December 21, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Brianna Turner had 19 points, seven rebounds and five blocks, leading No. 2 Notre Dame to a 79-61 win over Michigan State on Tuesday night.

The Fighting Irish (11-1) have won three straight since losing to top-ranked UConn.

The Spartans (10-3) had won four straight since getting beat by No. 19 Syracuse.

Notre Dame's Marina Mabrey had 19 points and five assists, one of three players on her team with at least five assists. Kathryn Westbeld scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Reserve Arike Ogunbowale added 11 points.

Michigan State's Tori Jankoska had 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Reserve Victoria Gaines had 12 points.

The Irish never trailed and led by as much as 13 in the first half and by 19 points in the second half.

No. 5 MISSISSIPPI STATE 90, ALABAMA STATE 47

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Victoria Vivians scored 28 points to lead Mississippi State over Alabama State.

Vivians, a junior, has now scored more than 1,300 points in her career. Freshman forward Ameshya Williams also scored in double figures with 12 points.

Mississippi State had a 40-30 rebounding advantage over the Hornets and shot 28 of 40 (70 percent) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs (13-0) played their first home game in a month and just the second game at Humphrey Coliseum this season. The win over the Hornets came after eight games in a row away from Starkville.

Mississippi State took advantage of 29 Alabama State turnovers, converting them into 40 points.

Alabama State (1-8) was led by Daniele Ewert's 13 points.

No. 10 UCLA 83, NORTH CAROLINA A&T 42

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Monique Billings and Kari Korver scored 15 points apiece to lead five players in double figures as UCLA coasted to a win against North Carolina A&T.

Jordin Canada had 12 points and 10 assists for the Bruins (9-2), who are off to their best start since opening the 2010-11 season with 10 straight wins.

Kennedy Burke and Kelli Hayes both added 11 points apiece for UCLA, which had 20 assists on its 31 made field goals and shot 54.4 percent from the floor.

Kala Green scored 12 points for North Carolina A&T (2-9), which struggled all game on offense and finished with more turnovers (23) than made field goals (13).

No. 16 TEXAS 80, NEW ORLEANS 48

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Kelsey Lang scored a career-high 23 points on 11-of-11 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds as Texas routed New Orleans for its fourth straight win.

Lang, a senior center, has posted five double-doubles in her last six games. She entered the season with one career double-double.

Ariel Atkins scored seven of her 15 points in the third quarter as the Longhorns outscored New Orleans 25-2 to stretch their 15-point halftime lead. Joyner Holmes and Lang added four points apiece, and the Privateers shot 1 of 11 from the field in the third quarter.

Tasia Foman scored eight points and had a career-best six assists for Texas (6-4).

Jewel Angelo scored 17 points to lead New Orleans (4-5). Randi Brown added 14 points.

No. 19 SYRACUSE 92, OLD DOMINION 66

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) - Alexis Peterson had 27 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and seven steals, and No. 19 Syracuse held the nation's second-leading scorer in check for a victory over Old Dominion in the Florida Sunshine Tournament.

Peterson made a 3-pointer in the final second before halftime and she hit a 30-foot runner to beat the third-quarter buzzer for a 73-56 lead.

Syracuse (9-3), which won its fifth straight, hadn't played since Dec. 10th when it scored the second-most points (109) in program history. It was only the ninth time SU had eclipsed the century mark.

Brittney Sykes scored 10 of Syracuse's 19 first-quarter points and finished with 20 points.

Jennie Simms, who entered averaging 26.6 points, finished with 13 points for Old Dominion (5-4).

No. 21 SOUTH FLORIDA 63, SANTA CLARA 54

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Kitija Laksa scored 19 points, Ariadna Pujol had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and South Florida beat Santa Clara in the Play4Kay Shootout.

South Florida (9-1) lost its first game of the season on Monday after moving up one spot in the AP poll. Last week, the Bulls set a program record with 129 points against St. Francis.

Dorottya Nagy added 13 points for South Florida, which shot just 39 percent from the field. The Bulls were 14 of 17 from the free-throw line compared to six makes for the Broncos.

USF led 36-28 at halftime, led by Laksa's 11 points, and Laia Flores made a third-quarter layup to give the Bulls a 45-35 lead - their first double-digit advantage since 16-6.

Taylor Berry paced Santa Clara (4-6) with 14 points and Morgan McGwire had 10 points and 13 rebounds. The Broncos lost their third straight after shooting 32.8 percent.

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