#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.
George Washington took down Villanova, 78-70.
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.
Ohio State assistant coach Mark Mitchell and players Shayla Cooper and Chelsea Mitchell were suspended for today’s game against North Carolina AT&T for “conduct detrimental to the team.”
Moriah Mack is set to return for New Mexico State.
Freshman Hallie Thome is finding her role at Michigan.
Freshman guard Riley Rose has left Missouri State.