WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Tasheika Allen had 21 points and Lauren Bradley 16 and team-high nine rebounds as Florida State won its third straight ACC game and second on the road, 81-73 over Wake Forest on Thursday.
The Seminoles (10-6, 3-2) pulled away in the second half with a 12-0 run that turned a 36-34 deficit into a 46-36 lead with 12:41 left. Bradley scored six during the run.
A 7-0 run later put FSU up by 15 before the Demon Deacons (8-8, 1-4) rallied. They scored six in a row to cut the deficit to 58-50, then hit a series of 3-pointers to get within four with 47 seconds left.
The Seminoles' free-throw shooting helped them preserve the win. They were 31-of-46 for the game and scored their last 27 from the line.
"I thought Lauren Bradley came up big," FSU coach Sue Semrau said. "We had three players in double figures and to get the kind of separation we did in the second half was significant for where we are going.
"I am just really proud of the way we hit our free throws down the stretch. In order to win ACC games on the road, you've got to be able to do those things."
Allen shot 8-of-8 and Shante Williams, who added 12 points and five assists, was 8-of-12. The Seminoles shot 47 percent.
NO. 14 LSU 74, UF 59: Seimone Augustus had a career-high 28 points, a season-high 13 rebounds and four assists to lead the Tigers (14-2, 2-0 SEC) to their 13th straight win. The Gators (11-5, 1-2) have lost 12 straight SEC road games.
MIAMI: Tamara James was released from a hospital one day after spraining her neck in a double-overtime win over Georgetown. James, whose 16.2-point average leads the team, had a CT scan and X-rays that came back negative.Top 25
NO. 5 UT 86, S. CAROLINA 58: Shyra Ely scored 15 of her 16 in the first half as the visiting Volunteers (13-1, 3-0 SEC) won their 28th straight against the Gamecocks (8-6, 0-2) and their 23rd straight regular-season conference game.
Ely had nine points in a 30-9 run to finish the first half that turned a 19-19 game into a blowout.
NO. 6 MINNESOTA 74, ILLINOIS 59: Janel McCarville scored 15 to help the host Golden Gophers remain the only unbeaten team in the country.
Senior Lindsay Whalen, closing in on Minnesota's all-time scoring mark, had 12 points for the Gophers (15-0, 4-0 Big Ten). She leads the nation with 23 points a game but didn't score until six minutes remained in the first half. Angelina Williams led the Illini (7-9, 1-4) with 21 points.
NO. 8 PENN ST. 68, MICHIGAN 56: Kelly Mazzante closed in on the Big Ten career scoring record, scoring 19 for the visiting Nittany Lions (12-2, 5-0). The senior guard needs nine points to pass Katie Smith, who had 2,578 for Ohio State. Jennifer Smith led the Wolverines (9-8, 2-2) with 21 points.
NO. 9 PURDUE 71, NU 41: Erin Lawless had a career-high 16 points and five assists to lead the host Boilermakers (13-2, 3-1 Big Ten), who used the Wildcats (7-8, 0-4) as a tuneup for their showdown with No. 6 Minnesota, the only undefeated team in the country, on Sunday.
NO. 20 AUBURN 72, NO. 11 UGA 54: Le'Coe Willingham had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and the host Tigers (13-3, 1-1 SEC) held the Bulldogs (13-3, 2-1) to a season-worst 29 percent shooting.
NO. 12 LA. TECH 84, SAN JOSE ST. 71: Trina Frierson led five players in double figures with 19 points for the visiting Techsters (11-2, 4-1 WAC). The Spartans (10-3, 2-2) lost their second in three games after an eight-game winning streak.
NO. 25 MICH. ST. 55, OHIO ST. 47: Kristin Haynie had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the visiting Spartans (12-3, 2-2 Big Ten) overcame a late scoring drought. Michigan State did not make a basket after Haynie's jumper with 8:17 left put it ahead 48-34. Jessica Davenport led the Buckeyes (10-5, 2-2) with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
DUKE: Junior Wynter Whitley will step down as a player to become a student assistant coach for the rest of the season. Whitley played in four games after reconstructive ankle surgery in July.TONIGHT: USF VS. MARQUETTE
WHEN/WHERE: 7; USF Sun Dome, Tampa.
RECORDS: Marquette 12-3, 2-0 C-USA; USF 7-8, 0-2.
COACHES: Marquette - Terri Mitchell (141-78, eighth season); USF - Jose Fernandez (32-65, fourth season).
KEY PLAYERS: Marquette - Carolyn Kieger, G, 5-6 So. (11.1 ppg, 5.0 apg); Kelly Schwerman, G, 5-9 Sr. (13.3 ppg. 3.1 rpg, 41 3-pointers). USF - Jessica Dickson, F/G, 5-11 Fr. (16.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg); Nalini Miller, C, 6-2 Fr. (11.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.2 bpg); Anedra Gilmore, PG, 5-6 Jr. (6.5 ppg, 4.8 apg, 3.9 rpg, 2.2 spg).
NOTES: This is the C-USA home opener. USF opened league play with losses at Charlotte (72-64) and East Carolina (65-55). Miller had her wisdom teeth pulled Monday and hasn't practiced, and neither has senior point guard Melissa Tape (concussion). Gilmore (back) and Ezria Parsons (ankle) are nearing full strength. Marquette, which opened C-USA play with home wins vs. Cincinnati and Louisville, and No. 17 DePaul, which visits USF Sunday, are a combined 26-4. With Miller likely out, USF could employ a smaller lineup.
- Compiled by Pete Young.