ICYMI: UConn gets record win, Northwestern back on court

NEW YORK (AP) — A record-breaking win, a somber victory, a triple-OT buzzer beater and a milestone reached, it was a busy week in women’s basketball.

The Huskies have never lost an American Athletic Conference game and the only non-conference contest they have left is against No. 5 South Carolina.

The Wildcats honored teammate Jordan Hankins by wearing her name and number during warmups and then, in a gym filled with the school’s athletes, won in its first game since her death Monday, beating Indiana 80-67 on Saturday.

The body of the 19-year-old from Indianapolis was found in her dorm room Monday.

Because of the tragedy, Northwestern’s game at Minnesota on Wednesday was postponed.

The nation’s leading scorer at 31 points a game, Plum has a chance to break Jackie Stiles all-time mark of 3,393 points.

According to a school spokesman, she spent the night in the hospital as a precaution.

Plum scores 34, No. 8 Washington beats No. 19 Arizona State

Plum, the nation’s leading scorer at 31 points per game, finished with 34 to propel the Huskies (18-2, 6-1 Pac-12) to a road sweep of the Arizona schools and keep them alone in first place in the conference standings.

The senior guard moved from 11th into seventh on the women’s basketball career scoring list with 3,041 points.

Chantel Osahor, the nation’s leading rebounder at 13.5 per game, grabbed 20 boards and scored 10 points for Washington.

Down by one at the half, Washington built a 42-36 lead on Katie Collier’s three-point play with 3:26 left in the third quarter.

The Sun Devils were short-handed without Kelsey Moos, who is out with a foot injury, and lost freshman point guard Reili Richardson when she banged her knee with 7:37 to play.

Jones rallies Arizona women past Washington State 56-55

Washington State led throughout the fourth quarter until Jones scored six-straight points with her jumper with 2:20 to play, putting the Wildcats ahead 52-51.

Jones’ putback put the Wildcats back on top with a half-minute to go but Nike McClure was fouled after grabbing an offensive rebound and she only made the first of two free throws with seven seconds left.

UConn women win 91st straight to break their own NCAA record

DALLAS (AP) — Top-ranked UConn broke its own NCAA record with its 91st consecutive victory, scoring the first 21 points and romping past SMU 88-48 on Saturday.

While the only way UConn will play Stanford this season will be in the NCAA Tournament, the Huskies do have wins this season over second-ranked Baylor, third-ranked Maryland and sixth-ranked Notre Dame — the latter two on the road.

UConn is 58-0 in American Athletic games in its four seasons since joining that league, plus nine more wins while sweeping through the conference tournament each of the past three seasons.

The national semifinal games are March 31 at the American Airlines Center, the home of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, which is about 5 miles from the SMU campus.

[…] this game is no measure of the progress being made under Mays, who worked under three Hall of Fame coaches before his first head coaching job.

SMU went into the game with the league’s best field goal defense (35.6 percent) while allowing 58 points a game, third among the 11 AAC teams.

After three straight losses, the only time this season to lose consecutive games, SMU plays three of its next four games on the road.

Plum tops 3,000 career points, Huskies beat Wildcats

The senior guard, the nation’s leading scorer at 30.7 points per game entering the contest, made 12 of 19 field goals and 10 of 11 free throws to lead the Huskies (17-2, 5-1 Pac-12) to their third straight conference victory.

Wash St player hits head, taken off on stretcher vs Ariz St

Wash St player hits head, taken off on stretcher vs Ariz St

(AP) — Washington State freshman Cameron Fernandez hit her head on the court after taking a charge and was carried off on a stretcher Friday during a 68-49 loss to No. 19 Arizona State.

The game was delayed about 30 minutes as emergency personnel treated Fernandez.

Cartwright scores career-high 21 in Stanford victory

(AP) — Robert Cartwright set a career-high for the second straight game, scoring 21 points in Stanford’s convincing 84-54 victory over Washington State on Thursday night.

Dorian Pickens added 18 points and Reid Travis had 17 for the Cardinal (9-8, 1-4 Pac-12), who stopped a four-game losing streak.

Conor Clifford scored 15 points to lead the Cougars (9-7, 2-2), who lost their second straight after a four-game winning streak.

The Cardinal, who never trailed, shot nearly 56 percent from the floor in the first half and limited the Cougars to 28 percent shooting.

Stanford’s top scorer and rebounds leader returned to the lineup after missing the past two games and sparked the Cardinal.

Rabb, Bird lead Cal past Washington 69-59

(AP) — Ivan Rabb scored 20 points and 14 rebounds and Jabari Bird added 16 points to lead California to a 69-59 over Washington on Thursday night.

