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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Kayla Alexander and Elashier Hall converted three-point plays to key a decisive second-half spurt, and No. 21 Syracuse beat Rutgers 58-45 on Tuesday night, denying Scarlet Knights coach C. Vivian Stringer her 900th victory.
Stringer, a Hall of Famer in her 42nd season as a head coach, is seeking to become just the fourth women's coach to reach 900 wins along with Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and Sylvia Hatchell, who reached the mark on Feb. 7.
The Scarlet Knights have lost three straight since Stringer earned her 899th career victory against Cincinnati. Stringer's next chance will come Saturday afternoon at St. John's.
Syracuse (22-3, 10-2 Big East), which has its best record in program history through 25 games, broke a three-game losing streak against Rutgers (14-11, 5-7) and upped its home record to 12-0.
No. 17 UCLA 68, USC 54
LOS ANGELES -- Atonye Nyingifa scored 22 points on 11-of-14 shooting to lead UCLA to a victory over USC.
Nyingifa had help from Thea Lemberger (12 points), Jasmine Dixon (10 points) and Markel Walker (11 rebounds, eight assists) as the Bruins (20-6, 11-4 Pac-12) built a lead as large as 26 points and ended a two-game losing streak.
USC (8-18, 5-10) lost its seventh in a row, and its 18 losses are the second-most in school history, surpassed only by 20 losses in 1998-99.
Cassie Harberts, who began the night ranked third in the Pac-12 averaging 17.8 points per game, led USC with 17 points and nine rebounds. Ariya Crook added 10 points for the Trojans but was just 4 of 19 from the field. USC shot 28 percent for the game and was outrebounded 49-40.
USC and UCLA play again Sunday at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
No. 18 DELAWARE 69, GEORGE MASON 55
FAIRFAX, Va. -- Elena Delle Donne scored 18 of her 31 points in the first half and also grabbed nine rebounds in leading Delaware past George Mason for its 18th straight win.
Delle Donne scored 10 points during a decisive 21-8 Delaware (23-3, 14-0) run to close the half, giving the Blue Hens a 41-24 lead.
Delle Donne jumped up two spots on the NCAA all-time career points list, finishing the night in 20th place with 2,758.
Delaware has now won 34 straight Colonial Athletic Association games and has beaten George Mason four straight times.
Amber Easter led George Mason (8-16, 3-10) with 14 points.
The Patriots never pulled closer than 10 points in the second half despite Delaware going 6:46 without a made field goal at one point. Delaware outshot George Mason 44.4 percent (24 for 54) to 33.9 percent (21 for 62).
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