Owls, Comfort claim 11th straight; next up is a perennial foe, Rutgers

Temple's win streak has reached 11 games. Lady Comfort had another career performance yesterday.

But the major topic of discussion after the Owls beat Rhode Island, 66-54, in an Atlantic Ten Conference game at the Liacouras Center was Temple's next opponent, Rutgers.

The Scarlet Knights could be back in the rankings by Wednesday night's game against Temple if they win their Big East Conference battle tonight at No. 15 Louisville.

"We need some big wins," Owls coach Dawn Staley said. "We're marking the calendars where we can get some big wins in the NCAA committee's eyes.

"I haven't seen a whole lot of Rutgers. But they're just young," Staley said. "We're hoping we can use our experience."

Temple's veterans ran the show last night in a game that was not as close as the final score indicates.

Comfort finished with 26 points, one more than her previous high earlier this season, and she pulled down 13 rebounds.

"Lady licks her chops when we say we have to get the ball inside," Staley said. "She is coming out playing with a certain determination. I thought she did a great job, defensively, just being more active, getting her hands on the ball, getting deflections, getting steals. If she's active defensively, she's going to be more active offensively."

Seniors Kamesha Hairston and Fatima Maddox each added 17 points for the Owls (15-4, 5-0). Safi Mojidi scored 27 points for Rhode Island (4-15, 2-3).

Temple drove from a 28-20 lead at the half to a 65-43 advantage with 4 minutes, 12 seconds remaining.

The Owls dominated the backboards with 46 rebounds to the Rams' 26, including a 21-11 advantage on the offensive glass that enabled them to outscore Rhode Island, 21-10, on second-chance points.

West Virginia 59, Villanova 45 - Stacie Witman scored 20 points, but the Wildcats (7-12) fell to the Mountaineers (12-7) in Morgantown, W.Va., in a game where Villanova shot just 28 percent from the floor.

Holy Family 91, Post 60 - Kelly Killion scored 21 points to lead the Tigers (15-1) past the Eagles (3-12) in Waterbury, Conn.

Ursinus 67, Swarthmore 55 - Mary Kate Daley scored 19 points to lead the Bears (8-7) past the Garnet (4-12) in Swarthmore.

University of the Sciences 73, Nyack 48 - Erin Chesnavich scored 21 points as the Devils (10-6) beat the Warriors (6-8) in West Philadelphia.

East Stroudsburg 72, West Chester 55 - Katie Kline scored 16 points, but the Golden Rams (6-9) lost at East Stroudsburg (12-2).

Mansfield 81, Cheyney 75 - Ashley Blake scored 16 points but the Wolves (3-13) fell to the Mounties (10-7) in two overtimes in Mansfield, Pa.

In the top 25

Oklahoma 82, Colorado 67 - Courtney Paris scored 26 points to lead No. 7 Oklahoma past Colorado in Boulder, Colo.

Paris' twins sister, Ashley, added 12 points for the Sooners (15-1, 5-0 Big Twelve). Jasmina Ilic scored 29 points for Colorado (8-9, 2-3) on 7-for-18 shooting.

Baylor 79, Kansas State 70 - Bernice Mosby scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 13 Baylor to victory over No. 25 Kansas State in Waco, Texas.

Latara Darrett added 15 points for the Bears (16-3, 3-2 Big Twelve), while Jessica Morrow had 14 and Angela Tisdale 12.

Shana Wheeler's jumper pulled the Wildcats (14-4, 2-3) to within two points at 72-70 with just under three minutes remaining.

Bowling Green 70, Central Michigan 50 - Ali Mann scored 16 points to lead No. 18 Bowling Green past Central Michigan in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Carin Horne added 12 points despite sitting most of the second half, and the Falcons (16-2, 6-0 Mid-American) held the Chippewas (9-10, 1-5) scoreless for nearly four minutes on the way to a 39-20 halftime lead.

Marquette 79, Providence 77 - Krystal Ellis scored 24 points, including a go-ahead layup with 10.3 seconds left as No. 19 Marquette beat Providence in Providence, R.I.

Providence (12-7, 2-4 Big East) led, 77-76, when Ellis drove the lane, untouched, and banked in a layup. The Golden Eagles (17-2, 5-1) have earned heir 10th win in 11 games.

Stanford 69, Oregon State 55 - Brooke Smith had 17 points and nine rebounds and No. 9 Stanford overcame its worst shooting half of the season to beat Oregon State (7-10, 2-6 Pac-10) in Stanford, Calif.

Candice Wiggins added 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Cardinal (15-3, 8-0).

Middle Tennessee 75, Arkansas-Little Rock 62 - Chrissy Givens scored 33 points to lead 20th-ranked Middle Tennessee to its 14th straight win in Little Rock.

Amber Holt scored 13 points and Krystle Horton added 10 points for the Blue Raiders (17-3, 9-0 Sun Belt Conference). Anshel Cooper had 20 points, Kim Sitzman added 18 and Renee Renz 11 to lead the Trojans (12-8, 5-5).

California 65, Oregon 56 - Freshman guard Lauren Greif scored 19 points to lead No. 21 California (15-4, 6-3 Pac-10) to victory over Oregon (10-8, 2-6) in Berkeley, Calif.

Contact staff writer Mel Greenberg at 215-854-5725 or mgreenberg@phillynews.com.

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