DURHAM, N.C. -- Jason Williams scored 27 points, Carlos Boozer added 25 and No. 1 Duke shot 68 percent in the second half to race past No. 7 Virginia 94-81 Sunday night.
The Blue Devils (18-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their sixth straight -- all by double digits -- since losing by one point to Florida State on Jan. 6.
Duke kept pace with No. 3 Maryland atop the ACC standings nearing the halfway point of the league season, while the Cavaliers (14-3, 4-3) fell into a fourth-place tie with Wake Forest. North Carolina State is third at 5-2.
Williams notched his 11th 20-point game of the season, while Boozer has six in a row as the Blue Devils improved to 18-4 in their last 22 matchups with Top Ten teams and snapped Virginia's five-game winning streak.
The Cavaliers battled foul trouble all night and was led by Roger Mason Jr.'s 15 points.
The score was tied 42-42 at halftime, but Duke took control in the opening five minutes of the second half.
The Blue Devils went 7-of-9 from the field as Boozer had a fastbreak layup and a slam, while Dahntay Jones scored on two follow shots. A 3-pointer by Chris Duhon -- his first points of the game -- gave Duke its first double-digit lead, 59-48 with 15:13 left.
Virginia was within nine points three minutes later despite missing eight straight shots at one point. But Boozer had two dunks and a follow shot and Williams a fastbreak layup to run the score to 77-59 as the nation's top scoring team inched closer to yet another 20-win season under coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Virginia had four frontcourt players with three fouls each after 20 minutes, but the Cavaliers were able to forge the halftime tie with dominating inside play.
Duke made its first eight shots and went up 42-13 at Boston College on Thursday night, but this time it didn't come as easily against a team it blew out by 42 in Cameron Indoor Stadium a year ago.
The Blue Devils went up by seven 6:41 before the half, However, the Cavaliers went on an 8-0 run to keep it close without Travis Watson, the ACC leader in double-doubles who sat out the final 11:11 with three fouls.
Virginia got a huge lift from freshman Jason Clark, who hit all five of his first-half shots and had a season-high 11 points over the final 6:56 of the period.
Duke did go 18-for-23 from the foul line, but shot 35.7 percent, made only four 3-pointers and turned it over nine times as Virginia had hope it would win in Cameron for the first time since 1995.
But Watson got his fourth foul early in the second half and Clark fouled out with 16:14 left after picking up two in a span of 18 seconds.
No. 2 Tennessee 66, No. 22 Auburn 53
AUBURN, Ala. -- Kara Lawson scored 23 points and had eight rebounds as No. 2 Tennessee won its sixth straight game, beating No. 22 Auburn 66-53 on Sunday.
Tennessee (17-1, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) shot 45.5 percent while holding Auburn to just 29.7 percent. Auburn (14-6, 2-5) has lost three of four.
Le'Coe Willingham led Auburn with 14 points, including four 3-point shots, and 13 rebounds.
No. 5 Duke 102, Florida State 80
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Sheana Mosch scored 24 points, and freshman Monique Currie added 21 as fifth-ranked Duke stayed unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Six players finished in double figures for Duke. The Blue Devils (17-3, 9-0 ACC) jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first minute on their way to a 57-38 halftime advantage.
Four players finished in double figures for Florida State (11-9, 2-7), which lost for the seventh time in eight games.
Arkansas 74, No. 7 South Carolina 46
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- India Lewis and Dana Cherry keyed first-half runs and finished with 17 points each, leading Arkansas over No. 7 South Carolina.
The Lady Gamecocks (17-3, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) were missing star forward Teresa Geter, sidelined with a stress fracture in her left foot.
No South Carolina player scored in double figures, and the team made only 15 of 57 field goals. The Lady Gamecocks also made less than half of their free throws.
Penn St. 63, No. 9 Wisconsin 49
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Kelly Mazzante and Rashana Barnes both scored 16 points, leading Penn State past No. 9 Wisconsin.
Stephanie Rich hit a 3-pointer to cap a 7-0 run that closed Wisconsin to 57-49 with 2:03 left. The Badgers had a chance to move closer, but Emily Ashbaugh was called for an illegal screen, and Tanisha Wright made both free throws to secure the win.
