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Claflin splits non-conference

doubleheader with North Greenville

TIGERVILLE (CLAFLIN SPORTS INFORMATION) – Claflin University softball team split a non-conference doubleheader with North Greenville winning game one 3-1 and dropping game two 17-1.

With the split, the Lady Panthers' record moves to 5-13 while North Greenville improves to 10-6 on the season.

LaKaylin Lee finished the day 3-for-6 with three runs and two stolen bases.

Kayla Cato went 2-for-3 with a double and one run and Tiaria Norman had one hit with a RBI in game one, while Chelise Morman finished the day with two hits and a RBI. Jasmine Squirewell had a single and RBI in game one while Jada Ames had one hit in game two.

Claflin opened scoring in game one as Lee scored off a double by Lee in the first inning.

The score remained 1-0 until the fifth inning when Lee scored the Lady Panthers second run of an RBI-single by Morman.

Cato led off the 6th inning with a double then scored off a single by Jasmine Squirewell and an error by North Greenville third baseman to put Claflin up 3-0.

Jaelin Griffin homered to left field in the bottom of the sixth for the Crusaders only run of the game.

Game two belonged to North Greenville.

After the Lady Panthers scored one run in the top of the first in game two, the Crusaders erupted for three runs in the first, three in the second and 11 in the third en route to the 17-1 win.

Claflin will return to action on Wednesday, when they host Bloomfield College in a non-conference doubleheader. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Adden Street Field in Orangeburg.

USC women ranked No. 7 in

AP women's basketball poll

NEW YORK (AP) — UConn extends its run at No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll.

The Huskies (30-0) have been the unanimous top choice all season from the 32-member media panel. They are in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament Monday night. The Huskies are 99-0 against AAC opponents since the formation of the conference, 86-0 in regular-season games and 13-0 in the conference tournaments.

Baylor moved up to second and Louisville third after then-No. 2 Mississippi State lost to South Carolina in the SEC title game. The Bulldogs slipped to fourth. Notre Dame was fifth.

Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, UCLA and Ohio State round out the top 10.

Most of the major conferences finished their tournaments this weekend with just the Big 12 title game Monday night featuring Baylor and Texas.

Virginia is unanimous No. 1 in

AP Top 25; Clemson falls a spot

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Virginia is now the unquestioned No. 1 in the AP Top 25.

The Cavaliers earned all 65 first-place votes in Monday's poll after finishing four games ahead of the field in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season race. This was Virginia's fourth straight week at No. 1, with the Cavaliers acquiring more first-place votes each time until claiming them all this week.

Virginia joined fellow ACC team Duke as teams to be unanimous No. 1 in the AP Top 25 this season. Pretty good for a team that was picked to finish sixth in the ACC during the preseason.

The Cavaliers (28-2, 17-1 ACC) open ACC Tournament play in Thursday's quarterfinals in Brooklyn with a chance to sweep the league regular-season and tournament titles for the second time in five seasons.

Clemson, meanwhile, fell one spot from No. 18 to No. 19, after falling by 3 points at Syracuse on Saturday.


Michigan State fell to fourth, followed by Duke, Gonzaga and Michigan — which jumped eight spots to No. 7 after beating the Spartans and Purdue to win a second straight Big Ten Tournament title .

The Wolverines have won nine straight games and own their highest AP Top 25 ranking since hitting No. 7 in the final poll of the 2013-14 season.


The Wolverines had the biggest climb of the week by far, with most rising teams inching up a spot or two. No. 15 Arizona — which won the Pac-12 regular-season title outright — and No. 21 Houston had the second-biggest climbs with each rising four spots.


No. 17 Ohio State fell four spots after an early loss at the Big Ten Tournament, while No. 9 Kansas and No. 12 North Carolina each fell three spots.


The two newcomers to the poll, Florida (at No. 23) and Miami (at No. 24), have been ranked multiple times this season.


Kentucky and Middle Tennessee fell out of the poll, and that continued the Wildcats' unusually volatile poll standing this season.


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