- The Washington Times - Monday, December 21, 2009

AP TOP 25 WOMEN

NO. 11 GEORGIA 69, NO. 19 VIRGINIA 53: Bulldogs forward Porsha Phillips was a one-woman show for about three and a half minutes Sunday in Athens, Ga.

“Blew it up,” Georgia coach Andy Landers said. “Blew it up.”

Phillips scored 12 points, including her second 3-pointer of the season, stole the ball twice and grabbed two rebounds during a 15-3 run by the Bulldogs that opened up a 51-25 lead on the Cavaliers.

In the rest of Georgia’s win, Phillips had two free throws, two rebounds and one steal.

“You never know what she is going to pick up,” said teammate Angel Robinson, who had 11 points and 10 rebounds. “She is very unpredictable. Next thing you know she has two or three steals back-to-back and is laying the ball up and going hard for the offensive rebound. I guess she was making up for the first half. She is not going to let us down.”

Georgia (10-0) ended the first half with a 21-5 run that built a 36-22 lead.

“We thought we had in a sense dug the grave at halftime,” Landers said. “They were down and not showing a whole lot of life - and to come out and do that. I rarely do this, but at that point I was thinking we probably have this game won, and I am sure they were thinking that as well.”

NO. 1 CONNECTICUT 90, IONA 35: Maya Moore tied a season high with 23 points to lead the Huskies over the Gaels in Storrs, Conn.

Tiffany Hayes scored 15 points, Meghan Gardler had 14, and Kalana Greene added 13 points for UConn. The Huskies (9-0) shot 54 percent from the field and forced 34 turnovers.

Diana Hubbard scored 10 points for Iona (3-7).

NO. 4 NOTRE DAME 90, CHARLOTTE 31: Ashley Barlow scored a season-high 19 points, and the Fighting Irish forced 43 turnovers in a victory over the 49ers in South Bend, Ind.

NO. 20 NEBRASKA 77, NO. 5 LSU 63: Kelsey Griffin had 30 points and 14 rebounds in leading the Cornhuskers to a win over the Tigers in Lincoln, Neb., extending their school-record winning streak to 11 games.

NO. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 93, SOUTH CAROLINA 85: Cetera DeGraffenreid had a career-high 26 points, and the Tar Heels held on for a victory over the Gamecocks in Myrtle Beach, S.C., despite blowing an 18-point lead.

No. 12 XAVIER 81, MISSISSIPPI ST. 60: Amber Harris had 18 points to lead the Musketeers to a victory over the Bulldogs in Cincinnati.

NO. 15 OKLAHOMA 67, CREIGHTON 58: Danielle Robinson scored 22 points, and the Sooners used a late surge to push past the Bluejays in Omaha, Neb.

NO. 17 TEXAS 91, TEXAS SOUTHERN 42: Ashley Gayle had a career-high 14 points along with 10 rebounds and six blocks to help the Longhorns beat the Tigers in Austin, Texas.

NO. 18 VANDERBILT 84, TENNESSEE ST. 47: Meredith Marsh scored 24 points to lead the Commodores to a victory over the Tigers in Nashville, Tenn.

NO. 21 PITTSBURGH 76, AUSTIN PEAY 75: Jania Sims’ jumper with 1:04 left in overtime gave the Panthers the lead for good, and Pitt beat the Governors in Clarksville, Tenn.

NO. 22 KANSAS 75, UC RIVERSIDE 60: Danielle McCray scored a season-high 30 points, and the Jayhawks overcame a sluggish first half to beat the Highlanders in Lawrence, Kansas.

AREA WOMEN

MARYLAND 75, AMERICAN 64: Sophomore Lynetta Kizer and freshman Tianna Hawkins combined for 41 points in the Terrapins’ win over the Eagles at Bender Arena.

AREA MEN

UMBC 59, AMERICAN 57: Chris De La Rosa scored 11 points, including a jumper with two seconds left, to give the Retrievers their first win of the season, beating the Eagles at Bender Arena.

The Retrievers (1-9) trailed nearly the entire first half and were down seven points to American (2-9) at halftime. But UMBC opened the second half on a 13-0 run, and the teams stayed close the rest of the way.

A Matt Spadafora free throw gave UMBC a one-point lead with 1:24 left, and his jumper with just over a minute remaining put the retrievers ahead 57-55.

AP TOP 25 MEN

No. 14 CONNECTICUT 60, CENTRAL FLORIDA 51: The Huskies got bigger with the addition of 6-foot-11 freshman Ater Majok. It wasn’t immediately clear whether they have gotten better.

Stanley Robinson scored 26 points, and UConn came from behind to beat the Knights in Hartford, Conn.

Robinson scored 23 of his points in the second half, helping Connecticut (7-2) overcome a nine-point deficit.

Jerome Dyson added 16 points, despite hitting just five of 15 shots from the floor.

NO. 22 GEORGIA TECH 66, FLORIDA STATE 59: Ryan Reid scored 17 points, and Chris Singleton hit the go-ahead basket with 1:05 left in overtime to help the Seminoles beat the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta.

The Seminoles (10-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their fourth straight and stopped Georgia Tech’s seven-game winning streak.

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