Louisville Controls Marquette
Louisville, Ky. — Russ Smith scored 18 points, Peyton Siva added 14 and No. 12 Louisville shot 52 percent to run away from No. 25 Marquette 70-51 yesterday.
The lopsided outcome was somewhat surprising considering what was at stake for both teams in the Big East.
Marquette had an opportunity to take a one-game lead on Syracuse, but the Golden Eagles were left settling for a first-place tie with the Orange. The Cardinals (18-4, 6-3), meanwhile, moved a half-game closer to both schools with their second straight win, remaining in a four-way tie for third.
The Cardinals finished 27 of 52 from the field after an 0-for-8 start while holding the Golden Eagles (15-5, 6-2) to 36 percent shooting (19 of 53). They also outrebounded Marquette 38-26.
No. 23 Minnesota 62
Minneapolis — Austin Hollins hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.6 seconds left, lifting Minnesota to a victory over Iowa.
Hollins finished with 17 points for the Gophers (17-5, 5-4 Big Ten). With Minnesota trailing 59-57, the 6-foot-4 Hollins got open in the corner on an inbound play and made the shot over 6-foot-1 Mike Gesell. Hollins then hounded Gesell on the other end to force the ball out of bounds.
Andre Hollins, who had 15 points, made two free throws to stretch the lead to three, and Gesell’s tying attempt rolled off the front rim.
No. 5 Duke 84
No. 11 North Carolina 63
Chapel Hill, n.c. — Chloe Wells scored a career-high 18 points to help No. 5 Duke roll past No. 11 North Carolina.
Tricia Liston added 15 for the Blue Devils (20-1, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who jumped all over the Tar Heels to take the drama out of this one early. Duke blew the game open with a 29-3 run over 10 minutes, led by 31 at halftime and was up by as many as 33 points in its fifth straight win in the rivalry.
UNC’s Sylvia Hatchell was going for her 900th victory to become only the third coach in women’s basketball to reach that milestone, along with Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt. But the Tar Heels (20-3, 8-2) had no early answers against the Blue Devils. Duke shot 56 percent, hit 7 of 9 3-point attempts and kept adding to the lead by cashing in on turnovers or the offensive glass during the dominant first half.
No. 13 Georgia 75
No. 8 Kentucky 71
Lexington, Ky. — Khaalidah Miller scored a career-high 25 points and No. 13 Georgia forced a key turnover with 5 seconds to play to hold off No. 8 Kentucky.
Anne Marie Armstrong and Jasmine James each added 12 points for the Lady Bulldogs (19-3, 7-2 Southeastern Conference), who had a 74-71 lead after James hit one of two free throws with 1:12 left.
No. 9 Tennessee 63
Columbia, Mo. — Morgan Eye scored 26 points and Bri Kulas added 20, and Missouri upset No. 9 Tennessee for its first win over a ranked team in almost two years.
The Tigers (15-8, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) shot 52.7 percent from the field, their best showing in SEC play this season, and went 11 for 24 on 3-point attempts.
Kamiko Williams scored 14 points to lead the Lady Vols (17-5, 8-1 SEC) before leaving with 16:59 left with an apparent leg injury. Tennessee has lost two of three and had its 12-game winning streak in the SEC snapped. The Tigers’ last victory over a ranked team came March 5, 2011, against No. 23 Iowa State.
No. 10 Maryland 85
Boston College 62
College Park, Md. — Tianna Hawkins scored 26 points and Alyssa Thomas had 24 points to help No. 10 Maryland beat Boston College.
Thomas added 12 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season and the 32nd of her career to help Maryland stay unbeaten in 12 home games this season. The Terrapins have won eight straight.
Kristen Doherty led Boston College (9-12, 3-7) with 18 points before fouling out with 5:43 to play. Kerri Shields added 14 for the Eagles.
Thomas became the 16th player in the program’s history to score 1,400 points. The junior now has 1,405 points in her career. Hawkins has scored in double figures in 19 straight games and 20 of 21 games this season.
Alicia DeVaughn had 13 points and nine rebounds for Maryland and Katie Rutan and Malina Howard each added 10 points for the Terps, who shot 50 percent from the floor despite making just 3 of 14 3-pointers.
The Eagles shot 39.1 percent for the game.
Boston College had an 11- 0 run in the first half that put the Terps behind by eight as Shields tied the game, then the Eagles scored off three straight long-range jumpers by Nicole Boudreau. By Doherty , then again by Doherty.
The Terps came back with four straight baskets by Thomas, Howard, Thomas again and the tying basket by Hawkins. Rutan made a 3-pointer put the Terps ahead for good, 18-15.