District roundup: RMU women cruise to win

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Robert Morris held steady atop the Northeast Conference standings Saturday with a 73-62 win against Bryant at Chace Athletic Center in Smithfield, R.I.

Six players scored in double figures for the Colonials, led by freshman guard Anna Niki Stamolamprou with 14.

Senior forward Artemis Spanou scored 12 points to become the all-time leading scorer in men's or women's basketball at Robert Morris. Spanou -- who also added 16 rebounds and 6 assists for her 80th career double-double and 21st of the season -- has 1,970 career points, surpassing Myron Walker's 1,965 from 1990-94.

The Colonials (17-9, 13-2) still have a two-game lead on Mount St. Mary's (16-11, 11-4) in NEC play.

"It was a gritty effort by our team. What I really like is that we had six players reach double-digits and had 26 points off of our bench," coach Sal Buscaglia said. "In addition, when they made a little run at us in the second half, we responded. There is still a lot of basketball to go, three games left -- two of those on the road. We have to continue to stay focused one practice and game at a time."

Breanna Rucker led Bryant (13-3, 8-7) with 18 points.

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West Virginia 61, Kansas State 40: Christal Caldwell scored 21 points as the No. 13 Mountaineers (24-3, 13-2 Big 12) throttled host Kansas State (10-16, 4-11), winning their seventh in a row and holding five of their past six opponents to 62 points or fewer.

Duquesne 60, Fordham 51: Wumi Agunbiade scored 22 points and Orsi Szecsi added 10 to lead the Dukes (17-10, 9-5 Atlantic 10) past the Rams (20-7, 9-5) at Palumbo Center to snap a four-game losing streak.


Baylor 88, West Virginia 75: Royce O'Neale enjoyed a career game and the Bears beat the Mountaineers at WVU Coliseum in a battle of Big 12 Conference teams striving to make noise before the NCAA tournament. O'Neale scored 22 points, connecting on 8 of 8 field-goal attempts, including 4 of 4 from long range. He entered the game at 6 points per game, and had just two points in the previous meeting between the teams. O'Neale was one of five players to score in double figures for Baylor (18-9, 6-8). Others included Isaiah Austin (19), Cory Jefferson (15), Kenny Chery (13) and Brady Heslip (12). It was Baylor's fourth consecutive league victory. West Virginia (15-12, 7-7), lost for the third time in four games. Eron Harris connected on 9 of 17 field goals, including 6 of 9 3-pointers, to finish with 32 points and Juwan Staten added 16.

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