Lady Vols remain undefeated with win against Tennessee State
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Bashaara Graves scored 17 points to lead five Lady Vols in double figures and No. 3 Tennessee trounced Tennessee State 94-43 Tuesday night to continue its fastest start since its 2007-08 national championship season.
The Lady Vols (10-0) have won each of their games by at least nine points. Tennessee also started 10-0 in 2007-08.
Tennessee will put its perfect record to the test Saturday at No. 6 Stanford. The Lady Vols' only previous game against a top 25 opponent was an 81-65 victory Nov. 11 at No. 14 North Carolina, ranked 12th at the time.
Graves made all six of her shots from the floor and was 5 of 6 from the free-throw line. Meighan Simmons added 13 points. Cierra Burdick, Isabelle Harrison and Mercedes Russell had 12 points apiece.
Rachel Allen scored 12 points for Tennessee State (3-8).
DURHAM, N.C. -- Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 21 points on a career-high seven 3-pointers, and No. 1 Connecticut beat second-ranked Duke 83-61 on Tuesday night.
Breanna Stewart had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies (11-0).
UConn shot 49 percent, held the Blue Devils without a field goal for a critical eitght-minute stretch while pushing its lead well into the 20s and turned the 52nd meeting of Nos. 1 and 2 into the latest blowout in this series.
Stefanie Dolson had 14 points and Bria Hartley finished with 13 for UConn, which won its seventh consecutive against Duke. The previous six were decided by average of nearly 30 points.
Chelsea Gray had 13 points and Haley Peters finished with 11 for Duke (10-1), which had its 24-game winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium snapped - a run that dated to UConn's previous visit in 2011.
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Shoni Schimmel had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Sara Hammond scored 11 of her 13 points in the first five minutes as No. 7 Louisville overwhelmed Ball State 105-67 on Tuesday night.
The Cardinals (11-1) have won four in a row and tied the school's single-season record for games with 90 or more points. Louisville already has done that eight times this season, matching its 1990-91 total. It also has topped 100 points four times.
Jill Morrison had 17 points and Nathalie Fontaine finished with 14 to lead Ball State (3-6), which has lost two consecutive. Ball State was trying to upset its first ranked opponent since a stunning win against Tennessee in the 2009 NCAA tournament.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Raigyne Moncrief scored 11 points as LSU proved too much for Florida Gulf Coast in a 69-46 win on Tuesday night.
Jasmine Rhodes added 10 for the Lady Tigers (9-1) as they dominated from the free throw line, making good on 21 of 25 (84 percent) while the Eagles went 0-for-4 from the line.
Florida Gulf Coast (5-4) was led by Sarah Hansen with 15 points on 6 of 7 shooting - including 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. FGCU had eight players make at least one 3-pointer.
Both teams started slowly, with the score tied at eight with 9:27 left in the first half. LSU then outscored FGCU 27-8 and scored the final 15 points of the first half to stretch the lead to 19 (35-16) at intermission.
Florida Gulf Coast was more competitive in the second half, as LSU only outscored the Eagles 34-30 after the break.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Shacobia Barbee scored 16 points, pulled down eight rebounds and dished four assists to lead No. 16 Georgia to a dominating 81-46 win against Lipscomb on Tuesday night.
Georgia (11-0) closed the first half on a 16-2 run to open a 39-23 lead at the break. Barbee scored eight points during that stretch.
The Lady Bulldogs rolled their momentum right through halftime, extending the lead to 55-25 by the 13:18 mark. The lead got as high as 44 points as Lipscomb searched for any way to stop the Lady Bulldogs.
Merritt Hempe scored 15 points while Tiaria Griffin added 12 to go with her nine rebounds and four assists. Georgia outrebounded Lipscomb 54-31.
The Bisons (2-6) struggled mightily, shooting 26.3 percent from the field. Danay Fothergill lead the team with 15 points, but she shot 4 of 23 from the field, including 2 of 11 from long range.