No. 15 Florida St. hacks Wake Forest
Top 25: Bulldogs topple No. 19 Wildcats 69-51
The Associated Press
No. 15 Florida State 82, Wake Forest 79 -- Box Score
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Cierra Bravard had 21 points and 15 rebounds to help the Seminoles win their third consecutive and move into a tie for first place in the ACC.
Alexa Deluzio added 18 points for Florida State (21-5, 9-2). After Duke’s loss to Maryland, the Seminoles are tied atop the conference with the Blue Devils and Miami.
Sandra Garcia scored 17 points and Chelsea Douglas added 13 for Wake Forest (12-15, 3-8), which has lost two in a row and eight of 11.
No. 4 Tennessee 82, South Carolina 60 -- Box Score
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Reserve Alicia Manning scored a career-high 22 points and No. 4 Tennessee beat South Carolina 82-60 on Thursday night, extending its winning streak in the series to 40.
Manning hit a 3-pointer to cap an early 17-2 run that gave the Lady Vols a 21-7 lead with 10:07 left in the first half. After going 8:12 without hitting a field goal, South Carolina got back-to-back 3s by Markeshia Grant and a layup from Ieasia Walker to cut the deficit to 21-5.
The Gamecocks got one point closer a few minutes later off a three-point play by Walker. Another Manning 3 pushed Tennessee’s lead back into double digits with 1:32 to go before halftime, and the Lady Vols (25-2, 13-0 Southeastern Conference) pulled away quickly in the second half.
Walker scored 16 points for South Carolina (15-11, 7-6), which hasn’t beaten Tennessee since Jan. 23, 1980.
No. 16 Maryland 69, No. 7 Duke 47 -- Box Score
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Lynetta Kizer scored 17 points to help the Terrapins drop the Blue Devils into a three-way tie for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Terrapins (21-5, 7-4) forced 20 turnovers and outrebounded Duke 42-31 to avoid their first three-game skid of the season.
Jasmine Thomas had 12 points and Allison Vernerey added 10 for the Blue Devils (23-3, 9-2), who have gone 3-3 since winning their first 20 games this season.
No. 11 Michigan St. 74, Northwestern 60 -- Box Score
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Lykendra Johnson had 19 points and Kalisha Keane scored 17, helping the Spartans remain atop the Big Ten.
The Spartans (23-3, 11-2 Big Ten) have put themselves in a position to win the Big Ten regular-season title outright for the first time in school history after sharing the conference championship in 1997 and 2005.
Amy Jaeschke scored 25 points and Brittany Orban added 11 for the Wildcats (16-11, 5-9).
No. 13 Miami 90, Boston College 80 -- Box Score
BOSTON -- Riquna Williams scored 23 of her 25 points in the second half to help the Hurricanes forge a three-way tie for first place in the ACC.
Shenise Johnson had 30 points and Morgan Stroman had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Miami (23-3, 9-2), which came in with its highest ranking since climbing to No. 6 in 1992 and is tied with Duke and Florida State atop the conference.
Carolyn Swords had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Eagles (17-9, 4-7).
Georgia 69, No. 19 Kentucky 51 -- Box Score
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Meredith Mitchell scored 16 points and Georgia remained in second place in the Southeastern Conference.
Porsha Phillips had 14 points and 16 rebounds, and Jasmine James also had 14 points for Georgia (20-6, 10-3), which led by double-digits throughout the second half.
Victoria Dunlap had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Bernisha Pinkett scored 12 points for Kentucky (19-7, 8-5), which has lost three of four.
Ohio State 89, No. 23 Penn State 67 -- Box Score
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jantel Lavender had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Samantha Prahalis added 21 points and 11 assists for Ohio State.
Tayler Hill scored 19 points to help the Buckeyes (16-9, 7-6 Big Ten) win their third consecutive game. Still, Ohio State was eliminated from contention for its seventh consecutive regular-season conference title when Michigan State beat Northwestern 72-62.
Zhaque Gray and Mia Nickson had 14 points for the Lady Lions (21-7, 10-4).