COLUMBIA, S.C. Shyra Ely scored 15 of her 16 points in the first half of fifth-ranked Tennessee's 86-58 victory Thursday night its 28th straight win over South Carolina.
It also was the 23rd consecutive regular-season victory for the Lady Vols (13-1, 3-0) in the Southeastern Conference.
No. 6 Minnesota 74, Illinois 59
MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota remained the only unbeaten team in the country, getting 15 points from Janel McCarville.
Senior Lindsay Whalen, closing in on Minnesota's all-time scoring mark, had just 12 points for the Gophers (15-0, 4-0 Big Ten). She's second in the nation in scoring at 23 points a game.
No. 8 Penn St. 68, Michigan 56
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Kelly Mazzante closed in on the Big Ten career scoring record, getting 19 points for Penn State.
The senior guard needs nine points to pass Katie Smith. She had 2,578 points for Ohio State. Mazzante has 2,570 career points.
No. 9 Purdue 71, Northwestern 41
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Erin Lawless had a career-high 16 points and five assists to lead Purdue.
Katie Gearlds added 11 points for the Boilermakers (13-2, 3-1 Big Ten), who used a 19-0 run midway through the first half to take a 25-4 lead.
No. 12 Louisiana Tech 84, San Jose St. 71
SAN JOSE, Calif. Trina Frierson led five Louisiana Tech players in double figures, scoring 19 points.
Erica Smith-Taylor added 15 points for the Lady Techsters (11-2, 4-1 Western Athletic). Lakiste Barkus had 14 points, and Amisha Carter and Amber Obaze 12 apiece.
No. 14 LSU 74, Florida 59
BATON ROUGE, La. Seimone Augustus had a career-high 28 points, a season-high 13 rebounds and four assists for LSU.
No. 20 Auburn 72, No. 11 Georgia 54
AUBURN, Ala. Le'Coe Willingham had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Auburn held Georgia to a season-worst 29-percent shooting.
No. 25 Michigan St. 55, Ohio St. 47
COLUMBUS, Ohio Kristin Haynie had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Michigan State won despite a late scoring drought. The Spartans (12-3, 2-2 Big Ten) did not make a basket after Haynie's jumper with 8:17 left put Michigan State ahead 48-34.
Jessica Davenport led Ohio State (10-5, 2-2) with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
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