South Carolina women shut down Kentucky in top-10 battle

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COLUMBIA — Aleighsa Welch had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and freshman Alaina Coates added 10 points and 17 rebounds to lead No. 10 South Carolina to a 68-59 win over No. 9 Kentucky on Thursday night.

The Gamecocks (15-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) held the SEC’s highest-scoring team 33 points below their average and led by as many as 22 points in the second half. The Wildcats (13-3, 1-2) shot 32 percent and had 14 shots blocked.

Janee Thompson, Samarie Walker and Azia Bishop each scored 12 points for Kentucky.

NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 95, BOSTON COLLEGE 53

In South Bend, Ind., Kayla McBride had 20 points and eight rebounds, and Notre Dame made 62 percent of its shots to beat Boston College, handing the Eagles their worst loss this season.

The Fighting Irish (2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) improved to 14-0 for the third time in program history and won their 37th consecutive regular-season game. The loss ended a seven-game winning streak for the Eagles (10-6, 1-1).

NO. 3 DUKE 86, SYRACUSE 53

In Syracuse, N.Y., Tricia Liston had 20 points and eight rebounds as Duke
(15-1, 2-0) beat Syracuse, (11-4, 0-2) spoiling the Orange’s first home game in the ACC.

NO. 6 MARYLAND 76, WAKE FOREST 49

In College Park, Md., Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 15 points, and Maryland (14-1, 2-0 ACC) cruised past Wake Forest (9-6, 0-2) for its 13th consecutive victory.

NO. 8 TENNESSEE 94, MISSISSIPPI 70

In Knoxville, Tenn., Ariel Massengale had 23 points and a career-high seven rebounds as Tennessee
(13-2, 2-1 SEC) defeated Miss­issippi (9-7, 0-2) for the 25th consecutive time on a night when the Lady Vols surpassed 5 million in all-time home attendance.

The announced crowd of 10,382 increased Tennessee’s all-time home attendance to 5,006,586.

TEXAS A&M 52, NO. 12 LOUISIANA STATE 48

In Baton Rouge, La., Courtney Williams led Texas A&M with 17 points as the Aggies (12-4, 2-0 SEC) climbed back in the final 40 seconds to defeat Louisiana State (12-3, 1-1).

NO. 13 NORTH CAROLINA 79, NO. 20 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 70

In Chapel Hill, N.C., freshman Diamond DeShields scored 21 points to help North Carolina (13-3, 1-1 ACC) beat North Carolina State (14-2, 1-1).

Former Washington County star Allisha Gray had nine points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Tar Heels.

NO. 18 FLORIDA STATE 68, MIAMI 63

In Coral Gables, Fla., Natasha Howard tied career-highs with 27 points and 18 rebounds as Florida State (14-1, 2-0 ACC) beat Miami (9-6, 1-1).

MISSOURI 66, NO. 25 GEORGIA 56

In Columbia, Mo., Brianna Kulas scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Missouri (13-3, 2-1 SEC) over Georgia (12-4, 0-3).

The teams had the same number of field goals for the game, but Missouri hit two more 3-pointers and eight more free throws than Georgia.

Georgia was led by Khaa­lidah Miller’s 12 points,.

The Lady Bulldogs have lost three in a row.


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