Big first-half run enables Miami (Fla.) to hold off sixth-ranked North Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Adrienne Motley scored a career-high 27 points as Miami (Fla.) upset No. 6 North Carolina 83-80 on Sunday.
Keyona Hayes added 14 points, including a crucial second-chance layup with a minute to go, for the Hurricanes (12-10, 4-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Xylina McDaniel and Diamond DeShields had 18 points each for the Tar Heels (17-5, 5-3), who fell behind by 19 in the first half after a 22-4 run by Miami. UNC managed just one field goal in seven minutes during that stretch.
While the Hurricanes allowed UNC to go on a 15-2 run to close the first half and briefly fell behind early in the second, their 57 percent shooting ensured the win.
North Carolina honored its 1994 national championship team at halftime to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the program's only title. Head coach Sylvia Hatchell, who has missed the entire season while being treated for leukemia, joined her team for the ceremony.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Kayla McBride had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 2 Notre Dame remained unbeaten by routing No. 3 Duke 88-67 on Sunday, the Blue Devils' first ACC loss at home since 2008.
Jewell Loyd scored 17 points and Lindsay Allen and Natalie Achonwa had 15 apiece for the Fighting Irish (21-0, 8-0), who made it look easy in their first visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium as ACC members.
They never trailed, shot nearly 62 percent, held Duke to 39 percent shooting and turned the realigned conference's anticipated game of the year into yet another blowout.
They claimed sole possession of first place by bringing a decisive end to the Blue Devils' 42-game winning streak in home conference games.
Tricia Liston scored 23 points and single-handedly prevented Duke (21-2, 8-1) from being blown out by halftime.
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Chiney Ogwumike had 29 points, eight rebounds and four assists and No. 4 Stanford ran its winning streak to 20 games by beating 21st-ranked Cal 79-64 on Sunday.
Amber Orrange added 13 points for the Cardinal (21-1, 10-0 Pac-12), whose only loss came Nov. 11 at No. 1 Connecticut. Stanford is on pace for a 14th consecutive conference regular-season crown.
Brittany Boyd, coming off a 25-point performance in Thursday's first meeting, had 20 points, six rebounds and six assists for California (14-7, 6-4) and Mikayla Lyles added a career-high points while making her second career start after debuting in the starting five Thursday.
The sweep of Cal keeps Stanford well ahead in the Pac-12 standings. These teams shared the Pac-12 regular-season crown last season by each winning on the other's home floor, with the Golden Bears later advancing to their first Final Four berth in program history.
Ogwumike shot 10-for-16 and made 9 of 12 free throws
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Tia Gibbs had 19 points, hitting five 3-pointers, to help No. 5 Louisville win its 15th consecutive game with a 79-59 victory against South Florida on Sunday.
Shoni Schimmel added 14 points for the Cardinals (22-1, 10-0 American Athletic Conference), who matched the longest winning streak in school history set in 2006-07.
Courtney Williams led USF (11-10, 6-4) with 17 points. Akila McDonald had 11 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.
After missing her first six shot attempts, Schimmel made a short jumper to put Louisville 22-16 with 7:53 left in the first half.
USF fell behind by 10 but rallied as Inga Orekhova sank a 3-pointer to make it to 32-28 with 4:28 left.
Schimmel and Antonita Slaughter responded with back-to-back 3-pointers, and Louisville closed out the first half on a 13-0 run to lead 45-28 at halftime.
USF got no closer than 13 the rest of the way.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Tiffany Mitchell scored 20 points and No. 7 South Carolina reached 20 victories for the third consecutive season with a 78-62 win against Missouri on Sunday.
The Gamecocks (20-2, 8-1 Southeastern Conference) won their fourth consecutive game and moved into first place as the only one-loss SEC team after No. 16 Vanderbilt defeated 17th-ranked Texas A&M earlier in the day. South Carolina and the Aggies had been tied for the top.
Missouri (14-8, 3-6) cut a 23-point halftime deficit to 73-60 in the final two minutes. But South Carolina proved too tall, too strong and too fast to overcome.
The Gamecocks 6-foot-4 forwards in Alaina Coates and Elem Ibiam combined for 23 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks. And the strong performance all took place with the nation's top recruit, Columbia's A'ja Wilson, watching with her family behind the bench.
Bri Kulas has 21 points to lead the Tigers.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Freshman guard Lexie Brown scored a season-high 31 points, going 7 of 8 from beyond the arc, and No. 8 Maryland beat Syracuse 89-64 on Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak.
The Orange (16-6, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) dropped to 0-4 all-time against Maryland (17-4, 5-3), including a 77-62 loss two weeks ago.
The Terrapins were coming off two setbacks in a four-day span, an 87-83 home loss to No. 2 Notre Dame on Monday night and a 72-63 defeat at No. 18 NC State on Thursday night.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Cierra Burdick hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 7:29 left in the second half to give Tennessee its first lead since a minute and a half into the game. Shortly following that 3 was another by teammate Meighan Simmons to give the Lady Vols a 45-39 lead.
The Lady Vols went on to win 64-54 against Alabama on Sunday night. Despite trailing 26-18 at halftime, Tennessee (18-4, 7-2 Southeastern Conference) was able to outscore the Crimson Tide 46-28 in the second half.
Simmons and Isabelle Harrison each added 11 points for Tennessee. Burdick and Harrison also had 11 rebounds each for a double-double. It was Burdick's third double-double of the season and a career-high scoring night for her.
