Houts powers Georgia to win

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The way Arkansas coach Tom Collen sees it, one player might be the only difference between his team and No. 6 Georgia.

Georgia's Ashley Houts takes a shot as Arkansas' Jamesha Townsend defends. Houts led Georgia with 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.  Associated Press
Associated Press
Georgia's Ashley Houts takes a shot as Arkansas' Jamesha Townsend defends. Houts led Georgia with 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

Ashley Houts had 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and Georgia rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 73-63 win over Arkansas on Sunday.

"You take Ashley Houts and put her on our team, I don't think we're as good as Georgia," Collen said. "But we're missing such a small part that if you put Ashley Houts on our team, we're an NCAA tournament team."

The Lady Bulldogs (17-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference), who were handed a 22-point loss Thursday at Vanderbilt, broke open a close game late in the first half and put things away for good with a 16-2 run in the second.

"I'm really, really pleased with our team in light of the fact we didn't play well on Thursday night and suffered our first loss," Georgia coach Andy Landers said. "And to see them handle all of that and come out sharp and play with some enthusiasm, we needed that."

Jasmine Hassell added 14 points and Meredith Mitchell had 11 for Georgia, which forced Arkansas (8-10, 0-5) into 11 turnovers and held the Razorbacks to just 28.4 shooting.

NO. 4 TENNESSEE 64, VANDERBILT 57

In Knoxville, Tenn., Glory Johnson had 17 points and nine rebounds as Tennessee hung on to beat Vanderbilt.

The Lady Volunteers (16-1, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) struggled to stop the Commodores' outside shooting, as Vanderbilt (13-5, 2-3) hit 10 of 19 from 3-point range.

NO. 5 OHIO STATE 81,

INDIANA 64

In Columbus, Ohio, Samantha Prahalis scored 23 points and Jantel Lavender added 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead Ohio State past Indiana.

NO. 13 OKLAHOMA 74,

NO. 8 TEXAS A&M 65

In Norman, Okla., Danielle Robinson scored 24 points, Nyeshia Stevenson added 20 points and Oklahoma snapped Texas A&M's seven-game winning streak.

NO. 11 NEBRASKA 65,

NO. 9 BAYLOR 56

In Waco, Texas, Yvonne Turner made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points, Cory Montgomery added 18 points and Nebraska remained unbeaten by defeating Baylor .

NO. 10 NORTH CAROLINA 75,

MARYLAND 64

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Chay Shegog scored 17 points, while Italee Lucas bounced back from a scoreless first half to help North Carolina beat Maryland.

MISSISSIPPI 80,

NO. 12 LOUISIANA STATE 71

In Oxford, Miss., Bianca Thomas scored a career-high 42 points, including 28 in the second half, to lead Mississippi past Louisiana State University.

Thomas, who leads the SEC in scoring with 21.7 points per game, scored 23 points in the final 12 minutes.

Thomas, who added eight rebounds and also had two steals, set a Tad Smith Coliseum women's record for points scored in a game.

NO. 16 FLORIDA STATE 74,

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 71

In Tallahassee, Fla., Cierra Bravard hit a layup with 11 seconds left and added a free throw with 5.4 seconds to go to give Florida State the win.

NO. 18 WEST VIRGINIA 69,

PITTSBURGH 54

In Pittsburgh, Korinne Campbell had 15 points and West Virginia beat Pittsburgh for its 15th consecutive win.

PENN STATE 68,

NO. 20 MICHIGAN STATE 60

In State College, Pa., Tyra Grant had 23 points to help Penn State beat Michigan State, handing the Spartans their third consecutive loss.

BOSTON COLLEGE 77,

NO. 21 GEORGIA TECH 51

In Boston, Stefanie Murphy scored a season-high 25 points on 11 of 14 shooting to lead Boston College to an upset of Georgia Tech.

Sasha Goodlett scored 16 points for the Yellow Jackets (15-4, 2-2), who scored their fewest points since a season-low in a 56-50 loss to Georgia on Dec. 6.

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