Barbara Turner outscored Rutgers 12-10 on the way to a career-best 27 points in second-ranked Connecticut's 64-43 victory Saturday night in Piscataway, N.J.

The two-time defending national champion Huskies (20-2, 10-1 Big East) limited Rutgers (14-9, 6-5) to four baskets on 27 shots in the first half while taking a 24-point lead. It was the ninth straight victory for UConn.

The 10 first-half points allowed were one shy of Connecticut's conference-record low, set in December 2001 against St. John's. The total was three shy of the school record for defense in a half, set against Loyola of Maryland in 1996.

Turner made 12 of 15 shots as the Huskies handed the Scarlet Knights their first home loss in 12 games this season.

Dawn McCullouch led Rutgers with 14 points.

NO. 4 DUKE 89, NO. 15 NORTH CAROLINA 79: At Chapel Hill, N.C., Alana Beard scored 31 points and reserve Vicki Krapohl added a career-high 20 in Duke's 11th straight win over North Carolina.

Duke (20-3, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 48 percent — including a 12-for-23 performance from 3-point range — and reached the 20-victory plateau for the seventh straight season.

Freshman Ivory Latta led the Tar Heels (18-5, 8-4) with 25 points.

NO. 6 LOUISIANA TECH 82, SAN JOSE ST. 51: At Ruston, La., Amisha Carter and Trina Frierson scored 20 points apiece to lead sixth-ranked Louisiana Tech to its 24th consecutive victory at home.

The Lady Techsters (19-2, 12-1 Western Athletic Conference) also got 10 rebounds from Carter and eight from Frierson. Erica Smith-Taylor had 12 points and six assists, and Amber Obaze added 10 points for Tech.

NO. 7 TEXAS TECH 59, TEXAS A&M 58: At College Station, Texas, LaToya Davis grabbed a rebound on a missed free throw then scored on a layup with four seconds remaining.

Tech (21-4, 7-4 Big 12), which got 18 points from Chesley Dabbs, trailed 58-55 with 15 seconds left. But Cisti Greenwalt hit a pair of free throws. Then Toccara Williams missed the front end of a one-and-one that Davis rebounded.

NO. 9 KANSAS ST. 89, NEBRASKA 69: At Manhattan, Kan., Kendra Wecker scored 18 points for Kansas State, which started the second half 8-for-10 in its sixth straight victory.

Twiggy McIntyre added 13 points, Claire Coggins 12, and Laurie Koehn and Nicole Ohlde 11 apiece for the Wildcats (19-3, 10-1 Big 12).

Katie Morse led Nebraska (16-7, 6-6) with 14 points.

NO. 11 STANFORD 61, CALIFORNIA 53: At Stanford, Calif., T'Nae Thiel scored 16 points, and Stanford took a half-game lead over idle Arizona in the Pac-10 race.

Susan Borchardt added 14 points as the Cardinal (18-5, 11-3) broke a two-game losing streak. Nicole Powell added 12 points and nine rebounds.

Leigh Gregory had 12 points for California (9-14, 2-12), loser of 10 straight.

MIAMI 65, NO. 21 VIRGINIA TECH 56: At Blacksburg, Chanivia Broussard had 14 of her 22 points in the second half, and Miami won after an 8-0 closing run.

Tamara James scored 14 points and Melissa Knight added 11 for the Hurricanes (18-4, 7-4 Big East). Shaquana Wilkins had 11 rebounds. Kerri Gardin paced the Hokies (17-6, 6-6) with 13 points and 14 rebounds.