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Around the NCAAW Weekly: USC shocks No. 2 Stanford, Augustus statue revealed

The USC Trojans shook up the aura surrounding the Top 2 teams in the country by defeating one of them: the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal. Plus, Sunday was a special day for former LSU Tiger star Seimone Augustus.

USC’s Destiny Littleton
Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

“Around the NCAAW Weekly” highlights the notable events of the week. Check out the milestones, surprises, best games and outstanding performances for games played through Sunday, Jan. 15:



1/15/2023: USC Trojans over No. 2 Stanford Cardinal, 55-46

The last time Stanford scored that few points was in 2017. It had defeated USC 14 times in a row, Pac-12 opponents 39 times in a row and unranked opponents 51 times in a row. Destiny Littleton had 18 points for the Trojans, who were the “first team out” in ESPN’s Jan. 13 Bracketology. The Bracketology hasn’t been updated to include this result yet, but bracketologist Charlie Creme had this to say on Twitter:

1/15/2023: West Virginia Mountaineers over No. 18 Baylor Bears, 74-65

The Mountaineers had never beaten Baylor in Morgantown. The last time they beat the Bears was March 6, 2017. Jayla Hemmingway had 16 points and 14 rebounds for West Virginia, which was not included in ESPN’s Jan. 13 Bracketology. The Mountaineers are No. 70 in the NET rankings.

1/15/2023: Washington State Cougars over No. 21 Oregon Ducks, 85-84 (OT)

The last ranked road Pac-12 win for Washington State before this one came on Jan. 8, 1998. Charlisse Leger-Walker had 17 points, seven boards and six assists for the winners. Her free throw with 25 seconds remaining in overtime made the difference. Te-Hina Paopao’s three six seconds later cut it to one for Oregon, but Paopao missed a shot to win with one second left. Endyia Rogers had 33 points, six boards, three assists and three steals in defeat.

Washington State was part of the “first four out” in ESPN’s Jan. 13 Bracketology.

1/15/2023: Texas Longhorns over No. 15 Iowa State Cyclones, 68-53

DeYona Gaston had 17 points, two steals and two blocks for Texas, which was a No. 9 seed in ESPN’s Jan. 13 Bracketology.

1/11/2023: Oklahoma State Cowgirls over No. 18 Baylor Bears, 70-65

The Cowgirls had lost 14 in a row versus Baylor. Claire Chastain had nine points, nine rebounds and three helpers for the winners, who were a No. 9 seed in ESPN’s Jan. 13 Bracketology.

1/13/2023: RV (2 points) Colorado Buffaloes over No. 14 Arizona Wildcats, 72-65

Frida Formann had 23 points and three assists for Colorado, which was a No. 8 seed in ESPN’s Jan. 3 Bracketology.

1/10/2023: Texas Longhorns over No. 23 Kansas Jayhawks, 72-59

Shaylee Gonzales had 26 points for Texas.

1/15/2023: No. 22 North Carolina Tar Heels over No. 11 NC State Wolfpack, 56-47

1/12/2023: RV (5 points) Florida State Seminoles over No. 11 NC State Wolfpack, 91-72

Ta’Niya Latson had 31 points for FSU, which was on the same line as NC State in ESPN’s Jan. 13 Bracketology (No. 5 seed).

Close calls

1/12/2023: No. 13 Virginia Tech Hokies over RV (1 point) Louisville Cardinals, 81-79


1/15/2023: A statue of LSU Tiger legend Seimone Augustus was revealed at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Augustus was the No. 1 pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft and won four WNBA championships with the Minnesota Lynx. No. 5 LSU bested the Auburn Tigers 84-54.

1/11/2023: Madi Williams of the No. 19 Oklahoma Sooners reached 2,000 points, 850 rebounds and 300 assists. She is the first Sooner to do so. Oklahoma defeated the Texas Tech Lady Raiders 89-79.

1/15/2023: Ashley Joens of the No. 15 Iowa State Cyclones reached 1,215 career rebounds (first in program history, trails only four in Big 12 history). Joens had six boards in a 68-53 Cyclone loss to the Texas Longhorns.

