- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 24, 2009

AP TOP 25 WOMEN

No. 1 CONNECTICUT 80, No. 2 STANFORD 68: Maya Moore scored 23 points, and Tina Charles added 20 to help the Huskies (10-0) win their 49th straight game, a victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday in front of a sellout crowd of 16,294 in Hartford.

Connecticut won its first nine games this season by an average of 46 points. UConn hadn’t faced a team the caliber of the Cardinal, whom the Huskies beat last season in the national semifinals en route to a 39-0 record and sixth NCAA title.

Stanford proved to be no match as UConn extended the third-longest winning streak in women’s basketball history. UConn won 70 straight from 2001 to 2003, and Louisiana Tech had a 54-game streak from 1980 to 1982.

No. 15 XAVIER 87, AUSTIN PEAY 41: Ta’Shia Phillips had her seventh double-double of the season, leading the Musketeers (9-2) to a victory over the Governors (3-9) in Cincinnati.

The center had 20 points and 10 rebounds for her 41st career double-double, helping Xavier take control from the opening tip. The Musketeers opened with an 18-3 run and led 44-15 at halftime.

AREA MEN

VIRGINIA 80, HAMPTON 54: Sylven Landesberg scored 14 points, grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds and dished out six assists to lead the Cavaliers (6-4) over the Pirates (2-10) in Charlottesville.

AP TOP 25 MEN

No. 3 KENTUCKY 86, LONG BEACH ST. 73: John Wall scored 19 points, and the Wildcats (13-0) pulled away in the second half for a victory over the 49ers (6-6) in Lexington, Ky.

DeMarcus Cousins shook off early foul trouble to finish with 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Wildcats (13-0) continued their best start in more than 30 years.

No. 6 WEST VIRGINIA 76, No. 15 MISSISSIPPI 66: Wellington Smith scored 17 of his career-high 19 points in the second half, and the Mountaineers used a huge rebounding edge and a big helping of second-half 3-pointers to beat the Rebels in Morgantown, W.Va.

No. 8 VILLANOVA 97, DELAWARE 63: Scottie Reynolds scored 22 points, Reggie Redding had 16 and the Wildcats (11-1) cruised in their final nonconference game, beating the Blue Hens (3-8) in Villanova, Pa.

ORAL ROBERTS 75, No. 13 NEW MEXICO 66: Michael Craion scored 18 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as the Golden Eagles upset the Lobos in Tulsa, Okla.

No. 16 TENNESSEE 99, N. CAROLINA A&T; 78: Tyler Smith and Kenny Hall each had 16 points and the Volunteers (9-2) scored the first 22 points of the game in a victory over the Aggies (4-8) in Knoxville, Tenn.

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