Cheeks comes through for Trojans
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Former Narbonne High star Jessica Cheeks made a 3-pointer with just less than a minute remaining and hit two free throws with 13.8 seconds left Sunday to help USC beat No. 24 Arizona, 68-66, Sunday for the Wildcats’ second straight loss.
UCLA beat Arizona, 87-68, Thursday at Pauley Pavilion.
Cheeks came off the bench to lead the Trojans with 15 points and three steals. She didn’t miss a shot, making three 3-pointers along with two field goals from inside the arc, as well as two foul shots.
Ebony Hoffman (Narbonne High) had 12 points, and Rometra Craig added 11 for the Trojans (14-9, 11-4 Pac-10).
Dee-Dee Wheeler led Arizona (18-7, 10-4) with 20 points. Natalie Jones scored 18 points and Shawntinice Polk had 14 points.
Also in the top 25 . . .
 No. 3 Tennessee 94, Vanderbilt 88:
Tasha Butts scored 37 points with a nearly perfect performance, and Tennessee extended its Southeastern Conference winning streak to 30 straight. The Volunteers (21-2, 10-0) haven’t lost to an SEC opponent since Feb. 2, 2002, when the Commodores (16-7, 4-6) routed them, 76-59.
 No. 5 Purdue 80, Northwestern 45:
Shereka Wright scored 19 points to lead the Boilermakers to their 12th straight win, at Evanston, Ill. With the score tied at 16 with 8:54 left in the first half, Purdue (21-2, 11-1 Big Ten) went on a 19- 5 run to take a 35-19 lead into halftime. Northwestern is 8-16, 1- 12.
 No. 8 Penn State 73, Michigan 44:
Kelly Mazzante scored 16 points to lead the Nittany Lions to victory at State College, Pa. Penn State (19-4, 11-1 Big Ten) opened with a 13-0 run, while the Wolverines (11-15, 4-9) committed five turnovers and missed their first five shots.
 No. 10 Minnesota 63, Illinois 54:
Shannon Bolden scored 18 points to lead Minnesota to victory at Champaign, Ill. The Golden Gophers (19-4, 8-4 Big Ten) led 26-24 after a sloppy first half. Minnesota committed 10 turnovers and Illinois (10-13, 4-8) shot just 31.3 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.
 No. 13 DePaul 87, Memphis 78:
Khara Smith scored 27 points to lead DePaul to a win at Chicago. Jenni Dant added 21 points for DePaul (22-2, 10-1 Conference USA). Jennifer Sullivan led Memphis (17-8, 7-5) with 22 points.
 No. 14 Auburn 69, South Carolina 58:
Natasha Brackett scored 20 points, leading Auburn to a home victory. Bracket shot 8-for-15 from the floor for the Tigers (20-5, 8- 3 Southeastern Conference). Kelly Morrone led South Carolina (10-13, 1-9) with 18 points.
 No. 16 Louisiana State 91, No. 20 Florida 72:
Seimone Augustus scored 26 points to help the Tigers maintain their hold on second place in the Southeastern Conference with a win at Gainesville, Fla. The Tigers (20-4, 8-2 SEC) went on an 18-7 run near the end of the first half to break a 22-22 tie and take control. The Gators are 16-7, 6-4.
 Ohio State 72, No. 17 Michigan State 53:
Caity Matter scored 23 points to help the Buckeyes win at East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes (15-8, 7-5 Big Ten) led by as many as 24 points in the second half. Kelli Roehrig had 11 points for the Spartans (19-5, 9-4).
 No. 19 Georgia 79, Mississippi 62:
Reserve Christi Thomas had 24 points to lead Georgia at home. Thomas is normally a starter but freshman Rebecca Rowsey took her place in the lineup against Ole Miss (15-10, 6-5 SEC). Georgia is 17- 7, 6-5.
ETC.: Georgia suspended leading scorer Kara Braxton indefinitely for violating unspecified team rules.
 No. 22 Texas Christian 100, Charlotte 91:
Kim Ortega scored 22 points to lead TCU to victory at Charlotte, the Horned Frogs’ seventh win in their last eight games. Tiffany Evans added 20 points for TCU (20-4, 9-2 Conference USA). Andrea Daniels led Charlotte (14-10, 7-4) with 19 points.
 No. 23 Southwest Missouri State 71, Creighton 65:
Jenni Lingor scored 23 points as the Bears won at Omaha, Neb. The Bears (21-2, 12-1 Missouri Valley) went on a 19-0 run behind 10 points from Lingor to take a 30-12 lead. Creighton is 15-7, 11-2.
 No. 25 Houston 73, East Carolina 65:
Chandi Jones scored 21 points to lead the Cougars to a win at Greenville, S.C. Houston (21-3, 10-1 Conference USA) rallied from a four-point deficit in the final four minutes and handed the Pirates (14-10, 5-6) their sixth straight conference loss.
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