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Wisconsin fights off rally to beat Washington State

Taylor Wurtz scored 13 points and Wisconsin defeated Washington State 52-44 on Sunday. Cassie Rochel had 11 points and Morgan Paige scored...

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PULLMAN — Taylor Wurtz scored 13 points and Wisconsin defeated Washington State 52-44 on Sunday.

Cassie Rochel had 11 points and Morgan Paige scored 10 for the Badgers (2-1), who led 22-15 at halftime and opened up a 15-point lead early in the second half. The Cougars (1-3) rallied with a 13-2 run to take a 44-43 lead with 1:37 left on Tia Presley's free throws.

But Wisconsin closed the game with nine straight points, four by Paige and five by Wurtz.

Lia Galdeira scored 15 points to lead Washington State and Carly Noyes added 14 points.

Washington State next hosts Brigham Young on Saturday.

Gonzaga wins

SPOKANE — Haiden Palmer had 14 points and Gonzaga used balanced scoring to beat Monmouth 77-51 at McCarthey Athletic Center.

The Bulldogs (4-0) had 12 of their 14 players score. Palmer scored six of the Zags' first eight points and had 12 of her 14 in the opening 20 minutes to help Gonzaga to a 40-23 halftime advantage.

The Zags next play at Missouri State on Tuesday.

Top 5

No. 1 Baylor 77, Hawaii 42

In Honolulu, Makenzie Robertson scored a career-high 23 points as Baylor routed Hawaii. Robertson, a junior reserve, averaged less than two points in Baylor's first four games, and shattered her previous career high of 13 points, set her freshman year against Clemson.

Brittney Griner had 10 points in 16 minutes, playing just three minutes in the second half. Baylor (4-1) pulled away from Hawaii during a 23-4 run midway through the first half to go up 32-9.

No. 2 Connecticut 81,

at No. 16 Texas A&M 50

Stefanie Dolson scored 24 points to lead Connecticut. The Huskies (2-0) hammered the Aggies (0-3) in the paint 42-12, as A&M had no answer for the 6-foot-5 Dolson, a preseason All-Big East first-team selection, and forwards Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (16 points) and Breanna Stewart (11 points). Courtney Walker led A&M with 20 points.

At No. 3 Duke 100, Iona 31

Allison Vernerey scored 20 of her career-high-tying 22 points in the first half as the Blue Devils romped. Chelsea Gray had 18 points and Elizabeth Williams added 16 for Duke (2-0), which hit the 100-point mark for the first time since a 107-45 win over UNC Wilmington last December.

No. 4 Stanford 92,

Tennessee Martin 68

In Honolulu, Joslyn Tinkle scored a career-high 27 points and Chiney Ogwumike had 25 points and 10 rebounds as Stanford (4-0) ended its three-day run with three wins, including a two-point defeat of No. 1 Baylor to open the Rainbow Wahine tournament.

Note

Arielle Roberson and Jamee Swan combined for 37 points as Colorado (2-0) beat host Missouri-Kansas City 78-55; Arizona State (0-2) lost 60-54 at Texas-El Paso despite 16 points from Adrianne Thomas and 12 rebounds by Joy Burke; Cassie Harberts had 24 points and 10 rebounds as host USC (1-1) beat Pepperdine 65-56.

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