No. 3 Louisville Buzzes Fairfield; No. 11 Memphis in Control
Uncasville, Conn. — Chris Jones scored 15 points to lead No. 3 Louisville to a 71-57 victory over Fairfield on Saturday in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.
Montrezl Harrell added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinals (5-0), who extended their winning streak to 21 games, including last season’s run to the NCAA championship.
Maurice Barrow paced Fairfield (1-4) with 14 points and Marcus Gilbert scored 11.
Louisville will take on No. 24 North Carolina in Sunday’s championship game.
No. 11 Memphis 98 Nicholls State 59
Memphis, Tenn. — Austin Nichols scored 20 points and Joe Jackson had 18 to power Memphis to the win.
Nichols, a freshman forward, connected on 9 of 15 shots to help Memphis (2-1) rebound from a 101-80 loss to No. 7 Oklahoma State on Tuesday. Jackson went 14 of 15 from the free-throw line.
No. 23 Creighton 82 Tulsa 72
Omaha, Neb. — Doug McDermott scored 21 of his 33 points in the second half, and Austin Chatman had a career-high 19 for Creighton.
McDermott recorded his 16th career 30-point game. He also became the first Creighton player since Cyril Baptiste in 1969-70 to open a season with four straight 20-point games.
No. 24 North Carolina 82 Richmond 72
Uncasville, Conn. — Marcus Paige scored 26 points, Brice Johnson had 24 and North Carolina bounced back from its first loss of the season.
The Tar Heels (3-1) were up 66-62 with just under 4 minutes to play when Richmond’s Terry Allen picked up his fourth foul. Johnson made a putback that started the run that gave the Tar Heels control of the game. A Paige 3-pointer made it 71-62 and North Carolina held on down the stretch.
Women’s Top 25
No. 1 Connecticut 100, Monmouth 46
Storrs, Conn. — Breanna Stewart had 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists Saturday to help top-ranked Connecticut beat Monmouth in the Hall of Fame Challenge tournament.
It was the third straight game that Stewart scored at least 20. UConn scored the first 12 points and shot 62 percent in the first half to lead 64-24 lead at the break. The Huskies (7-0) began the second half with a 21-0 run as their lead ballooned to 61 points, their largest lead of the game.
No. 5 Notre Dame 76 Penn 54
Philadelphia — Kayla McBride scored 15 points and Taya Reimer added 14 to lead a balanced offense in Notre Dame’s win over Penn.
This was believed to be the first time a top five women’s team had played at the Palestra since Connecticut faced Saint Joseph’s a decade ago. It also was the Irish’s first game at the historic arena in 32 years.
No. 6 Stanford 63, Texas 54
Austin, Texas — Chiney Ogwumike shook off a poor first half to score 18 points, rallying Stanford to a win over Texas.
Ogwumike scored just four points in the first half, but had 10 in a decisive run in the second. The Cardinal (4-1) held Texas to five baskets and 17 points after halftime.
Mikaela Ruef had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Stanford, which earned coach Tara VanDerVeer career victory No. 898, moving her closer to being just the fifth women’s coach to reach 900.
Chassidy Fussell scored 15 points for Texas (3-1), which led 37-30 at halftime but had a rash of turnovers in the second that helped Stanford rally. The Cardinal scored 21 points off 20 Texas turnovers.
Imani Stafford-McGee had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Texas, but scored just two points after halftime.
No. 8 Maryland 90, Towson 53
Towson, Md. — Alyssa Thomas had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Maryland used a late run in the first half to pull away for a victory over Towson.
Lauren Mincey and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 14 points each for Maryland (4-1), which has won two straight. The Terrapins improved to 14-5 all-time against the Tigers (1-4).
Tanisha McTiller led Towson with a season-high 25 points. Dominique Johnson added 11 points for the Tigers, who have lost two in a row.
Brene Mosely had 11 points and Brionna Jones 10 for Maryland.
Thomas had five points during the decisive 12-0 run late in the first half that blew the game open. Maryland’s bench outscored Towson’s reserves 56-7.
