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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Way before UConn dominated women's basketball, there was Louisiana Tech.

The Lady Techsters won the first NCAA Tournament title in 1982 and had a 54-game winning streak. The team finally received their championship rings from that inaugural title last weekend. Baylor coach Kim Mulkey was the point guard on that early dynasty but couldn't be at the ceremony because her second-ranked Baylor Lady Bears had a game in Kansas.

She finally got her ring this past week.

\"Yeah, I wish I could have been there ... happy for everybody,\" Mulkey said. \"We had a heck of a team back then, the early 80s, pretty dominant.\"

Nine of the 14 players that are still alive were at the ceremony , including Deb Williamson \u2014 the current coordinator of officials for the Big East, American and Atlantic 10 Conferences.

\"I think it came at the perfect time,\" she said. \"I think that when you get into your 50s it means so much more now, our families can enjoy it with us. I wouldn't have chosen to wait 35 years, we already lost one teammate and a lot of the people who supported us back then aren't around anymore.\"

Williamson said the group went to dinner afterward and shared stories of how they were recruited. Amazingly none of the former players knew each other's recruitment stories until that dinner.

They did remember the remarkable run they had winning the 1981 AIAW championship and then the NCAA one.

\"The year before we went 34-0, and LA Tech made rings for us. When we transitioned to the NCAA that year, we lost one game I think, we were on a 54-game winning streak,\" Williamson said. \"When we won (the NCAA title), no one talked about the rings, we didn't pay that much attention to that. They gave us watches that had the NCAA logo on it. We thought maybe a ring would come later, it wasn't a big deal then.\"

Other things that happened this week:

REMEMBERING SUMMITT: This past week was the fourth annual \"We Back Pat\" week where schools raise Alzheimer's awareness . This year, the Lady Vols' week started with a thrilling upset of No. 6 Notre Dame on Monday.

REBOUND MACHINE: Chantal Osahor grabbed a Pac-12-record 30 rebounds on Sunday in a win over Washington State.

The senior center came into the game leading the nation in rebounding and became the 12th player in NCAA history to have that many boards in a game.

\"I feel like I kind of just do that every game,\" Osahor said. \"A lot of them came to me today. I don't know how well (they) shot from the floor, but there was a lot of rebounds to get.\"

PARTING WAY: Women's basketball coach Jody Adams-Birch will not return to Wichita State, the school announced Sunday.

Adams-Birch was replaced as the team's head coach Thursday as athletic director Darron Boatright reviewed the program. She missed Friday and Sunday's games. Boatright said in a statement from the school that the two sides parted \"mutually and amicably.\"

Linda Hargrove, the former WSU coach from 1989-98, will run the program for the remainder of the season, Boatright said.

Adams-Birch was under an internal review after the 2015 season when four players transferred from the program. The school kept the coach; Boatright wasn't the athletic director at the time.

TAKING A BREAK: Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant took a medical leave of absence this week, the school announced.

The 10th-year coach experienced similar conditions after a game at Rutgers as she did when she fainted on the sidelines during a victory over Illinois earlier this month. Associate head coach Amaka Agugua filled in for the 47-year-old Merchant this week.

IT AIN'T OVER TILL ITS OVER: Villanova coach Harry Perretta has seen a lot in his 39-years at the school.

Still, there haven't been many times that his team trailed by 22 points in the second half and rallied to win. The Wildcats were down 41-19 to Butler early in the third quarter on Friday before pulling off a stunning 70-69 overtime victory.

SHOOT TILL YOUR ARM FALLS OFF: DePaul and Marquette put on quite an offensive display in the Golden Eagles' 102-101 victory on Friday night. It was the fifth time in Big East history that two teams scored over 100 points in the same game. The last came when Georgetown beat Providence 115-106 on Jan. 5, 1992.

MILESTONES: Muffet McGraw won her 750th game at Notre Dame on Sunday. She is 838-267 overall as a coach. ... Coach Joe Tartamella won his 100th game at St. John's. ... Oregon freshman Sabrina Ionescu set the single-season school record with her third triple-double on Sunday. She also matched the Ducks' career mark set by Bev Smith. She's only two short of the Pac-12 record for a season set by Nicole Powell in 2001-02. Powell also owns the conference's career mark with six.

