#3 Baylor’s Niya Johnson tallied a school-record 19 assists in the team’s105-46 thrashing of McNeese State. The Bears are 10-0.
Alaina Coates delivered a triple-double for #2 South Carolina in their 86-37 romp over Winthrop. She had 29 points, 16 rebounds and 10 blocks. The Gamecocks are 9-0.
Sophomore Victoria Vivians lead #9 Mississippi State over Louisiana Tech, 93-63, with 36 points. That included seven three-point shots.
#5 Texas 77, #14 Stanford 69……Empress Davenport had a personal-best 23 points for the Longhorns, who are 8-0.
#20 UCLA 86, Michigan 77……Nirra Fields lead the Bruins with 22 points and Monique Billings added a career-high 20, plus 11 boards.
#21 South Florida 61, Chattanooga 33……Alisia Jenkins set a career rebounds school record for the Bulls.
#25 Michigan State 82, Oakland 62……Jasmine Hines put up a career-high 21 points for the Spartans.
#8 Kentucky 68, Middle Tennessee 52……the Wildcats are 9-0.
#12 Northwestern 81, Loyola Chicago 72……those Wildcats are 9-0 as well.
USC pounded Long Beach State, 69-43. The Trojans are 8-0.
St. John’s stomped UCF, 70-42.
Elon edged NC State, 69-66.
Purdue handled Ball State, 73-63.
Louisville topped IUPUI, 70-61.
James Madison hammered Richmond, 73-47.
Tulsa defeated UALR, 74-63.
One of the numerous interesting things about this season so far is that many teams that have been traditionally solid are struggling: Louisville, Chattanooga, North Carolina, Middle Tennessee State, UALR, Penn State, just to name a few.
Connecticut and South Carolina in the Final Four this year seems a foregone conclusion. The other two spots? Wide open.