No. 24 Georgia paws Alabama
Top 25: Terps' strong second half secures win against NC State
The Associated Press
No. 24 Georgia 81, Alabama 54 -- Box Score
ATHENS, Ga. -- Freshman reserve guard Khaalidah Miller scored 22 points and No. 24 Georgia beat Alabama 81-54 on Sunday.
Anne Marie Armstrong had 16 points, and Porsha Phillips had her ninth double double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs (18-5, 8-2 Southeastern Conference). Georgia was without Jasmine James, who sat out to rest a sprained wrist that she injured seven games ago.
Ericka Russell led Alabama (12-12, 1-10) with 11 points, and Jasmine Robinson scored 10.
The Lady Bulldogs scored the first 10 points and were up 15-2 before Alabama made a field goal.
Aside from James, the other nine Lady Dogs all played and all scored, the first time this year that has happened.
Georgia outrebounded Alabama 52-31.
No. 1 Baylor 84, Oklahoma State 57 -- Box Score
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Brittney Griner scored 19 points, Destiny Williams added 17 and top-ranked Baylor beat Oklahoma State 84-57 Sunday to achieve the best start to a season in school history.
Visits to Gallagher-Iba Arena hadn't been friendly even to the best Bears teams in recent history. Baylor was also 20-1 and on a 13-game winning streak when it played at Oklahoma State three years ago, but fell behind by 19 in a game controlled by the Cowgirls.
The Bears had another 13-game winning streak snapped in Stillwater last season.
This time, they had no trouble.
Baylor (21-1, 8-0 Big 12) built a 20-point lead by halftime and then put away its 18th consecutive win with a 12-0 run early in the second half, when Griner finally got going.
No. 10 UCLA 74, Southern California 67 -- Box Score
LOS ANGELES -- Darxia Morris scored a career-high 24 points, Jasmine Dixon added 23 and No. 10 UCLA pulled away in the closing minutes to beat Southern California 74-67 Sunday, giving the Bruins a fourth consecutive victory against their crosstown rivals.
Dixon grabbed 14 rebounds and Antonye Nyingifa added 13 points for the Bruins (19-2, 9-1 Pac-10), who won their fourth in a row. UCLA continued its best start since the 1976-77 squad won 20 of its first 22 games.
It was the first time this season the Bruins had two players score 20 or more in the same game. Dixon did it for the second consecutive game.
Jackie Gemelos scored 16 points, and Cassie Harberts and Ashley Corral had 13 each for the Trojans (13-8, 5-5), who have dropped four of five and lost for just the second time at home this season. Briana Gilbreath shot 3 of 12, making her 3 of 24 in both games against UCLA.
No. 11 Michigan State 76, Purdue 57 -- Box Score
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Brittney Thomas scored a career-high 22 points to help No. 11 Michigan State beat Purdue 76-57 on Sunday and match the best start in school history.
Lykendra Johnson had 13 points and eight rebounds and Kalisha Keane added 12 points, all in the second half, for the Spartans (20-3, 8-2 Big Ten), who built a comfortable lead with an early 12-0 run.
It was Michigan State's 18th consecutive win in Breslin Center, the second-longest streak in school history.
Drey Mingo had 16 points and Alex Guyton added 12 for the Boilermakers (16-8, 6-5), who didn't get their usual production from guards Brittany Rayburn and Courtney Moses.
Rayburn had 10 points for Purdue, which trailed 30-20 at halftime. Moses, one of the league's top freshmen, was held to five points.
No. 12 Maryland 88, N.C. State 59 -- Box Score
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Basketball coaches often talk about the importance of playing effectively and consistently for a full 40 minutes.
Sometimes, though, 20 minutes is good enough.
Lynetta Kizer had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 12 Maryland used a strong second half to defeat North Carolina State 88-59 on Sunday.
The Terrapins (20-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed by 12 with just over 13 minutes elapsed and 39-36 at halftime before storming back to extend their winning streak to seven.
Maryland limited the Wolfpack to 24 percent shooting and 20 points the final 20 minutes.
Penn State 82, No. 20 Iowa 75 -- Box Score
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Alex Bentley scored 25 points to lead Penn State to an 82-75 victory against No. 20 Iowa on Sunday.
Freshman reserve Maggie Lucas added 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and Mia Nickson had 15 rebounds to help the Nittany Lions (20-5, 9-2 Big Ten) win their fourth in a row.
The Hawkeyes (17-7, 5-6) lost for the second time this week, following a defeat at Purdue on Thursday night, and will likely knock them out of the Top 25 for the first time this season.
Kamille Wahlin had 24 points for Iowa with six 3-pointers. Jaime Printy scored 20 points and Kachine Alexander had 12 points, 17 rebounds, and six assists.
Penn State led 44-32 at halftime. Iowa cut the lead to 54-51 on a fastbreak layup by Kelly Krei but the Lions responded with an 8-0 run.