Thursday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules
Games played Jan. 23, 2014
Originally published January 23, 2014 at 9:14 p.m., updated January 24, 2014 at 1:47 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Tricia Liston scored 25 points and Elizabeth Williams had 20 as No. 3 Duke needed overtime to beat No. 24 Florida State 85-77 on Thursday night.
The Blue Devils used an 11-0 run to rally from a four-point deficit in regulation and score the first seven points in overtime.
Liston finished with 25 points, including four 3-pointers, after scoring just four points in the first half. Williams added seven rebounds and six blocks.
The Seminoles (14-5, 2-4) wasted a career night from Natasha Howard — 28 points and 21 rebounds with five blocks. Morgan Jones scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Brittany Brown added 12 points in the loss points.
Alexis Jones tied a Duke (19-1, 6-0) record with 15 assists in the school's first overtime game since 2009.
No. 2 NOTRE DAME 79, MIAMI 52
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Natalie Achonwa had 23 points and nine rebounds, Lindsay Allen added a season-high 16 points and Notre Dame shook off a slow start to win its 21st straight home game.
The Fighting Irish started 1 for 13 shooting, consistently missing inside, but finally got going after trailing by six. The Irish made 10 of their final 19 shots of the first half to open a 35-26 lead the break, and then began the second half with a 10-0 run to take control.
The Irish (18-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) are off to their best start since going 23-0 en route to the national championship in 2000-01. The Irish had a 53-35 rebounding edge and outscored the Hurricanes (11-8, 3-3) 44 to 22 in the paint.
Jassany Williams and Adrienne Motley led Miami (11-8, 3-3) with 10 points apiece as the Hurricanes shot 31 percent.
VIRGINIA 86, No. 6 MARYLAND 72
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Kelsey Wolfe scored 24 points and Ataira Franklin and Faith Randolph each scored 19 and Virginia ended Maryland's 14-game winning streak.
The Cavaliers (10-9, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended a five-game losing streak against the Terrapins, and won their second straight against a ranked foe. They beat No. 24 Florida State on Sunday.
Alyssa Thomas scored 27 points and 10 rebounds Alicia DeVaughn scored 14 for Maryland (16-2, 4-1). The Terps fell behind 45-38 when Virginia opened the second half on an 11-0 run and never got closer than four in the final 14 minutes.
Both teams shot 50 percent from the field, but Virginia had eight 3s, the Terps just four.
Lexi Gerson and Sarah Imovbioh each added 12 points for the Cavaliers.
No. 7 NORTH CAROLINA 83, WAKE FOREST 65
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Diamond DeShields and Allisha Gray had 19 points each and North Carolina pulled away down the stretch.
North Carolina (17-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its 11th straight in the series. Xylina McDaniel and Stephanie Mavunga added 12 points each for UNC.
Dearica Hamby led the Demon Deacons (10-9, 1-5) with 22 points and Chelsea Douglas added 20.
UNC has won 12 of its last 13 games. The Deacons have lost five of their last six.
The game was close until the final four minutes, tied for the last time at 56-56 on Douglas' 3-pointer with 8:22 remaining. But the Tar Heels went on a 19-2 run before Millesa Calicott's 3-pointer for the Deacons with 1:05 to go.
ALABAMA 57, No. 55 KENTUCKY 55
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Daisha Simmons scored 17 of her 22 points in the second half, including a layup with 2.3 seconds remaining that lifted Alabama over Kentucky.
Kentucky (15-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference), tied the score at 55-all on two free throws by Jennifer O'Neill with 14.9 seconds to go. However, the Crimson Tide (9-10, 2-4) had plenty of time to set up for the last shot by Simmons.
A desperation attempt by Kastine Evans bounced off the back of the rim as time expired, giving Alabama its first win in Lexington since 2002.
Brianna Hutchen added 10 points for the Tide.
No. 11 TENNESSEE 89, FLORIDA 69
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Meighan Simmons scored 21 points Thursday as No. 11 Tennessee capitalized on its 3-point accuracy to win on a night dedicated to honoring former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt.
Bashaara Graves added 17 points and eight rebounds for Tennessee (15-4, 4-2 SEC), which shot 10 of 21 from 3-point range and handed Florida (13-6, 3-3) its third consecutive loss.
