South Carolina rolls to win in opener
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — No. 1 South Carolina picked up where it left off last season, opening a 17-0 lead and blowing past Charleston 119-38 in the season opener Wednesday for its 27th straight victory.
Victaria Saxton had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Zia Cooke scored 18 points as the Gamecocks overwhelmed the Cougars for their 10th straight series win.
Taylor Williams led Charleston with nine points.
No. 2 Stanford 108, Cal Poly 40
STANFORD, Calif. — Haley Jones scored on a layin 14 seconds into the game and wound up with 16 points and 10 rebounds playing for the first time in more than 10 months since a knee injury ended her freshman season early, leading Stanford past Cal Poly.
Hall of Fame Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer began her 35th season on The Farm by moving to 1,095 career wins — four from passing the late Pat Summitt’s 1,098 victories to become the all-time winningest NCAA Division-I women’s basketball coach.
No. 5 Louisville 74, Southeast Missouri St. 53
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Olivia Cochran scored 17 points and Dana Evans added 15 to help Louisville beat Southeast Missouri State.
Southeast Missouri State hung tough in the first quarter as the Cardinals only led 18-16 after one. Louisville then turned up its defense to extend the advantage to 38-24 at the half.
Tesia Thompson finished with 21 points for the Redhawks.
No. 8 N.C. State 93, North Florida 65
RALEIGH, N.C. — Kai Crutchfield scored 21 points and No. 8 North Carolina State opened the season with impressive shooting in a victory against North Florida.
Jada Boyd had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolfpack.
Marissa Mackins scored 22 points, Tiffany Tolbert added 17 points and Erin Jones had 10 for North Florida.
No. 11 Kentucky 86, Murray State 60
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Chasity Patterson scored 30 points and No. 11 Kentucky, without its all-time winningest coach and first-ever preseason All-American, opened its season with a win over Murray State.
Katelyn Young led the Racers with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
No. 13 Texas A&M 77, Lamar 61
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — N’Dea Jones scored 25 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, Ciera Johnson also had a double-double and Texas A&M beat Lamar.
Jones notched her 27th career double-double and Johnson, with 18 points and 18 boards, recorded her 19th for Texas A&M.
Jadyn Pimentel led Lamar with 13 points.
No. 14 Arkansas 96, Oral Roberts 49
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Graduate transfer Destiny Slocum scored 22 points in her Arkansas debut and the No. 14 Razorbacks rolled to a win over Oral Roberts.
Faith Paramore led Oral Roberts with 14 points off the bench.
No. 15 Iowa St. 69, Omaha 43
AMES — Ashley Joens scored 25 points and Iowa State opened its season with a victory over Omaha, though without head coach Bill Fennelly.
Joens shot 11 of 17 and grabbed seven rebounds. She had 17 points in the first half as the Cyclones shot out to a 33-22 lead before outscoring the Mavericks 21-9 in the third quarter.
Josie Filer scored 10 points for Omaha.
No. 16 Indiana 100, Eastern Kentucky 51
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Mackenzie Holmes scored a career-high 26 points on perfect shooting from the floor, Grace Berger posted the first triple-double in program history and Indiana defeated Eastern Kentucky.
Amerah Steele led the Colonels with 13 points
No. 25 Michigan 93, Central Michigan 75
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Naz Hillmon scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Leigha Brown added 22 points and Michigan pulled away for a 93-75 season-opening win over Central Michigan.