Connecticut’s Tiffany Hayes, right, drives past Rhode Island’s Tanja Licina, right, during the first half of a college women’s basketball game in Hartford, Conn., on Saturday. A freshman, Hayes had 17 points and seven rebounds in Connecticut’s 91-43 win.AP photo
STORRS, Conn. — Tina Charles had 21 points and nine rebounds, and top-ranked Connecticut extended the nation’s longest home winning streak to 27 games with a 91-43 rout of Rhode Island on Saturday.
Freshman Tiffany Hayes hit seven of nine shots and finished with 17 points and seven rebounds. Renee Montgomery and freshman Caroline Doty each had 14 points, and Maya Moore added 13 for UConn (3-0).
Montgomery has 1,388 points for her career and moved from 22nd place into a tie for 18th on the school’s scoring list.
Megan Shoniker led Rhode Island (1-2) with 11 points.
UConn shot 60 percent from the field while holding Rhode Island to 31 percent. The Rams committed 26 turnovers and 18 fouls.
CHICAGO — Abby Waner scored 24 points and No. 6 Duke responded to its first loss of the season with a dominating win over Southern in the consolation game of the DePaul Invitational.
Southern guard Hannah Kador left the game in the second half with an apparent head injury. She was carried off the floor and left the arena on a stretcher. She scored eight points in the game.
CINCINNATI — Louisville’s Candyce Bingham scored 23 and the Cardinals limited standout Xavier center Ta’Shia Phillips to five points.
Bingham also had 10 rebounds and Angel McCoughtry added 16 points and 11 boards for the Cardinals (3-0).
Tudy Reed made six three-pointers and finished with 31 points for Xavier (2-2), which led 28-24 at halftime.
STILLWATER, Okla. — Andrea Riley scored 23 points and Oklahoma State extended its non-conference home winning streak to 26.
Kristin Hernandez scored 15 points, and Megan Byford and Shaunte Smith had 14 apiece for the Cowgirls (2-1). Riley also had 10 assists.
After struggling early, the Cowgirls finished the first half on a 30-11 run to lead 42-20 at the break.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville freshman center Samardo Samuels scored 18 points to lead four players in double figures in the first round of the Billy Minardi Classic.
Earl Clark scored 13 points, Jerry Smith had 12 and Preston Knowles added 10 as the Cardinals (1-0) powered by the overmatched Eagles (0-4) in the second half.
Louisville, which returns four starters from last year’s team that made it to the regional finals of the NCAA tournament, took control with a 33-7 run that gave the Cardinals a 72-37 lead with less than eight minutes to play.
Leon Buchanan led Morehead State, an Ohio Valley Conference school located about two hours east of Louisville, with 10 points.
PITTSBURGH — DeJuan Blair missed only one shot while scoring 27 points and getting 18 rebounds, helping the Panthers ease past NCAA Division II opponent Indiana, Pa..
The 6-foot-7 Blair was too strong and mobile inside for the undersized Crimson Hawks (2-1) and had 20 points and 16 rebounds as Pitt led 45-17 at halftime. Blair was lifted with the Panthers (4-0) ahead 54-21 with 14:33 remaining.
Tyrell Biggs and freshman Ashton Gibbs scored 10 each for Pitt, and Ashton Smith had 16 for IUP, which shot 33.3 percent (21-of-63) to Pitt’s 51.5 percent (34-of-66).
NORMAN, Okla. — Blake Griffin had career highs of 35 points and 21 rebounds, and No. 12 Oklahoma needed just about all of them in holding off Gardner-Webb.
Griffin’s three-point play with 2:06 left put Oklahoma (4-0) up 76-74, and Austin Johnson hit three free throws in the final 20.6 seconds to help the Sooners avoid the upset.
Griffin was 14-of-20 from the field for Oklahoma, which will resume play in the NIT Season Tip-Off against Alabama-Birmingham on Wednesday in New York.
Aaron Linn scored 22 points for Gardner-Webb (0-3), which has lost its games this season by a combined eight points. Gardner-Webb, picked to finish third in the Big South Conference this season, stunned Kentucky at Rupp Arena last season.
WASHINGTON — Freshman Greg Monroe had 20 points and eight rebounds, Austin Freeman scored 16 points and the Hoyas rolled to 2-0.
After struggling in its opener against Jacksonville, Georgetown opened a 15-2 lead in the first five minutes. Eleven of the Hoyas’ first 12 field goals came on layups and dunks.
Drexel missed 15 of its first 18 field goal attempts, committed 11 first-half turnovers and trailed 38-15 with 2:23 to play before halftime.
Scott Rodgers scored 13 points for Drexel (1-1). Jamie Harris had 12.