Thursday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Games played Jan. 9, 2014
Originally published January 9, 2014 at 10:05 p.m., updated January 10, 2014 at midnight
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Kayla McBride had 20 points and eight rebounds, Taya Reimer added 15 points and second-ranked Notre Dame made 62 percent of its shots to beat Boston College 95-53 Thursday night, handing the Eagles their worst loss this season.
The Fighting Irish (2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) improved to 14-0 for just the third time in program history and won their 37th straight regular-season game and 20th straight at home.
Kristen Doherty scored 13 points to lead the Eagles (10-6, 1-1), who snapped a seven-game winning streak.
The Irish took control from the start, opening a 20-10 lead when Reimer scored inside 9 minutes in. The Eagles, whose previous biggest loss was by 27 to USC, trailed 49-21 at halftime.
No. 3 DUKE 86, SYRACUSE 53
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Tricia Liston had 20 points and eight rebounds as Duke spoiled Syracuse's first home game in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Elizabeth Williams added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Duke (15-1, 2-0), whose only loss was to top-ranked UConn 83-61 in December.
The Blue Devils have beaten four ranked opponents this season— California, Purdue, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. Syracuse (11-4, 0-2) dropped out of the poll this week after consecutive losses to No. 23 Arizona State and North Carolina State, now ranked No. 20.
Duke won the only previous meeting between the teams, 84-40, in the Big Four Classic in Greensboro, N.C., in December 1995.
No. 6 MARYLAND 76, WAKE FOREST 49
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Freshman Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 15 points, and Maryland cruised to its 13th straight victory.
The Terrapins (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led by 15 at halftime and stretched the margin to 21 with 14 minutes left en route to their 16th consecutive win over the Demon Deacons (9-6, 0-2).
Alyssa Thomas had 11 points, five rebounds and six assists for Maryland, ending her run of 13 successive double-doubles.
Dearica Hamby had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Demon Deacons, who have dropped two in a row following a five-game winning streak.
No. 8 TENNESSEE 94, MISSISSIPPI 70
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ariel Massengale had 23 points and a career-high seven rebounds on a night Tennessee topped 5 million in all-time home attendance.
Tennessee (13-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) also beat Mississippi (9-7, 0-2) for the 25th consecutive time.
Massengale, coming off a career-high 28 points in a win at Georgia on Sunday, reached 20 points in consecutive games for the first time in her career.
The announced crowd of 10,382 increased Tennessee's all-time home attendance to 5,006,586.
Mississippi's Tia Faleru, who came in averaging 16 points and an SEC-best 9.9 rebounds, finished with eight points and nine rebounds.
No. 10 SOUTH CAROLINA 68, No. 9 KENTUCKY 59
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Aleighsa Welch had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and freshman Alaina Coates added 10 points and 17 rebounds to lead South Carolina.
The Gamecocks (15-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) held the SEC's highest-scoring team 33 points below their average. The Wildcats shot just 32 percent and had 14 shots blocked.
Kentucky (13-3, 1-2) made five of its first seven shots as South Carolina initially struggled to stop the Wildcats inside. But the Gamecocks quickly figured things out and led by 22 in the second half.
The Wildcats cut the lead to eight before Coates' layup with 1:03 left gave her a fifth double-double in 16 games.
Janee Thompson, Samarie Walker and Azia Bishop each scored 12 points for Kentucky.
TEXAS A&M 52, No. 12 LSU 48
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Courtney Williams led Texas A&M with 17 points as the Aggies climbed back in the final 40 seconds to beat LSU.
The Lady Tigers went ahead for the first time in the second half at 36-34 with 8:19 left to play and led until Texas A&M's Jordan Jones made a layup to tie the game with 1:08 left to play.
A jumper and two free throws later put the Aggies (12-4, 2-0) up by three with 17 seconds remaining. LSU cut A&M's lead to one point with 14 seconds to go after Raigyne Moncrief scored on an assist from Theresa Plaisance.
The Lady Tigers (12-3, 1-1) turned the ball over on their final possession.
Plaisance led the Lady Tigers with 16 points.
