The Associated Press
No. 3 Duke 65, NC State 64 — Box Score
RALEIGH, N.C. — Seemingly everything had gone wrong for third-ranked Duke, from the repeated misses in the lane to the way rival North Carolina State just kept making shot after shot to increase its lead.
And yet, these Blue Devils keep proving they can shake off slow starts – even one so bad that it put them in a 20-point hole.
Freshman Chelsea Gray hit a driving layup with 12 seconds left to cap Duke’s rally and beat N.C. State 65-64 on Sunday, keeping the Blue Devils as the nation’s last unbeaten team.
Jasmine Thomas scored 14 points to lead the Blue Devils (19-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed by 18 at halftime and 42-22 less than a minute into the second half. But a veteran team that got within a game of the Final Four last season responded by turning up its defensive fullcourt pressure to spark a memorable comeback that stands as the program’s best in seven years.
No. 5 Tennessee 73, Auburn 53 — Box Score
AUBURN, Ala. — No. 5 Tennessee overwhelmed Auburn with tall bodies, and lots of them.
Shekinna Stricklen scored 18 points and Glory Johnson had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Lady Vols to a 73-53 victory against the smaller Tigers on Sunday for their 10th consecutive win.
“I think it was clear we had the size advantage,” said the 6-foot-3 Johnson, who helped Tennessee to a 49-34 rebounding edge. “And whenever we use it to the best of our ability, we dominate. Just having everyone fresh, scoring and getting rebounds, it was amazing.”
The impact was certainly evident late in the game. The Lady Vols (19-2, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) used a late 19-4 spurt to pull away, even with leading scorer Meighan Simmons held to five points.
No. 15 Maryland 88, No. 10 North Carolina 65 — Box Score
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland’s young basketball team appears to have finally grown up.
Alyssa Thomas had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the 15th-ranked Terrapins had four other players score in double figures Sunday in a surprisingly easy 88-65 victory against No. 10 North Carolina.
Coach Brenda Frese knew it would take a while for a team with six freshmen and not a single senior to play at its best. Judging by Maryland’s performance against the Tar Heels, that time is now.
“You could see our confidence this game at an all-time high,” Frese said. “You’re starting to see a team coming together. … This is a great opportunity for us to gain momentum with what we’re doing.”
No. 11 Notre Dame 69, St. John’s (N.Y.) 36 — Box Score
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Devereaux Peters dominated inside with 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks to lead No. 11 Notre Dame to a 69-36 rout of St. John’s on Sunday.
Becca Bruszewski scored 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the Fighting Irish (17-4).
The Red Storm (14-6) shot 32 percent, with no player reaching double figures. Leading scorer Shenneika Smith was held to seven points on 3-of-8 shooting. Da’Shena Stevens had nine rebounds, but missed all seven free-throw attempts.
Notre Dame outrebounded the Red Storm 42-31.
On the final play of the first half, Skylar Diggins drove and dished to Natalie Achonwa, whose layup as time expired gave the Fighting Irish a 39-21 lead. Diggins had six assists.
No. 12 Michigan State 66, Minnesota 54 — Box Score
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Lykendra Johnson had 20 points and 17 rebounds to help No. 12 Michigan State beat Minnesota 66-54 Sunday and continue the best start in school history.
Johnson had a double-double by halftime with 10 points and 10 rebounds, then doubled her point total and matched her season-bests in both for the first-place Spartans (18-2, 6-1 Big Ten).
Kalisha Keane had 14 points, and Cetera Washington added 10 points and eight rebounds in Michigan State’s 17th consecutive win in Breslin Center.
Kiara Buford scored 24 points for the last-place Golden Gophers (8-12, 0-7), who twice cut a 12-point halftime deficit to five before the Spartans got going in the final minutes.
No. 14 Oklahoma 75, Kansas 47 — Box Score
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Aaryn Ellenberg had 28 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead No. 14 Oklahoma to a 75-57 victory against Kansas on Sunday.
Whitney Hand added 21 points for Oklahoma (15-3, 5-0 Big 12 Conference). She and Ellenberg combined for 37 of Oklahoma’s 43 points in the first half, boosting the Sooners to 17-point lead at the break.
Carolyn Davis had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Jayhawks (15-4, 1-4), who lost their fourth Big 12 home game this season. Davis was 8 for 15 from the free throw line and the Jayhawks were 19 for 32.
No. 19 Kentucky 78, Vanderbilt 68 — Box Score
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Victoria Dunlap had 19 points and nine rebounds, and No. 19 Kentucky used a 20-0 run in the first half to take a big lead and beat Vanderbilt 78-68 on Sunday.
Trailing 21-17, the Wildcats (15-4, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) got their game-turning run over a 6-minute span.
Kentucky led by 23 in the second half before Vanderbilt (13-7, 4-3) rallied to pull to 68-59 with 2:04 remaining. However, Commodores coach Melanie Balcomb was called for a technical for arguing with an official and the Wildcats held on.
Kentucky shot just 37.5 percent from the field, but had 24 offensive rebounds and outworked Vanderbilt 41-31 on the boards overall.
Christina Foggie led the Commodores with 15 points.
Mississippi 69, No. 23 Arkansas 65 — Box Score
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Valencia McFarland scored 21 points and hit two late free throws to seal the victory, and Mississippi upset No. 23 Arkansas 69-65 on Sunday.
Nikki Byrd scored to spark an 11-2 run late in the second half that gave Ole Miss a 63-56 lead. The Razorbacks pulled within 67-65 with 58.8 seconds remaining on Ashley Daniels’ layup. Daniels had a chance to tie the game seconds later, but missed an open layup after a steal.
Arkansas (15-4, 3-4 SEC) had another chance to tie, but sophomore center Sarah Watkins missed a pair of free throws with 3.7 seconds left. Watkins scored 21 points for the Razorbacks, who dropped back-to-back games for the first time all season.
McFarland made two foul shots with 2.7 seconds to go to clinch the win.
Ole Miss (9-9, 2-4) rallied from an early 14-2 deficit to snap a four-game losing streak. Kayla Melson scored 17 points for the Rebels, and Courtney Marbra had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
No. 24 Georgia 78, Mississippi State 58 — Box Score
ATHENS, Ga. — Anne Marie Armstrong scored 17 points, Porsha Phillips had 16 points and 11 rebounds and No. 24 Georgia cruised to a 78-58 victory against Mississippi State on Sunday for its seventh consecutive win.
Khaalidah Miller added 13 points and Ronika Ransford had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Georgia (16-3, 6-0 Southeastern Conference).
Kathryn Govero had 17 points and Diamber Johnson had 10 for Mississippi State (8-10, 0-6).
Georgia used a 13-0 run to take a 27-13 lead with about 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half. The Lady Bulldogs scored the final five points of the opening half to stretch the lead to 40-20 at the break.
Georgia increased the advantage to 70-35 with about 7 minutes to go.