Lady Vols extend home win streak to 27 games

AP Photo/Wade Payne Tennessee’s Mercedes Russell shoots under pressure from Albany‘s Heather Forster.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Mercedes Russell scored 12 points Friday as Tennessee held off several Albany (4-1) threats down the stretch, outlasting the Great Danes 63-55 for its 27th consecutive home victory.

The Lady Vols (4-1) haven’t lost at home since a 75-71 defeat to Kentucky on Feb. 16, 2014.

FREEPORT, Bahamas — Freshman Marina Mabrey scored a career-high 19 points to lead Notre Dame (5-0) over Denver (1-3) in the Junkanoo Jam.

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — Brionna Jones had 21 points and 13 rebounds to help Maryland (5-0) beat South Dakota State (3-2) in the Paradise Jam.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Sydney Wiese scored 19 points and Jamie Weisner added 15 to help Oregon State (4-0) beat Hofstra (4-1) in the San Juan Shootout.

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Victoria Vivians and Teaira McCowan each scored 20 points for Mississippi State (4-0) in a rout of Norfolk State (0-5).

LAS VEGAS — Courtney Williams scored 22 of her 32 points in the first half and Texas A&M beat California in the opening game of the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout to give coach Gary Blair his 700th career win.

LAS VEGAS — Kelsey Mitchell made three of four late free throws, Lisa Blair added a layup and Ohio State (3-2) broke open a two-point game in the final 3:32 to beat Liberty (2-3).

ESTERO, Fla. — Lili Thompson scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers, and Stanford (4-1) cruised past Missouri State (2-3).

NEW YORK — Adut Bulgak scored 20 points, hitting 10 of her 13 shots, and Brittany Brown added 15 points to lead Florida State (4-1) over LIU Brooklyn (1-2) in the Blackbirds’ Turkey Classic.

CANCUN, Mexico — Oderah Chidom had 12 points with 11 rebounds and Duke (5-1) cruised past Iowa State (2-2) at the Cancun Challenge.

FREEPORT, Bahamas — Tori Jankoska scored a career-high 30 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Michigan State (4-0) past Cincinnati (3-2) in the Jankanoo Jam.

ESTERO, Fla. — Myisha Hines-Allen came off the bench to score 18 points and Louisville (1-2) closed on a 16-3 run to beat Marist (0-5) in the Gulf Coast Showcase.

AUSTIN, Texas — Jonquel Jones had 23 points and a school-record 26 rebounds as George Washington (5-1) beat Iowa (5-1) in the Lone Star Showcase.