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A check on the women; St. John's wins its 20th, Whipple scores 45 in losing effort

St. John's continued its surge this season with a 91-56 win over Louisville on Wednesday.

Five players scored in double figures for St. John's (No.25 AP; No.24 ESPN/USA Today), including freshman Shenneika Smith, who finished 21 points. The Red Storm has won seven of eight. The only loss was on the road against Georgetown last Thursday.

The Red Storm improved to 20-4 overall and 8-3 in the Big East.  It's St. John's third 20-win season in the last six years. St. John's coach Kim Barnes Arico, in her eighth season, led the Red Storm to a 22-10 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006.

Hofstra wins again. The Hofstra women are beginning to find their way. Nicole Capurso scored 19 points off the bench and Sam Brigham added 17 points for host Hofstra (14-10, 7-5 CAA) in a 74-66 win over first-place Virginia Commonwealth (16-8, 9-3) in a women's CAA game on Thursday afternoon.

It was the third straight win for the Pride and the fourth in its last five. Hofstra is in sole possession of sixth place and has an outside shot at finishing in fourth place. The Pride will need some help. Fourth-place Drexel (14-8, 8-3) is home against Northeastern on Thursday night, while fifth-place Delaware (15-7, 7-4) is on the road against Old Dominion.  

TCU Survives 4 OT thriller. Emily Carter and Ebony Mangum each had 15 points as No.24 TCU (18-5, 8-2 Mountain West) outlasted Utah, 105-96, in four overtimes. Utah put up an incredible fight as Kalee Whipple scored 45 points, including a three at the end of the third OT to force a fourth session. Whipple, who hit seven three-pointers, had 11 rebounds and four steals. She played a school-record 59 minutes.

 UCONN wins again. It was just another day at the office for the Connecticut women's team. Geno Auriemma's crew topped DePaul, 95-62, for its 63rd straight win.

Tiffany Hayes and Tina Charles each had 19 points for the Huskies (24-0, 11-0 Big East), who are seven wins away from tying its own school record of 70 straight wins, set in 2001-2003.

 Division III news

Blakney sets mark. Kimberly Blakney continued her torrid stretch with 24 points and a school-record 26 rebounds for Farmingdale State (20-0, 14-0 Skyline) in a 71-65 win over Old Westbury.

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