Rally lifts No. 16 Penn State women to victory

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Dara Taylor scored 18 points, 10 coming at the free-throw line, as No. 16 Penn State handed Michigan State its first Big Ten loss, 66-54, Sunday at Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich.

Penn State trailed, 34-27, at halftime, but outscored Michigan State, 24-10, midway through the second half -- highlighted by an 11-0 run-- for a 51-44 lead.

Aerial Powers scored Michigan State's final eight points and pulled her team to within five, but Penn State made 7 of 8 free throws in the final minute.

Ariel Edwards and Maggie Lucas added 16 apiece for Penn State (13-4, 4-1). The Lady Lions shot just 33.3 percent, but made 26 of 36 free throws compared to nine makes by the Spartans.

Michigan State (12-6, 4-1) was paced by Annalise Pickrel with 17 points, while Klarissa Bell and Powers added 12 each for the Spartans. Powers grabbed 10 rebounds and Bell had nine.

Other games

■ Connecticut 94, Rutgers 64: Bria Hartley scored a career-high 30 points and Breanna Stewart added 23 to lead top-ranked Connecticut to a win at No. 23 Rutgers (13-4, 4-2 American Athletic Conference). The Huskies (19-0, 6-0) have won 25 in a row, the sixth-longest streak in school history.

■ Duke 74, Virginia Tech 70: Tricia Liston scored 22 points, Alexis Jones had 19 and No. 3 Duke (18-1, 5-0 ACC) held on to win at Virginia Tech (10-7, 0-4). The Blue Devils led by 15 points at the half, but the Hokies pulled within three in the closing seconds.

■ Louisville 81, SMU 66: Antonita Slaughter had two 3-pointers in a go-ahead 11-0 run for No. 5 Louisville early in the second half and the Cardinals (18-1, 6-0 AAC) stretched their win streak to 11 with a victory at SMU (11-7, 2-5). Slaughter finished with 17 points and four 3s, her first made shots from behind the arc in her four games since missing six games with a blood clot in her lungs.

■ Maryland 92, Georgia Tech 81: Alyssa Thomas had 22 points and 14 rebounds for her NCAA-leading 15th double-double, and No. 6 Maryland (16-1, 4-0 ACC) withstood a strong challenge from visiting Georgia Tech (12-5, 2-3). Former Hopewell star Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 12 points in nine minutes for the Terrapins.

■ Kansas 76, Baylor 60: Chelsea Gardner scored 28 points and Natalie Knight added 18 as host Kansas (9-9, 2-4) upset No. 7 Baylor (14-4, 2-1) to end the Bears' 44-game winning streak in Big 12 regular-season games. It was also Baylor's second loss in a row after falling to No. 1 Connecticut. Odyssey Sims scored 31 points for the Bears, but was held to only 10 points in the second half.

■ South Carolina 77, Alabama 51: Elem Ibiam scored 18 points and No. 8 South Carolina (17-2, 5-1) bounced back from its first Southeastern Conference loss to crush visiting Alabama (8-10, 1-4).

■ North Carolina 73, Boston College 56: Allisha Gray and Xylina McDaniel scored 16 points apiece to lead No. 9 North Carolina (16-3, 4-1 ACC) past host Boston College (11-8, 2-3).

■ Kentucky 73, Auburn 71: Jennifer O'Neill scored 16 points, Samarie Walker added 13 and No. 10 Kentucky (15-3, 3-2 SEC) overcame a 13-point first-half deficit to win at Auburn (11-6, 2-2).

■ Vanderbilt 79, LSU 70: Jasmine Lister scored 25 points, including three 3-pointers and 10-for-10 shooting from the free-throw line, to lift host No. 24 Vanderbilt (16-3, 5-1 SEC) to an upset of No. 14 LSU (14-4, 3-2).

■ Virginia 85, Florida State 68: Faith Randolph scored a career-high 26 points and host Virginia (9-9, 2-3 ACC) rolled past No. 17 Florida State (14-4, 2-3).

■ Purdue 77, Nebraska 75: Whitney Bays got a crucial offensive rebound and then made the winning put-back as visiting No. 22 Purdue (13-5, 3-3 Big Ten) edged No. 18 Nebraska (13-4, 3-2).

■ Miami 80, North Carolina State 71: Krystal Saunders made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points in helping host Miami (11-7, 3-2 ACC) upset No. 20 North Carolina State (16-3, 3-2).

■ Washington 81, Colorado 71: Kelsey Plum scored a career-high 35 points as host Washington (10-7, 3-3 Pac-12) beat its first ranked opponent in six years with a win against Colorado (11-6, 1-5).

■ Texas A&M 73, Mississippi State 35: Courtney Walker scored 16 points and as No. 25 Texas A&M (15-4, 5-0 SEC) coasted to a 73-35 blowout of visiting Mississippi State (14-5, 1-4).

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