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Whalen keeps Gophers perfect

Lindsay Whalen scored 24 points to surpass 2,000 for her career, and sixth-ranked Minnesota remained undefeated with a 63-53 victory over South Carolina yesterday in Minneapolis.

Janel McCarville added 18 points for the Gophers (12-0). Iva Sliskovic led South Carolina (8-4) with 15 points.

Whalen became the third player in school history with 2,000 points when she converted a twisting layup and the ensuing free throw for a 3-point play with 8:27 remaining. The senior guard finished with 2,004 and trails Carol Ann Shudlick by 93 points for Minnesota's career lead.

South Carolina got 5 points from Lauren Simms during a 7-0 run midway through the first half to take a 20-16 lead.

But the Gophers responded with 16-2 spurt, using precision inside passing and their transition game to take a 36-26 lead at the half.

Louisiana Tech 63, Tulsa 60 -- Trina Frierson scored 20 points, and the No. 8 Lady Techsters survived an upset scare to win in Tulsa, Okla. Amisha Carter's layup with 59 seconds left was the difference for Louisiana Tech (8-1, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference). Tulsa (7-4, 0-1) led six times in the second half.

Louisiana Tech won its fifth straight on the heels of its victory over No. 6 Penn State on Dec. 21.

Texas 92, New Mexico 47 -- Jamie Carey and Tiffany Jackson each scored 17 points and the host No. 3 Longhorns beat New Mexico. Texas (12-1) used runs of 11-0 and 21-4 in the first half to build a big lead. The Lobos (7-5) scored just 4 points over the final eight minutes of the half.

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