Thursday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Games played Feb. 7, 2013
Friday, February 8, 2013
BOSTON (AP) — North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell earned her 900th career victory when the No. 16 Tar Heels beat Boston College 80-52 on Thursday night.
Xylina McDaniel had 15 points and seven rebounds for North Carolina (21-3, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Tar Heels lost to No. 5 Duke on Sunday — their first home loss of the season — spoiling Hatchell's first chance to become the third women's coach in NCAA history to reach the milestone.
Hatchell joins Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt in the women's 900-win club. Hatchell is tops among active coaches, with Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer two wins behind.
Only three men's coaches have reached the 900-win mark — Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim and Bob Knight.
Nicole Boudreau scored 16 points and Kristen Doherty added 13 with seven rebounds for Boston College (9-13, 3-8), which has lost six of its last seven games.
No. 8 PENN STATE 76, INDIANA 54
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas each scored 20 points to lead Penn State to a win over Indiana.
Mia Nickson had 13 points and Dara Taylor added 10 for the Lady Lions (19-3, 9-1 Big Ten), who have won 13 of their last 14 games.
Aulani Sinclair had 21 and Jasmine McGhee had 12 for the Hoosiers (10-13, 1-9), who have lost eight straight.
The Lady Lions went on a 15-2 run in the second half to go up 18 points on two free throws by Lucas with 11:22 left to play. The Lady Lions took a 41-34 lead on baskets by Bentley and Taylor after the Hoosiers got within three at the start of the second half.
No. 9 GEORGIA 61, AUBURN 58
ATLANTA (AP) — Jasmine Hassell scored 15 points and Georgia overcame its second-half struggles to edge Auburn, giving the Tigers their seventh-straight loss.
The Lady Bulldogs, coming off a win at No. 8 Kentucky on Sunday, led 34-22 at halftime. Georgia made only 2 of 16 shots from the field in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Auburn made only 3 of 15 free throws, including each of its five attempts in the final 3 minutes.
Georgia (20-3, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) reached 20 wins for the 28th time in 34 seasons with coach Andy Landers.
Auburn (13-10, 2-8) pulled even at 53-53 but couldn't take the lead.
No. 10 KENTUCKY 80, ARKANSAS 74, OT
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Bria Goss scored 16 of her 17 points after halftime as Kentucky rallied and held on for an overtime win over Arkansas.
The Wildcats (20-3, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) trailed by eight points with 6:51 remaining in regulation, but they tied the game late and avoided losing for the third time in four games. Samarie Walker added 16 points and A'dia Mathies finished with 15.
DeNesha Stallworth added 12 points for Kentucky, which had its school-record 34-game home winning streak snapped in its last game by Georgia.
Sarah Watkins had 25 points to lead the Razorbacks (15-8, 3-7), who fell to 1-5 against ranked teams. Quistelle Williams added 18 points and Dominique Wilson 17 in the loss.
No. 12 TENNESSEE 64, LSU 62
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Bashaara Graves made a late steal and soon after scored inside with a second left to help No. 12 Tennessee narrowly avert a second-straight upset with a victory over LSU.
Coming off a stunning 80-63 loss at Missouri, Tennessee (18-5, 9-1 Southeastern Conference) trailed 62-59 after Theresa Plaisance's baseline jumper put LSU (13-10, 4-6) in position to give coach Nikki Caldwell her first victory over her alma mater in four tries.
Graves scored inside with 15 seconds left to make it 62-61.
Cierra Burdick's free throw tied it with 7 seconds left, then Graves stole the ball from LSU's Bianca Lutley. Graves' initial shot was blocked by Plaisance, but Tennessee got her the ball again underneath and her next shot rolled in.
Graves finished with 17 points, while Meighan Simmons led Tennessee with 18.
Plaisance had 20 points and nine rebounds for LSU.
No. 15 SOUTH CAROLINA 65, ALABAMA 53
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Aleighsa Welch and Ashley Bruner posted double-doubles as South Carolina led wire-to-wire in a win over Alabama, giving the Gamecocks their second straight 20-win season and 12th in school history.
Welch scored 16 points with 10 rebounds while Bruner had 15 points and 11 boards — surpassing 600 career rebounds — for South Carolina (20-3), which is 8-2 in Southeastern Conference play for the first time since 2001-02.
The Gamecocks dominated inside, outrebounding the Crimson Tide 53-24 and taking a 42-22 advantage in the paint.
South Carolina, which ranks No. 3 nationally in scoring defense, led by 10 in the first half, but Alabama (12-11, 2-8) closed to 31-27 at intermission.
Welch scored the first six points of the second half to push the Gamecocks' lead into double digits for good.
Daisha Simmons' 18 points paced the Crimson Tide, who have lost four straight.
No. 18 DAYTON 78, XAVIER 68
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Samantha MacKay scored 18 points and had seven assists as Dayton defeated Xavier to reach 20 victories for the sixth consecutive season.
Andrea Hoover's 3-pointer broke a 36-36 tie in the second half and started the Flyers (20-1, 8-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) on a 21-7 run that was capped by MacKay's 3-pointer for a 57-43 lead with 10:04 remaining.
The Musketeers (7-15, 1-7) shot 57.1 percent (16 of 28) in the second half to stay within range, but a 3-pointer by Hoover with 46 seconds left increased Dayton's lead to nine, 77-68.
Briana Glover scored all 13 of her points for Xavier in the second half, and Amber Gray led the Musketeers with 21 overall.
Four Dayton players joined MacKay in double-figures scoring, with Amber Deane getting 12 and Ally Malott, Kelley Austria and Olivia Applewhite each getting 11. Applewhite also grabbed nine rebounds.
No. 20 DELAWARE 77, TOWSON 55
TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Elena Della Donne scored 19 points with 11 rebounds as Delaware beat Towson for the sixth consecutive time.
The game was Della Donne's 100th with the Blue Hens (19-3, 10-0 Colonial Athletic Association), and she celebrated by hitting 7 of 14 from the field and 4 of 6 at the foul line. Trumae Lucas added 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while Lauren Carra had 13 and Danielle Parker 12 with eight rebounds.
Parker's final points — two free throws with 5:15 left before halftime — gave her exactly 1,000 points for her career.
Delaware has won 14 straight and 28 consecutive CAA regular season games.
The Blue Hens entered fifth in the country in defensive field goal percentage at 32.4 percent and held Towson to 38.5-percent shooting (20 of 52) Thursday while forcing 19 turnovers.
Tanisha McTiller led Towson (7-15, 1-10) with 16 points.