Thursday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Games played Feb. 6, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Natalie Achonwa scored 24 points, Jewell Loyd added 18 and No. 2 Notre Dame remained undefeated with an 81-60 victory over Florida State on Thursday night.
Kayla McBride chipped in 14 points for Notre Dame (22-0, 9-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Cheetah Delgado scored a career-high 18 points and Natasha Howard finished with 11 points and eight rebounds for Florida State (15-7, 3-6). Delgado entered the game averaging 7.5 points per game.
The Fighting Irish used a zone to pack the paint and hold Howard seven points below her season average. A 24-5 run in the second half allowed Notre Dame to run away after the Seminoles cut it to 34-33 shortly after halftime.
No. 5 DUKE 78, CLEMSON 51
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Haley Peters scored 17 points, Tricia Liston had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Duke bounced back from its first Atlantic Coast Conference defeat with its 18th straight win over Clemson.
The Blue Devils (22-2, 9-1 ACC) fell to new league rival Notre Dame 88-67 last Sunday and trailed Clemson (11-13, 3-7) late in the first half of this one. But Duke put together a 32-12 run starting in the final minute before halftime to take control.
The Blue Devils held Clemson's top scorer, Nikki Dixon, to 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting. Dixon had been averaging better than 14 points a game this season.
No. 6 SOUTH CAROLINA 71, MISSISSIPPI ST 64
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Aleighsa Welch scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Elem Ibiam blocked a career-high seven shots and South Carolina beat Mississippi State.
Alaina Coates added three blocked shots to help the Gamecocks (21-2, 9-1 Southeastern Conference) tie a school record with 14 blocked shots.
The game stayed tight until the final minute when Tina Roy hit a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left to put the Gamecocks ahead 66-59.
Mississippi State (16-8, 3-7) lost for just the third time at home this season. Jerica James led the Bulldogs with 11 points. Martha Alwal and Savannah Carter both added 10.
No. 8 TENNESSEE 77, MISSISSIPPI 65
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Meighan Simmons scored 20 points, including three straight 3-pointers in the second half, to lead Tennessee over Mississippi.
Tennessee (19-4, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) was 26 of 61 from the floor (42.6 percent) and finished 18 of 21 from the free throw line.
Ole Miss (10-14, 1-9) challenged a few times in the first half, and even led for brief stretches, but the Lady Vols ended the half on an 18-9 run and led 37-28 at the break.
Isabelle Harrison added 18 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee.
Tia Faleru led Ole Miss with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
IOWA 73, No. 9 PENN ST. 70
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Samantha Logic had her second triple-double of the season to lead Iowa over Penn State.
Logic had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Iowa (18-6, 6-4 Big Ten), which has won six of its last eight conference games. Ally Disterhoft had 24 points for the Hawkeyes, who lost 87-71 to Penn State on Jan. 5.
Maggie Lucas had 21 points and Ariel Edwards added 16 for Penn State (17-5, 8-2), which had won 12 of 13. The Lady Lions tied the game at 68 but managed just two points in the final 2 minutes.
No. 10 MARYLAND 94, PITTSBURGH 46
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Alyssa Thomas had 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Maryland cranked up the defense in its rout of Pittsburgh.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 13 and freshman Brionna Jones added 12 for the Terrapins, who limited Pittsburgh to 31 percent shooting and allowed only 21 first-half points. Maryland (18-4, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won two in a row after dropping three straight.
Before sitting out the final 12 minutes, Thomas moved into sole possession of third place on the school's career list with 2,097 points.
Briggs led Pittsburgh (10-13, 2-7) with 10 points.
GEORGIA TECH 94, No. 13 NORTH CAROLINA 91
ATLANTA (AP) — Tyaunna Marshall pumped in 32 points and set a new Georgia Tech career scoring record on a pair of free throws with 4 seconds left that sealed the upset of North Carolina.
Marshall's second free throw gave her 1,956 career points, surpassing the record Kisha Ford set in 1997.
Kaela Davis added 20 points and 10 rebounds for Georgia Tech (15-8, 5-5 ACC), while Sydney Wallace added 14 points, and Aaliyah Whiteside got her first double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. It was the first time since 2012 that the Yellow Jackets beat a ranked team.
North Carolina (17-6, 5-4) got 22 points and nine rebounds from Diamond DeShields, who led four Tar Heels in double figures.
No. 14 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 74, WAKE FOREST 69
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Myisha Goodwin-Coleman scored 16 points to go over 1,000 in her career and Len'Nique Brown scored all 14 of her points in the second half to help North Carolina State hold off Wake Forest.
Markeisha Gatling led North Carolina State with 19 points and Kody Burke added 14 as the Wolfpack (20-3, 7-2 ACC) won their fourth straight game in debuting their highest ranking since they were No. 10 in December 2001.
Chelsea Douglas scored 17 points for Wake Forest (12-11, 3-7) with Dearica Hamby adding 15 and Millesa Calicott 13.
No. 16 LSU 75, MISSOURI 58
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Theresa Plaisance scored 20 points and Jeanne Kenney added 19 to lead LSU past Missouri.
Lianna Doty found Kayla McDowell for a layup with 15:57 to play, pulling Missouri within 46-40. LSU (18-5, 7-3 SEC) responded with a 14-0 run.
Missouri (14-9, 3-7) scored the game's next 12 points to trim its deficit to 60-52 with 6:35 remaining.
A jumper by Plaisance with just under 6 minutes left pushed LSU's lead back to 10 and Missouri never got within single digits again as LSU made 11 of 12 free throws in the final 2:24.
Brianna Kulas paced Missouri with 23 points.
No. 20 GONZAGA 86, PEPPERDINE 51
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Lindsay Sherbert scored 19 points, Haiden Palmer was two assists shy of a triple double and Gonzaga rolled past Pepperdine for its 11th straight win.
Palmer had 12 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high eight assists for the Bulldogs (21-3, 11-1 WCC).
Keitra Wallace, who made 11 of 14 free throws, and Amanda Lovely had 13 points each for Pepperdine (5-17, 1-10), which became just the second visiting team to score more than 50 at Gonzaga this season.
Pepperdine has lost eight straight.
No. 25 PURDUE 74, OHIO STATE 58
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Courtney Moses scored 18 points and Purdue made 27 of 29 free throws to turn back Ohio State.
Liza Clemons added 14 points, April Wilson and reserve Whitney Bay both had 12 and Dee Williams added 10 for the Boilermakers (16-7, 6-5 Big Ten).
Ameryst Alston had 26 points for Ohio State (14-12, 4-6) and Raven Ferguson had 13 off the bench.
The Boilermakers led 33-24 at the half and pulled away by making all 22 of their free throws after the break.
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