Freshman Courtney Paris scored 15 second-half points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead No. 16 Oklahoma to a 68-57 win over Missouri State yesterday in Springfield, Mo.
Oklahoma (9-1) saw a 16-point, first-half lead shrink to 46-42 with 9 minutes 36 seconds left after a basket by Missouri State's Kari Koch. Oklahoma, which committed 25 turnovers, responded with a 14-3 run to push its lead to 60-45 with 4:08 left.
Paris was held scoreless in the first half, missing her only two attempts. Missouri State (3-2) shot 34 percent (20 for 59) from the field for the game. Oklahoma hit 22 of 42 for 52 percent.
Leah Rush led Oklahoma with 21 points. Erin Higgins added 13 and Kendra Moore finished with 11.
Koch finished with 24 points and Tahnee Balerio had 18.
* UTAH 81, GONZAGA 54: Shona Thorburn had 22 points and a career-high 13 assists, leading the No. 23 Utes to victory in Salt Lake City.
Kim Smith had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Utes, and Julie Larsen shot 3 for 6 on three-pointers and finished with 11 points.
Ashley Anderson scored 16 points and Katy Ridenour had 10 points and a team-high six rebounds for Gonzaga, which was outrebounded 46-25.
With Utah (6-1) leading 63-45 late in the second half, the Utes used a 16-6 run to stretch their advantage to 28 points.
Gonzaga (3-7) used a 9-0 run to cut their deficit to 46-38 with 14:53 left in the second half. Utah's Kim Smith hit a three-pointer about 11/2 minutes later and Gonzaga didn't get any closer again.
The Utes led by as many as 20 in the first half, but the Bulldogs closed the gap to 41-26 at halftime. Gonzaga, which missed 12 of its first 14 shots, was 30 percent from the field (9 for 30) in the first half, compared to Utah's 57 percent (16 for 28).
Anderson scored the game's first basket to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead, but the Utes responded with an 11-2 run to take the lead for good.
* VANDERBILT 82, MIAMI (OHIO) 50: Caroline Williams scored all 22 of her points in the first half to lead the No. 21 Commodores to victory in Nashville.
Vanderbilt (8-2) opened the game with a 13-1 run, capped by Williams's three-pointer with 15:52 left in the half. Williams finished with a pair of three-pointers to give Vanderbilt a 40-17 halftime lead.
Miami (3-5) held the Commodores scoreless for nearly six minutes in the first half, but managed just three points of its own.
* MICHIGAN STATE 81, SOUTH FLORIDA 66: Liz Shimek scored 28 points, and Lindsay Bowen added 22 to lead the No. 13 Spartans to victory in Tampa.
Rene Haynes had 11 points and seven assists for the Spartans (6-2), who are undefeated in six games against unranked teams.
Jessica Dickson scored 25 points, and Nalini Miller had 16 to pace the Bulls (6-2) against their third consecutive ranked opponent. Shantia Grace added 13 for South Florida.
* GEORGIA 106, SAVANNAH STATE 34: Sherill Baker scored 19 points, and Megan Darrah and Tasha Humphrey had 18 apiece as the No. 17 Lady Bulldogs won easily at home. Cori Chambers added 15 points for Georgia (7-2), which limited the Lady Tigers to one field goal in the first half.
Tykira McDaniel scored 12 points, including seven of eight free throws, to lead Savannah State (1-7).
The Lady Tigers had 37 turnovers and finished 9 for 39 from the field. Four of those baskets came in a three-minute span in the middle of the second half.
Savannah State committed 21 turnovers while shooting 1 for 18 in the first half. Five of the missed shots were air balls.
* MINNESOTA 83, WASHINGTON STATE 57: Jamie Broback scored 16 points to lead the No. 14 Golden Gophers. Minnesota (6-1) extended is home winning streak to four games, while Washington State (6-2) had its four-game winning streak stopped.
Broback, making her first start of the season, sat out much of the first half because of foul trouble. She finished with 7-for-12 shooting, 6 assists and 5 rebounds.
* DEPAUL 86, WIS.-GREEN BAY 62: Jenna Rubino scored 13 of her team-high 18 points in the first half as the No. 11 Blue Demons won in Chicago.
Khara Smith had 10 points and 12 rebounds for DePaul (8-1). Allie Quigley added 15 points for the winners.
* NEW MEXICO 75, NORTH DAKOTA ST. 59: Abbie Letz had 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds as the No. 18 Lobos pulled away late in the championship game of the Lobo Shootout in Albuquerque. New Mexico (8-2) had four players in double figures but couldn't shake the scrappy Bison (3-4) until Letz scored five straight points to give New Mexico a 65-51 lead with 3:47 left.