LINCOLN, Neb. – Whitney Bays got a crucial offensive rebound and then made the game-winning put-back as No. 22 Purdue edged No. 18 Nebraska 77-75 on Sunday.
Purdue (13-5, 3-3 Big Ten) led most of the second half but had to scramble to hold off Nebraska, which tied the game at 75 on a 10-3 run capped by a pair of Rachel Theriot free throws with 29 seconds to play. The Boilermakers got the ball to April Wilson, who missed her shot on a drive to the hoop, but Bays was there to grab the rebound and sink the game-winning layup with a second to go.
Courtney Moses scored 21 points, Bays contributed 17 and seven rebounds, KK Houser had 16 points, and Wilson had 13 for Purdue, which shot 45 percent from the field and was 10 of 19 from 3-point range.
Theriot led Nebraska (13-4, 3-2) with 19 points.
No. 1 CONNECTICUT 94, No. 23 RUTGERS 64: In Piscataway, N.J., Bria Hartley scored a career-high 30 points and Breanna Stewart added 23 to lead Connecticut.
No. 3 DUKE 74, VIRGINIA TECH 70: In Blacksburg, Va., Tricia Liston scored 22 points, Alexis Jones had 19 and Duke held off Virginia Tech’s rally.
No. 5 LOUISVILLE 81, SMU 66: In Dallas, Antonita Slaughter had two 3-pointers in a go-ahead 11-0 run for Louisville early in the second half, and the Cardinals stretched their winning streak to 11.
No. 6 MARYLAND 92, GEORGIA TECH 81: In College Park, Md., Alyssa Thomas had 22 points and 14 rebounds for her NCAA-leading 15th double-double, and Maryland withstood a strong challenge.
KANSAS 76, No. 7 BAYLOR 60: In Lawrence, Kan., Chelsea Gardner scored 28 points and Natalie Knight added 18 in Kansas’ upset.
No. 8 SOUTH CAROLINA 77, ALABAMA 51: In Columbia, S.C., Elem Ibiam scored 18 points and South Carolina bounced back from its first Southeastern Conference loss.
No. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 73, BOSTON COLLEGE 56: In Boston, Allisha Gray and Xylina McDaniel scored 16 points apiece to lead North Carolina.
No. 10 KENTUCKY 73, AUBURN 71: In Auburn, Ala., Jennifer O’Neill scored 16 points, Samarie Walker had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Kentucky overcame a 13-point first-half deficit to beat Auburn.
No. 16 PENN STATE 66, MICHIGAN STATE 54: In East Lansing, Mich., Dara Taylor scored 18 points, 10 coming at the free throw line, as Penn State handed Michigan State its first Big Ten loss.
Aerial Powers scored Michigan State’s final eight points and pulled her team to within five points, but Penn State made 7 of 8 free throws in the final minute.
Ariel Edwards and Maggie Lucas added 16 apiece for Penn State (13-4, 4-1). The Lions shot just 33.3 percent, but made 26 of 36 free throws vs. nine makes by the Spartans.
No. 24 VANDERBILT 79, No. 14 LSU 70: In Nashville, Tenn., Jasmine Lister scored 25 points, including a trio of 3-pointers and 10-for-10 shooting from the foul line, to lift Vanderbilt.
VIRGINIA 85, No. 17 FLORIDA STATE 68: In Charlottesville, Va., Faith Randolph scored a career-high 26 points and Virginia rolled.
MIAMI 80, No. 20 NC STATE 71: In Coral Gables, Fla., Krystal Saunders downed six 3-pointers and scored 22 points in helping Miami upset North Carolina State.
WASHINGTON 81, No. 21 COLORADO 71: In Seattle, Kelsey Plum scored a career-high 35 points as Washington beat its first ranked opponents in six years.
No. 25 TEXAS A&M 73, MISSISSIPPI ST. 35: In College Station, Texas, Courtney Walker scored 16 points and Courtney Williams added 15 more as Texas A&M coasted.
INDIANA 83, MINNESOTA 78, OT: In Bloomington, Larryn Brooks had 25 points and 10 assists and Taylor Agler scored 20 to lead the Hoosiers (15-3, 2-3 Big Ten).
Rachel Banham scored 29 and Amanda Zahui added 25 for the Golden Gophers (12-7, 1-4).