BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) – Alexis Morris scored a career-high 30 points and the No.19 LSU beat the No.23 Texas A&M 75-66 for the Tigers’ 13th straight victory. Morris had 9 of 16 shots with four 3-pointers. Khayla Pointer also had four 3-pointers and scored 17 points with nine rebounds and eight assists. Jailin Cherry added 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists with Autumn Newby grabbing 10 rebounds. Destiny Pitts scored 18 points with four 3s and had 11 rebounds for the Aggies, the reigning SEC regular season champions. Qadashah Hoppie added 16 points and Kayla Wells 13.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Que Morrison scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to help rally No. 13 Georgia to a 73-69 victory over Florida. Morrison had just two points in the first half and finished just 4 of 13 shots, but was perfect from the line in 10 attempts, including eight in the final period. With Georgia seven minutes to go seven minutes to go, the Lady Bulldogs ended the game by beating the Gators 20-9. Malury Bates added 13 points for Georgia. Jordyn Merritt scored 18 points, Kiara Smith added 17 and Nina Rickards scored 15 points for the Gators.
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) – Zia Cooke scored 18 points, Aliyah Boston had 16 points and 11 rebounds and the South Carolina No.1 rebounded from her first loss of the season with an 80-68 victory over Mississippi State Sunday. The Gamecocks are sure to drop the top spot they’ve held all season after their stunning 70-69 overtime loss to Missouri last Thursday night. South Carolina opened a tight game in the second quarter to claim their fourth straight victory over the Bulldogs. The state of Mississippi replaced scheduled opponent Ole Miss due to virus issues.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Tamari Key scored 17 points to lead five Tennessee players in double digits as the No.7 Lady Volunteers rallied to beat Arkansas 70-63. Key scored eight points for Tennessee in a 10-3 run that turned a two-point deficit into a five-point lead with 4:12 remaining. Tennessee led up to 11 points early in the second quarter, but 15 second and third quarter turnovers gave Arkansas a nine point advantage in the second half. Amber Ramirez led with the Razorbacks with 26 points.
NO DATE (AP) – Want more players to enter the college football playoffs? Turn more bowl games into playoff games. AP college football writer Ralph Russo said players who refused to participate in the boules games became the underlying theme for New Years Day, which was a shame as the games themselves were entertaining, even with some All-Americans missing. Still, it was hard to watch thrilling Fiesta and Rose balls without wondering how much better it would be if these teams played with a chance of winning a national championship. Players are risking millions of future winnings to participate in these playoff games. A bigger playoff gives more of them a reward worthy of the risk.
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