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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Gary Harris scored 25 points, Adreian Payne added 23 and No. 13 Michigan State hit a school-record 17 3-pointers in a 94-79 victory over Purdue on Thursday night.

Harris and Payne combined to make 10 3-pointers for the Spartans (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten), who made 13 3s in the first half.

Kendall Stephens had 19 points and Ronnie Johnson added 17 for the Boilermakers (15-11, 5-8), who have lost two of three.

Payne scored eight points to open the second half, including a 3-pointer, to give the Spartans a 57-43 lead.

Denzel Valentine converted a three-point play and made two free throws before connecting with Harris on an alley-oop pass to give Michigan State a 66-47 lead with 14:07 remaining.


PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Michael Dixon Jr. scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half for Memphis, which led from start to finish.

The Tigers (20-6, 9-4 American Athletic), coming off an overtime loss at No. 21 Connecticut on Saturday, got 11 points from Joe Jackson and 10 each from Shaq Goodwin and Austin Nichols.

Kadeem Jack had 18 of his 22 points in the second half and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (10-17, 4-10), while Myles Mack and Malick Kone had 10 points apiece.

Memphis beat the Scarlet Knights 101-69 in their first meeting on Feb. 4.

Memphis scored the game’s first seven points and led by 11 three times. The last was 32-21 early in the second half.

The closest Rutgers got was 62-59 on a 3-pointer by Mack with 4 seconds left.

The victory extends Memphis’ school record of 20-win seasons to 14 straight and the Tigers improved to 36-4 after a loss under coach Josh Pastner. Rutgers has lost three straight and 10 of 13.



WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Jewell Loyd had 29 points and 10 rebounds and No. 2 Notre Dame overcame poor shooting to beat Wake Forest 86-61 Thursday night and remain undefeated.

Kayla McBride added 19 points and Taya Reimer 10 for the Fighting Irish (26-0, 13-0), who shot just 39.4 percent from the field (28-of-71) and made only 3-of-16 3-pointers.

Notre Dame overcame one of its worst shooting games this season by forcing the Demon Deacons (14-12, 5-8) into 22 turnovers, held them to 35.7-percent shooting (20-of-56) and outrebounded them 49-39.

Dearica Hamby had 26 points and Jill Brunori added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Wake Forest, which saw a two-game winning streak end after hitting just 5 of 16 3-pointers and went 16 of 29 from the free throw line.


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Aleighsa Welch had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Khadijah Sessions added 18 points and South Carolina set a school record for regular-season victories with the rout of Kentucky.

Elem Ibiam added 16 points for the Gamecocks (24-2, 12-1 SEC), who cruised to their milestone win behind 60 percent second-half shooting and 53 percent overall. They also dominated the boards 44-19 en route to winning their eighth straight and staying in first place.

South Carolina posted its second straight win over a ranked opponent on the road. The Gamecocks also ended a nine-game losing streak at Memorial Coliseum in sweeping the season series from Kentucky (19-7, 7-6), which shot 23 of 61 from the field (38 percent).

Tiffany Mitchell scored 12 points for South Carolina, which took control with a 17-4 run after halftime for a 53-32 lead.

No. 7 DUKE 83, No. 14 N.C. STATE 70

DURHAM, N.C. — Tricia Liston scored 24 points and Duke held on to beat North Carolina.

Haley Peters scored five of her 13 for the Blue Devils (24-3, 11-2 ACC) after the Wolfpack trimmed their 24-point lead to four.

Alexis Jones and Richa Jackson each scored 12 and Duke withstood a furious rally to take hold of second place in the conference behind unbeaten and second-ranked Notre Dame. The Blue Devils never trailed and blocked a season-best eight shots, seven in the first half.

Kody Burke had career highs of 30 points and six 3-pointers for N.C. State (22-5, 9-4), hitting three straight 3s during the rally.

