Michelle Campbell scored 21 points and Cappie Pondexter added 16 to lead No. 6 Rutgers past host Providence, 58-45, last night in the Big East opener for both teams.
Chelsea Marandola scored 14 and Gayle Nwafli added 11 for the Friars (1-6).
Campbell and Pondexter combined for all of Scarlet Knights' points as they charged to a 13-8 lead in the opening minutes.
Allie Gard's three-pointer at 3 minutes 31 seconds capped a 23-10 run that gave Providence a 29-21 lead. The Friars made 12 of their last 18 shots in the first half, including 5 of 12 from three-point range, and led 31-25 at the break.
Campbell and Pondexter combined for 17 of the Scarlet Knights' first-half points.
After Marandola tied the score at 38 with her fourth three-pointer, Rutgers (6-0) used a 20-7 run in the final 14 minutes to put the game away.
Rutgers finished with seven steals and forced 17 turnovers, including seven in the first seven minutes of the second half. The Scarlet Knights also held the Friars to 37 percent shooting.
* DUKE 92, TEXAS CHRISTIAN 52: Laura Kurz scored 15 points and Alison Bales added 11 to lead the No. 2 Blue Devils on the road.
Duke (7-0) held the Lady Frogs (2-5) to 25 percent shooting and outscored TCU 56-25 in the second half. All-American Monique Currie (Bullis) shot 2 for 6 and finished with 11 points.
* ARIZONA STATE 73, NEW MEXICO 61: Kristen Kovesdy had 18 points and seven rebounds, and freshman Danielle Orsillo scored a season-high 16 points in 18 minutes, leading the No. 15 Sun Devils (7-1) over the No. 18 Lobos (6-2).
* GEORGIA 97, IONA 60: Sherill Baker scored a career-high 25 points to lead the No. 17 Lady Bulldogs at home.
Janese Hardrick scored 18 points in a reserve role, Cori Chambers added 15, Megan Darrah 13 and Tasha Humphrey 12 for Georgia (6-2).
* PENN STATE 68, GEORGE MASON 62: The Patriots had a 10-point advantage over the Lady Lions with seven minutes left, but George Mason could not maintain its lead and fell in a nonconference game at Patriot Center. With this loss, Mason fell to 3-4 on the year, while Penn State improved to 4-3.
* FURMAN 61, AMERICAN 48: The Eagles (2-5) kept it close for most of the second half but scoring droughts of four and three minutes put the game out of reach as the Lady Paladins (3-3) cruised to victory.
* LOYOLA (MD.) 83, HOWARD 65: Jill Glessner scored 14 points and the Greyhounds (3-2) posted five players in double figures to defeat the visiting Lady Bison (1-4).
* NAVY 79, MORGAN STATE 50: The Midshipmen began the second half with an 18-4 run to beat the visiting Lady Bears (0-5).
Ashley Pelzek tied a career high with five three-pointer and finished with 21 points for Navy (5-2).