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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Loyd helps keep No. 2 Irish unbeaten

2014-02-20T20:45:00Z 2014-02-21T01:31:09Z WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Loyd helps keep No. 2 Irish unbeatenThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 20, 2014 8:45 pm  • 

Jewell Loyd had 29 points and 10 rebounds and No. 2 Notre Dame overcame its own poor shooting to beat Wake Forest 86-61 on Thursday night and remain undefeated.

Kayla McBride added 19 points and Taya Reimer 10 for the Fighting Irish (26-0, 13-0), who shot just 39.4 percent from the field (28 of 71) and made only 3 of 16 3-pointers.

However, Notre Dame overcame one of its worst shooting games this season by forcing the Demon Deacons (14-12, 5-8) into 22 turnovers, held them to 35.7 percent shooting (20 of 56) and outrebounded them 49-39.

Dearica Hamby had 26 points and Jill Brunori added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Wake Forest, which saw a two-game winning streak end after hitting just 5 of 16 3-pointers and went 16 of 29 from the free throw line.

No. 4 South Carolina 81, No. 15 Kentucky 58: Aleighsa Welch had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Khadijah Sessions added 18 points as South Carolina (24-2, 12-1 SEC) routed Kentucky (19-7, 7-6) to set a school record for regular-season victories.

No. 7 Duke 83, No. 14 N.C. State 70: Tricia Liston scored 24 points and Duke (24-3, 11-2 ACC) held on to beat North Carolina State (22-5, 9-4).

No. 9 Penn State 82, Northwestern 73: Maggie Lucas scored 26 points to lead Penn State (21-5, 12-2) to a victory over Northwestern that kept the Lady Lions on top of the Big Ten standings.

Maggie Lyon had 17 points, including five 3-pointers, to pace Northwestern (14-12, 4-9), which lost its fifth straight.

No. 10 Tennessee 93, Auburn 63: Meighan Simmons scored 26 points to continue her mastery of Auburn (14-12, 5-8) as Tennessee (21-5, 10-3 SEC) won for the Lady Vols' seventh victory in their last eight games.

No. 11 North Carolina 80, Virginia 74: Stephanie Mavunga had 17 points and 10 rebounds and North Carolina (21-6, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) opened the second half with a 24-7 run and beat Virginia (13-12, 6-7).

No. 16 Texas A&M 73, Mississippi 61: Courtney Williams scored 26 points and Karla Gilbert added 21 with 10 rebounds to help Texas A&M (21-6, 11-2 SEC) defeat Mississippi  (10-17, 1-12).

No. 17 Nebraska 67, Ohio State 59: Rachel Theriot scored 26 points, and Jordan Hooper had 24 to spark a late rally that pushed the winning streak of Nebraska (20-5, 10-3 Big Ten) to seven with a win over Ohio State (14-15, 4-9).

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