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The Associated Press | January 31, 2014

Top 25: After second-half surge, No. 18 NC State beats No. 8 Maryland

No. 18 NC State beats No. 8 Maryland 72-63

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Myisha Goodwin-Coleman scored all 16 of her points after halftime, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:51 left, to help No. 18 North Carolina State beat No. 8 Maryland 72-63 on Thursday night.

Markeisha Gatling added 15 points for the Wolfpack (19-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who beat the Terrapins for the first time in four years. It also marked N.C. State's first home win against a top-10 opponent since beating then-No. 2 North Carolina in February 2007.

First-year coach Wes Moore has now led the Wolfpack to wins against four ranked opponents, though this one didn't come until Goodwin-Coleman's 3-pointer started an 11-2 run that broke a 57-all tie.

Freshman Lexie Brown scored a season-high 20 points for the Terps (16-4, 4-3), while Alyssa Thomas had 18 points - though she went scoreless for more than 11 minutes in the second half as the Wolfpack pushed in front.

McBride leads Notre Dame to 74-48 win against Hokies

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Kayla McBride scored 18 points and Notre Dame held Virginia Tech to 27 percent shooting in a 74-48 victory Thursday, the Fighting Irish's 22nd consecutive home win.

The Irish (20-0, 7-0) are off to their second best start, three victories shy of matching the 2000-01 start en route to a national championship. It was the most lopsided loss of the season for the Hokies (10-10, 0-7), who have lost eight in a row.

Virginia Tech was only four points down until Notre Dame ended the first half on a 15-1 run to take a 37-19 halftime lead, the fewest points allowed by the Irish in the first half this season. The Irish opened the second half with an 8-2 spurt to put the game away.

Vanessa Panousis led the Hokies with 12 points. Uju Ugoka, who averages 20.2 points, was held to 10 points.

Williams lifts No. 3 Duke past Miami 76-75

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Elizabeth Williams converted one of two free throws with 1.7 seconds to lift No. 3 Duke to a 76-75 victory against upset-minded Miami on Thursday night.

Tricia Liston scored 29 points for the Blue Devils (21-1, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Williams and Alexis Jones added 18 points apiece and Duke won its ninth in a row.

Tricia Liston's three-point play with 18 seconds left gave Duke a 75-73 lead before Maria Brown hit two free throws with 14.8 seconds left to tie it 75-75.

Suriya McGuire scored 23 points and Adrienne Motley finished with 15 for the Hurricanes (11-10, 3-5).

Duke rallied from a five-point deficit with six unanswered points late in the second half. Alexis Jones' short jumper with 1:01 remaining capped the run and gave the Blue Devils a 72-71 lead.

Miami went ahead 73-72 on Adriennne Motley's jumper with 38 seconds left.

No. 4 Stanford beats 21st-ranked California

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford nearly let a 30-point lead slip away. California almost pulled off a monumental comeback against its biggest rival with a furious late-game rally.

Chiney Ogwumike had 23 points and 12 rebounds and No. 4 Stanford held off a late charge by 21st-ranked California for a 70-64 win Thursday night in the first of two meetings between the rivals in a four-day span.

Karlie Samuelson came off the bench to score 12 of her 14 points in the first half for Stanford (20-1, 9-0 Pac-12), including a baseline 3 to beat the halftime buzzer. The Cardinal led by 30 with 13:35 to go before the Golden Bears fought back to make things interesting in the closing moments.

Brittany Boyd led Cal (14-6, 6-3) with 25 points and Afure Jemerigbe added 18 just more than a year after the Bears won 67-55 on Stanford's home floor on Jan. 13, 2013, to split the season series and help them grab a share of the Pac-12 crown with the Cardinal. That also snapped an 81-game home winning streak for Stanford at Maples Pavilion against conference opponents.

Jemerigbe's 3-pointer with 17 seconds left pulled Cal to 69-64.

The Cardinal ran their winning streak to 19 straight since a Nov. 11 loss at No. 1 Connecticut, and they had won their first eight conference games by an average of 25 points.

Once Ogwumike got warmed up, she dominated in the paint on both ends of the court. She shot 9 for 19 while facing physical defense. Mikaela Ruef added 12 rebounds and Taylor Greenfield 10 points.

Now, these teams will turn around and play again Sunday afternoon, this time at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.

Cal, coming off a season in which it reached the program's first Final Four, nearly overcame a cold-shooting first half and matched Stanford on the boards at 44. The Bears shot 6 for 16 from 3-point range to Stanford's 5 of 19.

