Emotional victory for Cowgirls
Oklahoma State won its first game since a plane crash killed coach Kurt Budke, assistant Miranda Serna, and two others, topping Coppin State, 59-35, yesterday in Stillwater.
The Cowgirls celebrated the victory by standing arm in arm on the floor and singing the university’s alma mater with the crowd. Interim coach Jim Littell and many of the players then pointed their index fingers toward the sky and went into the stands to hug Budke’s wife and parents, who sat behind the home bench.
In the wake of the Nov. 17 crash in Arkansas, Oklahoma State postponed home games last weekend against Grambling and Texas-Arlington, but university officials decided to resume the Cowgirls’ schedule yesterday, five days after a memorial service for the victims inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Tiffany Bias scored 17 points as the Cowgirls (2-0) made it easy on Littell, who never had to call a timeout. They have won 55 of their last 56 nonconference home games. Jeanine Manley led Coppin State (1-3) with 12 points.
“It’s the best therapy we could have,’’ Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis said of the Cowgirls’ return to the court. “I just think the whole OSU family came together wonderfully. It’s not going to be easy. There are going to be a lot of tough times ahead, but if we pull together we’ll figure out a way to get through this.’’
UConn 90, Buffalo 34 - Tiffany Hayes had 30 points and 11 rebounds as the second-ranked Huskies rolled over the Bulls in Storrs, Conn.
Stefanie Dolson added 17 points for UConn (5-0). Brittany Hedderson led Buffalo (2-4) with 12 points.
The win was UConn’s 88th consecutive at home, extending its Division 1 record and tying the NCAA record set by Division 3 Rust (Miss.) College from 1982-89.
Notre Dame 56, Duke 54 - Natalie Novosel banked in a shot from the foul line with less than a second left to lift the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish over the No. 7 Blue Devils in Freeport, Bahamas.
Skylar Diggins scored 19 points and Novosel had 15 for Notre Dame (5-1), which rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit. Freshman Elizabeth Williams had 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 blocks for Duke (4-1).
Trailing, 54-51, with 1:35 left, the Irish had three chances to tie the game, but missed three 3-pointers. Kayla McBride got fouled on an offensive rebound and made the first of two free throws to cut the deficit to 2. After Chelsea Gray missed a shot for Duke, Diggins scored to tie it at 54. Shay Selby missed a shot with nine seconds left before Novosel’s winner.
Texas A&M 74, Iowa 58 - Sydney Carter scored 21 points to lead the fifth-ranked Aggies in Freeport, Bahamas.
Carter hit 6 of 16 shots and 9 of 10 free throws. Adaora Elonu added 13 points for Texas A&M (6-0) and Kelsey Bone scored 12 points, 10 in the second half. Samantha Logic scored 16 points for Iowa (4-2) and Jaime Printy had 14.
Maryland 114, Cal-Bakersfield 83 - Laurin Mincy scored 23 points to lead the eighth-ranked Terrapins in Miami.
Tianna Hawkins finished with 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting and had 10 rebounds for Maryland (7-0). Brene Mosley scored all 17 of her points in the second half as six Terrapins finished in double figures. Tyonnna Outland and Lauren Carter scored 15 points apiece for the Roadrunners (2-4).
Georgetown 64, Georgia 56 - Sugar Rodgers scored 23 points to lead the 21st-ranked Hoyas (4-2) past the No. 10 Lady Bulldogs (4-1) in Las Vegas.
BU 71, URI 44 - The Terriers started the second half with a 15-2 run and never looked back at Case Gym.
Alex Young led all scorers with 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting for BU (3-2). Chantell Alford added 15 points and tied a career high with seven steals.
Mississippi 72, UMass 67 - At Amherst, Nikki Byrd erupted for 26 points, 17 rebounds, and 4 steals as the Rebels defeated the Minutewomen.
Valencia McFarland added 15 points and five assists and Amber Singletary (11 points) and Whitney Hameth (10) also finished in double figures for Ole Miss (4-1). Jasmine Watson led UMass (1-4) with her second double-double of the season, 14 points and 11 rebounds.
UNLV 61, Northeastern 58 - Markiell Styles scored 13 points and Kelli Thompson added 12 as the Rebels held off a comeback bid by the Huskies in Las Vegas.
Jewell Tunstull tallied a game-high 15 points for Northeastern (0-5).
Providence 63, Dartmouth 48 - Senior Chandler McCabe scored a career-high 16 points to power the Friars (3-3) at home. Kamala Thompson paced the Big Green (2-3) with 12 points and Tia Dawson had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Brown 61, Maine 59 - Lindsay Nickel had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 steals to lead the Bears (3-3) to the overtime win in Orono, Maine.
Ashleigh Roberts led the Black Bears (2-2) with 15 points and five rebounds and Courtney Anderson added 11 points.
Vermont 72, Texas Southern 60 - Freshman Kayla Burchill came off the bench to score 17 points, including going 5 for 5 from 3-point territory, as the Catamounts used a strong second half to prevail in Houston.
Vermont (6-1) is off to its best start since 2002-03.
Yale 59, Texas-Pan American 57 - Michelle Cashen had 16 points and six rebounds in the Bulldogs’ narrow win in Houston.