Georgia Tech jolts No. 13 UNC
Top 25: Ohio State and Auburn both knock off ranked teams
Georgia Tech 64, No. 13 North Carolina 57 -- Box Score
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Alex Montgomery scored 15 of her 22 points in the first half and Georgia Tech handed the reeling Tar Heels their third consecutive loss.
Sasha Goodlett scored all 13 of her points in the second half, including a putback with 6:45 left that gave the Yellow Jackets a 51-44 lead.
Italee Lucas and Chay Shegog had 13 points apiece for North Carolina (22-6, 8-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), which committed 22 turnovers.
Georgia Tech (21-8, 9-4) remained in fourth in the conference standings with one regular-season game left. The top four teams earn first-round byes in the ACC tournament.
No. 4 Tennessee 66, Mississippi 39 -- Box Score
OXFORD, Miss. -- No. 4 Tennessee was awarded a 66-39 victory at Mississippi when strong storms sent water spilling onto the floor with 5:24 left in Thursday night’s game.
Players were running downcourt on a fast break when Mississippi’s Kenyotta Jenkins crashed to the floor in the middle of the water and play was halted. The delay lasted about 20 minutes before the game was canceled.
Brian Russell, an assistant director of event operations at Ole Miss, said high winds during the storms caused rain to fly sideways through air vents in the roof.
Russell said the game officials called to get approval from the Southeastern Conference before calling the game.
The Lady Vols (27-2, 15-0) jumped to a 31-7 lead in the first 12 minutes and need one more victory to complete an undefeated conference season for the first time since 2007 and the ninth time overall in the history of the program.
Glory Johnson led the Lady Vols with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting.
Valencia McFarland had 14 points for the Rebels (10-17, 3-12), who have lost six in a row.
No. 9 Duke 71, Virginia 48 -- Box Score
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Jasmine Thomas had 18 points, five rebounds and five assists, leading Duke to the victory.
The Blue Devils (25-3, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) held Virginia without a field goal for almost 16 minutes in the first half. The Cavaliers (15-14, 4-9) shot 20 percent (13 for 65) from the field for the game.
Tricia Liston made four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points for Duke, which committed 23 turnovers but outrebounded Virginia 55-37.
The Cavaliers opened the second half with a 12-3 surge to close to 37-28, but never got any closer.
Ataira Franklin led Virginia with 15 points and Ariana Moorer had 14.
Ohio State 54, No. 10 Michigan State 53 -- Box Score
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Jantel Lavender scored 24 points, and Ohio State spoiled Michigan State’s Big Ten title celebration.
Lavender’s free throw with 1:50 remaining was the game’s final point. Michigan State’s last chance came after a shot clock violation with 10.5 seconds remaining, but Jasmine Thomas missed from about 18 feet under heavy pressure from Ohio State’s Amber Stokes.
Michigan State (24-4, 12-3) already had clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title, but the Spartans couldn’t celebrate an outright championship until shortly after the game—when Penn State lost to Purdue.
Ohio State (18-9, 9-6) had won at least a share of the last six regular-season Big Ten titles. The Buckeyes won’t extend that streak, but they’ve now won five games in a row.
No. 12 Miami 84, No. 14 Florida State 68 -- Box Score
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Shenise Johnson had 25 points and Miami put Florida State away with an 18-0 run late in the second half.
Morgan Stroman scored 19 points and Riquna Williams finished with 18 as the Hurricanes won their 24th consecutive home game and avenged a 66-59 loss at Florida State on Jan. 24.
The Hurricanes (25-3, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) put together a 14-4 run to erase a 56-50 deficit. Sylvia Bullock capped the surge with a driving basket with 5:02 remaining.
Courtney Ward’s two free throws cut Miami’s lead to two with 4:02 left but the Hurricanes responded with an 18 consecutive points.
Ward led Florida State (22-6, 10-3) with 19 points.
No. 15 Maryland 61, Virginia Tech 48 -- Box Score
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Alyssa Thomas scored 15 points, Lynetta Kizer had 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Maryland used a late surge to beat lowly Virginia Tech.
The Terrapins were tied with the last-place team in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 12 minutes remaining before Thomas and Laurin Mincy fueled a pivotal 21-7 run. Mincy scored 12 points, all on long-range jumpers.
Maryland (22-6, 8-5) has won six straight against Virginia Tech (11-17, 1-12) since 2005.
Brittany Gordon had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Shanel Harrison scored 11 for the Hokies.
No. 17 Wisconsin-Green Bay 75, Valparaiso 48 -- Box Score
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Celeste Hoewisch and Lydia Bauer had 13 points apiece, and Wisconsin-Green Bay wrapped up another outright Horizon League championship.
Green Bay (26-1, 15-0) has won outright or shared the conference’s regular-season crown for 13 consecutive years, the longest streak in the nation.
Julie Wojta had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Phoenix, recording her eighth double-double of the season.
Green Bay had nine of its season-high 12 3-pointers in the first half and led 45-19 at the break.
Reserve Stefanie Lange had 11 points for Valparaiso (7-21, 4-12). Tabitha Gerardot finished with 10.
No. 20 Kentucky 55, Arkansas 54 -- Box Score
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A’dia Mathies made a layup with 4.4 seconds left to give Kentucky the win.
Mathies held the ball at the top of the key during Kentucky’s final possession. She drove and hit a contested shot from the left side to give the Wildcats their first lead in over 12 minutes.
C’eira Ricketts got off one last shot for Arkansas from about 35 feet but missed it to the right.
Mathies finished with 17 points and nine rebounds for Kentucky (21-7, 10-5 Southeastern Conference).
Ricketts had 17 points for Arkansas (18-9, 6-9).
Auburn 63, No. 22 Georgia 58 -- Box Score
ATHENS, Ga. -- Alli Smalley scored 22 points, including a tiebreaking three-point play, and Auburn snapped a two-game slide.
Smalley, who had 16 points in the second half, matched her season high to help the Tigers stop Georgia from clinching a first-round bye in the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Morgan Jennings and Blanche Alverson each had 10 points for Auburn (15-13, 8-7). Smalley added four steals and five assists.
Freshman Khaalidah Miller made six 3-pointers and finished with 20 points for Georgia (20-8, 10-5).
Smalley’s three-point play gave the Tigers a 61-58 lead with 1:17 remaining.
No. 23 Gonzaga 106, St. Mary's (Calif.) 66 -- Box Score
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga reached triple-digits for the seventh time this season and for the second-consecutive game as it defeated Saint Mary's College 106-66 on Thursday.
The Bulldogs improved to 25-4 overall with the victory and 13-0 in West Coast Conference play, while the Gaels, in second place in the league standings, dropped to 17-11 overall and 9-4 in conference.
Four of the five Bulldogs starters closed out the game in double-digits and were led by senior Janelle Bekkering and classmate Courtney Vandersloot.
Bekkering scored 22 points, hitting 10-of-15 from the field, for her third 20-plus point outing of the year.