South Carolina wins record 43rd straight SEC game, rallies to beat Georgia

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Kamilla Cardoso had 16 points and 16 rebounds as No. 1 South Carolina rallied past Georgia 70-56 on Sunday to win its record 43rd straight Southeastern Conference regular-season game.

Not that it came easily. The Gamecocks (25-0, 12-0 SEC) trailed 37-28 when Javyn Nicholson hit the first basket of the third quarter as the sold-out crowd watched in disbelief.

But behind Cardoso, Te-Hina Paopao, Chloe Kitts and MiLaysia Fulwiley, South Carolina cranked it up to remain the country’s only undefeated Division I team.

Nicholson had a career-high 27 points for the Bulldogs (11-14, 2-10), who lost their 18th straight to the Gamecocks.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Aziaha James scored 30 points and the North Carolina State women held on in overtime to beat Georgia Tech.

N.C. State made its first five shots in overtime, but Kara Dunn nearly orchestrated a comeback from six points down for Georgia Tech.

Dunn, who hit a 3-pointer to force the extra session, banked in a desperation heave from close to midcourt with the shot clock about to expire with 46.7 seconds to play in overtime to cut the gap to 86-85.

After a defensive stop, the Yellow Jackets had the last shot, but Tonie Morgan’s baseline jumper was off the mark.

River Baldwin had 16 points and Madison Hayes had 15 points for N.C. State (23-3, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Dunn finished with 31 points on 11-for-15 shooting for Georgia Tech (15-12, 6-9).

No. 9 UCLA 74, OREGON 55

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Lauren Betts had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead UCLA to a win over Oregon.

Londynn Jones added 15 points for the Bruins while Charisma Osborne had 11 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Kiki Rice had 10 points and nine rebounds for UCLA (20-5, 9-5 Pac-12), which bounced back from a last-second loss to No. 11 Oregon State on Friday.

Grace VanSlooten had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Oregon (11-16, 2-12), which lost its ninth straight game. Chance Gray added 15 points for the Ducks.


CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — JuJu Watkins scored 18 points, despite having an off-shooting night, to help Southern Cal beat Oregon State.

The 6-foot-2 freshman guard, who is the second-leading scorer in Division 1 behind Iowa’s Caitlin Clark, was just 6 of 32 from the field.

Despite Watkins’ shooting struggles, USC (20-4, 10-4 Pac-12) extended its winning streak to six games, while the Beavers’ six-game winning streak came to an end.

Oregon State (21-4, 10-4 Pac-12) played without leading scorer and rebounder Raegan Beers, who sustained a facial injury early in the second quarter of Friday’s win over No. 9 UCLA.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Elizabeth Kitley and Georgia Amoore each recorded double-doubles and Virginia Tech beat Louisville.

Kitley scored 26 points shooting 12 of 16 and grabbed 13 rebounds while Amoore scored 23 points shooting 9 of 11 — including 3 of 4 from 3-point range — and distributed 10 assists.

The Hokies’ 65.4% shooting mark represents a program best in ACC play. Virginia Tech’s ninth-straight win marks another program best.

Kiki Jefferson scored 19 points, reserve Jayda Curry 13 and Nyla Harris and Nina Rickards 10 apiece for Louisville (21-6, 11-4 ACC).


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — On the day Baylor University retired Brittney Griner’s number, Syracuse’s Dyaisha Fair moved a step closer to passing her on the all-time scoring list with 33 points and the 19th-ranked Orange held off Virginia.

The 5-foot-5 Fair now has 3,257 career points; 26 behind the 6-foot-9 Griner (3,283) who is fifth on the all-time scoring list.

Syracuse (22-4, 12-3 ACC) led 66-51 after three quarters before the Cavaliers began a methodical climb back in it to get within 77-73 on Camryn Taylor’s layup with 1:32 left. But Fair countered with a jump shot 28 seconds later and she and Georgia Woolley combined to make six free throws to seal it.

Taylor led Virginia (12-12, 4-9 ACC) with 20 points.


WACO, Texas (AP) — Sarah Andrews scored 11 points, Darianna Littlepage-Buggs scored 10 and Baylor held Texas Tech to a season low in scoring, beating the Lady Raiders that saw Baylor retire the uniform of former player Brittney Griner.

In an electric atmosphere for the home team the Lady Raiders were overwhelmed from the start. Baylor (19-6, 8-6 Big 12) held Texas Tech to a four-point first quarter, a nine-point second and five in the third for a 45-18 lead at the end of three.

Baylor had 10 players enter the scoring column and the Bears distributed 18 assists on 26 made baskets. The Bears never trailed.

As for Texas Tech, the Lady Raiders’ (16-11, 5-9) turnover total of 29 was just three shy of their total points scored

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