Tricia Liston, Duke feast on Xavier 81-54 in first game of Paradise Jam
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands -- Once Duke got its inside and outside game going, the second-ranked Blue Devils were going to be tough to beat.
Tricia Liston scored 22 points and Elizabeth Williams added 18 to help No. 2 Duke rout Xavier 81-54 at the Paradise Jam on Thursday.
Williams also had eight rebounds and four blocks for the Blue Devils (6-0).
Chelsea Gray had eight points, nine assists and nine rebounds for Duke, which shot a season-high 60 percent from the field and had 10 blocks.
Duke was up by three 7 1/2 minutes in before scoring 20 of the final 29 points of the half to take a 40-26 lead at the break. Liston had nine points during the burst. Liston has gone for more than 20 points in three of Duke's games this season.
Xavier could get no closer than 13 in the second half. Jenna Crittendon scored 16 points to lead the Musketeers (2-3).
FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Meighan Simmons scored 31 points, including eight 3-pointers, to lead No. 3 Tennessee to a 76-67 win against Virginia on Thursday in the opening game of the Junkanoo Jam.
Simmons, who hadn't scored more than 14 points in a game this season, finished two short of her career high.
Tennessee (6-0) got off to another slow start and trailed by four at the half before the Lady Vols took control. They scored the first six points in the second half and led by as many as 12. The Cavaliers cut it to 72-67 with 1:23 left but could get no closer.
Ataira Franklin scored 19 of her 25 points in the first half to lead Virginia (3-3).
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- Chiney Ogwumike had 29 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 6 Stanford to an 80-60 win against South Dakota State on Thursday.
Mikaela Ruef had 12 rebounds and seven assists while Amber Orrange added 13 points and five steals for the Cardinal (7-1), who won all three games of the round-robin tournament. Stanford raced out to a 40-19 halftime lead and never looked back.
The win was the 901st of coach Tara VanDerveer's career. She became the fifth women's coach to reach 900 victories on Wednesday with the Cardinal's win against Florida Gulf Coast.
Megan Waytashek scored 13 points to lead South Dakota State (4-3).
CANCUN, Mexico -- Freshman Diamond DeShields scored a career-high 24 points as No. 11 North Carolina easily beat Arkansas State 93-60 on Thursday.
The Tar Heels (5-1) entered the game ranked second in the nation in field-goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to only 27.8 percent shooting in its first five games.
It was much of the same against Arkansas State (4-2), which shot 25.7 percent (18 of 70) for the game.
North Carolina shot 62.1 percent in the first half, held Arkansas State to 5 of 32 shooting and led 50-21 at halftime. DeShields had 14 at the break and Xylina McDaniel made both of her 3-point attempts, adding 10. Stephanie Mavunga had three blocks in the first half.
DeShields was one of five players in double-figures for North Carolina. McDaniel had 16, Allisha Gray 12, Danielle Butts 11, and Jessica Washington added 10.
Jalen O'Bannon led the way for Arkansas State with 15 points.
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Tori Scott scored a career-high 19 and Karla Gilbert added 18 points and 14 rebounds as unbeaten 12th-ranked Texas A&M defeated Memphis 69-59 in the Paradise Jam tournament on Thursday night.
The career nights - Gilbert's double-double was her first - came as Memphis (3-3) refused to go quietly. Mooriah Rowser scored 21 for the Tigers and Ariel Hearn scored 19 on 5-of-8 3-pointers. Rowser hit a pair of buckets and Hearn a 3-pointer as the Tigers cut a six-point halftime gap to 37-36 in about two minutes.
Scott scored a pair as the Aggies answered with a 12-2 run. Memphis came back once more as Hearn hit a pair of 3-pointers and Asianna Fuqua-Bey added a layup as Memphis closed to 55-50 at 7:30.
Scott scored back-to-back layups and Achiri Ade added two free throws as the Aggies (4-0) went on a 6-0 run over the next three minutes.
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- Courtney Moses scored four second-half 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 22 points to lead No. 16 Purdue over TCU 75-68 at the Hardwood Tournament of Hope on Thursday night.
Purdue (5-1) bounced back from its first loss off the season, an 86-69 loss to Stanford Tuesday in the opener of the tourney. Natalie Ventress led TCU (4-3) with 14 points.