LSU spoils No. 7 Texas A&M’s perfect season with OT win
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Khayla Pointer scored seven points in overtime and LSU spoiled No. 7 Texas A&M’s bid for the best start in program history, beating the Aggies 65-61 on Thursday night.
Pointer banked in a long off-balance 3-pointer to give LSU a 59-54 lead with 2:28 left. Texas A&M (12-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) trailed 62-58 with 19 seconds left, and Kayla Wells’ charging foul ended the Aggies’ hopes.
Tiara Young led LSU (5-6, 3-2) with 20 points. Faustine Aifuwa had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Pointer finished with 17 points.
Texas A&M’s N’dea Jones had 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Destiny Pitts’ 3-pointer with 49 seconds left gave Texas A&M a 53-52 lead, its first since leading 10-9 in the first quarter. After Jones took a charge, Aaliyah Wilson added a free throw for a two-point lead.
Aifuwa scored in the lane to tie it at 54 with 5.8 seconds left. LSU then forced a turnover as Texas A&M didn’t get off a shot before the final buzzer.
NO. 2 LOUISVILLE 89, BOSTON COLLEGE 70
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Dana Evans scored 24 points, Olivia Cochran added 18 and Louisville used balanced scoring to pull away against Boston College.
Louisville (11-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 68-56 entering the quarter and used a 14-6 run over 5:12 for a 20-point lead on the way toward improving to 8-0 against BC (5-6, 1-6) in ACC play.
Hailey Van Lith and Kianna Smith each added 13 points, and Elizabeth Balogun had 11 for the Cardinals.
Cameron Swartz and Ally Vantimmeren each scored 17 points for the Eagles.
NO. 5 SOUTH CAROLINA 106, VANDERBILT 43
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Victaria Saxton scored 20 points and South Carolina routed Vanderbilt to remain perfect in the Southeastern Conference.
The Gamecocks (9-1, 4-0) have won 20 straight after going undefeated in league play last season, and they are four wins away from their longest SEC winning streak. South Carolina won 24 straight between Jan. 3, 2016, and Jan. 26. 2017.
Brea Beal also scored 17 points, Destanni Henderson added 12, and Laeticia Amihere had 11. Koi Love led Vanderbilt (4-3, 0-2) with 18 points.
NO. 9 MARYLAND 90, MINNESOTA 73
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Diamond Miller scored 23 points, Chloe Bibby had 22 and Maryland beat Minnesota for its ninth straight victory.
Katie Benzan added 20 points for the Terrapins (10-1, 6-0 Big Ten).
Jasmine Powell led Minnesota (2-7, 1-6) with 22 points and eight assists. Sara Scalia added 14 points.
NO. 11 OREGON 57, NO. 10 OREGON 41
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Aari McDonald scored 16 points and Trinity Baptiste had 14 points and six rebounds to help Arizona beat Oregon, snapping a 10-game losing streak in the series.
Sam Thomas had 10 points and six rebounds for the Wildcats (9-2, 7-2 Pac-12). They scored 17 of the first 19 points and led by 21 in beating Oregon the first time since the 2016 Pac-12 Tournament.
Nyara Sabally had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Ducks (9-3, 7-3).
NO. 13 MICHIGAN 69, WISCONSIN 40
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Maddie Nolan made a career-high five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 21 points to help Michigan beat Wisconsin.
Akienreh Johnson had 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for the Wolverines (10-0, 5-0 Big Ten). Michigan is the only Division I school remaining with undefeated men’s and women’s basketball teams.
Michigan scored 14 straight points to lead 20-2 in the first quarter and scored another nine straight in the second quarter before going into the half with a 37-17 lead.
Imani Lewis led the Badgers (3-7, 0-7) with nine points. Wisconsin shot 29%.
ALABAMA 86, NO. 14 MISSISSIPPI STATE 78
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Jordan Lewis scored 11 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter and Alabama came on strong after halftime to beat Mississippi State.
Megan Abrams added 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting for the Crimson Tide (11-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference). Jasmine Walker had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Myah Taylor and Rickea Jackson scored 15 apiece to lead the Bulldogs (8-3, 3-2) .
NO. 17 ARKANSAS 84, FLORIDA 80
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Chelsea Dungee scored 33 points, going 17 for 17 from the foul line, and Arkansas withstood a career-high 41 points from Florida sophomore Lavender Briggs.
Destiny Slocum scored 17 points for the Razorbacks (11-4, 2-3 Southeastern Conference), Amber Ramirez had 12 and Makyala Daniels 11.
Briggs’ outburst was the fourth-highest in history for the Gators (7-6, 0-5), four shy of matching the school record and the most since Ronni Williams had 41 four years ago.
NO. 18 INDIANA 66, PURDUE 45
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Grace Berger had 22 points, five rebounds and seven assists, Mackenzie Holmes scored 20 points and Indiana outscored Purdue 20-3 in the second quarter.
Holmes scored 14 points in the first half — while Purdue had 15 — and Berger beat the halftime buzzer with a 3-pointer for a 17-point lead. Indiana (8-3, 6-1 Big Ten) has won by at least 21 points in each of its conference victories.
Kayana Traylor led Purdue (5-5, 2-4) with eight points.
NO. 20 GONZAGA 71, SANTA CLARA 52
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Jill Townsend scored 20 points and Gonzaga beat Santa Clara for its 10th straight victory.
Jenn Wirth added 15 points for the Bulldogs (11-2, 6-0 West Coast Conference). They shot 59% from the field.
Merle Wiehl scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting for the Broncos (7-5, 3-3).
NO. 21 TEXAS 79, KANSAS 72
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Charli Collier had 28 points and 14 rebounds and Texas bounced back from its worst Big 12 loss since 2012-13 to beat Kansas.
In a 92-58 loss to West Virginia on Saturday, Collier picked up three fouls in the first quarter and finished with just five points on two shot attempts and a free throw. She surpassed her previous point total before the two-minute mark of the first quarter against Kansas, had 15 points in the first half and ended the game with 11-of-21 shooting from the field.
Celeste Taylor added 23 points for the Longhorns (9-2, 3-1 Big 12). Holly Kersgieter had 20 points for the Jayhawks (5-3, 1-1).
GEORGIA 67, NO. 23 TENNESSEE 66
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Que Morrison scored 13 of her 17 points in the third quarter when Georgia erased a 17-point deficit and the Bulldogs held on to beat Tennessee for their first win in Knoxville in 25 years.
Gabby Connally also had 17 points for Georgia (11-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference).
Rennia Davis had 15 points for Tennessee (8-2, 2-1). Tamari Key added 14.