Posted: Jan 10, 2013 7:47 PM
Updated: Jan 10, 2013 7:48 PM
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Elizabeth Williams scored 21 points to help No. 4 Duke beat Clemson 82-45 on Thursday night.
Tricia Liston and Haley Peters added 14 points each for the Blue Devils (14-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who never trailed en route to their 32nd consecutive home victory against league competition.
Chelsea Gray finished with eight points and a career-high 15 assists as Duke shot 58 percent from the floor. Chloe Wells added 10 points for the Blue Devils.
Duke blew open the game with a 22-0 run early in the second half. Gray scored or assisted on eight of Duke's 10 baskets during the stretch, which began with Duke ahead 36-30.
Aisha Turner scored 13 points to lead Clemson (4-11, 0-4) in its fourth consecutive loss. Nikki Dixon added 11 points for the Tigers, who shot 34 percent and committed 26 turnovers.
Clemson twice pulled within six early in the second half, but the Blue Devils answered with baskets assisted by Gray each time.
NO. 6 KENTUCKY 65, NO. 20 TEXAS A&M 62
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) A'dia Mathies scored 23 points and Kentucky overcame a sluggish first half to rally past Texas A&M.
Jennifer O'Neill added 15 points as the Wildcats (15-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) extended school-record winning streaks of 14 games overall and 31 in a row at home.
Texas A&M shot 59 percent (17 of 29) in the first half behind a slew of layups from Kelsey Bone and Kristi Bellock for a 37-31 halftime lead. But Kentucky's improved defense wore down the Aggies and limited them to just 32 percent shooting (10 of 31) after that.
Bone's 27 points led Texas A&M (12-5, 2-1).
NO. 10 MARYLAND 84, NO. 24 MIAMI 62
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Freshman Chloe Pavlech scored a season-high 20 points, Tiana Hawkins had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Maryland pulled away to end Miami's five-game winning streak.
Alyssa Thomas added 18 points for the Terrapins (12-3, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Maryland led by six at halftime before Thomas fueled a 12-4 run by scoring the Terrapins' first nine points after the break.
Pavlech, a 5-foot-9 guard, had 14 points at halftime and finished 8 of 11 from the floor.
Morgan Stroman led Miami (12-3, 3-1) with 14 points, and Stefanie Yderstrom and Suriya McGuire each had 13. The Hurricanes had won four straight against Maryland.
NO. 11 NORTH CAROLINA 70, N.C. STATE 66
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Brittany Rountree scored 17 points, including two free throws with 12.5 seconds left, to help North Carolina beat North Carolina State.
Waltiea Rolle added 16 points for the Tar Heels (16-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who rallied from 10 down early in the second half to beat the Wolfpack for the 22nd time in 26 meetings.
Marissa Kastanek scored 20 points for the Wolfpack (8-8, 0-4), while Kody Burke added 17 points and eight rebounds.
N.C. State shot 40 percent, hit nine 3-pointers and outrebounded the Tar Heels, but finished with 23 turnovers that UNC converted into 24 points 14 of those coming after halftime.
WAKE FOREST 80, NO. 18 FLORIDA ST. 72
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Lakevia Boykin scored a career-high 34 points and Wake Forest used a 27-8 run in the second half to upset Florida State for its fourth straight win.
Dearica Hamby added 23 points and Chelsea Douglas 14 for the Demon Deacons (9-6, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led by 11 with 7:01 left before FSU closed to 69-67 with 2:56 to go.
Hamby answered with a layup and Wake Forest hit 9 for 14 from the line in the final 2:32.
Florida State (12-3, 2-2), coming off a 71-64 loss at then-No. 8 Maryland, closed the first half on a 12-3 run to lead 36-33 at the break
Chelsea Davis led the Seminoles with 25 points.
NO. 18 SOUTH CAROLINA 64, VANDERBILT 48
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Aleighsa Welch scored 13 points, Ieasia Walker added 12 and South Carolina played its usual fierce defense to beat Vanderbilt.
The Gamecocks (14-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), who came in 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 straight, was averaging 71.9 points but shot just 26.5 percent (13 of 49).
The Commodores led 7-4 before the Gamecocks outscored them 25-5 over the next 11:05.
Jasmine Lister and Heather Bowe scored 11 each for Vanderbilt.