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Women

Huskies too much for Cards again

– Breanna Stewart has already developed a knack for hitting the big shot.

The sensational sophomore had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead top-ranked UConn (25-0, 12-0 American Athletic Conference) to an 81-64 victory over No. 4 Louisville (23-2, 11-1) on Sunday in a rematch of last season’s national championship game.

“She scores them exactly when you need them,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said of his young star.

WASHINGTON 87, No. 3 STANFORD 82: In Seattle, Kelsey Plum scored 23 points, Mercedes Wetmore added 18 and the Huskies (13-10, 6-6 Pac-12) held on for an upset of the Cardinal (22-2, 11-1).

No. 6 SOUTH CAROLINA 67, ARKANSAS 49: In Columbia, S.C., Aleighsa Welch scored 16 points and had a career-best five blocks as the Gamecocks (22-2, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) won their sixth straight.

No. 7 BAYLOR 81, No. 12 OKLAHOMA ST. 64: In Waco, Texas, Odyssey Sims scored 33 points with three 3-pointers and the Bears (20-3, 10-1 Big 12) clinched their 14th consecutive 20-win season.

No. 9 PENN STATE 74, OHIO STATE 54: In Columbus, Ohio, Maggie Lucas had 23 points to lead the Nittany Lions (18-5, 9-2 Big Ten).

No. 10 MARYLAND 95, CLEMSON 43: In College Park, Md., Alyssa Thomas had 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Terrapins (19-4, 7-3 ACC).

ARIZONA 68, No. 11 ARIZONA STATE 49: In Tucson, Ariz., Carissa Crutchfield scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Wildcats (5-18, 1-11 Pac 12) to a huge upset over the Sun Devils (20-4, 9-3).

No. 14 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 72, VIRGINIA TECH 71, OT: In Blacksburg, Va., Len’Nique Brown hit a game-winning floater with 4.5 seconds left in overtime to lead the Wolfpack (21-3, 8-2 ACC).

FLORIDA 86, No. 15 KENTUCKY 80: In Gainesville, Fla., January Miller scored 20 points, including 3 of 4 late free throws, to lead the Gators (17-7, 7-4 SEC).

No. 19 TEXAS A&M 72, No. 16 LSU 67: In College Station, Texas, Courtney Walker scored 22 points, going 10 of 20 from the field and making a critical layup in the game’s final minute for the Aggies (18-6, 8-2 SEC).

No. 23 CALIFORNIA 87, WASHINGTON STATE 70: In Pullman, Wash., Reshanda Gray scored 24 points and Brittany Boyd added 23 as the Golden Bears (16-7, 8-4 Pac-12) pulled away.

No. 25 PURDUE 65, MICHIGAN 56: In Ann Arbor, Mich., Ashley Morrissette and April Wilson each sank 3-pointers in the final 2 minutes to help the Boilermakers (17-7, 7-5 Big Ten) secure the win.

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