Stephen Domingo made two free throws for the Bears and Rabb had a follow up layup and hit a jumper to make it 65-57 with 2:22 to play.

No. 2 Baylor women 77-54 over TCU to stay perfect in Big 12

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor freshman Lauren Cox didn’t even hear Baylor coach Kim Mulkey tell her to shoot the ball.

The 6-foot-4 forward made her first seven shots on way to 19 points in only 22 minutes and the second-ranked Lady Bears beat TCU 77-54 on Wednesday night for their 51st consecutive win at home.

While it was the closest margin of victory for the Lady Bears (16-1, 5-0 Big 12) so far in conference play, and they surprisingly got matched on rebounds, they trailed for only a 12-second span after TCU’s 3-pointer for its first basket of the game.

The Lady Bears had won their first four Big 12 games by an average margin of 37 points, the most dominating start to league play in school history.

Jones made three 3-pointers in the a span of just more than 2 minutes midway through the first quarter, but finished only 3-of-13 on long-range shots and 5-of-20 overall.

The senior guard also had eight rebounds and eight assists.

Baylor has won 14 in row since its Nov. 17 loss to the Huskies, who are Saturday can break their own NCAA record with their 91st consecutive victory at SMU, in Dallas only about 100 miles from the Baylor campus.

TCU hosts Iowa State on Sunday, the first of three home games in a four-game span.

ICYMI: A trick play and brawl highlight the 1st week of 2017

A trick play and brawl highlight the 1st week of 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Between a trick play, a brawl, milestone coaching wins and an incredible comeback, it was quite the week in women’s basketball.

Duke players could laugh about the play after the game because they came away with a victory.

UNLV and Utah State didn’t have much to joke about after the two teams got into a fight during their game Saturday night.

Eight players were ejected after a brawl that started with 1:10 left in the third quarter.

UNLV’s Katie Powell and Utah State’s Antonia Robinson were tossed for fighting and three players from each team were ejected for leaving the bench.

UConn will face South Florida on Tuesday with a chance to tie the Huskies’ and NCAA record 90 consecutive victories.

Army junior Janae McNeal made game-tying shots at the end of regulation and in double OT to help Army rally to beat Lafayette 76-73 in three overtimes on Thursday.

Sarah Agnello gave Lafayette a two-point lead with three seconds left before McNeal caught a long pass and scored just before the buzzer to send the game to overtime.

The university says Barron will be replaced by Amy Vachon, an associate head coach in her sixth season on the staff.

Maine did not reveal the nature of Barron’s medical condition, but he said he’s on medication that has side effects that interfere with coaching and he feels it is in the team’s best interests for him to take leave.

Plum's 39 lead No. 12 Washington over No. 9 Oregon 82-70

SEATTLE (AP) — Kelsey Plum scored 39 points and Chantel Osahor added 19 points and 16 rebounds to lead No. 12 Washington past ninth-ranked UCLA 82-70 on Sunday night in a game delayed an hour due to a power outage.

Plum scored seven consecutive points to put the Huskies up 60-45 with 1:42 left in the third quarter, but the Bruins cut the lead to 61-51 entering the final period on Burke’s 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Bruins have lost 15 straight road games against ranked opponents.

Swedlund's 22 points lead Washington State past USC 74-57

The Cougars trailed 35-34 at halftime but then took control, scoring 12 of 21 third-quarter points inside and shooting 9 for 20 overall.

Molina’s jumper with 4:50 left in the fourth made it 65-54 and the Cougars led by double figures the rest of the way.

Washington leads No. 22 Cincinnati to 67-58 win over Houston

HOUSTON (AP) — Kyle Washington had 19 points and nine rebounds as No. 22 Cincinnati extended its winning streak to six games with a 67-58 victory over Houston on Saturday night.

Troy Caupain added 13 points, Jacob Evans had 12 and Gary Clark chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds for Cincinnati (13-2, 3-0 American Athletic Conference).

Boucher leads No. 15 Oregon over Washington State 85-66

(AP) — Chris Boucher scored a career-high 27 points off the bench to help lead No. 15 Oregon past Washington State 85-66 on Saturday for its 13th straight victory.

Four players scored in double figures for Washington State (9-6, 2-1), which had its four-game winning streak snapped.

Washington State led 16-15 when Brooks was called for a flagrant foul on Josh Hawkinson while they battled for the ball and the Ducks star was ejected with 13:20 left in the first.

Boucher filled the void, making 10 of 14 shots from the field and adding eight rebounds.

