BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Alexis Morris scored a career-high 30 points and No. 19 LSU defeated No. 23 Texas A&M 75-66 for the Tigers’ 13th straight victory. Morris was 9-of-16 shooting with four 3-pointers. Khayla Pointer also had four 3-pointers and scored 17 points with nine rebounds and eight assists. Jailin Cherry added 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists with Autumn Newby grabbing 10 rebounds. Destiny Pitts scored 18 points with four 3-pointers and had 11 rebounds for the Aggies, the defending SEC regular-season champions. Qadashah Hoppie added 16 points and Kayla Wells 13.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Que Morrison scored 12 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter to help rally No. 13 Georgia to a 73-69 win over Florida. Morrison had only two points in the first half and finished just 4-of-13 shooting but was perfect from the line in 10 attempts, including eight in the final period. With Georgia trailing by seven with seven minutes remaining, the Lady Bulldogs finished the game outscoring the Gators 20-9. Malury Bates added 13 points for Georgia. Jordyn Merritt scored 18 points, Kiara Smith added 17 and Nina Rickards had 15 points for the Gators.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Zia Cooke scored 18 points, Aliyah Boston had 16 points and 11 rebounds and No. 1 South Carolina bounced back from its first loss of the season with an 80-68 victory over Mississippi State on Sunday. The Gamecocks will certainly give up the top spot they've held all season after their stunning, 70-69 overtime loss at Missouri this past Thursday night. South Carolina broke open a tight game in the second quarter and cruised to its fourth straight win over the Bulldogs. Mississippi State was a replacement for scheduled opponent Ole Miss due to virus issues.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Tamari Key scored 17 points to lead five Tennessee players in double figures as the No. 7 Lady Volunteers rallied to beat Arkansas 70-63. Key scored eight points for Tennessee during a 10-3 run that turned a two-point deficit into a five-point lead with 4:12 left. Tennessee led by as many as 11 points early in the second quarter, but 15 turnovers in the second and third quarters allowed Arkansas to build an advantage as high as nine points in the second half. Amber Ramirez led with the Razorbacks with 26 points.
UNDATED (AP) — Want more players to opt in to college football's postseason? Turn more bowl games into playoff games. AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo says players opting out of bowl games became the underlying theme of New Year’s Day, which was a shame because the games themselves were entertaining — even with some missing All-Americans. Still, it was hard to watch thrilling Fiesta and Rose bowls without wondering how much better it would if these teams were playing with a chance to win a national championship. Players risk millions in future earnings to participate in these postseason games. A bigger playoff gives more of them a reward worthy of the risk.