No. 4 Arizona State 80, Utah 77
SALT LAKE CITY
Shannon Evans scored 22 points, and Arizona State held on for a choppy win over Utah to end a two-game losing streak. Mickey Mitchell hit two free throws with 21.7 seconds remaining after being fouled on a drive to give Utah a 79-77 lead. Justin Bibbins missed what could have been the game-winning 3-pointer with 6 seconds left. Kodi Justice scored 20 points and carried the offensive load most of the night for Arizona State (13-2, 1-2 Pac-12), but Evans found a groove late, scoring 10 straight points down the stretch. Tra Holder, the league’s leading scorer, added 11 points.
No. 9 Wichita State 95, South Florida 57
Shaquille Morris scored 15 points to lead a balanced scoring effort, and Wichita State blew out South Florida. Zach Brown had 13 points, and Markis McDuffie scored 12 for Wichita State (13-2, 3-0 American Athletic Conference). Darral Willis scored 11 points. Morris, Brown and McDuffie were a combined 16 of 19 from the floor, helping the Shockers shoot 62.7 percent. Malik Martin led South Florida (7-10, 0-4) with 15 points. David Collins scored 12 points, and Terrence Samuel added 10 for the Bulls. The Shockers had 48 points off the bench in their largest victory since beating Savannah State 112-66 on Nov. 12.
No. 15 Miami 80, No. 24 Florida State 74
CORAL GABLES, FLA.
Miami 5-foot-7 freshman Chris Lykes scored a season-high 18 points, and the Hurricanes withstood a late rally by the Seminoles. Bruce Brown scored a season-high 23 points and Dewan Huell had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Hurricanes, who took the lead for good in the early minutes and made 13 of their first 14 shots. Miami (13-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won at home for the first time since Dec. 5. The Seminoles (12-3, 1-2) lost for the third time in their past six games. Florida State cut a 16-point second-half deficit to four with 24 seconds left. Braian Angola then made a backcourt steal but missed a 3-pointer that would have left the Seminoles trailing by one.
No. 19 Cincinnati 76, SMU 56
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY.
Jacob Evans III scored 18 points, and Gary Clark had a big second half as Cincinnati pulled away to beat SMU and extend the longest active home-court winning streak in the country. The game matched the American Athletic Conference’s top defensive teams, and it showed in the first half as they went a combined 15-for-52 from the field and the Bearcats led 34-20. Cincinnati (14-2, 3-0) broke it open with a 12-point run late in the first half featuring Evans’ 3-pointer. Clark scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half as the Bearcats finally got the ball inside and pushed the lead to 20.
No. 15 Missouri 83, No. 4 South Carolina 74
Sophie Cunningham was too much for South Carolina to handle for the second straight year, scoring 27 points to lead No. 15 Missouri to a victory over the fourth-ranked Gamecocks. Cunningham, who suffered a right knee sprain last week and sat out Missouri’s loss to LSU on Thursday, returned with a knee brace but showed no ill effects. She made 9 of 10 shots from the field and had seven assists and six rebounds. Last year, Cunningham scored 26 points and hit the winning shot in Missouri’s home victory over the eventual national champions.
No. 2 Notre Dame 77, Georgia Tech 54
Arike Ogunbowale scored 25 points, Jackie Young added 14 and Notre Dame had no trouble winning its eighth straight game with a victory over Georgia Tech. Despite injuries reducing their roster to seven scholarship players and three walk-ons, the Fighting Irish (15-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) used a dominant inside game to put Georgia Tech away early with a 30-point halftime lead.
No. 3 Louisville 67, Virginia Tech 56
Asia Durr scored 21 points to lead Louisville to a victory over Virginia Tech. The Cardinals (18-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) made their first seven shots to jump out to a 16-2 lead midway through the first quarter. Durr made her first five shots and scored 16 in the first period. Regan Magarity scored 14 points to lead the Hokies (12-4, 1-2).
No. 5 Mississippi State 83, LSU 70
BATON ROUGE, LA.
Teaira McCowan had 31 points and 20 rebounds to help Mississippi State stay unbeaten with a victory against LSU. McCowan scored Mississippi State’s first nine points after halftime to extend a nine-point lead to 15 after being held to eight in the first half on 3-for-10 shooting. LSU got no closer than 10 points the rest of the game. It’s the second time this season McCowan has had at least 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game. Morgan William scored 13 points and Chloe Bibby had 10 for Mississippi State (17-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference), whose bench outscored LSU’s 16-2.
No. 7 Tennessee 86, Vanderbilt 73
Mercedes Russell scored a career-high 33 points as Tennessee came from behind in the second half to outlast Vanderbilt and remain unbeaten. Vanderbilt (4-13, 0-3 SEC) has never beaten the Lady Vols (15-0, 3-0) at Knoxville in 33 attempts. Tennessee capitalized on its superior size to go on an 11-0 run midway through the second half and withstand an unexpected challenge from the Commodores. Russell already had outscored her previous career high of 26 points by the end of the third quarter and ended up shooting 14 of 20 and pulling down eight rebounds. Cheridene Green shot 7 of 8 and scored 17 points — also a career high — and Jaime Nared added 15 points.
No. 8 Texas 75, Kansas State 64
Lashann Higgs scored 26 points and Texas used a big run to start the second half to beat Kansas State. Even with leading scorer Brooke McCarty having a rough shooting day as she scored just nine points, the Longhorns (13-1, 4-0 Big 12) had enough to beat the Wildcats. Kayla Goth scored 17 points to lead the Wildcats (1-3).
No. 9 Oregon 70, No. 14 UCLA 61
Ruthy Hebard scored 19 points, Sabrina Ionescu had 18 and Maite Cazorla 17 in Oregon’s victory over UCLA. The Ducks (15-2, 4-0) won for the seventh consecutive game and remained perfect in conference play. Oregon senior Lexi Bando hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 58 seconds left to give the Ducks a 63-59 lead and iced the game with a pair of free throws with 40 seconds left. Bando has the best active career 3-point shooting percentage in the NCAA at 45.7.
The Bruins (11-4, 2-2) had won a school-record 20 consecutive home Pac-12 games. Monqiue Billings led UCLA with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Jordin Canada added 19 points.
Syracuse 76, No. 11 Florida State 69
Miranda Drummond scored a career-high 38 points, including 11 straight late in the fourth quarter that lifted Syracuse to a win over Florida State. Drummonod’s 3-point play put the Orange (14-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) on top 58-56, the 13th lead change, with 7 1/2 minutes to go. She followed that with a layup and then hit a pair of 3-pointers for a 66-56 lead at the 2:42 mark. The Seminoles (14-3, 2-1), who had won four straight, got four quick points but Drummond nailed her seventh 3-pointer and the Orange made 7 of 10 free throws in the last 69 seconds to finish the upset.