No. 13 NORTH CAROLINA 79, No. 20 N.C. STATE 70
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Freshman Diamond DeShields scored 21 points to lead North Carolina.
Xylina McDaniel added 15 points for the Tar Heels (13-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who used a 24-2 run late in the first half to take control after an early 10-point deficit. UNC led 45-29 at halftime and by double figures for most of the second half, though the Wolfpack (14-2, 1-1) rallied to within five points three times in the final 3 minutes only to fall short.
Markeisha Gatling had 18 points to lead N.C. State, which had its first national ranking since the 2006-07 season under late Hall of Famer Kay Yow.
The Tar Heels shot 51 percent, with DeShields scoring 10 points during UNC's big run.
No. 14 PENN STATE 82, ILLINOIS 76
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Maggie Lucas scored 24 points to help Penn State beat Illinois.
Trailing 79-61 with 3:06 remaining, Illinois used a 15-1 run, capped by Alexis Smith's 3-pointer with 23 seconds left, to pull to 80-76, but Lucas hit two free throw 15 seconds later to seal the victory for Penn State (11-3, 2-0 Big Ten).
Ivory Crawford had 25 points and seven assists for Illinois (7-8, 0-2). Jacqui Grant scored 10 of her 15 points in the first half as Illinois took a 32-31 lead into the break.
Ariel Edwards scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Penn State, which overcame 27 turnovers.
MICHIGAN STATE 70, No. 16 NEBRASKA 57
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Annalise Pickrel and Aerial Powers each scored 17 points as Michigan State opened its Big Ten Conference home schedule with an upset of Nebraska.
Michigan State (10-5, 2-0) never trailed, and led by as many as 25 in the second half. The Spartans finished the first half on an 8-0 run, led by six straight points from Pickrel, to go up 37-24 at halftime.
Powers had 15 rebounds in the game while Pickrel grabbed 10. Tori Jankoska and Becca Mills each added 10 points.
Jordan Hooper led the Cornhuskers (11-3, 1-1) with 21 points. Emily Cady added 16 points and 12 rebounds while Rachel Theriot contributed 11 points and eight assists.
No. 18 FLORIDA ST 68, MIAMI 63
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Natasha Howard tied career-highs with 27 points and 18 rebounds for Florida State.
The Seminoles (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) pushed ahead in the second half when Howard hit a jumper and two free throws, and Morgan Jones sank a 3-pointer during an 8-3 run to lead 57-50 with 8:07 remaining.
Miami (9-6, 1-1) pulled back within two after Keyona Hayes' layup and Krystal Saunders' 3-pointer, but Howard countered with three free throws and a layup to increase Florida State's lead back to five. Miami pulled within three, but Cheetah Delgado and Jones each hit free throws to seal it.
Saunders led the Hurricanes with 16 points.
NORTHWESTERN 71, No. 21 PURDUE 68
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Maggie Lyon scored 20 points and Christen Inman added 18 to9 lead Northwestern.
The Wildcats (11-4, 1-1 Big Ten) opened the second half with an 11-4 run to take their first lead, then used a 15-2 burst sparked by an Inman layup to build a double-digit margin at 61-47 with just under 9 minutes to play. Northwestern later held off a Purdue rally down the stretch to cement the win.
Alex Cohen and Lauren Douglas contributed 10 points each for Northwestern, which shot 44 percent from the field and hit 6 of 12 from 3-point range.
Purdue (10-4, 0-2 Big Ten) closed the gap in the final minute pulling within a point on April Wilson's 3 to make it 69-68 before the drive stalled.
Camille Redmon led the Boilermakers with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
MISSOURI 66, No. 25 GEORGIA 56
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Brianna Kulas had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead Missouri.
The teams had the same number of field goals for the game, but Missouri (13-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) hit two more 3-pointers and eight more free throws than Georgia (12-4, 0-3).
Kayla McDowell added 13 points for the Tigers, as they rebounded from a loss to Arkansas earlier in the week.
Georgia was led by Khaalidah Miller's 12 points, while Krista Donald added 11. The Lady Bulldogs have lost three in a row and four of their last five.
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