VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Maddy Siegrist scored 18 of her 32 points in the fourth quarter and No. 25 Villanova defeated St. John’s 64-61 on Saturday after trailing by 16 points midway through the final period.
A three-point play by Jayla Everett gave St. John’s a 59-43 lead with 5:28 remaining in the game before a personal 11-0 run by Siegrist drew Villanova within 59-54 with 2:59 remaining.
After Jillian Archer’s putback stopped the run for St. John’s, the Wildcats (16-3, 7-1 Big East) defense continued to dominate and the Red Storm did not score again — their final five possessions ending in four turnovers and a blocked shot.
Siegrist, who leads the nation with 28.7 points per game, made 13 of 25 shots and 5 of 7 free throws in her ninth 30-point game of the season. She moved into second on the all-time Big East scoring list with 1,346.
Everett finished with 18 points and Kadaja Bailey scored 13 for St. John’s (14-3, 5-3). Unique Drake also scored 13 points in the first half.
NO. 3 OHIO STATE 76, NEBRASKA 67
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Rebecca Mikulasikova had 25 points and Ohio State opened up an early double-digit lead and beat Nebraska.
It took the Buckeyes (18-0, 7-0 Big Ten) less than five minutes to take control of the game, going up 13-2 on Taylor Thierry’s layup midway through the first quarter.
Nebraska (11-7, 3-4) didn’t get closer than six in the first half.
Taylor Mikesell had 14 points for Ohio State and Thierry had 13 points and eight rebounds.
Haiby led Nebraska with 16 points. Alexis Markowski had 15 points and eight rebounds and Isabelle Bourne had 13 points and eight rebounds.
NO. 12 IOWA 108, PENN STATE 67
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Caitlin Clark scored 27 points, Monika Czinano added 20 and Iowa got off to a fast start and rolled past Penn State.
The Hawkeyes (14-4, 6-1) made 15 of 20 shots in the first quarter and shot 54.5% for the game, going 10 of 26 from 3-point range and 26 of 34 from the foul line.
McKenna Warnock added 16 points and 10 rebounds for her 13th career double-double.
Shay Ciezki scored 20 points and Leilani Kapinus 16 for Penn State (11-7, 2-5), which finished 3 of 21 from 3-point range and shot 37% overall.
NO. 17 MICHIGAN 70, MICHIGAN ST 55
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Leigha Brown had 14 of her 17 points in the first half, Emily Kiser had 10 of her 14 in the second half and Michigan handled rival Michigan State.
Laila Phelia added 12 points for the Wolverines (15-3, 5-2 Big Ten) and Maddie Nolan 10 with three 3-pointers, giving her 137 and moving her into the school’s top 10 for career 3s.
Michigan State scored the first four points of the second quarter to lead 15-14, but Phelia and Nolan hit 3-pointers and Michigan led the rest of the way.
Kamaria McDaniel had 12 points to lead the Spartans (10-8, 2-5).
NO. 19 OKLAHOMA 80, NO. 23 KANSAS 74
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Madi Williams scored 13 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter, Liz Scott had a double-double and Oklahoma rallied to beat Kansas.
After Williams scored the opening basket of the game, the Sooners never led again until Scott’s layup to open the fourth quarter made it 55-53.
Williams and Aubrey Joens hit 3-pointers and Williams made a layup to cap a 10-0 run for a 74-62 lead with two minutes to go.
Ana Lianusa scored 12 points for the Sooners (14-3, 4-1 Big 12 Conference).
Wyvette Mayberry scored 20 points for the Jayhawks (12-4, 2-3), who have lost three straight.
NO. 20 GONZAGA 73, PORTLAND 66
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brynna Maxwell shot 7 of 10 from the field — 6 of 7 from 3-point range — and finished with 20 points as Gonzaga dealt Portland its first loss in West Coast Conference play.
Esther Little had 12 points, nine rebounds and three steals for Gonzaga (17-2, 7-0). Kaylynne Truong also scored 12 points, and Yvonne Ejim added 10 for the Bulldogs, who have won 10 games in a row since an 84-63 loss at No. 2 Stanford on Nov. 4.
Haylee Andrews led Portland (12-6, 6-1) with 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Alex Fowler added 19 points and five assists.
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