Women's College Basketball: Owls fall to Rutgers, 71-50

April Sykes scored a season-high 19 points and No. 11 Rutgers shot its way past Temple, 71-50, Wednesday night in Piscataway, N.J.

Khadijah Rushdan added 16 while Monique Oliver had 15 for the Scarlet Knights (7-0), who are off to their best start in six years. Temple is 2-5 for the season.

They began the 2005-06 season 8-0 - the only other time they have won their first seven games under coach C. Vivian Stringer. Rutgers won the San Juan Shootout over Thanksgiving weekend beating Georgia Tech and Arizona State.

Villanova 62, Lehigh 54 - The Villanova Wildcats improved to 5-2 with an overtime win over the Lehigh Mountain Hawks at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa.

After junior guard Rachel Roberts made one of two from the foul line, Villanova held a 52-49 lead in the game's final seconds. It was then that Mountain Hawks junior forward Kelly Peterson hit a 27-foot, desperation three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

Penn 49, Lafayette 39 - On a night when the defenses dominated, freshman Renee Busch hit five threes to propel the University of Pennsylvania to victory over Lafayette at the Palestra.

Penn is off to its best start in program history at 4-1. The Quakers have relied on a strong defense and were at their best against the Leopards. Lafayette (2-5) shot just 15 of 51 from the floor and was 0 for 7 from three-point range.

West Virginia 63, La Salle 52 - The Explorers, led by Alexis Scott who scored 21 points, staged a furious rally late in the second half before falling to the Mountaineers in Morgantown, W.Va.

Brittany Wilson had 13 points for the Explorers (2-6) and Ruvanna Campbell added eight points along with a team-high seven rebounds.

The Explorers return home on Sunday to host Villanova at Tom Gola Arena at 2 p.m.

College of New Jersey 69, Rowan 55 - Four players scored in double figures as the College of New Jersey defeated Rowan University in Ewing, N.J.

The Lions are 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. The Profs drop to 2-4 on the season.

Rowan guard Chanelle Banta scored a career-high 13 points while forward Lauren Creel of Pennsauken had totaled 11 points and six rebounds.

Philadelphia U. 62, Lincoln 61 - Philadelphia University (4-2) fought off host Lincoln University (3-3) for the victory in a nonconference game at Manuel Rivero Hall.

Baylor 91, Texas Southern 39 - Brittney Griner had 23 points and 14 rebounds for her fifth double-double this season for top-ranked Baylor, which stretched its home winning streak to 27 games with a rout over Texas Southern in Waco, Texas.

Connecticut 92, Towson 31 - Bria Hartley had 24 points and five assists as No. 2 Connecticut routed visiting Towson, the Huskies' final tune-up before hosting defending national champion Texas A&M next week.

Penn State 103, North Carolina 84 - Zhaque Gray scored 25 points and No. 16 Penn State snapped a three-game losing streak in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge by defeating No. 14 North Carolina, 103-84, in State College, Pa.