- Associated Press - Sunday, February 1, 2015

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Bianca Cuevas scored a career-high 21 points and No. 1 South Carolina beat Mississippi 77-59 on Sunday.

South Carolina (21-0, 9-0 Southeastern Conference) got off to a slow start, trailing by nine points in the first half, before rallying to take a 36-29 halftime lead.

Cuevas, a 5-foot-6 freshman who comes off the bench, gave the Gamecocks a spark during their first-half struggles with nine points in only 7 minutes.

Tiffany Mitchell and A’ja Wilson each scored 11 points, and Elem Ibiam and Alaina Coates had10 apiece. South Carolina backups combined for 43 points.

Ole Miss (14-8, 4-5) has lost four straight. Erika Sisk and Shandricka Sessom both scored 12 points to lead the Rebels. Tia Faleru led all players with 13 rebounds.



NO. 2 UCONN 83, TEMPLE 49

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Breanna Stewart scored 17 points and UConn coach Geno Auriemma won career game No. 899.

Auriemma can become the sixth coach in Division I women’s basketball history to reach 900 wins with a victory Tuesday against Cincinnati. Former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt leads with 1,098 wins and four other women’s basketball coaches have hit the 900-win mark.

The Huskies (20-1, 10-0 American Athletic Conference) have won nine league games by an average of 50 points.

The Owls (10-12, 6-3) played a competitive game for a half.

Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis of Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons was in the crowd. The NCAA hit UConn with a secondary rules violation in September for Auriemma’s congratulatory phone call to the 2014 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.

NO. 3 BAYLOR 66, KANSAS 58

WACO, Texas (AP) - Nina Davis had 22 points and Baylor won its 19th consecutive game.

After Kansas scored 12 points in a row early in the second half, a three-point play by Davis with 11:05 left put the Lady Bears (20-1, 9-0 Big 12) ahead to stay and started an 11-0 run.

Davis then had a putback, giving the sophomore post player 1,000 career points.

Asia Boyd scored 14 points, while Terriell Bradley had 13 and Lauren Aldridge 12 for Kansas (12-10, 3-6), which had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Kansas had 28 turnovers that led to 32 points for Baylor.

NO. 4 NOTRE DAME 92, WAKE FOREST 63

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Jewell Loyd scored 20 points, Lindsay Allen added 18 and Notre Dame forced 30 turnovers.

The Fighting Irish (21-2, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) took control with a 14-0 run in the first half and ended a threat by the Demon Deacons (10-13, 1-8) in the second half with a 13-0 run.

Dearica Hamby, third in the ACC in scoring, led Wake Forest with 23 points and 10 rebounds and Milan Quinn added 14 points.

NO. 5 MARYLAND 93, NO. 20 IOWA 88

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Brionna Jones scored 17 of her 19 points in the second half and had 15 rebounds to help Maryland extend its winning streak to 13 games.

The Terrapins (19-2, 10-0) moved two games ahead of second-place Iowa in the Big Ten standings.

Lexie Brown led Maryland with 26 points, and Laurin Mincy added 15.

Ally Disterhoft scored 22 points for Iowa (17-4, 8-2), and Melissa Dixon had 18 points.

NO. 6 TENNESSEE 79, NO. 18 MISSISSIPPI STATE 67

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Cierra Burdick scored a career-high 24 points and had eight rebounds and six assists.

The Lady Vols (19-3, 9-0 SEC) are 36-0 against Mississippi State (22-3, 7-3).

Bashaara Graves added 17 points, including nine straight during an 11-0 run early in the second half, as Tennessee won its 17th straight home game. Isabelle Harrison had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Tennessee hasn’t lost at home since falling 75-71 to Kentucky on Feb. 16, 2014.

Victoria Vivians had 17 points to lead Mississippi State.

NO. 10 KENTUCKY 80, NO. 21 GEORGIA 72

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Jennifer O’Neill scored 21 points to lead Kentucky past Georgia.

