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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Georgia women top Alabama, off to 14-0 start

Photo by Andrea Mabry

Photo by Andrea Mabry

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Georgia needed a strong second half to tie a decade-old school record.

Ashley Houts scored 14 points to help the ninth-ranked Bulldogs get to 14-0 with a 52-44 victory over Alabama on Sunday.

Porsha Phillips had a career-high 17 rebounds, Angel Robinson had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Meredith Mitchell added 11 points and eight rebounds for Georgia in the SEC opener for both teams.

"We got spanked around in the first half," Georgia coach Andy Landers said. "In the second half we guarded them better. We kept them from scoring. It gave us a chance to gnaw away at their lead."

The Bulldogs, who have won 16 straight against the Crimson Tide (8-6) matched the record of the 1998-99 team that reached the Final Four.

"It says a lot about us, being down by 10 and coming back," Houts said. "The stops that we made were pretty crucial."

Varisia Raffington scored 13 points and Tierney Jenkins had 10 points for the Tide. Dedrea Magee had seven assists and six rebounds for Alabama.

Georgia trailed by 10 at the half, but opened the second half by scoring the first 15 points to take a 35-30 lead. Robinson and Mitchell each had four points during the run, and Houts three points to lead the comeback.

"It was a tale of two halves," Alabama coach Wendell Hudson said. "When you shoot 17.9 percent in the second half, it's awfully tough to beat the No. 9 team in the country."

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No. 4 Tennessee 96, No. 14 Oklahoma 75

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Shekinna Stricklen had the second triple-double in Tennessee history, finishing with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists in the fourth-ranked Lady Volunteers' 96-75 victory over No. 14 Oklahoma on Sunday night.

Stricklen completed the triple-double with her 10th rebound with 8:58 left. The only other Lady Vol to accomplish the feat was Shelia Collins, who had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals against Florida State on Feb. 8, 1985.

Angie Bjorklund led Tennessee with 25 points, hitting 5 of 8 3-point attempts. Alyssia Brewer contributed 13 points, and Kelley Cain added 10.

Tennessee (12-1) led 47-43 early in the second half, then slowly pulled away. Stricklen hit a layup in the paint with 11:18 left to give the Lady Vols a 10-point advantage at 64-54 lead. The Sooners (10-3) would not get any closer.

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No. 6 Ohio State 59, Michigan 56

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jantel Lavender had 18 points and 15 rebounds and Samantha Prahalis hit a 10-foot jumper with 9 seconds left.

The win was the eighth straight for the Buckeyes (16-1, 4-0 Big Ten).

The Wolverines (9-5, 1-3) almost tied the game on Courtney Boylan's 30-foot heave at the buzzer that hit the front edge of the rim.

Prahalis added 15 points for Ohio State, which played without injured starting forward Sarah Schulze.

Dayeesha Hollins had 19 points and Jenny Ryan and Carmen Reynolds had 12 apiece for the Wolverines. Michigan scored the first eight points and led throughout the opening half.

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No. 8 Duke 88, Providence 63

DURHAM, N.C. -- Krystal Thomas scored a career-high 21 points and had 10 rebounds.

Jasmine Thomas added 18 points for the Blue Devils (12-2), who scored the game's first 10 points and never looked back. Karima Christmas scored 15 points to help Duke record its 22nd consecutive home victory.

Tiffany Hurd scored 15 points to lead Providence (9-4), which shot 36 percent from the floor. Trinity Hull added 11 points and Chelsea Marandola had 10 points for the Friars.

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No. 11 LSU 70, South Carolina 58

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Allison Hightower scored 23 points and No. 11 LSU started Southeastern Conference play with its 13th straight victory over the Gamecocks.

The Lady Tigers improved to 12-1, matching their start from three seasons ago, a team that ended up in the Final Four.

LSU used a 32-6 run in the first half to take control and won its SEC opener for the eighth straight season. Hightower was a big reason why.

