The Villanova women's basketball team topped Temple, 44-32, in a low-scoring Big Five game yesterday at the Liacouras Center.
A year ago, Villanova (7-3, 3-0 Big Five) snapped Temple's record 18-game winning streak in the City Series. Now, the Wildcats can win the Big Five outright with a victory at La Salle tomorrow afternoon.
The Wildcats' Maria Getty had 11 points; she was the only player in double figures in the game. Villanova outscored the Owls, 33-16, in the second half.
Qwedia Wallace scored seven points and Marli Bennett grabbed a game-high nine rebounds for Temple (9-2, 0-1).
La Salle 55, Rider 54 - Ashley Gale, Danielle Mickiewicz, and Tara Lapetina each had nine points as the Explorers (3-7) edged the Broncos (2-8) in a nonleague game in Lawrenceville, N.J.
Gale also grabbed 12 rebounds.
Caitlin Bopp had 12 points and 15 rebounds for Rider.
Rutgers 62, Central Connecticut State 53 - Brittany Ray had 28 points for the Scarlet Knights (8-5) in a nonleague win over the Blue Devils (3-6) in Piscataway, N.J.
Connecticut 90, Iona 35 - Maya Moore tied a season high with 23 points to lead the top-ranked Huskies (9-0) over the Gaels (3-7) at home in Storrs.
The Huskies have won all of their games by at least 25 points, with an average margin of victory of 46.4 points. On Wednesday, they will face No. 2 Stanford.
Elsewhere: Kelsey Griffin had 30 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 20 Nebraska to a 77-63 upset of No. 5 Louisiana State in Lincoln, Neb. . . . Jasmine James piled up 17 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 11 Georgia top No. 19 Virginia, 69-53, in Athens, Ga. . . . No. 12 Xavier bounced back from consecutive losses to defeat Mississippi State, 81-60, in Cincinnati. . . . Jania Sims' late jumper helped No. 21 Pittsburgh edge Austin Peay, 76-75, in overtime in Clarksville, Tenn.