Southern Mississippi earns 12-point upset against No. 21 Middle Tennessee
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Jerontay Clemons scored 16 points and equaled a career-high with 12 rebounds to lead Southern Miss past No. 21 Middle Tennessee 68-56 Wednesday night.
Shanice Cason hit a 3-pointer to give Middle Tennessee a 34-33 lead with 17:19 to play but Southern Miss (16-5, 5-3 Conference USA) used a 14-2 run - including six points from Tamara Jones - to take a 47-36 advantage with 10:46 remaining.
Middle Tennessee (18-4, 7-1) never got closer than eight after that point.
Southern Miss got 25 points off the bench, all of which came from Jones (15) and Kierra Jordan (10). Jordan had six of the USM 20 offensive rebounds.
The Lady Eagles held a 49-40 edge on the glass and improved to 12-0 this season when out-rebounding their opponent.
Ebony Rowe finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds for Middle Tennessee.
Jamierra Faulkner had 11 assists for Southern Miss.
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Roshunda Johnson and Brittney Martin each converted one of two free throws in the final 19 seconds to allow No. 12 Oklahoma State hold off a late threat from Kansas 76-74 Wednesday night.
Chelsea Gardner converted two free throws and added a layup with 12 seconds left to cut the Oklahoma State lead to three 74-71. After Johnson hit the second of two free throws, Charlicia Harper converted a 3-point play to make it a one-point game with 12 seconds left, but missed a layup that would have tied the game with two seconds remaining.
LaShawn Jones had 17 points and seven rebounds to lead Oklahoma State (19-3, 8-3 Big 12), with Martin adding 15, Tiffany Bias 14 and Johnson 13.
Kansas (11-12, 4-7) was led by Gardner's 25 points and 11 rebounds. Harper finished with 15 points and Natalie Knight added 12.
MADISON, Wis. -- Tear'a Laudermill scored 21 points and made a career-high five 3-pointers Wednesday night as No. 22 Nebraska escaped Wisconsin 71-70 in overtime.
Emily Cady made 1 of 2 free throws to put Nebraska ahead and conclude the game's scoring with 1:02 left in overtime.
Wisconsin and Nebraska each went scoreless on their next possessions and Wisconsin called timeout to set up a final play with 8 seconds to go. Cady stole Jacki Gulczynski's pass to Michala Johnson with 2 seconds left to seal the win for the Cornhuskers (16-5, 6-3 Big Ten).
Cady had 10 points and 11 rebounds while Rachel Theriot had 11 points and 11 assists for Nebraska.
Johnson had 24 points to lead Wisconsin (10-12, 3-7).
The Badgers trailed 70-66 when Johnson and Taylor Wurtz scored back-to-back layups to pull Wisconsin even at 70. Wurtz added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Morgan Paige scored 11.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Becca Mills and Tori Jankoska each scored 22 points to lead No. 24 Michigan State in a 69-53 victory against Illinois on Wednesday night.
Michigan State (15-7, 7-2 Big Ten) racked up 41 points in the first half and jumped out to a 17-point lead at the break. Midway through the second half both teams went without a basket and combined to miss 10 shots in 3 minutes, after which the Spartans took their largest lead of the game at 23 points.
The Spartans shot 53.3 percent from the floor and held Illinois (9-13, 2-7) to 17-of-55 shooting from the field and 17.6 percent from 3-point range.
Ivory Crawford scored 20 points and went 9 of 10 from the line for the Fighting Illini. Illinois kept up with the Spartans in the second half, even outscoring them 29-28, but it wasn't enough to close the first-half deficit.