No. 9 Baylor 92, UTSA 62
Waco, Texas — Odyssey Sims scored 28 points, Nina Davis had 14 points and seven rebounds and Baylor beat UTSA.
The Lady Bears (6-0) extended the nation’s longest home winning streak to 63, rolling through three games in as many nights by an average score of 93-49 before a nine-day break.
The Roadrunners had a season high in points for a Baylor opponent and the closest margin in six home games for the Lady Bears. Rice had the previous low margin at 33 points.
Kamra King led the Roadrunners (2-4) with 11 points, while Miki Turner and Mathilde Hergott scored 10 apiece.
Niya Johnson had 10 points and a game-high eight assists for Baylor.
No. 15 LSU 81, LOUISIANA TECH 69
RUSTON, La. (AP) — Raigyne Moncrief had 17 points and LSU held Louisiana Tech to only 29 percent shooting in a win.
Jeanne Kenney added 13 points for LSU (4-1) which led 54-40 with 13:00 to play when a fight broke out. Officials reviewed the video and ejected DaShawn Harden and Danielle Ballard of LSU and TyJae’ Chenevert of Louisiana Tech.
The Tigers led by no less than 12 from there.
Whitney Frazier had 24 points and eight rebounds and Christassia Walter added 15 for Louisiana Tech (0-3). The Techsters missed their first nine field goals of the game and only led when Walter made 1 of 2 free throws to open the scoring.
LSU has now won the last nine meetings between the schools and took the lead in the all-time series, 15-14.
No. 16 COLORADO 85, NEW MEXICO 53
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Jen Reese scored 18 points and hauled in seven rebounds to lead Colorado to a rout over New Mexico.
Reese was 7 of 10 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and got help from four other Buffaloes in double-digits: Lexy Kresl with 13 points, Lauren Huggins with 12, Jasmine Sborov with 11 points, and Jamee Swan with 10 and eight rebounds. Undefeated on the season, the win also extended the Buffaloes non-conference win streak to 28.
Colorado (4-0) took control early in the first half, heading into the break with a 42-28 advantage, then continued to pull away with 55.6 percent shooting from the field, hitting 10 of 18 from beyond the arc. They remain atop the PAC 12 from the free throw line by hitting 75 percent, 15 of 20.
Sara Halasz led New Mexico (1-3) with 16 points and six rebounds.
No. 19 SOUTH CAROLINA 88, SAN DIEGO STATE 54
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) — Alaina Coates scored a game-high 21 points to lead South Carolina to a victory over San Diego State.
Coates was 5 of 6 from the field and went 11 of 15 from the line and grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds. Three other players for the Gamecocks (6-0) were in double digits including Tiffany Mitchell with 17, Asia Dozier with 16, and Khadjah Sessions with 12.
South Carolina closed the first period with a comfortable 43-29 lead. They hit 52.7 percent from the field and 67.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Turnovers and personal fouls plagued San Diego State. Ahjalee Harvey had seven of the team’s 25 turnovers. And two starters — Khristina Hunter and Cierra Warren — fouled out of the game.
Erimma Amarikwa led the Aztecs (0-4) with 15 points and five rebounds.
No. 21 MICHIGAN STATE 81, RICE 68
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Becca Mills scored 20 points as Michigan State forced 20 turnovers and defeated Rice with a breakaway second half.
Neither team led by more than five points in a close first half, and Rice (3-3) opened the second with a Megan Palmer layup for a 32-32 tie. The Spartans then exploded on a 12-2 run featuring 3-pointers by Klarissa Bell and Kiana Johnson.
Johnson finished with 15 points, Bell 10 and Annalise Pickrel 14 for Michigan State (4-1).
The Owls made one more run, cutting the lead to 55-51 at 9:34 on 3-pointers by Alyssa Lang and Elena Gumbs, but Michigan State pulled steadily away 26-17 the rest of the way.
Jessica Kuster led Rice with 19 points and 13 rebounds, Christal Porter added 12 points, Reem Moussa 11 and Palmer finished with 10.