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Women's College Basketball Roundup

St. John’s makes UConn work for it

From Staff And Wire Reports / February 14, 2010

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Tina Charles scored 25 points and grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds to lead top-ranked Connecticut over No. 25 St. John’s, 66-52, in a Big East tussle last night in Storrs, Conn.

It was the 64th consecutive win for UConn (25-0, 12-0) and 19th in a row over teams ranked in the Top 25. The Huskies are six victories short of matching their NCAA record of 70 straight set between 2001 and 2003.

But St. John’s came to play. The Red Storm led the game for 2:43, the longest the Huskies have trailed since being down for over 16 minutes to No. 2 Stanford.

Caroline Doty and Maya Moore each had 12 points, and Moore added 11 rebounds and seven assists for UConn.

Nadirah McKenith had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead St. John’s (20-5, 8-4).

St. John’s stayed with the Huskies for most of the first half. UConn hit just one of its first nine shots and trailed, 13-11, almost six minutes into the game. A 9-0 UConn run gave the Huskies the lead for good, but the Red Storm stayed close.

BU 69, Albany 65 - Chantell Alford scored 21 of her game-high 26 points in the second half, sparking a 17-2 run and rallying the Terriers from a 14-point hole against the Great Danes in an America East game in Albany, N.Y.

Alex Young had 14 points, Caitlynn Moran added 12, and Caroline Stewart pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds for BU (13-11, 9-3), which held on to third place in the conference.

Led by Ebone Henry (22 points) and Felicia Johnson (19), Albany (8-16, 1-10) jumped out to a 22-8 lead midway through the first half.

Vermont 64, Binghamton 39 - Courtnay Pilypaitis was 7-of-7 shooting and finished with 19 points and May Kotsopoulos added 18 as the Catamounts (21-5, 11-2 America East) extended their winning streak to five by routing the Bearcats (9-15, 5-6) in Vestal, N.Y.

Pilypaitis also became the all-time conference leader in 3-pointers with 248. She surpassed Northeastern’s Melissa Kowalski, who had 245 from 2000-04.

UMBC 54, UNH 40 - Carlee Cassidy had 17 points and Michelle Kurowski added 12 as the Retrievers (11-14, 5-7 America East) beat the host Wildcats. Candace Williams had a 16-point, 13-rebound effort for UNH (8-17, 3-9).

Stony Brook 59, Maine 47 - The visiting Bears (7-18, 3-10 America East) couldn’t overcome 20 first-half turnovers as the Seawolves (8-17, 6-7) held on for the win.

Dayton 74, UMass 60 - Patrice Lalor had 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists and Kristin Daugherty added 10 points, including the 1,000th of her career, as the visiting Flyers (20-5, 8-2 Atlantic 10) beat up on the Minutewomen (9-16, 3-7) at the Mullins Center. Diatiema Hill paced UMass with 15 points and five assists.

Harvard 66, Brown 51 - Freshman Victoria Lippert had a career-high 27 points and Emma Markley added 17 points and seven rebounds as the Crimson (14-7, 5-2 Ivy) improved to 10-0 at Lavietes Pavilion this season by pounding the Bears (6-16, 3-5).

Yale 70, Dartmouth 66 - Megan Vazquez scored 19 points and Michelle Cashen added 13, including a jumper that snapped a 64-64 tie in double overtime to help the Bulldogs (10-11, 5-3 Ivy) beat the host Big Green (9-12, 4-3).

Holy Cross 65, Bucknell 60 - Whitney Fremeau shot 8 for 13 and had 16 points as the host Crusaders (8-17, 4-6) rallied from a second-half deficit to claim a Patriot League victory over the Bison (7-16, 3-7).

Nebraska 82, Missouri 78 - Kelsey Griffin had 28 points and 12 rebounds and Yvonne Turner had two steals in the final minute to help the No. 3 Cornhuskers (23-0, 10-0 Big 12) beat the host Tigers (11-13, 1-10).

Xavier 74, Duquesne 55 - Ta’Shia Phillips, Special Jennings, and Amber Harris each had 18 points, and Phillips added 14 rebounds to help the sixth-ranked Musketeers (20-3, 10-0 Atlantic 10) roll over the Dukes (18-7, 8-2).

Iowa State 69, Baylor 45 - Freshman Amanda Zimmerman scored a career-high 15 points and the No. 20 Cyclones (19-4, 7-3 Big 12) controlled Baylor’s 6-foot-8-inch Brittney Griner with a collapsing zone to beat the No. 11 Lady Bears (17-7, 4-6) at Ames, Iowa.

Oklahoma 65, Colorado 55 - Danielle Robinson scored 16 points and the No. 12 Sooners (17-6, 7-3 Big 12) won their eighth straight, toppling the host Buffaloes (12-11, 2-8).

Long Island 66, Quinnipiac 54 - Heidi Mothershead scored a game-high 19 points and the visiting Blackbirds (16-9, 10-4 Northeast) rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat the Bobcats (10-15, 5-10).

St. Francis, N.Y. 64, Sacred Heart 63 - Alisa Apo scored a game-high 25 points but couldn’t get her shot to fall with one second left as the host Pioneers (18-7, 11-3 Northeast) lost to the Terriers (2-23, 1-13) for the first time in 17 meetings.

Franklin Pierce 69, Saint Anselm 61 - A 28-point effort from senior All-American Johannah Leedham propelled the visiting Ravens (23-0, 19-0 Northeast-10), who are ranked No. 1 in Division 2, past the Hawks (9-15, 6-13).

UMass-Lowell 77, Merrimack 65 - Sha’Nay Bushner had 16 points and eight rebounds as the host River Hawks (15-8, 11-8 Northeast-10) held off the Warriors (9-15, 7-12).

Bentley 70, Southern N.H. 65 - Kim Brennan scored 4 of her 21 points during a game-ending 6-0 run and Colette Josey made several late defensive stops as the Falcons (18-6, 16-3 Northeast-10) edged the host Penmen (12-14, 9-10).

Amherst 79, Middlebury 46 - Freshman Marcia Voigt had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench as the host Lord Jeffs (24-0, 9-0 NESCAC), top-ranked in Division 3, routed the Panthers (10-14, 2-7) in the regular-season finale.

Bates 71, Tufts 55 - Jessie Igoe scored a career-high 22 points, including 10 for 11 from the free throw line, to power the host Bobcats (13-11, 4-5 NESCAC) past the 14th-ranked Jumbos (19-4, 6-3).