No. 1 SOUTH CAROLINA 79, AUBURN 53
Freshmen Aliyah Boston and Zia Cooke had 13 points apiece, and No. 1 South Carolina overcame a sluggish start before rolling past Auburn for its 18th straight victory. The Gamecocks (24-1, 11-0 Southeastern Conference) were coming off a decisive 70-52 win over No. 5 UConn — their first ever victory against the dominant women’s program of the past 20 years — a few days earlier.
No. 9 LOUISVILLE 66, No. 4 N.C. State 59
Jazmine Jones scored 19 points, and ninth-ranked Louisville locked down defensively to beat fourth-ranked North Carolina State 66-59 on Thursday night in a matchup of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top two teams. Kylee Shook had 10 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks for the Cardinals (22-3, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who arrived sitting a game back of the Wolfpack and coming off a rare set of consecutive losses. But Louisville handled the pressure of playing in front of a sellout crowd with composure, both in knocking down 48% of its shots, and more importantly, in taking the Wolfpack completely out of rhythm.
No. 10 MARYLAND 93, NO. 17 IOWA 59
Kaila Charles scored 21 points, and Maryland turned a showdown for first place in the Big Ten into a full-fledged blowout by taking charge early against Iowa and coasting. Maryland (21-4, 12-2 Big Ten) never trailed and pushed its winning streak to 10 games. The Terrapins led by 11 after the first quarter, expanded the margin to 25 at halftime and took a staggering 74-38 lead into the fourth quarter.
No. 15 GoNZaga 56, SaN FraNcIsco 38
LeeAnne Wirth and Melody Kempton scored 10 points apiece and the No. 15 Gonzaga women rebounded from the loss that ended its 21-game winning streak with a win over San Francisco.
The Bulldogs (24-2, 13-1 West Coast Conference), after allowing Saint Mary’s to make 14 of 21 3-pointers and shoot 56.5% in a 70-60 loss, clamped down the the Dons (9-16, 2-11).
No. 16 TeXas A&M 74, VaNderbIlt 53
Chennedy Carter scored 18 points shooting 8 of 12 from the field and 16th-ranked Texas A&M was never threatened in a win over Vanderbilt
The Aggies (19-5, 7-4 Southeastern Conference) built an 18-4 lead and never trailed. The lead stood at 28-10 at the end of the first quarter.
No. 19 NORTHWESTERN 66, MICHIGAN 60
Veronica Burton hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 2:35 to play, Sydney Wood drained the clinching free throws with seven seconds left, and Northwestern edged Michigan.
The game was tied at 60 before the Wildcats closed the game strong.
No. 20 INdIaNa 59, IllINoIs 54
Ali Patberg had 17 points and nine assists and No. 20 Indiana pulled away late to beat Illinois.
The Illini (11-13, 2-11 Big Ten) took a 49-47 lead on Kennedi Myles’ layup with 4:05 left in the game. The Hoosiers (20-6, 10-4) went on an 8-0 run to take the lead for good and Jaelynn Penn hit four free throws in the final 28 seconds to secure the win.
LSU 75, No. 25 TENNESSEE 65
Khayla Pointer scored 24 points with 10 rebounds and six assists to help LSU beat Tennessee.
Awa Trasi had five 3-pointers and scored 22 points for LSU, which handed Tennessee its third-straight loss.
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