NCAA top 25 basketball roundup

Kentucky's Kastine Evans (32), the former NFA star, is pressured by Ebony Rowe of Middle Tennessee State during Sunday's game at Lexington, Ky. Evans had four points and three rebounds as Kentucky won 68-46.
Kentucky's Kastine Evans (32), the former NFA star, is pressured by Ebony Rowe of Middle Tennessee State during Sunday's game at Lexington, Ky. Evans had four points and three rebounds as Kentucky won 68-46.


No. 4 Duke 60, St. John's 42

Elizabeth Williams had 16 points and five blocks to help Duke beat St. John's Sunday in the seventh annual Maggie Dixon Classic at New York.

Haley Peters added 11 points for the Blue Devils (8-0), who are off for the next week for exams. The two teams met last season in the NCAA tournament regional semifinals and the Blue Devils routed the Red Storm 74-47.

Nadirah McKenith had 19 points for St. John's (4-3).

Trailing 11-10 early on, Duke scored 15 of the next 17 points to take control. Williams' three-point play made it 17-11 and Alexis Jones' layup capped the burst. St. John's cut its deficit to nine before Duke closed the half with an 8-2 run to go up 36-21.

Rutgers routed Louisiana Tech 73-46 in the first game of the women's doubleheader played in honor of Maggie Dixon, the former Army women's basketball coach who died in April 2006 of arrhythmia, probably caused by an enlarged heart.

No. 7 Kentucky 68, Middle Tennessee State 56

DeNesha Stallworth had 16 points, and the Wildcats used a first-half surge to get the win.

The Wildcats (8-1) got off to a slow start, but the Blue Raiders endured an 11-minute stretch in the first half when they had no field goals and scored only two points. Over that time, Kentucky stretched its lead from two points to 16.

Former Norwich Free Academy star Kastine Evans had four points and three rebounds for Kentucky.

No. 10 Penn State 97, Georgetown 74

Maggie Lucas scored a career-high 39 points to lead the Lady Lions over the Hoyas.

Lucas was 11 of 21 from the field, including 7 of 13 from 3-point territory. She had 26 in the first half in which Penn State (7-2) led by as many as 34. Sugar Rodgers scored 22 for Georgetown (7-3), which had won three in a row.

No. 15 Purdue 68, Tennessee-Martin 60

Sam Ostarello scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half and Taylor Manuel also scored 16 as the Boilermakers rallied for the win.

The Boilermakers (9-1) opened the second half with a 15-0 run, including nine points by Ostarello, to lead 40-29.

No. 17 Kansas 97, Newman 64

Carolyn Davis scored 24 points and the Jayhawks never trailed in a victory over Division II Newman.

Ten Jayhawks scored in the game as Kansas (8-1) built a 51-31 lead at halftime.

No. 20 Ohio St. 81, Lafayette 41

Tayler Hill scored 19 points and the Buckeyes never trailed in defeating the Leopards for their 28th consecutive victory at home.

Hill, who has scored in double figures in 42 straight games, hit a 3-pointer 20 seconds into the game and the Buckeyes (6-2) never looked back. They led 38-16 at halftime and by as many as 47 points, 78-31, with 4:11 left.

No. 22 Iowa St. 60, Fairfield 43

Hallie Christofferson scored 18 points and the Cyclones defeated the Stags.

Chelsea Poppens, back after missing three games with a concussion, had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Cyclones (6-1). Brynn Williamson scored 12 points, all on 3-pointers, and Nikki Moody had 10 assists and seven rebounds.


No. 16 Creighton 77, Akron 61

Doug McDermott scored 30 points for Creighton, which broke away late in the first half and beat Akron.

McDermott, who made a career-high six 3-pointers, also had 30 points against Wisconsin last month and on seven other occasions in his career for the Bluejays (9-1).

No. 21 UNLV 76, California 75

Quintrell Thomas grabbed Anthony Marshall's airball under the basket and scored on a short hook shot with 1.2 seconds remaining to lift UNLV to a win over California.

The Runnin' Rebels led for most of the second half but trailed 75-74 following two free throws by Cal's Justin Cobbs with 11.9 seconds left. Marshall then rushed a long jumper that Thomas alertly grabbed and flipped in.

Thomas was fouled on the play but missed the free throw. Justin Hawkins then blocked a 3-point attempt by Cobbs from midcourt as the buzzer sounded.


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