USC upsets No. 15 Kentucky
Top 25: Ranked teams’ sloppy play includes No. 24 UGA in loss
The Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- La'Keisha Sutton and Ieasia Walker each scored 17 points and South Carolina shocked No. 15 Kentucky with a 66-61 win Thursday night.
The Wildcats (18-6, 7-4 SEC), had won seven consecutive games before a loss to No. 4 Tennessee on Monday.
South Carolina (14-10, 6-5) has won four of five, including two in a row against top-20 teams.
Kentucky's Victoria Dunlap, the SEC's leading scorer with 17.5 points per game, only had 13. A'dia Mathies led the Wildcats with 16.
No. 3 Stanford 100, Washington State 59 -- Box Score
STANFORD, Calif. -- Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 19 points, Kayla Pedersen added 15 points, five assists and five rebounds and No. 3 Stanford broke its own Pac-10 record by winning a 49th consecutive game against conference competition with a 100-59 rout of Washington State on Thursday night.
Jeanette Pohlen had 12 points and eight assists in the Cardinal's 15th consecutive victory overall since a pair of road losses at DePaul and Tennessee in December. Stanford (21-2, 12-0 Pac-10) extended its home winning streak at Maples Pavilion to 57 games - and now is two away from tying the school-record run of 59 wins in a row set from Nov. 25, 1994, to March 14, 1998.
Jazmine Perkins scored 14 of her 18 points in the first half and made all seven of her shots. But Washington State (7-17, 5-7), which lost to Stanford 94-50 on its home court in Pullman on Jan. 16, is yet to beat Stanford in 52 all-time meetings.
Stanford started the second half with a 15-2 run to build a 61-34 lead and Washington State didn't make its first basket after the break until Rosetta Adzasu scored at the 14:19 mark.
No. 4 Tennessee 61, Florida 39 -- Box Score
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Shekinna Stricklen scored 17 points and Glory Johnson had 16 points to lead No. 4 Tennessee in a sloppy 61-39 victory against Florida on Thursday night.
The Lady Vols (23-2, 11-0 Southeastern Conference) shot just 33.3 percent in the first half and had five quick turnovers in the first 5 minutes. The Gators (14-12, 4-8) couldn't take advantage, going cold for nearly 6 minutes in the first half.
Tennessee used a 14-0 run to take control of the game, thanks to outside shooting by Stricklen who made her first four shots, two of which were 3s. Johnson scored all of her points after halftime to help the Lady Vols pull away.
The Gators hit only 25 percent of their shots, barely improving since their 21.4 percent shooting performance in an 83-40 loss to Tennessee in Gainesville on Jan. 13.
Jaterra Bonds led Florida with 10 points.
No. 11 Michigan State 60, No. 23 Penn State 49 -- Box Score
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- With first place in the Big Ten on the line, No. 11 Michigan State used its stout defense to teach upstart No. 23 Penn State a lesson.
Lykendra Johnson had a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds and the experienced Spartans forced the conference's top shooting team into bad shots and 24 turnovers in a 60-49 win Thursday night to leapfrog Penn State atop the Big Ten standings.
Taylor Alton added 12 points on four 3-pointers, and the Spartans (21-3, 9-2) held the Lady Lions to 32 percent shooting, 13 points below their season average.
Redshirt sophomore forward Mia Nickson had 22 points on an array of tough buckets in the paint for Penn State (20-6, 9-3), Julia Trogele grabbed 14 rebounds and freshman sharpshooter Maggie Lucas added 15 points, including 3 of 9 shooting from 3-point range.
No. 20 Miami 83, No. 12 Maryland 75 -- Box Score
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Shenise Johnson scored 30 points and No. 20 Miami beat No. 12 Maryland 83-75 on Thursday night.
The Terrapins trailed by 14 at halftime but opened the second half with a 14-4 run. Kim Rogers' 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining trimmed Miami's lead to 77-75.
The Hurricanes (21-3, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) responded with a 6-0 spurt. Riquna Williams scored and Johnson made four free throws during the surge as Miami snapped Maryland's seven-game winning streak.
Lynetta Kizer had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins. It was Kizer's seventh double-double of the season.
Morgan Stroman scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half as Miami built a 45-31 halftime lead.
No. 13 North Carolina 60, Clemson 37 -- Box Score
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Italee Lucas scored 15 points as No. 13 North Carolina overcame a sloppy effort to win its 16th consecutive against Clemson 60-47 on Thursday night.
The Tar Heels (22-3, 8-2 ACC) came into this one off their biggest win of the season, a 62-60 victory against No. 5 Duke last Monday night. And North Carolina played most of this one like it was still celebrating.
The Tar Heels had a season-high 27 turnovers, 11 more than their average, and were just 4 of 18 on 3-pointers. Still, it didn't cost them against struggling Clemson (10-15, 3-7), which lost its 52nd consecutive contest against a ranked opponent.
Laura Broomfield had 13 points and 11 rebounds for North Carolina. Jessica Breland and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt also had 11 boards for the Tar Heels, who outrebounded Clemson 58-34. Breland finished with 10 points for her double-double.
Sthefany Thomas led the Lady Tigers with 13 points. However, she was 5 of 18 overall and 3 of 13 on 3-pointers against North Carolina's defense.
No. 18 Wisconsin-Green Bay 81, Illinois-Chicago 50 -- Box Score
CHICAGO -- Celeste Hoewisch scored 20 points and No. 18 Wisconsin-Green Bay beat Illinois-Chicago 81-50 on Thursday.
Hoewisch made a career-high six 3-pointers to help the Phoenix (23-1, 12-0 Horizon League) extend their winning streak to 14 games.
Kayla Tetschlag finished with 19 points for Green Bay, which outrebounded Illinois-Chicago 44-31. Julie Wojta had 10 points and 11 boards, and reserve Stephanie Sension added 10 points.
Taylor Foulks scored 14 for the Flames (10-12, 5-6).
The Phoenix shot 39 percent in the first half but Tetschlag scored 12 points to power Green Bay to a 34-21 halftime lead.
Hoewisch made three 3-pointers during a 12-3 surge that increased the margin to 49-26 with 13:28 left.
Illinois-Chicago shot 32 percent from the field and committed 21 turnovers.
Vanderbilt 69, No. 24 Georgia 59 -- Box Score
ATHENS, Ga. -- Jasmine Lister scored 22 points and Vanderbilt withstood No. 24 Georgia's late 17-2 run to beat the Lady Bulldogs 69-59 Thursday night.
Hannah Tuomi had 19 points for Vanderbilt before fouling out with 3:16 remaining.
Vanderbilt (17-7 overall, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) has four consecutive wins, including back-to-back road ones to move into a tie with Georgia (18-6, 8-3) for second place in the SEC.
Vanderbilt's big lead was 16 points at 58-42 before Georgia scored nine consecutive points to launch its run.
Meredith Mitchell's free throw with 2:56 remaining cut Vanderbilt's lead to 60-59, but the Commodores recovered to score the final 9 points.