- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Tiffany Mitchell had 15 points, five steals and three blocks as No. 2 South Carolina shot 52.1 percent while earning a 73-56 win over Arkansas on Thursday night.

The Gamecocks (25-1, 13-0 Southeastern Conference) have won three straight following a loss at No. 1 Connecticut, and reached 25 wins for the fourth straight season under coach Dawn Staley. The school had previously won at least 25 games a total of three times in 37 seasons.

Alaina Coates and A’ja Wilson added 14 points each for South Carolina, which was 25 of 48 from the field. The Gamecocks, the top-shooting team in the SEC, were also 7 for 17 on 3-point attempts - including 3 of 4 by Asia Dozier.

Jessica Jackson had 20 points to lead the Razorbacks (15-10, 5-8), who had won four of its last five games.

No. 4 NOTRE DAME 71, GEORGIA TECH 61

ATLANTA (AP) - Jewell Loyd scored 31 points and Notre Dame survived a scare to win its 11th straight.

The Irish (25-2, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 34-33 at halftime and the final margin was the only double-digit lead of the game. The score was tied at 51 with 11 minutes remaining.

Notre Dame, which protected its hold on first in the ACC, led only 58-56 before a basket by Lindsay Allen and a 3 from Loyd stretched the advantage to seven.

Zaire O’Neil scored 20 points and kaela Davis had 19 to lead Georgia Tech (14-13, 4-9), which has lost four straight and five of six.

No. 5 MARYLAND 81, WISCONSIN 70

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Brionna Jones had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 17 points, and Maryland got its 18th straight win.

Lexie Brown added 15 points and seven assists for the Terrapins (24-2, 15-0 Big Ten). Maryland clinched at least a share of the regular season title and secured the top seed in the conference tournament.

Wisconsin (8-17, 4-11) trailed by as much as 17 in the first half before hitting three 3s in the opening 5 minutes of the second half to help pull to 49-46. Jacki Gulczynski had two 3s during the 16-6 run after halftime.

Maryland held off Wisconsin from there, getting a lift from Jones’ inside play.

No. 6 TENNESSEE 77, ALABAMA 56

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Ariel Massengale scored 17 points and shot 5 of 11 from 3-point range to help Tennessee continue its domination of this series.

The Lady Vols (23-3, 13-0 SEC) were playing their first game since center Isabelle Harrison tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, sidelining their leading scorer and rebounder for the season.

Tennessee beat Alabama (13-15, 2-11) for the 41st straight time since the Tide’s last win during the 1984 Southeastern Conference tournament.

Ashley Williams had 18 points, Hannah Cook scored 11 and Quanetria Bolton added 10 for Alabama.

No. 8 LOUISVILLE 69, VIRGINIA TECH 49

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Shawnta’ Dyer scored 15 points to lead Louisville past Virginia Tech.

Dyer shot 6 of 8 from the floor and 3 for 4 from the free-throw line to lift the Cardinals (23-3, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) to their fourth straight win and sixth in their last seven games.

Trailing 7-3, the Cardinals used a 17-5 run to pull ahead for good. Five players scored as Louisville shot 8 for 12 from the field in the run. The Hokies were just 2 for 8 and committed six of their 12 first-half turnovers in that span.

Vanessa Panousis scored 11 points to lead Virginia Tech (10-17, 1-13), which has lost seven straight and 12 of 13.

No. 9 FLORIDA STATE 81, CLEMSON 38

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Ivey Slaughter had 13 points and 12 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season to help Florida State cruise to its 11th win in 12 games.

Morgan Jones added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Seminoles (24-3, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who gave up the fewest points in an ACC game this season while also getting their 20th double-digit win.

Nikki Dixon scored 16 points for Clemson (9-17, 1-12), which matched the school record with 12 straight losses. Dixon made 5 of 13 shots from the floor, her 23rd double-digit scoring game. However, the rest of the Tigers made just 10 of 40 shots.

Florida State shot 28 of 60 (46.7 percent) from the floor.

NO. 15 TEXAS A&M; 81, NO. 11 KENTUCKY 69

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Courtney Walker scored 19 points and Courtney Williams had 16 to lead five Texas A&M; players in double figures.

The Aggies (21-6, 9-4 Southeastern Conference) methodically separated themselves from Kentucky by outscoring the Wildcats 52-32 in the paint.

Texas A&M; also used its size and depth to outrebound Kentucky (19-7, 8-5) 49-37 including 21 offensive boards en route to its fifth victory in six games and first win in Lexington.

Makayla Epps had 19 points and Linnae Harper 13 for the Wildcats.

No. 17 NORTH CAROLINA 83, WAKE FOREST 45

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Allisha Gray scored 16 points to lead North Carolina.

Jamie Cherry added 13 points, N’Dea Bryant 12 and Latifah Coleman and Jessica Washington 10 apiece for the Tar Heels (21-6, 8-5 ACC), who defeated the Demon Deacons (10-18, 1-13) for the 13th consecutive time and the 19th straight at home.

The Tar Heels scored 40 points off of 34 turnovers. They shot 52.5 percent and made half of their 18 3-point attempts, their best percentage from beyond the arc this season.

Millesa Calicott led Wake Forest with 16 points.

No. 22 FLORIDA GULF COAST 71, KENNESAW STATE 60

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - Whitney Knight scored 15 points, Stephanie Haas added 14 and Florida Gulf Coast celebrated its first game as a Top 25 team with its 19th straight win.

The Eagles (24-2, 11-0) clinched their fifth-straight league Atlantic Sun title and home-court advantage throughout the league tournament with their 20th straight conference win. Katie Meador added 11 points and DyTiesha Dunson 10 for the Eagles, who have won six league titles in the last seven years under coach Karl Smesko, who now has 399 career wins.

Kristina Wells had 15 of her 19 points in the second half for the Owls (16-10, 5-6), and grabbed 12 rebounds. Jasmine McAllister added 12 points and Deandrea Sawyers 11.

No. 23 JAMES MADISON 85, UNC-WILMINGTON 49

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Precious Hall scored 25 points to lead James Madison to its 14th consecutive win.

Ashley Perez added 13 points and Jazmon Gwathmey had 11 and a career-high five steals for the Dukes (23-2, 14-0 Colonial Athletic Association).

Shatia Cole and Brie Mobley scored 11 points each to lead UNC-Wilmington (10-15, 6-8), which committed 25 turnovers.

The Dukes took a 36-26 advantage into the break and scored 14 of the first 16 in the second half - including eight by Hall - to push the lead to 22 with 15:47 to play and led by as many as 40.

No. 25 SYRACUSE 73, BOSTON COLLEGE 51

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Brianna Butler made six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points to lead Syracuse.

The Orange (19-8, 9-5 ACC) opened the second half with a 23-7 run to extend their lead to 68-35 with 8:24 left.

Boston College (12-14, 4-9) answered with 14 straight points but went scoreless over the final 3 minutes. Kelly Hughes scored 19 points to lead the Eagles.


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