1/12/2023: Aliyah Boston of the No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks reached 449 career offensive rebounds, putting her in first place in program history. The Gamecocks defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 95-66.

1/15/2023: Boston notched six offensive rebounds to give her 455 for her career. The Gamecocks defeated the Missouri Tigers 81-50.

1/14/2023: Maddy Siegrist of the No. 25 Villanova Wildcats reached 1,343 points in Big East regular-season play, the second-most ever. Siegrist had 32 points, seven rebounds, two steals and four blocks and the Wildcats defeated the St. John’s Red Storm 64-61.

1/11/2023: Caitlin Clark of the No. 12 Iowa Hawkeyes moved into second place in program scoring. Her 20 points in a 93-64 win over the Northwestern Wildcats gave her 2,117 for her career. In the same game, Monika Czinano moved into fourth place by scoring 18 points to give her 2,062. Also, Kate Martin reached 300 career assists in her 103rd career game.

1/14/2023: Clark scored 27 points in a 108-67 Iowa win over the Penn State Lady Lions, giving her 2,144 for her career. Czinano scored 20 to give her 2,082. The Hawkeyes’ total as a team matched the Big Ten high in program history. Also, their 13 first-quarter assists had never been done in a single quarter by an Iowa women’s basketball team. Clark moved into second place in program 3-pointers. She has made 263 treys in her career. Clark also reached 600 career assists in her 80th career game.

1/15/2023: Brinae Alexander of the No. 9 Maryland Terrapins reached 1,000 career points in her 83rd career game. The Terps defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 80-56 and received a career-high-tying six threes from Alexander.

1/15/2023: Dara Mabrey of the No. 7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish reached 300 career 3-pointers in her 133rd career game. The Irish defeated the Syracuse Orange 72-56.

1/15/2023: The No. 6 Indiana Hoosiers hosted 10,422 spectators. That’s the most fans they’ve ever had at a regular-season home game. They defeated Wisconsin 93-56.

1/14/2023: The No. 17 Michigan Wolverines hosted 10,534 spectators, giving them a home crowd of over 10,000 twice in a row. That had never been done before for the women’s basketball program. The Wolverines defeated Michigan State 70-55.

1/12/2023: The No. 11 NC State Wolfpack matched a program record with just four turnovers committed, but still lost to the Florida State Seminoles 91-72.

Streak tracker

No. 4 UConn Huskies consecutive seasons without losing back-to-back games — 29

No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks consecutive ranked wins — 17

No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks consecutive Top 5 wins — 7

Caitlin Clark of the No. 12 Iowa Hawkeyes consecutive games scoring in double figures — 70

No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks consecutive wins — 24

No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks consecutive home wins — 35

No. 11 NC State Wolfpack consecutive wins in non-conference games vs. unranked opponents — 52

Other news

Other games of the week

1/12/2023: Old Dominion Monarchs over Georgia Southern Eagles, 84-82 (OT)

1/14/2023: SMU Mustangs over East Carolina Pirates, 68-66 (OT)

1/9/2023: Grambling Lady Tigers over Florida A&M Rattlers, 71-68 (OT)

Other top performances

1/12/2023: Dee Dee Davis — 37 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and four steals for the Manhattan Jaspers in a win over the Siena Saints

1/11/2023: Jordyn Jenkins — 37 points, 11 rebounds, one assist and three blocks for the UTSA Roadrunners in a loss to the UTEP Miners

1/11/2023: Gracie Merkle — 32 points, 18 rebounds, one assist and one block for the Bellarmine Knights in a loss to the Eastern Kentucky Colonels

1/14/2023: Bre’Amber Scott — 37 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and one steal for the Texas Tech Lady Raiders in a win over the Kansas State Wildcats

1/12/2023: Ajulu Thatha — 32 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block for the SIU Edwardsville Cougars in a loss to the Eastern Illinois Panthers