Whitney Bays got a crucial offensive rebound and then made the game-winning put-back as No. 22 Purdue edged No. 18 Nebraska 77-75 on Sunday.
Purdue (13-5, 3-3 Big Ten) led most of the second half but had to scramble to hold off Nebraska, which tied the game at 75 on a 10-3 run capped by a pair of Rachel Theriot free throws with 29 seconds to play. The Boilermakers got the ball to April Wilson, who missed her shot on a drive to the hoop, but Bays was there to grab the rebound and sink the game-winning layup with a second to go.
Courtney Moses scored 21 points, Bays contributed 17 and seven rebounds, KK Houser had 16 points and Wilson had 13 for Purdue, which shot 45 percent from the field and was 10 of 19 from 3-point range.
Theriot led Nebraska (13-4, 3-2) with 19 points.
No. 1 Connecticut 94, No. 23 Rutgers 64: Bria Hartley scored a career-high 30 points and Breanna Stewart added 23 as UConn (19-0, 6-0 American) has won 25 straight games, the sixth longest streak in school history.
The Huskies raced out to an 18-6 lead in the game's first 5 minutes. Stewart had eight of the team's first 18 points as Connecticut didn't miss many from the field. UConn extended the advantage to 41-20 on the 6-foot-4 sophomore's layup with 4:58 left before Rutgers closed the half with a 9-2 burst to trail 43-29 at the half.
Rutgers (13-4, 4-2) cut it to 12 before UConn put it away behind Stewart and Hartley.
No. 3 Duke 74, Virginia Tech 70: Tricia Liston scored 22 points, Alexis Jones had 19, and Duke held off Virginia Tech's rally.
The Blue Devils (18-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led by 15 points at the half, but the Hokies pulled within three in the closing seconds
No. 5 Louisville 81, SMU 66: Antonita Slaughter had two 3-pointers in a go-ahead 11-0 run for Louisville early in the second half, and the Cardinals stretched their winning streak to 11 games.
The slow-starting Cardinals (18-1, 6-0 American Athletic) went ahead to stay by scoring the 11 consecutive points in a span of only 79 seconds.
No. 6 Maryland 92, Georgia Tech 81: Alyssa Thomas had 22 points and 14 rebounds for her NCAA-leading 15th double-double, and Maryland withstood a strong challenge from Georgia Tech.
The Terrapins trailed at halftime and led by only four points with 8:50 left. But with Thomas leading the way, Maryland (16-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned its 14th consecutive win and beat the Yellow Jackets (12-5, 2-3) for the fifth straight time.
Kansas 76, No. 7 Baylor 60: Chelsea Gardner scored 28 points and Natalie Knight added 18 as Kansas upset Baylor.
The loss ended Baylor's 44-game winning streak in Big 12 regular-season games and was the Bears second straight loss overall after they fell to No. 1 Connecticut last week.
No. 8 South Carolina 77, Alabama 51: Elem Ibiam scored 18 points and South Carolina bounced back from its first Southeastern Conference loss.
The Gamecocks (17-2, 5-1 SEC) had been at the top of the SEC until falling in overtime at Texas A&M on Thursday night. Ibiam and her teammates on the front line made sure that wouldn't happen again as they won their eighth straight game over the Crimson Tide (8-10, 1-4).
The 6-foot-4 Ibiam made 7 of 11 shots and added seven rebounds and two blocks. Six-foot Aleighsa Welch had 12 points and 10 boards, while 6-4 freshman Alaina Coates had 10 points and nine rebounds.
No. 9 North Carolina 73, Boston College 56: Allisha Gray and Xylina McDaniel scored 16 points apiece to lead North Carolina.
Diamond DeShields added 12 points as the Tar Heels broke the game open in the second half, leading by as many as 21 points, but still came up 14 points under their season scoring average.
The Tar Heels (16-3, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), still playing without coach Sylvia Hatchell — taking time off as she battles leukemia and reportedly in remission — won their fourth straight and 11th in their last 12.
No. 10 Kentucky 73, Auburn 71: Jennifer O'Neill scored 16 points, Samarie Walker had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Kentucky overcame a 13-point first-half deficit.
The Wildcats (15-3, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) survived 13-of-29 shooting from the foul line to hold off the Tigers (11-6, 2-2).
No. 24 Vanderbilt 79, No. 14 LSU 70: Jasmine Lister scored 25 points, including a trio of 3-pointers and 10-for-10 shooting from the foul line, to lift Vanderbilt.
Christina Foggie contributed 19 points and Morgan Batey had 11 for Vanderbilt (16-3, 5-1 SEC), which shot 52 percent from the field in toppling its second ranked team in as many weeks.
Virginia 85, No. 17 Florida State 68: Faith Randolph scored a career-high 26 points and Virginia rolled.
Virginia (9-9, 2-3 ACC) tied its second-highest scoring performance of the season, and jumped to a 47-31 halftime lead behind 20 first-half points from Randolph.
Florida State (14-4, 2-3) never cut the deficit to fewer than 11 points in the second half. The Seminoles committed 27 turnovers compared with 10 for Virginia.
Miami 80, No. 20 North Carolina State 71: Krystal Saunders downed six 3-pointers and scored 22 points in helping Miami upset North Carolina State.
Miami (11-7, 3-2 ACC) led at the break 42-31 as Adrienne Motley (14 points) racked up eight points in the final minutes of the first half. NC State (16-3, 3-2) made no 3-point baskets in the half while the Hurricanes landed six from long range.
No. 25 Texas 73, Mississippi State 35: Courtney Walker scored 16 points and Courtney Williams added 15 more as Texas A&M coasted to remain unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference.
Achiri Ade contributed 14 points and nine rebounds for Texas A&M (15-4, 5-0), which shot 53 percent from the field, blocked 13 shots and enjoyed a 51-29 rebounding advantage. It was the fourth consecutive game that the Aggies have held their opponent to 20 points or less in the first half and extended their win streak to eight.
Green Bay 69, Illinois-Chicago 64: Alec Brown and Keifer Sykes combined for 44 points and Green Bay remained unbeaten in Horizon League play.
Green Bay (15-3, 5-0) won its 10th consecutive game, battling back from a second-half deficit to edge UIC (5-14, 0-5).
Sykes spurred a late charge for Green Bay, beginning with a dunk at the 2:38 mark to tie the game at 63. Sykes then hit a 3-pointer to give the Phoenix a 66-63 lead with 1:51 left.
The Flames had a chance to tie the game down 67-64 with 11 seconds remaining, but turned the ball over and Sykes finished with a fast break dunk on the other end to secure the win.
Brown scored 23 for the Phoenix and Sykes had 21.
Pat Birt scored 13 to lead the Flames and Jordan Harks added 11.
No. 14 Iowa 94, Minnesota 73: Aaron White scored all of his 18 points in the second half and Josh Oglesby added a season-high 17 points as 14th-ranked Iowa blew past Minnesota.
Devyn Marble had 15 of his 16 points after halftime for the surging Hawkeyes, who moved into third place in the Big Ten behind Michigan State and Michigan.
Iowa (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten) overcame a 10-point deficit with a 29-10 run and outscored the Gophers 53-30 in the second half.
Andre Hollins had a game-high 20 points for Minnesota (14-5, 3-3). But Iowa held Hollins without a field goal in the second half in handing the Gophers their most lopsided loss of the season.