WOMEN'S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: No. 6 Georgia, No. 16 FSU cruise; No. 21 Ga. Tech stunned by B.C.

Photo by April L. Brown

Photo by April L. Brown

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- The way Arkansas coach Tom Collen sees it, one player might be the only difference between his team and No. 6 Georgia.

Ashley Houts had 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and Georgia rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 73-63 win over Arkansas on Sunday.

"You take Ashley Houts and put her on our team, I don't think we're as good as Georgia," Collen said. "But we're missing such a small part that if you put Ashley Houts on our team, we're an NCAA tournament team."

The Lady Bulldogs (17-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference), who were handed a 22-point loss Thursday at Vanderbilt, broke open a close game late in the first half and put things away for good with a 16-2 run in the second.

"I'm really, really pleased with our team in light of the fact we didn't play well on Thursday night and suffered our first loss," Georgia coach Andy Landers said. "And to see them handle all of that and come out sharp and play with some enthusiasm, we needed that."

Jasmine Hassell added 14 points and Meredith Mitchell had 11 for Georgia, which forced Arkansas (8-10, 0-5) into 11 turnovers and held the Razorbacks to just 28.4 shooting.

"We weren't executing right and tonight that's why we weren't getting the best shots," Arkansas sophomore Lyndsay Harris said. "It was really our execution more than anything else."

Harris scored 17 points, while Charity Ford added 12 on 3-of-15 shooting for Arkansas.


No. 16 Florida St. 74, North Carolina St. 71

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Cierra Bravard hit a layup with 11 seconds left and added a free throw with 5.4 seconds to go to lift Florida State.

N.C. State (11-7, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) had a chance to tie it, but Christian Hunnicut intercepted a pass at half-court for FSU (16-3, 3-1) to preserve the win.

Alysha Harvin scored 21 points, while Bravard added 13 and Courtney Ward and Angel Gray each had 11 for the Seminoles, who overcame 22 turnovers.

Freshman Marissa Kastanek scored 18 points for N.C. State.


Boston College 77, No. 21 Georgia Tech 51

BOSTON -- Stefanie Murphy scored a season-high 25 points on 11-of-14 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Boston College.

Carolyn Swords and Brittanny Johnson added 12 points apiece for the Eagles (11-7, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 61.8 percent in winning their fourth in five games. Jaclyn Thoman had a career-high 11 assists.

Sasha Goodlett scored 16 points for the Yellow Jackets (15-4, 2-2).



Glory Johnson had 17 points and nine rebounds as fourth-ranked Tennessee hung on to beat Vanderbilt on Sunday night.

The Lady Volunteers (16-1, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) struggled to stop the Commodores' outside shooting. Vanderbilt (13-5, 2-3) hit 10 of 19 from 3-point range.

Elan Brown hit a shallow jump shot with 1:41 left to cut Tennessee's lead to 57-55. Johnson answered by driving through the lane and hitting a jump shot.

The Lady Vols, who hit an uncharacteristically low 57.7 percent of their free throws, sank five of their last six to seal the win.

Merideth Marsh led Vanderbilt, which has never won in Knoxville, with 23 points and hit five 3s, and Brown added 10.


No. 5 Ohio St. 81, Indiana 64

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Samantha Prahalis scored 23 points and Jantel Lavender added 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead Ohio State.

Sarah Schulze had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Buckeyes (19-1, 7-0 Big Ten), who never trailed in winning their 11th game in a row.

Jori Davis had 17 points, Jamie Braun 11 and Hope Elam 10 for the Hoosiers (9-8, 2-4).


No. 10 North Carolina 75, Maryland 64

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Chay Shegog scored 17 points, while Italee Lucas bounced back from a scoreless first half to lead North Carolina.

Lucas finished with 12 points for the Tar Heels (14-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who took advantage of repeated turnovers by the Terrapins to take control in the final 7 minutes.

Lori Bjork scored 18 points to lead Maryland (14-4, 2-2).


No. 11 Nebraska 65, No. 9 Baylor 56

WACO, Texas -- Yvonne Turner made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points, Cory Montgomery added 18 points and Nebraska remained unbeaten.

The Cornhuskers (16-0, 3-0 Big 12), who made 12 3-pointers, are one of three unbeaten schools in the country, joining No. 1 Connecticut and No. 17 Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Kelsey Griffin scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Nebraska, which ended Baylor's 14-game home winning streak.

Brittney Griner had 18 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots for Baylor (14-3, 1-2).


No. 12 LSU 80, Mississippi 71

OXFORD, Miss. -- Bianca Thomas scored a career-high 42 points, including 28 in the second half, to lead Mississippi.

Thomas, who leads the SEC in scoring with 21.7 points per game, scored 23 in the final 12 minutes. Elizabeth Robertson added 14 points for Ole Miss (12-5, 3-1 Southeastern Conference).

LaSondra Barrett had 30 points and 10 rebounds for LSU (13-3, 2-2), which has dropped two straight.


No. 13 Oklahoma 74, No. 8 Texas A&M 65

NORMAN, Okla. -- Danielle Robinson scored 24 points, Nyeshia Stevenson added 20 and Oklahoma snapped Texas A&M's seven-game winning streak.

The Sooners (12-4, 2-1 Big 12) blitzed A&M at the start of both halves to build a 16-point lead, then staved off a second-half rally.

Tyra White scored 18 points and Sydney Colson had 14 points and five steals for the Aggies (14-2, 2-1).


No. 18 West Virginia 69, Pittsburgh 54

PITTSBURGH -- Korinne Campbell had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead West Virginia to its 15th straight win.

Sara Miles added 13 points and nine assists for the Mountaineers (17-1, 5-0), who tied No. 1 Connecticut for first place in the Big East and are on their longest win streak since winning 22 in a row during the 1991-92 season.

Jania Sims had 18 points for the Panthers (11-6), who fell to 0-4 in Big East play for the first time since 1997-98.


Penn State 68, No. 20 Michigan State 60

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Tyra Grant had 23 points to help Penn State send Michigan State to its third consecutive loss.

Alex Bentley added 14 points for the surging Nittany Lions (13-4, 5-2 Big Ten), who earned their fourth straight victory.

Jasmine Thomas had 19 points and Kalisha Keane scored 14 for Michigan State (11-7, 2-5).


Wake Forest 67, No. 25 Miami 64

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Secily Ray scored 16 points and Brittany Waters added 14 to help Wake Forest end a two-game losing streak.

Wake (11-7, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) collected its first win over a ranked team since a 53-46 win over then-No. 10 Texas A&M on Nov. 23, 2007.

Shenise Johnson scored 19 points, Riquna Williams added 17 and Diane Barnes 10 for Miami (13-4, 1-2), which is ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since Feb. 23, 2004 but has lost two straight since beating Florida State 78-71 on Jan. 10.