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AP Basketball Writer Stephen Hawkins from Waco, Texas contributed to this story.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 This rivalry game wasn't decided until the final minute, but the result was the same; another UCLA women's basketball victory over USC.

The previous matchup was vastly easier for the Bruins, but UCLA beat USC for the second time in four days, a 71-67 victory Sunday at Pauley Pavilion.

UCLA (15-4, 6-2) benefited from USC's 19 turnovers. Jordin Canada and Kennedy Burke each scored 23 points for the Bruins (Burke tied a career-high in scoring) while Monique Billings had a double double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Burke also tied a career-high in rebounds with nine.

\"Actually, we do this thing every week where we have commitment cards,\" Burke said. \"This week, my focus was offensive rebounding and being confident with the ball. My teammates helped me.\"

Burke had six of UCLA's 16 offensive rebounds, but USC edged UCLA on the boards overall, 47-42.

USC (10-9, 1-7) suffered its seventh consecutive loss. Courtney Jaco led USC with 18 points, and Kristen Simon added 16 points and eight rebounds. Simon, USC's leading scorer, was back in the lineup Sunday after missing the three previous games with an injury. Billings had 28 points in the previous game, but the Trojans used a double-team with Simon that made it more difficult for Billings to score inside.

Jaco played against Canada for the final time in this rivalry. The two were teammates at Winward High in Los Angeles.

Afterward, Jaco and Canada both told each other they loved one another. Jaco was happier with USC's performance, even though it was another loss.

\"You just get up for these games,\" Jaco said. \"It's rivalry week.\"

USC and UCLA played twice this week, with UCLA winning 74-59 Wednesday at USC. The Bruins raced out to a big lead and cruised to the victory. This one was much more difficult for UCLA. The game was tied at 62 with 5:34 left, and UCLA was clinging to a 67-65 lead with1:45 left. UCLA made four of six free throws in the final 45 seconds. Canada had an offensive rebound with 15 seconds left to secure the win.

UCLA won its fourth consecutive game and extended its home win streak to 23 games overall and 15 in a row against Pac-12 opponents, dating back to last season.

BIG PICTURE

USC doesn't have to play UCLA again this season unless it's in the Pac-12 Tournament. The Trojans can feel more confident about playing much better against one of the best teams in the country.

UCLA is bolstered by a week of two victories over the Trojans. USC kept making runs, but UCLA always responded and found a way to win in a nailbiter.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

\"We definitely took a step in the right direction on both sides of the ball, offensively and defensively. There were a couple of 50-50 balls here and there. UCLA attempted 33 free throws. We attempted eight. I thought we were pretty aggressive going to the basket. You're going to have those nights,\" said USC coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke on improvements from the last game

STAT OF THE GAME

40: The number of minutes played by Jordin Canada, who asked for a substitute but was denied her request. Close called a timeout instead to give Canada a breather.

\"Really, the answer was no,\" Close said with a laugh. \"You can't have a sub.\"

UP NEXT

USC returns to the Galen Center to host Arizona and Arizona State on Friday and Sunday, respectively. The Trojans' will try to get back on track at home, where their last win came against Colorado one month ago.

UCLA will try to keep its consecutive home streak going with two more games at home, against Arizona State and Arizona. With another two wins, the Bruins could position themselves to move back into the top-10 in the AP poll.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Southern California's rally against No. 14 Arizona came up short. This time, the Trojans let a double-digit lead nearly get away before hanging on.

Elijah Stewart scored 29 points, making seven of Southern California's 14 3-pointers, to beat Arizona State 82-79 on Sunday night.

\"We're back on track,\" Stewart said. \"We should be fine.\"

Jordan McLaughlin added 18 points for the Trojans (17-4, 4-4 Pac-12), who stopped a two-game skid at Galen Center in salvaging a weekend split after losing to No. 14 Arizona. Stewart's points were one off his career high and he tied his career best for 3-pointers. The Trojans equaled their season-best from long-range.

\"We knew Stewart and McLaughlin would get theirs, but it was the others guys that hurt us and we have to do a better job to stop that,\" ASU coach Bobby Hurley said.

Torian Graham scored 24 points, and Obinna Oleka had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Sun Devils (9-11, 2-5), who got swept in their four-day visit to Los Angeles after losing at No. 3 UCLA.

