DURHAM, N.C. — Freshman Alexis Jones scored a season-high 22 points and fifth-ranked Duke beat No. 15 North Carolina 65-58 on Sunday for its Atlantic Coast Conference-record 17th regular-season league victory.
Elizabeth Williams added 13 points for the Blue Devils (27-2, 17-1).
They overcame a season-high 29 turnovers by forcing the hot-and-cold Tar Heels (26-5, 14-4) to miss 19 consecutive shots during a span of roughly 10 minutes in the second half and beat their archrivals for the sixth straight time.
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt led North Carolina with 16 points on 5-of-23 shooting.
The Tar Heels got as close as six points in the final minutes, clawing to 50-44 when freshman Xylina McDaniel was fouled while making a layup with 3:03 left.
After she missed the free throw, Duke pulled away.
No. 7 Penn State 82, No. 20 Nebraska 67: LINCOLN, Neb. — Maggie Lucas scored 34 points to lead Penn State to a victory over Nebraska, clinching the Lady Lions’ second straight outright Big Ten championship and ending the Cornhuskers’ 10-game win streak.
Lucas made a career-high eight 3-pointers, with four of them coming in a bunch to help the Lady Lions stretch their lead in the first half and three more keeping the Huskers at bay early in the second.
Penn State (24-4, 14-2) improved to 6-1 against ranked opponents and secured its best conference record since going 15-1 in 2003-04.
The Huskers (22-7, 12-4) were playing their last game at the Devaney Center, their home for 37 seasons. They move into a new downtown arena next season.
Alex Bentley scored 13 points and Mia Nickson and Nikkie Greene 10 apiece for Penn State.
No. 10 Kentucky 78, No. 8 Tennessee 65:LEXINGTON, Ky. — A’dia Mathies scored 13 second-half points, including back-to-back 3-pointers during Kentucky’s 19-6 run, to help the Wildcats pull away from Tennessee.
Mathies, Kentucky’s No. 2 career scorer, finished with 16 points in her home finale. Jennifer O’Neill added four 3-pointers for 16 points as Kentucky (25-4, 13-3) claimed the No. 2 seed for this week’s Southeastern Conference tournament.