COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Ciera Johnson scored 17 points and N’dea Jones grabbed 13 rebounds as No. 10 Texas A&M cruised to a 79-35 victory over Mississippi on Monday night.
The Aggies (14-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) jumped to a 37-19 lead at halftime, despite star guard Chennedy Carter not collecting her first field goal until 2:51 remained in the first half. Carter entered the game averaging 23.2 points per game, but scored 13 points against the Rebels (7-8, 0-2 SEC), with 11 of those coming in the second half.
Shambria Washington and Johnson combined for more points in the first half (23) than the Rebels scored over the first two quarters. Washington made 5-of-6 field goals in the decisive first half, including both of her 3-point attempts.
The Aggies re-entered the top 10 on Monday for the first time since falling out after an 80-58 loss to current No. 11 Florida State on Dec. 1. The Rebels were led by Deja Cage with 15 points — the only Mississippi player in double digits — and were held to a season-low in points.
Mississippi was 5-of-24 from the 3-point line (20.8 percent), with Cage making 3-of-10 from that distance. The Aggies shot 55.7 percent from the field (34 of 61) compared to the Rebels’ 27.5 percent (14 of 51).
No. 12 INDIANA 83, ILLINOIS 42
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Ali Patberg scored 19 points, Mackenzie Holmes had 16 points and eight rebounds, and Indiana beat Illinois for its ninth straight victory in the series.
Grace Berger added 11 points, six rebounds and four assists for Indiana (13-2, 3-0 Big Ten), which shot 52% overall. Indiana entered as the nation’s sixth leading shooting team at 48.7% from the floor.
Patberg scored 13 points in the first half, including a driving layup just before the halftime buzzer, and Indiana led 43-19 after holding Illinois to 7-of-24 shooting (29%). The Hoosiers shot 50% from the field and outrebounded the Illini 25-11.
Brandi Beasley led Illinois (9-5, 0-3) with 11 points. Illinois has struggled in conference play since getting off to their best start through 11 games, at 9-2, since the 2006-07 season.
It’s the longest win streak in the series for the Hoosiers and their longest active win streak against a Big Ten opponent.
No. 17 MARYLAND 72, OHIO STATE 62
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Kaila Charles had 28 points, seven rebounds and four steals to help Maryland beat Ohio State.
Charles scored eight points during a game-changing 13-0 run midway through the fourth quarter for the first double-digit lead of the game with 3:52 left.
Blair Watson and Ashley Owusu each added eight points for Maryland (11-3, 2-1 Big Ten). Charles was 13 of 19 from the field, and Maryland forced 25 turnovers, with 15 coming in the second half.
Each team shot over 50% from the field in the first half, but Ohio State pulled ahead, 42-35, at the break by making 6 of 13 3-pointers. Jacy Sheldon led Ohio State with 10 points and Charles had 10 points.
Dorka Juhasz and Sheldon each scored 12 points for Ohio State (8-6, 1-2). Juhasz also grabbed eight rebounds and Braxtin Miller scored 11 points.