\"We couldn't get the stops when we needed them, so we have to learn from this game,\" Graham said. \"After they went to a zone we had the ball standing still too long. We're a team that likes to move it quickly, so when they went to a zone it threw off our rhythm.\"

The Sun Devils got to 82-79 on a basket by Kodi Justice. After a timeout, Graham missed a 3-pointer with six seconds left.

Stewart fouled out with two seconds remaining and the Sun Devils had possession. But Shannon Evans II missed a 3-pointer from the left corner with just a second to go.

\"Shannon had a shot at the end that is makeable,\" Hurley said. \"I would have liked to see it go in and for us to go to overtime.\"

Arizona State trailed by 12 points and got within one point in both halves, but USC never gave up the lead.

Led by Graham's six points, the Sun Devils outscored USC 15-4 to get to 63-62.

Stewart hit a 3-pointer from the left wing and the Trojans were off on another scoring tear, with Stewart adding another 3 and Jonah Mathews adding two more treys that pushed their lead to 79-67.

In the first half, the Trojans hit four 3-pointers in a 20-6 run that gave them a 26-14 lead. Stewart made three treys and McLaughlin had two highlights assists in the spurt. Chimezie Metu dunked off McLaughlin's bounce pass in the paint and Stewart followed with a dunk on McLaughlin's alley-oop pass off Arizona State's turnover.

The Sun Devils answered with a 16-5 spurt, including three straight 3-pointers, to get to 31-30.

USC closed with a 14-8 run to lead 45-38 at the break. McLaughlin banked in a 3-pointer from just past the midcourt line to beat the halftime buzzer after hitting two other treys, one of which beat the shot clock.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona St.: They've lost four in a row and still face ranked opponents Oregon, UCLA and rival Arizona in the coming weeks. \"We're in a tough stretch and I thought tonight was our best chance for a win,\" Hurley said. \"I like the way we competed, but we now have to come home and play better.\"

USC: The victory gave the Trojans a shot of momentum heading into their home game against No. 3 UCLA before they head out on a road trip to the Washington schools.

BENNIE NEARING RETURN

USC F Bennie Boatwright is getting closer to returning from a left knee sprain. He got hurt against San Diego on Nov. 30 and was projected to miss six weeks. Coach Andy Enfield says Boatwright could have a contact practice in the next week or so. \"Every day his knee is getting stronger,\" Enfield said.

TIDBITS

Arizona St.: The Sun Devils got outscored 34-32 in the paint. ... G Tra Holder had 14 points, well off his 23-point average in his three previous games in LA.

USC: Starting F Charles Buggs sat out with a sore left knee. Mathews started in his place and scored 14 points. ... The Trojans went to the free throw line just three times, while the Sun Devils made 14 trips. ... They had a 14-5 edge in second chance points, a 12-4 edge in fast break points and outscored ASU's bench 14-0.

UP NEXT

Arizona State hosts Washington on Wednesday.

USC hosts No. 3 UCLA on Wednesday in the first of two meetings between the crosstown rivals. The Trojans beat the Bruins three times last season, including in the Pac-12 tournament.

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) \u2014 Katie Lou Samuelson scored 32 points and top-ranked UConn extended its record winning streak to 93 games on Sunday with a 100-56 rout of Tulane.

The 6-foot-3 sophomore hit 11 of 18 shots to come within two points of her career scoring high set Tuesday in Tulsa.

Kia Nurse added 18 points and Napheesa Collier had 17 for Connecticut (18-0, 6-0), which has never lost an American Athletic Conference Game. The Huskies are 60-0 in the regular season and 9-0 in the three conference tournaments.

Collier hit the game's first shot and the Huskies led from start to finish for a ninth straight game.

Kolby Morgan had 22 points to lead Tulane (12-7, 3-3 American). The junior guard has scored in double figures in 12 straight games, and more than 20 in her last four.

No. 3 MARYLAND 80, RUTGERS 71

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) \u2014 Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 19 points, Kaila Charles added 16 and Maryland bounced back from a lackluster first half to beat Rutgers for its seventh straight victory.

The Terrapins (19-1, 7-0 Big Ten) got 11 points and 13 rebounds from Brionna Jones, her 10th consecutive double-double and 14th of the season.

Frustrated by Rutgers' deliberate pace on offense, Maryland led only 34-30 at halftime. The Terrapins snapped out of it in the third quarter, opening with a 21-4 run in which they made eight of nine shots.

