Tennessee extends streak vs. USC
Top 25: Kentucky survives on the road, Arkansas falls
The Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. --Shekinna Stricklen had 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to help No. 5 Tennessee win its 39th consecutive game against South Carolina 71-56 on Thursday night.
The Lady Vols (18-2, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) haven't lost to the Gamecocks since 1980 and didn't look like they'd have much trouble in this one as they led 57-45 with 6:44 to go.
But South Carolina (10-9, 2-4) scored seven consecutive points to cut into Tennessee's lead.
That's when Meighan Simmons regained control for Tennessee with a pair of foul shots that started a closing 14-4 run. Simmons had 16 points, all in the second half.
Stricklen posted her sixth double-double of the season and third in four games.
Ieasia Walker had 24 points and was South Carolina's only player in double figures.
No. 10 North Carolina 71, Wake Forest 56 -- Box Score
CHAPEL HILL, N.C -- Italee Lucas scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half to help North Carolina rout Wake Forest.
She had six points before Wake Forest got on the board and the Tar Heels (17-2, 3-1 ACC) led 12-2 less than 5 minutes into the game. They were never seriously threatened by the cold-shooting Demon Deacons.
Laura Broomfield added 19 points and 11 rebounds for North Carolina, which was coming off an embarrassing loss on Monday to Connecticut. Broomfield played most of the second half as Jessica Breland was sideline with a leg injury suffered late in the first half.
Chelsea Douglas scored 16 points to lead Wake Forest (10-10, 1-3).
No. 12 Michigan State 69, Indiana 55 -- Box Score
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Kalisha Keane scored 23 points and Lykendra Johnson had 16 to lead Michigan State to a victory at Indiana.
The Spartans (17-2, 5-1 Big Ten) have won 15 of 16 games.
Jori Davis scored 20 points and Whitney Lindsay had 16 for Indiana (8-11, 2-5) - not nearly enough to prevent a fifth consecutive loss.
But the Spartans had to think outside the box to win it.
Instead of relying on their usually strong inside game, the Spartans won this one from the perimeter. Keane matched her career-high with four 3s. Michigan State went 10 of 16 beyond the arc.
No. 13 DePaul 90, NJIT 43 -- Box Score
CHICAGO -- Felicia Chester scored 15 points to lead a balanced offense in DePaul's victory over New Jersey Institute of Technology.
The win was the fifth consecutive and 15th in 16 games for the Blue Demons (18-2) who never trailed.
Katherine Harry had 14 points and 14 rebounds while Anna Martin added 13 points. Keisha Hampton had 12 and Taylor Pikes 10 for DePaul, which is unbeaten in the Big East.
The game was originally supposed to be played on Dec. 29, but was postponed because of a snowstorm that blanketed the Northeast.
Jessica Gerald scored 21 points for the Highlanders (5-11).
No. 19 Kentucky 59, Florida 58 -- Box Score
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Victoria Dunlap scored 12 points, including two free throws with 10 seconds remaining, to help Kentucky rally to beat Florida.
Jennifer O'Neill added 15 points for the Wildcats (14-4, 3-2 Southeastern Conference), who overcame a 10-point deficit in the final 5:29 for their third consecutive victory.
Dunlap's layup put Kentucky ahead 57-55 with 44 seconds remaining, but Florida's Deana Allen answered with a 3-pointer on the other end. The Gators were up 58-57 when Azania Stewart fouled Dunlap in the closing seconds. She calmly sank both free throws. The Gators (12-8, 2-4) failed to rally and lost their third consecutive game.
Allen led Florida with 13 points.
No. 22 Florida State 83, Clemson 73 -- Box Score
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Courtney Ward scored 21 points to lead Florida State to awin over Clemson.
The Seminoles (15-4, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) never trailed. But the Lady Tigers (8-12, 1-4) fought back from an early 11-point deficit to tie the game at 51 with 13 minutes to go.
Florida State answered with a 25-10 spurt in the next 10 minutes, led by three 3-pointers by Ward.
Clemson turned the ball over 14 times as the Lady Tigers lost their 50th game in a row to a ranked opponent.
Shaniqua Pauldo led Clemson with 21 points.
Vanderbilt 65, No. 23 Arkansas 54 -- Box Score
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Freshman Jasmine Lister scored 17 points, including hitting a career-high five 3-pointers, and Stephanie Holzer added 16 points to help Vanderbilt upset Arkansas.
Lister hit her first five shots, including all four 3s, for the Commodores (13-6, 4-2 Southeastern Conference), who entered the game tied with the Razorbacks (15-3, 3-3) for fourth place in the conference.
C'eira Ricketts scored a career-high 29 points, including 11 of the team's final 14 to lead Arkansas.
No. 24 Georgia 60, Alabama 51 -- Box Score
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Khaalidah Miller scored 12 points to help No. 24 Georgia beat Alabama 60-51 on Thursday night to win its sixth consecutive game.
Meredith Mitchell added 10 points while Porsha Phillips had 11 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs (15-3, 5-0 SEC), who remained one of two unbeaten teams in the SEC.
Tierney Jenkins had her 36th career double-double with 24 points and 11 points for the Crimson Tide (11-8, 0-6).
Alabama jumped out to a 13-4 lead at the 14:11 mark, but the Lady Bulldogs went on a 21-6 run to take a 25-19 lead at the half.
Georgia opened the second half by outscoring Alabama 10-3 to extend the lead to 35-22 on a field goal by Phillips with 14:24 remaining.
The largest lead was 18, which Georgia had on four occasions, the last being 52-34 on a field goal by Anne Marie Armstrong with 6:16 left.
Alabama rallied with a 17-5 run to pull within 57-51 on a basket by Jenkins with 43 seconds left. But could get no closer.
No. 25 Ohio State 71, Illinois 62 -- Box Score
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Brittany Johnson scored 22 and Jantel Lavender added 19 to help Ohio State beat Illinois.
After a slow start, the Buckeyes (12-6, 3-3 Big East) built a 38-29 halftime lead behind 15 first-half points from Johnson, who hit 5-of-6 from behind the arc.
Karisma Penn added 26 points and 18 rebounds for the Illini (7-12, 2-4), who have now lost seven consecutive games to the Buckeyes. This marks Penn's 12th double-double of the season, which leads the Big Ten.