Top 25 basketball roundup: No. 6 UConn women hold off No. 14 Villanova

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VILLANOVA, Pa. — Lou Lopez Sénéchal scored 22 points, including a crucial rainbow jumper late in the fourth quarter, to lead No. 6 UConn to a 60-51 victory over Maddy Siegrist and No. 14 Villanova on Saturday.

Dorka Juhász added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Aaliyah Edwards had 13 points and 14 boards for the Huskies (24-4, 16-1 Big East).

Siegrist, the nation’s leading scorer, had 21 points for the Wildcats (23-5, 14-3). Villanova lost just its second contest in the last 16 – both to the Huskies. Lucy Olsen added 13 points for Villanova.

The game was close throughout the first three quarters; the Huskies entered the final quarter leading 44-39. Sénéchal made a pair of free throws and then swished a 3 from the top of the key to give UConn its largest lead to that point, 49-39, with 8:55 left. UConn pushed its advantage to a game-high 52-40 on Juhász’s fastbreak layup from Sénéchal with 7:44 left.

The Wildcats came roaring back, scoring the next 10 points over 3:49 to make it 52-50 with 3:55 to play on Olsen’s drive. The Huskies committed four of their 22 turnovers during the Villanova spurt, which featured back-to-back 3-pointers by Siegrist and Olsen.

Edwards ended UConn’s 4:39 scoring drought with a layup to make it 54-50. Then Sénéchal nailed her high-arching shot from close range to give the Huskies a five-point advantage that proved enough cushion.


(7) IOWA 80, NEBRASKA 60: Caitlin Clark scored 30 points, Monika Czinano added 20 and the Hawkeyes (22-5, 14-2 Big Ten) pulled away in the second half to beat the Cornhuskers (14-13, 6-10) in Lincoln, Nebraska.


(6) TEXAS 85, OKLAHOMA 83: Sir’Jabari Rice scored 20 of his game-high 24 points in the second half and overtime, and the Longhorns (21-6, 10-4 Big 12) held off the Sooners (13-14, 3-11) in Austin, Texas.

Rice’s fourth 3-pointer of the game gave Texas an 84-77 lead with 2:26 left in overtime.

Oklahoma, however, had a chance to tie or win when Texas’ Tyrese Hunter missed one of two free throws with 6.8 seconds left. But Sam Godwin missed a shot from near the rim, and Texas extended its winning streak against Oklahoma to five games.

(7) VIRIGINIA 57, NOTRE DAME 55: Kihei Clark scored 15 points, including a pair of critical free throws with 22.6 seconds left, and became Virginia’s career assist leader as the Cavaliers (21-4, 13-3 ACC) beat the Irish (10-17, 2-14) in Charlottesville, Virginia.


With Notre Dame closing to 55-54, Clark converted both ends of a one-and-one. Trey Wertz made the front end of a one-and-one with 3.9 seconds left for the Fighting Irish, but missed the second after a timeout. The ball was tipped out to Dane Goodwin for a potential game-winning 3-pointer, but his shot bounced off the rim.

KENTUCKY 66, (10) TENNESSEE 54: Cason Wallace and Oscar Tshiebwe each scored 16 points and the Wildcats (18-9, 9-5 SEC) rushed to a big lead and beat the Volunteers (20-7, 9-5) in Lexington, Kentucky.

(12) KANSAS STATE 61, (19) IOWA 55: Markquis Nowell hit a 3-pointer from near midcourt with 2:42 remaining to help boost the Wildcats (20-7, 8-6 Big 12) to a win over the Cyclones (17-9, 8-6) in Manhattan, Kansas.

(14) INDIANA 71, ILLINOIS 68: Trayce Jackson-Davis finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds, Jalen Hood Schifino made two free throws with 30.7 seconds left, and the Hoosiers (19-8, 10-6 Big Ten) rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit to beat the Illini (17-9, 8-7) in Bloomington, Indiana.

(15) MIAMI 96, WAKE FOREST 87: Isaiah Wong scored 27 points, Nijel Pack finished with 24 and the Hurricanes (22-5, 13-4 ACC) beat the Demon Deacons (17-10, 9-7) in Coral Gables, Florida.

(20) UCONN 64, SETON HALL 55: Jordan Hawkins scored 20 points and the Huskies (20-7, 9-7 Big East) used a big second-half run to beat the Pirates (16-12, 9-8) in Storrs, Connecticut.

(22) TCU 100, OKLAHOMA STATE 75: Mike Miles Jr. had 15 points in his first game in three weeks, five other TCU players also scored in double figures, and the 22nd-ranked Horned Frogs (18-9, 7-7 Big 12) snapped a four-game losing streak with a  win over the Cowboys (16-11, 7-7) in Fort Worth, Texas.

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