HARTFORD, Conn. - Sue Bird scored 21 points and Asjha Jones had a career-high 18 rebounds Saturday to lead No. 1 Connecticut to an 86-72 win over previously unbeaten No. 3 Oklahoma.
It was a physical game that moved in choppy spurts because of 49 fouls. Both teams had key players in foul trouble throughout the game.
The Huskies (11-0) were without sharpshooter Diana Taurasi for much of the first half because of foul trouble. Stacey Dales, the leading scorer for the Sooners (10-1), played just 10 minutes in the second after she picked up her fourth foul in the first 15 seconds of the period.
Taurasi finished with 18 points, all in the second half. Dales scored 11, five below her average.
UConn led by as many as 14 in the first half when Tamika Williams hit two free throws with 10:51 left.
The Sooners countered with an 11-0 run, getting 3-pointers from LaNeishea Caulfield and Rosalind Ross to cut the lead to 21-18. Taurasi picked up her third foul in that surge and sat out for all but a few seconds of the remaining half.
Even without Taurasi, the Huskies quickly built the lead back to 10 with a 7-0 run on transition baskets from Ashley Battle and Williams and a 3-pointer by Bird.
Oklahoma took advantage of the closely called game and hit 4-of-6 free throws in the final two minutes to pull within 35-28 at halftime.
The Sooners made 8 of 9 foul shots to close to 55-50 with 9:22 left, but got no closer. Taurasi scored eight points over the next three minutes, including a 3-pointer.
Caulfield led Oklahoma with 19 points on 10-of-10 shooting from the foul line. Jamie Talbert led Oklahoma with 10 rebounds before fouling out in the final seconds.
Oklahoma was 24-of-30 from the free throw line, but shot a season-low 36 percent from the floor. UConn finished with 46 percent shooting from the floor and hit 23 of 31 from the line.
NO. 4 VANDERBILT 75, VERMONT 54
In Burlington, Vt., freshman Abi Ramsey came off the bench in the second half to score 12 points in three minutes on four-of-four shooting from 3-point range, and the No. 4 Commodores (11-1) rolled from there to a win over the Catamounts (5-4) on Saturday afternoon.
"We knew we had depth," Vanderbilt coach Jim Foster said. "Everybody kept talking about how we had all of our starters back, but we knew we had more dimensions than that."
The Catamounts got out to an 8-2 lead and hung with the Commodores (10-1) for much of the first half, with Morgan Hall scoring all of her team-high 12 points before intermission.
Chantelle Anderson, who scored a game-high 16 points of 6-of-7 shooting, hit a layin with 10:44 to play in the half put Vanderbilt up for good, 14-13.
Vermont's Lani Boardman (10 points) hit a 20-foot jumper to pull the Catamounts (5-4) within 26-25 with 2:50 left, but the Commodores responded with an 8-0 run to close with a 34-25 lead.
Jillian Danker (11 points) hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the second half to widen the gap to 42-30.
Jen MacAulay hit a layup in transition to get Vermont within 46-36, but Ramsey (12 points) went four-of-four from long distance in the next three minutes to put the game out of reach.
Zuzi Klimesova, with 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, also hit double figures for Vanderbilt, which had a 40-26 rebounding edge and shot 51 percent from the field, including 12 of 17 on 3-pointers.
The Catamounts, who have lost three in a row after starting 5-4, took half of their 58 shots from 3-point range and landed just eight.
NO. 24 LSU 68, PRAIRIE VIEW 26
In Baton Rouge, La., LSU allowed the fewest points in school history, and Temeka Johnson and the No. 24 Lady Tigers romped past Prairie View on Saturday.
The previous low, also against the Lady Panthers, came in a 104-28 victory on Dec. 1, 1995.
LSU scored the final 22 points of the first half to take a 38-8 lead.
Johnson finished with 14 points and five assists for LSU (6-3).
Prairie View (2-6), which has lost its last five games by an average of 34 points, shot 12-of-64 (19 percent). Casey Hart led the Lady Panthers with 11 points.
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