UConn wins 5th straight

A.J. Price scored 23 points to lead No. 4 Connecticut to a 76-61 victory over Seton Hall yesterday, the host Huskies' fifth Big East win since losing their conference opener to Georgetown.

Hasheem Thabeet added 15 points, 17 rebounds and four blocked shots for UConn (16-1, 5-1 Big East). Jeff Adrien had 13 points and 12 rebounds, the senior's 40th career double double.


UConn has won 22 of its past 24 games against Seton Hall (9-8, 0-5).

No. 15 Xavier 73, La Salle 53: : B.J. Raymond scored 16 points and the host Musketeers (15-2, 4-0) remained unbeaten atop the Atlantic 10 Conference.


The Explorers (9-7, 1-2) were coming off a 68-61 win over Charlotte on Wednesday.

Northwestern 74, No. 18 Minnesota 65: : Craig Moore hit six three-pointers and scored 22 to lead the Wildcats (9-6, 1-4 Big Ten) to their first win over a ranked opponent in nearly three years.

Lawrence Westbrook scored 18 for Minnesota (16-2, 4-2).

No. 19 Purdue 75, Iowa 53: : E'Twaun Moore scored 13 points to help the host Boilermakers (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten) win their third straight conference game.

David Palmer led Iowa with 19 points for the Hawkeyes (11-7, 1-4), who lost their third straight.

No. 23 Villanova 76, St. John's 57: : Dante Cunningham scored 17 points as the Wildcats (14-3, 2-2 Big East) set a team mark with their 24th straight home-court victory.

D.J. Kennedy had 18 points for St. John's (10-7, 1-4).

Top 25 women


No. 3 Oklahoma 71, No. 8 Texas A&M; 59: : Danielle Robinson had 19 points and 10 assists and two other Sooners added double doubles as host Oklahoma (13-2, 3-0 Big 12) won its ninth straight overall and its second straight over a ranked conference foe.

Texas A&M; (14-2, 2-1) had been off to the best start in school history. Takia Starks scored 19 points, and Danielle Gant added 18 for the Aggies.

No. 11 California 57, No. 9 Stanford 54: : Alexis Gray-Lawson scored a career-high 37 points, converting two free throws with 1:09 to play that put the Golden Bears (14-2, 5-0 Pacific-10) ahead for good and ending the Cardinal's five-game winning streak.

Jayne Appel had 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists playing all game in foul trouble for the Cardinal (13-4, 4-1).

Florida State 59, No. 24 Georgia Tech 49: : Jacinta Monroe had 15 points, 10 rebounds and a school-record nine blocks to help the host Seminoles (16-4,. 4-0 ACC) extend their winning streak to seven games. Alex Montgomery led the Yellow Jackets (13-4, 1-2) with 14 points and Jacqua Williams added 12.

State women


Towson 63, North Carolina-Wilmington 54: : A 15-2 run early in the second half allowed the Tigers (10-5, 2-3 Colonial Athletic Association) to turn a six-point deficit into a seven-point lead against the Seahawks (7-9, 1-4).

Towson had four players score in double figures, led by a career-high 16 points by Haliena Snowden (Seton Keough).

Saint Peter's 76, Loyola 52: : The visiting Greyhounds (8-9, 3-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) committed 28 turnovers in the loss to the Peahens (5-11, 2-5). Meredith Tolley had 12 points for Loyola.

Off the court

Connecticut: : Freshman guard Caroline Doty, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in Saturday's win over Syracuse, will miss the rest of the season, the school announced yesterday.