No. 23 Syracuse pulls past Temple late 82-76

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Brittney Sykes scored 11 of her 20 points in the second half as No. 23 Syracuse pulled away from stubborn Temple 82-76 on Monday night.

The Owls (5-3) had pulled to within 68-66 when Meghan Roxas hit a 3-pointer with 2:46 left. Sykes answered for Syracuse (9-1) with a three-point play and a layup. In between, Rachel Coffey hit a 3-pointer and the Orange lead was back to 10, 77-67, with little more than a minute to go.

Shakeya Leary led Syracuse with 24 points, Brianna Butler 13, and Coffey 11.

Syracuse led by 11 at halftime but hit a five-minute dry spell afterward. Feyonda Fitzgerald scored eight of her career-high 28 points in a Temple 16-4 run, including two 3-pointers, to come within 49-48. For the next five minutes the teams traded the lead four times.

Natasha Thames added 12 points and 13 rebounds, Erica Coville 12 points for Temple.

No. 14 North Carolina women top New Orleans 124-41

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Allisha Gray and Diamond DeShields scored 20 apiece, as No. 14 North Carolina hit the century mark for the second consecutive game, in a 124-41 victory against New Orleans on Monday night.

Coming off a 51-point win against Charleston Southern on Saturday, North Carolina (9-2) set a school record by scoring 124 points. The previous record was 121, set in 1985. They are North Carolina's first back-to-back 100-point games since the 2009-10 season.

The Tar Heels scored their 17th point before Dannisha Jackson got New Orleans on the board at the 14:17 mark. North Carolina led 30-2 at the 11:27 mark and pushed it to 72-18 at halftime.

New Orleans (0-9) also gave up 100-plus points earlier this season in a 111-38 loss to Mississippi State on Nov. 17.

Octavia Wilson led New Orleans with 21 points, as the Privateers made just 27.8 percent of its shots.

No. 24 Florida State women beat North Florida 61-42

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Ivey Slaughter scored a career-high 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead No. 24 Florida State past North Florida 61-42 on Monday night.

FSU (9-1) held North Florida without a field goal for more than five minutes to start the game and jumped out to an 11-0 lead.

The Seminoles forced 14 North Florida turnovers in the first half while limiting the Ospreys to 27.3 percent shooting from the field and took a 28-17 lead into the break.

Morgan Jones converted a three-point play and hit a 3-point shot during a 13-1 run early in the second half as FSU extended its lead to 21 with 13:05 to play. North Florida (2-7) wouldn't get closer than 16 the rest of the way.

Natasha Howard scored 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting from the field.

Bailey Florin and Amber Robinson scored 10 points apiece to pace the Ospreys.

25th-ranked Gonzaga defeats UC Riverside 87-43

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Sonja Greinacher tied a career high with 21 points and Lindsay Sherbert 19 as 25th-ranked Gonzaga defeated UC Riverside 87-43 on Monday night.

Greinacher reached double-figure scoring for a sixth consecutive game, and Sherbert hit a career-high five 3-pointers, all after halftime, for the Bulldogs (9-2), who remain unbeaten in seven home games this season.

Gonzaga forced 25 turnovers - 19 on steals - and hit half its field goals, 36 of 72. Haiden Palmer had nine steals to go with nine points, and Jazmine Redmon had four steals.

Gonzaga led 36-30 after a close first half, but Palmer and Greinacher combined for the first 11 points of the second half, building a 47-34 lead.

Brittany Crain, with 11 points for the Highlanders (4-5), kept her double-figure scoring streak alive at 19 games, tying the school's DI record for most games in double-digits. Riverside was held to 34-percent shooting.