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WOMEN'S TOP 25 ROUNDUP Saturday's games



Published: Tue, February 4, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



No. 3 Kansas State 74,No. 19 Oklahoma 45

NORMAN, Okla. -- Kendra Wecker scored 24 points and Kansas State rebounded from an upset loss to unranked Iowa State by beating Oklahoma. The Wildcats (19-2, 6-1 Big 12) lost 74-69 on Wednesday night, ending their 13-game winning steak. But they were in control nearly from the start in snapping a six-game losing streak to Oklahoma. The Sooners (13-7, 4-3) hit just 30.5 percent from the field in their most lopsided defeat since a 101-72 loss at home to Nebraska on Feb. 14, 1998. Megan Mahoney scored 15 points and Nicole Ohlde had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Kansas State. Chelsi Welch led Oklahoma with 12 points. Oklahoma was 6-of-27 from the field in the first half. It was reminiscent of Wednesday night, when the Sooners went 8-for-29 in the first 20 minutes and fell behind 30-16 in a loss to No. 11 Texas. Kansas State won in Norman for the first time since 1997. The Wildcats coasted despite not having third-leading scorer Laurie Koehn, who has been bothered by a sprained ankle. Oklahoma dropped to 1-6 this season against Top 25 teams and 0-5 against teams ranked in the Top 10.

No. 6 Stanford 53, California 50

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Nicole Powell scored seven of her 19 points in the final 5:44 and also had 10 rebounds as No. 6 Stanford held off rival California. Stanford beat Cal for the fourth straight time and 19th in 20 meetings. It was also the 10th straight win for the Cardinal (17-2, 9-1 Pac-10) at Haas Pavilion. The Bears (7-12, 3-7) were in the game until going cold on offense late and allowing Stanford to score 13 unanswered points. Powell also had an assist down the stretch and a blocked shot when Cal had a five-on-three fast break in the final minute. Cal's Sarah Pool missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

No. 8 Texas Tech 84, Kansas 57

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Plenette Pierson scored 29 points and had six rebounds to lead Texas Tech. Pierson set a career high with 32 points earlier this week in an 84-50 win over Missouri. She had another strong showing against Kansas going 11-of-14 from the field and hitting seven of nine shots from the free-throw line. Texas Tech (18-2, 7-1 Big 12) forced 18 turnovers and converted them into 25 points. Aquanita Burras led Kansas (9-10, 2-6) with 16 points and five rebounds.

No. 21 Wisconsin-Green Bay 97, Illinois-Chicago 56

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Chandra Johnson scored 20 points to lead Wisconsin-Green Bay. The 97 points are the most the Phoenix (17-3, 8-1 Horizon League) have scored in 11 years. Natalie Yudt added 16 points for Green Bay, while Sara Boyer and Kristy Loiselle had 15 each. Illinois-Chicago (11-9, 5-4) was without its top player, Jaysie Chambers, who was suspended this week for a violation of team rules. LeKesha Williams had 18 points and Tina Thompson added 17 for the Flames.

No. 25 Washington 111, UCLA 77

SEATTLE -- Giuliana Mendiola scored a school record and career-high 43 points for the Huskies. Washington (17-3, 9-2 Pac-10) led 24-4 just five minutes into the game. Michelle Greco, who leads the Pac-10 in scoring with 19.2 points per game, had 29 for the Bruins (12-8, 7-4). Nikki Blue added a career-high 35 points in the loss.

No. 24 Arizona 71, Oregon 66

EUGENE, Ore. -- Freshman Shawntinice Polk had 23 points and 15 rebounds in Arizona's victory. The Wildcats (14-4, 7-4 Pac-10) struggled to stay ahead throughout the second half, losing the lead twice to the Ducks (8-12, 4-7). Brandi Davis led the Ducks with 21 points.

-- Associated Press




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