After outscoring the Scarlet Knights 26-13 in the period, Maryland coasted to the finish to remain the only unbeaten team in conference play.

Shrita Parker had 19 points and seven assists for Rutgers (6-15, 3-5).

No. 6 NOTRE DAME 77, NORTH CAROLINA 55

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) \u2014 Brianna Turner had 24 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks to help Notre Dame beat North Carolina.

Marina Mabrey added 13 points for the Fighting Irish (18-3, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who gave coach Muffet McGraw her 750th victory at the school in her 30th season.

Paris Kea scored 15 of her 21 points in the first quarter for the Tar Heels (12-8, 1-6). But Notre Dame ran off a 10-0 burst to build a double-digit lead early in the second, then a half-closing 9-0 run to pull away.

UNC lost Stephanie Watts, the ACC's No. 2 scorer (18.8) and No. 5 rebounder (8.8) when she appeared to injure her right knee falling on a drive to end the third quarter. She was helped off the court for evaluation and didn't return to the bench until late in the game.

No. 7 FLORIDA STATE 82, No. 17 VIRGINIA TECH 54

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) \u2014 Leticia Romero scored 18 points and Florida State took the lead early and gradually pulled away in a victory over Virginia Tech.

Shakayla Thomas added 17 points and Brittany Brown 13 for the Seminoles (19-2, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their sixth in a row against ranked opponents. Florida State outscored the Hokies 49-22 after halftime.

Chanette Hicks had 18 points and Sidney Cooks scored 16 with 11 rebounds for the Hokies (16-3, 3-3), who trailed 33-22 at halftime and were outscored 27-14 in the third quarter. The Hokies also committed 28 turnovers, leading to 33 points for the Seminoles.

No. 8 WASHINGTON 87, WASHINGTON STATE 44

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) \u2014 Chantel Osahor grabbed a Pac-12-record 30 rebounds and scored 20 points to lead Washington to a rout of Washington State.

The national leading scorer Kelsey Plum scored 29 points for Washington (19-2, 7-1 Pac-12). She passed former Minnesota standout and current member of the WNBA's Connecticut Suns Rachel Banham for sixth place on the NCAA Division-I all-time scoring list.

Washington State was held to 25.4 percent shooting from the field, 19 percent from 3.

The Huskies went up 11-3 in the first quarter, and took off from there.

Osahor corralled a board over three Cougars, and converted a second-chance bucket late in the third. The rebound was her 25th of the night, and tied the school record for rebounds in a game. She had five more, and was subbed out early in the fourth quarter.

No. 9 LOUISVILLE 66, No. 23 SOUTH FLORIDA 52

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) \u2014 Myisha Hines-Allen scored 27 points and added 12 rebounds as Louisville beat South Florida.

Asia Durr had 13 points for Louisville (18-4). The Cardinals got limited playing time from starters Briahanna Jackson (23 minutes, five points) and Cortnee Walton (16 minutes, two points) due to foul troubles, while Mariya Moore was held to five points.

South Florida (15-3) got 14 points from Laia Flores and Ariadna Pujol. Kitija Laksa, averaging 19.9 points, finished with five.

Louisville took a 54-37 advantage after three, a quarter where Hines-Allen picked up nine points.

Flores' layup got South Florida within 56-46 with 5 minutes to play.

Hines-Allen had 14 points to help the Cardinals go up 38-25 at halftime. Moore made her lone basket of the first half with 3 minutes left in the second quarter to put Louisville up 34-20.

Moore is averaging 12.8 points.

Louisville scored the first nine points en route to a 17-13 lead after the opening period.

No. 10 STANFORD 66, No. 18 ARIZONA STATE 56

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) \u2014 Erica McCall scored 18 points and Stanford kept hold of a share of the Pac-12 lead, earning Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer career victory No. 997 in a win over Arizona State.

Stanford's Brittany McPhee went down after rolling her right ankle with about 15 seconds left before halftime and was helped to the locker room but returned for the second half and scored 13 points. Karlie Samuelson added 15 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Cardinal (17-3, 7-1 Pac-12).

Sophie Brunner had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead defending Pac-12 regular-season champion Arizona State (14-5, 5-3).

