CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Chloe Wells scored a career-high 18 points to help No. 5 Duke roll past No. 11 North Carolina 84-63 on Sunday.
Tricia Liston added 15 for the Blue Devils (20-1, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who jumped all over the Tar Heels to take the drama out of this one early.
Duke blew the game open with a 29-3 run over 10 minutes, led by 31 at halftime and was up by as many as 33 points in its fifth straight win in the rivalry.
UNC’s Sylvia Hatchell was going for her 900th victory to become only the third coach in women’s basketball to reach that milestone, along with Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt.
But the Tar Heels (20-3, 8-2) had no early answers against the Blue Devils. Duke shot 56 percent, hit 7 of 9 3-point attempts and kept adding to the lead by cashing in on turnovers or the offensive glass during the dominant first half.
The Tar Heels, meanwhile, shot just 22 percent and had twice as many turnovers (14) as field goals (7) in the half.
No. 13 Georgia 75, No. 8 Kentucky 71: LEXINGTON, Ky. — Khaalidah Miller scored a career-high 25 points and Georgia forced a key turnover with 5 seconds to play to hold off Kentucky.
Anne Marie Armstrong and Jasmine James each added 12 points for the Lady Bulldogs (19-3, 7-2 Southeastern Conference), who had a 74-71 lead after James hit one of two free throws with 1:12 left.
Shacobia Barbee stripped the ball from Kentucky’s Jennifer O’Neill at the top of the key in the closing seconds and Miller hit one of two free throws with a second left to seal it for Georgia.
Missouri 80, No. 9 Tennessee 63: COLUMBIA, Mo. — Morgan Eye scored 26 points, Bri Kulas added 20 and Missouri beat Tennessee for its first win over a ranked team in almost two years.
The Tigers (15-8, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) shot 52.7 percent from the field, their best showing in SEC play this season, and went 11 for 24 on 3-point attempts.
Kamiko Williams scored 14 points to lead the Lady Vols (17-5, 8-1) before leaving with 16:59 left with an apparent leg injury. Tennessee has lost two of three and had its 12-game winning streak in the conference snapped.
The Tigers’ last victory over a ranked team came March 5, 2011, against then-No. 23 Iowa State.
No. 10 Maryland 85, Boston College 62: COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Tianna Hawkins scored 26 points and Alyssa Thomas added 24 to lead Maryland past Boston College.
Thomas added 12 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season as the Terrapins (18-3, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) moved to 12-0 at home with their eighth straight win overall.
Kristen Doherty led Boston College (9-12, 3-7) with 18 points before fouling out with 5:43 to play. Kerri Shields added 14 for the Eagles.
Thomas became the 16th player in the program’s history to score 1,400 points. The junior now has 1,405 points in her career.
No. 15 S. Carolina 59, Auburn 51: COLUMBIA, S.C. — Reserve Khadijah Sessions had a career-high 19 points and South Carolina won its fifth straight game with a win over Auburn.
Sessions was 5 of 9 from the field and 8 of 9 at the foul line for the Gamecocks (19-3, 7-2 Southeastern Conference). Tiffany Mitchell and Aleighsa Welch each added 10 points.
Reigning SEC Player of the Week Ieasia Walker pitched in eight points on just 2-of-7 shooting for South Carolina, though she did dish out five assists and record four steals.
No. 17 Dayton 72, Richmond 64: RICHMOND, Va. — Olivia Applewhite came off the bench to score 18 points and grab 11 rebounds as Dayton remained unbeaten in the Atlantic 10 with a win over Richmond.
Andrea Hoover scored 16 points and Ally Mallot had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Flyers (19-1, 7-0), whose first six conference opponents had averaged just 46.5 points.
The Spiders (12-11, 2-5) battled evenly for most of the first half and led 17-16 after Becka Wann’s layup 12:28 before halftime.
Applewhite responded with a 3-pointer, however, to put Dayton ahead to stay.
