The Norman Transcript


February 25, 2013

Duke clinches ACC with win



A’dia Mathies scored 20 points and Jennifer O’Neill 15 for Kentucky (23-4, 11-3), which saw its four-game winning streak snapped.

Theresa Plaisance had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Bianca Lutley added 15 points for LSU.

Vanderbilt 61, No. 10 Texas A&M 51: Tiffany Clarke scored 22 of her career-high 30 points in the second half to help Vanderbilt beat Texas A&M.

Clarke made 12 of 25 shots and scored on back-to-back possessions late to help the Commodores pick up their first win against a top 10 team since knocking off No. 6 Georgia on Jan. 14, 2010.

Vanderbilt (18-9, 8-6 Southeastern Conference) led by 12 three times but the Aggies (21-7, 11-3) pulled within 47-44 with 6:23 remaining. Jasmine Lister responded with a 3-pointer and then found Clarke for an open layup. Clarke followed with a jumper to push it to 55-47 with 1:58 left.

Kelsey Bone, the SEC’s third-leading scorer, had 17 points for A&M but shot just 6 of 18.

No. 11 Tennessee 60, Arkansas 54: Meighan Simmons scored 18 points and Tennessee rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to beat Arkansas.

The Lady Vols (22-5, 13-1 Southeastern Conference) extended their winning streak to five games and remained atop the conference standings. The victory follows a shocking overtime win last season by the Lady Razorbacks, their first ever in Knoxville.

Simmons, the SEC’s leading scorer, had 11 points in the second half to lead Tennessee back from a 28-19 halftime deficit. Taber Spani added 14 points for the Lady Vols, while Bashaara Graves had 11.

Quistelle Williams led Arkansas (17-10, 5-9) with 15 points.

No. 12 Louisville 55, Villanova 49: Bria Smith scored 16 points and Sara Hammond finished a rebound shy of a third straight double-double as Louisville held off Villanova.

Hammond had 10 points and nine rebounds, as did teammate Antonita Slaughter. Smith added seven boards, six steals and four assists for the Cardinals (22-6, 10-4 Big East), who bounced back from a 73-62 loss against South Florida.

Laura Sweeney paced the Wildcats (18-8, 7-6) with 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Villanova shot 37.3 percent (19 of 51) from the floor and hit 5 of 15 from 3-point range.

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