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Women's college basketball roundup

Roundup: Hayes, No. 3 UConn stay hot

Connecticut's Tiffany Hayes, center, drives past South Florida's Caitlin Rowe, left, and Tiffany Conner (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Hartford, Conn., on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

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Connecticut’s Tiffany Hayes, center, dove past South Florida’s Caitlin Rowe, left, and Tiffany Conner during yesterday’s game.

Connecticut’s Tiffany Hayes is not on the list of the 20 women being considered for the John Wooden Award, which honors the nation’s top player.

But she’s certainly playing like a candidate.

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Hayes followed up Wednesday’s 35-point game against Syracuse with 33 points and 10 rebounds yesterday to lead the No. 3 Huskies to their 97th consecutive home win, 77-62, over South Florida at the XL Center in Hartford.

“I don’t think there are 20 players in the country that I would rather have than Tiffany,’’ said UConn coach Geno Auriemma. “And if she played somewhere else, she’d be averaging 35 points every night.’’

Her 68 points are the most by a Husky in back-to-back games. It was her 10th consecutive game in double figures and 18th this season.

Stefanie Dolson tied a season high with 22 points and added 18 rebounds for UConn (19-2, 8-1 Big East).

Caitlin Rowe had a career-high 20 points and Inga Orekhova added 16 for South Florida (12-10, 4-4).

A 3-point play by Hayes helped spark a 17-5 run, turning a 38-37 lead into a 55-42 advantage with under 12 minutes to play.

The win was the 790th in Auriemma’s career, moving him past Georgia’s Andy Landers into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time list.

Hayes moved into 13th on UConn’s points list with 1,589, passing Swin Cash (1,583).

Baylor 74, Kansas 46 - In Waco, Texas, Brittney Griner scored 28 points and moved into second place on the NCAA career blocks list as the top-ranked Lady Bears (21-0, 8-0 Big 12) routed the Jayhawks (16-4, 5-3).

Griner has 506 blocks, trailing only Saint Mary’s Louella Tomlinson (663).

Notre Dame 71, St. John’s 56 - In New York, Skylar Diggins scored 24 points as the No. 2 Irish beat the Red Storm (13-8, 5-3 Big East).

Devereaux Peters added 18 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 4 steals for Notre Dame (21-1, 8-0), which won its 18th straight.

Stanford 74, California 71 - Chiney Ogwumike scored 3 of her career-high 27 points in overtime to help the No. 4 Cardinal edge the visiting Golden Bears.

Toni Kokenis added 18 points, including two key free throws in overtime, and Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 12 for the Cardinal (18-1, 9-0).

Winner of 15 straight, Stanford scored only 5 points in the extra session. Cal (15-6, 6-4) missed all but one of its overtime shots.

Iowa 59, Purdue 42 - Kamille Wahlin scored all 13 of her points in the second half for the Hawkeyes (12-10, 4-5 Big Ten), who upset the No. 13 Boilermakers (18-4, 8-1).

UNH 75, UMBC 68 - Morgan Frame had a game-high 27 points and 10 rebounds as the Wildcats (12-9, 5-4 America East) won in Durham, N.H.

Maine 48, Binghamton 47 - Samantha Baranowski had a career-high 20 points for the host Black Bears (6-16, 3-6 America East).

Vermont 63, Stony Brook 36 - Freshmen Tierra Shumpert, Niki Taylor, and Kayla Burchill combined for 43 points and 23 rebounds in leading the visiting Catamounts (9-13, 3-6 America East).

Xavier 67, URI 57 - Tyeasha Moss poured in 27 points and the Musketeers (4-15, 1-5 A-10) handed the host Rams (1-20, 0-6) their 18th straight loss, matching a school record.

Fordham 56, UMass 54 - Emily Tapio’s layup with 1.1 seconds left gave the Rams (11-11, 2-5 A-10) the edge over the host Minutewomen (6-17, 1-5).

Holy Cross 74, Colgate 69 - A team-high 19 points and career-best 14 rebounds from Amy Lepley paced the visiting Crusaders (13-9, 4-3 Patriot) in a win over the Raiders (5-17, 2-5).

Providence 66, Pittsburgh 50 - Rachel Barnes scored 15 points to lead the Friars (12-9, 4-4) past the visiting Panthers (8-13, 0-8) in Big East action.

Southern Conn. 63, Bentley 59 - Sylvonya Moore registered 21 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals, and the Owls (16-3, 13-2 NE-10) beat the host Falcons (17-3, 13-2) for their 14th straight win.

Bentley, Division 2’s fifth-ranked team, got 15 points and 13 boards from Courtney Finn, but lost for the first time in 18 home games.

Assumption 69, Merrimack 68 - Gabrielle Gibson’s layup with less than a second remaining lifted the Hounds (14-5, 11-4 NE-10) past the host Warriors (3-16, 2-3).

Amherst 66, Trinity 44 - Division 3’s top-ranked team won its 38th consecutive game as the Lord Jeffs (19-0, 6-0 NESCAC) beat the host Bantams (6-10, 1-5) behind Carolina Stedman’s game-high 16 points.

Babson 85, Mt. Holyoke 36 - Kathleen King totaled 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 steals to push the Beavers (16-2, 12-0 NEWMAC) past the Lyons (3-15, 1-11) for their 31st straight home victory.

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