Eighth-ranked Maryland keeps Drexel at bay in 69-63 victory
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Alyssa Thomas scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help No. 8 Maryland outlast Drexel 69-63 on Monday night.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 10 of her 12 points for Maryland (5-1) after halftime to help the Terrapins survive an exceptional second-half effort from the Dragons (2-3).
Brene Moseley added five of her eight points in the final two minutes to help the Terps assure itself of a three-game win streak ahead of a weekend trip to Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout.
The Terps' only loss this season came to top-ranked Connecticut at home on Nov. 15.
Alexis Smith scored 19 points and Sarah Curran added 16 points for Drexel (2-3), both career highs for the pair of freshmen.
The Dragons hit seven of 12 3-pointers in the second half to claw back into the game, but fell to consecutive losses for the first time in their first game against a ranked opponent this year.
LOS ANGELES -- Tiffany Mitchell scored a career-high 22 points and Aleighsa Welch had 14 points as No.17 South Carolina beat Southern California 70-50 on Monday night.
The Gamecocks (7-0) opened the second half on an 11-2 run capped by a pair of Mitchell free throws. Mitchell completed a three-point play on a leaner in the paint for a 59-41 lead. She went 10-for-13 from the free throw line.
Welch scored 10 points in the second half and South Carolina went 13-for-20 in the final 20 minutes.
Ariya Crook led the Trojans (3-2) with 16 points and Cassie Harberts scored 14 points. South Carolina forced USC into 3-for-12 shooting with six turnovers and seven fouls to start the second half.
USC committed a season-high 22 turnovers and has 40 in the past two games, both against ranked opponents.
South Carolina took a 30-24 lead into halftime.