No. 18 UCLA 70, Utah 42:
LOS ANGELES — Alyssia Brewer scored 16 points and UCLA’s defense forced 18 turnovers in a victory over Utah that extended the Bruins’ winning streak to four games.
Antonye Nyingifa added 13 points and eight rebounds, and Nirra Fields had 11 points for the Bruins (17-4, 8-2 Pac-12), who have won 10 of 12.
They had 11 turnovers after committing a season-high 29 in Friday’s win over No. 22 Colorado.
Michelle Plouffe had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Iwalani Rodrigues added 11 points for the Utes (11-10, 2-8). They’ve lost four straight — all on the road — and 10 of 11 after winning their first seven games.
NO. 20 FLORIDA ST. 83, CLEMSON 61
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Natasha Howard had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and every Florida State starter reached double figures in a win over Clemson.
The Seminoles (18-4, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won six of seven, with the lone loss coming against No. 11 North Carolina on Jan. 31.
Howard became the 28th FSU player to surpass 1,000 points for her career. Chelsea Davis also had 19 points, Leonor Rodriguez and Alexa Deluzio added 16, and Morgan Toles 10 for the Seminoles.
Quinyotta Pettaway turned in 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers (6-15, 2-8), who have lost three of their past four, with all the losses coming to ranked ACC opponents.
WEST VIRGINIA 82, NO. 21 OKLAHOMA 63
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Christal Caldwell scored 24 points and freshman Bria Holmes came off the bench to score 17, leading West Virginia past Oklahoma.
Holmes picked up the scoring load for Taylor Palmer, who got into early foul trouble after scoring 30 points for the Mountaineers (13-8, 5-5 Big 12) in a 71-68 loss to the Sooners Jan. 2.
West Virginia held Oklahoma (16-5, 6-3) to 22.7 percent shooting (5 of 22) from 3-point range. The Sooners ranked third in the country at 39.5 percent per game.
Joanna McFarland had 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Sooners. Morgan Hook also scored 14, and Nicole Griffin and Aaryn Ellenberg added 12 each.
NO. 22 COLORADO 65, USC 49
LOS ANGELES — Arielle Roberson scored 16 points and Chucky Jeffery had 15 points and 10 rebounds to help Colorado beat Southern California.
The Buffaloes (16-5, 5-5 Pac-12) trailed 31-26 at halftime, but scored the first eight points of the second half to take the lead for good.
Brittany Wilson added 12 points and Lexy Kresl scored 11 for Colorado. The Buffs, bouncing back from a loss Friday at No. 18 UCLA, controlled the boards with a 44-29 rebounding edge and held the Trojans to 28 percent shooting.
USC (8-13, 5-5) was led by Cassie Harberts with 14 points. Ariya Crook added 10 points.
NORTHWESTERN 67, NO. 24 IOWA 65
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Karly Roser hit a layup just before time expired to lift Northwestern to a win over Iowa — dealing the Hawkeyes a second straight loss since entering the national rankings.
The Hawkeyes (16-7, 5-4 Big 12) had tied the game on Melissa Dixon’s basket with 3 seconds to play. Dixon led Iowa with 21 points.
Northwestern (11-11, 3-6) trailed 42-27 with 15:26 to play, but pulled even at 49 with 9:21 to go on Kendall Hackney’s basket.
Hackney led the Wildcats with 18 points. Dannielle Diamant had 15 points and seven rebounds, Maggie Lyon scored 12 and Roser had 11 points and eight rebounds.
NO. 25 DELAWARE 79, HOFSTRA 63
NEWARK, Del. — Elena Delle Donne scored 35 points and to lead Delaware to its 13th straight victory with a win over Hofstra.
Delle Donne scored 21 first-half points as the Blue Hens (18-3, 9-0 Colonial Athletic Association) broke open a tight game in the final 10 minutes of the half. The senior All-American’s contested 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer made it 46-33.
Delaware’s lead grew to 56-35 in the opening 4 minutes of the second half. Hofstra (9-10, 5-3) never got any closer than 13 points after intermission.
Anma Onyeuku and Annie Payton scored 15 points apiece for Hofstra.