Iciss Tillis scored 21 points and Alana Beard added 19 as No. 2 Duke ran its ACC winning streak to 37 straight with a 97-63 victory over No. 6 North Carolina last night in Durham, N.C.
"We wanted to make a statement. Some people think we've been lucky over the course of the season," Duke Coach Gail Goestenkors said. "We wanted to prove to everybody that we actually do have some skills and we're a pretty good team."
The Blue Devils (25-1, 13-0) have won five straight ACC games since losing to top-ranked Connecticut on Feb. 1.
"Since the Connecticut game they have been a buzz saw," UNC Coach Sylvia Hatchell said of the Blue Devils, who have won their five games by 12, 27, 39, 42 and 34 points.
Tillis and Beard combined to score 48 points in Duke's overtime win against the Tar Heels (23-3, 12-2) a month ago.
And once again, Duke's defense was key, forcing 20 turnovers and blocking 13 shots.
"This shows when we play great team basketball that we can play with anybody and we can beat anybody," Goestenkors said. "We learned a tough lesson with Connecticut, but it certainly made us much better."
* TENNESSEE 87, GEORGIA 60: Gwen Jackson scored 14 points and Shyra Ely added 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds as No. 3 Tennessee beat No. 13 Georgia to extend its winning streak to 14.
Reserve Courtney McDaniel scored a career-high 13 points and Tasha Butts had a career-high 13 rebounds for the host Lady Vols (23-3, 11-0 Southeastern Conference), who outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs, 53-25.
"I think we're the most dominant front line in the country," McDaniel said. "We just have to go out and play like it."
Georgia (17-7, 8-3) played for the first time since leading scorer Kara Braxton was suspended Wednesday for the rest of the season for violating unspecified team policies
* PENN STATE 75, MICHIGAN 61: Kelly Mazzante scored 23 points and Tanisha Wright had 17 to lead No. 12 Penn State at home.
Jess Strom had 12 points and Jessica Brungo added 10 for Penn State (22-6, 12-2 Big Ten), which used a 20-6 run late in the first half to open an 11-point lead. The Nittany Lions led 37-26 at the break.
* MINNESOTA 77, IOWA 60: Lindsay Whalen scored 24 points and Janel McCarville added 22 points on 8-for-8 shooting as No. 16 Minnesota pulled away in the final seven minutes in Iowa City.
Minnesota (20-4, 9-4 Big Ten) went ahead to stay with a 9-2 run early in the second half, then finished the game with a 16-3 burst after Iowa cut the lead to 61-57.
* PURDUE 65, MICHIGAN STATE 60: Shereka Wright scored eight of her 24 points in the final 21/2 minutes as No. 11 Purdue avoided an upset at home.
The Boilermakers (21-4, 10-3 Big Ten) split the season series with the Spartans and remained in position to challenge for a third straight conference title.
* MISSISSIPPI STATE 72, ARKANSAS 59: LaToya Thomas scored 35 points to lead No. 14 Mississippi State on the road.
Tan White had 25 points for the Lady Bulldogs (19-6, 7-4 SEC), who won for the first time at Bud Walton Arena under eighth-year coach Sharon Fanning.
* LSU 83, MISSISSIPPI 67: Ke-Ke Tardy scored 19 points and Aiysha Smith had 18 as No. 4 LSU defeated host Mississippi. The Lady Tigers (23-1, 10-1 SEC) have won eight straight since losing at Arkansas on Jan. 19.
"It wasn't a picturesque game on our part," LSU Coach Sue Gunter said. "We've been a slow-starting team all season and, eventually, that's going to catch up with you. I thought we played better in the second half and we kind of woke up out of our daze."
* LOUISIANA TECH 80, RICE 63: In Houston, Trina Frierson scored a career-high 28 points as No. 7 Louisiana Tech clinched its second straight Western Athletic Conference title.
The Lady Techsters (22-2, 14-0 WAC) won their 20th straight game.
* STANFORD 63, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 55: Nicole Powell had 22 points and 16 rebounds as ninth-ranked Stanford defeated visiting Southern California. Powell was two assists shy of recording her seventh career triple-double as the Cardinal (21-3, 13-2 Pac-10) won its 24th straight at home.
* OREGON ST. 100, No. 23 WASHINGTON 86: Hollye Chapman scored 22 points and had nine rebounds as host Oregon State beat No. 23 Washington. Washington is 19-6, 11-5 Pac-10. The Beavers are 13-11, 7-8.
* UC SANTA BARBARA 82, CAL POLY 43: Lisa Willett scored 18 points as four Gauchos scored in double figures. Eighteenth-ranked UC Santa Barbara won its 21st straight home game and improved to 19-4, 11-1 Big West.