No. 1 South Carolina wins 23rd in a row, beats No. 12 Aggies
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Mikiah Herbert Harrigan scored 20 points to lead No. 1 South Carolina its program-record 23rd straight win and a perfect 16-0 Southeastern Conference season with a 60-52 victory over No. 12 Texas A&M on Sunday.
The Gamecocks (29-1, 16-0 SEC) were only ahead 34-28 early in the third quarter before going on a 14-3 surge to take control for good.
South Carolina finished off the fourth 16-0 SEC season in league history and became the first team to do it twice since the conference supersized the schedule before the 2009-10 season.
The victory also broke the school mark for consecutive wins when the 2014-15 Gamecocks started 22-0 to reach No. 1. Like that group that reached the Final Four, this South Carolina roster has aspirations far beyond regular-season honors.
Texas A&M (22-7, 10-6) lost its final two games of the regular season.
NO. 3 OREGON 92, WASHINGTON 56
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Ruthy Hebard scored 24 points and Satou Sabally added 20 to lead Oregon to a rout of Washington.
Three other Ducks (28-2, 17-1 Pac-12) also finished in double figures as reserve Taylor Chavez had 14, Sabrina Ionescu 13 points and 11 assists and Minyon Moore 11 points .
Seniors Hebard, Ionescu and Moore left the game with 4:27 remaining to a loud ovation along with Sabally, who was also honored on Senior Day since she has declared for the WNBA draft.
Alexis Griggsby and Mai-Loni Henson led the Huskies (13-16, 5-13) with 11 points each
NO. 4 STANFORD 55, No. 24 ARIZONA STATE 44
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Francesca Belibi had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Stanford beat Arizona State in the Pac-12 regular-season finale for both teams.
Lexie Hull and Kiana Williams added 13 points each for Stanford, which avoided its first three-game skid since 2001.
Belibi scored 10 points in the third quarter and Stanford outscored the Sun Devils 38-16 in the paint. The Cardinal (25-5 overall, 14-4 in Pac-12) held Arizona State to 16 of 57 shooting (28%).
Robbi Ryan led Arizona State (20-10, 10-8) with 13 points.
NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 70, VIRGINIA TECH 53
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jazmine Jones scored 18 points to lead Louisville to a victory over Virginia Tech.
On Senior Day, the Cardinals (27-3, 16-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) got big contributions from their seniors, who set a school record with their 124th victory over their four-year career. Jones made 8-of-17 shots, and Kylee Shook added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the win.
The Hokies (21-8, 11-7) didn’t score for the first 5:40 and were down 14-3 with less than 90 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.
They used an 8-0 run to cut their deficit to 26-18 on Aisha Sheppard’s layup midway through the second quarter. However, they would never get closer than eight points the rest of the way.
NO. 7 MARYLAND 99, MINNESOTA 44
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Taylor Mikesell scored 22 points on 6-for-8 shooting from 3-point range to lead Maryland’s romp past Minnesota.
The Terrapins forged a tie for the Big Ten title and finished the regular season on a 14-game winning streak.
Ashley Owusu had 17 points, Kaila Charles added 15 points and Stephanie Jones and Shakira Austin each pitched in 13 points for the Terrapins (25-4, 16-2), who shared first place with Northwestern and recorded their fifth regular-season conference championship in just six years in the league.
Sara Scalia scored 10 points for the Gophers (15-14, 5-13), who lost their sixth straight game and suffered their most lopsided loss in two seasons under coach Lindsay Whalen.
NO. 8 N.C. STATE 75, VIRGINIA 64
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Kayla Jones scored 16 points, Elissa Cunane had 15 points and 13 rebounds and North Carolina State made its first 13 3-point attempts in a victory at Virginia.
The Wolfpack (25-4, 14-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) were 12 for 12 from beyond the arc in taking a 46-32 halftime lead. Jones hit her third 3 early in the third period. Kai Crutchfield missed with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the period.
Amandine Toi led Virginia (13-16, 8-10) with 13 points and Kylie Kornegay-Lucas had 11. The Cavaliers had won their previous five at John Paul Jones Arena.
NO. 9 UCLA 77, UTAH 54
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Japreece Dean had 16 points and eight assists and Michaela Onyenwere added 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead UCLA past Utah.
UCLA clinched the No. 2 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament. Oregon had already clinched the top seed.
UCLA (25-4, 14-4) and Stanford tied for second, but the Bruins won the tiebreaker over the Cardinal.
Kiana Moore and Julie Brosseau each scored 11 points off the bench for Utah (13-16, 6-12), which lost five of its last six games.
NO. 10 MISSISSIPPI STATE 84, MISSISSIPPI 59
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Aliyah Matharu shined for Mississippi State for the second-straight game with a career-high 24 points as the Bulldogs beat Ole Miss.
Matharu followed up an 18-point performance over Arkansas in the previous game to score 24 in just 19 minutes. Jordan Danberry also had a big game against the Rebels as the Mississippi State senior finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Ole Miss (7-22, 0-16 SEC) led the Bulldogs 32-30 with 3:16 remaining in second quarter before Mississippi State closed on a 14-0 run to end the half. Matharu had eight points during that stretch and it sparked a 24-0 run that went into the third quarter as Mississippi State (25-5, 13-3) led by a margin of 54-32 .
CALIFORNIA 55, NO. 13 ARIZONA 54
TUSCON, Ariz. (AP) — Jaelyn Brown’s putback with 13.7 seconds remaining lifted last-place California past Arizona in the teams’ regular-season finale.
