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Women’s Top 25 roundup: No. 1 South Carolina sets records

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No. 1 South Carolina set a program record for the fewest points allowed in a single game as the dominant Gamecocks routed visiting Mississippi Valley State 101-19 on Friday in Columbia, S.C.

Seven players scored in double figures for the Gamecocks (5-0). MiLaysia Fulwiley had 17 points and five assists; Raven Johnson tallied 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals; and Kamilla Cardoso added a double-double of 14 points and 10 boards to go along with five blocks. In her first game back from an injury, Te-Hina Paopao had 10 points and eight rebounds.

For the Devilettes (1-5), Sh’Diamond McKnight had eight points and five boards.

Mississippi Valley State shot just 8-of-67 from the floor, an 11.9 percent clip.

The result was also the largest margin of victory for the Gamecocks during Dawn Staley’s tenure as head coach.

No. 3 Colorado 96, Kentucky 53

Aaronette Vonleh scored 19 points as the Buffaloes bested the Wildcats at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Colorado (6-0) also had 15 points from Jaylyn Sherrod, 11 from Kindyll Wetta and 10 points apiece from Tameiya Sadler and Quay Miller. Eniya Russell had 14 points for Kenutcky (2-4).

The Wildcats led by as many as seven points in the first half, but Colorado bounced back and then pulled away in the second half by outscoring Kentucky 51-19. The Wildcats shot 1-of-10 from 3-point land while the Buffs knocked down five shots from deep.

No. 7 LSU 99, Niagara 65

Aneesah Morrow scored a season-high 28 points as the Tigers ran away from the Purple Eagles at the Cayman Islands Classic.

Morrow also had 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Hailey Van Lith added 20 points and seven assists, while Mikaylah Williams scored 19 points and Flau’Jae Johnson added 14 points and eight boards for LSU (6-1). Chardonnay Hartley led Niagara (2-3) with 16 points.

For the third straight game, All-American forward Angel Reese did not appear for LSU. According to an ESPN report, it is believed that neither she or guard Kateri Poole traveled with the Tigers to the Cayman Islands. Additionally for LSU, Sa’Myah Smith exited the game late with an apparent lower-body injury.

LSU led by as many as 42 points and forced Niagara into 30 turnovers.

No. 14 Baylor 124, McNeese 44

Bella Fontleroy had 19 points and seven rebounds as the Lady Bears routed the Cowgirls in Waco, Texas.

Fontleroy was one of seven players to score in double digits for Baylor (4-0), and she also had three assists and three steals. Dre’Una Edwards stood out with a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds to go along with five assists. Yaya Felder had 13 points and was a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc.

Boston Berry had 12 points and six rebounds for McNeese (2-5).

No. 16 Kansas State 77, Western Kentucky 61

Serena Sundell had 21 points as the Wildcats defeated the Hilltoppers at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla.

Kansas State (5-0) also got 16 points from Ayoka Lee, and nine rebounds, seven points and five assists from Gabby Gregory. Acacia Hayes led Western Kentucky (5-2) with 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting.

The Wildcats were effective inside, winning the rebounding margin by 18 and outscoring the Hilltoppers by 16 points in the paint. Kansas State shot 51.7 percent from the floor while holding WKU to 33.3 percent. The Wildcats will face No. 18 North Carolina on Saturday in the second round of the showcase.

No. 18 North Carolina 54, Vermont 51

With 1:47 left to play, Kayla McPherson’s layup in traffic gave the Tar Heels their first lead of the second half over the Catamounts. Deja Kelly then sank a jumper, and she and Lexi Donarski flushed free throws to give UNC a hard-fought victory at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla.

Alyssa Ustby powered the Tar Heels (5-0) with a double-double of 15 points and 10 boards, while Kelly had 18 points and nine rebounds. Emma Utterback led Vermont (3-2) with 18 points and five assists.

Vermont led for more than 31 minutes and by as many as 13 points. UNC closed the gap by outscoring the Catamounts 24-12 in the fourth quarter.

Alabama 78, No. 20 Louisville 73

Sarah Ashlee Barker had 18 points and seven rebounds as the Crimson Tide remained unbeaten while handing the Cardinals their first loss of the season in the Betty Chancellor Classic in Katy, Texas.

Alabama (6-0) also got 14 points and seven rebounds from Jessica Timmons, 13 points from Karly Weathers and 12 apiece from Loyal McQueen and Aaliyah Nye. For Louisville (4-1), Nyla Harris had 18 points and eight rebounds while Sydney Taylor scored 17. Nina Rickards added a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Cardinals.

The game was tied 63-63 with 4:30 left to play when Barker swished a 3-pointer to put the Tide ahead. The Cards knotted the score up again with about 30 seconds left, and then Nye hit a 3-pointer from the left wing. Alabama iced the game by sinking all six of its free throws — including four by Nye — in the final moments of the contest.

No. 23 Washington State 90, UMass 48

Eleonora Villa notched 15 points as one of five Cougars to score in double figures as they topped the Minutewomen at the Cancun Challenge in Mexico.

Bella Murekatete had 13 points, Alex Covill scored 12 and Beyonce Bea and Charlisse Leger-Walker had 11 apiece as Washington State improved to 7-0. Stefanie Kulesza led UMass (1-6) with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

UMass led briefly by three points in the first quarter after a 3-pointer from Kristin Williams, but then Washington State broke off an 18-2 run to end the quarter. The Cougars led by as many as 44 points and shot 53.8 percent from the floor.

–Field Level Media

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