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Women’s Top 25 capsules: Victoria Vivians, Teaira McCowan lead Mississippi State to 74-55 win over Kentucky

Mississippi State guard Victoria Vivians, left, races downcourt while Kentucky guard Maci Morris, right, pursues during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press)
Mississippi State guard Victoria Vivians, left, races downcourt while Kentucky guard Maci Morris, right, pursues during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press)
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Victoria Vivians scored 23 points and Teaira McCowan had 21 points and 16 rebounds to help No. 2 Mississippi State beat Kentucky 74-55 on Sunday in Starkville, Mississippi.

In front of a second-straight sellout crowd at Humphrey Coliseum, coach Vic Schaefer defeated Kentucky for the first time in his career. The Bulldogs had lost 11 straight games in the series before Sunday’s win.

The Bulldogs (26-0, 12-0 Southeastern Conference) got control of the ball game late in the period, extending the lead to 56-43 and the Wildcats never got it back down to single digits.

Kentucky (12-14, 4-8) was led by Maci Morris’ 21 points before she fouled out in the fourth quarter.

(5) Notre Dame 85, Georgia Tech 69: Arike Ogunbowale overcame a first-half scoreless drought of nearly 17 minutes to finish with 27 points, leading the Fighting Irish (23-2, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) past the Yellow Jackets (15-11, 4-9) in South Bend, Indiana.

Jackie Young scored 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting, Jessica Shepard had her eighth double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Kathryn Westbeld added 10 points. Coach Muffet McGraw’s Irish won their eighth straight despite 19 turnovers.

Kaylan Pugh had 13 points, Francesca Pan 12 and Chanin Scott and Kierra Fletcher scored 10 each for the Yellow Jackets, who were tied 39-all at halftime.

(7) South Carolina 64, Florida 57: A’ja Wilson scored 22 points and the Gamecocks (20-5, 9-3 SEC) used a big run spanning the half to beat the Gators (10-15, 2-10) in Columbia, South Carolina.

South Carolina appeared sluggish after playing its third game of the week and being down to nine healthy players. With a slim first-quarter lead, coach Dawn Staley deliberately kept Wilson on the bench for the start of the second quarter, knowing the Gamecocks could have to play stretches without her going forward.

Not coincidentally, that’s when the Gators made a run to take a 10-point lead.

Wilson re-entered the game and led a 10-0 burst to tie the game, then scored at the buzzer for a halftime tie after the Gators briefly re-took the lead. Another South Carolina run out of the locker room gave it a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

(8) UCLA 71, (25) Arizona State 63: Jordin Canada scored 16 points and Lajahna Drummer added 15 to lead the Bruins (21-4, 12-2 Pac-12) to a victory over the Sun Devils (17-9, 8-6) in Los Angeles.

Canada also had 10 assists and scored nine of her points in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Bruins. Monique Billings had 14 points and Michaela Onyenwere added 12.

Robbi Ryan led the Sun Devils with 14 points and Kianna Ibis and Courtney Ekmark added 13 points apiece.

(9) Oregon 90, Washington State 79: Ruthy Hebard scored 29 points, hitting all 12 of her field goal attempts, as the Ducks (23-4, 12-2 Pac-12) beat Washington State (10-16, 3-11) to remain in a tie for first place in the Pac-12.

Satou Sabally and Sabrina Ionescu each added 17 points for Oregon, which shot 80 percent in the first half and 62 percent for the game.

Borislava Hristova scored 22 points for Washington State, which was coming off an overtime loss to No. 16 Oregon State on Friday.

The Ducks welcomed back Lexi Bando, the nation’s active career leader in 3-point shooting at 45.5 percent, from injury. She scored nine points.

(10) Maryland 72, Rutgers 54: Eleanna Christinaki scored 18 points and the Terrapins (22-3, 11-1 Big Ten) used a big run at the end of the first half to beat the Scarlet Knights (18-9, 6-7) in Piscataway, New Jersey.

The Terrapins led 30-26 with 3:43 left in the half before they scored 13 of the final 14 points in the second quarter. Kristen Confroy had five of her 11 points during the burst and five players scored during the game-changing run.

Maryland led 43-27 at the half and Rutgers tried to cut into the deficit in the second half, but couldn’t get within single digits.

(11) Tennessee 62, (18) Georgia 46: Mercedes Russell reached a milestone and was on the verge of another as the Lady Vols (21-4, 9-3 SEC) dominated the Bulldogs (21-4, 9-3) in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Russell scored 13 points, leaving her one shy of 1,500 for her career, and grabbed 15 rebounds, making her the six Tennessee player to reach 1,000 boards.

Jaime Nared led the Lady Vols, who have won four straight, with 15 points and Meme Jackson and Rennia Davis added 11 each.

Taja Cole and Mackenzie Engram had 11 points apiece for the Bulldogs, who have not won in Knoxville since 1996.

(12) Florida State 91, Miami 71: Imani Wright scored 21 points, Nausia Woolfolk missed a triple-double by a rebound and the Seminoles (21-4, 9-3 ACC) defeated the Hurricanes (17-8, 7-5) for the sixth straight time.

