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Jan 10, 2024 10:32 pm

Women’s Top 25 roundup: Kansas hands No. 4 Baylor first loss

Taiyanna Jackson scored a career-high 27 points and added 19 rebounds as Kansas handed visiting No. 4 Baylor its first loss of the season, 87-66, on Wednesday night in Lawrence, Kan.

Jackson shot 9 of 12 from the floor and also added two assists, two steals and three blocks for the Jayhawks (8-7, 1-3 Big 12). Kansas got a boost from Smya Nichols, who scored 22 points, and Holly Kersgieter’s 19 points.

Darianna Littlepage-Buggs led Baylor (14-1, 3-1 Big 12) with 16 points and six rebounds.

The Bears couldn’t overcome their inability to hit 3-point shots at a high rate like they have for most of the season. Baylor shot a season-worst 20 percent from behind the arc, making just 5-of-25 shots from deep. Kansas outscored the Bears 56-32 in the paint and won the rebounding battle 48-31.

No. 3 Iowa 96, Purdue 71

Caitlin Clark notched her fourth triple-double of the season as the Hawkeyes beat the Boilermakers on the road in West Lafayette, Ind.

Clark collected 26 points on 18 shots, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the victory for Iowa (16-1, 5-0 Big Ten). Kate Martin added 15 points for the Hawkeyes, Sydney Affolter scored 14, and Hannah Stuelke had 10 points and six rebounds.

Abbey Ellis powered Purdue (9-6, 2-2 Big Ten) with 15 points, six assists and five steals.

No. 12 Kansas State 74, Oklahoma 57

Ayoka Lee scored 19 points to help the Wildcats top the visiting Sooners in Manhattan, Kan.

Lee shot 8-of-12 from the floor and also tallied six rebounds and five blocks for Kansas State (16-1, 4-0 Big 12) in its 10th straight win. Serena Sundell added 16 points and seven assists for the Wildcats, while Gabby Gregory and Zyanna Walker each added 13 points.

Nevaeh Tot powered Oklahoma (9-6, 3-1 Big 12) with 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

No. 13 UConn 85, Providence 41

Ashlynn Shade notched 17 points and four steals as the host Huskies routed the Friars in Hartford, Conn.

Shade was one of five players to score in double figures for UConn (13-3, 5-0 Big East), which was playing in its first game without starting forward Aubrey Griffin, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an ACL tear. The Huskies also got 16 points from KK Arnold, 12 points from Aaliyah Edwards, 13 points and nine rebounds from Paige Bueckers, and 10 points and 13 assists from Nika Muhl.

Providence (8-9, 2-2 Big East) was paced by Brynn Farrell’s 12 points and six rebounds.

No. 14 Indiana 75, Penn State 67

Mackenzie Holmes had 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Hoosiers over the visiting Nittany Lions.

Holmes shot 10-of-16 from the floor and also had three blocks for Indiana (14-1, 5-0 Big Ten) in its 13th straight win. Sydney Parrish added 20 points for Indiana, Chloe Moore-McNeil chipped in 16 and Sara Scalia scored 11.

Penn State (10-5, 1-3 Big Ten) was powered by Leilani Kapinus, who had 15 points, six rebounds and three steals.

No. 22 Creighton 89, Butler 53

Emma Ronsiek had 25 points and six rebounds to help the Bluejays beat the visiting Bulldogs in Omaha, Neb.

Lauren Jensen added 14 points and five assists for Creighton (12-3, 3-2 Big East) while Mallory Brake chipped in 12 points and six rebounds. Rachel Kent led Butler with 10 points.

The Bluejays led by 12 points at halftime, then really pulled away in the third frame by outscoring the Bulldogs 29-11. Creighton shot 12-of-23 from 3-point range, a 52.2 percent clip. The Bluejays also racked up 21 assists and outscored Butler 42-22 in the paint.

Iowa State 74, No. 24 West Virginia 64

Audi Crooks had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Cyclones to an upset win over the visiting Mountaineers in Ames, Iowa.

Iowa State (11-4, 4-0 Big 12) also got 13 points and seven rebounds from Emily Ryan, and 12 points, eight rebounds and eight assists from Addy Brown.
It was the second straight loss for West Virginia (13-2, 2-2 Big 12), which was led by 17 points, seven assists and five steals from Jordan Harrison.

–Field Level Media

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