LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Asia Durr scored 36 points, Myisha Hines-Allen had a career-high 31 and No. 3 Louisville overwhelmed No. 2 Notre Dame on both ends for a 100-67 blowout victory Thursday night in an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown.
The unbeaten Cardinals (19-0, 5-0 ACC) erased an early deficit to dominate the short-handed Irish in nearly every phase during a marquee matchup between top teams. Louisville went on to the program’s biggest victory since upsetting top-seeded Baylor in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and snapped an 11-game losing streak against Notre Dame (15-2, 4-1).
Playing before a crowd of 12,614, Durr quickly set the tone with three first-quarter 3-pointers and eight overall in shooting 13 of 18 from the field. Hines-Allen kept pace with her, hitting 15 of 20 while grabbing 12 rebounds.
Jackie Young had 23 points for the Irish, who had won eight straight since losing 80-71 to top-ranked Connecticut.
No. 4 Mississippi State 76, Mississippi 45
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Teaira McCowan had 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead Mississippi State over Mississippi.
McCowan shot 12 of 13 from the field and added four blocks in just 26 minutes on the floor. The Bulldogs (18-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) won their eighth straight game in the series.
Mississippi State jumped out to a 14-0 lead in less than five minutes, getting two 3-pointers from Blair Schaefer during the run.
Ole Miss (11-6, 1-3) cut its deficit to 36-29 early in the third quarter, but got no closer. Madinah Muhammad scored 14 for the Rebels.
No. 17 Texas A&M 79, No. 6 Tennessee 76
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Danni Williams scored seven points in overtime and Texas A&M handed Tennessee its first defeat of the season.
The Aggies (14-4, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) missed 18 consecutive shots from the field late in the game before recovering in the extra period thanks to Williams’ clutch free throw shooting. She made all five of her attempts from the line in overtime, including when she was fouled on a 3-point attempt with the Aggies trailing 76-74 and 7.8 seconds remaining.
Following a timeout, Tennessee had a chance to win but turned the ball over. Williams was fouled with 0.4 seconds left and made both free throws.
Williams and Khaalia Hillsman each scored 22 points to lead Texas A&M, and Chennedy Carter added 21.
Mercedes Russell led the Lady Vols (15-1, 3-1) with 21.
No. 9 South Carolina 71, Auburn 63
COLUMBIA, S.C. – A’ja Wilson had 19 points and 11 rebounds before spraining her right ankle with 16 seconds left in South Carolina’s victory over Auburn.
Wilson, the 6-foot-5 All-American, was a force with her 12th double-double this season and, in the first quarter, became just the third player in program history to reach 2,000 career points. But she came down hard under her own basket in the final seconds and hobbled over to the corner of the court. Team trainers helped her off and she went right to the locker room.
Wilson and the defending national champion Gamecocks (14-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) rebounded from their first SEC loss of the season Sunday at Missouri to win their eighth straight over the Tigers (10-6, 1-3).
Janiah McKay led Auburn with 27 points.
Michigan State 82, No. 11 Maryland 68
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Taryn McCutcheon scored a career-high 25 points and Michigan State surprised Maryland to end the Terrapins’ 13-game winning streak.
Maryland (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten) dressed nine players and played only seven. Sophomore guard Blair Watson, the team’s second-leading scorer, tore her right ACL in practice on Wednesday and is done for the season.
The depleted three-time conference champions used an 11-0 run in the third quarter to close to 43-42, but Michigan State (13-5, 3-2) regained control with a 12-1 spurt and cruised to the finish.
Shay Colley had 17 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for Michigan State.
Brianna Fraser scored 17 points for Maryland. But the Terrapins shot only 39 percent and committed 24 turnovers in their first loss since Nov. 19 at Connecticut.
Michigan State was 0-10 against Maryland in a series that began in 2005.
No. 12 Missouri 81, Vanderbilt 70
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jordan Chavis scored a career-high 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range and Missouri defeated Vanderbilt.
Amber Smith also had 18 points for the Tigers (15-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference), who had no letdown after beating then-No. 4 South Carolina on Sunday.
The lead was 28 before Vandy followed with an 11-0 run and closed the game on a 10-0 run. Cierra Walker scored 17 points for the Commodores (4-14, 0-4), who have lost eight of nine.
No. 13 Florida State 105, Miami 67
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Nausia Woolfolk scored a career-high 23 points and Florida State routed in-state rival Miami.
Imani Wright had 17 points for the Seminoles (15-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who tied the school record with 12 3-pointers in bouncing back from Sunday’s loss at Syracuse.
Florida State took a 21-7 lead with four minutes left in the first quarter and the lead stayed in double figures the rest of the way. Miami’s largest deficit of the season had been 15 points but the Seminoles surpassed that in the first quarter. They scored the last 11 points of the first half to lead 57-31.
Enida Banks led Miami (11-6, 1-3) with 14 points. The last time the Hurricanes gave up 100 points was Jan. 10, 2007, when top-ranked Maryland scored 111.
No. 16 Duke 80, Wake Forest 67
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Lexie Brown scored 27 points and Rebecca Greenwell became Duke’s all-time leading 3-point shooter in a victory over Wake Forest.
Greenwell had 23 points, and her three 3s gave her 254, two more than Tricia Liston. Greenwell had been one 3 short of the record for nine games, five of those she missed and two she was limited because of a knee injury. She started every game she played, 108, until coming off the bench the last two.
Duke (13-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) opened a 19-point lead late in the third quarter.
Elisa Penna had 24 points for the Demon Deacons (10-7, 2-2).
No. 25 Green Bay 65, Youngstown State 56
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Jessica Lindstrom had 12 points and 13 rebounds, Karly Murphy scored 14 and Green Bay withstood a barrage of 3-pointers by Youngstown State.
Fourteen of Youngstown State’s 19 baskets were 3-pointers – seven coming in the fourth quarter. Chelsea Olson scored all nine of her points in the fourth – all on 3s – as Youngstown State (6-10, 2-3 Horizon League) cut an 18-point margin to 56-50 with 3:29 to go.
The Phoenix (13-2, 3-1) led for all but four minutes despite a cold-shooting night. Green Bay’s NCAA-leading defense kicked in, generating 20 points off 16 Youngstown State turnovers and holding the Penguins to 37 percent shooting.
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