No. 19 FSU holds off Georgia Tech
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Leonor Rodriguez scored 23 points while Natasha Howard and Morgan Toles recorded double-doubles to lead No. 19 Florida State over Georgia Tech 85-78 Thursday in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. Howard (18 rebounds) and Toles (10 assists) both finished with 18 points. Georgia Tech (7-6) took a 45-38 lead into halftime behind a 58 percent (20 of 34) first-half shooting performance and 16 assists in the frame. Florida State (12-1) rallied to retake the lead, 72-71, but Brittany Jackson hit a 3-pointer to put Georgia Tech back on top 74-72 with 4:20 left to play. NO. 3 DUKE 67,N.C. STATE 57 Haley Peters had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help Duke (12-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat North Carolina State (8-6, 0-2). Chelsea Gray added 20 points and six rebounds for the Blue Devils, who had to fight into the final minutes to put away the Wolfpack. NO. 6 KENTUCKY 76, FLORIDA 69 A'dia Mathies scored 20 points, Jennifer O'Neill had 12 of her 17 in the second half and Kentucky (13-1, 1-0 SEC) topped Florida (11-4, 0-1). DeNesha Stallworth added 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Wildcats won their school-record 12th straight game. Last season's regular-season conference champions had to work hard and often for their sixth straight win over Florida. Jaterra Bonds scored a game-high 21 points for Florida, which had its six-game winning streak end. NO. 15 N. CAROLINA 60, NO. 8 MARYLAND 57 Brittany Rountree scored 13 points and North Carolina (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) held on to beat Maryland (10-3, 1-1). Tierra Ruffin-Pratt also had 13 points and Waltiea Rolle 12 for the Heels. NO. 9 PENN STATE 73, NORTHWESTERN 69 Dara Taylor had a layup with 1:26 left and Penn State (11-2, 1-0 Big Ten) converted a late turnover into another key bucket to beat Northwestern (8-6, 0-1). After Taylor skipped around a defender for the bucket and a 66-65 lead, Penn State double-teamed the Wildcats' Kelly Roser at midcourt. She lost the ball and Ariel Edwards hit a layup on the ensuing possession for a 68-65 lead with 52 seconds left. NO. 10 GEORGIA 77, MISSOURI 46 Jasmine James scored 16 points to help Georgia (13-1, 1-0) beat Missouri (11-4, 0-1) in the Tigers' first Southeastern Conference game. NO. 12 TENNESSEE 73, NO. 18 S. CAROLINA 53 Isabelle Harrison tied her career best with 18 points and set career highs with 14 rebounds and seven blocks as Tennessee (10-3, 1-0 SEC) rallied with a big second half to beat South Carolina (12-2, 0-1). AUBURN 50, NO. 23 ARKANSAS 47 Tyrese Tanner scored 10 of her 15 points in a second-half spurt as Auburn (12-2, 1-0 SEC) built a double-digit lead, then held on to beat cold-shooting Arkansas (12-2, 0-1). NO. 24 TEXAS A&M 91, ALABAMA 52 Kelsey Bone had 20 points and 14 rebounds as Texas A&M (11-4, 1-0 SEC) rolled past Alabama (10-4, 0-1), SETON HALL: Coach Anne Donovan is returning to the WNBA to coach the Connecticut Sun. Donovan, who won a WNBA championship with Seattle in 2004, said Thursday she plans to step down from her job at Seton Hall at the end of the season.