- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Brionna Jones had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 3 Maryland pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Michigan 83-70 Thursday night for its sixth straight victory.

It was the ninth straight double-double for Jones and 13th for the season. The 6-foot-4 senior made 12 of 16 shots and helped the Terrapins (18-1, 6-0 Big Ten) finish with a 43-33 rebounding advantage.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 17 and freshman Kaila Charles added 16 for Maryland, the only team unbeaten in conference play. The two-time defending Big Ten champions outscored Michigan 19-6 in the final quarter.

Katelynn Flaherty led Michigan (15-5, 4-2) with 30 points in 36 minutes. She moved into third place on the school career list with 1,666.

NO. 4 MISSISSIPPI ST. 67, ALABAMA 54

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Chinwe Okorie had 15 points and eight rebounds to helpMississippi State remain unbeaten.

The Bulldogs (20-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) turned a single-digit halftime lead into a lopsided margin with a 14-0 run in the third quarter. Mississippi State outscored Alabama (14-5, 2-4) 26-9 in the quarter while forcing 11 turnovers.

It was a school season-record ninth road win for Mississippi State, the first team in the nation to reach 20 wins.

Victoria Vivians scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half after coming off three straight games with at least 20 points.

Hannah Cook led Alabama with 16 points.

NO. 5 SOUTH CAROLINA 65, MISSISSIPPI 46

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Alaina Coates had 15 points and 15 rebounds for her 54th career double-double, and All-America forward A’ja Wilson returned from a sprained ankle as South Carolina remained perfect in Southeastern Conference play.

The 6-foot-5 Wilson missed the previous two games after hurting her right ankle at Florida on Jan. 8. The Gamecocks’ leading scorer got a huge cheer when she was announced in the starting lineup and played fluidly in 15 minutes of action, with six points and four rebounds.

Coates, Wilson’s 6-4 post partner, continued to dominate down low for South Carolina (16-1, 6-0 SEC). The two fueled a 13-3 closing run in the second quarter as the Gamecocks took control, Coates scoring six points and Wilson four as South Carolina led 37-22 at halftime.

Taylor Manuel led the Rebels (13-6, 2-4) with 13 points, all in the final two quarters.

NO. 6 NOTRE DAME 80, BOSTON COLLEGE 69

BOSTON (AP) - Marina Mabrey scored 21 points, Brianna Turner had 19 and sixth-ranked Notre Dame bounced back from a loss earlier this week.

The Fighting Irish (17-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) picked up the tempo at the start of the second half, turning an eight-point lead to 54-37 in the opening 2 1/2 minutes.

Lindsay Allen added 12 points and six assists for Notre Dame, which has won the last nine meetings against the Eagles.

Mariella Fasoula had her fourth double-double of the season to lead Boston College (8-11, 1-5) with 20 points and 14 rebounds. It was the Eagles’ fifth straight loss.

NO. 7 FLORIDA STATE 77, SYRACUSE 58

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Shakayla Thomas scored 10 of her 17 points during the decisive first quarter, and Florida State cruised past Syracuse.

The Seminoles (18-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) hit 11 of their first 14 from the field, including nine straight during one stretch, as they built a 26-5 lead with 2:35 remaining in the first quarter. The Orange (13-7, 4-3) made their first two shots and then missed their next 10 as FSU went on an 18-0 run.

Leticia Romero added 12 points and Imani Wright 11 for the Seminoles, who led 72-39 early in the fourth quarter.

Alexis Peterson, who leads the ACC in scoring, had a game-high 26 points for Syracuse, with 21 coming in the second half.

NO. 15 DUKE 84, NO. 17 VIRGINIA TECH 59.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Lexie Brown was 10 of 16 from the field and scored 29 points to help Duke beat Virginia Tech.

It was the first time since Jan. 9, 2005 Duke and VT faced off as ranked teams.

Duke, which led by six points at intermission, broke it open with a 16-0 run to open the third quarter for a 54-32 lead. The Blue Devils went up 65-36 after extending the run to 27-4.

The Blue Devils shot 7 for 12 on 3-pointers (58.3 percent), 17 of 17 on free throws and shot 51 percent overall.

Rebecca Greenwell added 18 points and Kyra Lambert 10 for Duke (16-3, 4-2 ACC). Leaonna Odom had eight points, six rebounds and four blocks.

Sidney Cook and Kendyl Brooks each scored 15 points for Virginia Tech (16-2, 3-2).

NO. 16 OHIO STATE 70, WISCONSIN 61

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Kelsey Mitchell scored 24 points and Ohio State held off Wisconsin.

The Buckeyes led the Badgers by just a point at halftime. Wisconsin’s Kendall Shaw made two free throws to start the third quarter before Ohio State answered with eight points to take the lead for good, outscoring the Badgers 29-11 in the third quarter.

The Badgers made a charge with an 18-3 run to pull to 65-59, with 1:10 to go but got no closer.

Ohio State (16-5, 6-1 Big Ten) has won seven of its last eight games while Wisconsin lost its sixth straight.

Suzanne Gilreath matched a career high with five 3-pointers for all of her 15 points for the Badgers (5-14, 0-6).

MISSOURI 78, NO. 25 TEXAS A&M; 76, OT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Sophie Cunningham had eight of her 36 points in overtime and Missouri scored 22 points in the extra period to pull out the win.

Cunningham’s 3-pointer to open the overtime scoring gave the Tigers (13-7, 3-3 SEC) the lead for good. Missouri added only one other field goal while making 17 of 22 free throws to hold on to the lead.

Missouri had a six-point lead with 29 seconds left in OT, but Khaalia Hillsman and Curtyce Knox scored a couple of quick baskets to cut it to 72-70. The Tigers needed all six of their free throws in the final 14 seconds to hold on.

The Aggies (14-5, 4-2) took the lead early in the fourth quarter after trailing most of regulation and led by five with 1:23 left.

Cierra Porter had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Missouri.

Knox had 25 points and Hillsman scored 19 for Texas A&M.;

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