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Sunday's Top 25 Women's College Basketball Capsules

Sunday's Top 25 Women's College Basketball Capsules

January 24th, 2011 in News

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Freshman Chelsea Gray hit a driving layup with 12 seconds left and No. 3 Duke rallied from a 20-point deficit to beat rival North Carolina State 65-64 on Sunday.

Jasmine Thomas scored 14 points for the Blue Devils (19-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had to fight to the final horn to remain the nation's last unbeaten team. Duke trailed by 18 at halftime and 42-22 a minute into the second half before turning up its full-court pressure to finally get back in the game.

Gray's layup against Amber White gave the Blue Devils the lead for good, though the Wolfpack had two good looks at the end to steal back the win. First, Marissa Kastanek missed a straightaway 3-pointer, then Bonae Holston hit the front of the rim on a mid-range stickback attempt.

Kastanek and Kody Burke each had 14 points for N.C. State (9-10, 1-4), which shot 52 percent in the first half but just 32 percent (8 for 25) after halftime.

No. 5 Tennessee 73, Auburn 53

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Shekinna Stricklen scored 18 points, Glory Johnson had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Tennessee earned its 10th consecutive victory.

The Lady Vols (19-2, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) used a late 19-4 spurt to pull away, even with leading scorer Meighan Simmons held to five points.

Stricklen helped overcome the freshman's sub-par outing with her second straight big game. She made 8 of 14 shots after getting 18 points and 16 rebounds Thursday night at South Carolina.

Alli Smalley and Morgan Toles had 13 points apiece for Auburn (12-8, 5-2). Jordan Greenleaf added 10 points and nine rebounds.

No. 15 Maryland 88, No. 10 North Carolina 65

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Alyssa Thomas had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Maryland had four other players score in double figures in a surprisingly easy victory over North Carolina.

Diandra Tchatchouang scored 13, Lynetta Kizer and Alicia DeVaughn each had 12, and Laurin Mincy added 10 points for the Terrapins (16-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Maryland committed a whopping 28 turnovers but shot 48 percent from the floor and finished with a 55-32 rebounding advantage.

Italee Lucas scored 17 for the Tar Heels (17-3, 3-2). After opening the season with 14 straight wins, North Carolina has since gone 3-3.

It was the Tar Heels' most lopsided loss to Maryland since an 84-62 defeat in 1998.

No. 11 Notre Dame 69, St. John's 36

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Devereaux Peters dominated inside with 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, leading Notre Dame to the victory.

Becca Bruszewski scored 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the Fighting Irish (17-4, 6-1 Big East).

The Red Storm (14-6, 3-4) shot 32 percent, with no player reaching double figures. Leading scorer Shenneika Smith was held to seven points on 3-of-8 shooting. Da'Shena Stevens had nine rebounds, but missed all seven free-throw attempts.

Notre Dame outrebounded the Red Storm 42-31.

No. 12 Michigan State 66, Minnesota 54

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Lykendra Johnson had 20 points and 17 rebounds to help Michigan State continue the best start in school history.

Johnson had a double-double by halftime with 10 points and 10 rebounds, leading the first-place Spartans (18-2, 6-1 Big Ten) to the victory.

Kalisha Keane had 14 points, and Cetera Washington added 10 points and eight rebounds in Michigan State's 17th straight win in the Breslin Center.

Kiara Buford scored 24 points for the last-place Golden Gophers (8-12, 0-7), who twice cut a 12-point halftime deficit to five before the Spartans got going in the final minutes.

No. 14 Oklahoma 75, Kansas 57

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Aaryn Ellenberg had 28 points, including six 3-pointers, and Oklahoma got the big conference road win.

Whitney Hand added 21 points for Oklahoma (15-3, 5-0 Big 12). Hand and Ellenberg combined for 37 of Oklahoma's 43 points in the first half, boosting the Sooners to 17-point lead at the break.

Carolyn Davis had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Jayhawks (15-4, 1-4), who lost their fourth Big 12 home game this season. Davis was 8 for 15 from the free-throw line and the Jayhawks were 19 for 32.

Ellenberg and Hand scored all the points in a 16-3 run midway through the first half that gave Oklahoma control.

No. 19 Kentucky 78, Vanderbilt 68

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Victoria Dunlap had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Kentucky used a 20-0 run in the first half to take a big lead.

Trailing 21-17, the Wildcats (15-4, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) got their game-turning run over a 6-minute span.

Kentucky led by 23 in the second half before Vanderbilt (13-7, 4-3) rallied to pull to 68-59 with 2:04 remaining. But Commodores coach Melanie Balcomb was called for a technical for arguing with an official and the Wildcats held on.

Kentucky shot just 37.5 percent from the field, but had 24 offensive rebounds and outworked Vanderbilt 41-31 on the boards overall.

Christina Foggie led the Commodores with 15 points.

Mississippi 69, No. 23 Arkansas 65

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Valencia McFarland scored 21 points and hit two late free throws to seal Mississippi's upset victory.

Nikki Byrd scored to spark an 11-2 run late in the second half that gave Ole Miss a 63-56 lead. The Razorbacks closed to 67-65 with 58.8 seconds remaining on Ashley Daniels' layup. Daniels had a chance to tie the game seconds later, but missed an open layup after a steal.

Arkansas (15-4, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) had another chance to tie, but sophomore center Sarah Watkins missed a pair of free throws with 3.7 seconds left. Watkins scored 21 points for the Razorbacks, who dropped back-to-back games for the first time all season.

McFarland made two foul shots with 2.7 seconds to go to clinch the win.

Ole Miss (9-9, 2-4) rallied from an early 14-2 deficit to snap a four-game losing streak.

No. 24 Georgia 78, Mississippi State 58

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Anne Marie Armstrong scored 17 points, Porsha Phillips had 16 points and 11 rebounds and No. 24 Georgia cruised to its seventh straight win.

Khaalidah Miller added 13 points and Ronika Ransford had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Georgia (16-3, 6-0 Southeastern Conference).

Kathryn Govero had 17 points and Diamber Johnson had 10 for Mississippi State (8-10, 0-6).

Georgia used a 13-0 run to take a 27-13 lead with about 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half. The Lady Bulldogs scored the final five points of the opening half to stretch the lead to 40-20 at the break.

Georgia increased the advantage to 70-35 with about 7 minutes to go.