Lana Sitterud made seven three-point shots in a career-high 27-point performance, and Kim Smith added 23 as Utah beat No. 23 Texas Christian 85-72 yesterday for its sixth straight...

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SALT LAKE CITY — Lana Sitterud made seven three-point shots in a career-high 27-point performance, and Kim Smith added 23 as Utah beat No. 23 Texas Christian 85-72 yesterday for its sixth straight victory.


With Utah clinging to a 67-65 lead, Smith made two threes and Sitterud made her seventh of the game to stretch the lead to 76-69. The Utes (7-2) made 9 of 10 from the free-throw line in the final 1:33.


Sandora Irvin led the Frogs (7-3) with 20 points and nine rebounds, and became TCU’s all-time leading scorer. The 6-foot-3 post player surpassed the record when she rebounded her own miss and banked it in with 4:16 left.


Janice Dziuk, who played from 1986 to 1990, held the TCU record of 1,448 points. Irvin, who ended the game with 1,451 points, already was the program’s top rebounder and shot-blocker of all time.


Shona Thorburn had 12 points and 11 assists for the Utes, whose losses are to teams ranked in the top 15 at the time they played.


Most of the assists for Utah were on penetrations and kick-out passes to Sitterud and Smith. Smith went 5 for 5 on three-point attempts.


TCU dominated inside play, but the Frogs could not overcome Utah’s long-range accuracy.


Vanessa Clementino had 12 points and JimAnne Baker 11 for TCU, which has dropped two of its last three games.




Other games




At No. 6 Baylor 91, Penn St. 70


Steffanie Blackmon had 25 points and nine rebounds, and Chameka Scott added 20 points to lead the Bears (7-1) over the Lions (4-4).




At No. 10 Ohio St. 86, Nebraska 61


The reason for Ohio State’s success was obvious to coach Jim Foster.


“When you’ve got somebody who shoots 12 for 14 from the field, you might want to give them a second look,” he said.


Jessica Davenport scored 26 points, and the Buckeyes (8-1) shot 65 percent from the field in their win over the Cornhuskers (6-3).


Kiera Hardy scored 22 points to lead Nebraska, which had a three-game winning streak end.




No. 12 Michigan St. 73, at Detroit Mercy 64


Kelli Roehrig scored 19 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the Spartans (8-1) over the Titans (1-6).


Liz Shimek added 18 points and Rene Haynes had 16, including a three-pointer that snapped a tie late in the second half.


Lindsey Pasquinzo had 18 points to lead the Titans, who have lost their last eight meetings with Michigan State.


Joanna Cooper added 13 points for Detroit Mercy.




No. 16 Minnesota 69, at Santa Clara 42


Jamie Broback scored 21 points to lead the Golden Gophers (8-1) to their seventh straight win.


Janel McCarville added 17 points for Minnesota.


Senior guard Quinn Thomas, a former standout at Kent-Meridian High School, scored 12 points to lead the Broncos (3-4). Michelle Cozad had 10 points.




At No. 17 Boston College 78, New Hampshire 49


Jessalyn Deveny scored 14 of her 23 points during a 24-9 run to start the second half and finished with nine rebounds, leading the Golden Eagles (7-1) over the Wildcats (3-4).


Clare Droesch scored five of her 13 points in the second-half run. Boston College made eight of its first nine shots in the second half, extending a 31-26 halftime lead to 55-35.


Whitney Edwards paced New Hampshire with 10 points.




No. 25 Kansas St. 63, at Missouri-Kansas City 31


Megan Mahoney scored 15 points, and the Wildcats (5-2) limited the Kangaroos (2-6) to three points in the last 11 minutes.


Kendra Wecker, Kansas State’s leading scorer and rebounder, has been sidelined by an ankle sprain.