- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 27, 2009

From combined dispatches


No. 19 Virginia 75, Clemson 67: Lyndra Littles scored 15 of her 22 points in the second half Monday and the visiting Cavaliers held off a late rally to win their sixth straight against the Tigers.

The Cavaliers (16-4, 3-2 ACC) led 53-38 after Aisha Mohammed’s basket with 14:29 to play and looked ready to cruise. But the Tigers (12-9, 2-5) rallied behind the long-distance shooting of Kirstyn Wright. The sophomore, who hadn’t made a 3-pointer in Clemson’s previous six games, hit three in a row to make it 57-52.

That’s when Virginia’s two 20-point-a-game scorers - Littles and Monica Wright - took over. Littles had a pair of foul shots - as did Wright, the ACC’s top scorer at more than 22 points a game.

Littles added two more baskets and Wright a putback to extend the lead to 67-58. Clemson got no closer than six points.

Wright finished with 19 points. Mohammed had 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The game was the first for both teams since the death of former North Carolina State coach Kay Yow, and tributes to her were everywhere at Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson gave out pink cancer awareness ribbons to fans, along with a pink placard with the words, “In Loving Memory of Kay Yow.”

COPPIN STATE 61, HOWARD 46: Shante Cummings scored 20 points and Danielle Anders added 15 to lead the Eagles to victory in Baltimore.


COPPIN STATE 77, HOWARD 69: Tywain McKee scored 22 points and the Eagles beat the Bison in Baltimore.

McKee added seven rebounds, four assists and four steals for the Eagles (5-15, 3-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). Michael Harper scored 16 and Mike Buckley added 14.

The Bison (3-16, 1-5) were led by Kyle Riley, who scored 22. C.J. Prince chipped in 16 points. Howard shot 54.5 percent from the field (24-for-44) but committed 25 turnovers.

The Eagles, who only turned the ball over seven times, capitalized on Howard’s errors by scoring 27 points off turnovers.


No. 4 Oklahoma 89, Oklahoma State 81: Blake Griffin scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half and the Cowboys survived a 3-point onslaught by the Sooners to escape with a victory in the Bedlam rivalry game in Stillwater.

Oklahoma’s Austin Johnson hit a 3-pointer from the left wing after the Cowboys had cut a 14-point deficit to one with less than seven minutes to play. The Sooners opened conference play with a 6-0 mark for the first time.

No. 8 Marquette 71, Notre Dame 64: Jerel McNeal had a season-high 27 points and Wesley Matthews made some key baskets down the stretch to lead the Golden Eagles (18-2, 7-0 Big East) to victory in South Bend, Ind.


No. 1 Connecticut 93, No. 6 Louisville 65: Maya Moore had 27 points and 11 rebounds, freshman Tiffany Hayes added a career-high 23 points and top-ranked Huskies routed the Cardinals in Storrs, Conn., to remain unbeaten.

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