Daisha Simmons led Alabama (10-12, 3-6 SEC) with 18 points, and Shafontaye Myers added 11. The Tide came out strong to start the game and led by as many as 15, but went on a scoring drought with 5:13 left to let Tennessee back into the game.
CHICAGO -- Maggie Lucas scored 19 points Sunday and Ariel Edwards added 15 as No. 12 Penn State held off Northwestern 79-75.
Dara Taylor, Peyton Whitted and Talia East each scored 11 for the Lady Lions (17-4, 8-1 Big Ten).
Maggie Lyon's 3-pointer with 58 seconds to play pulled Northwestern to within 74-73. Lauren Douglas fouled Edwards with 43 seconds to go and Edwards made both for a 76-73 Penn State lead. Ashley Deary and Alex Cohen each made a free throw for Northwestern, but Kaliyah Mitchell sealed the Penn State win with two free throws with 2 seconds left.
Northwestern led 11-8 on a trey by Cohen, but East's layup put Penn State up 12-11 and they led 44-31 at halftime.
Lyon led Northwestern (14-8, 4-5) with 26, Cohen had 18, Douglas 15 and Christen Inman 11.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Bria Goss scored 11 points, including two clutch free throws with 10.8 seconds remaining, to lift No. 13 Kentucky to a 63-56 win versus 14th-ranked LSU Sunday at Memorial Coliseum.
The Wildcats (17-5, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) rebounded from Thursday's 58-56 setback at Georgia and ended the Lady Tigers' three-game winning streak. The Wildcats had lost two of their previous three games.
Kentucky led 48-33 with 11:22 remaining but LSU fought back down the stretch, narrowing the deficit to 60-56 with 17 seconds remaining. The Wildcats made 3 of 4 free throws in the closing seconds to seal the win.
A steal by Goss on an inbounds play resulted in her game-clinching free throws. Kentucky made eight 3-pointers, including two by Jennifer O'Neill.
O'Neill followed Goss with 10 points, scoring eight in the first half.
Raigyne Moncrief scored 14 points in the second half and led LSU (17-5, 6-3) with 19 points. Theresa Plaisance added 13 for the Lady Tigers, who committed 18 turnovers.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Joy Burke had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Promise Amukamara scored 21 as No. 15 Arizona State held off Oregon 97-94 on Sunday.
Burke and Amukamara scored all of the Sun Devils' points in an 8-2 run to go ahead 91-85 with 1:14 left and they finished with five of Arizona State's final six points.
Oregon closed to within 94-92 on Danielle Love's free throws with 15 seconds left. The Ducks sent Elisha Davis to the line where she made the first and missed the second. Amukamara grabbed the offensive rebound and made two more free throws to put the Sun Devils up 97-92.
Katie Hempen added 16 points, Elisha Davis scored 11 and Deja Mann had 10 assists for Arizona State (19-3, 8-2) which stays alone in second in the Pac-12.
Freshman Chrishae Rowe scored 39 points to lead the Ducks (12-9, 3-7) but committed eight turnovers.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Morgan Batey made two free throws with 2.2 seconds to go to lift No. 16 Vanderbilt to a 71-69 victory Sunday against No. 17 Texas A&M.
Batey drove from the right wing to draw the foul on A&M's Tori Scott for the game-winning free throws.
Karla Gilbert had just pulled Texas A&M even on a three-point play with 10.2 seconds left. The Aggies had previously pulled to within one point three times in the final 2:25.
Batey finished with 17 points and scored nine of Vanderbilt's last 11 points. Christina Foggie added 14 points and Jasmine Lister had 11 for the Commodores (17-5, 6-3 SEC).
Gilbert had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Aggies (17-6, 7-2), and Tavarsha Scott-Williams scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Texas A&M took its first lead at 40-39 on Gilbert's layup with 12:38 left and played back-and-forth the rest of the way.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Aerial Powers had 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists to lead Michigan State past No. 19 Purdue 89-73 on Sunday.
The Spartans (15-7, 7-2 Big Ten) opened the second half on a 28-13 run to lead 67-51 with 9:24 left and led by double digits from there.
Purdue's KK Houser was leading all scorers with 17 points when she left the game with 5:12 left due to a leg injury. She elevated for a jump shot, came down holding her knee and had to be helped off the court. Houser missed the 2010-11 season with a torn ACL.
Jasmine Hines had 16 points, Klarissa Bell added 15 and Tori Jankoska scored 14 for MSU which remained alone in second place in the Big Ten with the win.
Whitney Bays led the Boilermakers (15-7, 5-5) with 22 points and six rebounds and April Wilson added 13 points.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Chelsea Douglas made five 3-pointers en route to 32 points as Wake Forest beat No. 23 Florida State for the third consecutive time, 78-54 on Sunday.
Dearica Hamby battled through foul trouble to finish with her 18th double-double, 22 points and 10 rebounds, of the season. The school record is 20 double-doubles in a season.
Freshman Jill Brunori grabbed 15 rebounds for Wake Forest (12-10, 3-6 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Demon Deacons made 50 percent of their shots.
Natasha Howard had 22 points, six rebounds and five blocks for Florida State (15-6, 3-5).
Douglas' 3-pointers capped a 21-4 Wake Forest run to start the game and her team led 49-27 at halftime. The Demon Deacons shot 51.6 percent from the floor in the half, including 5 of 11 from long range. Douglas and Hamby both reached double figures in the opening 20 minutes, 19 and 12 respectively.