UConn Defeats Providence in OT
Providence, r.i. — Ryan Boatright scored 19 points and Shabazz Napier had 18, including eight in overtime, to lead Connecticut to an 82-79 victory over Providence last night.
Napier and Omar Calhoun hit 3-pointers in overtime gave the Huskies (14-5, 4-3 Big East) a 79-76 edge with 42 seconds left in overtime. Napier hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final 30 seconds to secure the victory.
DeAndre Daniels also scored 18 points for UConn, whose 50 percent shooting (27 of 54), including 52.9 percent (9 of 17) outside the 3-point line, proved too much for Providence (10-11, 2-7), which shot 33.8 percent (22 of 65).
Neither team led by more than three points during the second half, after the Huskies had taken a 33-32 halftime lead.
Kadeem Batts scored 20 points and Bryce Cotton 18 for the Friars, and LaDontae Henton had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
No. 13 Michigan St. 80, Illinois 75
East Lansing, Mich. — Keith Appling led a pivotal run early in the second half and finished with 24 points and seven assists to help No. 13 Michigan State beat Illinois last night.
The Spartans (18-4, 7-2 Big Ten) scored the first 14 points of the second half to take their first lead.
The Fighting Illini (15-7, 2-6) lost for the fifth time in six games. They had a chance to be the first team with four wins over currently ranked teams.
No. 5 Duke 82, Miami 43
Durham, n.c. — Tricia Liston scored 17 points, Chelsea Gray added 16 and No. 5 Duke used a huge run early in the second half to rout Miami.
Miami led 33-31 following a layup from Shawnice Wilson with 18:17 left before the Blue Devils scored 20 straight points coming from five different players. Williams hit two free throws with 12:14 left but that’s as close as Miami got.
No. 7 Penn State 61
Madison, Wis. — Morgan Paige scored a career-high 33 points to lead Wisconsin to an upset over Penn State.
Tiera Stephens scored the game-winner on a putback with 5 seconds left to end the Nittany Lions’ 11-game winning streak.
No. 9 Tennessee 88, Mississippi State 45
Knoxville, Tenn. — Kamiko Williams scored 10 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds in her first start of the season as Tennessee routed Mississippi State for its 10th win in its last 11 games.
No. 13 Georgia 65, Alabama 59
Athens, Ga. — Khaalidah Miller scored 11 points off the bench as Georgia held off Alabama.
Jasmine Hassell added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs (18-3, 6-2).
No. 11 N. Carolina 72
No. 20 Florida St. 62
Chapel Hill, n.c. — Xylina McDaniel scored 19 points and Waltiea Rolle added 18 and 10 rebounds as North Carolina held off Florida State, giving coach Sylvia Hatchell her 899th win.
The Tar Heels (20-2, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) reached 20 wins before the end of January for the first time since 2006-07.
No. 14 Purdue 59
West Lafayette, Ind. — Sam Ostarello had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Purdue to a win over Indiana.
KK Houser and April Wilson scored 12 points apiece for the Boilermakers (18-3, 7-1 Big Ten). Taylor Manuel added 11 points for Purdue, which held a 45-30 rebounding edge.
No. 16 Texas A&M 60, Vanderbilt 52
College Station, Texas — Courtney Walker scored 20 points to lead Texas A&M to a victory over Vanderbilt.
Walker, a freshman, was 10 for 13 from the field in matching her season high in points.
as the Aggies (17-5, 7-1) tied No. 8 Kentucky for second place in the Southeastern Conference.
Illinois 74, No. 24 Iowa 62
Champaign, Ill. — Karisma Penn scored 18 points, Adrienne GodBold and Amber Moore added 17 apiece, and Illinois closed with a 14-2 run over the final 5:11 to knock off Iowa.
Penn pulled down eight rebounds for the Illini (12-8, 5-3 Big Ten), whose last victory over Iowa in Champaign was Feb. 9, 2003. Ivory Crawford chipped in 14 points to help Illinois surpass its win total from the 2011-12 season.
No. 25 Delaware 70 Georgia State 38
Atlanta — Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points and Delaware won its 12th consecutive game beating Georgia State.
The Blue Hens (17-3, 8-0 Colonial Athletic Association) won their 27th straight regular-season conference game.
Delle Donne scored 19 of her points in the first half, almost matching the first-half total for the Panthers (10-9, 2-6), as Delaware opened a 40-21 lead. The All-America forward, who hit 9 of 19 shots from the field, played just 8 minutes in the second half.
The Blue Hens dominated the boards, holding a 48-23 rebounding advantage, but Georgia State’s Cody Paulk did her best to provide an inside presence for her team. The Panthers’ career leader in blocked shots swatted away six, and she also had 13 points and seven rebounds.
Akeema Richards added 10 points and Danielle Parker 10 rebounds for the Blue Hens.