Iowa holds off No. 10 Michigan State
Top 25: Gamecocks upset No. 20 Bulldogs
The Associated Press
No. 4 Stanford 91, Oregon 56 -- Box Score
EUGENE, Ore. -- Chiney Ogwumike had 18 points and 12 rebounds, Kayla Pedersen had 11 points and 14 rebounds and No. 4 Stanford handed Oregon its most lopsided loss of the season in a 91-56 victory Thursday.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Sarah Boothe were each just two rebounds away from giving the Cardinal (17-2, 8-0 Pac-10) four players with double doubles as both had 16 points and eight rebounds. Jeanette Pohlen also scored 17.
Stanford handled Oregon inside. It outrebounded the Ducks 68-32, scored 52 points in the paint and had 24 points off 25 offensive rebounds.
The win was the 11th consecutive for Stanford since losing in overtime to Tennessee on Dec. 19.
No. 5 Tennessee 81, Mississippi State 55 -- Box Score
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Glory Johnson scored a career-high 22 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and dished out seven assists as No. 5 Tennessee overcame first-half struggles to beat Mississippi State 81-55 on Thursday night.
The Lady Bulldogs have never beaten the Lady Volunteers (20-2, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) in 32 tries but held a 37-35 lead at halftime after shooting 46.9 percent from the field, including 7 of 12 from 3-point range. They entered the game averaging just 37 percent from the field and 28 percent from beyond the arc.
Meighan Simmons hit a 3 just 10 seconds after halftime for Tennessee, which pulled away after scoring 18 unanswered points to open the second half.
No. 18 Iowa 66, No. 10 Michigan State 64 -- Box Score
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michigan State’s Lykendra Johnson missed a putback at the buzzer and Iowa held off the Spartans to move back to .500 in the Big Ten.
Kachine Alexander had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Hawkeyes (16-5, 4-4 Big Ten), who withstood a frantic finish and picked up a win they needed to stay afloat in the conference race.
Michigan State got the ball with 9 seconds left down by two. Kalisha Keane, whose 3-pointer beat the Hawkeyes in East Lansing two weeks ago, missed one from nearly the same spot. Johnson then missed a short jumper, and her final shot went off the glass and rimmed out as the horn sounded.
Brittney Thomas had 17 points and Keane had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Michigan State (18-3, 6-2). All three of the Spartans’ losses have come on the road against ranked teams.
No. 16 Miami 84, North Carolina State 77 -- Box Score
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP)—Riquna Williams scored 27 points to lead Miami past North Carolina State.
The Wolfpack rallied from a 79-66 deficit with an 11-2 run late in the second half. Amber White’s jumper with 55 seconds left capped the spurt and pulled North Carolina State within 81-77.
Stefanie Yderstrom’s free throw with 22 seconds left increased Miami’s lead to 82-77 and Shenise Johnson’s two free throws with 10 seconds remaining clinched the 20th consecutive home win for the Hurricanes (19-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Johnson finished with 19 points and Morgan Stroman scored 18 as the Hurricanes rebounded from their first conference loss Monday night at Florida State.
Bonae Holston led North Carolina State (9-11, 1-5) with 22 points. The Wolfpack have lost four straight.
No. 17 Kentucky 74, Mississippi 68 -- Box Score
OXFORD, Miss. -- Victoria Dunlap had 18 points and No. 17 Kentucky turned to its full-court press to rally past Mississippi 74-68 on Thursday night.
The Wildcats scored 21 points off 18 second-half turnovers en route to the comeback victory.
Jennifer O'Neill added 10 points for Kentucky (16-4, 5-2 Southeastern Conference), which took its first lead of the second half at the 6:45 mark on a 3-pointer by O'Neill and never relinquished the advantage.
Ole Miss (9-10, 2-5) had a 36-28 lead at halftime thanks in large part to 17 points from freshman Shae Nelson, who finished with a career-high 22 - surpassing her previous best of 21.
Valencia McFarland added 21 points for Mississippi, and Kayla Melson had 17.
South Carolina 57, No. 20 Georgia 48 -- Box Score
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Courtney Newton shot 5 of 5 on 3-pointers and finished with 16 points to help South Carolina snap Georgia’s seven-game winning streak.
Newton, a junior, has had three knee surgeries since joining the Gamecocks (12-9, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) and had scored only 13 points all season entering the game. But she was unstoppable from behind the arc against the Lady Bulldogs (16-4, 6-1).
Jasmine James had 15 points to lead Georgia, held to its lowest point total of the season.
No. 21 Florida State 102, Boston College 93 -- Box Score
BOSTON -- Cierra Bravard scored 11 of her 21 points in the final 6 1/2 minutes and Alexa Deluzio hit a pair of key 3-pointers, helping Florida State hold off Boston College.
Deluzio finished with 20 points and six assists for the Seminoles (17-4, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Courtney Ward had 20 points, 14 in the second half.
Stefanie Murphy scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Eagles (15-6, 2-4). Jaclyn Thoman had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Boston College leading scorer and rebounder Carolyn Swords, averaging 18 points and 8.9 boards, was held to four points and three rebounds before fouling out with 8 minutes left.
No. 22 Wisconsin-Green Bay 66, Butler 62 -- Box Score
INDIANAPOLIS -- Celeste Hoewisch scored 23 points, Julie Wojta added 20 and Wisconsin-Green Bay held off a second-half rally by Butler.
Kayla Tetschlag added 11 points for the Phoenix (19-1, 8-0 Horizon League), who went on a 13-0 run in the first half and led by as many as 17 points—twice.
The Bulldogs got as close as four five times in the second half, but Wisconsin-Green Bay used pressure defense and clutch free throw shooting to clinch its 10th consecutive victory.
Chloe Hamilton shot 11 of 11 from the field and scored 26 points to lead Butler (13-7, 7-1).
Michigan 69, No. 24 Ohio State 66 -- Box Score
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Rachel Sheffer scored five of her 23 points down the stretch and Michigan rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat rival Ohio State.
Sheffer made a basket and free throw to pull Michigan (13-7, 6-2 Big Ten) within 66-65.
After Ohio State’s Brittany Johnson missed a jumper, Sheffer made a pair of foul shots with 29.2 seconds left for the Wolverines’ first lead since midway through the first half.
Samantha Prahalis, who led Ohio State (13-7, 4-4) with 25 points, missed a shot but teammate Alison Jackson was fouled going for the rebound with 3.4 seconds left.
Jackson missed both free throws and Jenny Ryan was fouled by Prahalis. Ryan made both free throws and Johnson missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
No. 25 Georgia Tech 78, Virginia Tech 57 -- Box Score
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Tyaunna Marshall scored 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting to lead Georgia Tech over Virginia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets (18-5, 6-1), who entered tied for second in the ACC standings behind Duke, put the game away early in the second half with a 24-5 run. They took a 59-34 lead on Marshall’s 3-pointer with 12:36 remaining and led by as many as 32.
Virginia Tech (9-11, 0-6) has lost seven in a row.