WOMEN'S BASKETBALL | Top 25 roundup
No. 2 LSU 80, No. 15 Penn St. 63
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Aiysha Smith and her LSU teammates got just what they wanted against Penn State -- a victory and some attention. Smith scored 22 points as LSU stayed unbeaten. After winning seven of its first nine games against teams with losing records, LSU (12-0) beat the nation's 15th-ranked team for the second time in eight days. The Lady Tigers beat Texas 76-58 the previous Saturday, dropping the Longhorns from 15th to 17th. The Lady Tigers are two wins away from tying the best start in school history, which was 14-0 in the 1996-97 season. LSU, with the nation's third-ranked scoring defense, held Penn State 23 points below its average of 86 points a game. LSU also scored 24 points off Penn State's 19 turnovers. Ashli Schwab had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Lady Lions (10-3). Tanisha Wright added 18 points. Kelly Mazzante, the nation's third-leading scorer at 27.2 points per game, was held to 13. Seimone Augustus and Ke-Ke Tardy each added 11 points for LSU, while Smith had nine rebounds. The Lady Tigers' superior depth was apparent. LSU got 29 points from its bench, compared to three points for Penn State.
No. 7 Purdue 71, No. 13 Notre Dame 54
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Shereka Wright scored 18 points, and No. 7 Purdue used a 15-0 run to break open a close game. Purdue was shooting just 21 percent (7-of-33) when Erika Valek made a 15-foot shot to end the Boilermakers' drought of 7:15 without a basket. The shot cut Notre Dame's lead to 22-20 and sparked the 15-0 run that continued into the second half. The Boilermakers (11-1) extended their lead to 63-39 when Mary Jo Noon made a pair of free throws with 5:57 left. Courtney LaVere had 23 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots to lead Notre Dame (8-3). Jacqueline Batteast added 14 points and Le'Tania Severe had 10 points and six assists. Alicia Ratay, Notre Dame's only starter left from the Irish team that beat Purdue for the national title two years ago, was held scoreless, managing only two shots. She averages 11.4 points a game. Valek added 15 points and six assists for the Boilermakers. Emily Heikes had 10 points as Purdue's reserves outscored Notre Dame's 18-5.
No. 12 Vanderbilt 86, Holy Cross 54
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Chantelle Anderson scored 20 points to lead six Vanderbilt players in double figures. Vandy (9-3) went on a 14-0 first-half run to go ahead 26-7. A 3-pointer by Ashley McElhiney just before halftime gave the Commodores a 47-22 lead. Katie O'Keefe scored 10 points to lead Holy Cross (6-5). McElhiney, who had a school-record 17 assists in Thursday night's 92-82 loss to Louisville, had 12 points and 10 assists.
No. 20 Arizona 72, Oregon St. 44
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Shawntinice Polk had her 18 points and 11 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season, leading Arizona to the easy victory. Arizona (9-3, 3-1) led 31-15 at halftime and put the game away with a 16-2 run to start the second half. The Wildcats outshot Oregon State 54 percent to 31 percent. Mandy Close scored 11 points to lead the Beavers (7-6, 1-3), who committed 16 turnovers in the first half.
No. 23 Boston Coll. 85, Providence 63
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Jessalyn Deveny had a career-high 36 points to lead Boston College, three short of the school record. Deveny shot 5-for-7 from 3-point range and 14-for-20 overall. Sarah Behn holds the school mark with 39 points, set on Jan. 13, 1993 against Georgetown. The Eagles (8-3, 1-0 Big East) had season highs in 3-pointers (11) and assists (24). Michal Epstein scored 13 to lead Providence (5-6, 0-1). The Friars got within four with 5:37 left in the first half, but Boston College pushed the lead to 44-31 at the half.
No. 24 Villanova 77, St. John's 53
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Kelly Nash scored 19 points and Nicole Druckenmiller added a career-high 17 for Villanova. The Wildcats (10-1, 1-0 Big East) are off to their best start since going 13-1 to open the 1981-82 season. Patrycja Gulak and Danielle Rainey each scored 11 for St. John's (6-6, 0-1). Druckenmiller made five of Villanova's 11 first-half 3-pointers to break open a one-point game. The Wildcats finished 15-of-35 from 3-point range.