career, making her the ninth player in Division 2 history to top 2,500.

Stonehill 83, New Haven 72 - Emily Rousseau scored 27 points and Kelsey Simonds added 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 blocks to power the host Skyhawks (14-4, 9-2 NE-10).

Bentley 79, Assumption 69 - Kim Brennan scored 22 points and the host Falcons (11-5, 9-2 NE-10) pulled away in overtime to get past the Greyhounds (9-7, 6-5), who got a career-high 25 points from Kelly Meredith.

UMass-Lowell 68, AIC 64 - Jen Valente scored 18 points - 14 in the second half - to lift the host River Hawks (10-5, 6-5 NE-10) past the Yellow Jackets (6-10, 4-7) for their third straight win.

Amherst 91, Conn. College 35 - Lem Atanga McCormick scored 20 points, leading the host Lord Jeffs (15-0, 2-0 NESCAC), ranked second in Division 3, to their 15th straight win.

Tufts 62, Middlebury 56 - Colleen Hart scored 26 points and the 14th-ranked Jumbos (13-2, 1-1 NESCAC) held on to top the host Panthers (8-5, 1-1).

Colby 64, Bowdoin 56 - Rachael Mack had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and the White Mules (11-1, 1-0 NESCAC) upset the No. 8 Polar Bears (12-2, 0-1) in Brunswick, Maine, allowing Colby to snap a 19-game losing streak against its in-state rivals that dated to 2001.

Babson 76, Coast Guard 52 - Sophomore Kathleen King scored 16 points as the host Beavers (12-3, 8-0) remained unbeaten in NEWMAC play.

Emmanuel 79, Suffolk 64 - Iman Davis had 20 points and nine rebounds, sparking the 23d-ranked Saints (11-4, 1-2 Great Northeast) past the host Rams (6-7, 1-2).