Former Washington County star shines for North Carolina women against UCLA

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LOS ANGELES — Former Washington County star Allisha Gray had a career-high 30 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, and No. 12 North Carolina repelled runs in both halves to beat UCLA 78-68 Sunday.

She became the first North Carolina freshman to score that many points in a game since current assistant coach Ivory Latta in 2004.

“My main focus is to do whatever I can to help the team,” Gray said. “My teammates did a good job looking for me. Thanks to my teammates, I wouldn’t have these 30 points without them.”

The freshman made six 3-pointers to help the foul-plagued Tar Heels (2-1).

NO. 24 GEORGIA 53, OHIO STATE 49

In Athens, Ga., Erika Ford scored 13 points and Khaalidah Miller 12 as Georgia held off Ohio State in a meeting of unbeaten NCAA Tournament regulars.

Miller hit three of her team’s five 3-pointers, including one at 2:19 that extended Georgia lead to 51-45. Ohio State’s Raven Ferguson scored a putback after an offensive rebound and Ameryst Alston made two free throws in the final minutes, but the Buckeyes could not get closer than four.

Alston scored a game-high 22 points for the Buckeyes (3-1), including six points in the final 6:45.

NO. 21 SOUTH CAROLINA 88, SETON HALL 67

In Columbia, Elem Ibiam scored 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead South Carolina to a win over Seton Hall.

After Jasmine McCall’s jumper with 15:59 remaining pulled Seton Hall (3-1) within six, 49-43, South Carolina went on a 12-3 run, spurred on by back-to-back 3-pointers by Tiffany Welch, to open up a 57-43 lead with 12:48 to play.

Janee Johnson cut the Gamecocks’ lead to 11 points with a three-point play about six minutes late but Ibiam then rattled off seven consecutive points in a 12-2 surge as South Carolina pushed its lead to 84-63 with 2:38 left.

Khadijah Sessions scored 17 points while Tiffany Mitchell and Aleighsa Welch added 15 apiece for South Carolina, which shot 57.8 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.

Tabitha Richardson-Smith paced Seton Hall with 24 points and eight rebounds.

NO. 4 TENNESSEE 87, GEORGIA TECH 76

In Knoxville, Tenn., Bashaara Graves matched a career high with 23 points and set a new career high with 18 rebounds to help No. 4 Tennessee remain undefeated with a victory over Georgia Tech (2-1).

Isabelle Harrison added 10 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Lady Vols (4-0).

Mercedes Russell had 14 points and Meighan Simmons added 13.

Kaela Davis scored 28 points to lead Georgia Tech (2-1).

Davis, the daughter of former NBA forward Antonio Davis, was verbally committed to Tennessee before eventually signing with Georgia Tech. Davis’ twin brother, A.J. Davis, plays forward for the Tennessee men’s team.

He was in the stands Sunday wearing Tennessee gear and cheering for his sister.

Tennessee led by 18 points in the first half before Georgia Tech used exceptional 3-point shooting to rally. Georgia Tech trailed 70-65 before Tennessee put the game away with a 12-0 run.

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