A&M women top Duke
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Danielle Adams needed only one game to endear herself to Texas A&M fans.
Adams scored 24 points in 22 minutes in her Texas A&M debut and the Aggies stunned No. 6 Duke, 95-77, yesterday.
The Aggies (1-0) took the lead near the midway point of the first half and didn't trail again. Despite poor shooting, the Blue Devils (1-1) cut the lead to three points with about 14 minutes remaining, but the Aggies scored 10 straight points to make it 65-52 and Duke didn't threaten again.
"The first five minutes of the second half were ugly," Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said. "They could have got right back in the ball game, but every time we would screw up, they would screw up going the other way. When we were playing our worst five minutes of the game they didn't take advantage of it."
The win improved Texas A&M's all-time record against the Blue Devils to 3-0. This was the first meeting between the schools since a 77-63 win by the Aggies in the round of 16 in the 2008 NCAA tournament.
Jasmine Thomas had a career-high 26 points for the Blue Devils.
TOP 25 WOMEN
No. 2 Stanford 81, No. 25 Rutgers 66: Kayla Pedersen scored 22 points, Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 21 and the Cardinal (2-0) outrebounded the host Scarlet Knights (0-1) 50-33, including 28 offensive boards that led to 25 second-chance points. Brittany Ray scored 17 points for Rutgers.
No. 3 Ohio State 91, Bowling Green 72: Jantel Lavender had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead Ohio State (2-0) over Bowling Green (1-1) in the quarterfinals of the Preseason WNIT in Columbus, Ohio. Tracy Pontius scored 18 points for Bowling Green.
No. 4 Notre Dame 102, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 57: Becca Bruszewski had 19 points and 10 rebounds as Notre Dame opened the season by routing visiting Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-2).
No. 8 Tennessee 74, No. 7 Baylor 65: Shekinna Stricklen had 25 points and 14 rebounds to help Tennessee (1-0) beat Baylor (0-1) in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic at Knoxville, Tenn. Brittney Griner, Baylor's 6-foot-8 freshman, dunked several times in warmups, but didn't get close enough to the rim for a chance during the game.
No. 9 LSU 92, Centenary 19: Allison Hightower scored 20 as LSU (1-) ran away from visiting Centenary (0-2), which trailed 51-9 at halftime and finished with 33 turnovers.
No. 10 Michigan State 71, Detroit 62: Aisha Jefferson scored 16 points as visiting Michigan State (1-1) beat Detroit (1-1), which got a career-best 27 points from Brigid Mulroy.
No. 21 Georgia 62, No. 13 Oklahoma 51: Porsha Phillips and Jasmine James each scored 15 points and host Georgia (1-0) held off Oklahoma (1-1), which got 10 points and nine rebounds from Abi Olajuwon.
No. 14 Virginia 86, Manhattan 68: Monica Wright made her final 10 shots from the field and scored 25 of her game-high 31 points in the second half to lift host Virginia (2-0) over Manhattan (1-1). Alyssa Herrington had 32 points for Manhattan.
No. 16 Arizona St. 73, South Dakota St. 64: Becca Tobin scored a career-high 18 points as host Arizona State (1-0) beat South Dakota (1-1), which got 14 points from Kristin Rotert.
No. 17 DePaul 77, North Dakota State 65: Deirdre Naughton scored 20 points as host DePaul (2-0) turned back North Dakota State (1-1).
No. 18 California 100, Idaho State 43: Freshman DeNesha Stallworth scored 17 points to help Cal open its season with a rout of Idaho State (0-2).
Oklahoma State 70, No. 19 Georgia Tech 64: Andrea Riley scored 24 points and Tegan Cunningham had 20 points and 10 rebounds as Oklahoma State (2-0) beat Georgia Tech (1-1) in the second round of the Preseason Women's NIT at Stillwater, Okla. Sasha Goodlett had 21 points to lead the Yellow Jackets.
No. 20 Kansas 106, Oral Roberts 80: Danielle McCray scored 27 points and Aishah Sutherland added 24, helping host Kansas open the season with a resounding win over Oral Roberts (1-1).
No. 22 Vanderbilt 90, Lehigh 54: Reserve Tiffany Clarke scored 14 points as host Vanderbilt opened the season by beating Lehigh (1-1).
No. 23 Louisville 65, Dayton 63: Monique Reid had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Becky Burke's 3-pointer put Louisville (1-0) ahead to stay in its win over host Dayton (1-1). Kendel Ross had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Flyers.
No. 24 Middle Tennessee 78, Central Florida 53: Alysha Clark had 32 points and 15 rebounds for her 56th career double-double, leading host Middle Tennessee (1-0) past Central Florida (0-1). Emma Cannon had 19 points and 17 rebounds for the Knights.
TOP 25 MEN
No. 3 Texas 89, UC-Irvine 42: Damion James had 21 points and 15 rebounds as Texas opened the season with an easy win over visiting Irvine (1-1). Zack Atkinson scored 10 points for the Anteaters.
No. 6 North Carolina 88, Valparaiso 77: Deon Thompson scored 16 of his 20 points after halftime to lead the host Tar Heels (3-0) past the Crusaders (0-2). Brandon Wood scored a career-best 30 points for Valparaiso.
No. 8 West Virginia 83, Loyola, Md. 60: Da'Sean Butler scored 26 points to lead the host Mountaineers (1-0) past the Greyhounds (1-1). Shane Walker scored 14 points for Loyola.
No. 14 Washington 111, Portland State 55: Quincy Pondexter scored 20 of his career-high 29 points in the first half, propelling host Washington (3-0) past Portland State (0-3).
Boise State 75, North Dakota 60: Paul Noonan sank six 3-pointers and scored 23 points to carry Boise State (2-1) over North Dakota (0-3) in the Grizzly Tournament at Missoula, Mont.
Texas Southern 72, Idaho 65: Whitworth Treasure scored 21 points as host Texas Southern (1-1) rallied to beat Idaho (1-1). Mac Hopson led the Vandals with 14 points.