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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — 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 two teams whose rivalry dominated the sport for over a decade. Trailing by three at the half, the Huskies scored 17 of the first 19 points in the third quarter to take 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.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Big 12 takes a break from conference play this weekend when its teams match up with members of the Southeastern Conference for the SEC-Big 12 Challenge. Third-ranked Kansas will be without suspended big men Silvio De Sousa and David McCormick when they face former Texas coach Rick Barnes and Tennessee on Saturday. Top-ranked Baylor heads to Florida and No. 18 Kentucky welcomes No. 15 Kentucky in the other two big showdowns Saturday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jessika Carter scored 10 of her 22 points in the first quarter and ninth-ranked Mississippi State held off Vanderbilt 68-52 for a rare victory at Memorial Gym. The Bulldogs bounced back quickly from their close loss at top-ranked South Carolina this week by notching their seventh straight win against Vanderbilt. This was just the fifth time Mississippi State has won in 24 games at Memorial. Mississippi State had to rally after trailing 50-46 after the third quarter. The Bulldogs took control in the fourth, outscoring Vandy 22-2 as the short-handed Commodores missed 10 of 11 shots.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — N'dea Jones had her seventh consecutive double-double, Aaliyah Wilson hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds to play, and No. 15 Texas A&M rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to beat Alabama 79-74. Jones finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Shambria Washington scored 20 points for the Aggies, who are 9-0 all-time against Alabama. Jordan Lewis made two free throws to give Alabama a 73-72 lead with 44 seconds to play but Wells drove the baseline and found Wilson in the left corner for the go-ahead 3. Jasmine Walker led the Crimson Tide with 18 points.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Gabby Connally scored 18 points and Georgia bridged the third and fourth quarters with a 15-0 run to defeat No. 21 Arkansas 64-55. Shaniya Jones had five points as Georgia scored the last eight points of the third quarter to take a 44-43 lead. Four different players, including Que Morrison, combined to score the first seven points of the fourth quarter for the Bulldogs. After an Arkansas layup, Morrison had consecutive baskets to push the lead to 55-45. Morrison added 11 points and Jones 10 for Georgia. Erynn Barnum led the Razorbacks with 14 points. Chelsea Dungee added 13, seven below her average, on 3-of-11 shooting.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert is among the top Senior Bowl prospects who opted to delay turning pro until after their senior seasons. For some like South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, Alabama linebacker Terrell Lewis and Michigan State defensive end Kenny Willekes, injuries as juniors led them to stay in school. They're all hoping that extra season of college football helped their NFL draft stock. The group is hoping for the same benefit from a week of practices leading up to Saturday's Senior Bowl.
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