AUSTIN, Texas — Angie Bjorklund scored 20 points in the first half and Meighan Simmons added 18 to lead No. 8 Tennessee to a 92-77 victory over No. 21 Texas on Sunday.
Bjorklund provided the early punch with four 3-pointers in the first half, then Simmons took over in the second as the Lady Vols (9-1) steadily pulled away and sent Texas (5-3) to its third consecutive loss.
The game was the first in a tough two-game Texas swing for the Lady Vols. Tennessee plays at No. 2 Baylor on Tuesday night.
Kathleen Nash scored 21 points to lead Texas, which committed its season average of 20 turnovers that led to 23 Tennessee points.
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The loss snapped Texas' 27-game non-conference winning streak at home.
The Longhorns were down to eight available scholarship players because of suspensions and illness and simply couldn't keep up the entire game with the deep and talented Lady Vols. Five Tennessee players scored in double figures.
Texas clamped down on Bjorklund in the second half, holding her to just one shot over the first 12 minutes.
But the Lady Vols finally pushed to their first double-digit lead on consecutive fast breaks after Texas missed shots.
Mississippi St. 74, North Carolina 58: Ravern Johnson scored 17 points to lead home Mississippi State to a victory over North Carolina A&T on Sunday.
The Bulldogs (5-2) hit 15 3s and shot 25 of 56 from the field (44.6 percent).
The Aggies (5-4) made only 23 of 65 shots (41 percent) and were 7 of 25 from beyond the arc (28 percent).
Mississippi State led 41-21 at the half and dominated throughout, ending a two-game losing streak.
No. 2 Ohio St. 85, Western Carolina 60: Jared Sullinger scored 17 points and host Ohio State came out of the blocks fast to beat turnover-prone Western Carolina.
Dallas Lauderdale, William Buford and Deshaun Thomas all added 13 points and Jon Diebler 10 for the Buckeyes (8-0).
Ohio State broke free from an early tie with an 11-0 run and were never headed. They led by as many as 35 points before substituting freely.
No. 9 Georgetown 89, Appalachian St. 60: Jason Clark scored 15 points, Austin Freeman added 14 and No. 9 Georgetown rebounded from its first loss of the season with a victory over Appalachian State.
Hollis Thompson and Nate Lubick added 11 points each and Chris Wright had 12 assists for the Hoyas (9-1) in the first meeting between the schools.
Donald Sims and Jeremi Booth both scored 14 points for Appalachian State (3-4), which has lost four of five. The Mountaineers shot 20 for 56 from the field.
No. 12 Villanova 84, La Salle 81: Maalik Wayns scored 19 points, including the go-ahead layup with 1:09 left, to and No. 12 Villanova escaped with a victory.
Corey Stokes and Corey Fisher had 16 points each, and Dominic Cheek contributed 14 for the Wildcats (8-1), who overcame an eight-point deficit in the final five minutes for their ninth straight victory over the Explorers (6-4).
Jerrell Williams scored 20 points to lead four La Salle players in double figures.
Duren's two free throws with 5:23 remaining put La Salle up 74-66, matching its biggest lead of the second half, before Villanova went on a 12-2 run to take a 78-76 lead with 3:06 left.
Cheek capped the run with consecutive 3-pointers.
No. 16 Illinois Northern 86, Colorado 76: Mike Tisdale and D.J. Richardson scored 14 points each and Mike Davis added 12 to lead host Illinois past Northern Colorado.
The Illini (10-1) breezed through a comfortable first half and led by as many as 21 points in taking a 45-26 halftime lead in a quiet Assembly Hall.
Western Ky. 57, Florida A&M 50: LaTeira Owens recorded her second double-double of the season with 16 points and 15 rebounds, as the Lady Toppers held off Florida A&M in the 28th Annual BB&T Classic game.
The win moved the Lady Toppers to 3-6 on the year, while FAMU dropped to 3-3.
Morehead St. 69, SIU Edwardsville 62: Morehead State survived a furious second half rally by host SIU Edwardsville and came up with three clutch steals and baskets late to hold on to defeat the Cougars.
Senior Chynna Bozeman led the Eagles with 22 points, hitting 11-of-14 free throws, while junior Courtney Lumpkin tallied 18 points playing the full 40 minutes.
The Eagles forced 11 first-half mistakes by SIUE and shot a perfect 12-of-12 from the free throw line.
Purdue 71, Murray St. 25: The Racers were shut down by Big Ten opponent Purdue.
The Racers (2-7, 0-2 OVC) were led by junior Kayla Lowe and sophomore Mariah Robinson. Lowe tallied seven points and added eight rebounds while Robinson garnered eight.
The Racers struggled to find their offensive stride against Purdue, shooting just 12.2 percent from the field and 15.0 from beyond the arc. The Boilermakers shot 52.6 percent from the field.
Purdue garnered 29 points off 28 Racers' turnovers.