No. 11 OREGON STATE 81, COLORADO 57

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) \u2014 Kolbie Orum and Katie Tudor combined for 30 points and Oregon State rolled to a win over Colorado.

Sydney Wiese added 13 points, Breanna Brown had 10 and Marie Gulich hauled in 13 rebounds to go with nine points for Oregon State (18-2, 7-1 Pac-12), which shot 47 percent from the field and controlled the boards 48-31. Orum shot 6 for 8 from the field for 16 points, while Tudor finished with four 3-pointers and a layup.

Colorado (11-8, 1-7) got a 3-pointer from Zoe Beard in the first quarter to take its only lead of the game, 14-13. Oregon State responded with a 3 from Katie McWilliams to go on top for good, taking a 38-29 advantage into the break and steadily pulling away over the final 20 minutes.

No. 13 UCLA 71, USC 67

LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Jordin Canada and Kennedy Burke each scored 23 points to help UCLA beat USC for the second time in four days, this time a victory.

UCLA improved to 15-4 overall and 6-2 in the Pac-12.

Monique Billings had a double double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

USC (10-9, 1-7) suffered its seventh consecutive loss. Courtney Jaco led USC with 18 points, and Kristen Simon added 16 points and eight rebounds. Simon, USC's leading scorer, was back in the lineup Sunday after missing the three previous games with an injury.

UCLA won its fourth consecutive game and extended its home win streak to 23 games overall and 15 in a row against Pac-12 opponents, dating back to last season.

SYRACUSE 81, No. 14 MIAMI 48

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) \u2014 Brittney Sykes scored a season-high 29 points with 11 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals, and Syracuse beat Miami.

Alexis Peterson had 24 points and seven assists and Gabby Cooper scored 11 for Syracuse (14-7, 5-2 ACC), which snapped a two-game skid. Briana Day tied a season-high with 14 rebounds.

Sykes made a layup, hit a 3-pointer and then found Day for a layup to put the Orange up for good at 10-6 with 7:26 left in the first quarter. An 8-0 run made it 20-11 and another eight-point spurt extended it to 34-19 with 4:21 before halftime. Sykes scored six in a row during the second run and Syracuse led by double figures the rest of the way.

Adrienne Motley and Emese Hof had 12 points apiece for Miami (14-5, 3-4).

No. 15 DUKE 67, BOSTON COLLEGE 44

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (AP) \u2014 Lexie Brown scored 22 points and Duke forced 25 turnovers in a victory over Boston College.

Boston College was held to 25-percent shooting overall and just 16 points in the second half.

Duke hit 56.3 percent from the field in the third quarter to take a 52-37 lead. Duke started the fourth quarter on a 13-0 run to make it 65-37 with 4:55 left as the Blue Devils had outscored BC 36-9 by that point in the second half.

Kyra Lambert made all three of her 3-point attempts and scored 13 points for Duke (17-3, 5-2 ACC). Rebecca Greenwell added 14 points and two 3s.

Duke hit all 17 of its free-throw attempts in its last game for a school record but struggled against BC, going 2 of 6.

Kelly Hughes scored 14 points on just 5-of-18 shooting for Boston College (8-12, 1-6), which lost its sixth straight.

No. 16 OHIO STATE 88, ILLINOIS 64

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) \u2014 Kelsey Mitchell made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points to lead Ohio State to a rout of Illinois for its third straight win.

Sierra Calhoun added 11 points for the Buckeyes (17-5, 7-1 Big 10), who have won eight of nine since losing 82-63 at No. 1 Connecticut on Dec. 19. Kiara Lewis and Asia Doss added 10 points apiece for Ohio State, which shot 15 of 33 (45.5 percent) from long range.

Brandi Beasley scored 17 points to lead Illinois (8-12, 3-4).

No. 20 OKLAHOMA 68, OKLAHOMA STATE 62

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) \u2014 Maddie Manning scored 11 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter and Oklahoma rallied for a win over Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma (15-5, 6-2 Big 12 Conference) hadn't led since the first two minutes of the game before Manning put the Sooners ahead 62-60 with a 3-pointer with 2:44 left.

Gabbi Ortiz followed with another 3-pointer for Oklahoma with 1:10 left to make it 65-60. After a layup by Oklahoma State's Katelyn Loecker, Ortiz hit two free throws with 27.9 seconds left. Kaylee Jensen missed a 3-point attempt for Oklahoma State and Chelsea Dungee went 1-of-2 from the line with 6.9 seconds left to seal the win for the Sooners.

