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December 20, 2013

OSU women still perfect

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Tiffany Bias made four consecutive free throws in the final 29 seconds, helping Oklahoma State hold on for 63-57 victory over Michigan State in the Puerto Rico Classic.

Bias finished with 13 points on 4-for-15 shooting from the field. Brittney Martin had a team-high 18 points and eight rebounds for the Cowgirls (9-0).

Bias made two foul shots to give Oklahoma State a 59-54 lead. She then hit two more free throws to make it 63-54 with 4 seconds to go.

Annalise Pickrel had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Spartans (6-5), who led 45-37 with 10:25 to go. Becca Mills added 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

Michigan State will face Georgetown on Friday and Oklahoma State will play Georgia Tech on Saturday.

No. 2 Duke 80, Albany 51: DURHAM, N.C. — Haley Peters scored 17 points to help No. 2 Duke beat Albany 80-51 on Thursday night.

Chelsea Gray and Richa Jackson had 12 points apiece for the Blue Devils (11-1), who shot 59 percent from the floor in their first game since an 83-61 home loss to No. 1 Connecticut on Tuesday.

Albany (8-2) led 20-13 with 7:53 remaining in the first half, but Duke answered with a 15-2 run en route to a 34-26 lead at halftime.

The Blue Devils opened the second half with a 17-2 spurt and scored on their first 10 possessions of the half.

Shereesha Richards scored 20 of her 24 points in the first half for the Great Danes.

Richards, who scored her team’s first 14 points, made 10 of 15 shots from the floor in the first half. Her teammates made 1 of 15 during that span.

No. 23 Syracuse 80, Niagra 44: SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Brittney Sykes scored 20 points and Isabella Slim had 17 to lead Syracuse to the win.

Sykes was 6 of 9 from the field and 8 for 8 from the foul line in her third straight game with at least 20 points. Shakeya Leary contributed 13 points for the Orange.

Syracuse (10-1) opened on a 22-6 run.

Niagara (2-6) trailed 44-23 at the break and chipped away at the gap in the second half but was unable to catch up. The Purple Eagles shot 27.1 percent from the field and had 27 turnovers, more than twice as many as Syracuse.

Val McQuade led Niagara with 11 points.

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