Cal leading scorer Reshanda Gray, who came in averaging 17.3 points, didn't score on three field-goal attempts while being limited to 14 minutes. She was whistled for her second foul at the 10:44 mark of the first half and took a seat.

In the second half, coach Lindsay Gottlieb stuck with a lineup she thought was working best. After the game, she told Gray, ''We're rolling with you, next game.''

The Bears trailed 59-29 before a 14-0 run to pull to 59-43 on Mercedes Jefflo's layin with 9:10 to go. But Cal didn't shoot a free throw until Gennifer Brandon made the first of two attempts with 5:45 left.

Boyd and 6-foot-3 Stanford forward Erica McCall got tangled up beneath the Cal basket with 12:17 remaining and Boyd was called for a personal foul, then the play went to review and stood. Boyd looked visibly frustrated.

Cal hasn't won back-to-back games at Maples since a four-game winning streak from the 1980-81 to 1985-86 seasons. In fact, the Bears don't have consecutive wins against Stanford at any venue since a six-game unbeaten run spanning those same years.

Stanford used runs of 10-3 and 9-0 in the first half on the way to a commanding 43-25 lead at the break, then built that to as many as 30 points.

Starting Stanford freshman guard Lili Thompson limped off with 1:53 before halftime after appearing to bang her right knee on another player, but was fine and finished with eight assists.

Butler scores 22, leads Syracuse to win

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Brianna Butler scored 22 points to help Syracuse erase an 18-point deficit and beat No. 6 North Carolina 78-73 on Thursday night.

Brittney Sykes had 17 points for the Orange (16-5, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed 50-32 with 18 minutes remaining. Briana Day scored 11 points for Syracuse.

Butler scored 17 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer that put her team ahead 72-69 with 2:42 remaining.
After a North Carolina turnover, Sykes hit a jumper to give the Orange a 74-69 lead with 2:05 to play.

The Tar Heels pulled to 74-71 on a putback by Allisha Gray, but Butler answered with a jumper to seal the game.
Diamond DeShields scored 21 points to lead the Tar Heels (17-4, 5-2), who had 18 of their 29 turnovers in the second half.

Stephanie Mavunga and Gray each had 16 points for North Carolina.

Coates 24 leads No. 7 Gamecocks to 99-70 win

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Freshman Alaina Coates tied her career high with 24 points and added 12 rebounds as the front line for No. 7 South Carolina wore down Mississippi in a 99-70 victory Thursday night.

The 6-foot-4 Coates had her seventh career double-double and fourth in Southeastern Conference play for the Gamecocks (19-2, 7-1). She wasn't alone excelling underneath, either, as 6-4 teammate Elem Ibiam had 14 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.

6-foot forward Aleighsa Welch added 11 points and four boards. The three Gamecocks combined to shoot 18 of 22 against the Rebels (10-12, 1-7).

Valencia McFarland led Ole Miss with 24 points, her fourth game in the past five with at least 20 points. Tia Faleru added 19 points.

No. 10 Lady Vols knock off Arkansas 70-60

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Cierra Burdick and Meighan Simmons each scored 16 points as No. 10 Tennessee shot 62.2 percent from the floor to beat Arkansas 70-60 for its third consecutive victory.

The Lady Vols (17-4, 6-2 SEC) shot 28 of 45 overall and 7 of 13 from 3-point range.

Burdick matched a career high with her 16 points, and the 6-foot-2 junior also had seven rebounds and four assists. Isabelle Harrison had 12 points and Andraya Carter added 10 points.

Jessica Jackson scored 16 points, Keira Peak had 12, Jhasmin Bowen 11 and Calli Berna 10 for Arkansas (15-6, 2-6), which lost for the fifth time in its last six games.

Tennessee point guard Ariel Massengale missed a second consecutive game with an injury to her face. Massengale hasn't played since getting hit in the face Jan. 23 while making a steal in an 89-69 victory against Florida.

No. 12 Penn State beats No. 19 Purdue 75-72

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Maggie Lucas had 23 points and Ariel Edwards added 21 as No. 12 Penn State avenged its lone Big Ten loss by beating No. 19 Purdue 75-72 Thursday night.

Penn State led 70-63 with 3:07 to go, but a 9-4 run by the Boilermakers cut the deficit to 74-72.

Purdue sent Edwards to the free-throw line with 21 seconds left. She missed both which opened the door for Purdue to tie or win the game, but KK Houser missed a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left.

Kaliyah Mitchell grabbed the rebound for Penn State, made 1 of 2 from the line and Purdue never got another shot off.

Talia East had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Dara Taylor had 13 points and eight assists for the Lady Lions (16-4, 7-1 Big Ten).

