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Florida State forward Natasha Howard (33) eyes a rebound as Duke center Elizabeth Williams (1) tries to box her out on Thursday in Tallahassee.
Florida State forward Natasha Howard (33) eyes a rebound as Duke center Elizabeth Williams (1) tries to box her out on Thursday in Tallahassee.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Tricia Liston scored 25 points and Elizabeth Williams had 20 as No. 3 Duke needed overtime to beat No. 24 Florida State 85-77 on Thursday.


The Blue Devils (19-1, 6-0 ACC) used an 11-0 run to rally from a four-point deficit in regulation and score the first seven points in overtime.


Liston finished with 25 points, including four 3-pointers, after scoring just four points in the first half. Williams added seven rebounds and six blocks.


The Seminoles (14-5, 2-4) wasted a career night from Natasha Howard — 28 points and 21 rebounds with five blocks.


Virginia 86,


No. 6 Maryland 72


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Kelsey Wolfe scored 24 points and Ataira Franklin and Faith Randolph each scored 19 as Virginia ended Maryland’s 14-game winning streak.


The Cavaliers (10-9, 3-3 ACC) ended a five-game losing streak against the Terrapins, and won their second straight against a ranked foe. They beat No. 24 Florida State on Sunday.


Alyssa Thomas scored 27 points and 10 rebounds Alicia DeVaughn scored 14 for Maryland (16-2, 4-1).


No. 11 Tennessee 89,


Florida 69


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Meighan Simmons scored 21 points Thursday as Tennessee capitalized on its 3-point accuracy to beat Florida on a night dedicated to honoring former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt.


Bashaara Graves added 17 points and eight rebounds for Tennessee (15-4, 4-2 SEC), which shot 10 of 21 from 3-point range and handed Florida (13-6, 3-3) its third consecutive loss.


Andraya Carter scored 14 points, Jasmine Jones had 13 points and Isabelle Harrison added 12 for Tennessee. Kayla Lewis led Florida with 14 points.


No. 7 North Carolina 83,


Wake Forest 65


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Diamond DeShields and Allisha Gray had 19 points each and North Carolina pulled away down the stretch in a win at Wake Forest.


North Carolina (17-3, 5-1 ACC) won its 11th straight in the series. Xylina McDaniel and Stephanie Mavunga added 12 points each for UNC.


Dearica Hamby led the Demon Deacons (10-9, 1-5) with 22 points and Chelsea Douglas added 20.


No. 23 N.C. State 85,


Boston College 76


RALEIGH, N.C. — Markeisha Gatling scored 27 points and Kody Burke added 24 with 11 rebounds as North Carolina State defeated Boston College.


N.C. State (17-3, 4-2 ACC) shot 48.1 percent from the field. Len’Nique Brown had 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and Krystal Barrett dished out eight assists.


The Eagles (11-9, 2-4) were 23-of-60 from the field (38.3 percent) and hit 13 3-pointers, but also committed 28 fouls and 12 turnovers.


MEN’S BASKETBALL


No. 17 Ohio State 62, Illinois 55


COLUMBUS, Ohio — LaQuinton Ross scored 18 points and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 16, including a critical 3-pointer in the waning moments, to help Ohio State end a four-game skid.


Aaron Craft added 11 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Buckeyes (16-4, 3-4 Big Ten), who had lost four in a row for the first time since 2007-08.


Joseph Bertrand had 19 points, Jon Ekey 11 and Nnanna Egwu 10 for the Illini (13-7, 2-5), who lost their fifth straight.


No. 6 Florida 68, Alabama 62


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Michael Frazier II scored 18 points and made five 3-pointers to lead Florida to a victory over Alabama.


It was the 10th consecutive win for the Gators (16-2, 5-0 SEC), matching last season’s longest streak.


The Crimson Tide (8-10, 2-3) had its league-best 14-game SEC home winning streak snapped.


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