Samantha Logic earns triple-double to lead Iowa against No. 9 Penn State
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Samantha Logic had her second triple-double of the season to lead Iowa to a 73-70 victory against Penn State on Thursday night.
Logic had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Iowa (18-6, 6-4 Big Ten), which has won six of its past eight conference games. Ally Disterhoft had 24 points for the Hawkeyes who lost 87-71 to Penn State on Jan. 5.
Maggie Lucas had 21 points and Ariel Edwards added 16 for Penn State (17-5, 8-2), which had won 12 of 13. The Lady Lions tied the game at 68 but managed just two points in the final 2 minutes.
Theairra Taylor's free throw put the Hawkeyes up by one but Edwards hit a short jumper for a 70-69 lead. Bethany Doolittle, who was held to eight points, hit a jumper to put Iowa ahead. Edwards, Kaliyah Mitchell and Lucas all missed jumpers and Logic pulled down the deciding rebound.
Disterhoft made two free throws for the final margin.
A floater by Lucas gave Penn State a 64-63 lead with 5:20 left. Taylor made two free throws, but Disterhoft made her third 3-pointer for the tie.
Iowa had an opportunity to hold the ball and try for a five-point halftime lead, but Disterhoft missed her team's fifth layup of the half when she drove an open baseline with 18 seconds left.
Penn State's Keke Sevillian missed the front end of a 1-and-1 but Iowa mishandled the rebound. Lucas took the inbounds pass and nailed a 24-footer with 1 second left for the 40-40 tie.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Natalie Achonwa scored 24 points and Jewell Loyd added 18 to lead No. 2 Notre Dame to an 81-60 victory against Florida State on Thursday night that kept the Fighting Irish unbeaten.
Kayla McBride chipped in 14 points for Notre Dame (22-0, 9-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Cheetah Delgado scored a career-high 18 points and Natasha Howard finished with 11 points and eight rebounds for Florida State (15-7, 3-6). Delgado entered the game averaging 7.5 points per game.
The Fighting Irish used a zone to pack the paint and hold Howard seven points below her season average. A 24-5 run in the second half allowed Notre Dame to run away after the Seminoles cut it to 34-33 shortly after halftime.
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Haley Peters scored 17 points, Tricia Liston had 15 points and 10 rebounds and No. 5 Duke bounced back from its first Atlantic Coast Conference defeat with its 18th consecutive win against Clemson 78-51 on Thursday night.
The Blue Devils (22-2, 9-1 ACC) fell to new league rival Notre Dame 88-67 last Sunday and trailed Clemson (11-13, 3-7) late in the first half of this one. But Duke put together a 32-12 run starting in the final minute before halftime to take control.
It was Peters' first double-figure showing in three games while Liston posted her third game this season with double figures in points and rebounds.
The Blue Devils held Clemson's top scorer, Nikki Dixon, to 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting. Dixon had been averaging better than 14 points a game this season.
Richa Jackson had 13 points and Ka'lia Johnson added 10 for Duke.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Aleighsa Welch scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Elem Ibiam blocked a career-high seven shots and No. 6 South Carolina beat Mississippi State 71-64 Thursday night.
The Gamecocks (21-2, 9-1 Southeastern Conference) tied a school record with 14 blocked shots. Alaina Coates added three blocked shots.
South Carolina appeared to have the game in hand with a 52-40 lead midway through the second half, but Mississippi State pulled within 55-54 with 6:25 remaining.
The game stayed tight until the final minute when Tina Roy hit a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left to put the Gamecocks ahead 66-59.
Mississippi State (16-8, 3-7) lost for just the third time at home this season. Jerica James led the Bulldogs with 11 points. Martha Alwal and Savannah Carter both added 10.
OXFORD, Miss. -- Meighan Simmons scored 20 points, including three consecutive 3-pointers in the second half, to lead No. 8 Tennessee to a 77-65 victory past Mississippi on Thursday night.
Tennessee (19-4, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) was 26 of 61 from the floor (42.6 percent) and finished 18 of 21 from the free throw line.
Ole Miss (10-14, 1-9) challenged a few times in the first half, and even led for brief stretches, but the Lady Vols ended the half on an 18-9 run and led 37-28 at the break.
The game remained tight until 10 minutes into the second half, when Simmons broke it open with her consecutive 3s. The Rebels never mounted another serious challenge.
Isabelle Harrison had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee.
Tia Faleru led Ole Miss with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Gracie Frizzell scored 15 points, including four 3-pointers and Valencia McFarland and Danielle McCray had 10 points apiece.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Alyssa Thomas had 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and No. 10 Maryland cranked up the defense in a 94-46 rout of Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 13 and freshman Brionna Jones added 12 for the Terrapins, who limited Pittsburgh to 31 percent shooting and allowed only 21 first-half points. Maryland (18-4, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won two in a row after dropping three consecutive games.
