Vanessa Panousis ties career high, Virginia Tech gets first win at UNC
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Vanessa Panousis tied a career high with 24 points as Virginia Tech won for the first time in Chapel Hill, upsetting No. 11 North Carolina 50-47 on Sunday.
Virginia Tech led the second half until North Carolina used a 13-1 run to take a 43-37 lead with 6:55 remaining. The Hokies answered with an 8-0 run, capped by Panousis' three points, to regain the lead at 46-43 with 1:56 to play.
UNC's Diamond DeShields was fouled on a 3-point attempt, yet made just two of three free throws to pull the Tar Heels within one. Panousis then made four consecutive free throws to give the Hokies a five-point lead with 6 seconds left.
Virginia Tech (13-14, 3-11 ACC) won for the first time in 10 tries at UNC.
Xylina McDaniel scored 13 points to lead cold-shooting North Carolina (21-7, 9-5), which shot 15 of 56 (26.8 percent) from the floor.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Kayla McBride scored 31 points and No. 2 Notre Dame jumped to an 18-point lead early and held on to beat seventh-ranked Duke 81-70 Sunday to claim the Atlantic Coast Conference title in its inaugural season in the league.
The Blue Devils scored six points in the final 7 seconds of the first half and eventually cut the lead to seven points three times in the second half, the final time when Kendall McCravey-Cooper hit a jumper to make it 66-59. But McBride answered with back-to-back baskets to spark an 8-0 run.
The Irish (27-0, 14-0 ACC) won their third consecutive regular-season league title, with the first two coming in the Big East. The Blue Devils (24-4, 11-3) saw their streak of four ACC regular-season titles in a row end.
Elizabeth Williams led Duke with 20 and Alexis Jones had 15 before leaving with an injured knee midway through the second half.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Asia Taylor had 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead No. 3 Louisville to a 73-58 win against 25th-ranked Rutgers on Sunday.
Sara Hammond added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinals (27-2, 15-1 American Athletic Conference), who tied a school record with 17 home wins this season set in 2006-07.
Tyler Scaife led Rutgers with 17 points. Betnijah Laney posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Louisville was held to 5 of 16 from the field through the first 9:30 of the game.
After falling behind 15-10 early, the Cardinals picked up their offensive tempo late in the first half and tied it at 17 on a pair of free throws by Taylor. Shoni Schimmel drilled a 3-pointer to extend Louisville's lead to 28-22. The Cardinals led 34-26 at halftime.
Kahleah Copper made a layup, was fouled and sank the free throw to bring Rutgers (20-6, 11-4) to 38-30. That's when Louisville took over.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Tiffany Mitchell scored 20 points, Alaina Coates added 16 points and 12 rebounds as No. 4 South Carolina won its ninth consecutive game with a 69-55 victory against Florida on Sunday.
The Gamecocks (25-2, 13-1 Southeastern Conference) matched their overall win totals of the past two seasons and won their record 13th game in SEC play. Not that this one came easily as South Carolina struggled with Florida's swarming defense throughout the contest.
The Gamecocks led by 16 points midway through the second period until Florida rallied with an 13-3 run that cut things to 49-43 with 5:19 left. But Mitchell followed with a open 3-pointer from the left corner before Aleighsa Welch and Coates had inside baskets to restore the double-digit lead.
Once more the Gators (17-10, 7-7) fought back to trim the lead to 58-51 and again Mitchell's jumper and foul shot put the Gamecocks ahead 61-51.
Bonds scored 20 points to lead Florida before fouling out in the final minute. Kayla Lewis, who also fouled out in the last seconds, had 15 for the Gators.
LOS ANGELES -- Chiney Ogwumike scored 26 points and had 15 rebounds to help No.5 Stanford beat UCLA 65-56 on Sunday.
Ogwumike also had five blocks and four steals while Mikaela Ruef had seven points and 11 rebounds as the Cardinal (26-2, 15-1) clinched its 14th consecutive Pac-12 regular-season title outright. It had already clinched the top seed for the Pac-12 tournament.
Stanford pulled away with a 14-4 run midway through the second half. Ogwumike completed a three-point play in heavy traffic in the paint and then got a steal and drove the length of the court for a layup to push the lead to 56-42.
