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College Women’s Basketball: Aftr Early Funk, Mississippi St. Stays Perfect



Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Starkville, Miss. — Victoria Vivians scored 20 of her 24 points in the first half to help spark a struggling Mississippi State offense, and the No. 2 Bulldogs rallied to beat No. 7 South Carolina, 67-53, on Monday night.

The Bulldogs (24-0, 10-0 SEC) ended an 11-game losing streak to the Gamecocks that included a defeat in the national championship game last season.

A 13-0 run to begin the fourth quarter was the difference in the game as the Bulldogs turned a five-point third quarter deficit into a lead they wouldn’t lose, much to the delight of the sellout crowd of 10,794 fans that was a Humphrey Coliseum record.

Blair Schaefer hit two big 3-pointers during that stretch to help flip the game in the Bulldogs’ favor.

No. 3 Baylor 74, Oklahoma 65

Waco, Texas — Lauren Cox scored a career-high 24 points and Baylor beat Oklahoma for its 19th straight victory.

While the Lady Bears (22-1, 12-0 Big 12) never trailed, Oklahoma tied the game at 60 when Maddie Manning hit a running scoop shot with just under 5½ minutes left. The Sooners (12-12, 7-6) were still within 64-63 on a three-point play by Manning just over 2 minutes later.

Dekeiya Cohen then made a layup for Baylor, which sealed the game by making 8-of-10 free throws in the final 1:36 after winning its first 11 Big 12 games by an average margin of 29.5 points.

No. 6 Texas 73, West Virginia 55

Morgantown, w.va. — Jatarie White had 18 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season to lead Texas over West Virginia.

The Longhorns (19-4, 10-2 Big 12) opened up the game on a 7-0 run, but WVU clawed back into the game thanks to five first quarter 3-pointers.

Texas responded by outscoring the Mountaineers 19-7 in the second quarter to have a 37-26 lead at the half.

No. 8 UCLA 84, USC 70

Los Angeles — Monique Billings and Jordin Canada each scored 18 points to lead UCLA to a win over USC.

Billings also had 11 rebounds for her 41st career double-double. It was the second time in four days UCLA beat USC.

UCLA (19-4, 10-2 Pac-12) moved into a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-12 with Oregon and Stanford.

No. 15 Missouri 66, Florida 64

Columbia, Mo. — Cierra Porter scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help No. 15 Missouri hold off Florida.

Sophie Cunningham, averaging 18.4 points per game, scored her final points of the game, 10, on a baseline jumper to extend Missouri’s lead to 64-59.

Florida guard Funda Nakkasoglu sank a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:01 remaining to pull to 66-64. Missouri took some time off the clock after a defensive foul but Florida deflected the ball out of bounds off Cunningham’s knee at 12.1. The Gators’ offense stalled near the 3-point arc and Haley Lorenzen didn’t hit the rim on a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Jordan Frericks scored 12 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter for Missouri (18-5, 6-4 Southeastern Conference). Porter scored 21 of Missouri’s 32 first-half points as she was 8 of 12 from the field and the rest of the team was just 5-of-19 shooting.

Delicia Washington led Florida (10-13, 2-8) with 23 points.