Kristen Kovesdy collected 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the 20th-ranked Arizona State women's team to a 69-54 victory over Missouri...
TEMPE, Ariz. — Kristen Kovesdy collected 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the 20th-ranked Arizona State women’s team to a 69-54 victory over Missouri in the championship game of the WBCA/BTI Classic on Saturday night.
LaToya Bond led the Tigers with 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting, but the Sun Devils (2-0) slowed the rest of the Missouri team.
Arizona State led 29-22 at the half and started the second half with a 10-4 run. Missouri (1-1) missed five of seven shots during that span. The Sun Devils led by as many as 16 in the second half.
Emily Westerberg added 12 points and six rebounds for Arizona State, which beat No. 17 Vanderbilt 69-60 in its opener on Friday.
Westerberg, a junior who was an All-Pac-10 selection last season, was a standout at Central Valley High School. She is one of four players from Washington high schools on the Sun Devils’ roster.
Arizona State center Kirsten Thompson, a 6-foot-6 freshman from Monroe, had six points on 3-for-3 shooting and pulled down three rebounds in her nine minutes of playing time.
Christelle N’Garsanet had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Tigers, who beat Clemson 78-54 in their opener on Friday.
Vanderbilt rebounded from its loss with an 86-49 win over Clemson in the third-place game.
Other Pac-10 women
No. 21 Temple 51, at Oregon 46
Candice Dupree had 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Owls (2-0) over the Ducks (1-1) in the championship game of the Women’s Sports Foundation Classic.
Gabrielle Richards had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Oregon, which led 46-43 with 2:36 left in the game but didn’t score the rest of the way. The Ducks missed their final four shots from the field.
Richards scored 19 points in Oregon’s opener, an 80-30 rout of Saint Francis (Pa.) on Friday night.
Top 10 women
At No. 9 Connecticut 71, Marist 45
Mel Thomas scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Huskies to a season-opening victory over the Red Foxes in the first round of the WNIT.
Sophomore guard Thomas was making her fifth start for the five-time national champions and provided a spark in the second half after the Red Foxes had played UConn close.
After Marist outrebounded UConn 22-19 in the first half, Huskies coach Geno Auriemma spread his offense in the second half with a lineup mostly of guards to neutralize Marist’s effective post play — and Thomas responded.
Thomas finished 7 for 11 from the field, made four three-pointers and added three steals.
Top 25 men
At No. 14 West Virginia 88, Louisiana-Monroe 69
Mike Gansey led the Mountaineers with 22 points and 14 rebounds in a victory over the Indians in the opener for both teams. West Virginia advanced to the second round of the Guardians Classic, and will play Wofford today.
Ranked in the Associated Press preseason poll for the first time in 43 years, the Mountaineers had a second-half lapse as Louisiana-Monroe cut a 17-point deficit to five.
• J.P. Batista scored 18 points and Derek Raivio added 10 as host Gonzaga routed UC-San Diego 81-36 in an exhibition game. The No. 8 Zags had seven players score during a 29-0 run.
• Louisville sophomore center David Padgett injured his left knee in an intrasquad scrimmage and could be out for up to six weeks.
Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said Padgett would undergo an MRI today, adding that a sprained knee would likely keep him out for six weeks.
The 6-foot-11 Padgett, who transferred from Kansas, had 15 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists when he was injured late in the second half of the seventh-ranked Cardinals’ scrimmage.
• Ohio State guard Jamar Butler and backup center Matt Terwilliger were suspended for next Sunday’s opener against Chicago State for playing in a charity three-on-three tournament last spring near their hometowns.
They took part at an event at a YMCA in Kenton, Ohio, violating an NCAA rule limiting organized competitions in which players can compete outside their college season.