South Carolina moved a step closer to an upcoming showdown against No. 1 Connecticut with a victory over a top-10 team. A’ja Wilson scored 27 points as the No. 2 Gamecocks stayed unbeaten by holding on for a 70-63 decision over No. 10 Texas A&M.

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – South Carolina moved a step closer to an upcoming showdown against No. 1 Connecticut with another road victory over a top-10 team.

A’ja Wilson scored 27 points as the second-ranked Gamecocks stayed unbeaten by holding on for a 70-63 decision over No. 10 Texas A&M.

South Carolina, which opened a three-game lead in the Southeastern Conference, has a home game against No. 12 Kentucky on Thursday before playing host to top-ranked Connecticut on Feb. 8.

Wilson scored 13 of her points for the Gamecocks (21-0 overall, 9-0 SEC) in the second quarter.

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The score was tied at 54 with 7:42 remaining. Then South Carolina’s Tiffany Mitchell made a jump shot and layups by Alaina Coates and Khadijah Sessions produced a six-point lead over the Aggies (15-6, 5-3).

Courtney Walker led Texas A&M with 23 points and seven rebounds.

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At No. 3 Iowa 85, Northwestern 71

Peter Jok scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half to help the Hawkeyes (17-4, 8-1 Big Ten) defeat the Wildcats (15-8, 3-7), who have lost five in a row.

Jarrod Uthoff added 23 points for Iowa. After scoring a season-low nine points in Thursday’s loss at Maryland, Uthoff responded with 19 in the first half against Northwestern.

“It’s just great to see him come back the way we expect him to play,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey said of Uthoff.

Tre Demps had a season-high 30 points for the Wildcats.

No. 6 Villanova 68, at St. John’s 53

Josh Hart had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Kris Jenkins added 14 points and 11 boards to lead the Wildcats (18-3, 8-1 Big East) past the Red Storm (7-15, 0-9).

St. John’s has lost 12 in a row under first-season coach Chris Mullin, a Hall of Fame player.

No. 8 Maryland 66, at Ohio St. 61

Melo Trimble scored 20 points, Jake Layman contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds and the Terrapins (19-3, 8-2 Big Ten) made six free throws in the final 25 seconds to secure a victory over the Buckeyes (14-9, 6-4). Ohio State improved considerably from a 100-65 loss at Maryland on Jan. 16.