No. 2 LSU 79, No. 17 Vanderbilt 68
No. 2 LSU 79, No. 17 Vanderbilt 68
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sylvia Fowles scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half, and LSU never trailed in winning its fourth straight. Vanderbilt (13-5, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) had dominated this series in recent years, winning nine of the past 11 games. Seimone Augustus scored 20 points for LSU (18-1, 5-0), which is off to its best SEC start ever. Wendlyn Jones had 13 points, and Scholanda Hoston added 11. Dee Davis led Vanderbilt with 24 points.
No. 11 Notre Dame 63, No. 6 Rutgers 47
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Jacqueline Batteast scored 18 of her 27 points in the second half and Notre Dame used a 23-0 run to give coach Muffet McGraw her 400th career win with the Irish. Batteast scored the first 12 points of the second half for Notre Dame (16-3, 4-2 Big East), which trailed by as many as 13. The Scarlet Knights (13-4, 4-1), who shot 47 percent in the first half, shot 17 percent in the second.
No. 7 Tennessee 67, Kentucky 49
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Shyra Ely scored 13 points for Tennessee, which held Kentucky to six field goals in the first half. Former Tennessee assistant Mickie DeMoss was making her first appearance in Thompson-Boling Arena as an opposing coach, and the Lady Vols faithful gave her a warm welcome. But Tennessee (14-3, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) wasn't nice to the Wildcats once the game started, racing to a 22-2 lead. Freshman Samantha Mahoney led Kentucky (13-7, 2-3) with 15 points.
Penn St. 73, No. 8 Michigan St. 56
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Tanisha Wright and Jess Strom each scored 24 points to lead Penn State. Wright had 16 points in the second half, including 10 during a 25-7 run that put the Lady Lions (12-6, 7-0 Big Ten) ahead 67-51 with 2:36 left. Lindsay Bowen scored 13 points to lead the Spartans (16-3, 5-2), who also got 11 points from Liz Shimek and 10 from Kristin Haynie.
No. 12 Minnesota 80, Illinois 68
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kelly Roysland scored a career-high 19 points for Minnesota. Janel McCarville had 16 points and nine rebounds while Jamie Broback and Shannon Schonrock each scored 12 points for the Gophers (16-3, 6-1 Big Ten), who shot 55 percent from the field and led 80-49 before the Illini scored the game's final 19 points.
NC State 67, No. 16 Maryland 55
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Billie McDowell had 18 points and nine rebounds, and North Carolina State handed Maryland its first home loss of the season. Tiffany Stansbury and Khadija Whittington each scored 16 points for the Wolfpack (15-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who never trailed after taking control with a 16-0 run midway through the first half. Crystal Langhorne had 13 points and 19 rebounds for Maryland (13-4, 3-3).
No. 18 DePaul 90, Southern Mississippi 63
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Jenna Rubino, Allie Quigley and Caprice Smith each had 16 points for DePaul (15-3, 4-1 Conference USA), which controlled the game from the beginning and led 48-27 at the half. Shannon Sueber led Southern Miss (6-12, 15) with 20 points. DePaul shot 59.1 percent from the floor and held the Eagles to just 40.4 percent.
No. 21 Georgia 67, Mississippi State 57
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Tasha Humphey had 24 points and 12 rebounds to help Georgia (15-5, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) rally from a six-point halftime deficit. Sherill Baker finished with 14 points and Megan Darrah added 10 for the Bulldogs. Tan White led Mississippi State (14-4, 3-2 SEC) with 22 points. Rebecca Kates added 15 and Tiania Burns scored 11.
No. 24 Purdue 79, No. 22 Iowa 75
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton scored a career-high 19 points and Katie Gearlds added 19 points and six assists to lead Purdue. Gearlds scored 17 of her 19 in the second half, including three 3-pointers that helped the Boilermakers erase a seven-point deficit. Jamie Cavey had 22 points and six rebounds for Iowa (14-4, 3-4 Big Ten). Erin Lawless added 17 points and nine rebounds for Purdue (11-7, 4-3).