Nirra Fields led the Bruins (12-16, 6-10) with 24 points and shot 5-for-6 from 3-point range. Thea Lemberger scored 14 points and Corinne Costa had eight points, 12 rebounds and four assists. UCLA leading scorer Atonye Nyingifa was held to seven points on 1-for-10 shooting in her final regular-season home game.
ATLANTA -- Alyssa Thomas had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Katie Rutan and Brionna Jones each added 15 points and No. 8 Maryland beat Georgia Tech 79-62 on Sunday.
The Terrapins (22-5, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed in winning their second consecutive game and sixth in the past seven.
Kaela Davis finished with 21 points as Georgia Tech lost its second in a row. The Yellow Jackets (17-10, 7-7 ACC) have dropped seven in a row to Maryland and 11 of the past 13 meetings.
After finishing the first half with nine points and seven rebounds, Thomas showed why she's been selected the ACC player of the year during the past two seasons.
In the first minute of the second half, she grabbed a defensive rebound, dribbled up the floor, made a long bounce pass to Rutan, who bounced the ball back to a cutting Thomas for a fast-break layup and an 11-point lead.
Thomas made it 41-29 on Maryland's next possession, driving the left side of the lane past two Georgia Tech defenders for an uncontested layup.
Maryland, the nation's fifth-best rebounding team, pulled down 49 boards The Terrapins outscored Georgia Tech 60-26 in the paint, 18-2 on fast breaks and had a 21-3 advantage in assists.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Meighan Simmons scored 20 points and Mercedes Russell grabbed 11 rebounds to help No. 10 Tennessee edge Missouri 56-50 on Sunday.
Simmons' steal and breakaway layup with 11:50 remaining capped a 22-5 run to give the Lady Vols (22-5, 11-3 SEC) a 43-27 lead, but Missouri clawed back to within 50-47 on Bri Kulas' layup with 1:22 left.
Tennessee's Isabelle Harrison then converted two free throws with 34.7 seconds to go and two more with 11.4 seconds left to end Missouri's chances. Kulas added a 3-pointer just before the buzzer.
Kulas finished with 22 points and Morgan Eye added 15 for the Tigers (16-11, 5-9), who only trailed by one point at halftime despite shooting 2 of 14 from 3-point range before the break.
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Tiffany Bias went the length of the court for the game-winning basket with 1.5 seconds left on Sunday as No. 12 Oklahoma State narrowly avoided an upset with a 63-62 win over Texas Tech.
Bias took the inbounds pass and raced down the court, but slowed down as she neared the right wing and shook free of her defender, Amber Battle, who flew by. Bias then went uncontested to the hoop for the layup.
Battle had just given Texas Tech a 62-61 lead on a three-point play with 7.1 seconds to go.
Bias led OSU (21-5, 10-5 Big 12) with 22 points and eight assists. Liz Donohoe scored 17 points and three 3-pointers, and LaShawn Jones added 12 points and nine rebounds.
Battle had 19 points and 10 rebounds as Texas Tech (6-20, 0-15) almost avoided its 16th consecutive loss. Ivonne Cook-Taylor added 14 points for the Lady Raiders.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Markeisha Gatling scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Kody Burke sank the game-winning 3-pointer, as No. 14 NC State slipped past Virginia with a 68-66 comeback win on Sunday.
NC State (23-5, 10-4 ACC) led most of the game but fell behind midway through the second half during a 17-2 run by Virginia that made it 61-52 with 6 minutes to play. The Wolf Pack closed the gap in the final 2 minutes on a Miah Spencer 3-pointer that tied the game at 61, setting up a back and forth battle for the lead before Burke's game-winner with 11 seconds left.
Spencer finished with 17 points and Len'Nique Brown had 12 for NC State, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Both losses were to ranked teams.
Ataira Franklin and Faith Randolph scored 15 points apiece for Virginia (13-14, 6-8), which has lost four of its past five games.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Jennifer O'Neill had 17 points and Linnae Harper scored 16 on Sunday to lead No. 15 Kentucky to its fifth 20-win season in a row in an 83-74 victory against No. 16 Texas A&M.
Kentucky (20-7, 8-6 SEC) led the entire second half but needed an 8-2 run at the end of the game to secure the win.
After the Aggies (21-7, 11-3) closed within 75-72 on Karla Gilbert's putback with 2:34 left, they missed their last five field goals while the Wildcats pulled away.
