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WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

Battista does it all for top-ranked Bentley

Associated Press

Baylor’s Brittney Griner (20 points in 27 minutes) had a big hand in the No. 1 Bears’ 93-55 rout of Mississippi Valley State.

Lauren Battista scored a career-high 29 points, had 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals to lift Bentley to its East Region-leading 11th win, as the No. 1-ranked team in Division 2 defeated Bridgeport, 83-66, in the Bridgeport Holiday Classic.

The Falcons improved to 11-1 while the Purple Knights fell to 3-9.

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Bentley took advantage of its chances at the foul lane, going 27 of 30, while Bridgeport was only 8 of 10. The Falcons also had a huge major rebounding advantage (39-25, including 21-10 in the second half).

Jacqui Brugliera scored 15 points and Courtney Finn added 14, including 9 of 9 on free throws.

Bentley locked up the victory by hitting seven of eight free throws, including four by Finn, in the final 50 seconds.

Bridgeport was led by Tanisha Carter, who had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Edna Marant, who had 18 points, including 8 of 12 from the floor.

Baylor 93, Mississippi Valley St. 55 - Brittney Griner scored 20 points in 27 minutes and the top-ranked Bears finished their nonconference schedule with a romp over the Delta Devils.

Destiny Williams had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Bears, who reached 13-0 for the second time in the program’s history.

De’Kisha Fondon scored 23 for Mississippi Valley (2-8). Alia Frank had 10 points and Ka’Neshia Smith added 10 rebounds.

Notre Dame 128, Mercer 42 - Markisha Wright had 24 points, Skylar Diggins had 21, and the No. 3 Fighting Irish scored the most points in school history in overwhelming the Bears in Macon, Ga., for their 10th straight win.

After setting a school record with 72 points in the first half, Notre Dame needed only the first 10 minutes of the second half to reach 100 points for the first time this season.

Duke 65, Temple 54 - Tricia Liston scored 20 points to lead the No. 8 Blue Devils over the Owls in Philadelphia.

Duke (9-2) has had a lot of rest lately, playing just two games over the past 19 days. The Blue Devils showed no early rust against Temple, jumping out to a 17-point halftime lead before allowing the Owls to climb back in the game.

Ohio State 77, Wisconsin 61 - Tayler Hill scored 21 points and the No. 9 Buckeyes beat the host Badgers in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

Samantha Prahalis, fourth in the Big Ten at almost 18 points a game, struggled from the field for the Buckeyes (14-0), shooting 4 of 15. She finished with 12 points and 11 assists.

Texas A&M 72, McNeese St. 62 - Tyra White scored 19 points and Kelsey Bone added 19 points and 15 rebounds as the No. 10 Aggies outlasted the scrappy Cowgirls in College Station, Texas.

Twin sisters Ashlyn and Caitlyn Baggett combined for 37 points for McNeese State in a rematch of the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament.

Georgetown 77, Dartmouth 38 - Sugar Rodgers scored a career-high 39 points and the No. 15 Hoyas won its 11th straight, defeating the Big Green in the final game of the 35th annual Blue Sky Classic in Durham, N.H., the longest consecutive running women’s college basketball tournament in the nation.

Faziah Steen led Dartmouth (2-10) with 16 points. The Big Green committed 32 turnovers and were outrebounded, 44-32, while losing their eighth straight.

BU 48, Navy 46 - Rashidat Agboola scored 10 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Terriers over the Midshipmen in the consolation game of the Fordham Holiday Classic in the Bronx.

Senior Caroline Stewart and junior Mo Moran also added 10 points each while Stewart pulled down eight rebounds and Moran dished out three assists to go with four boards.

Columbia 77, Bryant 74 - Juniors Meredith Soper and Danielle Douglas combined for 38 points with Soper scoring 16 of her 20 points in the second half, but the Bulldogs’ rally fell short of the Lions in New York.

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