Fultz leads Washington past Oregon State 87-61

SEATTLE (AP) — Freshman standout Markelle Fultz had 20 points and Matisse Thybulle added 17 as Washington rolled past Oregon State 87-61 on Saturday afternoon in a matchup of teams in search of their first Pac-12 conference victory.

Fultz entered as the second-leading freshman scorer in the nation at 22.3 points per game, trailing only Kentucky’s Malik Monk (22.6).

Plum, No. 12 Washington women beat Southern Cal 77-67

Heather Corral added 10 points for Washington, which bounced back from a 73-70 loss to then-No. 22 Oregon State that snapped the Huskies’ 11-game winning streak on Sunday.

Washington (15-2, 3-1 Pac-12) had a 16-point lead going into the fourth quarter and never let it get below nine in the final period.

Molina leads Washington State women over No. 9 UCLA, 82-73

(AP) — Freshman Chanelle Molina scored a career-high 33 points and Washington State upset No. 9 UCLA 82-73 on Friday night.

Pinelopi Pavlopoulou, who finished with 14 points, hit a pair of baskets as Washington State cut UCLA’s lead to 38-34 at halftime.

Washington State leading scorer Borislava Hristova and third-leading scorer Louise Brown both missed the game because of injuries.

Billings is the current Pac-12 player of the week after averaging 18.5 points and 15.5 rebounds in the first two league games of the season.

The Cougars were coming off a stretch of six consecutive road games, with the only win against Oregon on New Year’s Day

Just go dark? Playoff teams confront Twitter pot shots

Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware is the team’s top tackler and a lightning rod for criticism on Twitter.

The bigger the stage, the more fans talk about and taunt college players behind a Twitter handle.

If they want to take five minutes out of their day and tweet at somebody you don’t know, you’re a loser.

Boulware’s father, Jamie Boulware, contacted the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office after daughter Bailee, a Clemson junior, received a threat.

All four playoff teams have stories about Twitter nastiness, and most players try to restrain themselves from firing back.

Alabama coach Nick Saban lets players know that what they say on social media is part of their “brand,” for better or worse.

Ex-Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy doesn’t think he would have been mature enough to handle the starting job as a freshman like Jalen Hurts , partly because of social media critics.

It’s a tall order for sure and it does take a remarkable amount of maturity.

Washington wide receiver Dante Pettis grew up seeing and hearing people criticize his father, Gary Pettis, a former major league outfielder who won five Gold Gloves and is now the Houston Astros’ third base coach.

Alabama tailback Damien Harris, one of the Crimson Tide’s more frequent posters, said one user once said he hoped he would break his leg and have a career-ending injury.

[…] I’m like, ‘Since I play football, that means I can’t be involved in something that affects me?’ That stuff didn’t make sense.

Washington running back Myles Gaskin said he tries not to spend much time looking at responses to his posts.

People are going to say what they’ve got to say but at the end of the day true fans of UW and anybody that supports this university, I feel like they’ll only give us constructive criticism.

Washington State beats Oregon State 75-62

(AP) — Josh Hawkinson scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Washington State beat Oregon State 75-62 on Wednesday in the Spokane Arena.

Kendal Manuel had a career-high 20 points for Oregon State (4-12, 0-3), which had won six straight games over Washington State.

Trailing by five at halftime, Oregon State opened the second half with a 10-4 run — including 3-pointers by JaQuori McLaughlin and Manuel — to take a 43-42 lead.

A jumper by Robert Franks put the Cougars up 55-54, but the Beavers took the lead right back with a 3-pointer by Stephen Thompson.

The Cougars were playing the home game 75 miles north of their campus in Pullman, where students were still on winter break.

Dorsey hits 8 3s as No. 15 Oregon routs Washington 83-61

SEATTLE (AP) — Tyler Dorsey made eight 3-pointers and finished with 28 points, and No. 15 Oregon overcame foul trouble to pull away in the second half for an 83-61 win over Washington on Wednesday night.

Playing in an opponent’s gym for only the second time this season, the Ducks shook off foul problems for its two leading scorers — Dillon Brooks and Chris Boucher — to easily take care of the Huskies.

Jordan Bell, who left in the first half with an apparent left knee injury only to return just before halftime, was the only other Oregon player in double figures with 10 points.

Oregon’s only other road game this season came in its second game, a 66-49 loss to undefeated Baylor.

Due to the Pac-12’s rotating schedules, this was the only meeting between the Ducks and Huskies in the regular season.

Four upperclassmen declare for NFL Draft

In the aftermath of the Washington football team’s historic season, four juniors — defensive backs Budda Baker and Sidney Jones, defensive tackle Elijah Qualls, and wide receiver John Ross III — have made the decision to declare for the NFL…