O’Neill, a senior, scored eight of Kentucky’s final 10 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 1:27 remaining to give the Wildcats a 73-72 lead. Kentucky (17-5, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) overcome a furious rally by the Bulldogs in the second half.

Kentucky, coming off a 73-72 loss to sixth-ranked Tennessee, got 16 points from Makayla Epps.

Georgia (17-5, 5-4) was without leading scorer Shacobia Barbee (11.6 points per game), who broke her leg in a 59-51 loss to Tennessee last Sunday in Knoxville. Tiaria Griffin led the Bulldogs with 23 points.

NO. 11 ARIZONA STATE 58, UTAH 48

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Katie Hempen and Promise Amukamara scored 11 points apiece for Arizona State.

Arizona State (20-2, 9-1 Pac-12) trailed much of the first half. Elisha Davis’ 3-pointer with 2:28 left put the Sun Devils up and they scored the last eight points of the half and led 26-20 at the break.

Utah (7-14, 1-9) got the deficit to two twice in the second half.

NO. 12 TEXAS A&M; 78, AUBURN 45

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Courtney Williams scored a career-high 23 points to lead Texas A&M; to its 14th straight win at home.

Williams was 10 of 18 from the field and had all of her points by the 9:25 mark of the second half.

Courtney Walker had 13 points and seven rebounds for Texas A&M; (17-5, 5-3 SEC).

Tra’Cee Tanner and Brandy Montgomery scored 10 points apiece for Auburn (9-13, 0-9).

TCU 65, NO. 14 TEXAS 59

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Veja Hamilton scored 16 points and TCU broke a tie with seven straight points down the stretch to upset Texas.

Chelsea Prince hit a 3-pointer, Zahna Medley had a layup and Natalie Ventress made two free throws to pull off the upset.

It was the second year in a row TCU (13-7, 5-4 Big 12) beat Texas at home after going 0-33 against the Longhorns, who lead the series 34-2.

Texas (15-5, 4-5), coming off a double overtime win over No. 24 Oklahoma, got a season-high 22 points from Imani McGee-Stafford and had a 47-28 rebounding advantage but was done in by 25 turnovers.

NO. 15 NEBRASKA 75, MICHIGAN 60

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Tear’a Laudermill scored 13 of her 19 points in the second half when Nebraska took control.

Hailie Sample and Rachel Theriot added 14 points apiece for the Cornhuskers (17-4, 7-3 Big Ten), who shot 36 percent in the first half and trailed 31-25.

Shannon Smith led Michigan (13-8, 5-5), which shot 52 percent in the first half but 35.4 in the second, with 22 points.

NO. 16 NORTH CAROLINA 72, BOSTON COLLEGE 60

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Stephanie Mavunga had 25 points and 14 rebounds, Alisha Gray also posted a double-double, and North Carolina (18-4, 5-3 ACC) scored the last 14 points.

Boston College (9-12, 1-7) took a 60-58 lead on Karima Gabriel’s jumper with 7:34 to play, but after that the Eagles went 0 of 12 from the field, including nine 3-pointers, and missed two free throws and had three turnovers.

NO. 22 RUTGERS 76, PENN STATE 65

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Kahleah Copper scored 25 points and Tyler Scaife added 21 to help Rutgers to its fourth consecutive win.

It was Copper’s sixth 20-point game this season.

Betnijah Laney recorded her 14th straight double-double with 16 points and 14 boards for Rutgers (16-5, 7-3 Big Ten).

Lindsey Spann led Penn State (5-17, 2-9) with 16 points.

WEST VIRGINIA 78, NO. 24 OKLAHOMA 69

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Breana McDonald scored a career-high 19 points to lead West Virginia to the upset.

McDonald eclipsed her previous career-best of 16 at the 14:47 mark of the second half.

Averee Fields had 12 points and 12 rebounds for West Virginia (13-8, 3-6 Big 12).

Peyton Little led Oklahoma (13-7, 7-2) with 15 points. Gabbi Ortiz added 11 points and Kaylon Williams had 10.

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