- Associated Press - Sunday, February 28, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Tiffany Mitchell scored a season-high 24 points and No. 3 South Carolina finished a perfect run through the Southeastern Conference with a dominating 75-3 victory over LSU on Sunday.

The Gamecocks (28-1), who wrapped up their third straight regular-season league crown last week, joined the 2011 Tennessee squad as the only 16-0 SEC champions. And two-time defending SEC player of the year Mitchell again led the way, sparking a 22-4 second quarter run that put away the struggling Lady Tigers (9-20, 3-13), who lost 20 games in a season for the first time since 1995.

A’ja Wilson had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Gamecocks.

Rina Hill scored 16 points for LSU, who made just 13 field goals in finishing with its second-lowest point this season.

South Carolina plays hugged and high-fived after the buzzer and coach Dawn Staley told the crowd after this achievement, “We’re not done.”

No. 6 MARYLAND 110, MINNESOTA 77

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Sixth-ranked Maryland won the Big Ten regular season title Sunday, getting a career-high 29 points from Tierney Pfirman and 24 from Brionna Jones in a surprisingly lopsided victory over Minnesota.

The Terrapins (27-3, 16-2) will enter the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 1 seed for a second straight season. Maryland closed with six consecutive wins to overtake Ohio State, which dealt the Terrapins both their league losses.

Coming off two straight appearances in the Final Four, Maryland will almost certainly open the NCAA Tournament at home next month.

Rachel Banham, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, finished with 26 for Minnesota (19-10, 11-7).

No. 7 OREGON STATE 54, CALIFORNIA 44

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Ruth Hamblin had a career-high 19 rebounds, Marie Gulich scored six straight points spanning the third and fourth quarters and Oregon State beat California to wrap up Pac-12 regular-season play.

Oregon State won for the first time on Cal’s home floor in 10 years.

Hamblin finished with 11 points and six blocked shots to go with her big performance on the boards while Jamie Weisner converted a key three-point play with 7:31 remaining as the Beavers snapped an eight-game losing streak in Berkeley.

Oregon State (25-4, 16-2 Pac-12) matched a program-record for conference wins also accomplished last season.

Oregon State ended the third quarter on a 7-0 spurt to take a 39-37 lead into the final 10 minutes and kept the pressure on Cal (13-16, 4-14) to salvage a Bay Area split. The Beavers had their 14-game winning streak snapped in a 76-54 loss at Stanford on Friday night.

No. 15 KENTUCKY 71, No. 11 TEXAS A&M; 58

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Evelyn Akhator and Alexis Jennings combined for 30 points and 34 rebounds and Kentucky pulled away in the second half to defeat Texas A&M.;

The Wildcats (21-6, 10-6) head into the Southeast Conference tournament as the fifth seed with a six-game winning streak while the Aggies (21-8, 11-6), who had a six-game winning streak stopped, were locked in as the No. 2 seed.

Akhator had 15 points and 18 rebounds while Jennings had 15 and 16. With both players setting a career high on the boards, Kentucky had a 57-32 rebounding advantage with 19 coming on the offensive end.

Kentucky led 30-28 at the half, outscored the Aggies 19-11 in the third quarter and made 10 of 17 shots, including both 3s in the fourth quarter to close it out. Makayla Epps added 14 points.

Courtney Walker had 16 points and Courtney Williams 13 for the Aggies while Jordan Jones had 10 assists without scoring.

No. 14 UCLA 74, No. 9 ARIZONA STATE 61

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nirra Fields scored 24 points, Jordin Canada added 22, and UCLA beat Arizona State.

Fields, a senior playing her final regular-season game for the Bruins, and Canada combined to shoot 15 for 33 from the field and 15 for 17 from the free-throw line as UCLA (22-7, 14-4 Pac-12) clinched a tie for third in the conference standings.

Monique Billings added 14 points for the Bruins, who outscored the Sun Devils 14-0 in fast break points and held them Sun Devils to 38 percent shooting to post its sixth victory in seven league games.