Jensen, the Big 12's leading scorer and rebounder, overcame foul trouble to finish with 18 points and nine rebounds for Oklahoma State (12-6, 2-5).

No. 21 N.C. STATE 65, CLEMSON 53

RALIEGH, N.C. (AP) \u2014 Dominique Wilson scored 16 points, Miah Spencer added 11 with seven rebounds and five assists and N.C. State beat Clemson.

Jennifer Mathurin scored 15 and Chelsea Nelson had 13 points for N.C. State (15-5, 5-2 ACC).

Danielle Edwards scored 15 for Clemson (11-9, 0-7). Thornton and Jaia Alexander had 13 points apiece.

The Tigers won their first eight games of the season \u2014 their best start in nearly two decades \u2014 but have lost seven in a row and nine of their last 12.

No. 25 TEXAS A&M 54, LSU 52

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) \u2014 Khaalia Hillsman had 13 points and nine rebounds, Anriel Howard hit a jumper with four seconds left and Texas A&M scored the last five points to overcome a 15-point, second-half deficit and beat LSU.

Curtyce Knox scored 12 with six assists and Danni Williams added 12 points for Texas A&M (15-5, 5-2 SEC), which led for just 32 seconds. Howard finished with seven points and 11 rebounds.

Raigyne Moncrief had 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Jackson scored 12 for LSU (14-6, 3-4), which has lost three in a row.

A 7-0 run put the Tigers up 39-24 with 7:35 left in the third quarter and Chloe Jackson hit back-to-back jumpers to give LSU a nine-point lead with 8:01 to play. Knox hit a 3-pointer and Taylor Cooper added two more during an 11-2 run that made it 49-all with 3:41 left.

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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) \u2014 Seth Allen thought Virginia Tech's toughness carried the Hokies against Clemson. His stellar play in the second half didn't hurt either.

Allen scored 15 of his 17 points after halftime as hot-shooting Virginia Tech held off Clemson 82-81 on Sunday, sending the Tigers to their sixth straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss.

The Hokies (15-4, 4-3 ACC) shot 60.9 percent (14 of 23) in the second half and 54.7 percent overall to win for the third time in the past four games. Allen made five of his six shots \u2014 including three 3-pointers \u2014 in the final 20 minutes and had a critical steal with 90 seconds left to keep Virginia Tech out front.

\"It was just a huge win because I thought it was the most together we've played in a long time,\" said Allen, Tech's senior point guard.

It looked like Clemson (11-8, 1-6) had seized control with an 8-2 run with fewer than 11 minutes left to lead 62-60. But Allen tied things with two foul shots, Ahmed Hill had a layin and Allen added a jumper as the Hokies took a lead they would not give up.

\"Even when they took the lead, I remained calm,\" Allen said. \"I think that our togetherness has made us stick through the whole game.\"

Hokies coach Buzz Williams thought Allen looked tired approaching the stretch. Instead, he was active on both ends of the floor, first with a steal with 90 seconds left and Virginia Tech up by four. Then with a no-doubt 3-pointer with 29.8 seconds left that put the Hokies ahead 76-71.

Clemson got within 80-78 with 5.9 seconds left on Jaron Blossomgame's 3-pointer. But Justin Bibbs hit two foul shots to seal things.

Blossomgame and Avry Holmes had 20 points each for Clemson, whose ACC losing streak is its longest since dropping seven straight to end the 2012-13 season.

Holmes hit a 3-pointer for Clemson as time ran out to end the scoring.

Zach LeDay had 16 points and Hill had 11 for the Hokies.

THE BIG PICTURE

Virginia Tech: The Hokies came in as one of the ACC's best shooting teams and Clemson's defense could not slow them down early on as they made 15 of 30 shots. Tech also had a knack for taking off whenever the Tigers got close, a trait that could serve the Hokies well as league play continues. Zach LeDay led the way for Virginia Tech, coming off the bench to score 12 points that included a 3-pointer and a three-point play.

Clemson: Tigers coach Brad Brownell bases his program on tight defense. But Clemson has struggled in that department so far this year, eighth in ACC defense overall. Adjust for only league games and the Tigers are an embarrassing 11th giving up nearly 80 points a game this season.

