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Top 25 women's basketball roundup

No. 2 North Carolina State 66, No. 6 Indiana 58

Reserve Diamond Johnson scored 19 points, and No. 2 North Carolina State used an 11-2 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 66-58 win over No. 6 Indiana on Thursday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Kayla Jones scored 17 points, Raina Perez had 13 and star center Elissa Cunane battled through foul trouble to score 11 for the Wolfpack (7-1), who haven’t lost since a season-opening defeat to No. 1 South Carolina.

“U-G-L-Y. We ain’t got no alibi,” N.C. State head coach Wes Moore said. “It was ugly, OK? But proud of this team, proud of the way they battled.”

Mackenzie Holmes scored 24 points and Ali Patberg had 10 for the Hoosiers (5-2), whose only two losses have come against teams ranked in the top 10. Indiana also came up short against Stanford.

The Hoosiers led 23-21 at halftime and kept it close throughout, moving within 48-47 on Aleksa Gulbe’s 3-pointer with 3:44 remaining. But Jones responded with a 3 to start N.C. State’s decisive run, and the Wolfpack extended their lead to 59-49 on Perez’s two free throws with 53 seconds left.

“It felt like we had every chance to win this game tonight,” Indiana coach Teri Moren said. “Unfortunately we just didn’t hit enough shots.”

N.C. State shot 41.8% from the field and held Indiana to 33.8% shooting. The Wolfpack also outshot the Hoosiers from 3-point range, hitting 35.3% to Indiana’s 29.2%.

The teams combined for 35 fouls, and Cunane fouled out late.

“We were in a lot of foul trouble and had to adjust a little bit,” Moore said. “Second half, maybe we did a little better job of it. But it was tough.”

The Wolfpack defeated their second top-10 opponent of the season. They beat No. 8 Maryland in the Bahamas on Thanksgiving.

The Hoosiers led at halftime despite shooting 23% from 3-point range, but ultimately their offensive struggles were too much to overcome.

N.C. State finished 14 of 17 from the free-throw line despite not attempting a free throw in the first half. The Wolfpack were 13 of 15 from the line in the fourth quarter, including 9 of 10 in the final minute.

No. 8 Maryland 82, Miami 74

Angel Reese had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Ashley Owusu scored 22 and Maryland beat Miami.

Reese recorded her fifth double-double of the season as the Terrapins (7-2) extended the nation's longest home-court winning streak to 29 games and snapped a two-game slide.

Maryland took the lead for good with 1:40 remaining on a layup by Reese.

Kelsey Marshall scored 24 points for the Hurricanes (4-3), who have dropped three in a row.

Duke 79, No. 9 Iowa 64

Freshman Shayeann Day-Wilson scored 19 points to help Duke beat Iowa in the Hawkeyes' return from a COVID-19 pause that led to the cancellation of three games.

Celeste Taylor added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils (7-0), who didn't trail after midway through the first quarter in this Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup.

Star guard Caitlin Clark scored 22 points for the Hawkeyes (4-1), with most of her production coming on a brutal shooting night after Duke had built its big lead. Monika Czinano had 21 points.

No. 10 Louisville 70, No. 12 Michigan 48

Emily Engstler had 18 points and 14 rebounds, Kianna Smith added 14 points and Louisville used an early 25-2 run to roll past Michigan in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Engstler made 8 of 15 from the field and 2 of 4 from long range to post her second double-double this season. Hailey Van Lith added 10 points for the Cardinals (6-1).

Naz Hillmon had 12 points and Emily Kiser 10 for the Wolverines (7-1), who committed 24 turnovers and shot 37%.

Texas-Arlington 61, No. 13 South Florida 56

Terryn Milton scored 14 points and Texas-Arlington beat South Florida.

South Florida (5-3), which entered with consecutive wins against top-10 teams Oregon and Stanford, lost for the first time this season against an unranked team. The Bulls' previous losses were to then-No. 16 Tennessee and No. 2 UConn.

Claire Chastain had 13 point for the Mavericks (5-2).

Bethy Mununga had 13 points and 20 rebounds for South Florida (5-3). Elisa Pinzan added 10 points and 11 assists.

LSU 69, No. 14 Iowa State 60

Alexis Morris scored a career-high 25 points with five 3-pointers and LSU beat Iowa State in the SEC/Big 12 Showdown.

It was LSU's first win over a ranked team under coach Kim Mulkey.

Morris' five 3s also were a career high and Khayla Pointer scored points 20 for LSU (6-1), which won its fifth straight game for the former Baylor coach.

Ashley Joens scored 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including four 3-pointers, for the Cyclones (7-1), who were off to their best start since winning 14 straight to open the 2013-14 season. Emily Ryan scored 13 points and Lexi Donarski had 10.

No. 20 Georgia 66, Texas Tech 56

Que Morrison scored 20 points, Jenna Staiti had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Georgia beat Texas Tech in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Georgia is 7-0 for the second straight year and the third time under coach Joni Taylor. Sarah Ashlee Barker added 11 points for Georgia in its first true road game of the season.

Khadija Faye scored 15 points and Vivian Gray added 12 for Texas Tech (6-2).

No. 24 Notre Dame 76, Michigan State 71

Freshman Sonia Citron scored a career-high 29 points, classmate Olivia Miles had 11 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, and Notre Dame edged Michigan State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Citron was 9 of 12 from the field with three 3-pointers and 8 of 8 from the line. The Fighting Irish (7-1) improved to 7-1 in the challenge and 12-9 against Michigan State.

Nia Clouden led the Spartans (6-3) with 20 points, her sixth straight game with 20 or more. She also had six rebounds, six assists and three steals. Freshman Matilda Ekh added a career-high 17 points.

No. 25 Florida State 67, Illinois 58

Morgan Jones had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Florida State turned back Illinois in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Freshmen O'Mariah Gordon and Makayla Timpson scored 12 points apiece for the Seminoles (5-2), who ended a two-game skid.

Aaliyah Nye led the Illini (3-4) with 17 points, Jada Peebles added 12 and De'Myla Brown 11.

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