Maryland hands UNC women 3rd loss in row
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — After Marissa Coleman provided the spark for 12th-ranked Maryland in the first half, Kristi Toliver took over during the final 20 minutes.
The two were too much for No. 2 North Carolina, now mired in its worst losing streak in seven years after falling, 77-71, last night.
Coleman scored 18 points before intermission, and Toliver tallied 18 in the second half. Coleman finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Toliver had 23 points and eight assists.
"Just a special win, to be led by our two seniors," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "When they click like that, our team just follows their lead. K.T. didn't shoot well in the first half, then came out and did a tremendous job for us."
Toliver contributed 11 points to a 13-0 run that put the Terrapins up by 12 with 14:24 left, and Maryland (16-3, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) held on.
"Whoever has the hot hand, we're finding them," Coleman said. "In the first half, it was me. In the second half, we were finding Kristi in her spots."
Demauria Liles chipped in with 12 points and 15 rebounds to help the Terrapins extend their home winning streak to 29.
Jessica Breland had 18 points and 12 rebounds for North Carolina (17-3, 3-2), which hadn't lost three in a row since Jan. 17-24, 2002. The Tar Heels were coming off a 30-point defeat against Connecticut and a 66-62 setback against Georgia Tech.
"We've had a tough week," coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "I just told the girls, 'No other team in the country has accepted the challenge of playing a schedule like this.' Yeah, we haven't been as successful as we want to be, but I guess what doesn't kill you makes you better."
NO. 3 OKLAHOMA 89, NO. 14 TEXAS 69
NORMAN, Okla. — Courtney Paris had 23 points and a season-best 21 rebounds for her 110th consecutive double-double, and Danielle Robinson added 18 points and eight assists to help the Sooners (16-2, 5-0 Big 12) thump the Longhorns (14-4, 2-2). Ashley Lindsey scored 15 points to lead Texas.
NO. 4 DUKE 60, GEORGIA TECH 34
DURHAM, N.C. — Abby Waner scored 14 points and the Blue Devils (17-1, 5-0 ACC) overcame 24 turnovers to trounce the Yellow Jackets (14-5, 2-3). Alex Montgomery led Georgia Tech with 12 points.
NO. 6 AUBURN 82, NO. 10 TENNESSEE 68
AUBURN, Ala. — DeWanna Bonner scored a career-high 35 points and the Tigers (20-0, 5-0 SEC) led by as many as 24 points in routing the Lady Vols (15-4, 4-2). Shekinna Stricklen led Tennessee with 26 points.
NO. 15 FLORIDA 75, MISSISSIPPI 54
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Steffi Sorensen and Trumae Lucas scored 13 points apiece to lead the Gators (18-2, 4-1 SEC) past the Rebels (13-6, 2-3). Bianca Thomas had 18 points and seven rebounds for Mississippi.
NO. 17 VANDERBILT 66, SOUTH CAROLINA 56
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Merideth Marsh scored 15 points as the Commodores (15-5, 4-1 SEC) won their eighth straight over the Gamecocks (9-10, 1-5). C.J. Pace led South Carolina with a career-high 19 points.
NO. 19 OHIO ST. 71, PURDUE 60
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Jantel Lavender scored 21 points to help the Buckeyes (16-3, 7-1) beat the Boilermakers (13-7, 6-3) and move into first place in the Big Ten. Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton scored all 16 of her points in the second half for Purdue.
NO. 20 MARIST 71, SAINT PETER'S 58
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Junior Rachele Fitz scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half to tie the Marist career scoring record with 1,587 points as the Red Foxes (18-2, 9-1 MAAC) beat Peahens (6-12, 3-6). Charlene Riddick led Saint Peter's with 12 points.
NO. 23 NEW MEXICO 75, TCU 63
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Georonika Jackson hit six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 23 points as the Lobos (15-3, 4-1 Mountain West) defeated the Lady Frogs (12-7, 4-2). Helena Sverrisdottir led TCU with 25 points.
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NO. 4 PITTSBURGH 79, WEST VIRGINIA 67
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Sam Young scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Panthers (18-1, 6-1 Big East) past the Mountaineers ((14-5, 3-3). DeJuan Blair had his 13th double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Pittsburgh. Da'Sean Butler led West Virginia with 21 points.
NO. 7 MICHIGAN ST. 78, OHIO ST. 67
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Durrell Summers had 26 points to almost double his career high as the Spartans (16-3, 6-1 Big Ten) rebounded from an early 12-point deficit to beat the Buckeyes (13-5, 3-4). Kalin Lucas added 20 points for Michigan State. Evan Turner led Ohio State with 19 points.
NO. 9 LOUISVILLE 67, NO. 8 SYRACUSE 57
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Earl Clark scored five of his 16 points in the final two minutes as the Cardinals (15-3, 6-0 Big East) held off the Orange (17-4, 5-3) for their seventh straight victory. After Eric Devendorf gave Syracuse a 55-54 lead with 2:55 left, Clark hit a 3-pointer from right wing to put the Cardinals ahead to stay as the Orange misfired in the closing minutes.
NO. 10 CLEMSON 73, GEORGIA TECH 59
CLEMSON, S.C. — Terrence Oglesby hit five 3-pointers and scored 18 points, Trevor Booker had 11 points and 11 rebounds and the Tigers (17-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) snapped a two-game skid by beating the Yellow Jackets (9-10, 0-6). Gani Lawal had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Georgia Tech.
SETON HALL 65, NO. 12 GEORGETOWN 60
NEWARK, N.J. — Jeremy Hazell scored 23 points, including the clinching free throws with 8.1 seconds left, as the Pirates (10-9, 1-6 Big East) stunned the Hoyas (12-6, 3-4). Freshman Greg Monroe had 17 points to lead Georgetown, which lost its third straight.
NO. 21 MINNESOTA 67, INDIANA 63
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Damian Johnson had 18 points and six rebounds, and Ralph Sampson III finished with 13 points as the Golden Gophers (17-3, 5-3 Big Ten) edge the Hoosiers (5-13, 0-6) for their first victory in Bloomington since Feb. 2004. Devan Dumes scored 19 points for Ohio State, but missed a potential tying 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left.
NO. 24 FLORIDA 94, VANDERBILT 69
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Chandler Parsons hit seven 3-pointers, including his first five, and finished with a career-high 27 points as the Gators (17-3, 4-1 SEC) beat the Commodores (12-7, 1-4) for their 11th victory in 12 games. Reserve George Drake led Vandy with 14 points.