LSU's senior star had nine points during a go-ahead surge, then made two foul shots and a 3-pointer in the second half after South Carolina cut it to 52-43.

LoSondra Barrett added 16 points for LSU.

Valerie Nainima led South Carolina (7-6) with 13 points.

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No. 12 Florida St 77, Temple 64

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Alysha Harvin scored 17 points and the Seminoles held off the Owls.

Temple (10-4) rebounded from and early 13-point deficit against the Seminoles (13-2) and took a 46-44 lead with under 11 minutes to play on Victoria Macaulay's jumper.

Courtney Ward and Alexa Deluzio hit back-to-back 3-pointers and the Seminoles regained control.

Harvin also had nine rebounds before fouling out with 1:46 left in the game. Ward scored 15 points and Jacinta Monroe added 13 points for the Seminoles.

Kristen McCarthy led Temple with 19 points.

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No. 16 Michigan St. 53, Indiana 44

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Allyssa DeHaan had 16 points, 12 rebounds and moved into second place on the list for career blocked shots.

DeHaan passed IUPUI's Brooke McAfee (447) when she blocked Jori Davis' layup with 5:18 left in the first half. DeHaan finished with three blocks, giving her 449 in her career. TCU's Sandora Irvin holds the national record of 480.

The Spartans (11-4, 2-2 Big Ten) have won seven straight in Bloomington and 87 straight when holding opponents under 50 points.

Davis led Indiana (8-6, 1-2) with 20 points.

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No. 18 Vanderbilt 86, Mississippi 72

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tiffany Clarke and Lauren Lueders scored 18 points apiece for the Commodores in the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools.

Clarke scored 15 first-half points on 7 of 9 shooting, but picked up two quick fouls about four minutes into the second half and sat out for more than 12 minutes.

Lueders hit three of her four 3-pointers in the second half.

Meredith Marsh scored 16 and Jence Rhoads had 11 points and 10 assists for Vanderbilt (12-2).

Bianca Thomas led Mississippi (9-5) with 20 points, while Nikki Byrd scored 16 points before fouling out with 2:44. Shantell Black scored 13 and Kayla Melson had 10 points.

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UCLA 74, No. 19 Arizona State 56

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Markel Walker scored 24 points and Jasmine Dixon added 21 for the Bruins.

Arizona State (8-5, 0-2) has lost four of its last five games. UCLA (9-4, 2-0 Pac-10) has held every opponent to 61 or fewer points this season.

Dixon and Walker, who both set career highs for points, made a combined 19 of 24 field goal attempts and the Bruins shredded ASU's man defense for close-in shots.

Becca Tobin had 13 points and Danielle Orsillo had 12 for the Sun Devils, who made only four field goals in the first half.

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New Mexico State 61, No. 21 Kansas 60

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Crystal Boyd scored 25 points to lead New Mexico State to an upset of No. 21 Kansas.

The Aggies (10-4) beat a ranked team for the first time since knocking off No. 22 Houston at home five years ago to the day.

Boyd, limited to 10 minutes in the second half due to foul trouble, hit one of two free throws with 0.8 seconds left.

Kansas (10-3) trailed by seven with 11:36 left, but Danielle McCray scored six of her 16 points to help Kansas regain the lead with 5:28 to play. There were three ties and three lead changes in the last 3:51.

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Drexel 68, No. 25 James Madison 67

PHILADELPHIA -- Gabriela Marginean scored 23 points and hit four free throws in the final 29.7 seconds for the Dragons.

Taylor Wootton and Jasmina Rosseel added 11 points apiece to give Drexel (7-5) its first win over a Top 25 team.

Drexel also beat the Dukes in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship en route to their first-ever NCAA tournament berth last season.

Dawn Evans led James Madison (10-2) with 30 points. Evans came into the game as the nation's second leading scorer at 27.7 points per game.

After James Madison pulled within 62-60 with 48.9 seconds left, Marginean hit her free throws and Marissa Crane added two free throws with 3.7 seconds left for a 68-64 lead.