NOT SO FOUL SHOOTING

Virginia Tech finished hitting 16 of 17 free throws, including all nine in the second half and six straight in the final minute. \"Those were all one-and-ones, too,\" Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. \"Not only did they make one, they made them both.\"

The Hokies entered the game eighth in the 15-team ACC in foul shooting.

CLEMSON STRETCH

Tigers coach Brad Brownell has made it clear what must happen for his players to turn things around. Now, it's up to them. Clemson has lost six straight \u2014 four of those by a combined 13 points \u2014 for its longest losing streak against ACC opponents in four seasons. \"We're going to turn it around when my guys want to turn it around,\" he said.

Donte Grantham said the players met alone after a 92-60 loss at Louisville last Thursday to seek answers. \"We've got to figure things out,\" he said.

UP NEXT

Virginia Tech plays at No. 9 North Carolina on Thursday night.

Clemson travels to Pittsburgh next Saturday.

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More AP college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org

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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) \u2014 You bet Erica McCall had it on her mind that Arizona State had won the last two matchups on Stanford's home floor in Maples Pavilion.

\"I thought about it the previous days to this game thinking about how much that one hurt me,\" the senior said.

McCall scored 18 points and she and the 10th-ranked Cardinal set the defensive tone from the opening tip, keeping hold of a share of the Pac-12 lead and earning Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer career victory No. 997 in a 66-56 win against the No. 18 Sun Devils on Sunday.

Stanford's Brittany McPhee went down after rolling her right ankle with about 15 seconds left before halftime and was helped to the locker room but returned for the second half and scored 13 points. Karlie Samuelson added 15 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Cardinal (17-3, 7-1 Pac-12).

Sophie Brunner had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead defending Pac-12 regular-season champion Arizona State (14-5, 5-3), which had won two in a row at Maples Pavilion \u2014 the first conference opponent to do so since Arizona in 2000-01. This time, the Sun Devils never found a steady rhythm against Stanford's stingy defense from the opening tip.

The Cardinal took away what Arizona State does so well: rebounding and pushing the pace in transition. There were some unforced turnovers VanDerveer will discuss with the team during film time.

\"That's our next project if we play them again to really take care of the ball better,\" she said.

VanDerveer, Stanford's Hall of Fame 31st-year coach, is now within three victories of joining the late Pat Summitt as the only NCAA women's coaches in the 1,000 club. Stanford next heads to the Pacific Northwest and will face first-place Washington next Sunday in Seattle.

McCall shot 6 for 10 and had a powerful block of a shot by Kiara Russell late in the first half, when the Cardinal built a 30-19 at the break they built on in a hurry.

Reili Richardson and Sabrina Haines combined to shoot 0 for 11 while Robbi Ryan went 1 of 10 for the cold-shooting Sun Devils. Coach Charli Turner Thorne is eager for the return of senior guard Kelsey Moos from plantar fascia to give ASU some experience in the backcourt.

\"We probably weren't as prepared as we needed to be offensively. We're just going to learn from Stanford,\" Turner Thorne said. \"This is good. I hope it's a kick in the pants our young guards need: like, come on, you have to watch more film, you have to give more mental energy to getting better in those areas.\"

Stanford faced a ranked conference team for the 23rd time over the last five seasons.

The Cardinal swept the season series after winning the first meeting 64-57 in the teams' Pac-12 opener Dec. 30 in Tempe. That Stanford win snapped Arizona State's seven-game winning streak and stretch of four straight victories in conference play against the Cardinal.

Stanford came out with an aggressive defense and Arizona State struggled to make shots. The Sun Devils began 1 for 7 and missed its initial four shots before Quinn Dornstauder's layup at the 6:34 mark of the first. The Cardinal led 10-2.

Arizona State got a 3 from Brunner with 33 seconds remaining in the opening quarter to end a 1-for-9 slump.

Dornstauder was the lone other Sun Devils player in double figures with 14 points as ASU shot 29.6 percent.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona State: Brunner's rebounds moved her past Monique Ambers for second place on the school's career list. She fouled out with 48.3 seconds left. Arizona State, picked to finish fourth in the conference and currently in the midst of a tough stretch with six of eight games on the road, ultimately could not overcome a seven-point first quarter.

