women's highlightsNo. 1 UConn, No. 2 Tar Heels to meet in clash of unbeatens
Tonight's game between No. 1 Connecticut and No. 2 North Carolina features the two top scoring offenses in NCAA Division I women's basketball -- both averaging more than 85 points per game.
Quick, skilled and well-coached, the teams are expected to engage in up-tempo, transition-style basketball many observers say is consistently lacking in the sport. With ESPN2 camera's zooming in at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., these two undefeated teams will tip off at 6 p.m. Twin Cities time.
"I love to play them because they play like we do," North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "They get up and down the floor. They score points. They are fun to watch."
But are the Huskies fun to defend?
Not usually. On Saturday, UConn (17-0) scored 107 points on conference foe Syracuse -- the third time this season it has topped the 100-point mark.
Three UConn players -- Renee Montgomery, Maya Moore and Tina Charles -- average double-figure scoring. Moore, a sophomore who scored a career-high 40 points against Syracuse, leads the team with an average of 19.6 points per game and 9.1 rebounds. On Saturday she surpassed 1,000 points in only 55 games, smashing the school record of 63 games.
North Carolina (17-0), a team with its own three double-figure scorers, put up 103 points in a victory over Virginia on Friday.
"Someone is going to lose," North Carolina forward Rashanda McCants said. "We're just going to work hard and make sure it's not us."
NO. 11 CALIFORNIA 57, NO. 9 STANFORD 54: Alexis Gray-Lawson scored a career-high 37 points, converting two free throws with 1:09 to play that put the Golden Bears ahead for good in a victory over the visiting Cardinal on Sunday. California (14-2, 5-0 Pac-10) won its sixth game in a row and beat Stanford at home for the first time since Feb. 12, 1993. Jayne Appel scored 18 points to lead Stanford (13-4, 4-1).
NO. 3 OKLAHOMA 71, NO. 8 TEXAS A&M 59: Danielle Robinson had 19 points and 10 assists as the Sooners (13-2, 3-0 Big 12) beat the visiting Aggies (14-2, 2-1). Oklahoma guard Whitney Hand made a career-high five three-pointers and scored 17 points.
men's highlightsBoilermakers thump Iowa
NO. 19 PURDUE 75, IOWA 53: E'Twaun Moore scored 13 points to help the Boilermakers beat the Hawkeyes in West Lafayette, Ind. Keaton Grant scored 12 points, Nemanja Calasan had 10 and Robbie Hummel added nine points, eight rebounds and two blocks for the Boilermakers (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten). David Palmer scored 19 points to lead Iowa (11-7, 1-4).
NO. 4 CONNECTICUT 76, SETON HALL 61: A.J. Price scored 23 points to lead the Huskies over the visiting Pirates. Hasheem Thabeet added 15 points, 17 rebounds and four blocked shots for UConn (16-1, 5-1 Big East). Jeremy Hazell scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half to lead the Pirates (9-8, 0-5).
NO. 15 XAVIER 73, LA SALLE 53: B.J. Raymond scored 16 points, hitting long shots over La Salle's zone defense, and the Musketeers (15-2, 4-0 Atlantic 10) relied on their offensive balance to beat the visiting Explorers. Yves Mekongo Mbala and Rodney Green scored 15 points apiece for La Salle (9-7, 1-2).
NO. 23 VILLANOVA 76, ST. JOHN'S 57: Dante Cunningham scored 17 points and Dwayne Anderson added a season-high 14 as the Wildcats (14-3, 2-2 Big East) beat the visiting Red Storm. Antonio Pena had 12 points for the Wildcats, who set a team mark with their 24th consecutive home-court victory. D.J. Kennedy had 18 points for St. John's (10-7, 1-4).
Arkansas freshman forward Brandon Moore was suspended indefinitely after an arrest early Sunday on charges of drunken driving and other offenses. Moore, 19, was stopped by a campus police officer after she noticed Moore's vehicle cross a double-yellow line to pass another vehicle, according to campus police records. Moore failed a field sobriety test and then tested 0.10 on a breath test at the jail.