Her last one made it 70-66 with 3½ minutes left. But N.C. State came up empty on its next four possessions — either missed shots or turnovers by freshman guards Miah Spencer and Ashley Williams.


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Maggie Lucas scored 26 points to lead Penn State past Northwestern and keep the Lady Lions on top of the Big Ten standings.

Tori Waldner had a career-high 14 points and Ariel Edwards added 15 for Penn State (21-5, 12-2), which has won four straight games and 15 of its last 17.

Maggie Lyon had 17 points, including five 3-pointers, to pace Northwestern (14-12, 4-9), which lost its fifth straight. Lauren Douglas added 16 points for the Wildcats, while Nia Coffey and Alex Cohen scored 14 apiece.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Meighan Simmons scored 26 points to continue her mastery of Auburn and Tennessee captured its seventh victory in eight games.

Simmons sparked an early 19-0 run and had 25 points in the game’s first 21 minutes, 42 seconds before cooling off down the stretch. The 5-9 senior averaged 26.5 points in Tennessee’s two victories over Auburn last season.

Cierra Burdick added 19 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Vols (21-5, 10-3 SEC).

Tyrese Tanner scored 15 points and Tra’Cee Tanner had 14 for Auburn (14-12, 5-8).


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Stephanie Mavunga had 17 points and 10 rebounds and North Carolina opened the second half with a 24-7 run to beat Virginia.

Allisha Gray scored 18 to lead the Tar Heels (21-6, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). It was North Carolina’s fourth consecutive victory, and its 18th in the last 19 meetings with Virginia.

Faith Randolph scored 24 points and Lexi Gerson 12 for the Cavaliers (13-12, 6-7). Virginia trailed 34-32 at halftime but missed 11 of its first 13 shots in the second half as the Tar Heels opened a 58-39 lead.

The Cavaliers got within four on Randolph’s 3-pointer with 16 seconds to play but the Tar Heels didn’t falter.


OXFORD, Miss. — Courtney Williams scored 26 points and Karla Gilbert had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help Texas A&M defeat Mississippi.

The Aggies (21-6, 11-2 SEC) shot 48.3 percent from the field, with Gilbert going 8-of-10. Courtney Walker contributed 13 points and Jordan Jones had nine with six assists.

Tia Faleru paced Ole Miss (10-17, 1-12) with 21 points and 10 boards, while Valencia McFarland chipped in 12 with nine assists.

The Rebels opened the second half with a 9-0 run fueled by three baskets from Faleru to pull within five but Texas A&M countered with a 10-2 surge to grab a double-digit lead for good with 12:43 remaining.


COLUMBUS — Rachel Theriot scored 26 points and Jordan Hooper had 24 to spark a late rally that pushed Nebraska’s winning streak to seven with a win over Ohio State.

Ohio State went up 52-44 with 8:02 left but the Cornhuskers (20-5, 10-3 Big Ten) put together a 17-0 run, holding the Buckeyes scoreless until just 43 seconds remained. Then Theriot hit six free throws to ice the game.

Emily Cady and Hailie Sample pulled down 11 rebounds apiece for Nebraska (14-15, 4-9), which made 13 out of 16 free throws. Ohio State was just 2-of-4 from the line.

Ameryst Alston tied her career-high with 31 points for Ohio State, which lost its fifth straight game.

Coach Connie Yori, who fainted during the Wisconsin game on Sunday, was back on the bench.

GEORGIA 71, No. 19 LSU 67

ATHENS, Ga. — Erika Ford had 20 points and Georgia jumped to a big lead early and repelled a late challenge to defeat LSU.

Shacobia Barbee made two free throws to put Georgia (18-8, 6-7 SEC) up by four with 14 seconds left and LSU (18-8, 7-6) didn’t get another shot from there.

Jeanne Keeney’s 3-pointer for LSU made it 69-67 with 24 seconds left.

Barbee finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Theresa Plaisance had 29 points and eight rebounds to lead LSU. Kenney scored 17 and Danielle Ballard added 11.


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