The Terrapins scored the first 16 points of the second half to take a 61-21 lead. After Loliya Briggs hit a 3-pointer for Pittsburgh (10-13, 2-7), Maryland added another 12 points to make it 73-24.
Before sitting out the final 12 minutes, Thomas moved into sole possession of third place on the school's career list with 2,097 points. Only Marissa Coleman (2,205) and Crystal Langhorne (2,247) have scored more in a Maryland uniform.
ATLANTA -- Tyaunna Marshall pumped in 32 points and set a new Georgia Tech scoring record in a 94-91 upset of No. 13 North Carolina on Thursday night.
Marshall broke the school career scoring record on a pair of free throws that gave her 1,956 career points and cemented the win with just 4 seconds left in the close contest. The previous record was 1,955 set in 1997 by Kisha Ford, who went on to play in the WNBA.
Kaela Davis contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds for Georgia Tech (15-8, 5-5 ACC), while Sydney Wallace added 14 points and Aaliyah Whiteside got her first double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. It was the first time since 2012 that the Yellow Jackets beat a ranked team.
North Carolina (17-6, 5-4) got 22 points and nine rebounds from Diamond DeShields, who led four Tar Heels in double figures.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Myisha Goodwin-Coleman scored 16 points to go for more than 1,000 in her career and Len'Nique Brown scored all 14 of her points in the second half to help 14th-ranked North Carolina State hold off Wake Forest 74-69 Thursday night.
Markeisha Gatling led North Carolina State with 19 points and Kody Burke 14 as the Wolfpack (20-3, 7-2 ACC) won their fourth consecutive game in debuting their highest ranking since December 2001 when they were No. 10.
Brown scored 12 points in a row to help repel the Demon Deacons, leaving the Wolfpack ahead 65-61 with 4:03 remaining. Krystal Barrett then scored the next five Wolfpack points for a nine-point lead. Wake Forest got to within three with 47 seconds left but Burke's two free throws with 5 seconds left secured the win.
Chelsea Douglas scored 17 points for Wake Forest (12-11, 3-7) with Dearica Hamby adding 15 and Millesa Calicott 13.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Theresa Plaisance scored 20 points and Jeanne Kenney added 19 to lead No. 16 LSU past Missouri 75-58 Thursday night.
Lianna Doty found Kayla McDowell for a layup with 15:57 to play, pulling Missouri within six, 46-40. LSU (18-5, 7-3 SEC) responded with a 14-0 run which opened up a 20-point lead for LSU.
Missouri (14-9, 3-7) responded immediately, scoring the game's next 12 points to trim its deficit to eight, 60-52, with 6:35 remaining.
A jumper by Plaisance with just fewer than 6 minutes left pushed the LSU lead back to 10 and Missouri never got within single digits again as LSU made 11 of 12 free throws in the final 2:24.
Plaisance added nine rebounds and three blocked shots while Raigyne Moncrief finished with 15 points and four steals.
Brianna Kulas paced Missouri with 23 points. Morgan Eye finished with 12.
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Lindsay Sherbert scored 19 points and Haiden Palmer was two assists shy of a triple double as No. 20 Gonzaga rolled to an 86-51 win against Pepperdine on Thursday.
Palmer had 12 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high eight assists for the Bulldogs (21-3, 11-1 WCC), who won their 11th in a row. Shelby Cheslek had 12 points and 12 rebounds as Gonzaga owned the boards 48-26, including 19-4 on the offensive end. Keani Albanez had 13 points.
Keitra Wallace, who made 11 of 14 free throws, and Amanda Lovely had 13 points each for Pepperdine (5-17, 1-10), which became just the second visiting team to score more than 50 at Gonzaga this season.
The Bulldogs cooled off to 46.3 percent shooting but shot 54 percent (20 for 37) in opening a 45-24 halftime lead. They finished with 24 assists on 31 baskets.
Pepperdine has lost eight games in a row.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Courtney Moses scored 18 points and No. 25 Purdue made 27 of 29 free throws to turn back Ohio State 74-58 Thursday.
Liza Clemons added 14 points, April Wilson and reserve Whitney Bay both had 12 and Dee Williams added 10 for the Boilermakers (16-7, 6-5 Big Ten).
Ameryst Alston had 26 points for Ohio State (14-12, 4-6) and Raven Ferguson had 13 off the bench.
The Boilermakers led 33-24 at the half and pulled away by making all 22 of their free throws after the break.
It was Purdue's first game without senior point guard KK Houser, who is out with a left knee injury suffered against Michigan State on Sunday. Houser, who started 66 games in a row, leads the team in scoring at 15.9 points and 6.2 assists. Wilson stepped up with six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Moses wore Houser's No. 22.