EAST LANSING, Mich. — Dara Taylor scored 18 points, 10 coming at the free throw line, as No. 16 Penn State handed Michigan State its first Big Ten loss, 66-54 on Sunday.
Penn State trailed 34-27 at halftime, but outscored Michigan State 24-10 midway through the second half — highlighted by an 11-0 run— for a 51-44 lead. Aerial Powers scored Michigan State’s final eight points and pulled her team to within five points, but Penn State made 7 of 8 free throws in the final minute.
Ariel Edwards and Maggie Lucas added 16 apiece for Penn State (13-4, 4-1). The Lady Lions shot just 33.3 percent, but made 26 of 36 free throws compared to nine makes by the Spartans.
Michigan State (12-6, 4-1) was paced by Annalise Pickrel with 17 points, while Klarissa Bell and Powers added 12 each for the Spartans. Powers grabbed 10 rebounds and Bell had nine.
No. 1 Connecticut 94, No. 23 Rutgers 64
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Bria Hartley scored a career-high 30 points and Breanna Stewart added 23 to lead top-ranked Connecticut.
UConn (19-0, 6-0 American) has won 25 straight games, the sixth longest streak in school history.
Freshman Tyler Scaife scored a season-high 22 points and Kahleah Copper added 20 for the Scarlet Knights.
No. 3 Duke 74, Virginia Tech 70
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Tricia Liston scored 22 points, Alexis Jones had 19, and Duke held off Virginia Tech’s rally.
The Blue Devils (18-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led by 15 points at the half, but the Hokies pulled within three in the closing seconds
Uju Ugoka scored 29 points, Vanessa Panousis added 21 and Monet Tellier had 18 for Virginia Tech (10-7, 0-4). Ugoka’s putback with 14.5 seconds left cut the deficit to 71-68. But with fans screaming, Liston calmly made two free throws to all but clinch Duke’s eighth straight win.
No. 5 Louisville 81, SMU 66
DALLAS — Antonita Slaughter had two 3-pointers in a go-ahead 11-0 run for Louisville early in the second half, and the Cardinals stretched their winning streak to 11 games.
Slaughter finished with 17 points and four 3s, her first made shots from behind the arc in her four games since missing six games with a blood clot in her lungs.
Tia Gibbs had 20 points to lead five Cardinals in double-figure scoring.
No. 6 Maryland 92, Georgia Tech 81
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Alyssa Thomas had 22 points and 14 rebounds for her NCAA-leading 15th double-double, and Maryland withstood a strong challenge from Georgia Tech.
Lexie Brown scored 15 for the Terrapins and Alicia DeVaughn added 13, going 11 for 12 at the line. Maryland committed a season-high 23 turnovers, but made 35 foul shots compared to 15 for Georgia Tech.
Kansas 76, No. 7 Baylor 60
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Chelsea Gardner scored 28 points and Natalie Knight added 18 as Kansas (9-9. 2-4 Big 12) upset Baylor.
The loss ended Baylor’s 44-game winning streak in Big 12 regular-season games and was the Bears second straight loss overall after they fell to No. 1 Connecticut last week.
Odyssey Sims scored 31 points for the Bears (14-2, 4-1).
No. 8 South Carolina 77, Alabama 51
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Elem Ibiam scored 18 points and South Carolina bounced back from its first Southeastern Conference loss.
The 6-foot-4 Ibiam made 7 of 11 shots and added seven rebounds and two blocks. Six-foot Aleighsa Welch had 12 points and 10 boards.
Ashley Williams had 16 points to lead the Crimson Tide.
No. 9 North Carolina 73, Boston College 56
BOSTON — Allisha Gray and Xylina McDaniel scored 16 points apiece to lead North Carolina.
Diamond DeShields added 12 points as the Tar Heels broke the game open in the second half, leading by as many as 21 points, but still came up 14 points under their season scoring average.
Kelly Hughes led BC (11-8, 2-3) with 13 points, going 4-for-8 from 3-point range.
No. 10 Kentucky 73, Auburn 71
AUBURN, Ala. — Jennifer O’Neill scored 16 points, Samarie Walker had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Kentucky overcame a 13-point first-half deficit.
Walker missed two free throws with 6 seconds remaining. Tyrese Tanner, who scored 28 points, rebounded and threw it to Katie Frerking. O’Neill smothered her in the corner and Auburn couldn’t get a final shot off.
Harper also had 13 points for the Wildcats.
No. 24 Vanderbilt 79, No. 14 LSU 70
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jasmine Lister scored 25 points, including a trio of 3-pointers and 10-for-10 shooting from the foul line, to lift Vanderbilt.
Christina Foggie contributed 19 points and Morgan Batey had 11 for Vanderbilt (16-3, 5-1 SEC), which shot 52 percent from the field in toppling its second ranked team in as many weeks.
Virginia 85, No. 17 Florida State 68
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Faith Randolph scored a career-high 26 points and Virginia rolled.
Ataira Franklin had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers while Sarah Imovbioh added 15.
Miami 80, No. 20 North Carolina State 71
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Krystal Saunders downed six 3-pointers and scored 22 points in helping Miami upset North Carolina State.
No. 25 Texas A&M 73, Mississippi State 35
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Courtney Walker scored 16 points and Courtney Williams added 15 more as Texas A&M coasted to remain unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference.