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CLEMSON, S.C. -- Tricia Liston scored 22 points and No. 4 Duke bounced back from a blowout loss earlier this week, beating Clemson 60-46 on Thursday night.
The Blue Devils (17-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their 17th straight over the Lady Tigers (5-13, 1-6), but needed a second-half rally to get it done. Duke lost 79-49 at Connecticut on Monday night and struggled much of the game to get things going against Clemson.
The Lady Tigers led 26-23 after Quinyotta Pettaway's foul shots with 13:34 to play as Duke missed its first 11 shots of the period. But the Blue Devils took off on a 26-9 run to take control. Liston started the charge with a 3-pointer and hit two jumpers to put Duke ahead for good.
Elizabeth Williams added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils.
Nikki Dixon had 17 points to lead the Tigers.
NO. 18 SOUTH CAROLINA 55, NO. 5 KENTUCKY 50
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Ieasia Walker had 16 points and eight rebounds as No. 18 South Carolina ended No. 5 Kentucky's nation's longest winning streak at 17 games.
Kentucky (18-2, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) led for most of the second half before the Gamecocks went on a 18-4 run to take a 52-44 lead with 3:34 left. South Carolina (17-3, 5-2) hit only three free throws the rest of the game, but the SEC's best defense was able to hang on.
Ashley Bruner ended Kentucky's last chance knocking away an inbound pass with 12.7 seconds left to give South Carolina's its first win over a top five team in 12 tries under fifth-year coach Dawn Staley.
NO. 8 PENN ST. 64, MINNESOTA 59
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Maggie Lucas scored 26 points, and Nikki Greene had 13 rebounds and hit three key second-half buckets to help No. 8 Penn State hold off Minnesota for its 10th straight win.
Alex Bentley added 12 points as the Lady Lions (16-2, 6-0 Big Ten) won despite struggling from the field.
The Gophers (13-7, 2-4) had a chance to take the lead twice late with the ball in the hands of their best player, Rachel Banham (19 points). But the sophomore was whistled for traveling and an offensive foul on back-to-back possessions with 1:09 left, with Minnesota trailing by one each time.
Banham then missed a potential tying 3 with 13 seconds left and Lucas pumped her arms after getting fouled on the other end. Her two free throws gave Penn State an insurmountable five-point lead with 2.9 seconds left.
NO. 9 TENNESSEE 83, VANDERBILT 75
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Taber Spani scored a career-high 24 points and Meighan Simmons added 23 as No. 9 Tennessee won its ninth straight.
With No. 5 Kentucky losing to No. 18 South Carolina earlier in the night, Tennessee (16-3, 7-0) is the Southeastern Conference's last undefeated team in league play.
The Lady Vols have won 11 straight SEC games dating back to last season and a loss here at Memorial Gym. They got a small measure of payback by beating Vanderbilt for the 25th time in 27 games in this series.
Bashaara Graves also had 16 points for Tennessee.
Christina Foggie scored 22 points to lead Vanderbilt (13-6, 3-3). Tiffany Clarke had 19 points and Kady Schrann added 14.
NO. 10 MARYLAND 85, NO. 11 NORTH CAROLINA 59
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Tianna Hawkins scored 25 points, Alyssa Thomas had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and 10th-ranked Maryland ended No. 11 North Carolina's 11-game winning streak.
Thomas fell two assists short of her second career triple-double and Chloe Pavlech scored 18 for the Terrapins (16-3, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Maryland has won six straight since falling to North Carolina on Jan. 3.
Krista Gross and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt each scored 15 for the Tar Heels (18-2, 6-1), who fell into third place in the ACC behind Duke and the Maryland. North Carolina went 1 for 19 from 3-point range.
NO. 15 PURDUE 77, NORTHWESTERN 73
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Courtney Moses scored 26 points and No. 15 Purdue held on to beat Northwestern.
Taylor Manuel scored 16 points and Sam Ostarello had 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Boilermakers (16-3, 5-1), who bounced back from their first Big Ten loss on Sunday at Iowa.
Drey Mingo also had 10 points for Purdue.
Northwestern trailed by 19 in the second half, but closed within 71-69 with 28 seconds to play after Dannielle Diamant's 3-pointer. Moses made four free throws and Ostarello hit a pair in the final 25 seconds for Purdue.
Maggie Lyon led the Wildcats (9-10, 1-5) with 18 points. Kendall Hackney scored 17, Karly Roser had 14 points and eight assists, and Lauren Douglas scored 12 points for Northwestern.
NO. 16 TEXAS A&M 81, MISSISSIPPI STATE 33
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Kristi Bellock scored 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting to lead No. 16 Texas A&M.
The Aggies (15-5, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) shot 60 percent (29 of 48), well above their season 46.6-percent average. Texas A&M was 4 of 10 from behind the arc and 19 of 25 from the free-throw line. They also forced 23 turnovers, including 17 steals.
Mississippi State (8-11, 0-6) couldn't muster much offense for coach Vic Schaefer, a former Texas A&M assistant, in his first game against his old squad. Schaefer, a Texas A&M alum, coached in College Station for nine seasons and recruited most of this year's squad before leaving for Mississippi State last spring.
Texas A&M opened the game on an 11-4 run and led 39-19 at halftime. The Aggies immediately extended that lead to 54-19 to open the second half.
Martha Alwal led Mississippi State with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Jerica James added 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting.
NO. 17 DAYTON 80, GEORGE WASHINGTON 52
DAYTON, Ohio -- Amber Deane had 22 points, leading a group of four Dayton players in double figures, as the No. 17 Flyers cruised past George Washington.
Deane also had six rebounds and two steals as Dayton (16-1, 4-0 Atlantic 10) raced out to a 44-26 lead at the half and never looked back. Ally Malott scored 17 points, Samantha MacKay had 13 and Cassie Sant 12.
Tara Booker had 10 points and nine rebounds and Shi Heria Shipp also scored 10 for the Colonials (7-11, 1-3).
Dayton forced 22 turnovers, as the Flyers continued their best start in school history.
NO. 23 MICHIGAN 61, INDIANA 43
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Rachel Sheffer scored 19 points, helping No. 23 Michigan get back on track.
Kate Thompson added 13 points, and Nya Jordan had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Wolverines (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten), who had their 10-game winning streak snapped in a loss to No. 8 Penn State on Monday.
Aulani Sinclair led the Hoosiers (10-9, 1-5) with 14 points, and Nicole Bell chipped in 11 off the bench. Indiana shot just 26 percent from the field.
The Hoosiers kept the game close until midway through the first half, when Michigan used an 11-2 run to take control en route to a 37-24 halftime lead. The Wolverines kept it up in the second half, leading by as many as 24.
NEBRASKA 59, NO. 25 MICHIGAN ST. 54
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Jordan Hooper scored 25 points to lead Nebraska past No. 25 Michigan State.
Lindsey Moore had 12 points and six assists for Nebraska (14-6, 4-3 Big Ten). Hooper also had seven rebounds for the Cornhuskers, who led most of the way.
Nebraska was ahead 30-23 at halftime and never trailed after that, and led by 10 with just over a minute to play.
Kiana Johnson scored 22 points, making four 3-pointers, to lead the Spartans, who had won three in a row. Michigan State (16-3, 4-2) was playing its first game at Nebraska.
Courtney Schiffauer added 11 points and Jasmine Thomas scored 10 for Michigan State.
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