COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Aliyah Boston had 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocks and No. 1 South Carolina held off pesky LSU 63-48 on Thursday night for its 20th straight victory.
South Carolina (26-1, 13-0 Southeastern Conference) seemed well on the way to doing what it’s done so often this season, taking a quick first-quarter lead and counting on its defensive tenacity to stay in front.
This time, though, LSU (18-7, 8-5) came right back at the Gamecocks with pressure of its own to keep things tight the first two quarters.
But the 6-foot-2 Mikiah Herbert Harrigan and 6-5 Boston got going inside in the third quarter and the Gamecocks finally put the Tigers away.
Herbert Harrigan had 12 points and Zia Cooke 11 for South Carolina.
Jenna Staiti scored 15 points for Georgia (14-12, 5-8).
No. 17 FLORIDA STATE 78, WAKE FOREST 67
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Nicki Ekhomu scored 18 of her season-high 23 points in the second half for Florida State.
Ekhomu was 10 of 14 from the field and had six assists. Kiah Gillespie scored 15 points, Morgan Jones added 14 and Nausia Woolfolk 13 for Florida State (21-5, 10-5 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Ivana Raca led Wake Forest (13-14, 6-10) with 17 points.
No. 20 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 96, NORTH DAKOTA STATE 57
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Ciara Duffy scored 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting and South Dakota beat North Dakota State to clinch at least a share of the Summit League regular-season title.
Chloe Lamb added 15 points for the Coyotes (25-2, 14-0). They have won 14 consecutive games and have a two-game lead over second-place South Dakota State with two games to go. The rivals play at South Dakota State on Saturday.
Michelle Gaislerova scored 15 points for North Dakota State (8-17, 5-8).
No. 22 ARKANSAS 83, TENNESSEE 75
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Amber Ramirez made five 3-pointers and scored 29 points for Arkansas.
Alexis Tolefree added 22 points and Chelsea Dungee had 16 for the Razorbacks (21-5, 9-4 Southeastern Conference.e throws after the Volunteers cut a 16-point deficit to 79-75 on Rennia Davis’ 3-pointer with 15 seconds left.
Rae Burrell led Tennessee (17-9, 7-6) with 21 points and nine rebounds.
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