Lady Vols’ roll continues vs. Ole Miss
Top 25: UNC, Mich. State make key plays, hold on for victories
The Associated Press
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Shekinna Stricklen and Meighan Simmons had 18 points apiece and No. 5 Tennessee cruised to an 86-46 win against Mississippi on Sunday.
The Lady Volunteers (15-2, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) beat the Rebels for the 21st consecutive time and logged their fourth blowout in five games, outscoring opponents by an average 37.6 points in that stretch.
Tennessee led 16-2 with 9:13 in the first half when they launched a 15-2 run that began and ended with a 3-pointer by Stricklen and gave the Lady Vols a 31-14 lead. A layup by Kamiko Williams just before the buzzer sent them to the locker room with a 42-22 lead.
Mississippi (8-6, 1-1) has recorded at least 40 rebounds in 10 games this season, but only managed 31 compared to Tennessee’s 53. Stricklen grabbed 13 rebounds for a double-double.
Valencia McFarland led the Rebels with 16 points.
No. 8 North Carolina 84, Boston College 83 -- Box Score
BOSTON -- Jessica Breland had 18 points and nine rebounds, scoring on a late tip-in after Boston College cut the deficit to one point and then forcing a jump ball to help No. 8 North Carolina hold on and beat the Eagles.
North Carolina (15-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) led by as many as 17 points in the second half, but BC erased most of the gap and twice had the ball and a chance to take the lead.
Chay Shegog scored 16 points with eight rebounds and Cetera DeGraffenreid had 10 points, seven steals and six assists for the Tar Heels, who were coming off a 71-70 loss to Georgia Tech on Thursday that knocked them from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Kerri Shields scored 18 points on six 3-pointers, and Stefanie Murphy had 14 points and 13 rebounds for BC (13-3, 0-1).
No. 9 Xavier 63, Dayton 59 -- Box Score
CINCINNATI -- Amber Harris scored 23 points as part of a double-double, and Xavier overcame cold outside shooting and held off Dayton 63-59 in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams.
Xavier (12-2, 1-0) hasn't lost an A-10 home game in the last three seasons. Harris took the lead in keeping the streak intact, fully recovered from a concussion that limited her the last three games.
The Flyers (9-6, 0-1) couldn't handle Harris, who made three consecutive baseline jumpers to help the Musketeers hold on in the closing minutes.
Harris' two free throws with 7.5 seconds left clinched it. She also had 11 rebounds.
Georgia 61, No. 10 Kentucky 59 -- Box Score
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Khaalidah Miller scored 24 points, hitting 10 of her 14 shots, to help Georgia upset Kentucky, ending the Wildcats' 25-game home winning streak.
Georgia (12-3, 2-0 SEC) clung to a two-point lead with 6.6 seconds left when Ronika Ransford missed the front end of a one-and-one. A'Dia Mathies had a chance to send the game to overtime, but her 4-footer bounced off the backboard and glanced off the front of the rim.
Victoria Dunlap led the Wildcats (11-4, 0-2) with 17 points. It was Kentucky's first loss at home since falling to Georgia on Feb. 26, 2009.
No. 11 Michigan State 63, Michigan 56 -- Box Score
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Lykendra Johnson had 17 points and 17 rebounds to lead No. 11 Michigan State.
Brittney Thomas added 13 for Michigan State (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten). Veronica Hicks led Michigan (9-7, 2-2) with 20, but missed two key free throws in the final minute, including the front end of a one-and-one.
Both teams struggled in the first half. Michigan State led 27-22 at the half despite 14 turnovers as the Spartans caused 11 turnovers and were strong on the boards at both ends of the floor.
Michigan State led 41-34 with 10 minutes to play, but the Wolverines scored the next five points. Johnson ended the surge with a three-point play and Taylor Alton gave the Spartans an eight-point lead with a 3-pointer.
Michigan State led by as many as 11, then held off a late Wolverine surge.
No. 24 Florida State 61, Virginia 51 -- Box Score
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Chelsea Davis scored a career-high 18 points and Cierra Bravard added 14 points to help No. 24 Florida State beat Virginia 61-51 on Sunday.
Natasha Howard had 10 rebounds and four steals for Florida State (14-3, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which won its fifth consecutive game.
Ariana Moorer scored 12 points and Ataira Franklin had 11 points for Virginia (10-7, 0-2 ACC).
Florida State pulled away early, taking an 11-3 as Virginia made just one basket in the first 7 minutes of the game. Davis had 10 first-half points as the Seminoles took a 27-19 lead.
The Cavaliers shot just 20 of 61 (32.8 percent) from the floor. The Seminoles shot 18 of 46 (39.1 percent) from the floor. The Seminoles made 22 of 26 (84.6 percent) of their free-throw attempts.
The Seminoles have now won three straight against the Cavaliers.
No. 25 Arkansas 61, Mississippi State 56 -- Box Score
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Sarah Watkins scored 21 points to lead No. 25 Arkansas to a 61-56 victory over Mississippi State on Sunday.
Arkansas (14-1, 2-0 SEC) shot 37.5 percent (21 of 56) from the floor and hit 16 of 24 free throws, including four clutch ones down the stretch.
Trailing by double digits late in the second half, Mississippi State (8-6, 0-2) closed the deficit to three points with just under a minute remaining. C'eira Ricketts free throws put the Razorbacks back up 59-54.
Porsha Porter hit a layup for the Bulldogs with 4.2 seconds left, but two free throws by Lyndsay Harris sealed the victory.
Arkansas junior Ashley Daniels left the arena on a stretcher after landing awkwardly late in the second half. Trainers say it is likely a concussion, and she was taken the hospital.
The Razorbacks led 30-17 at the half and never trailed in the second half.
Harris added 13 points while Rickets had 10 for Arkansas.
Katia May paced the Bulldogs with 12 points, and Diamber Johnson added 10 points.