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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Aliyah Boston had 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocks to help No. 1 South Carolina defeat LSU 63-48 for its 20th straight win. The 6-foot-5 forward controlled the middle and gave the Gamecocks a second-half lift as she scored nine of her points in the final two quarters. LSU was a difficult out for South Carolina, limiting the Gamecocks to just nine points in the second quarter for their lowest point total in a quarter this season. Jailin Cherry had 13 points to lead LSU. The Tigers have lost 10 straight to the Gamecocks.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Freshman Rickea Jackson scored nine of her season-high 34 points in overtime and No. 9 Mississippi State rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Auburn 92-85 on Thursday night. The Bulldogs rebounded from a loss at No. 14 Kentucky with their second straight comeback win over the Tigers. Jackson took over this one with nine of the Bulldogs' 13 points in overtime. She hit a short jumper and then made 1 of 2 free throws with 20 seconds left for a 90-85 lead. Jamya Mingo-Young added two more foul shots.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Rhyne Howard scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds as No. 14 Kentucky coasted to a 94-52 win over Mississippi. Sabrina Haines and Chasity Patterson added 15 points apiece for the Wildcats with Jaida Roper and Blair Green splitting 20. Mimi Reid and Jayla Alexander scored 12 apiece for the Rebels and Deja Cage had 11. Ole Miss scored the first seven points and had a 10-5 lead after a Cage 3-pointer but the Wildcats closed the first quarter with a 13-0 run for an 18-10 lead. Kentucky jumped the lead to 36-18 at the half.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — N'dea Jones scored 13 points and grabbed 20 rebounds and combined with Ciera Johnson to dominate the second half as No. 16 Texas A&M pulled away from Georgia for a 64-47 win. Johnson had 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting and beginning in the middle of the third quarter — when the Aggies trailed 32-31 — combined with Jones to score 21 of 25 A&M points. Johnson's jumper put the Aggies on top 33-32 and started an 8-0 run. Jones made a layup midway through the fourth quarter to cap a 13-0 run and make the score 56-40. Jenna Staiti scored 15 point for Georgia.
UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is moving toward allowing all Division I athletes to transfer one time without sitting out a season of competition. A plan to change the waiver process is expected to be presented to the Division I Council in April. If adopted, new criteria would go into effect for the 2020-21 academic year. Currently, football, men's and women's basketball, men's hockey and baseball players must sit out one season after transferring. The NCAA adjusted waiver criteria two years ago to give more athletes the chance to become immediately eligible, but that has led to complaints about inconsistency in the process. If the plan is adopted, any athlete in good academic standing and not facing a disciplinary suspension will be allowed to transfer and play immediately for the new school.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Amber Ramirez scored 29 points with five 3-pointers to help No. 22 Arkansas beat Tennessee 83-75. Alexis Tolefree added 22 points and Chelsea Dungee scored 16 for the Razorbacks (21-5, 9-4 SEC), who made all four free throws after the Volunteers (17-9, 7-6) cut a 16-point deficit to 79-75 on Rennia Davis' 3-pointer with 15 seconds left. Rae Burrell led Tennessee with 21 points and nine rebounds and made 8 of 13 shots from the field.
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