AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tyrese Hunter scored 26 points and led a string of 3-point shooting for No. 11 Texas that led the Longhorns to a 93-74 win over No. 2 Gonzaga. Last season’s Big 12 Freshman of the Year at Iowa State shot 9-of-14 and made five of Texas’ 13 3-pointers. Hunter made three from distance in the opening minutes of the second half as the Longhorns took control and extended their lead to 20 points. Gonzaga All-American forward Drew Timme had 18 points but was mostly held in check when the game was still close.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gianna Kneepkens scored 24 points, Kennady McQueen and Alissa Pili each added 21, and #25 Utah defeated #16 Oklahoma 124-78. After racing to a 54-39 halftime lead, the Utes outscored the Sooners 41-20 in the third quarter to match the school record for points in a game. Utah was 13-of-40 from 3-point range and shot 55% overall (45-of-82) after an incredible 64% in the second half and assisted on 33 of 45 field goals. They outscored Oklahoma 51-31 and had 10 fewer turnovers. Reyna Scott scored 15 points for Oklahoma.
UNDATED (AP) — There is no playbook to educate on how athletic departments should respond to the tragic death of one of their athletes. But those who have lived through the trauma say the increased emphasis on mental health care in athletic departments and universities generally — spurred in part by the pandemic — helps when a crisis strikes. Tragedy struck the University of Virginia earlier this week. Three members of the football team were shot and killed while on a bus returning to the Charlottesville campus from a school trip to Washington.
UNDATED (AP) — Six teams remain alive for second place in the Big 12 championship game with two weeks to go and more are still trying to become bowl eligible. It is likely that many of these endgames will be close. The average winning margin in Big 12 games is 13.5 points. This is the lowest of the Power Five conferences. In 27 of 35 Big 12 games the margin at one point in the fourth quarter was eight points or fewer. Fifteen of those 27 games have finished decided by a score.
UNDATED (AP) – The Pac-12 launches into the weekend with a few selection matchups. It has four teams in the top 16 that could determine who plays in the league championship game. No. 7 USC is up against No. 16 UCLA, which was upset by Arizona last week. No. 10 Utah is up against No. 12 Oregon, upset at home by Washington. They are among the five most intriguing games this weekend.
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