Top 25 Women’s College Basketball Roundup: No. 8 South Carolina tops Georgia in battle
February 18, 2018
February 18, 2018
Georgia forward Malury Bates (44) blocks a shot from South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson during an NCAA college basketball game in Athens, Ga., Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)
ATHENS, Ga. — Tyasha Harris scored 20 points, A’Ja Wilson added a double-double and No. 8 South Carolina took control in the second half to beat No. 20 Georgia 77-65 on Thursday night.
Wilson had 18 points and 16 rebounds for South Carolina (21-5, 10-3 Southeastern Conference) in a game that provided clarity to the top of the conference standings.
The teams began the night in a three-way tie with No. 11 Tennessee for second place in the SEC behind undefeated No. 2 Mississippi State. Alabama beat Tennessee 72-63 Thursday night, leaving South Carolina alone in second place.
No. 4 Louisville 87, Boston College 52
BOSTON — Asia Durr scored 16 points to lead No. 4 Louisville to a victory against Boston College for its sixth win in seven games.
Louisville (26-2, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had its five-game winning streak snapped in Monday’s 69-58 loss at No. 1 Connecticut, when it trailed by as many as 22 points and came no closer than the final margin in the second half.
No. 5 Notre Dame 83, Virginia 69
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Arike Ogunbowale scored 27 points and No. 5 Notre Dame opened with a 20-2 run and cruised past Virginia.
Marina Mabrey added 16 points, and Jessica Shepard had 15 to help the Irish (24-2, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) win their ninth in a row. Ogunbowale and Shepard, a transfer from Nebraska, each also went above 1,500 career points. Shepard needed just four, and Ogunbowale needed 13 to reach the milestone.
Purdue 75, No. 10 Maryland 65
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — With a stunning performance on Maryland’s home floor, Purdue provided the rest of the Big Ten reason to believe the Terrapins’ reign as three-time defending champions could be in jeopardy.
Dominique Oden made two straight 3-pointers late in the game, and the Boilermakers pulled off an upset to end Maryland’s seven-game winning streak.
Alabama 72, No. 11 Tennessee 63
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jordan Lewis scored 14 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter as Alabama upset No. 11 Tennessee for its first road victory over the Lady Volunteers in school history.
Alabama (16-10, 7-7 SEC) had lost to the Lady Vols in each of its previous trips to Knoxville. Alabama has now beaten Tennessee four straight times overall after losing 42 consecutive games in this series from 1984-2016.
Alabama scored the first 14 points of the fourth quarter to pull ahead for good. The Lady Vols led 49-44 at the end of the third quarter, but Alabama outscored Tennessee 28-14 in the fourth.
No. 12 Florida State 91, Clemson 43
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Shakayla Thomas scored 19 points, Imani Wright had 16 and No. 12 Florida State defeated Clemson for the 18th straight time.
Thomas, who reached double figures for the 100th time, is the first Seminole to have three seasons making 200 field goals. Wright went 4-of-8 from distance, making it 17 straight games with multiple 3-pointers.
Florida State (22-4, 10-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which has won four straight, had six players in double figures. A.J. Alix had 11 points and 11 assists and Chatrice White had 10 points and 16 rebounds.
No. 13 Missouri 59, Auburn 51
AUBURN, Ala. — Jordan Frericks scored 19 points and No. 13 Missouri built an early lead and held off Auburn to win its fourth straight.
Sophie Cunningham added 12 points for Missouri (21-5, 9-4 Southeastern Conference), which won despite turning the ball over 24 times.
Syracuse 68, No. 17 Duke 65
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Tiana Mangakahia scored 19 points, including the winning 3-pointer with 57 seconds left, and Syracuse upended No. 17 Duke.
Tied at 52 entering the fourth quarter, Duke used a 9-0 run to lead 63-54 with 6½ minutes left. After that, Syracuse closed the game on a 14-2 run. Mangakahia had seven points as the Orange hit 6 of 8 shots, two of them 3-pointers, while the Blue Devils had five turnovers.
Cleveland State 71, No. 19 Green Bay 60
CLEVELAND — Ashanti Abshaw, Khayla Livingston and Olivia Voskuhl each scored 21 points and Cleveland State ended No. 19 Green Bay’s 11-game winning streak.
Abshaw, who surpassed the 1,500-point milestone in her last game, hit six 3-pointers. Livingston, who became the Vikings’ career 3-point leader, was 4-of-6, giving her 223, and had 10 assists. Voskuhl surpassed 1,000 career points by making 9-of-12 shots, 3-of-4 from distance.