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No. 3 UConn 60, No. 23 Ten­nessee 45

HART­FORD, Conn. — Crys­tal Danger­field scored 14 points and No. 3 UConn used a dom­i­nant third quar­ter to beat 23rd-ranked Ten­nessee 60-45 on Thurs­day night — the first matchup in 13 years be­tween the teams whose ri­valry dom­i­nated the sport for over a decade.

Trail­ing by three at the half, the Huskies (17-1) scored 17 of the first 19 points in the third quar­ter, tak­ing a 45-33 lead on Danger­field’s 3-poin­ter with 1:45 left in the pe­riod. UConn led by 11 af­ter three and Ten­nessee could get no closer in the fourth quar­ter.

Ren­nia Davis scored 16 points to lead the Lady Vols (15-4).

Thurs­day night pro­vided a lit­tle bit of nos­tal­gia for those who re­mem­bered how these two teams car­ried women’s bas­ket­ball for over a decade since their first his­toric meet­ing in 1995 that was a 1 vs 2 show­down. They played 22 times over a 12-year span, with each one be­ing a cir­cle-the-cal­en­dar game whether it was in Ten­nessee, Con­necti­cut or the NCAA Tour­na­ment.

The se­ries ended af­ter the 2007 sea­son when then-Ten­nessee coach Pat Sum­mitt called it off. Geno Auriemma said at the time that Sum­mitt had ac­cused the Huskies of a re­cruit­ing vi­o­la­tion. Sum­mitt never went pub­lic into specifics about why she ended the se­ries. She died in 2016 at age 64 of Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

No. 5 Louisville 71,Vir­ginia 56

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Dana Evans scored 21 points and Louisville beat Vir­ginia for its 11th straight vic­tory.

The Car­di­nals (19-1, 8-0 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) used a 16-2 run over a nearly seven-minute stretch in the first half to take con­trol. Louisville shot 71.4% in the first quar­ter and led by 20 in the sec­ond.

No. 8 N.C. State 88, Pitts­burgh 44

PITTS­BURGH — Jakia BrownTurne­r scored 13 points and North Carolina State used a 30-4 scor­ing out­burst in the third quar­ter to beat Pitts­burgh.

The Wolf­pack (18-1, 7-1 in At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) had a 28-2 run around the half­time break and used the lop­sided scor­ing ad­van­tage in the third pe­riod to turn it into a round.

No. 9 Mis­sis­sippi State 68, Van­der­bilt 52

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Jes­sika Carter scored 10 of her 22 points in the first quar­ter and Mis­sis­sippi State held off Van­der­bilt for a rare vic­tory at Me­mo­rial Gym.

No. 13 Gon­zaga 70, Pep­per­dine 36

SPOKANE, Wash. — Jill Townsend had 18 points and 10 re­bounds and Gon­zaga had its best de­fen­sive game of the sea­son, routing Pep­per­dine to run its win­ning streak to 17.

Katie Camp­bell had 12 points and 10 re­bounds, Jenn Wirth added 10 points and 10 re­bounds and the Bull­dogs (19-1, 8-0 West Coast Con­fer­ence). out­re­bounded the Waves 57-32. Melody Kempton also had 12 points.

No. 14 Florida State 70, Wake For­est 65

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — River Bald­win scored all 12 of her points in the sec­ond half to help Florida State beat Wake For­est 70-65.

Nicki Ekhomu scored all 14 of her points and Kiah Gille­spie eight of her 14 in the first half when the Semi­noles (16-3, 5-3 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) jumped out to 35-19 lead.

No. 15 Texas A&M 79, Alabama 74

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — N’dea Jones had 21 points and 11 re­bounds, Aaliyah Wil­son hit a 3-poin­ter with 30 sec­onds to play and Texas A&M over­came an 11-point sec­ond-half deficit to beat Alabama.

No. 17 In­di­ana 76, Penn State 60

UNIVER­SITY PARK, Pa. — Ali Pat­berg had 18 points and nine as­sists, Macken­zie Holmes also scored 18 points and In­di­ana beat Penn State.

Holmes was 9 of 11 from the field to help In­di­ana (15-5, 5-3 Big Ten) snap a three-game los­ing streak and ex­tend Penn State’s skid to four games.

No. 19 Iowa 77, Ohio State 68

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Kath­leen Doyle scored 13 of her 26 points in the fourth quar­ter for Iowa.

Iowa coach Lisa Bluder picked up her 200th Big Ten win, while the Hawkeyes (16-3, 7-1) won their seventh straight and 31st con­sec­u­tive at home. They are tied atop the Big Ten with No. 22 North­west­ern.

Maken­zie Meyer added 19 points for Iowa. Dorka Juhasz had 22 points and 16 re­bounds for Ohio Sate (11-5, 4-4).

No. 20 Mary­land 79, Illi­nois 60

CHAM­PAIGN, Ill. —” Kaila Charles had 20 points and nine re­bounds in Mary­land’s vic­tory over Illi­nois.

Shakira Austin added 14 points and Sara Vu­jacic had 11 for the Ter­rap­ins (15-4, 6-2 Big Ten).

Ge­or­gia 64, No. 21 Arkansas 55

FAYET­TEVILLE, Ark. — Gabby Con­nally scored 18 points and Ge­or­gia bridged the third and fourth quar­ters with a 15-0 run to beat Arkansas.

Que Mor­ri­son added 11 points for Ge­or­gia (12-7, 3-3 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence).

Erynn Bar­num led Arkansas (154, 3-3) with 14 points.

No. 22 North­west­ern 76, Michi­gan State 48

EAST LANS­ING, Mich. — Lind­sey Pulliam and Veron­ica Bur­ton each scored 22 points and North­west­ern beat Michi­gan State for its fifth straight vic­tory.

As­so­ci­ated Press

RI­VALRY — Ten­nessee’s Lou Brown, left, and Con­necti­cut’s Aubrey Grif­fin fight for pos­ses­sion of the ball in the first half of an NCAA col­lege bas­ket­ball game on Thurs­day in Hart­ford, Conn.

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