Aliyah Boston had her record-setting 73rd double double with 13 points and 14 rebounds as No. 1 South Carolina moved to 20-0 with a dominating 92-46 victory over Arkansas on Sunday.
Zia Cooke scored 24 points to lead the Gamecocks (8-0 Southeastern Conference), who won their 26th straight and seventh in a row over the Razorbacks (17-5, 4-3). And just like much of the past four seasons, the 6-foot-5 Boston was right in the center of things.
Boston, who tied the school mark set by Sheila Foster from 1979-82 at Vanderbilt this past Thursday, came out quickly with seven points and three boards in the first quarter. She was up to 11 points and six rebounds at the break.
Samara Spencer had 15 points to lead Arkansas, which was outrebounded 74-17 overall and 32-2 on the offensive boards.
No. 7 NOTRE DAME 76, VIRGINIA 54
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Sonia Citron scored 20 points, hitting a career-high six 3-pointers, and grabbed nine rebounds to help Notre Dame rout Virginia.
Lauren Ebo added 15 points and a career-high four steals, while Olivia Miles had 12 points and seven assists for the Fighting Irish (16-2, 7-1 ACC).
Notre Dame lost starter Dara Mabrey to a knee injury in the game’s second minute and her Irish teammates picked up the slack. Mabrey went down on a fast break at 8:01 of the first quarter and did not return.
Camryn Taylor produced 13 points before fouling out for the Cavaliers (14-6, 3-6).
No. 9 UCLA 73, WASHINGTON STATE 66
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Emily Bessoir scored 13 points and UCLA beat Washington State.
A 3-pointer by Bessoir with 8:21 remaining in the game gave UCLA an 11-point lead – its largest of the contest. Bessoir hit three of the Bruins’ nine 3-pointers.
Consecutive 3-pointers by Ula Motuga and Grace Sarver cut the lead three with 2:51 to go, but the Cougars couldn’t get any closer as three turnovers and no field goals in the final two minutes prevented the Washington State upset.
The Bruins (17-3, 6-2 Pac-12) forced five Cougar turnovers and held Washington State scoreless from the field over the last four minutes of the first quarter to open up an eight-point lead.
Astera Tuhina finished with 15 points and was one of five players in double figures for Washington State (13-7, 3-5).
No. 11 MARYLAND 69, NEBRASKA 54
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Sophomore Shyanne Sellers finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds and Maryland never trailed in a victory over Nebraska.
Sellers made 6 of 12 shots with a 3-pointer and sank 7 of 8 free throws for the Terrapins (16-4, 7-2 Big Ten Conference). It was her first double-double of the season and the second of her career. Diamond Miller added 18 points, five rebounds and two blocks.
Jaz Shelley finished with 10 points to lead the Cornhuskers (12-8, 4-5).
No. 12 VIRGINIA TECH 74, WAKE FOREST 57
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Elizabeth Kitley had 28 points and 12 rebounds, Virginia Tech withstood a big third-quarter rally to beat Wake Forest.
Georgia Amoore added 17 points, with five 3-pointers and six assists for Virginia Tech. Taylor Soule had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Wake Forest’s Jewel Spear scored 18 points in the third quarter and the Demon Deacons, who trailed by 15 at halftime, closed to within 53-50 heading to the fourth. Both teams shot better than 60% in the third quarter. Wake Forest scored 30 points in the third quarter, making 9 of 12 shots, 4 of 4 3-pointers and 8 of 9 free throws.
The Demon Deacons could not keep up the pace in the fourth quarter, making just one of their first seven shots in falling behind 68-54.
Spear finished with 27 points.
No. 13 DUKE 62, SYRACUSE 50
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Celeste Taylor scored 15 points, turning consecutive turnovers into late baskets and Duke turned back Syracuse.
The Blue Devils were up by six when Reigan Richardson stole the ball and fed Taylor for a layup as the clock dipped under two minutes. Taylor knocked the ball loose on the ensuing inbounds and turned that into a jumper for a 56-46 lead with 90 seconds to go.
The Orange then missed a pair of shots before Taylor scored on a fast break with just under a minute to play. The final minute was a free-throw parade.
Shayeann Day-Wilson led the way with 16 points as the Blue Devils (17-2, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) bounced back from having their 11-game winning streak snapped at rival North Carolina on Thursday.
Alaina Rice scored 15 points to lead Syracuse (13-7, 4-5).
No. 20 N.C. STATE 63, LOUISVILLE 51
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jada Boyd scored 15 points to lead a balanced attack and North Carolina State topped Louisville.
The Wolfpack scored the last five points of the third quarter to take a 48-47 lead as Louisville missed its last three shots. Then the Cardinals imploded.
Louisville went 2 of 4 from the foul line in the fourth quarter before making its first basket — after 13 misses — with 1:35 to play. That cut NC State’s lead to 58-51 but the Wolfpack quickly responded with a Saniya Rivers-to-Boyd layup and the Cardinals missed their last two shots and finished 25 points below their season average.
Diamond Johnson and Rivers both had 12 points for N.C. State (15-5, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) and Mimi Collins added 11.
Chrislyn Carr scored 16 points for Louisville (16-6, 6-3).