NCAA women's basketball roundup

Samarie Walker of Kentucky puts up a shot between Auburn's Tra'Cee Tanner, left, and Cabriana Capers during the second half of Sunday's game at Lexington, Ky. No. 5 Kentucky won 97-53.
Samarie Walker of Kentucky puts up a shot between Auburn's Tra'Cee Tanner, left, and Cabriana Capers during the second half of Sunday's game at Lexington, Ky. No. 5 Kentucky won 97-53.

No. 2 Notre Dame 74, St. John's 50

Skylar Diggins scored 18 points, Natalie Achonwa had 16 points and 12 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season and Notre Dame beat St. John's Sunday.

The All-American penetrated at will. When she wasn't scoring on fast breaks, she was hitting pull-up jumpers or feeding forward Achonwa for easy layups.

St. John's (9-7, 3-1 Big East) was led by Nadirah McKenith with 15 points. The Fighting Irish took a 39-25 halftime lead on a drive through traffic by Diggins as the clock expired.

No. 5 Kentucky 97, Auburn 53

A'dia Mathies scored a season-best 24 points to help Kentucky rout Auburn.

The Wildcats (18-1, 6-0 SEC), who have now won 17 games in a row and are tied with No. 4 Duke for the longest win streak in the country, put the game away in the first half, running out to an 11-point early. Auburn closed its deficit to eight with 11:04 until halftime. But over the next 7 1-2 minutes, Kentucky went on a 24-2 run, during which six different Wildcats scored.

No. 6 Stanford 75, USC 66

Chiney Ogwumike scored 23 of her 29 points in the second half and added 16 rebounds to help Stanford beat Southern California.

Joslyn Tinkle had 15 points while Sara James added 13 for the Cardinal (16-2, 5-1 in the Pac-12), who won their second straight since having a long conference streak end against California last Sunday. Amber Orrange added 11 points.

No. 7 California 70, No. 14 UCLA 65

Layshia Clarendon scored 22 points to help California beat UCLA.

Talia Caldwell added 14 points and 11 rebounds while Gennifer Brandon also had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Golden Bears (15-2, 5-1).

It's Cal's third win over a Top 25 team in its last five games.

No. 9 Tennessee 94, Alabama 62

Bashaara Graves had 19 points and eight rebounds to help Tennessee rout Alabama for its 39th consecutive victory over the Crimson Tide.

Alabama hasn't beaten the Lady Vols since an 85-66 victory in the 1984 Southeastern Conference tournament.

Meighan Simmons had 16 points as the Lady Vols (15-3, 6-0 SEC) earned their eighth straight win. Isabelle Harrison, Jasmine Jones and Taber Spani each added 14 points.

No. 10 Maryland 66, Georgia Tech 57

Alyssa Thomas scored 28 points and helped Maryland dominate the boards in an Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Georgia Tech.

Thomas also had 10 rebounds, one of three players in double figures for the Terrapins (15-3, 6-1), who piled up a 52-29 rebounding advantage over the Yellow Jackets.

Iowa 62, No. 12 Purdue 46

Jaime Printy and Melissa Dixon scored 15 points apiece and Iowa never trailed in defeating Purdue.

Theairra Taylor had nine points and 10 rebounds, and Samantha Logic had 10 assists as the Hawkeyes (14-5, 3-2 Big 10) handed Purdue its first conference loss of the season.

No. 20 Texas A&M 64, No. 13 Georgia 46

Courtney Walker scored 12 points to lead a strong perimeter game by Texas A&M in its win over Georgia.

Kelsey Bone, the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer and rebounder, saw her streak of five straight double-doubles for Texas A&M (14-5, 4-1) come to an end as she had 10 points and eight rebounds. She spent long stretches on the bench with foul trouble.

No. 18 Dayton 74, URI 48

Sam MacKay scored 16 points, including four-3-pointers, and added five assists and five steals as Dayton cruised to a win over Rhode Island.

Tayra Melendez, with 13 points, was the only player in double figures for the Rams, who came in averaging the fewest points per game in the A-10 (51.5 points).


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