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Top 25 women's basketball roundup

Butler 86, No. 25 DePaul 81

Upe Atosu scored 22 points and Butler had its best offense game of the season to shock DePaul on Monday to wrap up the regular season.

It was Butler's first-ever win over DePaul in 21 meetings.

The Bulldogs shot a season-high 54% (33 of 61), had their third-most 3-pointers and second-best percent by going 10 of 22 (45.5%) and went 10 of 11 from the foul line (90.9%) for their best outing except for a 6-for-6 game.

Butler's season shooting percentages coming into the game were 35.3% overall, 31.2% behind the arc and 71.5% from the line.

The loss put the Blue Demons' No. 3 seed in the Big East Conference tournament in jeopardy pending the outcome of other games on Monday. Butler is the No. 10 seed and plays Friday.

Okako Adika added 17 points for Butler (3-16, 3-15), which averaged just 55.5 points a game, although this was its third-straight game with at least 68. Tenley Dowell scored 13 points, Genesis Parker 11 and Nyamer Diew 10 with eight rebounds.

Deja Church and Lexi Held scored 20 points each and Church grabbed 12 rebounds for DePaul (14-7, 11-5), which lost for the third time in four games, two to teams with losing records. Jorie Allen scored 18 points and Darrione Rogers 13 with nine rebounds.

DePaul shot 34.6% (28 of 81) overall and 10 for 37 from deep (27%). A 20-5 advantage in offensive rebounds and a plus-8 in turnovers didn't help with 20 more field goal attempts. In their previous two losses, the Blue Demons shot 38.9% and 38.2%.

No. 6 Baylor 64, Texas 57

NaLyssa Smith scored 23 points and Baylor used a dominant third quarter to build a lead, then had to fight off a late Texas rally to earn a victory that locked up sole possession of the Big 12 title for the Lady Bears.

Baylor had already clinched at least a share of the program’s 12th league championship and 11th in a row, and the victory locked out any chance West Virginia had of staking a claim to the crown.

Smith scored eight in the third quarter when Baylor broke open what had a been a close but sloppy game in a rematch of a 25-point Lady Bears win earlier this season.

Baylor (20-2, 15-1) has won 10 in a row over Texas and 25 of the last 26 meetings.

Joanne Allen-Taylor scored 15 points to lead Texas (16-8, 10-7).


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