- Associated Press - Monday, February 27, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Napheesa Collier had a career-high 39 points and 12 rebounds to help No. 1 UConn wrap up another undefeated regular season and extend its NCAA record winning streak to 104 games with a 96-68 rout of South Florida on Monday night.

Katie Lou Samuelson became the 44th player in program history with 1,000 career points and finished with 16 despite a cold shooting night.

With the Huskies’ star going 6 of 19 from the field, including just 3 of 12 on 3-point attempts, Collier dominated inside while making 15 of 19 shots on the way to topping 30 points for the second time in three games.

Gabby Williams had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies, who played without injured guard Kia Nurse (right ankle) for the fourth straight game.

UConn (29-0, 16-0 American Athletic Conference) completed its ninth undefeated regular season and moved within one victory having 12 consecutive 30-win seasons. The four-time defending national champions won an earlier meeting against South Florida (22-7, 11-5) by 65.

No. 2 BAYLOR 103, No. 19 OKLAHOMA 64

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Alexis Prince scored 24 points to help Baylor roll past Oklahoma, just two days after Baylor coach Kim Mulkey’s rant defending her school.

After Baylor defeated Texas Tech on Saturday, Mulkey complained about the negative coverage and the dip in reputation that have followed the sexual assault scandal involving the school and its football program. She told Baylor fans if people tell them they will never send their daughters to Baylor, they should “knock them right in the face.”

Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale was among those who spoke out against Mulkey’s comments. She told The Oklahoman she was “disappointed” in Mulkey and that women have a responsibility to fight for one another. Mulkey has since apologized in interviews for using violence in her statement, saying she didn’t mean to appear insensitive to the women involved in the cases.

No. 12 TEXAS 69, No. 24 KANSAS STAT 61

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Joyner Holmes scored 17 points, Lashann Higgs added 16 and Texas beat Kansas State to secure No. 2 seed in the Big 12 Conference Tournament.

Kelsey Lang hit a baseline jumper with 1:57 to go for a 61-54 lead and she fouled out 13 seconds later. Then Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau picked up her fifth foul with 1:22 left, but Kansas State missed both free throws and trailed 64-55.

Higgs made four straight free throws with under two minutes left, the last for a 10-point lead at the 1:06 mark.

Brianna Taylor added 12 points with 11 rebounds for Texas (22-7, 15-3), which broke a three-game losing streak. The Longhorns won their 15th conference game to tie the 2002-03 and 2015-16 teams for the program record.

Karyla Middlebrook scored 14 and Breanna Lewis had 12 points and nine rebounds for Kansas State (21-9, 11-7), which lost for the first time in four games.

Kansas State didn’t score for the first five minutes of the game and trailed 9-5 after the first quarter. Texas built a 27-19 halftime lead with 11 points from Joyner Holmes.

No. 25 TEMPLE 66, CENTRAL FLORIDA 60

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Alliya Butts hit four 3-pointers to become Temple’s single-season leader for 3s, Feyonda Fitzgerald set a conference assist record, and the Owls beat Central Florida.

Butts passed Shey Peddy for the honor and Fitzgerald put her name in the American Athletic Conference record book with her 205th assist.

Butts scored the final five points of the first quarter for a 22-8 lead and she scored her 14th point on a 3-pointer as time expired in the first half for a nine-point lead. She closed the third with a steal and layup to make it 53-38.

Tanaya Atkinson had a team-high 21 points and nine rebounds for Temple (23-6, 13-3 American Athletic Conference), which has won seven of its last eight games. Butts finished with 20 points and Fitzgerald scored 19 with nine assists.

Aliyah Gregory scored 19 points for UCF (19-10, 9-7), which had won six straight and will be the fourth-seeded team in the upcoming conference tournament.

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