NCAA Women's Basketball Roundup
No. 13 Tennessee 66, Rutgers 47
Tennessee used a strong defensive performance and balanced scoring Sunday to defeat Rutgers.
The victory was the 1,200th in Tennessee's program history, an NCAA best. It was also the ninth consecutive win over Rutgers for the Lady Volunteers (9-3).
Tennessee led by as many as 28 points in the second half after leading 33-13 at halftime.
The Scarlet Knights (8-4) shot 34.6 percent (18 of 52) from the field and just 22.2 percent (6 of 27) in the first half.
Rutgers' 13 first-half points were the fewest Tennessee has allowed in a first half this season. Rutgers missed its first seven shots as the Lady Vols jumped out to an early 8-0 lead.
Tennessee's Isabelle Harrison recorded a double-double with a game-high 18 points and 11 rebounds. Meighan Simmons scored 15 points and Bashaara Graves 11.
No. 4 Duke 73, Monmouth 32
Tricia Liston scored 15 points for and Monmouth tied a Division I record with three points in the first half of a rout.
The overmatched Hawks managed just one field goal in the opening 20 minutes against the Blue Devils (11-0).
Monmouth (3-8) matched the NCAA's halftime scoring mark set in 2003 by Savannah State against Florida State and equaled by Tennessee State two years ago against Georgia Tech.
Chelsea Gray scored 13 points and Haley Peters added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who could afford an off day from star sophomore Elizabeth Williams.
She had 11 rebounds but matched a career low with seven points - nine below her average - on 1 of 7 shooting.
No. 7 Kentucky 78, Marist 56
Jennifer O'Neill scored a career-high 21 points, and Kentucky pulled away to beat Marist for its 11th straight victory.
DeNesha Stallworth also had 21 points for the Wildcats (12-1), who came out sluggish after Friday's 90-23 rout of Alcorn State in which they set a school record for fewest points allowed. Kentucky trailed just twice early on but didn't gain its usual comfortable lead until late in the game.
O'Neill's play on both ends helped wear down Marist. The sophomore guard shot 7 of 11, including 4 of 7 on 3-point attempts, to easily surpass her previous best of 13 points. O'Neill also set career highs with four steals and four 3-pointers.
No. 14 Oklahoma St. 80, San Diego State 72
Toni Young scored 30 points and Liz Donohoe scored 25 to lead Oklahoma State to a win over San Diego State and take the Surf "N Slam Classic title.
Young also had 15 rebounds. Tiffany Bias had 12 points and 13 assists as the Cowgirls (11-0) ran their nation-best winning streak to 17 dating to last season's WNIT championship.
The Aztecs (8-4) last led at 21-18. Donohoe's 3-pointer put Oklahoma State ahead 24-21 and though San Diego State tied it three times after that, the Cowgirls never trailed again.
Donohoe made four free throws in the final minute to keep San Diego State at bay. The Aztecs did not get closer than four points in the half.
Bowling Green 65, No. 15 Dayton 40
Alexis Rogers scored 20 points as Bowling Green handed Dayton its first defeat of the season.
Rogers, a junior forward, has 83 points in her last four games for the Falcons (9-3), who have won six in a row and avenged a 69-38 loss at Dayton last season.
Chrissy Steffen added 16 points and Jillian Halfhill 15 for Bowling Green, and they combined for 12 points during a 19-2 second-half run that gave the Falcons a 55-35 lead with 5:04 left. Steffen, a senior guard, now has 1,007 career points.
The Flyers (12-1) made 1 of 10 shots and turned the ball over six times during that run.
Rogers grabbed 10 rebounds for Bowling Green, which became the first team this season to outrebound Dayton, 43-39.
No. 16 North Carolina 65, Clemson 58
Xylina McDaniel scored 19 points and had six steals as North Carolina used a key 19-2 second-half run to come back and beat Clemson in each team's Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
The Tar Heels (13-1) trailed 43-35 after Chancie Dunn's layup for Clemson. McDaniel responded with a layup with 12:20 left, sparking the 19-2 run that put UNC up 54-45 with 6:23 to play. McDaniel scored eight points during the run, which came amid 15 consecutive missed shots by the Tigers. Clemson (4-8) made just 4 of 21 field goals over the game's final 14 minutes.
North Carolina forced 35 Clemson turnovers and converted for 36 points.
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 15 points, six steals, six rebounds and five assists for the Tar Heels.
Central Michigan 73, No. 20 Texas 65
Niki DiGuilio scored 21 points to help Central Michigan upset Texas in the consolation game of the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic.
DiGuilio was 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Jessica Schroll added 14 points for Central Michigan (6-6).
Central Michigan led 30-23 at halftime. The Longhorns (7-4) cut the lead to four in the second half, but Central Michigan kept the lead.
Texas shot 44 percent from the field for the game, besting Central Michigan, which shot 35.5 percent. Texas also won the rebound battle 46-32. But Texas made 24 turnovers, almost doubling the amount made by Central Michigan, who made 22 points off those Texas turnovers.
No. 21 Florida State 76, Boston College 70
Alexa Deluzio continued to be a thorn in Boston College's side Sunday, guiding Florida State to its fourth straight victory in each team's Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
Deluzio, who scored a career-high 28 points at BC (6-5) in a 68-59 win last year, tallied 25 points and 12 rebounds Sunday. Natasha Howard also had a double-double for the Seminoles (11-1) with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
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