COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Ashley Owusu scored 24 points and No. 3 Maryland handed No. 6 Baylor its first loss of the post-Kim Mulkey era, 79-76, on Sunday.
The Terrapins (6-0) led 76-65 before a furious Baylor rally nearly forced overtime. The Bears had the ball down by three, but Sarah Andrews missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.
The Terrapins passed their first big test of the young season, and they did it without guard Katie Benzan, who missed the game because of an illness. This was just the beginning of a stretch in which Maryland faces Baylor, No. 5 North Carolina State and No. 7 Stanford in the span of a week.
The Terrapins also take on No. 1 South Carolina next month.
This was also the first significant test for the Bears (3-1) under new coach Nicki Collen, who took over after Mulkey left for LSU. NaLyssa Smith had 30 points and 15 rebounds for Baylor, and Jordan Lewis added 29 points.
NO. 2 UCONN 60, NO. 23 SOUTH FLORIDA 53
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Paige Bueckers had 21 points and seven assists to help Connecticut hold off South Florida in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals.
Freshman Azzi Fudd added a season-high 18 points on six 3-pointers for the Huskies (3-0), who had to fight to the final minutes to maintain a perfect mark against the Bulls (3-2). UConn squandered a 13-point second-quarter lead and an eight-point margin midway through the third, then found itself trailing in the final seconds of that quarter after giving up an 11-0 run.
Elena Tsineke scored 17 points to lead South Florida, which shot 37% but just 4 of 13 (31%) in the final quarter when the game hung in the balance. Bethy Mununga added 15 points and eight rebounds.
NO. 1 SOUTH CAROLINA 80, NO. 9 OREGON 63
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Zia Cooke scored 20 points and Laeticia Amihere added 18 to help South Carolina rout Oregon in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals.
This was the first meeting between the Gamecocks (5-0) and the Ducks (3-1) since 2002.
Oregon came into the game shorthanded, with Ducks forward Nyara Sabally sitting out to rest her right knee, and sophomore guard Te-Hina Paopao, freshman guard Taylor Bigby and USC junior transfer Endyia Rogers because of injuries.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jordan Horston scored 28 points with 15 rebounds, both career highs, Tamari Key had a triple-double and Tennessee made 6 of 8 free throws in overtime to defeat Texas.
Key scored 10 points, grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and matched her career-high with 10 blocked shots for her second career triple-double and the fifth in school history. Alexus Dye and Jordan Walker both added 13 points for the Lady Vols (4-0), who got their second-straight win over a ranked opponent.
Mississippi State transfer Aliyah Matharu led the Longhorns (3-1), who own a win at then No. 3 Stanford, with a career-high 27 points. Joanne Allen-Taylor added 11 points and Rori Harmon 10.
AUBURN 59, NO. 18 GEORGIA TECH 51
ATLANTA (AP) — Honesty Scott-Grayson scored 18, Aicha Coulibaly added 14 and Auburn used a big first half to topple Georgia Tech.
The Tigers (2-2) held Georgia Tech to 25% shooting in the first half while they shot 50% to build a 33-16 lead. After the Yellowjackets (4-1) cut 10 points off the deficit in the third quarter, Auburn steadied itself under first-year coach Johnnie Harris to defeat a ranked team on the road for the first time since Feb. 13, 2014.
Lotta-Maj Lahtinen scored 12 points and Nerea Hermosa 11 for Georgia Tech, which has never beaten Auburn.
Auburn was 5-19 last year and 0-15 in the SEC.
NO. 14 IOWA STATE 96, SOUTHERN 55
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Aubrey Joens hit five 3-pointers for the second straight game and increased her career best to 21 points to lead Iowa State over Southern.
Big sister Ashley Joens added 16 points, Lexie Donarski 15 and Nyamer Diew 13 off the bench for the Cyclones (4-0). Emily Ryan had a career high 13 assists and nine points.
Nakia Kincey paced the Jaguars (0-4) with 12 points. They went 4 of 17 behind the arc and shot 29% overall.
NO. 17 FLORIDA STATE 76, GRAMBLING 53
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Morgan Jones scored a career-high 25 points and Valencia Myers added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Florida State in its win over Grambling.
Jones, a first-team All-ACC guard, made 8 of 12 field goal attempts and 9 of 14 free throws. She added three blocks, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. The Seminoles (4-0) also got 12 points from River Baldwin.
Alexus Holt finished with 13 points to lead four Grambling (2-2) players in double figures — Justice Coleman (12), Colbi Maples (11) and Jurnee McLaurin (10). The rest of the team combined for seven points.
NO. 19 KENTUCKY 92, WINTHROP 47
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Rhyne Howard had the third triple-double in Kentucky history to lead the Wildcats over Winthrop.
Howard scored 22 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists — plus five steals — for the first UK triple-double since Makayla Epps (21-11-12) on Nov. 18, 2015, as the Wildcats (3-1) bounced back from a loss at top 10 Indiana.
Dre’una Edwards added 20 points and Robyn Benton 14 among the five Kentucky players in double figures.
Jaelyn Royal scored 11 to lead Winthrop (0-4). Myra Strickland had 10.
NO. 20 UCLA 69, VIRGINIA 57
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Natalie Chou scored 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting, IImar’I Thomas added 19 points and UCLA pulled away to beat Virginia.
Jaelynn Penn scored 16 points and joined Chou, Thomas and Dominique Onu with two 3-pointers. The Bruins (3-0) were 9 of 17 behind the arc (53%) and shot 51% overall (25 of 49).
The balanced scoring helped pick up the slack with leading scorer Charisma Osborne (21.5 ppg) out after injuring a foot in the last game. Osborne did not suit up but was walking on the sideline. UCLA was down to seven players for the game and three finished with four fouls.
Carole Miller led the Cavaliers (0-4) with 14 points.
NO. 22 WEST VIRGINIA 83, RADFORD 31
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Kirsten Deans scored 16 points and 10 of 11 West Virginia players scored in the Mountaineers’ rout of Radford.
Esmery Martinez added 12 points, making five of seven shots, and added seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in 15 minutes for the Mountaineers (3-0). A’riana Gray added 11 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Jasmine Carson also scored 11.
Destinee Marshall led Radford (1-3) with 11 points.
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