Ionescu, Boley help No. 2 Oregon end slide, beat USC 96-78
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu recorded her NCAA-record 17th triple-double, Erin Boley had a career-high 32 points and No. 2 Oregon snapped a two-game losing streak by racing past Southern California 96-78 on Sunday.
Ionescu finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists to lead the Ducks (25-3, 14-2 Pac-12). It also was her seventh triple-double of the season, another NCAA record.
Ruthy Hebard, playing with a brace on her right leg, added 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench after missing one game with a knee injury.
Mariya Moore had 30 points to lead the Trojans (15-12, 5-11). Aliyah Mazyck added 19 and Minyon Moore scored 11.
NO. 3 UCONN 68, TULSA 49
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Megan Walker scored 21 points and UConn, playing without Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma, rolled past Tulsa.
With associate head coach Chris Dailey filling in for Auriemma, who is ill, UConn remained undefeated in six seasons in the American Athletic Conference.
It was the first time that Auriemma, in his 34th season as the Huskies coach, had missed a game since the 1997 Big East Tournament.
UConn is 99-0 in American Athletic Conference regular-season games and 114-0 overall since joining before the 2013-14 season.
Morgan Brady paced Tulsa (11-15, 5-8) with 17 points and was 5 of 8 on 3s. Crystal Polk added 14 points for the Golden Hurricane.
NO. 4 LOUISVILLE 87, BOSTON COLLEGE 51
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr scored 23 points to lead Louisville past Boston College.
Durr hit 6 of 11 shots and 10 of 13 free throws in notching her 15th 20-point game of the season for the Cardinals (25-2, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Kylee Shook came off the bench to add 14 on 6-of-7 shooting.
Sydney Lowrey’s 12 points led the Eagles (14-14, 3-12), who shot just 41.5 percent.
NO. 6 MISSISSIPPI STATE 86, VANDERBILT 70
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Teaira McCowan scored 23 points, Anriel Howard and Andra Espinoza-Hunter both added 20, and Mississippi State beat Vanderbilt.
It was the first time since 1999 that Mississippi State (25-2, 13-1 Southeastern Conference) had three players score at least 20 points. Howard also had 10 rebounds.
Mariella Fasoula led the Commodores (6-20, 1-13) with 29 points on 13-of-16 shooting.
NO. 7 STANFORD 71, NO. 17 ARIZONA STATE 50
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Senior Alanna Smith went out with 14 points in her final regular-season home game, Kiana Williams scored 15 points, and Stanford pulled away in the second half to beat Arizona State for a four-game winning streak in the rivalry.
DiJonai Carrington added 13 points and eight rebounds and freshman Lexie Hull provided a nice lift off the bench with 11 points as the Cardinal (23-4, 13-3 Pac-12) closed their home schedule.
Courtney Ekmark scored 10 points going 1 of 7 from the floor as the lone double-figures scorer for Arizona State (18-8, 9-6), which dropped consecutive games for the first time all season.
NO. 9 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 74, NORTH CAROLINA 69
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Kiara Leslie scored 21 points and made the go-ahead jumper with 37.7 seconds remaining to help North Carolina State beat its rival.
Leslie’s shot from the right elbow snapped a 68-68 tie as the Wolfpack (24-3, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) held on after losing an 11-point lead in the second half.
Kayla Jones scored 10 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter, making four free throws in the final 13.7 seconds, for N.C. State.
Paris Kea scored a season-high 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting in her final home game for North Carolina (17-12, 8-7).
NO. 11 MARQUETTE 79, XAVIER 53
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Natisha Hiedeman and Allazia Blockton had double-doubles as Marquette rolled to clinch a share of the Big East Conference title.
Hiedeman had 21 and 10 rebounds and Blockton had 16 and 10 for her first double-double of the season. Danielle King added 15 points and Amani Wilburn scored 13 for the Golden Eagles (23-5, 14-2 Big East), who had lost two of three.
A’riana Gray had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Musketeers (11-16, 2-14), who have lost six straight.
NO. 12 OREGON STATE 75, UCLA 72
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Aleah Goodman scored 11 of 21 points in the fourth quarter and Oregon State turned back UCLA.
The Beavers (23-5, 13-3 Pac-12) won their third straight game, swept the season series with the Bruins (17-11, 10-6) and remained tied with Stanford for second place in the Pac-12 behind No. 2 Oregon with two regular-season games remaining for each of the three contenders.
Mikayla Pivec scored 18 points with 11 rebounds for Oregon State.
Michaela Onyenwere had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead UCLA, which was coming off a win over No. 2 Oregon.
NO. 13 SOUTH CAROLINA 82, TENNESSEE 67
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bianca Cuevas-Moore scored a career-high 28 points as South Carolina never trailed.
South Carolina (20-7, 12-2 Southeastern Conference) overcame the absence of leading scorer Te’a Cooper, who sprained her left ankle Thursday in a loss to No. 16 Kentucky.
Doniyah Cliney matched a career high with 16 points and Alexis Jennings scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half for South Carolina.
Rennia Davis scored 15 points and Zaay Green had 12 for Tennessee (17-10, 6-8).
NO. 14 MIAMI 64, NO. 22 FLORIDA STATE 54
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Mykea Gray had eight of her 19 points in the fourth quarter, including a clutch jumper with 1½ minutes left followed by a big steal, and Miami ended a nine-game regular-season losing streak in the rivalry.
Beatrice Mompremier scored 18 points, giving her 999 in her career, and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Hurricanes (23-6, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Woolfolk scored 20 points, Nicki Ekhomu had 12 and Kiah Gillespie nine with a career-high 15 rebounds for the Seminoles (21-6, 9-5).
NO. 16 KENTUCKY 57, LSU 52
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Taylor Murray scored 18 points and Kentucky held on for its sixth straight win.
Tatyana Wyatt and Rhyne Howard had 12 points for the Wildcats (23-5, 10-4 Southeastern Conference), who shot 37 percent after going 2 of 11 in the fourth quarter.
Ayana Mitchell had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers (16-10, 7-7).
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 82, NO. 23 SOUTH DAKOTA 78, OT
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Macy Miller scored 28 points and Tagyn Larson had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help South Dakota State take command of the Summit League race.
SDSU (22-6, 14-1) extended their win streak to 12 while ending South Dakota’s at 11.
Miller’s 3-pointer gave the Jackrabbits the lead for good with 1:02 left in overtime.
Ciara Duffy scored 23 points and Chloe Lamb had 19 to lead the Coyotes (24-4, 12-2).
NO. 24 DRAKE 96, INDIANA STATE 77
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Becca Hittner scored 33 points, Sara Rhine added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Drake rolled past Indiana State.
The Bulldogs (21-5, 13-1 Missouri Valley Conference) are tied for first in the league with Missouri State.
Hittner was 12-of-19 shooting while Rhine was 7 of 8 and also 7 of 8 from the foul line. Maddy Dean added 15 points.
Tamara Lee made five 3-pointers and scored 19 points, Daijah Smith added 16 and Ty Battle 15 for the Sycamores (11-15, 5-10).