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No. 5 Louisville 71, Virginia 56
Louisville coach Jeff Walz and Virginia's Tina Thompson came out of Thursday night's game with identical takeaways.
Dana Evans scored 21 points and the fifth-ranked Cardinals beat the Cavaliers in a game where both teams suffered through prolonged slumps.
“That’s kind of been our M.O. this entire season,” Walz said. “We get it (the lead) up to 20, and we just can’t finish it off.”
The Cardinals (19-1, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) used a 16-2 run over a nearly seven-minute stretch in the first half to take control en route to its 11th straight win. Louisville shot 71.4% in the first quarter and led by 20 in the second.
Evans, the league’s reigning player of the week, kept her hot hand early as she scored 15 points in the first half. In a matchup of the ACC’s top scorers, she outdueled league leader Jocelyn Willoughby to give Walz his 350th career victory.
Louisville started the second quarter making its first two shots to end the run, but the offense became stagnant after taking its biggest lead of the game. Over the final six minutes of the half, Louisville made just two of its 12 shots.
As the Cardinals’ doldrums lingered into the second half, the Cavaliers (7-12, 2-6) were able to cut into that deficit in the third quarter but couldn’t get within single digits.
After Virginia made it 46-36 on Shemera Williams' free throw with 1:12 left in the third quarter, Jazmine Jones ended a seven-minute field goal drought for Louisville and scored the next five points to end the Cavaliers' run.
Thompson said her team dug too deep of a hole for itself after that first period.
“We have to put together a full game, especially when we’re playing team like this season,” she said.
Jones scored 13 points, 11 after halftime.
Virginia, which shot just 36.2%, was led by Williams, a freshman who scored a season-high 20 points off the bench. Willoughby finished with 17 on 6-of-14 shooting.
After going 1-for-9 for just two points in Virginia’s last game against Virginia Tech, Williams rebounded nicely. Williams was able to draw fouls on Thursday, making 6-of-8 free throws to augment her 6-of-14 shooting.
Williams was the Associated Press Wisconsin Player of the Year last season, and she ranks second all-time in the state with 3,120 points.
However, the start of her college career was delayed as a stress fracture in her leg required surgery and kept her out the first month of the season. Thompson said missing out on those early nonconference games hurt her development.
Still, she’s scored in double figures in seven of her first 11 games and entered Thursday third on the team in scoring average.
“She’s now kind of going through that part in her game where she making the adjustments,” Thompson said. “She has flashes of greatness, and tonight was one of those nights."
Just like they did Sunday at North Carolina, the Cardinals got off to a hot start, only to fade in the second half. They scored 25 points in that torrid first quarter but shot just 34.9% the rest of the way.
“We just got to learn how to put four quarters together,” Evans said.
The Cavaliers came into Louisville having played the nation’s toughest schedule. They looked outmatched early, and the large first-half deficit was too much to overcome as they shot below 40% for the 12th time this season.
No. 8 North Carolina State 88, Pittsburgh 44
Jakia Brown-Turner scored 13 points and North Carolina State used a 30-4 scoring outburst in the third quarter to beat Pittsburgh.
The Wolfpack (18-1, 7-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference) had a 28-2 run around the halftime break and used the lopsided scoring advantage in the third period to turn it into a round.
Dayshanette Harris had 16 points for Pittsburgh (3-15, 0-7).
No. 9 Mississippi State 68, Vanderbilt 52
Jessika Carter scored 10 of her 22 points in the first quarter and Mississippi State held off Vanderbilt for a rare victory at Memorial Gym.
The Bulldogs (17-3, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) bounced back quickly from their 81-79 loss at No. 1 South Carolina on Monday night by notching their seventh straight victory over Vanderbilt. This was just the fifth time Mississippi State has won in 24 games at Memorial.
Koi Love led Vanderbilt (12-7, 2-4) with 19 points.
No. 13 Gonzaga 70 Pepperdine 36
Jill Townsend had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Gonzaga had its best defensive game of the season, routing Pepperdine to run its winning streak to 17.
Katie Campbell had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Jenn Wirth added 10 points and 10 rebounds and the Bulldogs (19-1, 8-0 West Coast Conference). outrebounded the Waves 57-32. Melody Kempton also had 12 points.
Hannah Friend had 15 points for Pepperdine (9-9, 3-5).
No. 14 Florida State 70, Wake Forest 65
River Baldwin scored all 12 of her points in the second half to help Florida State beat Wake Forest.
Nicki Ekhomu scored all 14 of her points and Kiah Gillespie eight of her 14 in the first half when the Seminoles (16-3, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) jumped out to 35-19 lead.
Ivana Raca scored 14 of her 27 points and grabbed six of her seven rebounds in the third quarter when the Demon Deacons (11-8, 4-4) scored 25 points to get within eight.
