Thursday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Games played Feb. 27, 2014
Originally published February 27, 2014 at 9:37 p.m., updated February 28, 2014 at 1:21 a.m.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Kayla McBride scored 28 points and Natalie Achonwa added 24 to lead second-ranked Notre Dame to a 98-75 victory over No. 14 North Carolina on Thursday to finish the regular season unbeaten at home.
The Irish (28-0, 15-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) opened a 22-point lead late in the first half and led 55-38 at intermission. The Tar Heels (21-8, 9-6) rallied in the second half with a 10-4 run, highlighted by a three-point play by Xylina McDaniel, to cut the lead to 61-51.
McBride hit a jumper to spark a 6-0 spurt as the Irish regained control and eventually led by 28.
Notre Dame shot 52 percent against the Tar Heels, which had been holding opponents to 35-percent shooting.
McDaniel led UNC with 18 points and Diamond DeShields had 17.
The game was Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw's 1,000th as a head coach, improving her overall record to 742-258.
No. 4 SOUTH CAROLINA 67, GEORGIA 56
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tiffany Mitchell scored a career-high 25 points and South Carolina wrapped up its first Southeastern Conference title.
Alaina Coates added 18 points as the Gamecocks (26-2, 14-1) won their 10th straight and finished 16-0 at home. South Carolina's other 6-foot-4 forward, Elem Ibiam, had a team-high nine rebounds and five of the team's 11 blocks.
Erika Ford had 16 points to lead the Bulldogs (18-10, 6-9).
Mitchell scored 16 points in the opening half to help the Gamecocks build a 16-point lead and Georgia could never recover.
No. 5 STANFORD 83, WASHINGTON 60
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike had 32 points and 11 rebounds to lead Stanford past Washington.
Bonnie Samuelson added 14 points for Stanford (27-2, 16-1 Pac-12), while Lili Thompson had 11 and Amber Orrange 10.
Ogwumike fell four points shy of tying her career high, reached twice this season. The senior forward increased her career scoring total to 2,543, leaving her 87 shy of breaking former Stanford star Candice Wiggins' Pac-12 record. Ogwumike also had her 21st double-double of the season.
Kelsey Plum led the Huskies (16-12, 9-8) with 21 points. Talia Walton added 12 and Jazmine Davis 10.
No. 7 DUKE 71, WAKE FOREST 56
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Haley Peters scored a season-high 22 points and Duke pulled away for its 40th straight win over Wake Forest.
Richa Jackson added 15 points and Tricia Liston scored 10 with a critical 3-pointer late in her final regular-season game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Playing their first full game without injured point guard Alexis Jones, the Blue Devils (25-4, 12-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) locked up the No. 2 seed for next week's conference tournament and avoided their first losing streak since 2007-08.
ACC scoring leader Dearica Hamby scored 20 points and Chelsea Douglas finished with 19 and hit five 3-pointers for the Demon Deacons (14-14, 5-10).
No. 9 MARYLAND 92, BOSTON COLLEGE 66
BOSTON (AP) — Alyssa Thomas scored 26 points to move into second place on Maryland's all-time women's scoring list, carrying the ninth-ranked Terrapins past Boston College.
Lexie Brown added 12 points, all coming on 3-pointers, and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 11 for Maryland (23-5, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). Thomas added nine boards.
Kristen Doherty led Boston College (12-17, 3-12) with 15 points in her final home game. The Eagles have lost 10 of 11.
Thomas surpassed Marissa Coleman for second and needs 34 points to move ahead of Crystal Langhorne's record of 2,247. She also needs 56 to break Juan Dixon's overall school record of 2,269.
No. 10 TENNESSEE 72, LSU 67
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Meighan Simmons highlighted a 31-point performance with a clutch 3-pointer in the final minute, and Tennessee held off LSU after giving up a 21-point halftime lead.
Simmons hit five 3s in all and also made a couple free throws to help seal the victory for the Lady Vols (23-5, 12-2 Southeastern Conference), who won for the ninth time in 10 games.
Cierra Burdick added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Isabelle Harrison 11 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee, which had to rescue the victory after allowing LSU to tie the score with 3:28 to go.
Jeanne Kenney scored 17 of her 21 points in the second half, including two 3s and the tying free throws during LSU's late 10-0 run. Theresa Plaisance added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Tigers, who've lost five straight.
No. 12 KENTUCKY 81, MISSISSIPPI ST. 74, OT
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — DeNesha Stallworth had 16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds as Kentucky avoided the upset.
Bria Goss twice broke ties in overtime before Kastine Evans scored to give the Wildcats a 73-71 lead with 2:27 to play. Kentucky (21-7, 9-6 SEC) closed on an 8-3 run to seal it.
Martha Alwal had 12 points and 16 boards for Mississippi State (18-11, 5-10).
Jerica James' 3-pointer capped a 23-9 run to give Mississippi State a 66-64 lead with 1:19 to play in regulation. Goss split a pair of free throws to pull the Wildcats to 66-65 with 49 seconds left.
