Top 25 Capsules

Updated: January 3, 2013, 11:59 PM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Haley Peters had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help third-ranked Duke beat North Carolina State 67-57 on Thursday night.

Chelsea Gray added 20 points and six rebounds for the Blue Devils (12-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had to fight into the final minutes to put away the Wolfpack.

Duke led by just one with 8 minutes left before going on a 12-3 spurt, with Peters scoring on an offensive rebound and knocking down a 3-pointer during that flurry.

That helped the Blue Devils retake control and build a 10-point lead with 3:18 left, then hold on down the stretch.

The Wolfpack (8-6, 0-2) kept fighting and pulled as close as four points in the final minute, but never could make up that deficit.

Gray also got active during the run, repeatedly getting to the line and knocking down all eight of her free throws in the final 8 minutes.

NO. 6 KENTUCKY 76, FLORIDA 69

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A'dia Mathies scored 20 points and Jennifer O'Neill had 12 of her 17 in the second half for Kentucky.

DeNesha Stallworth added 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Wildcats (13-1, 1-0 SEC) won their school-record 12th straight game.

Last season's regular-season conference champions had to work hard and often for their sixth straight win over Florida (11-4, 0-1).

Kentucky trailed just once, but had to withstand several rallies from the Gators. Jaterra Bonds scored a game-high 21 points for Florida, which snapped a six-game winning streak.

O'Neill helped with consecutive 3-pointers and eight straight points overall to give Kentucky its biggest second-half lead at 58-49. Florida pulled to 72-68 with 21 seconds remaining, but Kentucky sealed it with four free throws, the final one by O'Neill in the final second.

NO. 15 NORTH CAROLINA 60, NO. 8 MARYLAND 57

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Brittany Rountree scored 13 points and North Carolina held on to beat Maryland.

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt also had 13 points and Waltiea Rolle added 12 for the Tar Heels (14-1, 2-0 ACC).

North Carolina blew most of an 11-point second-half lead and was just 1 of 7 from the free-throw line in the final minute but still won its seventh straight.

Alyssa Thomas scored 11 of her 15 points in the final 5½ minutes for Maryland (10-3, 1-1), and her drive with 14 seconds left pulled the Terrapins to 59-57.

Danielle Butts hit a free throw with 10.9 seconds left for North Carolina, and teammate Krista Gross missed two foul shots with 9.3 seconds left to give Maryland one last chance.

Ruffin-Pratt blocked Katie Rutan's 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left, and Rutan's 3 at the buzzer bounced off the rim.

NO. 9 PENN ST. 73, NORTHWESTERN 69

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Dara Taylor had a layup with 1:26 left and Penn State converted a late turnover into another key bucket to hold off Northwestern.

After Taylor skipped around a defender for the bucket and a 66-65 lead, Penn State (11-2, 1-0 Big Ten) double-teamed the Wildcats' Kelly Roser at midcourt. She lost the ball and Ariel Edwards hit a layup on the ensuing possession for a 68-65 lead with 52 seconds left.

Penn State held on from there, despite getting outrebounded 50-36 by the Wildcats (8-6, 0-1).

Northwestern led 60-54 with 4:47 left after Alex Cohen's improbable 3 off the backboard with 1 second left on the shot clock. Roser finished with 16 points.

The Wildcats played the final six minutes without two of their top players after Danielle Diamant and Kendall Hackney fouled out.

NO. 10 GEORGIA 77, MISSOURI 46

ATHENS, Ga. -- Jasmine James scored 16 points to help Georgia beat Missouri in the Tigers' first Southeastern Conference game.

Khaalidah Miller and Marjorie Butler added 11 points apiece for Georgia (13-1, 1-0).

Bri Kulas scored 14 points and Morgan Eye had 13 for Missouri (11-4, 0-1).

The Tigers came in as the nation's most prolific 3-point shooting team, averaging 10 per game. The Tigers were only 5 for 22 against the Lady Bulldogs.

Georgia coach Andy Landers used a platoon system in the first half, substituting five players at a time. Georgia's pressure limited the Tigers to 3-for-10 shooting from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes, and two of those came in the final 1:42.

NO. 12 TENNESSEE 73, NO. 18 SOUTH CAROLINA 53

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Isabelle Harrison tied her career best with 18 points and set career highs with 14 rebounds and seven blocks as Tennessee rallied with a big second half to beat South Carolina.

The Lady Volunteers (10-3, 1-0) haven't lost their SEC opener since 1997, yet they trailed 35-32 after Tiffany Mitchell's bucket early in the second half. That's when Tennessee cranked things up and took control with a 35-7 run the next 13 minutes.

Ariel Massengale tied the game at 35-all with a 3-pointer before Harrison's inside basket put the Lady Vols in front. Meighan Simmons' layup gave Tennessee the lead for good, 41-40. Harrison put back Simmons' miss on the next possession and the rout was on.

When Taber Spani connected on her second 3-pointer, Tennessee led 67-42.

Mitchell led the Gamecocks (12-2, 0-1) with 14 points.

NO. 19 FLORIDA STATE 85, GEORGIA TECH 78

ATLANTA -- Leonor Rodriguez scored 23 points while Natasha Howard and Morgan Toles had double-doubles to lead Florida State.

Howard had 18 points and 18 rebounds and Toles 18 points and 10 assists.

Georgia Tech (7-6) took a 45-38 lead into halftime behind a 58 percent (20 of 34) first-half shooting performance and 16 assists in the frame. Florida State (12-1) rallied to retake the lead, 72-71, but Brittany Jackson hit a 3-pointer to put Georgia Tech back on top 74-72 with 4:20 left to play.

From there, however, the Yellow Jackets went cold, missing their next five shots and committing four turnovers over the next 4 minutes. Florida State, however, turned those errors into points, hitting back-to-back layups off consecutive steals to pull away. The Seminoles scored 10 of their last 13 points in the paint.

AUBURN 50, NO. 23 ARKANSAS 47

AUBURN, Ala. -- Tyrese Tanner scored 10 of her 15 points in a second-half spurt as Auburn built a double-digit lead, then held on for the win.

The Tigers (12-2) won their ninth straight game while handing Arkansas (12-2) its first road loss this season and snapping the Razorbacks' nine-game winning streak. Auburn is just one win shy of matching last year's total.

Peyton Davis had 17 rebounds for Auburn.

Arkansas shot just 27.6 percent from the field (16 of 58) and Auburn was at 32.8 percent (21 of 64).

After the Tigers used a 19-6 run fueled by Tanner to pull ahead 43-33, the Razorbacks got to 48-47 with 3:23 left on a layup by Quistelle Williams, who had 13 points. But Arkansas could not score again, with Auburn holding Razorbacks leading scorer Sarah Watkins to nine points.

NO. 24 TEXAS A&M 91, ALABAMA 52

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Kelsey Bone had 20 points and 14 rebounds as Texas A&M opened SEC play with its 11th win in 12 games.

It was Bone's eighth straight game with at least 15 points and eight rebounds, as she has averaged 23.4 points and 10.6 rebounds during that stretch.

Kristi Bellock added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Aggies (11-4), who have been nearly unbeatable after an 0-3 start. Peyton Little had 13 points, while Adrienne Pratcher and Karla Gilbert had 12 apiece.

Daisha Simmons scored 12 points for Alabama (10-4), which had won four straight games.

Texas A&M shot 54 percent from the field -- compared to just 33 percent for Alabama -- and outrebounded the Crimson Tide 52-25.


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