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Defense leads Volunteers

No. 3 Tennessee's offense struggled in its 55-43 victory over No. 18 LSU on Sunday night in Baton Rouge, La., but coach Pat Summitt was still pleased - with a tough zone defense.

“I thought our coverage out of the zone was really good,” Summitt said. “We extended it. We were aggressive, we got after it.”

The Volunteers, who scored about 20 points below their average, held LSU to 26 percent shooting from the field.

Alyssia Brewer made the most of her third Southeastern Conference start, scoring 14 points and grabbing seven rebounds for Tennessee. Kelly Cain added 11 points and Spokane’s Angie Bjorklund had 10 for Tennessee (17-2 overall, 5-1 SEC).

Allison Hightower led LSU (14-4, 3-3) with 17 points.

At No. 4 Notre Dame 74, No. 16 West Virginia 66: Lindsay Schrader scored eight of her 16 points during a decisive run, Skylar Diggins added 15 and the Fighting Irish (17-1, 4-1 Big East) rallied to beat the Mountaineers (18-2, 5-1).

No. 6 Duke 58, at Maryland 57: Jasmine Thomas scored 20 points, Bridgette Mitchell made the go-ahead basket with 1:29 remaining, and the Blue Devils (17-3, 5-0 ACC) squeezed past the Terrapins (14-6, 2-4).

Mississippi 66, at No. 8 Georgia 65: Bianca Thomas hit a 3-pointer with five seconds to go to rally the Rebels (14-5, 5-1 SEC) to an upset over the Bulldogs (18-2, 5-2). Ole Miss closed on an 11-2 run.

No. 12 Oklahoma St. 74, at Colorado 63: Andrea Riley had 26 points to lead the Cowgirls (16-3, 4-1 Big 12) by the Buffs (12-6, 2-3).

At No. 15 Florida State 85, Boston College 64: Alysha Harvin hit six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 22 points to boost the Seminoles (18-3, 4-1 ACC) past the Eagles (11-9, 2-3).

Mississippi State 65, at No. 21 Vanderbilt 56: Chanel Mokango scored 19 points to help the Bulldogs (13-7, 4-3 SEC) upset the Commodores (14-6, 3-4) to sweep the season series.

At No. 25 Virginia 57, No. 22 Georgia Tech 55: Monica Wright scored 15 of her game-high 23 points in the second half to help the Cavaliers (14-5, 3-2 ACC) hold off the Yellow Jackets (16-5, 2-3).

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