Quinn Dornstauder scored 24 points to lead Arizona State (25-5, 16-2), which snapped a seven-game winning streak.

No. 10 LOUISVILLE 65, PITTSBURGH 36

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Myisha Hines-Allen had 25 points and 13 rebounds as Louisville sprinted to a big early lead and closed the regular season in style with a win over Pittsburgh.

Louisville (24-6, 15-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its sixth straight. The Cardinals have won 21 of their last 22 after starting the season 3-5.

Hines-Allen made her first nine shots before missing a jumper in the lane midway through the third quarter. She earned her ninth double-double of the season and finished 11 of 14 from the field.

Louisville had its biggest halftime lead of the season at 42-10 behind her 17 points and eight rebounds. The Cardinals shot 68 percent (17 of 25) compared to Pitt’s 15 percent (4 of 27) in the first half.

Yacine Diop led Pitt (12-17, 4-12) with 12 points on 4 of 22 shooting.

No. 12 FLORIDA STATE 70, No. 17 MIAMI 67

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Leticia Romero scored a career-high 24 points, including five free throws in the final 17 seconds, and Florida State defeated Miami.

After Romero’s first two free throws made it 67-61, she fouled Michelle Woods, who converted a 3-point play. Following two more free throws at 7.5 seconds, Adrienne Motley drained a 3-pointer. By the time Romero was fouled on the inbounds play, only .2 seconds remained and she hit one of two foul shots.

Shakayla Thomas had 14 of her 22 points in the second half for the Seminoles (23-6, 13-3), who were locked into the fourth-seed for the ACC tournament.

Motley led the Hurricanes (22-7, 10-6), the fifth seed, with 18 points and Jessica Thomas added 14 points.

The Seminoles erased a six-point deficit with an 11-1 run and were up 65-58 with 51 seconds left.

No. 13 STANFORD 69, OREGON 42

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Erica McCall had her 15th double-double of the season by halftime and finished with 25 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, and Stanford rolled past Oregon.

Oregon, in its second game without leading scorer and rebounder Jillian Alleyne, who suffered a career-ending knee injury in practice on Tuesday, missed its first 10 shots to fall behind 15-0.

It was 24-4 after one quarter and 39-18 at the half as McCall had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Stanford had 16 offensive rebounds and outrebounded the Ducks, who shot 22 percent, 30-16.

McCall was 12 of 18 from the field and had a career-high 25 points and a 3-pointer, the second of her career, for the second straight game.

Briana Roberson had 10 points for the Cardinal (24-6, 14-4 Pac-12), who rallied late to win the first meeting 64-62.

Maite Cazorla had 17 points for the Ducks (20-9, 9-9), who shot 29 percent.

No. 16 MISSISSIPPI STATE 61, ALABAMA 52

STARKSVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Dominique Dillingham scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half and Mississippi State beat Alabama.

The Bulldogs (23-6, 11-5) secured the third-seed for the Southeastern Conference Tournament, the first-time ever they’ve finished that high in consecutive seasons.

Victoria Vivians had nine points to surpass 1,000 for her career, and grabbed nine rebounds for the Bulldogs, who made 11 of 13 free throws in the second half to hold off the Crimson Tide (15-14, 4-12).

Meoshonti Knight had 11 points and Breanna Hayden 10 for Alabama.

VANDERBILT 56, No. 24 MISSOURI 52

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Christa Reed scored 20 points and had a key block late as Vanderbilt pushed back Missouri’s late rally and held on for a victory to snap an eight-game skid.

Reed made four 3-pointers, and Minta Spears chipped in 19 points for the Commodores (16-13, 5-11 SEC).

Cierra Porter and Sophie Cunningham had 11 points apiece for Missouri, (21-8, 8-8), which has lost two straight, including a 69-59 loss at No. 15 Kentucky on Friday.

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