No. 1 LSU 67, Mississippi State 40
No. 1 LSU 67, Mississippi State 40
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Seimone Augustus had 18 points and LSU held Mississippi State scoreless for almost 14 minutes during the first half. The Southeastern Conference's stingiest defense held the Bulldogs (14-8, 3-5) to just nine first-half points and kept Tan White, the nation's leading scorer, in check all game long. Augustus had eight points during a 35-3 stretch in which the Tigers (21-1, 8-0) scored the final 29 points of the half, shot 55 percent from the field and led 37-9 at the break on the way to their eighth straight win. Freshman Sylvia Fowles added 12 points for LSU, which plays No. 5 Tennessee on Thursday in Baton Rouge in a meeting of the only teams undefeated in SEC play.
No. 3 Duke 75, No. 24 Florida State 64
DURHAM, N.C. -- Monique Currie scored 14 points to lift Duke. Jessica Foley scored 11 points for the Blue Devils (22-2, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who set a league record with their 31st straight home conference win. Freshmen Wanisha Smith and Laura Kurz also added 11 for Duke, with reserve Kurz helping Duke take a 21-0 edge in bench points. Ganiyat Adeduntan scored 19 points to lead the Seminoles (19-5, 5-4), who have lost 23-of-25 meetings. Roneeka Hodges added 18 points. The Seminoles were the last ACC team to win at Cameron Indoor Stadium, taking a 71-69 win in February 2001. Florida State also ended Duke's record 51-game winning streak against league opponents last year in Tallahassee, Fla. But the Blue Devils avoided any similar disappointment, using a 24-2 run early in the second half to erase a 37-34 deficit. Duke upped its defensive pressure, holding the Seminoles to one field goal over 9 minutes and forcing turnovers that led to scores. Smith scored eight points during the run, which ended with Kurz nailing a 3-pointer and hitting a layup for a 58-39 lead with 10:35 left.
No. 5 Tennessee 99, Mississippi 67
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Shanna Zolman scored 21 points and Tennessee made a school-record tying 13 3-pointers. Shyra Ely added 19 points, Brittany Jackson had 16 and Nicky Anosike and Dominique Redding each had 11 for the Lady Vols (18-3, 8-0 Southeastern Conference), who have won 10 straight since a loss at Rutgers in December. The Lady Vols have won 42 straight regular-season SEC games and 57 against the league at home. Tennessee led the entire way, but the Lady Rebels (15-7, 5-4) threatened briefly to make it a game after halftime. They cut it to five by scoring the first points of the second half. It was the closest they would get as the Lady Vols responded with a 9-0 run.
No. 7 Rutgers 69, Syracuse 61
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Cappie Pondexter had 17 of her 21 points in the second half and Rutgers used its pressure defense to force 26 turnovers. Michelle Campbell added 18 points despite playing limited minutes because of foul problems and the Scarlet Knights (16-5, 7-2 Big East) remained unbeaten at home in 10 games. Freshmen Matee Ajavon and Essence Carson added nine points apiece as Rutgers won for the 11th time in 14 games. Jessica Richter had 17 points for Syracuse (11-10, 3-7), which lost its 13th straight game to a ranked opponent. Vaida Sipaviciute added 13 and Chineze Nwagbo had 11 for the Orange, who are 0-14 at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
No. 10 Michigan State 68, Illinois 59
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Liz Shimek had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead Michigan State. Shimek scored seven straight points in a 20-5 first-half blitz and had a critical three-point play in the closing minutes after the Illini cut a 17-point deficit to two. Kelli Roehrig and Lindsay Bowen each had 14 points. Kristin Haynie added 11 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals for the Spartans (20-3, 9-2 Big Ten), who moved within a half-game of first place Ohio State. Angelina Williams had 21 points and Tiffanie Guthrie scored 15 for Illinois (13-8, 5-6), which nearly pulled off its eighth road win in 12 tries this season.
No. 14 Minnesota 76, Michigan 55
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Janel McCarville had 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead Minnesota, which played most of the game without second-leading scorer and rebounder Jamie Broback, who suffered a left ankle sprain with 15:10 remaining in the first half. When Broback returned after the break, she played just seven more minutes and finished with seven points -- 6.5 below her average. But Liz Podominick, McCarville's backup at center, came off the bench to score 14 points. Leading by six at the break, the Gophers (18-4, 8-2 Big Ten) made six of their first seven shots in the second half. Kelly Helvey and Tabitha Pool each had 16 points each for Michigan (5-17, 1-10).
No. 20 Maryland 87, Clemson 82
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Ashleigh Newman hit seven 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 21 points for Maryland, sending Clemson to its eighth straight loss. Kalika France scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half for the Terps (16-5, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had a school-record tying 11 3-pointers. France had four of the 3-pointers. D'Lesha Lloyd led Clemson (7-14, 1-8) with 18 points and Reggie Maddox had 17.
No. 22 Temple 75, Duquesne 53
PITTSBURGH -- Kamesha Hairston had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead Temple. Candice Dupree added 12 points and Cynthia Jordan scored 10 for Temple (18-3, 10-0 Atlantic 10). Temple led 36-28 at halftime and outrebounded Duquesne 34-31. Brittany Warren scored a season-high 14 points, and Aiga Bautre and Loui Hall each added 13 for Duquesne (7-14, 2-8).
Purdue 50, No. 23 Penn State 44
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Katie Gearlds scored 21 points, including two free throws with 21.7 seconds left as Purdue upset Penn State. Erin Lawless had 11 points and five rebounds, and Emily Heikes added 13 rebounds for the Boilermakers (13-9, 6-5 Big Ten), who won for just the third time in their last eight games. Jess Strom finished with 11 points, and Big Ten leading scorer Tanisha Wright was held to six points on 2-of-15 shooting for Penn State (14-8, 9-2). The Lady Lions cut Purdue's lead to 46-44 with less than two minutes left.