2017-03-04 / State/National Sports

Women’s Basketball:

Notre Dame top Virginia 76-59


Maryland center Brionna Jones (42) and Minnesota forward Whitney Tinjum (30) fight for control of the ball during the first half of a quarterfinal of the Big 10 Conference Tournament Friday in Indianapolis. 
AP Photo by R. BRENT SMITH Maryland center Brionna Jones (42) and Minnesota forward Whitney Tinjum (30) fight for control of the ball during the first half of a quarterfinal of the Big 10 Conference Tournament Friday in Indianapolis. AP Photo by R. BRENT SMITH CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored 19 points and Brianna Turner added 16 to help No. 3 Notre Dame beat Virginia 76-59 on Friday in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.

Lindsay Allen had 12 points and 10 assists, breaking the conference’s career assist record, for the top-seeded Irish (28-3). Notre Dame will face No. 14 Louisville on Saturday.

Tied at 30 late in the second quarter, the Irish scored 16 of the next 20 points spanning the half to take a 12-point lead. Ogunbowale scored the final five points of the burst, with her 3-pointer making it 46-34 with 6:40 left in the third quarter.

The eighth-seeded Cavaliers (19-12) couldn’t get closer than six the rest of the game.

Breyana Mason had 13 points for Virginia (19-12).

Maryland 92, Minnesota 80

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Shatori Walker-Kimbrough made six 3-pointers and scored 28 points as Maryland advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals with a victory over Minnesota.

Kaila Charles added 15 points and Brionna Jones had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Maryland (27-2), which hit 11 3-pointers and scored 28 points off 19 Gophers turnovers.

Destiny Slocum scored 13 for the Terrapins, who will play Michigan or Michigan State in the next round Saturday.

Gadiva Hubbard had 28 points and Carlie Wagner scored 21 for Minnesota (15-15).

South Caroina 72, Georgia 48

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A’ja Wilson scored 18 points and South Carolina opened its bid for a third straight Southeastern Conference Tournament title with a victory over Georgia.

The top-seeded Gamecocks (25-4) played without SEC firstteam pick Alaina Coates. She sat out for a second time in three games with a right ankle injury.

The Gamecocks will face No. 20 Kentucky in the semifinals Saturday.

Pachis Roberts led Georgia (16-15) with 15 points.

Mississippi St. 78, LSU 61

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Teaira McCowan scored 13 of her 15 points in the final 13 minutes and Mississippi State beat LSU to reach the SEC Tournament semifinals for the second consecutive season.

The Bulldogs (28-3) trailed 39-37 with less than three minutes to play in the third quarter when the 6-foot-7 McCowan, voted the conference’s sixth woman of the year, and fellow reserve Ketara Chapel fueled a 21-12 run over the next eight minutes to move in front. Mississippi State needed every bit of their inside play because all-SEC first-team selection Victoria Vivians was held to five points — the first time in 24 games she did not reach double figures.

The Bulldogs will play Texas A&M in Saturday’s semifinals.

Raigyne Moncrief, the SEC’s defensive player of the year, powered the offense for the Tigers (20-11) with a career-high 25 points.

Morgan Williams led the Bulldogs with 21 points. Chapel added 10, all in the second half.

Oregon State 65, California 49

SEATTLE (AP) — Sydney Wiese scored 26 points and Oregon State routed California to roll into the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals.

Mikayla Pivec added 17 points to help top-seeded Oregon State (28-3) win its sixth straight. The Beavers won their first Pac-12 Tournament title a year ago, the precursor to a run to the Final Four. They will face No. 15 UCLA in the semifinals.

Kristine Anigwe led California (19-13) with 26 points.

Miami 56, Florida State 54

Keyona Hayes and Adrienne Motley each scored 12 points to help Miami hold off Florida State in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.

The Hurricanes (23-7) will face No. 13 Duke in the semifinals on Saturday.

Seventh-seeded Miami led 54-45 midway through the fourth quarter before Florida State rallied to 56-54 on Leticia Romero’s 3-pointer with 1:53 left.

After both teams came up empty on offensive possessions, Laura Cornelius’ runner for Miami rimmed out with 55.5 seconds left.

Florida State (25-6) got four chances in the final 30 seconds to tie the game, but shot after shot wouldn’t drop. The final opportunity came when Ivey Slaughter was fouled with 4.9 seconds left, but she missed both free throws — the second on purpose. Miami corralled the rebound and ran out the clock.

Romero led the second-seeded Seminoles with 14 points, and Shakayla Thomas added 13.

Ohio State 99, Northwestern 68

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell made six 3-pointers and had 27 points to lead Ohio State past Northwestern in the Big Ten quarterfinals.

Kiara Lewis, Shayla Cooper and Alexa Hart each added 11 points for the top-seeded Buckeyes (26-5). They will take a season-high 12-game winning streak into the semifinals against Purdue.

Nia Coffey had 21 points for the Wildcats (20-11).

Louisville 59, N.C. State 58

Asia Durr scored 28 points and Louisville beat North Carolina State in the ACC quarterfinals.

The fifth-seeded Cardinals (27-6) advanced to the semifinals for the third consecutive season. They will play No. 3 Notre Dame.

Miah Spencer scored 18 points for N.C. State (22-8).

UCLA 77, Arizona State 68

SEATTLE (AP) — Jordin Canada scored 24 points, Nicole Kornet had 12 of her 16 points in the first half, and UCLA beat Arizona State in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals.

The fifth-seeded Bruins (23-7) led by 19 after one quarter and by as many as 26 in the first half. They will face No. 6 Oregon State in the semifinals.

Monique Billings added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Bruins. Sabrina Haines led Arizona State (19-12) with 14 points.

Kentucky 65, Alabama 55

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Evelyn Akhator scored 23 points and Kentucky beat Alabama to advance to the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals for the eighth straight season.

The fourth-seeded Wildcats (21-9) broke open a close game in third quarter, using a 10-3 burst to take control. Makayla Epps added 12 points, and Alyssa Rice and Maci Morris had 11 apiece.

Kentucky will face No. 5 South Carolina in the semifinals.

Hannah Cook had 22 points off six 3-pointers for Alabama (19-13).

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