BLOOMINGTON – Rachel Sheffer scored 19 points Thursday, helping No. 23 Michigan get back on track with a 61-43 victory over cold-shooting Indiana.
Kate Thompson added 13 points, and Nya Jordan had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Wolverines (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten), who had their 10-game winning streak snapped in a loss to No. 8 Penn State on Monday.
Aulani Sinclair led the Hoosiers (10-9, 1-5) with 14 points, and Nicole Bell chipped in 11 off the bench. Indiana shot just 26 percent from the field.
The Hoosiers kept the game close until midway through the first half, when Michigan used an 11-2 run to take control en route to a 37-24 halftime lead. The Wolverines kept it up in the second half, leading by as many as 24.
Despite the loss, Indiana remained the only Big Ten team not to allow an opponent to score 70 points this season.
No. 4 DUKE 60, CLEMSON 46: In Clemson, S.C., Tricia Liston scored 22 points to lead the Blue Devils.
Duke (17-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its 17th straight over the Tigers (5-13, 1-6) but needed a second-half rally to get it done. Clemson led 26-23 with 13:34 to play.
No. 18 SOUTH CAROLINA 55, No. 5 KENTUCKY 50: In Columbia, S.C.. Ieasia Walked had 16 points and eight rebounds as the Gamecocks ended the Wildcats’ 17-game winning streak, the longest in the nation.
Kentucky (18-2, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) led for most of the second half before South Carolina went on a 18-4 run to take a 52-44 lead with 3:34 left. South Carolina (17-3, 5-2) hit only three free throws the rest of the game, but the SEC’s best defense was able to hang on.
No. 8 PENN STATE 64, MINNESOTA 59: In State College, Pa., Maggie Lucas scored 26 points, and Nikki Greene had 13 rebounds and hit three key second-half buckets to help the Lions (16-2, 6-0 Big Ten) win their 10th in a row.
The Gophers (13-7, 2-4) had a chance to take the lead twice late with the ball in the hands of their best player, Rachel Banham (19 points). But the sophomore was whistled for traveling and an offensive foul on back-to-back possessions with 1:09 left, with Minnesota trailing by one each time.
Banham then missed a potential tying three with 13 seconds left and Lucas pumped her arms after getting fouled on the other end. Her two free throws gave Penn State an insurmountable five-point lead with 2.9 seconds left.
No. 16 TEXAS A&M 81, MISSISSIPPI STATE 33: In Starkville, Miss., Kristi Bellock scored 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting to lead the Aggies (15-5, 5-1 Southeastern Conference), who shot 60 percent (29 of 48), well above their season 46.6 percent average.
No. 17 DAYTON 80, GEORGE WASHINGTON 52: In Dayton, Amber Deane had 22 points to lead a group of four Dayton players in double figures as the Flyers (16-1, 4-0 Atlantic 10) cruised.
RICHMOND 86, No. 19 VCU 74, OT: In Richmond, Va., Kendall Anthony scored 21 of his 26 points after halftime, and Darien Brothers hit two huge three-pointers Thursday night as the Spiders ended the Rams’ 13-game winning streak.
No. 23 MISSISSIPPI 62, TENNESSEE 56: In Oxford, Miss., Marshall Henderson scored 28 points, hitting six three-pointers in the second half to lead the Rebels (16-2, 5-0 SEC) to their eighth straight victory.