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January 26. 2014 11:56PM
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STATE COLLEGE — Maggie Lucas scored 25 points and Dara Taylor added 15 points and 10 assists to help No. 13 Penn State roll to an 83-53 win over Minnesota on Sunday.


Lucas scored 15 points in the first half as Penn State jumped to a 44-22 halftime lead. She finished with four 3-pointers and was 7 of 8 from the line. She made her first four free throw attempts to extend her streak to 35 in a row.


Ariel Edwards added 16 points for Penn State (15-4, 6-1 Big Ten), which has won four straight since losing to Purdue January 12. The Lady Lions face the No. 22 Boilermakers Thursday night.


Rachel Banham scored 25 points to lead Minnesota (13-8, 2-5). Amanda Zahui B. added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Micaella Riche scored a layup with 3:46 remaining, and the Golden Gophers went on to miss their final four shots.


No. 1 Connecticut 81, South Florida 53


HARTFORD, Conn. — Breanna Stewart tied a career high with 29 points and Bria Hartley added 26 as top-ranked Connecticut rolled.


No. 3 Duke 111, Pittsburgh 67


DURHAM, N.C. — Tricia Liston scored 23 points and became Duke’s all-time leader in career 3-pointers as the Blue Devils beat Pittsburgh.


Elizabeth Williams added 20 points for the Blue Devils (20-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot a season-best 60 percent from the floor and never trailed.


Brianna Kiesel scored 19 points to lead the Panthers (9-11, 1-5), who shot 30 percent.


No. 5 Louisville 88, Memphis 61


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Shoni Schimmel scored 29 points, hitting a school-record nine 3-pointers, to lift Louisville over Memphis.


No. 12 Baylor 69, No. 8 Oklahoma State 66, OT


STILLWATER, Okla. — Odyssey Sims converted a three-point play with 3.8 seconds remaining in overtime to give Baylor a victory over Oklahoma State.


Sims, who entered the game as the nation’s leading scorer with 30.4 points per game, had a season-low 17 on 7-for-27 shooting, but she had eight rebounds and eight assists.


No. 9 Kentucky 68, Arkansas 58


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Jennifer O’Neill scored 21 points to lead Kentucky to a victory over Arkansas.


The Wildcats (16-4, 4-3 Southeastern Conference), coming off a stunning 57-55 loss to Alabama on Thursday, rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half to hand Arkansas its fourth loss in five games.


No. 10 South Carolina 61, No. 16 Vanderbilt 57


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tiffany Mitchell scored on a driving layup with 50.9 seconds left to lift South Carolina to a win over Vanderbilt for the Gamecocks’ best start ever in the Southeastern Conference.


No. 11 Tennessee 76, No. 17 Texas A&M 55


COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Meighan Simmons scored 26 points as Tennessee raced past Texas A&M.


Simmons scored nearly as many points (15) as the Aggies in the first half, as the Lady Vols roared to a 36-20 lead over the first 20 minutes and A&M never threatened after the break.


No. 14 Arizona State 68, Colorado 66


BOULDER, Colo. — Promise Amukamara forced two turnovers in the finals seconds and Adrianne Thomas made the game-winning free throws as Arizona State avoided the upset with a win over Colorado.


No. 15 LSU 66, Mississippi 56


OXFORD, Miss. — Theresa Plaisance scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as LSU held Mississippi without a point over the final 3½ minutes of the game to secure a win.


Northwestern 63, No. 21 Nebraska 59


EVANSTON, Ill. — Nia Coffey scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Northwestern avenged an earlier loss to Nebraska.


Northwestern lost to the Huskers 66-65 in its opening game of Big Ten play and were coming off a loss to No. 22 Purdue 90-65 on Thursday.


No. 23 N.C. State 80, Georgia Tech 73


ATLANTA — Len’Nique Brown had 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists to lead No. 23 North Carolina State to a victory over Georgia Tech.


No. 24 Florida State 70, Virginia Tech 54


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Natasha Howard scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half to propel Florida State past Virginia Tech in a win that snapped a four-game losing streak.




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