Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup


No. 6 Stanford 72, No. 19 Arizona St. 65

DiJonai Carrington puts up half-court shots every practice despite admonishments from her coach. Practice only game shots, Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer tells her junior guard.

So when Carrington hit a momentum-changing half-court shot at the end of the third quarter, she had a message for her coach: That's a game shot.

Alanna Smith scored 25 points and Carrington kicked of a key run with her half-court heave, helping the Cardinal hold off Arizona State on Friday night.

"She practices it, so it wasn't surprising," VanDerveer said. "She can make that shot."

Stanford (13-1, 3-0 Pac-12) dominated the first half to lead by 12 before Arizona State (11-4, 2-2) charged back in the third quarter.

The Sun Devils pulled within 48-47, but Carrington buried a half-court shot at the buzzer to kick off a 9-0 Cardinal run. She finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Charnea Johnson-Chapman had 16 points for the Sun Devils, who went 4 of 19 from the 3-point arc and struggled defensively in every quarter but the third.

"We've got to be better. You have to play for 40 minutes and we're not," Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne said. "We're not playing team offense, we're not executing our game plan."

The Cardinal opened up Pac-12 play with a sweep of the Southern California schools, beating USC by eight, UCLA by six.

The Sun Devils followed a conference-opening loss to rival Arizona by sweeping Utah and Colorado last weekend.

Arizona State had an offensive groove going against the Buffaloes, shooting 47 percent from the floor. The Sun Devils hit an offensive rut in the first half against Stanford, going 1 for 10 from 3-point range while shooting 27 percent. Some of it was Stanford's defense, but the Sun Devils also were well off the mark on numerous open looks.

The Cardinal had their inside-out game working, hitting 13 of 23 first-half shots, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, to lead 34-22.

"Defensively, no comment," Turner Thorne said while shaking her head.

Roles reversed to open the second half.

Arizona State opened the second half with a 13-4 run, making six of its first 10 shots to pull within 38-35.

The Sun Devils kept hitting — 12 of 18 in the third quarter — while the Cardinal struggled finding an offensive flow. Carrington gave Stanford a momentum boost with her third-quarter buzzer-beater and the Cardinal held off one more Arizona State charge in the fourth quarter.

"We kind of had some what I call knucklehead plays (in the third), but I thought we regrouped really well," VanDerveer said. "We were able to find a way to win."

Stanford was superb at both ends in the first half and fourth quarter to overcome its struggles in the third.

Arizona State bounced back from Stanford's first-half flurry, but couldn't counter when the Cardinal hit again in the fourth quarter.

Johnson-Chapman had quiet games against Fresno State and Arizona, finishing with six combined points. Turner Thorne and her coaching staff challenged the senior center and she responded by hitting 8 of 12 shots and grabbing six rebounds.

"Fresno, UofA, she wasn't looking to score and we challenged her," Turner Thorne said. "Since then, she's been looking to score and playing a lot better."

Few teams have been able to slow Smith, Stanford's player of the year candidate. Able to shoot inside or out, the 6-foot-4 senior forward can hurt teams in multiple ways.

Smith had her versatility on display against the Sun Devils, hitting 9 of 15 shots while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out two assists.

"Even when we did help each other, she's a really good player and was going to knock down some shots," Johnson-Chapman said.

Alanna Smith scored 25 points and DiJonai Carrington hit a momentum-changing half-court shot to end the third quarter, helping No. 6 Stanford hold off No. 19 Arizona State 72-65 on Friday night.

Stanford (13-1, 3-0 Pac-12) dominated the first half to lead by 12 before Arizona State (11-4, 2-2) charged back in the third quarter.

The Sun Devils pulled within 48-47, but Carrington buried a half-court shot at the buzzer to kick off a 9-0 Cardinal run. She finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Charnea Johnson-Chapman had 16 points for the Sun Devils, who went 4 of 19 from the 3-point arc.

Arizona 60, No. 24 California 55

Aari McDonald set a school record by scoring more than 30 points for the fifth time this season, leading Arizona to the upset of California.

McDonald shot 7 for 8 from the line in the final minute and finished with 36 points. She moved past her coach, Adia Barnes, for the most 30-point games in a season. She matched a career high with five 3-points, shot 11 of 17 from the field and 9 for 11 from the line.

Arizona (13-2, 3-1 Pac-12) was coming off a loss at Utah that snapped its school record 11-game winning streak.

Kristine Anigwe finished with 19 points, 20 rebounds and seven blocked shots for the Golden Bears (10-4, 1-2).

No. 5 Oregon 93, Southern California 53

Satou Sabally scored 26 points and Oregon won its second straight Pac-12 game by 40 points.

Sebally was a point away from tying her career high, which she set earlier this season against UC Irvine. The sophomore forward scored nine of the Ducks' first 11 points and Oregon never trailed. The Ducks led by as many as 42 late in the fourth quarter.

Sabrina Ionescu added 17 points, Taylor Chavez 14 and Ruthy Hebard 12 for Oregon (14-1, 3-0 Pac-12), which won its seventh straight. The 40-point victory tied for the third-largest win by the Ducks in conference play, equaling the 98-58 victory they had last Sunday against Washington State.

Aliyah Mazyck led USC (10-5, 0-4) with 16 points and Ja'Tavia Tapley added 13. Mariya Moore, who scored a career high 36 points in last Sunday's loss at California, had 11 points.

No. 10 Oregon State 83, UCLA 73

Destiny Slocum scored 22 points, Mikayla Pivec added 21 and Oregon State extended its winning streak to five games.

The Beavers (13-2, 3-0 Pac-12) never trailed in the third and fourth quarters, but UCLA made it close.

The Bruins (9-7, 2-2) got within three points once in the third and twice in the fourth.

Michaela Onyenwere led UCLA with 24 points. Lajahna Drummer had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Kennedy Burke had 18 points.

No. 15 Marquette 91, Villanova 55

Natisha Hiedeman scored 24 points to lead Marquette.

Danielle King made all eight shots to finish with 17 points and Erika Davenport had 16 points and 11 rebounds for her third double-double for the Golden Eagles (13-3, 4-0 Big East).

Mary Gedaka had 14 points and Kelly Jekot 13 for Villanova (10-5, 2-3).


Maryland 78, No. 22 Indiana 75

Maryland gave up the game's first nine points, trailed by 14 with 13 minutes elapsed and faced a double-digit deficit early in the second half.

Strangely enough, with this team that's just about a sure-fire formula for victory.

Bruno Fernando had a career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds, Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 24 and the Terrapins rallied past Indiana.

It was the fifth straight victory for Maryland (14-3, 5-1 Big Ten), which used a 16-0 run in the second half to take control.

"Just an incredible win, because we were not very good at the start," coach Mark Turgeon said.

Three times during their winning streak, the Terrapins rebounded from a halftime deficit. It also happened on Jan. 2 against then-No. 24 Nebraska and at Minnesota on Tuesday.

The Terps are 5-1 this season when trailing at the break. Not bad, but it's been tough on their coach.

"Hopefully we can become a better first-half team," Turgeon said.

Freshman guard Romeo Langford scored 28 points, Devonte Green had 15 and Juwan Morgan added 14 for Indiana (12-4, 3-2). The Hoosiers shot 12 for 28 in the second half and were outscored 51-40.

Indiana went 16 for 16 at the foul line and committed only seven turnovers, but that was offset by Maryland's 18 offensive rebounds.

"We just couldn't get it done on the glass tonight," coach Archie Miler said. "We just gave them 18 second shots and that was the difference in the game."

Fernando led the charge with five offensive rebounds, some of which he turned into put-backs. He went 11 for 12 from the field to surpass his previous career best of 21 points.

"He was as good as it gets in terms of what he was being asked to do: finishing around the rim, offensive rebounding," Miller said. "He's a load."

After Morgan made the first basket after halftime to make it 37-27, the Terps used their 16-point surge to take the lead for the first time.

Cowan and Darryl Morsell each contributed five points to the surge, and Maryland applied a tight zone defense to force Indiana into nine successive missed shots.

"We really keyed in on defense. We were able to get some easy ones in transition," Cowan said.

The Terrapins never lost the lead, in part because their only turnover of the second half came with 11 seconds left. And that is how you make up for a lousy first half.

"Obviously, we had another slow start," said Cowan, who finished with a game-high seven assists. "We've got to figure that out. But we really keyed in on the game plan and started playing."

Maryland star freshman Jalen Smith went 0 for 7 during a scoreless first half and finished with 2 points on 0-for-9 shooting, but he contributed 10 rebounds.


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