CJ West went to the line for Cal (11-18, 3-15 Pac-12) and missed both free throws but Brown was there for the go-ahead basket before Aari McDonald missed a 3-pointer on the other end.
Arizona (23-6, 12-6), coming off an overtime victory over No. 4 Stanford, led 52-49 when Brown was fouled on a 3-pointer and made all three free throws with 1:11 to go. She added another free throw with a half-minute left for a lead. McDonald made two at the line to grab the lead back with before Brown’s winner.
VANDERBILT 70, NO. 15 KENTUCKY 64
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mariella Fasoula scored nine of her 24 points in the fourth quarter and Vanderbilt used a 15-3 run over the last 5½ minutes to close the regular season with an upset of Kentucky.
Fasoula had a pair of baskets in a 10-0 run that put the Commodores, who had lost 29 straight games to ranked teams, on top 63-61 with 2:52 to play. Her layup at 1:55 gave Vanderbilt the lead for good at 65-63 and she had a free throw and LeaLea Carter a basket and two free throws in the final 20 seconds to seal the win.
Koi Love scored 14 points, Jordyn Cambridge added 12 and Carter 10 for Vanderbilt (14-15, 4-12 Southeastern Conference).
Rhyne Howard hit five 3-pointers and scored 26 points for the Wildcats (21-7, 10-6).
MARQUETTE 90, NO. 16 DEPAUL 83
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lauren Van Kleunen scored 22 points, Selena Lott scored 20 and Marquette beat DePaul.
Jordan King added 16 points and Altia Anderson scored 10 with 12 rebounds. The Warriors ended Big East Conference play having won 10 of 12.
Marquette (22-7, 13-5) seized control in the second quarter as Lott scored 12 of the Golden Eagles’ 23 points. They led 50-34 at halftime.
Lexi Held led DePaul (25-5, 15-3) with 25 points, Kelly Campbell scored 15 and Deja Church scored 14 with 10 rebounds.
NO. 17 OREGON STATE 73, WASHINGTON STATE 58
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Mikayla Pivec scored 19 points, Destiny Slocum added 17 and Oregon State ended the regular season by beating Washington State.
Aleah Goodman added 15 points and Taylor Jones scored 10 for the Beavers (22-8, 10-8), who will be the sixth seed in the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas and have a rematch against the 11th-seeded Cougars (11-19, 4-14) in the first round on Thursday.
Ula Motuga scored 13 points with Cherilyn Molina, Jovana Subasic and Borislava Hristova adding 12 each for WSU.
RUTGERS 78, NO. 18 IOWA 74, OT
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Arella Guirantes, who had back-to-back big plays in overtime, was one of three players with 17 points, Mael Gilles had a double-double off the bench and Rutgers upset Iowa.
Gilles, who finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, had a pair of inside baskets to start overtime. Kathleen Doyle answered with a three-point play for Iowa, which had opened the extra session with a miss and three straight turnovers, that made it 67-66 with 1:59 to play.
Guirantes quickly answered with her own three-point play and after McKenna Warnock made a layup for the Hawkeyes, Guirantes drained a 3-pointer for a 73-68 lead with 48 seconds left.
NOTRE DAME 70, NO. 19 FLORIDA STATE 67
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Freshman Sam Brunelle drilled a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points and Notre Dame rallied to defeat Florida State.
Down three after a Notre Dame free throw with five seconds to go, Florida State’s Nikki Ekhomu was fouled on a 3-point attempt with a second left. Ekhomu missed the first free throw, made the second and was called for a turnover with an intentional miss on the third. The Irish added a free throw.
Mikayla Vaughn scored 12 points for the Irish (13-17, 8-10), who take a three-game winning streak into the first round of the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C., on Wednesday.
Kiah Gillespie scored 22 points and Nausia Woolfolk had 20 for the Seminoles (22-7, 11-7).
NO. 21 MISSOURI STATE 69, BRADLEY 66
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Alexa Willard scored 19 points, including a pair of free throws with 1.4 seconds left, and Missouri State picked up the 900th win in school history by beating Bradley.
Brice Calip scored 12 points for Missouri State (24-4, 14-2 Missouri Valley Conference), which is 900-606 in 51 seasons, 38 at the Division I level.
Gabi Haack had four 3-pointers and 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting to lead the Braves (20-7, 11-5).
NO. 22 INDIANA 78, MICHIGAN 60
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ali Patberg scored 16 of her 21 points in the second half and led Indiana to a win over Michigan.
The Hoosiers (23-7, 13-5 Big Ten) finished fourth and earned the final bye into the quarterfinals for the conference tournament that begins Wednesday. Indiana will play Friday. The win was the first in the Crisler Center since 2009 after eight losses, set a program record for conference victories and tied a school mark for overall wins in a season.
Akienreh Johnson scored 16 points with 14 rebounds to lead the Wolverines (19-10, 10-8), who shot 34% percent and were just 3 of 14 from the arc.
TEXAS TECH 87, NO. 25 TCU 83
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Lexi Gordon scored 30 points with 11 rebounds and she and Chrislyn Carr scored clutch points in the fading seconds as Texas Tech survived a furious fourth-quarter rally to defeat TCU.
The Lady Raiders (17-10, 6-10 Big 12 Conference) led by a seemingly comfortable 72-57 with under seven minutes to play when Lauren Heard and Kianna Ray launched a 7-0 run for TCU (20-7, 11-5). The Lady Frogs, ranked in the AP Top 25 for the first time since February 2018, came as close as 82-81 with under a minute to play.
Carr, who finished with 19 points, nine boards and eight assists, drove for a crucial layup for a three-point lead with 29 seconds left, then she and Gordon added three free throws in the last 10 seconds.