Houser had 27 points for the Boilermakers (15-6, 5-4), and Whitney Bays added 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Hempe, Miller lead upset of No. 13 Kentucky

ATHENS, Ga. -- Merritt Hempe had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Khaalidah Miller added 11 points and Georgia held off No. 13 Kentucky 58-56 on Thursday night.

Kentucky (16-5, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) began the game with the nation's fifth-highest scoring average, but the Wildcats placed just one player - Samarie Walker with 10 points - in double figures.

Krista Donald finished with 10 points and Shacobia Barbee had nine points and 10 rebounds for Georgia (15-6, 3-5 SEC).

With 22 seconds remaining, Marjorie Butler hit one free throw to give the Lady Bulldogs a 58-56 lead, but missed the second, and DeNisha Stallworth grabbed the rebound for Kentucky.

But Krista Donald stole the ball from Jennifer O'Neill as the Wildcats point guard was driving the baseline with 10 seconds left.

After Georgia's Tiara Griffin missed a free throw, O'Neill missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

No. 14 LSU holds off Mississippi State 65-56

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Shanece McKinney didn't miss a shot en route to a career-high 19 points to lead No. 14 LSU to a 65-56 win against Mississippi State on Thursday.

McKinney had 7 baskets and 5 free throws as the Tigers (17-4, 6-2) heated up in the second half. After making just 8 of 22 shots in the first half, when they trailed 26-21, the Tigers went 17 of 26 (63 percent) in the second half.

Raigyne Moncrief added 17 points and Jeanne Kenney 13 with 7 assists for LSU.

Katia May led the Bulldogs (15-7, 2-6) with 12 points.

McKinney had 6 points in an early second half run of 12-3 that gave LSU the lead for good at 41-34. Dominique Dillingham hit a 3 that pulled MSU within 58-54 with 2:37 left but the rally stalled out.

After coming 15 turnovers in the first half, LSU finished with 19.

Missouri upsets No. 16 Vanderbilt 59-54

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Bri Kulas scored 15 points and Missouri held off a rally from No. 16 Vanderbilt for a 59-54 victory Thursday.

Kayla McDowell added 13 points and Morgan Stock had 11 for Missouri (14-7, 3-5 SEC). The Tigers took a 13-point lead into halftime before Vanderbilt (16-5, 5-3) rallied in the second half, coming within 55-54 after Kylee Smith converted a three-point play with 52 seconds left.

Following a turnover from each team, Stock was fouled with 16 seconds left and made both free throws. Jasmine Lister missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer for Vanderbilt before McDowell made two free throws as Missouri held on.

The Commodores shot 22 percent from the field, including 2 of 16 from 3-point range. Christina Foggie led Vanderbilt with 10 points.

Vanderbilt has now dropped two consecutive contests after a four-game win streak that included wins against ranked opponents, Tennessee and Louisiana State.

No. 17 Texas A&M coasts to 71-54 win against Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. -- Courtney Williams scored 17 points, Karla Gilbert had 16 and Tori Scott 15 to lead No. 17 Texas A&M to a 71-54 win against Auburn on Thursday.

The Aggies (17-5, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) rebounded from a 76-55 loss to No. 10 Tennessee and improved to 4-0 in SEC games on the road.

Williams had 13 points in the first half to lead Texas A&M to a 32-16 lead. Gilbert had eight rebounds while Scott made 7 of 8 shots. Courtney Walker finished with 13 points, five assists and four steals.

Tyrese Tanner led Auburn (11-10, 2-6) with 15 points and sister Tra'Cee Tanner scored 11.

Texas A&M outrebounded the Tigers 41-25 and hit 31 of 54 shots (57.4 percent). Auburn was just 17-of-53 shooting (32.1 percent) and made just five field goals before halftime.

Williams bounced back from a 5-of-19 shooting performance against the Lady Vols.

No. 22 Gonzaga stifles Santa Clara 89-37

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Shelby Cheslek led a balanced attack and No. 22 Gonzaga used its defense to smother Santa Clara 89-37 Thursday.

The Bulldogs (19-3, 9-1) won their ninth consecutive game and have not allowed more than 50 points in improving to 11-0 at McCarthey Athletic Center. Santa Clara (7-14, 3-7) is the fourth team the Zags have held to less than 40 points.

Keani Albanez had 13 points, Jazmine Redmon 12 and Haiden Palmer 10 as all 12 players scored.

No player reached double figures for the Broncos.

Gonzaga had two 10-0 runs and a 9-0 run in racing to a 45-17 lead at the half. Santa Clara had 15 turnovers and finished with 29.


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