The South Carolina-Stanford women’s matchup will be 1-on-2; Santa Clara men lose

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It’s official: Sunday’s matchup between defending national champion South Carolina and Stanford at Maples Pavilion will be No. 1 vs. No. 2.

After topping the preseason poll, the Gamecocks (3-0) remained the unanimous pick for the top team in the first-ever regular-season Top 25 women’s basketball poll conducted Monday by the Associated Press. The Cardenal (4-0) stayed at No. 2.

Sunday’s game, which will be broadcast on ABC at noon, will be the 63rd meeting between the top two teams and the seventh in November. The last 1-2 matchup was also South Carolina-Stanford with the host Gamecocks beating the Cardinal by four points on December 21, coming back from an 18-point deficit.

“I call it win-win. Because no matter what happens in the game, you will learn more about your team. People have to do the right thing,” Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer said. “It’s kind of like a tournament game. I mean, 1-2 matchup, it’s unbelievable.”

#5 University of Connecticut 83, #3 Texas 76:
Azzi Fudd scored 22 of his career-high 32 points in the second half as the host Huskies (2-0) beat the Longhorns in an early top-five matchup.

#12 Indiana 79, #11 Tennessee 67:
Mackenzie Holmes (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Grace Berger (13, 10) had double-doubles to lead the visiting Hoosiers (3-0) over the Volunteers (1-2), who previously lost to No. 8 Ohio State.

#14 Virginia Tech 79, South Carolina 24:
Kayana Traylor scored 17 points as the host Hokies (3-0) set the school record for fewest points allowed.

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#21 Oregon 83, South 46:
Endiya Rogers scored 14 points, all in the third quarter, for the host Ducks (3-0).

Santa Clara’s Heal honored:
Santa Clara guard Tess Heal was named WCC Freshman of the Week. The 5-foot-10 Australian had a combined 44 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists as the Broncos split two games.


Santa Clara Falls in the state of Utah

Taylor Funk had 22 punts and Steven Ashworth added 18 as host Utah State outscored visiting Santa Clara 96-74.

Funk also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for the Aggies (3-0). Parker Braun led the Broncos (2-1) with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field.

#3 Houston 83, Oral Roberts 45:
Tramon Mark scored a career-high 23 points for the host Cougars (3-0).

#5 Baylor 95, Northern Colorado 62:
LJ Cryer scored 20 points, Adam Flagler had 13 points with 10 assists and host Baylor posted coach Scott Drew’s 400th win with the Bears (3-0).

Drew is in his 20th season at Baylor, where he took charge of a depleted roster and scandal-plagued program with just four NCAA Tournament appearances qualifying for just two games out of 2,197 over the previous 97 seasons.

#25 Texas Tech 64, Louisiana Tech 55:
Kevin Obanor and De’Vion Harmon each scored 15 points for the host Red Raiders (3-0).

WCC Honours:
Guards Brandin Podziemski of Santa Clara and Aidan Mahaney of St. Mary’s were named WCC Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week, respectively.

Podziemski, transferred from Illinois, had a combined 64 points and 20 rebounds as the Broncos swept in two games. Mahaney, who is from Campolindo-Moraga, opened his college career with a 25-point night in the Gaels’ 78-70 win over Oral Roberts on Nov. 7. He leads St. Mary’s (3-0) in points per game at 12.3.

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