Stanford: The Cardinal are 32-3 at home against Arizona State since Jan. 5, 1979, and improved to 80-5 in conference play at Maples dating to 2007-08. ... Stanford is 17-0 this season with a 24-game winning streak overall when shooting at least 40 percent.

UP NEXT

Arizona State: The Sun Devils wrapped up the first of consecutive California road trips, with a game at UCLA next Friday.

Stanford: At Washington State next Friday in the lone regular-season meeting between the schools.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) \u2014 Jalen Adams scored 19 points to lead a short-handed UConn squad over East Carolina 72-65 Sunday in American Athletic Conference play.

Four of the six scholarship Huskies (9-11, 3-4) who played scored in double figures to help snap a two-game losing streak. Rodney Purvis had 16 points, while Kentan Facey and Amida Brimah each scored 13. Facey also finished with 10 rebounds for his third double-double in the last four games.

\"We had six guys, but those six guys played significant minutes,\" UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. \"They did a beautiful job staying connected, playing with pride. Putting the jersey on and respecting the jersey.\"

The Pirates (9-11, 1-6) dropped their sixth-straight contest and have not won since the new year. Kentrell Barkley scored 18 points, Elijah Hughes had 14 and Caleb White 13.

UConn held a 38-28 lead at the half and never let it dip below seven points after that. The Huskies shot 54 percent from the field (27-for-50) and used a 21-0 run to grab their largest lead of the first half, 34-14, with six minutes to play.

\"We couldn't let up, we only had six guys,\" Facey said. \"We had to be the aggressors early and we couldn't let up.\"

Adams had 10 points at the break and Facey added nine with eight rebounds as UConn shot 55.6 percent (15-for-27) from the field.

\"They had been looking for their shot and they found it tonight,\" ECU acting head coach Michael Perry said. \"I was worried about that coming in.\"

In addition to shooting well, the Huskies pounded the glass early with a 22-12 halftime edge. ECU cut that to 37-34 for the game and scored 20 points on 16 offensive boards.

\"We've been outrebounding teams late and that's something we want to continue to hang our hat on,\" Purvis said.

Elijah Hughes ended ECU's almost seven-minute scoreless stretch with a 3-pointer, snapping a 0-for-12 shooting stretch. The Pirates answered back with a 13-0 stretch that trimmed the UConn lead to 34-27 with 1:58 to go.

STAR WATCH

Brimah and Purvis, who are two of the Huskies' three seniors, came up strong after having rough games at Georgetown and SMU. The 7-foot Brimah, who battled foul trouble in the previous two games, picked up two in the first half, but finished with only three and was a factor in UConn's interior defense. Purvis scored 10 of his points in the second half, including five straight during a 9-0 run that pushed the lead to 60-44 with 7:22 left.

ROLE PLAYER

Freshman guard Christian Vital was the only scholarship available for the Huskies and he turned in a well-rounded performance. Vital finished with eight points, seven rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes.

BIG PICTURE

ECU: The Pirates were without leading scorer B.J. Tyson, who missed his second straight game with a leg injury, and head coach Jeff Lebo (hip surgery). Tyson is expected to miss another week, according to Perry.

UConn: The Huskies played with only six healthy scholarship players with Steve Enoch (foot) and Juwan Durham (foot) both sitting out. UConn also has three other players (Terry Larrier, Alterique Gilbert, Mamadou Diarra) out for the season with injuries. Enoch and Durham are both day-to-day.

UP NEXT

ECU hosts Tulsa on Wednesday in their only home contest over a four-game stretch.

UConn heads to Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday to play South Florida.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) \u2014 Diamond DeShields scored 23 points as Tennessee trounced Vanderbilt 91-63 on Sunday to hand the Commodores their ninth consecutive loss.

Vanderbilt (10-10, 0-7 SEC) has never beaten Tennessee in Knoxville. The Lady Volunteers (12-7, 3-3) now own a 32-0 home record against the Commodores.

Tennessee outscored Vanderbilt 30-12 in the first quarter and never looked back. The Lady Vols had built a 56-29 advantage by halftime.

Alexa Middleton had 19 points and seven assists for the Lady Vols. Jaime Nared had 17 points. Mercedes Russell shot 7 of 8 from the floor to finish with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Marqu'es Webb and Erin Whalen each scored 13 points for Vanderbilt. Kayla Overbeck added 12 points.

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