With 1 second remaining, Kentucky's Samarie Walker missed her first free throw, but made the second to send it into overtime.
No. 13 NC STATE 79, PITTSBURGH 68
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Markeisha Gatling scored 20 points and Len'Nique Brown added 19 points, including six straight free throws in the final 90 seconds as North Carolina State got the 800th victory in the program's history.
In earning their first win at Pitt in the first meeting between the teams as Atlantic Coast Conference rivals, the Wolfpack (24-5, 11-4) reached 24 wins for the 12th time in program history, and 11 conference victories for the 10th time
NC State shot 53.8 percent from the field (28 of 52) while its defense held the Panthers to 23 of 67 (34.3 percent).
Chelsea Welch came off the bench to score 16 points for Pittsburgh (11-18, 3-12).
No. 16 NEBRASKA 72, ILLINOIS 65
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Jordan Hooper scored 29 points to help Nebraska hold off Illinois for its ninth-straight win.
Tear'a Laudermill added 15 points, Emily Cady had 10 points with 12 rebounds and Rachel Theriot had 10 assists for the Cornhuskers (22-5, 12-3 Big Ten).
Amber Moore had 19 points for Illinois (9-19, 2-13). Ivory Crawford added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Taylor Gleason had 13.
After Moore's 3-pointer pulled Illinois within two with 3:03 left, Sarah Livingston missed two free throws. After Laudermill made two, Crawford missed two more. Illinois was 3 for 10 from the line but made 10 3-pointers. Nebraska also had 10 3s but was 14 for 17 from the line.
No. 17 TEXAS A&M 77, ARKANSAS 54
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Jordan Jones scored 19 points, gathered 10 rebounds and had 10 assists as Texas A&M had little trouble with Arkansas.
Texas A&M (22-7, 12-3 SEC) scored the first 13 points of the game, including a 3-pointer by Jones, en route to a 43-32 lead at the break.
The Aggies poured in on in the second half. A 12-0 run — Courtney Williams and Courtney Walker had four points apiece in the run — pushed the lead to 61-38 and Texas A&M cruised home from that point.
Williams finished with 18 points and eight rebounds while Walker had 10 points.
Jhasmin Bowne had 11 points and Calli Berna added 10 to lead Arkansas (18-10, 5-10).
No. 18 CALIFORNIA 75, WASHINGTON ST 68, OT
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Reshanda Gray set career highs wth 43 points and 16 rebounds, Brittany Boyd recorded the second triple-double in school history, and California beat Washington State.
Boyd scored eight of her 13 points in overtime, finishing with 11 assists and a career-high 14 rebounds. She made just 2 of 16 field goals.
Gray made 17 of 20 from the floor and recorded her seventh consecutive double-double and 14th of the season.
Tia Presley finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Shalie Dheensaw added 14 and 15 for WSU (15-14, 9-8 Pac-12), which made just 2 of 14 field goals in overtime.
No. 21 MICHIGAN ST 75, NORTHWESTERN 44
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Aerial Powers had 19 points and 13 rebounds to help Michigan State preserve its chances for a share of Big Ten Conference title.
Annalise Pickrel had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Jasmine Hines scored 11 and Tori Jankoska added 10 for the Spartans (20-8, 12-3).
Michigan State pulled into a three-way tie with No. 11 Penn State and No. 17 Nebraska atop the Big Ten with one game remaining for all each team.
Alex Cohen had 11 points to lead Northwestern (14-14, 4-11), which has lost seven straight.
No. 22 GONZAGA 75, SAINT MARY'S 65
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Haiden Palmer scored 19 points to and Gonzaga won its 10th straight West Coast Conference title.
Keani Albanez added 14 points for the Bulldogs (25-4, 15-2).
Danielle Mauldin had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Saint Mary's (20-8, 10-7), which opened league play with a 79-78 win over the Bulldogs in overtime. Kate Gaze added 17 points and Jackie Nared 14.
Gonzaga had a 10-0 run in the first half to take a 27-19 lead, and it was 35-29 at halftime.
No. 25 IOWA 65, OHIO STATE 61
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Theairra Taylor scored 21 points and Iowa pulled away in the second half to beat Ohio State.
Melissa Dixon scored 14, Bethany Doolittle 12, and Iowa (22-7, 10-5 Big Ten) forced 21 turnovers and had 15 steals. Ohio State (15-16, 5-10) outshot the Hawkeyes 46.2 percent to 41.7 percent from the field, 33.3 percent to 29.4 percent on 3-pointers, and 66.7 percent to 55.6 percent on free throws.
The Buckeyes at one point led by five and the lead changed hands 10 times until Doolittle's jumper with 10 seconds to play gave Iowa a 36-34 halftime edge.
Taylor's free throws in the second half sparked a 9-2 run for a 61-55 Iowa lead. Ohio State's Ameryst Alston made it a two-point game with a layup, but Taylor hit consecutive layups for the win.
Alston led Iowa with 18 and Ashley Adams scored 12.
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