Alisha Mosley scored a career-high 24 points to help Wake Forest send No. 15 North Carolina to its fifth straight defeat, 69-56, yesterday in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Demon Deacons snapped an 18-game losing streak to the Tar Heels.
Wake Forest (6-10, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) also recorded its first win over a ranked team since 1996.
The Demon Deacons jumped to a 7-0 lead and never trailed, leading by 13 in the first half.
The Tar Heels (9-7, 1-5) held Wake Forest scoreless for the first 5 minutes 4 seconds of the second half and cut the Demon Deacons' lead to 29-26. Mosley's two free throws with 14:56 left broke the drought and began an 11-2 Wake Forest run that pushed the margin to 12 points.
North Carolina, which shot 30 percent from the field and hit only 6 of 26 three-pointers, never got closer.
LaQuanda Barksdale, the ACC's leading scorer entering the game, was held to two points on 1-of-12 shooting for North Carolina.
OLD DOMINION 74, JAMES MADISON 57: In Norfolk, Lucienne Berthieu had 19 points and 16 rebounds as the No. 22 Lady Monarchs posted their 87th straight Colonial Athletic Association victory.
Old Dominion, which also got 22 points from Hamchetou Maiga, pulled ahead early and led by 12 points at halftime. The Dukes cut the margin to seven points with 4:25 left in the game, but the Lady Monarchs scored 14 of the next 18 points to seal the victory.
Old Dominion (11-3, 4-0) outrebounded the Dukes 50-36, with Maiga pulling down 12 rebounds. Shanna Price scored a career-high 17 points to lead James Madison (9-7, 2-2).
AUBURN 55, VANDERBILT 54: In Nashville, Conswella Sparrow made two free throws with one second left to give the No. 10 Tigers the win.
Auburn's Tasha Hamilton had tied the game at 52 on a layup with 50 seconds left. She made a free throw seconds later to give Auburn (14-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) the lead. But with six seconds left, Zuzi Klimesov made a layup to put Vanderbilt (14-3, 2-1) ahead, 54-53. Ashley McElhi then fouled Sparrow to send her to the line.
PENN ST. 78, IOWA 64: In Iowa City, Katrena Carr led five double-figure scorers with a career-high 16 points and Lisa Shepherd hit three key three-pointers in the No. 5 Nittany Lions' 11th straight victory.
Even with runs of 13-0 and 11-0, Penn State (15-2, 6-0 Big Ten) had to fight off the Hawkeyes to the end. But Iowa (5-10, 2-4) was done in by poor shooting as the Hawkeyes finished 23 of 60 from the field.
DUKE 60, CLEMSON 51: Georgia Schweitzer and Rochelle Parent each scored 12 points, leading the No. 11 Blue Devils to their 15th straight win and 19th straight ACC victory at home. The Blue Devils strengthened their hold on first place in the ACC and improved to 16-1, 5-0 in the league. Clemson fell to 11-6, 2-3.
LOUISVILLE 75, TULANE 72: Jill Morton had 21 points and seven rebounds to lead the host Cardinals to the upset of the No. 13 Green Wave, the second straight loss for Tulane (14-2, 3-2 Conference USA) after it won its first 14 games. Louisville (10-6, 3-2) jumped ahead 42-40 in the second half on a layup and free throw by Jenny Knight at 17:23 and never surrendered the lead.
PURDUE 77, MINNESOTA 60: In West Lafayette, Ind., Camille Cooper scored 14 points as the No. 18 Boilermakers (10-5, 2-3) ended their three-game Big Ten losing streak, dropping the Gophers (7-9, 1-5).
UC SANTA BARBARA 95, IDAHO 69: Erin Buescher scored 20 points to lead the No. 19 Gauchos over visiting Idaho (8-7, 1-1 Big West). The Gauchos (13-3, 2-0) dominated the first half, scoring a school record 66 points in the opening 20 minutes.
UCLA 82, USC 62: In Los Angeles, Maylana Martin had 20 points and 10 rebounds and the No. 14 Bruins (9-4, 3-0 Pacific-10) broke away at the start of the second half for the win over the Trojans (6-7, 2-1).