Amy Simpson scored 26 points, including six in overtime, and Summer Erb added 19 points and 10 rebounds as No. 6 North Carolina State beat ninth-ranked Duke, 80-75, last night in Raleigh, N.C.
The Wolfpack (15-2, 6-2 ACC) had lost five straight to Duke (16-2, 5-1), which had a 15-game winning streak--one shy of the school record--stopped.
Simpson, a freshman reserve, hit a three-pointer from the right wing with 1 minute 12 seconds left to give the Wolfpack the lead for good at 77-75. Peppi Browne led Duke with a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds.
* PURDUE 73, ILLINOIS 55: Big Ten scoring leader Katie Douglas had 22 points and Kelly Komara had 18, making four three-pointers, to lead the No. 19 Boilermakers, at home, past the No. 13 Illini. Purdue (11-5, 3-3) has won 23 of its last 25 against Illinois (14-7, 4-3).
The Boilermakers took a 31-21 halftime lead as Illini star Tauja Catchings picked up three fouls. She scored 19 points and fouled out with 15 seconds to play.
* U-CONN. 89, HOLY CROSS 51: Shea Ralph scored 15 points in the first 11 minutes and finished with a season-high 27 as the top-ranked Huskies (16-0) remained the only undefeated Division I women's team. The Crusaders (15-6) had a 15-game home winning streak ended in the first sellout in the program's history.
* AUBURN 92, FLORIDA 69: Shana Askew scored 22 points, making five three-pointers, to lead the 10th-ranked Tigers at home. Tiffany Krantz was 11 of 12 from the foul line and added 17 points for Auburn (15-2, 4-1 SEC). Tonya Washington and Tiffany Travis led Florida (10-6, 1-3) with 17 points apiece.
* PENN ST. 73, OHIO ST. 62: Lisa Shepherd scored 26 points, including the 1,000th of her career, as the No. 4 Lady Lions won at home. Andrea Garner added 19 points and nine rebounds for Penn State (16-2, 7-0 Big Ten). LaToya Turner had 21 points and seven rebounds for Ohio State (9-7, 2-4).
* LSU 66, KENTUCKY 59: April Brown had 19 points as the 14th-ranked Lady Tigers held off a late charge from the host Wildcats. The victory kept Louisiana State (13-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) tied for first place and dropped Kentucky (11-6, 3-2) into third.
* LA. TECH 65, FLA. INTERNATIONAL 54: Tamicha Jackson scored 14 points and had four steals to lead the No. 3 Bulldogs (12-2, 3-0) to a Sun Belt Conference victory in Miami. Jackson became the second Louisiana Tech player with 1,500 points, 400 assists and 300 steals.
* MISS. STATE 69, ARKANSAS 56: Freshman LaToya Thomas, the SEC's leading scorer, had 22 points and Cynthia Hall added 16 as the No. 22 Lady Bulldogs (14-3, 3-2) beat the visiting Razorbacks (9-7, 0-4).
* UCLA 79, ARIZONA 68: Erica Gomez and Maylana Martin each scored 19 points to lead the No. 12 Bruins (10-4, 4-0 Pac-10) over the No. 16 Wildcats (14-3, 3-2), who got 16 points apiece from Tatum Brown and Felecity Willis.
* UC SANTA BARBARA 78, N. TEXAS 62: Stacy Clinesmith made six three-pointers and scored 22 points as the No. 17 Gauchos (14-3, 3-0), playing on the road, got their 30th straight Big West victory.
* GEORGIA 86, GA. TECH 58: Tawana McDonald and Coco Miller scored 20 points apiece and the No. 7 Lady Bulldogs (18-2) routed the visiting Yellow Jackets (10-7), who are 0-22 in the series.
CAPTION: N.C. State freshman reserve Amy Simpson, right, pretty much has things her way, taking rebound from Sheana Mosch and scoring 26 points against Duke.