Top 25 Women’s Roundup: No. 6 USC beats Mississipi St.

  • Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 11:39 p.m.
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South Carolina guard Tiffany Mitchell (25) looks for an open player to pass to in the first half against Mississippi State.
AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis South Carolina guard Tiffany Mitchell (25) looks for an open player to pass to in the first half against Mississippi State.

No.6 USC 71 MISSISSIPPI STATE 64

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Aleighsa Welch scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Elem Ibiam blocked a career-high seven shots and No. 6 South Carolina beat Mississippi State Thursday night.

The Gamecocks (21-2, 9-1 Southeastern Conference) tied a school record with 14 blocked shots. Alaina Coates added three blocked shots.

South Carolina appeared to have the game in hand with a 52-40 lead midway through the second half, but Mississippi State pulled within 55-54 with 6:25 remaining.

The game stayed tight until the final minute when Tina Roy hit a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left to put the Gamecocks ahead 66-59.

Mississippi State (16-8, 3-7) lost for just the third time at home this season. Jerica James led the Bulldogs with 11 points. Martha Alwal and Savannah Carter both added 10.

No. 5 DUKE 78 CLEMSON 51

CLEMSON — Haley Peters scored 17 points, Tricia Liston had 15 points and 10 rebounds and No. 5 Duke bounced back from their first Atlantic Coast Conference defeat with its 18th straight win over Clemson.

The Blue Devils (22-2, 9-1 ACC) fell to new league rival Notre Dame 88-67 last Sunday and trailed Clemson (11-13, 3-7) late in the first half of this one.

But Duke put together a 32-12 run starting in the final minute before halftime to take control.

It was Peters’ first double-figure showing in three games while Liston posted her third game this season with double figures in points and rebounds.

The Blue Devils held Clemson’s top scorer, Nikki Dixon, to 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting. Dixon had been averaging better than 14 points a game this season.

Richa Jackson had 13 points and Ka’lia Johnson added 10 for Duke.

No. 2 NOTRE DAME 81 FLORIDA STATE 60

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Natalie Achonwa scored 24 points and Jewell Loyd added 18 to lead No. 2 Notre Dame to avictory over Florida State that kept the Fighting Irish unbeaten.

Kayla McBride chipped in 14 points for Notre Dame (22-0, 9-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).Cheetah Delgado scored a career-high 18 points and Natasha Howard finished with 11 points and eight rebounds for Florida State (15-7, 3-6). Delgado entered the game averaging 7.5 points per game.

The Fighting Irish used a zone to pack the paint and hold Howard seven points below her season average. A 24-5 run in the second half allowed Notre Dame to run away after the Seminoles cut it to 34-33 shortly after halftime.

IOWA 73 No. 9 PENN STATE 70

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Samantha Logic had the Big Ten’s first triple-double of the season to lead Iowa to an upset victory over Penn State.

Logic had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Iowa (18-6, 6-4 Big Ten), which has won six of its last eight conference games. Ally Disterhoft had 24 points for the Hawkeyes who lost 87-71 to Penn State on Jan. 5.

Maggie Lucas had 21 points and Ariel Edwards added 16 for Penn State (17-5, 8-2), which had won 12 of 13. The Lady Lions tied the game at 68 but managed just two points in the final 2 minutes.

Theairra Taylor’s free throw put the Hawkeyes up by one but Edwards hit a short jumper for a 70-69 lead. Bethany Doolittle, who was held to eight points, hit a jumper to put Iowa ahead.

Edwards, Kaliyah Mitchell and Lucas all missed jumpers, and Logic pulled down the deciding rebound.

No. 10 MARYLAND 94 PITTSBURGH 46

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Alyssa Thomas had 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and No. 10 Maryland cranked up the defense in a rout of Pittsburgh.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 13 and freshman Brionna Jones added 12 for the Terrapins, who limited Pittsburgh to 31 percent shooting and allowed only 21 first-half points. Maryland (18-4, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won two in a row after dropping three straight.

The Terrapins scored the first 16 points of the second half to take a 61-21 lead. After Loliya Briggs hit a 3-pointer for Pittsburgh (10-13, 2-7), Maryland added another 12 points to make it 73-24.

Before sitting out the final 12 minutes, Thomas moved into sole possession of third place on the school’s career list with 2,097 points.

Briggs led Pittsburgh with 10 points. Guard Brianna Kiesel, who came in averaging 17.5 points a game, was limited to five on 2-for-8 shooting.

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