Andraya Carter scored 14 points, Jasmine Jones had 13 points and Isabelle Harrison added 12 for Tennessee. Kayla Lewis led Florida with 14 points.
Tennessee guard Ariel Massengale didn't return to the game after getting hit in the face and falling to the floor while making a steal late in the first half.
Before the game, the Pat Summitt Foundation received three checks totaling $30,000 in honor of the SEC's "We Back Pat" Week, an initiative focused on recognizing the foundation's fight against Alzheimer's disease.
No. 15 LSU 71, AUBURN 60
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Theresa Plaisance had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead LSU.
LSU led 62-56 with 3:46 to play and used a 9-0 run to build a 15-point advantage before Auburn scored two meaningless baskets in the final 40 seconds.
After battling back-and-forth for much of the first half, LSU (15-4, 4-2 SEC) trailed 36-35 at halftime. Raigyne Moncrief's layup 30 seconds into the second sparked a six-point LSU run for a 41-36 lead.
Auburn (11-8, 2-4) battled back to a 41-41 tie, but LSU went on a 17-3 run to take a 58-44 lead with 7:24 left in the game.
Moncrief had 15, Jeanne Kenney scored 12 and Shanece McKinney added 11 for LSU.
Brandy Montgomery led Auburn with 22 points and Katie Frerking added 11.
No. 17 TEXAS A&M 62, MISSOURI 57
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Courtney Walker scored 21 points as No. 17 Texas A&M won its ninth straight game and remained undefeated in conference play.
After trailing for much of the first half and 33-31 at halftime, Texas A&M (16-4, 6-0 SEC) took the lead early in the second and never relinquished it.
The Tigers (13-6, 2-4) hung around though and cut their deficit to 60-56 with 1:15 to play. Missouri then got the ball back after a missed 3-pointer by Texas A&M but the Tigers missed 3s on their next two possessions and the Aggies prevailed.
Courtney Williams added 14 points and went 6 of 11 from the field for Texas A&M.
Morgan Eye led Missouri with 19 points while Brianna Kulas added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers, who have lost four of their last five.
No. 22 PURDUE 90, NORTHWESTERN 65
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Liza Clemons scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Purdue handled Northwestern.
Purdue (14-5, 4-3 Big Ten) closed the first half on a 13-4 run to take a 45-34 lead into halftime. The Boilermakers continued to pull away after the break, opening the half on an 11-3 run, and Northwestern (12-7, 2-4) was unable to cut the deficit to single digits during the second half.
Whitney Bays scored 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting for the Boilermakers, and April Wilson added 11 points. KK Houser had nine points and nine rebounds.
Nia Coffey had 20 points to lead the Wildcats. Lauren Douglas scored 14 points while Christen Inman and Maggie Lyon had 10 apiece. Ashley Deary added 10 assists.
No. 23 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 85, BOSTON COLLEGE 76
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Markeisha Gatling scored 27 points and Kody Burke added 24 with 11 rebounds for North Carolina State.
NC State (17-3, 4-2 ACC) shot 48.1 percent from the field. Len'Nique Brown had 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and Krystal Barrett dished out eight assists.
The Eagles (11-9, 2-4) were 23-of-60 from the field (38.3 percent) and hit 13 3-pointers, but also committed 28 fouls and 12 turnovers. Kelly Hughes led Boston College with 23 points and Katie Zenevitch chipped in 19.
No. 25 GONZAGA 91, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 82 (OT)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Haiden Palmer scored a career-high 32 points as No. 25 Gonzaga held on to defeat Loyola Marymount 91-82 in overtime Thursday for its seventh-straight win.
Loyola Marymount (5-14, 2-6 West Coast Conference) set up overtime when Deanna Johnson, who had a career-high 25 points, made three free throws with less than a second remaining.
Shelby Chezlek rebounded a missed free throw and scored to give Gonzaga (17-3, 7-1) a 73-72 lead with 30 seconds and Sunny Greinacher added two free throws at 3 seconds to make it a three-point game, setting up Johnson's heroics.
With Palmer scoring 17 points and Lindsay Sherbert 12, Gonzaga opened a 44-31 lead at the half. But Loyola, which has lost 12 straight to the Bulldogs went on a 14-0 run to take a 57-53 lead with 8:30 to play.
Greinacher had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Gonzaga.
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