STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Maya Moore and everybody around UConn realized how much this meant to Stanford after several near misses against the mighty Huskies — one in the Final Four, another that cost the Cardinal the 2010 NCAA title.
No. 1 Connecticut’s remarkable run is over, a 90-game winning streak stopped by an inspired Stanford squad determined to protect its own impressive mark: 52 straight home wins at Maples Pavilion.
JONESBORO — The Game 103.9 recently selected All-Decade Northeast Arkansas Basketball Tournament teams and five former Lyon players were among the selections.
Kristie (Gay) Jenkins and Rachel (Benson) Gifford were selected on the womens teams while David Brogden, Steve Ridley and Kevin Johnson represented the mens team.
Championship games for this year’s NEA Tournament are scheduled for today. In the small school division, Buffalo Island Central and East Poinsett County are set to meet in the girls final while EPC and Rivercrest battle for the boys title.
HARRISON — A day removed from being doubled up by Harrison 62-31, the Batesville Pioneers suffered a 52-18 beatdown in the consolation game of the Lendel Thomas Classic here Wednesday evening.
Valley Springs, a Class 3A state semifinalist last season, used a 15-0 run midway through the first half to turn a 7-5 lead into a 22-5 laugher. The Tigers led 27-10 at halftime.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Justin Blackmon caught two touchdown passes, showboating into the end zone to cap a 71-yard strike, and No. 16 Oklahoma State finished its first 11-win season with a 36-10 victory over Arizona in the Alamo Bowl on Wednesday night.
Blackmon, the Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation’s top receiver, set an NCAA record with his 12th straight game with at least 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. The sophomore caught nine passes for 117 yards in perhaps his last college game.
Brandon Allen surprised many when he led Fayetteville to the Class 7A state championship game.
It’s probably no surprise that the Bulldogs’ quarterback was selected to The Associated Press Arkansas Super Team.
The selection is the first to the 26-player team for Allen, who broke the state’s career passing record in the largest classification. He finished with 10,057 passing yards in three seasons as the Fayetteville starter, but it wasn’t until this season those numbers translated into consistent wins.
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Geno Auriemma hardly expected his top-ranked Connecticut team to come out dazzling while playing for the first time in a week.
Good thing it was Pacific on the schedule. Things get much harder for the Huskies now.
Maya Moore had 17 points and eight rebounds and UConn earned its 90th straight victory with an 85-42 win over Pacific on Tuesday night, a lopsided West Coast warmup ahead of the Huskies’ showdown with ninth-ranked Stanford on Thursday.
HARRISON — The Harrison Goblins were twice as good as the Batesville Pioneers in the semifinals of the Lendel Thomas Classic here Tuesday night.
Harrison won the contest 62-31. The loss dropped Batesville to 2-6. The Pioneers are scheduled to square off against the Valley Springs Tigers tonight at 6:15 in the consolation game. Harrison will meet Huntsville tonight at 8:30.
The Goblins led 39-19 at halftime and hit 10 3-pointers during the game. Meanwhile, Batesville managed just one of five from beyond the arc, 11 of 26 inside it and only five of 19 free throws.
JONESBORO (AP) — Kinley Ogbonnaya-Branch finished with a career-high 19 points and six other Arkansas State players scored in double figures as the Red Wolves posted the largest margin of victory in school history, 120-39 over Central Baptist on Tuesday night.
Martavius Adams added 18 points, Brandon Peterson and Adam Sterrenberg each had 14, Edward Townsel finished with 13 and Trey Finn 11 for Arkansas State (5-8), which matched the school record for points in a game.
HARRISON — With three Pioneers scoring in double figures for the first time this season, Batesville collected a 52-47, high school basketball victory over the Brinkley Tigers in the opening round of the Lendel Thomas Classic here Monday.
Senior Matthew Showalter led the winners with 18 points. Chris Elms and Tanner Ring contributed 14 and 10 points, respectively. Showalter and Ring also pulled down five rebounds apiece.
JONESBORO — And then there were none.
All three of the Guard circulation area teams that remained in the Northeast Arkansas Tournament were eliminated Monday, leaving a rare vacancy at Arkansas State’s Convocation Center.
The Cave City Cavewomen’s run of NEA Tournament championships was halted with a 39-37, first-round loss to Westside Consolidated Monday afternoon. Cave City had won two straight Class 1A-2A-3A titles, but a move in classification forced the Cavewomen to play in the NEA’s upper division this year.
JONESBORO — The Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles defeated the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves 41-34 in the second round of the Northeast Arkansas Tournament at Arkansas State in Jonesboro Thursday.
Hillcrest used an 8-0 surge in the final frame to sneak away with the win. It was the other bookend for the Lady Screamin’ Eagles 12-4 start to the game. Laken McCoy hit a 3-pointer to pull Cedar Ridge to within 12-7 at then end of the first quarter. Hillcrest led 21-17 at halftime.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Southerners rallied from a 31-16 deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the Marianna Lee Trojans 40-38 here Tuesday night.
Dalton Littleton capped the 24-7 run with a 2-pointer with 6.4 seconds remaining in the Class 4A-2 battle.
After a timeout, Marianna was able to set up a final play, but the potential tying shot missed its mark.