Posted: Feb 27, 2014 7:55 PM
Updated: Feb 27, 2014 7:55 PM
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Kayla McBride scored 28 points and Natalie Achonwa added 24 to lead second-ranked Notre Dame to a 98-75 victory over No. 14 North Carolina on Thursday to finish the regular season unbeaten at home.
The Irish (28-0, 15-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) opened a 22-point lead late in the first half and led 55-38 at intermission. The Tar Heels (21-8, 9-6) rallied in the second half with a 10-4 run, highlighted by a three-point play by Xylina McDaniel, to cut the lead to 61-51.
McBride hit a jumper to spark a 6-0 spurt as the Irish regained control and eventually led by 28.
Notre Dame shot 52 percent against the Tar Heels, which had been holding opponents to 35-percent shooting.
McDaniel led UNC with 18 points and Diamond DeShields had 17.
The game was Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw's 1,000th as a head coach, improving her overall record to 742-258.
No. 4 SOUTH CAROLINA 67, GEORGIA 56
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Tiffany Mitchell scored a career-high 25 points and South Carolina wrapped up its first Southeastern Conference title.
Alaina Coates added 18 points as the Gamecocks (26-2, 14-1) won their 10th straight and finished 16-0 at home. South Carolina's other 6-foot-4 forward, Elem Ibiam, had a team-high nine rebounds and five of the team's 11 blocks.
Erika Ford had 16 points to lead the Bulldogs (18-10, 6-9).
Mitchell scored 16 points in the opening half to help the Gamecocks build a 16-point lead and Georgia could never recover.
No. 7 DUKE 71, WAKE FOREST 56
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Haley Peters scored a season-high 22 points and Duke pulled away for its 40th straight win over Wake Forest.
Richa Jackson added 15 points and Tricia Liston scored 10 with a critical 3-pointer late in her final regular-season game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Playing their first full game without injured point guard Alexis Jones, the Blue Devils (25-4, 12-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) locked up the No. 2 seed for next week's conference tournament and avoided their first losing streak since 2007-08.
ACC scoring leader Dearica Hamby scored 20 points and Chelsea Douglas finished with 19 and hit five 3-pointers for the Demon Deacons (14-14, 5-10).
No. 9 MARYLAND 92, BOSTON COLLEGE 66
BOSTON (AP) Alyssa Thomas scored 26 points to move into second place on Maryland's all-time women's scoring list, carrying the ninth-ranked Terrapins past Boston College.
Lexie Brown added 12 points, all coming on 3-pointers, and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 11 for Maryland (23-5, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). Thomas added nine boards.
Kristen Doherty led Boston College (12-17, 3-12) with 15 points in her final home game. The Eagles have lost 10 of 11.
Thomas surpassed Marissa Coleman for second and needs 34 points to move ahead of Crystal Langhorne's record of 2,247. She also needs 56 to break Juan Dixon's overall school record of 2,269.
No. 13 NC STATE 79, PITTSBURGH 68
PITTSBURGH (AP) Markeisha Gatling scored 20 points and Len'Nique Brown added 19 points, including six straight free throws in the final 90 seconds as North Carolina State got the 800th victory in the program's history.
In earning their first win at Pitt in the first meeting between the teams as Atlantic Coast Conference rivals, the Wolfpack (24-5, 11-4) reached 24 wins for the 12th time in program history, and 11 conference victories for the 10th time
NC State shot 53.8 percent from the field (28 of 52) while its defense held the Panthers to 23 of 67 (34.3 percent).
Chelsea Welch came off the bench to score 16 points for Pittsburgh (11-18, 3-12).
No. 25 IOWA 65, OHIO STATE 61
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Theairra Taylor scored 21 points and Iowa pulled away in the second half to beat Ohio State.
Melissa Dixon scored 14, Bethany Doolittle 12, and Iowa (22-7, 10-5 Big Ten) forced 21 turnovers and had 15 steals. Ohio State (15-16, 5-10) outshot the Hawkeyes 46.2 percent to 41.7 percent from the field, 33.3 percent to 29.4 percent on 3-pointers, and 66.7 percent to 55.6 percent on free throws.
The Buckeyes at one point led by five and the lead changed hands 10 times until Doolittle's jumper with 10 seconds to play gave Iowa a 36-34 halftime edge.
Taylor's free throws in the second half sparked a 9-2 run for a 61-55 Iowa lead. Ohio State's Ameryst Alston made it a two-point game with a layup, but Taylor hit consecutive layups for the win.
Alston led Iowa with 18 and Ashley Adams scored 12.