|South Florida’s Dominique Jones had his way against No. 17 Pittsburgh, finishing with 37 points. (Mike Carlson/Associated Press)|
BC women storm past Hurricanes
Surge to end first half helps balanced Eagles coast to win
A balanced attack and a big run to end the first half were just what the Boston College women’s basketball team needed yesterday to beat Miami.
Brittanny Johnson scored 16 points, Carolyn Swords added 14 points and seven rebounds, and Mickel Picco contributed 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists as the Eagles closed out the first half with a 16-4 run to take control en route to a 72-64 win over the Hurricanes at Conte Forum.
Trailing by 5 with six minutes left in the opening half, BC (12-10, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) turned to the 3-ball to surge ahead. Johnson and freshman Kerri Shields (9 points) each hit a pair of treys during the run that gave BC a 33-26 halftime edge.
The Eagles extended the lead to 15 points early in the second half after layups by Stefanie Murphy (10 points), Jaclyn Thoman (4 points, 6 assists), and Swords.
The Hurricanes (14-7, 2-5) made a late run, cutting BC’s lead to 5 before Picco hit a 3-pointer with 6:53 left to regain control.
Northeastern 70, George Mason 57 - Deanna Kerkhof tallied career highs with 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists and the Huskies (8-12, 3-6 Colonial Athletic) shot 70.6 percent from the floor in the second half to rally past the Patriots (8-12, 1-8) at Solomon Court.
Kim Carr added 19 points and eight rebounds and Kashaia Cannon hit four of five 3-pointers and finished with 15 points for NU.
Vermont 78, UNH 64 - May Kotsopoulos scored 26 points and the host Catamounts (17-5, 7-2) moved into a tie for second in America East with Boston University by rolling past the Wildcats (7-15, 2-7), who have lost nine of their last 12. Jill McDonald had 19 points and 10 boards for New Hampshire.
Indiana 67, Ohio St. 62 - Jori Davis scored 19 points and Danilsa Andujar added the go-ahead basket with 3:45 left, helping the host Hoosiers (12-10, 5-6 Big Ten) stun the No. 4 Buckeyes (21-3, 9-2), just their second win in the last 13 meetings with Ohio State.
Tennessee 60, South Carolina 55 - Kamiko Williams scored a career-high 17 points to help the No. 5 Lady Vols (19-1, 7-1 Southeastern) beat the host Gamecocks (11-10, 4-5) for the 38th straight time.
Oklahoma St. 67, Texas A&M 63 - Andrea Riley shook off early foul trouble to score 31 points and rally the No. 15 Cowgirls (18-3, 6-1 Big 12) from a 14-point second-half deficit in an upset of the No. 8 Aggies (15-4, 3-3) in College Station, Texas.
Auburn 67, Georgia 53 - Alli Smalley scored 22 points and the host Tigers (12-10, 3-6 SEC) handed the No. 9 Lady Bulldogs (18-4, 5-4) their third straight loss.
Dee Goens finished with a career-high 13 points for Holy Cross (5-17, 2-5).
Purdue 66, Penn State 46 - Robbie Hummel scored 23 points and the No. 10 Boilermakers (18-3, 6-3 Big Ten) routed the visiting Nittany Lions (8-13, 0-9) for their fourth straight win.
Tennessee 61, Florida 60 - In Knoxville, Tenn., Scotty Hopson hit a long jump shot with 21 seconds left to give the No. 14 Volunteers (16-4, 4-2 SEC) their sixth straight win over the Gators (15-6, 4-3).
South Florida 70, Pittsburgh 61 - Dominique Jones scored 37 points and the host Bulls (14-7, 4-5) extended their school-best Big East winning streak to three games with an upset of the No. 17 Panthers.
Gilbert Brown scored a career-high 25 for Pittsburgh (16-5, 6-3), which has dropped three of four conference games after starting 5-0 in the league and working its way into the Top 10.
Arkansas 80, Mississippi 73 - Mike Washington had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Marshawn Powell added 19 and two key blocks in the final 1 1/2 minutes to rally the visiting Razorbacks (10-11, 3-3 SEC) to an upset of the 18th-ranked Rebels (16-5, 4-3).
Ohio St. 85, Minnesota 63 - William Buford scored a career-high 26 points and Evan Turner and Jon Diebler each had 19 points to lead the 20th-ranked Buckeyes (16-6, 6-3 Big Ten) past the visiting Gophers (13-8, 4-5).