Woolfolk finished with 18 points, a career-high 10 assists, nine rebounds and four steals for Florida State in Coral Gables, Florida. Shakayla Thomas added 19 points and Chatrice White scored 14.

Wright’s 3-pointer – she had four to give her 86 this season – in the final minute of the first quarter gave FSU a 28-18 lead. Thomas and White had 3-point plays and five points in a 14-0 run early in the second quarter that had the lead at 24.

The Seminoles shot 55 percent (34 of 62) and had a 43-29 rebounding advantage.

The Hurricanes, who shot 42 percent (25 of 59), got 21 points and 12 rebounds from Erykah Davenport.

South Florida 84, (13) Ohio State 65: Kitija Laksa scored a career-high 41 points, 18 in a decisive first quarter, and the Bulls (20-5, 10-1 American Athletic Conference) went on to defeat the Buckeyes (20-6, 6-4 Big Ten) in Tampa, Florida.

Maria Jespersen added 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who won their fourth straight to reach 20 wins for the sixth straight season. Laia Flores had 11 assists and eight rebounds as the Bulls outrebounded Ohio State 46-26.

Stephanie Mavunga had 28 points on 13-of-16 shooting for the Buckeyes, who had won four straight. Kelsey Mitchell added 19.

LSU 80, (14) Texas A&M 78: Chloe Jackson scored 27 points and Raigyne Louis added 26 and the Lady Tigers (16-7, 8-4) upended the Aggies (19-7, 8-4) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Lady Tigers shot 53 percent in taking down their third Top 25 team in their past five games and joined the Aggies in a fifth-place tie in the Southeastern Conference.

Texas A&M got within 79-78 after a 3-pointer by Danni Williams with 17 seconds left. Louis made a free throw and LSU got the ball back after Khayla Pointer created a double team on Khaalia Hillsman and forced a jump ball. But a long inbounds pass went awry and the Aggies got a final chance. Chennedy Carter drove the floor, hounded by Williams, and missed a hurried 3-pointer.

(16) Oregon State 95, Washington 57: Kat Tudor hit a career-high tying seven 3-pointers on nine attempts and finished with 23 points and the Beavers (19-6, 10-4 Pac-12) hit a season-high 18 3-pointers in their win over the Huskies (7-18, 1-13) in Seattle.

Mikayla Pivec had 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting and added five rebounds with seven assists for Oregon State. Taya Corosdale had 13 points, Katie McWilliams, 11 and Taylor Kalmer and Aleah Goodman scored 10 apiece. Kalmer also had seven rebounds and six assists – both career highs.

The Huskies, who reached their first Final Four in 2016 and lost in the Sweet 16 last season, have lost six in a row and 13 of their last 14.

Amber Melgoza led Washington with 18 points.

(17) Stanford 62, Colorado 53: Brittany McPhee had 25 points and 12 rebounds to help the Cardinal (18-8, 12-2 Pac-12) beat the Buffaloes (12-13, 3-11) in Stanford, California.

Stanford has won six in a row and nine of its last 10.

Kennedy Leonard and Annika Jank made back-to-back jumpers to give Colorado a two-point lead midway through the second quarter, but Stanford used an 18-2 run – scoring the final 12 points as the Buffaloes went scoreless for almost four minutes – to close the first half with a 35-21 advantage.

(19) Duke 60, Clemson 35: Rebecca Greenwell had 17 points and 11 rebounds and the Blue Devils (20-6, 9-4) reached 20 wins for an ACC record 21st straight season with a win over the Tigers (11-15, 1-12) in Clemson, South Carolina.

Erin Mathias added 12 points and nine rebounds and Leaonna Odom had 10 points for the Blue Devils. Lexie Brown was held to a season-low six points on 2-of-12 shooting but hit a 3-pointer for the 25th straight game, an ACC best that matches the school record. Brown had nine assists.

Aliyah Collier led the Tigers, who have lost seven straight, with 11 points.

Michigan State 66, (21) Michigan 61: Lexi Gussert scored 11 of her 14 points in the first half to help her team build a double-digit lead and the Spartans (15-11, 5-8 Big Ten) held on to beat the Wolverines (20-7, 9-5) in East Lansing, Michigan.

The Spartans had lost six straight, reeling without one of their best players and a key reserve.

The Wolverines have lost three of four, falling out of contention to win a Big Ten title.

(23) N.C. State 73, North Carolina 54: Aislinn Konig scored 18 points and Chelsea Nelson scored 11 with a season-high 16 rebounds and the Wolfpack (20-6, 9-4 ACC) beat the Tar Heels (14-11, 4-8) in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Armani Hawkins added 14 points and Kiara Leslie scored 11 for the Wolfpack.

North Carolina led 15-14 after the first quarter before the Wolfpack broke it open in the second and outscored the Tar Heels, who missed 12 of 15 shots, 20-6. NC State took control with an 11-2 run with Kaila Ealey scoring six.

Paris Kea led North Carolina with 21 points.

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