Jess Strom finished with 13 points for the Lady Lions (13-8, 5-3), including three 3-pointers. Barnes had 13 rebounds.
The Badgers (16-4, 7-3) have lost three straight after a 15-game winning streak.
No. 10 Purdue 82, Iowa 68
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Mary Jo Noon had 19 points and 11 rebounds, helping No. 10 Purdue beat Iowa and set a school record with 22 straight wins at Mackey Arena.
The Boilermakers (16-3, 7-2 Big Ten) last lost at home to Louisiana Tech on Nov. 20, 2000. They also have won 20 straight home games against Big Ten teams.
Kelly Komara scored 19 points, Shereka Wright had 14, Laura Meadows 13 and Erika Valek 12 for the Boilermakers.
Kristi Faulkner scored 13 for Iowa (13-6, 6-3).
No. 21 North Carolina 79, Virginia 64
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Coretta Brown hit four 3-pointers and had 22 points as No. 21 North Carolina ended a three-game losing streak.
North Carolina (12-8, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored the final 11 points of the first half to take a 40-29 lead.
Virginia (14-7, 4-5) pulled to 51-46 with 12:19 left after Telisha Quarles scored 10 straight points, but Brown had a 3-pointer during a 9-0 run that put the Tar Heels up by 12 with nine minutes left.
Candace Sutton had 14 points for North Carolina.
No. 23 Minnesota 75, Indiana 60
MINNEAPOLIS -- Lindsay Whalen scored 22 points to lead No. 23 Minnesota over Indiana, assuring the Golden Gophers their first winning season in eight years.
The game was played before a Minnesota women's record crowd of 11,389. Because of water damage to their home court in the Sports Pavilion, the Gophers played at Williams Arena.
Minnesota (15-4, 5-3 Big Ten) beat Indiana for just the second time in 11 meetings since 1994.
The Gophers have not lost consecutive games all season. Indiana (9-11, 3-6) has lost six of seven.
Kadidja Andersson tied a career high with 18 points for Minnesota. Jill Chapman scored 26 points for Indiana.
No. 25 Old Dominion 68, James Madison 51
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Lucienne Berthieu had 32 points and 13 rebounds for No 25 Old Dominion.
Old Dominion (13-5, 10-0 Colonial Athletic Association) began the game with a 22-2 run and led 33-18 at halftime.
James Madison (13-5, 7-2) never got closer than eight points after the game's opening minutes.
Shanna Price scored 15 points and Nadine Morgan had 12 for the Dukes, who shot 33 percent.
No. 6 Vanderbilt 64, LSU 53
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Chantelle Anderson scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Zuzi Klimesova scored 24 points as No. 6 Vanderbilt beat LSU.
Vanderbilt (19-4, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) led by as many as 22 in the second half.
LSU (11-7, 4-3) snapped a three-game winning streak. The Tigers, led by Alysha Smith's 16 points, had won five straight at home.
Ashley McElhiney had eight assists for Vanderbilt.
No. 11 Kansas St. 76, No. 12 Texas Tech 63
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Nicole Ohlde had 24 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to lead No. 11 Kansas State past No. 12 Texas Tech.
The Wildcats (19-2, 7-1 Big 12) made 18 of 22 shots in the second half and pulled away from the Lady Raiders (12-6, 4-4) to win their 10th straight at home.
A sellout crowd of 13,340, the second largest crowd in Kansas State women's basketball history, watched the Wildcats shoot 62 percent and make 7 of 10 3-point shots.
Jia Perkins scored 24 points for the Lady Raiders.
No. 18 Florida 73, No. 17 Georgia 64
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Vanessa Hayden and Monique Cardenas scored 19 points each as No. 18 Florida beat No. 17 Georgia.
The Lady Gators (15-5, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) built a huge first-half lead and then held off a desperate rally from the Lady Bulldogs (14-5, 3-4) to win their third consecutive game.
Florida had lost 11 of its last 13 meetings with Georgia, but now has won two straight over the Lady Dawgs.
Christi Thomas scored 21 points, and Kara Braxton added 16 for Georgia, which has lost four of six.
© 2017. All Rights Reserved. | Contact Us