No. 15 Texas A&M 79, Alabama 74
N'dea Jones had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Aaliyah Wilson hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds to play and Texas A&M overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to beat Alabama.
Shambria Washington added 20 points and Ciera Johnson and Kayla Wells added 15 apiece for the Aggies (16-3, 4-2 Southeastern Conference). Texas A&M is 9-0 against the Crimson Tide (11-8, 1-5).
Jasmine Walker led the Crimson Tide with 18 points. Jordan Lewis added 17 points and seven assists.
No. 17 Indiana 76, Penn State 60
Ali Patberg had 18 points and nine assists, Mackenzie Holmes also scored 18 points and Indiana beat Penn State.
Holmes was 9 of 11 from the field to help Indiana (15-5, 5-3 Big Ten) snap a three-game losing streak and extend Penn State's skid to four games.
Kamaria McDaniel led Penn State (7-12, 1-7) with 24 points.
No. 18 Iowa 77, Oho State 68
Kathleen Doyle scored 13 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter for Iowa.
Iowa coach Lisa Bluder picked up her 200th Big Ten win, while the Hawkeyes (16-3, 7-1) won their seventh straight and 31st consecutive at home. They are tied atop the Big Ten with No. 22 Northwestern.
Makenzie Meyer added 19 points for Iowa. Dorka Juhasz had 22 points and 16 rebounds for Ohio State (11-5, 4-4).
No. 20 Maryland 79, Illinois 60
Kaila Charles had 20 points and nine rebounds in Maryland's victory over Illinois.
Shakira Austin added 14 points and Sara Vujacic had 11 for the Terrapins (15-4, 6-2 Big Ten).
Ali Andrews scored 20 points for Illinois (10-9, 1-7).
Georgia 64, No. 21 Arkansas 55
Gabby Connally scored 18 points and Georgia bridged the third and fourth quarters with a 15-0 run to beat Arkansas.
Que Morrison added 11 points for Georgia (12-7, 3-3 Southeastern Conference).
Erynn Barnum led Arkansas (15-4, 3-3) with 14 points.
No. 22 Northwestern 76, Michigan State 48
Lindsey Pulliam and Veronica Burton each scored 22 points and Northwestern beat Michigan State for its fifth straight victory.
Northwestern (17-2, 7-1 Big Ten), ranked in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time since 2016, is 8-0 at home.
Moira Joiner made five 3-points and scored 17 points for Michigan State (11-8, 4-4).
No. 12 Oregon 79, Southern California 70 (2OT)
Chris Duarte had 30 points and 11 rebounds, Payton Pritchard reached a Pac-12 milestone for career points, rebounds and assists, and Oregon outlasted Southern California in double overtime.
With 24 points and seven assists, Pritchard became the first player in the Pac-12 to reach 1,500 career points, 600 assists and 500 rebounds. When the achievement was noted on the video scoreboard at Matthew Knight Arena in the second half, the crowd gave the senior guard a standing ovation.
Pritchard is just the sixth player in Pac-12 history with 1,500 points and 600 assists, joining Oregon State's Gary Payton, Arizona's Damon Stoudamire and Jason Gardner, USC's Jordan McLaughlin and UCLA's Tyus Edney.
Duarte also had eight steals, one shy of the school record.
Oregon (16-4, 5-2) led by 11 in the second half but USC rallied with a 17-2 run to take a 62-58 lead, capped by Jonah Mathews' 3-pointer with 1:24 left.
C.J. Walker and Pritchard hit consecutive layups to tie it at 62 and send the game to overtime.
Pritchard's 3-pointer in the first extra period gave the Ducks a 65-64 lead, but Ethan Anderson's layup and free throw put the Trojans up by two. Duarte made free throws for the Ducks to tie it again, and Mathews and Pritchard both missed shots down the stretch.
Duarte and Pritchard each made free throws that gave Oregon a four-point advantage to open the second overtime. Duarte's 3-pointer put the Ducks up 74-68, and USC couldn't catch up.
Onyeka Okongwu had 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Trojans (15-4, 4-2).
No. 23 Colorado 78, Washington State 56
Lucas Siewert scored 16 points, D'Shawn Schwartz had 13 and Colorado pulled away in the second half to beat Washington State.
Evan Battey added 12 points and joined Siewert in pulling down 10 rebounds for Colorado (15-4, 4-2 Pac-12), which bounced back from a loss at Arizona last week. The Buffaloes outrebounded the Cougars 45-28 despite playing without Tyler Bey, the leading rebounder in the conference.
Colorado held Washington State to 37% shooting from the floor, and the scoring total for Washington State (12-8, 3-4) matched a season low. The Cougars lost to 65-56 to USC earlier this month.
CJ Elleby had 15 points to lead the Cougars. Daron Henson added 13 points and Isaac Bonton had 10 for Washington State, which fell to 0-9 in Boulder.
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