LIMA — Host University of Northwestern Ohio outscored Wright State-Lake Campus 23-9 in the final quarter for a 73-61 women’s college basketball victory after it saw its 20-12 advantage disappear into a 52-50 deficit.
Kierra Billingsley had 24 points, Upper Scioto Valley graduate Emily Patton had 23 points, 10 rebounds
and six assists, Bath alum Danielle VanDyne had 10 points and seven rebounds, Sydney Moore had eight points and six rebounds and Cori Dickson had eight rebounds and seven assists for UNOH.
No. 5 Mississippi State 90,
No. 9 Oregon 79
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Teaira McCowan scored a career-high 35 points and had 19 rebounds to help Mississippi State (10-0) beat Oregon (8-2).
No. 6 Baylor 95,
McNeese State 34
WACO, Texas — Kristy Wallace scored 20 points and Baylor (9-1) opened on a 27-3 run to rout McNeese State (4-5).
No. 17 Oregon State 84,
Savannah State 36
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Mikayla Pivec scored 19 points, Marie Gulich had 18 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, and Oregon State (7-2) used a 26-5 second quarter to beat Savannah State (2-6).
No. 1 Villanova 87, Temple 67
PHILADELPHIA — Jalen Brunson had 22 of his career-high 31 points in Villanova’s dominating first half and Omari Spellman scored 27 to help lead the Wildcats to a rout of Temple.
Donte DiVincenzo added 12 points for Villanova (11-0), which won its unprecedented 22nd straight Big 5 game. The Wildcats last lost a contest in the Philadelphia round-robin series to Temple on Dec. 5, 2012. The Big 5 also consists of La Salle, Saint Joseph’s and Penn.
The Wildcats, who moved into the top spot in the rankings for the third straight season this week, looked like the best team in the country in a dominating opening 20 minutes.
With his dad Rick - a former Temple standout and current assistant coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves who played nine seasons in the NBA - sitting two rows behind the Villanova bench, Brunson led the way.
The 6-foot-2 junior point guard made 8 of 10 shots, including 5 of 7 3-pointers, and added four assists while controlling the opening 20 minutes.
The performance surely impressed Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown and Rookie of the Year candidate Ben Simmons, who were among the sellout crowd of 10,206 at Temple.
Quinton Rose scored 27 points for the Owls (6-3), who began the week No. 11 in the RPI rankings. It was the third straight season Temple played Villanova as a No. 1, and the Owls fell to 2-18 all-time against No. 1-ranked opponents.
The Temple student section was fired up in the pregame, hoping to help the Owls end Villanova’s Philadelphia dominance, but the Wildcats gave them little for which to cheer.
The Wildcats scored the first seven points as Temple came out cold, missing its first five shots and committing three turnovers.
And Villanova went from there.
The Wildcats took their biggest lead of the half on DiVincenzo’s 3-pointer that made it 25-5 with 11 minutes left before the break. And the lead reached 20 again on Brunson’s 3-pointer that made it 28-8 44 seconds later.
Temple rallied by scoring the next 13 points over 3 1/2 minutes to pull within 28-21 on Josh Brown’s jumper with 6:45 left before the break.
But Villanova continued making shots and Brunson, appropriately, finished the first-half scoring with a 3-pointer with 47 seconds left that gave the Wildcats a 46-29 lead.
Villanova shot 59 percent from the field and 50 percent from the arc in the opening 20 minutes.
The second half was a mere formality.