No. 4 Tennessee downs Kentucky
Top 25: No. 19 Florida State edges Virginia
The Associated Press
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Shekinna Stricklen scored 20 points and Tennessee overcame major turnover trouble to beat Kentucky 73-67 on Monday night.
The Lady Vols (22-2, 10-0 Southeastern Conference) won their 13th in a row despite turning it over 24 times in the face of the Wildcats’ relentless pressure.
Meighan Simmons added 15 points for Tennessee, including the clinching free throws with 14.5 seconds left.
Victoria Dunlap led Kentucky (18-5, 7-3) with 20 points and A’dia Mathies added 18 points, but the undersized Wildcats were no match inside for the bigger Lady Vols once Tennessee gained its composure late in the second half.
Kentucky took a 59-58 lead with 6:10 remaining but Tennessee went on an 8-2 run fueled by a pair of baskets from Kamiko Williams and held on.
No. 13 North Carolina 62, No. 5 Duke 60 -- Box Score
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Waltiea Rolle had the go-ahead three-point play with 3:20 left and blocked Chelsea Gray’s shot on the final play to help No. 13 North Carolina beat No. 5 Duke.
Italee Lucas scored 17 points to lead the Tar Heels (21-3, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who fought through a tough and often ugly rivalry game before holding on to win in a thrilling finish.
Gray had a season-high 20 points to lead the Blue Devils (21-2, 7-1) and had a chance to tie the game after rebounding a missed jumper from Tierra Ruffin-Pratt with about 6 seconds left. She raced upcourt and tried to force up a driving layup, but the 6-foot-6 Rolle was waiting to block it away.
The horn sounded a split second later, leaving a dejected Gray sitting on the baseline while Rolle and the Tar Heels began their oncourt celebration.
No. 19 Florida State 78, Virginia 74 -- Box Score
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Cierra Bravard scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Florida State withstood a furious rally to beat Virginia.
The Seminoles (19-5, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), coming off a nine-point home loss against No. 13 North Carolina, led 39-32 at halftime and used a 14-4 burst to open the second half to seemingly take command until Virginia made a frenetic push to make it close.
Virginia (13-12, 2-7) used a 21-7 run to close to within 74-72 on Ariana Moorer’s layup with 47 seconds left, then stole the inbounds pass, but Paulish Kellam was called for traveling while driving to the basket and Natasha Howard scored at the other end.
After another basket by Virginia’s Ataira Frankling with 5 seconds left against made it a two-point game, Bravard hit a pair of free throws with 3.9 seconds to play to clinch it.
Franklin led Virginia with 16 points and China Crosby had 14.