Chiney Ogwumike had 21 points and 15 rebounds, Mikaela Ruef hit a tiebreaking basket with 53 seconds left, and top-ranked Stanford held on to beat No. 21 South Carolina, 53-49, Wednesday night in Columbia, S.C.
The Cardinal (10-0) went cross-country to face Dawn Staley's Gamecocks (10-1) and found themselves in a tough matchup. The game was tied at 45 with 1 minute, 14 seconds to go after Aleighsa Welch's foul shot. That's when Ruef drove left and put up a shot that barely caught the rim and fell in for the lead.
South Carolina had a chance to tie the score on its next possession, but Ieasia Walker made just one of two foul shots. Walker's three-pointer with three seconds left drew the Gamecocks within 51-49, but that was as close as things got.
UConn 97, Oakland 25 - Bria Hartley and Breanna Stewart each scored 21 points and Brianna Banks had 18 to lead second-ranked Connecticut in a rout in Hartford, Conn.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 14 points and nine rebounds for UConn (9-0). Stewart had 13 rebounds, eight on the offensive end, and the Huskies had a 56-26 edge on the boards.
A pregame ceremony was held to honor the 26 victims of the Newtown shootings. There was a moment of silence and UConn players and cheerleaders formed a circle at midcourt holding 26 lighted candles.
Notre Dame 100, Alabama A&M 39 - Kayla McBride scored 16 points to lead four teammates in double figures as No. 5 Notre Dame cruised to victory in the first round of the World Vision Classic in Las Vegas.
Skylar Diggins and Whitney Holloway had 15 points each for the Fighting Irish (7-1). Ariel Braker added 12 points and Madison Cable 11.
Auriemma weighs in
UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma isn't broken up about the breakup of the Big East. In fact, he said he wished the seven Catholic schools that decided to leave could exit the conference immediately and blamed the conference's current flux on their past voting decisions.
Auriemma said that the seven schools stayed in the conference as long as there was money to be made. And now, with the conference struggling to secure a media-rights deal with its recent upheaval, the seven schools decided to exit.