The loss drops A&M into a second-place tie with No. 10 Tennessee, and No. 4 South Carolina clinches at least a share of the SEC regular-season title.
Samarie Walker had 14 rebounds and DeNesha Stallworth had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Kentucky.
Courtney Walker tied her career high with 26 points and had 10 rebounds for A&M. Courtney Williams added 16 points.
LOS ANGELES -- Reshanda Gray scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead No. 18 California past USC 76-67 on Sunday.
The Bears opened the second half with a 15-2 run, with Gray scoring the first eight points, to take a 49-32 lead with 16:00 to play. The Trojans would only get as close as eight points the rest of the way.
Gray scored 14 points in the second half and finished 10 of 14 from the floor. Afure Jemerigbe added 16 points for California (20-7, 12-4 Pac-12), which has won six in a row and has a one game lead above Arizona State for second place in the standings.
Cassie Harberts scored 18 points to lead USC (16-12, 9-7). Kiki Alofaituli and Ariya Crook each added 10 points for the Trojans, who have lost three in a row.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Jessica Jackson scored 25 points to lead Arkansas in an upset of No. 19 LSU 57-53 on Sunday.
Keira Peak added 10 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals for Arkansas (18-9, 5-9 SEC).
LSU (18-9, 7-7 SEC) scored the first seven points of the game - including a 3-pointer by DaShawn Harden - en route to a 27-17 lead at the break.
But Arkansas stormed back in the second half. A 9-0 run early, with six coming from Jackson, cut the deficit to six. Jackson's trey at 7:42 tied it at 39, then she hit another a minute later to put Arkansas up 42-39 with 6:28 left.
Jackson nailed another trey at 2:42 and followed with a layup for a 54-50 lead and Arkansas held on for the mild upset.
Theresa Plaisance led LSU with 14 points and nine rebounds while Jeanne Kenney added 10.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Promise Amukamara hit a 3-pointer in the closing second seconds of the first half to give No. 20 Arizona State the lead at halftime and the Sun Devils took charge to start the second half en route to a 60-40 win against visiting Utah on Sunday.
Six minutes into the second half Arizona State had built a 10-point lead and never looked back.
Arizona State (22-6, 11-5 Pac-12) got the win in its final home game of the season. The Sun Devils play their final two road games at Oregon and Oregon State. ASU is in third place in the Pac-12 standings, a game behind California.
Joy Burke led Arizona State with 11 points, with Deja Mann contributing 10. The Sun Devils had a dozen players see minutes and had nine figure in the scoring.
Utah (11-16, 4-12) got 12 points off the bench from Malia Nawahine.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- April Wilson scored 18 points and dished off eight assists to lead No. 21 Purdue to a 70-54 win against Wisconsin on Sunday, sweeping the season series with the Badgers.
After Wisconsin cut Purdue's six-point halftime lead to two, 31-29, early in the second half, the Lady Boilermakers reeled off a 25-3 run to take a 20-point lead, 52-32.
Wisconsin battled back with a run of its own, rolling off eight consecutive points on a Nicole Bauman layup and back-to-back 3-pointers by Tessa Cichy and Taylor Wurtz to make it 54-42. The Badgers got within eight on two free throws by Cichy with 6:29 to play, but managed just two more points the rest of the way.
The win was the fifth in a row for Purdue (20-7, 10-5 Big 10), which got 12 points and 10 rebounds from Whitney Bays.
Michala Johnson finished with 18 points for Wisconsin (10-17, 3-12).
OMAHA, Neb. -- Marissa Janning scored 24 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, to lead Creighton to a 65-62 upset win against No. 22 St. John's on Sunday.
Creighton (17-10, 11-4 Big East) jumped out to an early lead with a 10-0 spurt in the first half and never let it go, taking a 35-23 advantage into the break and then hanging on in the second half as a St. John rally fell short in the final minute.
Sarah Nelson added 15 points and McKenzie Fujan 13 for the Bluejays, who shot 53 percent from the floor in avenging last month's loss to St. John's (19-7, 12-3).
Trailing by 20, St. John's rallied to close the gap to single digits in the final minute. Creighton hung on with 5 of 8 shooting from the penalty stripe.
Aliyyah Handford scored 14 for the Red Storm, which remains in first place atop the Big East standings.