Michigan St. clinches share of title
Top 25: No. 6 Xavier moves back into tie for A-10 lead
No. 11 Michigan State 69, Illinois 56 – Box Score
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Kalisha Keane scored 27 points and No. 11 Michigan State beat Illinois 69-56 to clinch a share of the Big Ten title on Sunday.
The Spartans (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) secured the top seed for the Big Ten tournament March 3-6 as they maintained a 1 1/2 game lead ahead of Penn State. Michigan State can secure the outright title with a victory against Ohio State on Thursday.
Brittney Thomas added 19 points for the Spartans, who last won the Big Ten in 2005, when they shared the championship with Ohio State.
No. 3 Stanford 67, No. 9 UCLA 53 – Box Score
LOS ANGELES -- Chiney Ogwumike scored 18 points and No. 3 Stanford beat ninth-ranked UCLA 67-53 on Sunday for its 18th consecutive victory.
Kayla Pedersen and Toni Kokenis added 13 points each and Jeanette Pohlen had 10 for the Cardinal (24-2, 15-0 Pac-10), who were missing star forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike because of a right ankle injury.
With a chance at ending Stanford's 52-game conference winning streak, the Bruins drew 6,725 people in the biggest women's game at Pauley Pavilion in 13 years.
UCLA was hoping to bounce back from an embarrassing 64-38 loss at Maples Pavilion last month in which it was held to a season low in points. Stanford has now won the last 10 meetings with the Bruins and 12 of 13.
The Bruins kept it close Sunday for the first half with the game tied at 28 at the break. Stanford proved to be too much, pulling away in the second half behind Chiney Ogwumike.
Darxia Morris scored 14 points to lead UCLA (22-3, 12-2). The Bruins other conference loss was a 64-38 defeat at Stanford.
No. 6 Xavier 77, Duquesne 51 – Box Score
CINCINNATI -- Ta'Shia Phillips and Amber Harris had double-doubles and No. 6 Xavier beat Duquesne 77-51 Sunday to move back into a tie with Temple for first in the Atlantic 10.
Phillips had 26 points and 11 rebounds for her 72nd career double-double and 17th of the season. Harris had her 14th double-double of the season and 54th of her career by halftime and finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Musketeers (23-2, 12-0), who've won 13 consecutive games and 29 consecutive against A-10 teams. The Musketeers have won 19 consecutive A-10 home games and 22 overall.
Xavier and Temple each have one game to play before they meet Sunday in the regular-season finale. The Musketeers have won the last two regular-season conference championships.
Samantha Pollino scored 11 points for the Dukes (20-7, 7-5), who've lost three consecutive games and four of their last five.
No. 7 Duke 90, Virginia Tech 40 -- Box Score
DURHAM, N.C. -- Jasmine Thomas scored a season-high 27 points to help No. 7 Duke beat Virginia Tech 90-40 Sunday.
Thomas was 10 for 16 from the field and made all five of her 3-point attempts for the Blue Devils (24-3, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who reached double figures in league wins for the 13th consecutive season.
Tricia Liston scored a career-high 19 points and Karima Christmas had 12 points as Duke picked up its 22nd consecutive home win.
Brittany Gordon scored 10 points to lead the Hokies (11-16, 1-11 ACC), who had a season-high 32 turnovers en route to their most lopsided loss of the season.
No. 10 DePaul 82, No. 18 Georgetown 57 -- Box Score
CHICAGO -- Sam Quigley scored 14 points to lead six DePaul players in double figures as the 10th-ranked Blue Demons beat No. 18 Georgetown 82-57 on Sunday night.
Katherine Harry had 10 points and 12 rebounds and four other players reached double digits for the Blue Demons (25-3, 12-1 Big East). DePaul reached 12 wins in the conference for the first time ever.
The Blue Demons has won 12 of its last 13 games with the lone loss coming at UConn. DePaul has won 18 consecutive games at home.
Sugar Rodgers scored 20 points and Tia Magee added 12 for the Hoyas (20-7, 8-5).
No. 15 Florida State 72, No. 16 Maryland 66 – Box Score
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Cierra Bravard and Chelsea Davis each scored 14 points to lead a balanced Florida State offense and the 15th-ranked Seminoles beat No. 16 Maryland 72-66 on Sunday.
Florida State (22-5, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) can win at least a share of its third consecutive ACC title with victories this week at Miami and at home against Clemson. The Seminoles and No. 7 Duke are tied for first place with No. 13 Miami still alive at 9-2.
Chasity Clayton and Natasha Howard had 12 points each for the Seminoles. Florida State led 36-28 at half with Clayton and Davis each scoring nine points while Maryland managed a single free throw from its reserves.
Alyssa Thomas led the Terrapins (21-6, 7-5 ACC) with a career high 26 points while Lynetta Kizer added 17 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 19 Kentucky 80, Vanderbilt 71 – Box Score
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Keyla Snowden had 22 points, including four 3-pointers, to help No. 19 Kentucky win at Vanderbilt for the first time in 25 years with an 80-71 victory on Sunday.
Bernisha Pinkett added 14 points, and A'dia Mathies and Jennifer O'Neill chipped in with 13 points each for the Wildcats (20-7, 9-5 Southeastern Conference), who moved into third place in the SEC.
Victoria Dunlap, held scoreless the first half, finished with 10.
Freshman Christina Foggie scored a career-high points 23 points and Tiffany Clarke had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Vanderbilt (18-9, 9-5).