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Lady Vols continue SEC mastery

Shyra Ely scored 15 of her 16 points in the first half of fifth-ranked Tennessee's 86-58 victory last night -- its 28th straight win over host South Carolina.

It also was the 23d consecutive regular-season victory for the Lady Vols in the Southeastern Conference.

Ely had 9 points in a 30-9 run by Tennessee (13-1, 3-0) to finish the first half and turn a 19-19 tie into a blowout.

Minnesota 74, Illinois 59 -- Minnesota remained the only unbeaten team in the country, getting 15 points from Janel McCarville at Minneapolis. Senior Lindsay Whalen, closing in on Minnesota's all-time scoring mark, had just 12 points for the Gophers (15-0, 4-0 Big Ten). She's second in the nation in scoring at 23 points a game.

Angelina Williams led Illinois (7-9, 1-4) with 21 points.

Penn St. 68, Michigan 56 -- Kelly Mazzante closed in on the Big Ten career scoring record, getting 19 points to help eighth-ranked Penn State to victory at Ann Arbor, Mich. The senior guard needs 9 points to pass Katie Smith, who had 2,578 points for Ohio State. Mazzante has 2,570 career points.

The Lady Lions (12-2, 5-0) took control of the game in the final 12 minutes of the first half when they overcame an 11-8 Michigan lead with a 25-9 run to take a 33-20 lead at the break.

Purdue 71, Northwestern 41 -- Erin Lawless had a career-high 16 points and five assists to lead No. 9 Purdue over visiting Northwestern.

There was no letdown for the Boilermakers (13-2, 3-1 Big Ten), who used the Wildcats (7-8, 0-4) as a tuneup for their showdown with No. 6 Minnesota -- the only undefeated team in the country -- Sunday.

Auburn 72, Georgia 54 -- Le'Coe Willingham had 20 points and 13 rebounds and No. 20 Auburn held 11th-ranked Georgia to a season-worst 29 percent shooting at Auburn, Ala.

Nicole Louden added a career-high 17 points for the Tigers (13-3, 1-1 Southeastern Conference), who shot 53 percent.

The Lady Bulldogs (13-3, 2-1) were 18 of 63 and never threatened in the second half.

Louisiana Tech 84, San Jose St. 71 -- Trina Frierson led five Louisiana Tech players in double figures, scoring 19 points at San Jose, Calif.

Erica Smith-Taylor added 15 points for the Lady Techsters (11-2, 4-1 Western Athletic). Lakiste Barkus had 14 points and Amisha Carter and Amber Obaze 12 apiece.

LSU 74, Florida 59 -- Seimone Augustus had a career-high 28 points, a season-high 13 rebounds, and 4 assists to lead No. 14 LSU to victory at Baton Rouge, La.

The victory stretched the Tigers' winning streak to 13 games. LSU (14-2, 2-0 SEC) has not lost since Penn State beat the Tigers in November, and has not been defeated at home since losing to Tennessee last February.

Michigan St. 55, Ohio St. 47 -- Kristin Haynie had 16 points and 12 rebounds and No. 25 Michigan State overcame a late scoring drought at Columbus, Ohio.

The Spartans (12-3, 2-2 Big Ten) did not make a basket after Haynie's jumper with 8:17 left put Michigan State ahead, 48-34.

Harvard 73, Lafayette 52 -- Senior Hana Peljto exploded for 23 second-half points en route to tying the single-game mark of 39 as the Crimson (7-7, 0-1 Ivy League) pounded the hapless Leopards (0-14, 0-1 Patriot League) at Lavietes Pavilion.

It was the second straight game Peljto scored 30 or more points, having scored 31 against Quinnipiac Tuesday.

The two-time Ivy League Player of the Year was 16 for 29 from the field and had 13 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season.

BU 72, UMBC 53 -- Junior forward Becky Bonner led four Terriers (6-6, 1-2) in double figures with 17 points as they coasted to the win over the visiting Retrievers (0-12, 0-3), their first victory in the America East Conference.

Anastasia Goncharova led the Retrievers with 17 points, while Maria Brown had 11 and Courtney Doughman 10.

Eastern Conn. 61, Worcester St. 39 -- The eighth-ranked Warriors (12-1, Division 3) opened a 30-18 lead at the half and were never headed as they beat the Lancers (5-7) at Worcester. All-America guard Allison Coleman had 8 of her 12 points in the first half and wound up with 11 rebounds for a double-double. Sandy Mosley also had 12 points for the Warriors.

Suffolk 65, UMass-Boston 60 -- Nicole Wellington scored 18 points (including 2 for 2 from 3-point range) to lead the Rams (8-3) over the Beacons (4-6) at Regan Gym in Boston.

Erin Towne paced the Beacons with 17 points as they rallied from a 43-25 halftime deficit.


BC 5, Union 3 -- Sarah Courtney had a pair of goals and an assist to lead the Eagles (5-8-2) over the Dutchwomen (3-16-1) at Schenectady, N.Y.

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