Gamecocks bounce back with win
No. 8 S. CAROLINA 77 ALABAMA 51
COLUMBIA — Elem Ibiam scored 18 points and South Carolina bounced back from its first Southeastern Conference loss.
The Gamecocks (17-2, 5-1 SEC) had been at the top of the SEC until falling in overtime at Texas A&M on Thursday night.
Ibiam and her teammates on the front line made sure that wouldn’t happen again as they won their eighth straight game over the Crimson Tide (8-10, 1-4).
The 6-foot-4 Ibiam made 7 of 11 shots and added seven rebounds and two blocks. Six-foot Aleighsa Welch had 12 points and 10 boards, while 6-4 freshman Alaina Coates had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Alabama fell behind by double digits eight minutes in and could never close the gap. The Gamecocks eventually led 60-31 on Coates foul shots with 13 minutes to go.
Ashley Williams had 16 points to lead the Crimson Tide.
No. 1 UCONN 94 No. 23 RUTGERS 64
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Bria Hartley scored a career-high 30 points and Breanna Stewart added 23 to lead top-ranked Connecticut to a 94-64 win over No. 23 Rutgers on Sunday.
UConn (19-0, 6-0 American) has won 25 straight games, the sixth longest streak in school history.
Freshman Tyler Scaife scored a season-high 22 points and Kahleah Copper added 20 for the Scarlet Knights.
No. 3 DUKE 74 VIRGINIA TECH 70
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Tricia Liston scored 22 points, Alexis Jones had 19, and Duke held off Virginia Tech’s rally.
The Blue Devils (18-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led by 15 points at the half, but the Hokies pulled within three in the closing seconds
Uju Ugoka scored 29 points, Vanessa Panousis added 21 and Monet Tellier had 18 for Virginia Tech (10-7, 0-4).
No. 5 LOUISVILLE 81 SMU 66
DALLAS — Antonita Slaughter had two 3-pointers in a go-ahead 11-0 run for Louisville early in the second half, and the Cardinals stretched their winning streak to 11 games.
The slow-starting Cardinals (18-1, 6-0 American Athletic) went ahead to stay by scoring the 11 consecutive points in a span of only 79 seconds.
Slaughter finished with 17 points and four 3s, her first made shots from behind the arc in her four games since missing six games with a blood clot in her lungs.
No. 6 MARYLAND 92 GEORGIA TECH 81
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Alyssa Thomas had 22 points and 14 rebounds for her NCAA-leading 15th double-double, and Maryland withstood a strong challenge from Georgia Tech.
The Terrapins trailed at halftime and led by only four points with 8:50 left. But with Thomas leading the way, Maryland (16-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned its 14th consecutive win and beat the Yellow Jackets (12-5, 2-3) for the fifth straight time.
KANSAS 76 No. 7 BAYLOR 60
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Chelsea Gardner scored 28 points and Natalie Knight added 18 as Kansas upset Baylor.
The loss ended Baylor’s 44-game winning streak in Big 12 regular-season games and was the Bears second straight loss overall after they fell to No. 1 Connecticut last week.
CeCe Harper added 10 points for Kansas (9-9. 2-4 Big 12), which defeated Baylor for the first time in nine games.
Odyssey Sims scored 31 points for the Bears (14-2, 4-1), but she was held to only 10 points in the second half as the Bears struggled shooting.
No. 9 UNC 73 BOSTON COLLEGE 56
BOSTON — Allisha Gray and Xylina McDaniel scored 16 points apiece to lead North Carolina.
Diamond DeShields added 12 points as the Tar Heels broke the game open in the second half, leading by as many as 21 points, but still came up 14 points under their season scoring average.
The Tar Heels (16-3, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), still playing without coach Sylvia Hatchell – taking time off as she battles leukemia and reportedly in remission – won their fourth straight and 11th in their last 12.
No. 10 KENTUCKY 73 AUBURN 71
AUBURN, Ala. — Jennifer O’Neill scored 16 points, Samarie Walker had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Kentucky overcame a 13-point first-half deficit.
The Wildcats (15-3, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) survived 13-of-29 shooting from the foul line to hold off the Tigers (11-6, 2-2).
Meagan Tucker hit a jumper with 1:07 left to bring Auburn within two points. The Wildcats worked 20 seconds off the clock and then called timeout. O’Neill missed two long jumpers in the final seconds, but Linnae Harper and Walker grabbed the offensive rebounds.
Walker missed two free throws with 6 seconds remaining. Tyrese Tanner, who scored 28 points, rebounded and threw it to Katie Frerking. O’Neill smothered her in the corner and Auburn couldn’t get a final shot off.