No. 2 Notre Dame 89, Boston College 60
SOUTH BEND, IND.
Jessica Shepard scored 24 points in 22 minutes Sunday as No. 2 Notre Dame bounced back from its most lopsided loss in 16 seasons, routing Boston College. Coming off a 33-point defeat at No. 3 Louisville, the Irish ran out to a 9-0 start against the young and overmatched Eagles. Arike Ogunbowale added 18 points for Notre Dame (16-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Freshman Danielle Patterson matched her season high with 11 points and Marina Mabrey added 10.
Milan Bolden-Morris, held scoreless for three quarters, had 17 points and Andie Anastos added 11 for Boston College (6-11, 1-3).
No. 4 Mississippi State 75, Alabama 61
Victoria Vivians scored 21 points, Teaira McCowan added 19 and Mississippi State beat Alabama. Mississippi State (19-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) earned its 11th straight win by double digits and now gets a week of rest to prepare for a showdown at No. 6 Tennessee next weekend. McCowan added 16 rebounds for her SEC-leading 14th double-double. Vivians scored in double figures for the 18th time in 19 games this season. Roshunda Johnson added 14 points. Alabama (13-5, 3-2) was led by Hannah Cook, who scored 25 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the field, including 5 of 5 from 3-point range.
No. 5 Baylor 74, Oklahoma 52
Dekeiya Cohen scored 16 points to lead Baylor past Oklahoma. Baylor rolled despite getting just nine points from leading scorer Kalani Brown. The 6-foot-7 junior, who entered averaging 21.5 points per game, played just 15 minutes because of foul trouble. Kristy Wallace scored 15 points and Natalie Chou added 12 for the Lady Bears (15-1, 5-0 Big 12), who won their 12th straight, all by at least 22 points. It was Baylor’s fourth straight win against Oklahoma. Baylor got off to a rough start but dominated the second half. The Lady Bears held Oklahoma to 17.9 percent shooting after the break. Ana Llanusa scored 19 points and Vionise Pierre-Louis added 14 for Oklahoma (8-9, 3-3).
No. 6 Tennessee 86, No. 9 South Carolina 70
Jaime Nared scored 19 points as Tennessee bounced back from its first loss of the season and beat South Carolina, which played without injured All-American A’ja Wilson. The Lady Vols (16-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) lost in overtime, 79-76, at Texas A&M on Thursday night. But with the 6-foot-5 Wilson sidelined with a right ankle sprain for the Gamecocks (14-3, 3-2), Tennessee took advantage of the middle, with Nared and Mercedes Russell helping build an 18-point lead late in the third quarter. It was South Carolina’s largest loss at home since being beaten 73-53 by Tennessee in Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick’s first SEC game on Jan. 3, 2013. Sophomore Tyasha Harris had a career-best 28 points for the Gamecocks.
No. 13 Florida State 107, Virginia Tech 62
Shakayla Thomas scored 21 points, Ama Degbeon had a double-double and Florida State tied a school record in its rout of Virginia Tech. Degbeon had 10 points and 13 rebounds for her third career double-double and seven players scored in double figures as the Seminoles (16-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) tied the 1990-91 team with their fifth 100-point game of the season. With the largest crowd of the season — 4,983 — on hand for alumni weekend, FSU earned its largest win ever over the Hokies (13-5, 2-3). FSU finished the game 8 of 14 behind the arc, shot 60 percent overall and had a 48-30 rebounding advantage. Taylor Emery scored 17 points for the Hokies, who shot 31 percent (22 of 72).
No. 16 Duke 55, Virginia 48
Lexie Brown, held scoreless in the first half, had nine of her 14 points in the fourth quarter and Duke ended Virginia’s eight-game winning streak. After missing all seven of her shots before halftime, Brown made all the plays down the stretch to help the Blue Devils (14-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) improve to 11-0 home and knock the Cavaliers (12-7, 5-1) out of a first-place tie. Brown had a layup in a flurry of 3-pointers that saw Virginia close within 49-48 with 1:12 to play. She made four free throws in the final 41 seconds to help close out the win. Aliyah Huland El had 14 points for the Cavs, who were off to their best start in league play since 2000, and Jocelyn Willoughby had 11 points and 10 boards.
Georgia 92, No. 17 Texas A&M 84, OT
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS
Freshman Gabby Connally returned to her home state and scored 37 points, 15 in overtime, to lead Georgia past Texas A&M. Connally, from San Antonio, came in averaging 8.8 points per game but against the Aggies made 10 of 17 shots, including four 3-pointers, plus 13 of 14 free throws. Mackenzie Engram made 6 of 7 from beyond the arc and tied her career high with 23 points while Caliya Robinson added 18 points and a career-high 19 rebounds. Connally made two free throws to open overtime and the Lady Bulldogs (16-2, 4-1 SEC) held on to their lead. The Aggies were within five with 1:10 left but Connolly made 5 of 6 free throws from there while Texas A&M missed its final five field-goal attempts. Chennedy Carter led Texas A&M (14-5, 3-2) with 31 points and eclipsed the Aggies’ freshman season scoring record.
No. 22 Oregon State 88, Arizona 48
Kat Tudor scored 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range, and Oregon State rolled past Arizona. Marie Gulich and Taya Corosdale added 13 points apiece for the Beavers (13-4, 4-2 Pac-12 Conference) and Mikayla Pivec had 10 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Gulich and McWilliams, who had six assists, both had 10 rebounds as Oregon State had a 49-22 rebounding advantage. From the mid-point of the second quarter, Arizona (4-13, 0-6) missed nine straight shots and went 3 for 26 carrying into the fourth quarter.
No. 24 California 66, Washington State 60
Kristine Anigwe had 30 points and 17 rebounds as Cal overcame Washington State. Anigwe tied the game at 60 with a free throw with 1:40 remaining and gave the Golden Bears the lead on a jumper with 28 seconds left. Asha Thomas was fouled after a steal and added two free throws with 13 seconds left and two more with six seconds remaining.
Cal (13-4, 4-2 Pac-12) picked up its third straight conference win, the program’s longest Pac-12 winning streak in the last three seasons. Borislava Hristova scored 25 points for the Cougars (8-10, 1-5), who have lost five of their last six.