Becky Cummings scored 18 points and Kristen Rasmussen had 17 as Michigan State beat No. 4 Penn State, 71-63, yesterday in East Lansing, Mich., ending the Lady Lions' 12-game winning streak.

In the second half, the Spartans (14-4, 5-2 Big Ten) held Penn State (16-3, 7-1) to 24.2 percent shooting and 25 points.

Michigan State opened the second half with a 17-4 run to take a 53-42 lead.

Maren Walseth led Penn State with 17 points.

TEXAS 81, N.C. STATE 77: Alisha Sare and Edwina Brown scored 25 points each as the host Longhorns (12-6) held off the No. 6 Wolfpack (15-3) in the ACC/Big 12 Challenge.

Texas led 75-67 with two minutes left before North Carolina State used an 8-2 run, including four foul shots by Summer Erb (32 points), to pull within 77-75 on Amy Simpson's three-pointer with 21 seconds remaining.

Texas guard Asha Hill made two foul shots with 10 seconds left. Simpson hit a short jumper with 1.3 seconds left, but Hill raced downcourt for the inbounds pass and made a layup at the buzzer.

"Today the Big 12 was better," Texas Coach Jody Conradt said. "We don't have any more of them on the schedule, do we?"

TENNESSEE 71, KENTUCKY 65: Michelle Snow had 18 points and seven rebounds as the No. 2 Lady Vols (14-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) built a 20-point first-half lead and held off a late charge by the host Wildcats (11-7, 3-3).

Kentucky's Erica Jackson scored nine straight points, and Natalie Martinez's three-pointer with 13 seconds left got Kentucky within 67-65 before Tennessee made four foul shots.

LaTonya McDole led Kentucky with 18 points and seven rebounds.

TULANE 84, S. FLORIDA 78: Janell Burse scored 19 points and the No. 21 Green Wave (16-2, 5-2 Conference USA) overcame a 17-point second-half deficit against the Bulls (10-8, 1-6) on the road. Trailing 65-48 with just over 11 minutes left, Tulane outscored South Florida 21-3 and took a 69-68 lead with 3 minutes 42 seconds remaining. Monica Echeverria had 23 points and Aiya Shepard added 19 for South Florida, which has lost seven in a row.

IOWA ST. 79, N. CAROLINA 67: Stacy Frese and Megan Taylor each made four three-pointers and Desiree Francis had 12 points and 12 rebounds, leading the No. 8 Cyclones (14-2) over the visiting Tar Heels (10-8). Iowa State, winning for the 10th straight time, led by 30 with 7 1/2 minutes left. LaQunada Barksdale's 19 points led North Carolina.

LA. TECH 85, WESTERN KY. 61: Betty Lennox matched her career-high with 31 points and had seven assists, six steals and five rebounds as the No. 3 Lady Techsters (13-2, 4-0 Sun Belt) won on the road. ShaRae Mansfield recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 17 points and a season-high 17 rebounds for the Lady Toppers (10-7, 4-2).

GEORGIA 68, AUBURN 54: Kelly Miller had 19 points and seven assists to lead the No. 7 Lady Bulldogs (19-2, 4-1 SEC) over the No. 10 Tigers (15-3, 4-2), who had a 12-game home winning streak ended. Deana Nolan added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Georgia, and Tawana McDonald had 9 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks.

LSU 69, MISSISSIPPI 59: Marie Ferdinand matched her career high with 25 points and DeTrina White added 13 points and 15 rebounds as the No. 14 Lady Tigers (14-2, 5-1 SEC) beat visiting Old Miss (11-6, 0-4) to remain in first place in the conference.

ILLINOIS 82, NORTHWESTERN 65: Allison Curtin scored 20 points and Tauja Catchings 19, helping the No. 13 Illini (15-7, 5-3 Big Ten), at home, snap a three-game losing skid. Leslie Schock scored 18 for the Wildcats (6-11, 3-4).

PURDUE 71, INDIANA 65: Katie Douglas scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the No. 19 Boilermakers (12-5, 4-3 Big Ten) beat the host Hoosiers (7-11, 2-5 Big Ten) in overtime. Rainey Alting led Indiana with 17 points.

MISS. ST. 85, ALABAMA 65: Jennifer Fambrough scored 21 points and LaToya Thomas 20 as the No. 22 Lady Bulldogs (15-2, 4-2 SEC) ended a 26-game losing streak to the Crimson Tide (11-6, 1-3) with a victory on the road.