South Carolina women cruise past Arkansas

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COLUMBIA — Aleighsa Welch scored 16 points and had a career-best five blocks to lead No. 6 South Carolina to its sixth consecutive victory with a 67-49 win over Arkansas on Sunday.

The Gamecocks (22-2, 10-1) maintained their hold on first place in the Southeastern Conference.

Calli Berna and Keira Peak led the Razorbacks (16-8,
3-8) with nine points each.

NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 101,
SYRACUSE 64

In South Bend, Ind., Jewell Loyd scored 23 points, Kayla McBride added 18 and Notre Dame (10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) opened a 33-point halftime lead en route to a victory over Syracuse (17-7, 6-5) to improve to 23-0, matching the best start in school history.

NO. 10 MARYLAND 95, CLEMSON 43

In College Park, Md., Alyssa Thomas had 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists as Maryland (19-4, 7-3 ACC) breezed past Clemson to extend its winning streak over the Tigers (11-14, 3-8) to 14 games.

NO. 14 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 72, VIRGINIA TECH 71

In Blacksburg, Va., Len’Nique Brown hit a game-winning floater with 4.5 seconds left in overtime to lead the Wolfpack (21-3, 8-2 ACC) past the Hokies (11-12, 1-9).

FLORIDA 86, NO. 15 KENTUCKY 80

In Gainesville, Fla., January Miller scored 20 points, including 3 of 4 late free throws, to lead Florida (17-7, 7-4 SEC) in an upset of Kentucky (17-6, 5-5).

NO. 19 TEXAS A&M 72,  NO. 16 LOUISIANA STATE 67

In College Station, Texas, Courtney Walker scored 22 points, going 10 of 20 from the field and making a critical layup in the game’s final minute as Texas A&M (18-6, 8-2 SEC) edged LSU (18-6, 7-4).

GEORGIA 84, MISSISSIPPI 63

In Athens, Ga., Erika Ford had 16 points as Georgia (16-7, 4-6 SEC) rolled past Mississippi (10-15, 1-10).

GEORGIA TECH 89, MIAMI 87

In Coral Gables, Fla., Tyaunna Marshall scored 24 points and Georgia Tech (16-8, 6-5 ACC) edged Miami (12-11, 4-6) for its third win in a row.

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