South Carolina women rout Vanderbilt

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COLUMBIA — Aleighsa Welch scored 13 points, Ieasia Walker added 12 and No. 18 South Carolina played its usual fierce defense to defeat Vanderbilt 64-48 on Thursday night.

The Gamecocks (14-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), ranked third nationally in scoring defense at 47.4 points per game, held an opponent below 50 for the 12th time in 16 games.

Vanderbilt (12-4, 2-1), which had won nine in a row, was averaging 71.9 points per game but shot just 26.5 percent (13 of 49).

NO. 4 DUKE 82, CLEMSON 45

In Durham, N.C., Eliza­beth Williams scored 21 points to help Duke (14-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) rout Clemson (4-11, 0-4).

Tricia Liston and Haley Peters added 14 points each for the Blue Devils, who never trailed en route to their 32nd consecutive home victory against league competition.

Aisha Turner scored 13 points to lead Clemson, which has lost four in a row.

NO. 6 KENTUCKY 65, NO. 20 TEXAS A&M 62

In Lexington, Ky., A’dia Mathies scored 23 points and Kentucky (15-1, 3-0 SEC) over­came a sluggish first half to rally past Texas A&M (12-5, 2-1).

The Wildcats extended school-record winning streaks of 14 games overall and 31 in a row at home.

NO. 9 TENNESSEE 84, MISSOURI 39

In Knoxville, Tenn., Meighan Simmons scored 18 points as Tennessee (12-3, 3-0 SEC) relied on suffocating defense to trounce Missouri (12-5, 1-2) for its fifth victory in a row.

NO. 10 MARYLAND 84, NO. 24 MIAMI 62

In College Park, Md. freshman Chloe Pavlech scored a season-high 20, Tiana Hawkins had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Maryland (12-3, 3-1 ACC) pulled away to beat Miami (12-3, 3-1), ending the Hurricanes’ five-game winning streak.

NO. 11 NORTH CAROLINA 70, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 66

In Raleigh, N.C., Brittany Rountree scored 17 points, including two free throws with 12.5 seconds left, to help North Carolina (16-1, 4-0 ACC) beat North Carolina State (8-8, 0-4).

WAKE FOREST 80, NO. 18 FLORIDA STATE 72

In Winston-Salem, N.C., Lakevia Boykin scored 34 points and Dearica Hamby added 23 as Wake Forest (9-6, 2-1 ACC) upset Florida State (12-3, 2-2).

VIRGINIA 62, GEORGIA TECH 51

In Atlanta, Telia McCall scored 18 points to lead three players in double figures as Virginia (10-5, 2-2 ACC) beat Georgia Tech (8-7, 1-3).

Kelsey Wolfe added 17 and Ataira Franklin 16 for the Cavaliers.

Brittany Jackson led Georgia Tech with 20.


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