The Lady Tigers held their fifth opponent in six games to fewer than 60 points in a 66-44 win over S.C. State on Sunday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers improved to 5-1 for the first time since 2003-04, and only the second time since the 1999-2000 season.
"We're still learning how to play hard," said coach Itoro Coleman. "We're still learning how to compete. I am proud of this team because in the first half, we didn't play so well. We had some unforced turnovers and were missing a lot of layups.
"In the second half, I felt like we came out with a little bit more intensity and were able to make the shots that we were supposed to make in the first half."
Senior Sthefany Thomas had 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting and tied a career-high with five three-pointers and seven rebounds. Five-foot-seven guard Kelia Shelton led all players with 13 rebounds.
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No. 1 CONNECTICUT 81, LSU 51: Maya Moore scored 26 points and top-ranked Connecticut won for the 84th consecutive time.
Tiffany Hayes had 20 points and seven assists and Bria Hartly added 15 points for the Huskies (6-0), who broke open what had been a 10-point game with a 12-2 run to open the second half.
LaSondra Barrett had 12 points, all in the first half, for LSU (4-4).
The Huskies need just four more wins to tie the Division I record set by UCLA's men in the early 1970s. They are on course to get their 88th straight win on Dec. 19 against Ohio State in New York, and their 89th two days later in Hartford against Florida State.
No. 2 BAYLOR 106, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 41 : Brittney Griner had her fourth triple-double for second-ranked Baylor, scoring 28 points with 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.
When Griner left the game for good with 13:54 left, the 6-foot-8 sophomore standout had outscored the previously undefeated Lions 28-22 on her own. Baylor (7-1) led 78-22 by then.
Latoria Holder scored 10 points to lead Southeastern Louisiana (5-1).
No. 3 STANFORD 93, No. 16 TEXAS 78: Kayla Pedersen had 19 points, 12 rebounds and five assists and host Stanford won a matchup of unbeaten teams.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 22 points and seven boards and her freshman sister, Chiney, scored 14 for the Cardinal, who moved coach Tara VanDerveer (798-195) within two victories of joining the elite 800 club. She is trying to become the fifth women's coach to do it.
Stanford took a 2-0 lead before tipoff of the nationally televised game because Texas received a technical for failing to get its lineup to the scorer's table on time.
Chassidy Fussell scored 17 points for Texas (4-1).
No. 7 OHIO STATE 88, UNC WILMINGTON 69: Jantel Lavender scored 25 points and Samantha Prahalis had 21 points and 10 assists for host Ohio State.
Brittany Johnson added 17 points for the Buckeyes (5-0).
Kristen Hanzer had 14 points for the Seahawks (4-1).
No. 11 OKLAHOMA 78, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 55: Danielle Robinson scored 26 and freshman Aaryn Ellenberg scored 12 of her 19 points in the final 7 minutes to help host Oklahoma (6-0) win the Basketball Travelers Invitational.
Oklahoma seemed in complete control after ripping off a 36-6 run in the first half, but the Panthers (2-3) wouldn't go away. Latia Williams scored 14 points to lead the way in the Panthers' comeback bid.
No. 13 UCLA 71, TEMPLE 61: Darxia Morris and Markel Walker scored 15 points apiece for host UCLA.
Rebekah Gardner had 14 points for the Bruins (5-0), while Walker added nine points and six assists.
Kristen McCarthy finished with 22 points on five 3-pointers for Temple (2-4) and BJ Williams had 12 points.
No. 18 NOTRE DAME 85, BUTLER 54: Natalie Novosel scored 20 points to lead five in double figures for host Notre Dame in the WBAC Tournament.
Novosel, the tournament MVP, scored the first five points of the second half for Notre Dame (5-2), opening up a 20-point lead with a breakaway layup and 3-pointer from the corner.
Brittany Bowen and Terra Burns scored 14 each for Butler (3-3).
No. 24 VANDERBILT 74, PRINCETON 68: Hannah Tuomi scored 16 points and freshman Jasmine Lister had 15, helping Vanderbilt capture its own Thanksgiving Tournament championship.
Tiffany Clarke added 12 points for the Commodores (4-1).
Princeton's Addie Micir had 20 points and made six 3-pointers in the second half, the last two pulling the Tigers (3-2) within three with 1:20 and then 40 seconds to play. But Christina Foggie hit a 3-pointer with 58 seconds to play, and Vanderbilt made 3 of 4 free throws in the final 30 seconds.