- The Washington Times - Friday, January 30, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 18 FLORIDA ST. 82, No. 3 DUKE 75 (OT): Mara Freshour scored a season-high 21 points, and the Seminoles (18-4, 6-0 ACC) upset the Blue Devils (17-2, 5-1) in overtime in Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday night to grab sole possession of first place in the ACC.

Florida State erased a six-point deficit in the final 48 seconds to get the game to overtime while winning its ninth straight and ending Duke’s 15-game win streak.

Duke was led by Jasmine Thomas’ 16 points.

GEORGIA 67, No. 5 AUBURN 58: Angel Robinson scored 17 points to help the Bulldogs (14-7, 4-2 SEC) beat the Tigers (20-1, 5-1) in Athens, Ga., handing Auburn its first loss of the season.

Christy Marshall had 15 points, and Angela Puleo added 10 as Georgia won its third straight, including consecutive games against Top 25 teams. The Bulldogs beat then No. 17 Vanderbilt last week.

Auburn’s loss left No. 1 Connecticut (20-0) as the nation’s only remaining unbeaten team.

DeWanna Bonner had 27 points, and Sherell Hobbs had 11 for the Tigers. Auburn’s 20 straight wins to open the season was its best start since winning its first 28 games in the 1988-89 season.

No. 10 N. CAROLINA 77, WAKE FOREST 66: Italee Lucas scored a career-high 27 points, and the Tar Heels (18-3, 4-2 ACC) snapped a three-game losing streak, beating the Demon Deacons (13-5, 1-4) in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Rashanda McCants added 17 points and nine rebounds for North Carolina, which hadn’t lost three consecutive games since January 2002 before losing to No. 1 Connecticut, Georgia Tech and No. 12 Maryland in the span of a week.

No. 12 FLORIDA 74, KENTUCKY 59: Sha Brooks had 17 points and nine assists to help the Gators (19-2, 4-1 SEC) beat the Wildcats (12-9, 2-4) in Gainesville, Fla.

Trumae Lucas had 14 points, and Marshae Dotson finished with 13 points and eight rebounds for Florida.

No. 13 TENNESSEE 60, MISSISSIPPI 59: Angie Bjorklund hit a 3-pointer with six seconds left to give Tennessee coach Pat Summitt her 999th victory and help the Volunteers (16-4, 5-2 SEC) narrowly avoid a big upset with a win over the Rebels (13-8, 2-4) in Knoxville, Tenn.

Shantell Black hit a 3-pointer with 1:16 left to give Mississippi a 59-54 lead, but Tennessee scored the final six points.

No. 15 OHIO STATE 52, MICHIGAN 44: Jantel Lavender scored 17 points, and Brittany Johnson added 13 as the Buckeyes (17-3, 8-1 Big Ten) held off the Wolverines (9-12, 2-8) in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Star Allen added 11 for Ohio State, which overcame 20 turnovers to hold onto its conference lead.

No. 20 VANDERBILT 72, ARKANSAS 61 (OT): Merideth Marsh scored a career-high 21 points to help the Commodores (16-5, 5-1 SEC) beat the Razorbacks (12-9, 1-5) in Nashville, Tenn.

Marsh was 5-for-6 on 3-pointers and made two free throws during a 13-0 run by Vanderbilt to close the game.

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