Tar Heels put Eagles in rear-view mirror

BOSTON - Ivory Latta started slowly before scoring 11 of her 20 points in the last 7 minutes of the first half and second-ranked North Carolina pulled away from Boston College for an 82-60 victory Thursday night.

Camille Little and LaToya Pringle each had 15 points and nine rebounds for North Carolina (24-0, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which beat No. 3 Maryland in its last game and plays No. 1 Duke next Thursday.

Kathrin Ress had 15 points and six rebounds for Boston College (11-11, 1-7), and Ayla Brown had 13 and nine as the Eagles lost their third straight and seventh of eight since New Year's Day.

North Carolina was coming off an 84-71 victory Sunday over defending NCAA champion Maryland.

No. 3 Tennessee 72, South Carolina 36

At Knoxville, Tenn., Candace Parker and Shannon Bobbitt each scored 13 points and Tennessee took a 16-0 lead en route to beating South Carolina.

Alberta Auguste added 10 points and Parker had 12 rebounds for the Lady Vols (20-2, 7-0 Southeastern Conference).

Melanie Johnson and Ilona Burgrova led South Carolina (13-10, 3-5) with eight points apiece.

Georgia Tech 77, No. 4 Maryland 72

At Atlanta, Stephanie Higgs scored 26 points and Janie Mitchell added 17 for Georgia Tech, which had lost four straight to Maryland, last winning 58-57 on Feb. 15, 2004.

Jacqua Williams had 16 points for the Yellow Jackets (14-8, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Marissa Coleman led Maryland (21-3, 5-3) with 17 points. Crystal Langhorne and Kristi Toliver each had 13 and Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood added 12 for the defending national champs.

No. 5 Ohio State 66, Northwestern 42

At Evanston, Ill., Star Allen scored 13 of her 19 points in the second half, and Ohio State beat Northwestern for its 13th straight win.

Brandie Hoskins and Jessica Davenport each added 12 points for Ohio State (20-1, 9-0 Big Ten), which is off to the best start in program history and has 26 consecutive wins against conference opponents.

Kristen Cartwright scored 12 points and Kaitlin McInerney had 10 points for Northwestern (6-17, 0-10), which has lost 16 in a row.

No. 14 Georgia 53, No. 7 LSU 51

At Athens, Ga., Georgia freshman Ashley Houts sank the winning baseline shot at the buzzer to lift Georgia to a come-from-behind win over LSU.

Tasha Humphrey had 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead Georgia (19-4, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) in the defensive struggle. Georgia shot 30.5 percent from the field and LSU hit 31.5 percent.

No. 10 Purdue 58, Minnesota 55

At Minneapolis, Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton scored 16 points and Purdue beat Minnesota despite another poor shooting night from senior star Katie Gearlds.

Danielle Campbell added 12 points for the Boilermakers (20-4, 9-1 Big Ten), who held the Gophers (13-10, 5-5) to 37 percent shooting.

No. 15 Vanderbilt 63, Kentucky 62

At Lexington, Ky., Dee Davis made a driving layup with less than 2 seconds left to lift Vanderbilt to victory over Kentucky.Christina Wirth scored 14 points and Carla Thomas added 11 to help the Commodores (18-4, 4-4) win their 11th straight against Kentucky.

Jennifer Humphrey led the Wildcats (14-9, 3-5) with 16 points, and Nastassia Alcius matched a season high with 14.

No. 25 James Madison 79, Old Dominion 50

Meredith Alexis had 21 points and eight rebounds, and James Madison beat Old Dominion for its 10th straight win.

Tamera Young had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Shirley McCall added 15 points for James Madison (18-2, 10-0 Colonial Athletic Association).

Tiffany Green led Old Dominion (12-8, 8-1) with 10 points and eight rebounds, and Shantel Wilson added 10.