Raina Perez made a 3-pointer with 3:07 left that put No. 8 North Carolina State ahead to stay and the visiting Wolfpack ended No. 1 South Carolina’s 29-game winning streak with a 54-46 victory Thursday night.
North Carolina State players celebrate their win over top-ranked South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., on Thursday. It was the Wolfpack’s first win over a No. 1 team since 2007.
The result could help elevate No. 2 Stanford to the top spot when the Associated Press poll is released Monday. The Cardinal (1-0) were to host Washington State on Friday and Washington on Sunday, but the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s new rules prohibiting contact sports until at least Dec. 21 led to those games being postponed. Stanford instead is to play at UNLV on Saturday.
In beating a top-ranked opponent for the first time since 2007, N.C. State (3-0) dealt South Carolina (3-1) its first loss since Nov. 28, 2019. The Gamecocks had not lost at home since their regular-season finale two seasons ago.
Kayla Jones led N.C. State with 16 points, Elissa Cunane added 14 points, five rebounds and four blocks, and Perez finished with 11 points.
Cunane made two foul shots to put the Wolfpack ahead 48-44 with less than two minutes left. But Zia Cooke’s steal and layup cut South Carolina’s deficit to a basket with 53.4 seconds to go. After a timeout, the Wolfpack worked the ball around to a wide-open Jones for a 3-pointer.
Cooke and Laeticia Amihere led the Gamecocks with 11 points apiece.
#17 Oregon State 89, USF 80: Ioanna Krimili scored 27 points and the Dons built a 12-point first-half lead, but visiting USF (0-2) was unable to hold off the Beavers (2-0). USF led by 12 twice in the second quarter and was up by eight at the break. But with Sasha Goforth and Taylor Jones combining for 31 of their 43 points in the second half, Oregon State rallied. Goforth finished with 24 points and Jones had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Julia Nielacna had 18 points for USF and Marta Galic added 12 off the bench.
Injured Bears: Cal will open its Pac-12 season Friday against Washington , but the Bears will do so without two of their top players, both lost to season-ending knee injuries. Sophomore guard Jazlen Green and freshman guard Alma Elsnitz have joined sophomore guard Cailyn Crocker in missing the season because of injuries. Green was Cal’s leading returning scorer this season and Elsnitz had a team-high 14 points against Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday. The Bears have just two healthy guards left on their roster in sophomore Leilani McIntosh and freshman Ornela Muca.
Gaels start slowly, then win at home
Leemet Bockler scored 20 points to lead four St. Mary’s players in double figures as the host Gaels defeated Texas Southern 82-70 to extend their winning streak to four.
Texas Southern (1-3) hit six of its first seven shots while building a 15-2 lead, but St. Mary’s (4-1) responded with a 14-0 run and led 39-35 at halftime. The Gaels took control with a 12-2 second-half run that extended their edge to 71-57 with 6:27 remaining.
Bockler went 6-for-7 from 3-point range. Tommy Kuhse added 15 points and 13 assists for St. Mary’s. Quinn Clinton had 15 points and Matthias Tass 14s.
Michael Weathers led the Tigers with 23 points.
#3 Iowa 99, Western Illinois 58: Luka Garza scored 35 points, 30 in the first half, and Jack Nunge added 18 as the host Hawkeyes (3-0) overpowered the Leathernecks (0-1). Iowa blew open the game with a 22-2 run in the second half.
#7 Kansas 89, Washburn 54: David McCormack scored 17 points, Ochai Agbaji added 16 and Jalen Wilson had 12 for the host Jayhawks (3-1) against the Division II Ichabods (3-1).
#16 Virginia Tech 64, VMI 57: Keve Aluma had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Hokies (4-0) past the visiting Keydets (2-2).
Connecticut 61, USC 58: James Bouknight scored 18 points as the Huskies (3-0) beat the Trojans (3-1) in Uncasville, Conn. Evan Mobley had 17 points for USC.
UCLA 78, Seattle 52: Tyger Campbell scored 17 points and Jules Bernard added 16 for the host Bruins (2-1) against the Redhawks (3-2).
Utah 76, Washington 62: Alfonso Plummer scored 21 points and the host Utes (1-0) used an 18-0 run midway through the second half to pull away from the Huskies (0-3) in a Pac-12 opener for both teams. Quade Green scored 21 points for Washington.