COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Destanni Henderson scored 15 points and No. 5 South Carolina used a strong defensive effort to rout Purdue 85-49 on Sunday.
The Gamecocks (10-1), returning to the court after a week off due to exams, showed no signs of rust. The Boilermakers (7-3) couldn’t solve the Gamecocks’ zone and missed shots when they did. South Carolina took full advantage as it doubled up Purdue to take a 26-13 lead in the opening quarter.
Point guard Ty Harris, honored before the game for scoring her 1,000th career point, had 14 points and five assists.
Cooke also had 14 points, Lele Grissett had 11, Mikiah Herbert Harrigan had 12 and Aliyah Boston scored 10 for the Gamecocks.
Karissa McLaughlin led the Boilermakers with 18 points.
NO. 7 LOUISVILLE 67, NO. 14 KENTUCKY 66
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kylie Shook scored five consecutive points to put Louisville ahead, and the Cardinals withstood a late charge by Kentucky for a hard-fought victory.
Sabrina Haines made two of three free throws with 1:33 remaining and the Wildcats (10-1) got a final shot after Dana Evans’ missed 3 with 15 seconds left. Jazmine Jones then grabbed Howard’s 3-point attempt with 3 seconds left that bounced off the rim to preserve Louisville’s fourth straight win in the rivalry series.
Shook finished with 11 points and three 3s with 13 rebounds for Louisville (10-1). Evans had 18 points and 10 assists.
Howard had 26 points for the Wildcats.
NO. 8 FLORIDA STATE 74, ST. JOHN’S 70
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Nausia Woolfolk scored a season-high 25 points, Kiah Gillespie had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Florida State held off St. John’s.