Angie Bjorklund came out on top against her big sister, Jami, and helped top-ranked Tennessee stay perfect with a win over Gonzaga, 96-73, yesterday in Knoxville, Tenn.
The Bjorklund sisters, from Spokane Valley, Wash., faced off against each other for the first time in their playing careers, with Angie scoring a team-high 23 for the Volunteers (9-0). Jami had 19 points for the Bulldogs (6-4).
Candace Parker scored 18 points, and Nicky Anosike added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Vols.
Jami Bjorklund was sought after by several West Coast schools and chose to stay near home. Angie, one of the nation's top high-school players last season, committed to Tennessee as a junior. The 6-foot guard, starting as a freshman for the defending national champions, was averaging 9.4 points and almost four rebounds coming in.
Since they play the same position, the sisters defended against each other for part of the game and ended up in a tangled heap on the floor fighting for a loose basketball in the second half.
Stanford 87, Baylor 63 - Candice Wiggins scored 35 points, and had four steals, three assists and two blocks as the No. 5 Cardinal (8-1) dealt the 10th-ranked Bears (7-1) their first defeat in Stanford, Calif.
Wiggins reached 2,000 points for her career when she sank a 10-foot jumper with 5 minutes, 54 seconds remaining. Kayla Pedersen added 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Stanford. Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer moved within three victories of becoming the seventh Division I coach to reach the 700-win mark.
Jhasmin Player scored 18 points, and Jessica Morrow added 16 for Baylor in only the second meeting between the prominent programs, and the first since 1983.
LSU 76, Louisiana Tech 45 - Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and eight rebounds to help the No. 8 Tigers (7-2) cruise by the Techsters (4-6) in Ruston.
With her eight rebounds, Fowles moved ahead of Tennessee's Chamique Holdsclaw into fifth place on the SEC's career list with 1,296.
Oklahoma 66, Michigan St. 55 - Amanda Thompson had 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead a balanced attack and help the No. 9 Sooners (7-2) overtake the No. 21 Spartans (7-3) in East Lansing, Mich.
Oklahoma's Courtney Paris had 13 points and 14 rebounds to stretch her NCAA-record streak of double-double performances to 68.
Ashley Paris, Courtney's twin sister, and Danielle Robinson each had 12 points for the Sooners.
The Spartans' Courtney Davidson, coming off the bench, scored 18.
Ohio State 71, Washington 54 - Marscilla Packer scored 14 of her 18 points in a nearly flawless first half by the No. 19 Buckeyes (7-2), who routed the overmatched Huskies (4-7) in Seattle.
In the region
Temple 72, Western Michigan 68
- LaKeisa Eaddy scored 23 points and Ashley Morris had 19 points as the Owls (5-6) held off the Broncos (3-7) in a nonconference game in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Tiera DeLaHoussaye scored 18 points for Western Michigan.
Temple sophomore forward Jasmine Stone, who had been sidelined under NCAA eligibility rules, was cleared before the game to play for the rest of the season.
The Owls next host Villanova on Friday (3 p.m.) in their Big Five opener at the Liacouras Center. The Wildcats, 3-0 in the City Series, need a win to clinch the title over the three-time defending champs.
Drexel 57, Monmouth 59 - Gabriela Marginean scored the last 17 points of the game and finished with 22 as the Dragons (2-6) beat the Hawks (1-8) in a nonconference game in West Long Branch, N.J.
The Dragons next host Penn on Thursday (1 p.m.) at home.
Boston College 66, La Salle 60 - Mickel Picco and Stefanie Murphy each scored 17 points for the Eagles (8-3), who rallied against the Explorers (3-6) from a 10-point halftime deficit in a nonconference game in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Carlene Hightower, who missed La Salle's previous game with a concussion, scored 17 points and Jamie Walsh added 15 points.