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The Associated Press | December 1, 2013

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No. 10 Nebraska falls to Washington State

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Tia Presley scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half, and Washington State made a season-high 12 3-pointers in a 76-72 upset of No. 10 Nebraska on Saturday.

The Cougars (4-4), who beat a top-10 team for the first time in their history, made 9 of 17 3s in the first half while getting out to a 45-38 lead. It was 58-40 early in the second after Lia Galdeira and Sage Romberg combined for three more early in the second, and the Cougars' lead was 19 points with under 13 minutes.

The Huskers (6-1) made it a one-point game late but couldn't finish the comeback against a WSU team picked to finish ninth in the Pac-12.

Galdeira added 14 points and Taylor Edmondson and Dawnyelle Awa had 13 apiece for the Cougars.

Jordan Hooper led the Huskers with 24 points but was 6 of 27 from the field. Emily Cady had 13 points, Hailie Sample added 11 and Rachel Theriot and Tear'a Laudermill 10 apiece.

No. 2 Duke gets help from Liston for win vs. Kansas

ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands -- Tricia Liston scored 19 points and Elizabeth Williams added 17 to lead No. 2 Duke to a 73-40 win over Kansas on Saturday at the Paradise Jam.

Oderah Chidom added seven points and 14 rebounds for the Blue Devils (8-0).

Duke led 29-20 at the half before scoring 17 of the first 21 points in the second half to blow the game open. Alexis Jones had five points and three steals during the burst which was capped by Williams' layup with 14:27 left that made it 46-24.

Kansas (4-3) never got closer than 20 the rest of the way.

Keyla Morgan scored 11 points to lead the Jayhawks.

Brown leads No. 8 Maryland to 84-60 win

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico -- Maryland coach Brenda Frese has been happy with the progress of her guards so far this season.

Freshman Lexie Brown scored a season-high 16 points and Brene Moseley had 12 points and nine assists in No. 8 Maryland's 84-60 rout of Ohio in the San Juan Shootout on Friday. Moseley had 18 assists in the two games of the tournament.

Alyssa Thomas had 13 points and 10 rebounds while Malina Howard had 13 points for the Terrapins (7-1).

Maryland trailed 14-11 early on before dominating with a 26-5 run. The Terrapins led 44-25 at the half.

Lexie Baldwin and Kiyanna Black each scored 12 points to lead the Bobcats (3-3).

Jordan Hooper led the Huskers with 24 points but was 6 of 27 from the field. Emily Cady had 13 points, Hailie Sample added 11 and Rachel Theriot and Tear'a Laudermill 10 apiece.

No. 11 North Carolina beats Illinois 87-51

CANCUN, Mexico -- Stephanie Mavunga had a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds as No. 11 North Carolina defeated Illinois 87-51 Saturday at the Cancun Challenge at the Hard Rock Resort.

Mavunga has her fifth double-double as North Carolina (6-2) bounces back from its overtime loss to Arizona State Friday. The Tar Heels defeated Arkansas State Thursday.

Alisha Gray and Diamond DeShields also scored in double figures. Xylina McDaniel grabbed 10 rebounds and added seven points for the Tar Heels.

Illinois (5-3) scored 19 second-half points and made just two of 15 from the floor during the last 10 minutes. Sarah Hartwell and Amber Moore each scored in double figures, and Jacqui Grant scored eight points and had 12 rebounds to lead the Illini.

Syracuse upsets No. 12 Texas A&M 78-63

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Briana Butler scored a career-high 29 points as Syracuse beat No. 12 Texas A&M to win the Paradise Jam Reef Division title.

Syracuse (8-0) closed the first half on a 16-5 run, going into the break with a 38-27 advantage. Butler drilled two 3-pointers during the stretch.

Texas A&M (4-2) got the lead as close as 55-46 after a pair of Courtney Walker free throws. Butler answered for the Orange. She hit a 3-pointer, blocked a layup on the defensive end and hit another trey on the ensuing possession.

The Aggies wouldn't get the lead into single digits again. A&M struggled from 3-point range, going 1 for 11.

Butler finished 9 of 14 from the field, including 7 of 12 from long range. Brittney Sykes added 15 and Shakeya Leary 14.

Walker paced the Aggies with a career-high 26, and Achiri Ade added 14.

Lucas, No. 14 Penn State top Illinois State

FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Maggie Lucas scored 25 points to earn MVP honors as No. 14 Penn State won its second Junkanoo Jam title with a 72-60 win against Illinois State on Saturday.

Dara Taylor added 12 points, three assists and three steals for the Lady Lions (5-1), who won the tournament in 2003. Alex Harris and Talia East each had 11 rebounds in the win.

Alexis Foley scored 24 for the Redbirds (1-4) with Octavia Crump adding 13. Illinois State shot 31 percent.

Penn State took control early with an 11-2 run for an 11-5 lead. A quick six points made it 17-7. That pattern continued until the Nittany Lions took control for a 44-34 lead at halftime. Midway through the second half Illinois State got it down to 52-49 but the lead was quickly back up to 12 as Keke Sevillian hit a 3 and Lucas made six consecutive free throws.

Ballard lifts No. 15 LSU by Michigan 64-62

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Danielle Ballard scored the go-ahead basket as No. 15 LSU beat Michigan 64-62 in the championship of the Barclays Invitational in Brooklyn on Saturday night.

The game was tied at 62 when Ballard grabbed a rebound from her own miss and put it back for the game-winner with 20 seconds to play. She also scored a layup with 1:12 that gave the Lady Tigers (6-1) a 62-59 lead. Ballard finished with 10 points.

Raigyne Moncrief and Shanece McKinney led LSU with 13 points each. Moncrief was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Siera Thompson tied the game on a 3-pointer for the Wolverines (5-3) with 45 seconds to go, but she missed a jumper with 6 seconds left that would have tied the game.

Val Driscoll had 11 rebounds and six blocks for Michigan. Thompson and Madison Ristovski each scored 13. Paige Rakers had 12 and Cyesha Goree had 10.

Sherbert leads No. 24 Gonzaga past Colgate

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Lindsay Sherbert, a junior transfer from California, had a career-high 22 points in her fifth game at Gonzaga, an 81-31 rout of Colgate for the No. 24 Bulldogs.

It is the fewest points allowed in GU history. At one point early in the second half, Sherbert had 17 points and the Bulldogs (4-1) had a 44-16 lead.

After Colgate (1-5) scored the first basket the Bulldogs scored the next 10 points. When Sherbert and Danelle Walters hit back-to-back 3s it was 18-6. An Ellie Tinkle basket and another Sherbert 3 - she had four in all - and it was 23-8. The margin was 32-13 at the half and Sherbert had 11.

Sunny Greinacher had 13 points, hitting 6 of 9 shots for the Bulldogs, who shot 52 percent. Haiden Plamer had 11 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. GU had a 45-32 rebounding advantage.

Colgate shot 21 percent.

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