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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks guard Alana Beard, right, shoots as Atlanta Dream forward Aneika Henry-Morello defends during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Alana Beard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year who won a WNBA championship with the Los Angeles Sparks, is retiring after 15 years. The Sparks announced her decision on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

4-time All-Star Alana Beard retires from WNBA after 15 years

Jan. 23, 2020 1:48 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alana Beard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year who won a WNBA championship with the Los Angeles Sparks, is retiring after 15 years. In 2016, she helped the Sparks win a third WNBA title. She is third in all-time steals in the league with 710. Beard won Defensive Player of the Year...

Baylor guard DiDi Richards (2) drives to the basket against Texas Christian guard Kianna Ray (25) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Baylor won 66-57. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)

No. 2 Baylor women beat TCU 66-57 for 46th straight B12 win

Jan. 22, 2020 11:01 PM EST

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Sometimes even No. 2 Baylor just has to find a way to win in the Big 12. The defending national champion Lady Bears, who have won the last nine league titles, overcame the absence of their leading scorer and a fourth-quarter deficit for a 66-57 victory over TCU on Wednesday night. ...

Gray nets 22, Oklahoma St. women top No. 25 W. Virginia

Jan. 22, 2020 9:25 PM EST

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (AP) — Vivian Gray scored 22 points and assisted Clitan de Sousa on the winning basket with 20 seconds left as Oklahoma State handed No. 25 West Virginia its third-straight loss on Wednesday night, 57-55. Kysre Gondrezick missed a tying shot in the final seconds for the Mountaineers....

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Lynx's Maya Moore, left, shoots against Indiana Fever's Jazmon Gwathmey during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Indianapolis. Moore will sit out a second straight WNBA season in 2020 to continue her push for criminal justice reform. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Lynx star Maya Moore opts to stay on hiatus from WNBA in '20

Jan. 22, 2020 8:38 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore will sit out a second straight WNBA season to continue her push for criminal justice reform. Moore told The New York Times in a story published Wednesday of her choice to stay off the court for 2020. She said in her interview with the newspaper that she's...

FILE - In this March 23, 2008, file photo, Tennessee coach Pat Summitt questions a call as her team plays Oral Roberts in the first half of a first-round women's NCAA college basketball tournament game in West Lafayette, Ind. For over a decade the rivalry in women's basketball was Tennessee and UConn.  After a 13-year absence the two teams will play Thursday night, Jan. 23, 2020, in Hartford, Connecticut. The two powerhouse teams led by Hall of Fame coaches Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma put the sport on the national scene starting with their historic first matchup in 1995 that was a 1 vs 2 showdown. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

UConn vs Tennessee rivalry renewed in women's hoops Thursday

Jan. 22, 2020 5:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For more than a decade, the rivalry in women's basketball was Tennessee and UConn. After a 13-year absence, the teams will play again Thursday night, broadcast at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN from Hartford, Connecticut. The powerhouse teams led by Hall of Fame coaches Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma...

Iowa coach Lisa Bluder reacts to a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Fan passion fuels Iowa women's 30-game home winning streak

Jan. 22, 2020 4:44 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Lisa Bluder grew up in Iowa, and her college coaching career has been spent only at in-state schools. So she understands the passion for the sport that spreads from the Mississippi to the Missouri rivers. That love for the game is on display in the Iowa Hawkeyes coach's own arena,...

South Carolina guard Tyasha Harris (52) is defended by Mississippi State guard Myah Taylor (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

No. 1 South Carolina women beat No. 9 Mississippi St 81-79

Jan. 20, 2020 10:32 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Down nine points in the fourth quarter and close to getting run out of her building, South Carolina coach Dawn Staley didn't panic. Her top-ranked Gamecocks wouldn't let her. Tyasha Harris had a season-high 23 points and the Gamecocks rallied in the final period to win their 12th...

No. 20 Maryland women beat 17th-ranked Indiana 76-62

Jan. 20, 2020 10:00 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Shakira Austin scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half, Taylor Mikesell had 16 points and eight assists and No. 20 Maryland beat 17th-ranked Indiana 76-62 on Monday night. Kaila Charles and Stephanie Jones each added 12 points for Maryland (14-4. 5-2 Big Ten). Charles had...

Davis hits go-ahead 3, No. 23 Tennessee women beat Alabama

Jan. 20, 2020 9:25 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rennia Davis sank a long go-ahead 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left and No. 23 Tennessee beat Alabama 65-63 on Monday night to snap a five-game losing streak in the series. Tennessee was ahead for most of the game until Alabama took its first lead since the opening minutes at 59-58 on...

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley talks to her team from the bench during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. South Carolina won the game 78-45. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

South Carolina, Baylor lead women's Top 25; Northwestern in

Jan. 20, 2020 3:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — South Carolina still sits atop The Associated Press women's basketball poll, with Baylor in second place. The Gamecocks received 22 first-place votes from a 30-member media panel Monday. The Lady Bears got six. UConn moved up to third after previous No. 3 Stanford lost to Oregon by 32...