NEW ORLEANS — Former Monacan star Megan Walker scored a career-high 34 points and Katie Lou Samuelson added 17 to power No. 2 UConn to a 75-33 victory over Tulane on Wednesday night.
The Huskies (15-1, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) pounded Tulane (13-4, 3-1) with its size and strength, holding the Green Wave to 18.3 percent shooting and forcing 22 turnovers.
UConn dominated from the opening tip, holding to Tulane to four points in the first quarter on 15 percent shooting (2 of 13) and coasting to the victory. Tulane had won six consecutive games but could not overcome UConn’s relentless ball pressure.
UConn led 38-14 at the half, and the Huskies’ defensive pressure forced Tulane into 12 first-half turnovers.
Despite shooting just 2 of 13 from long range in the first half, the Huskies made 16 of 32 shots in the first half, doing most of the damage inside on the break after turnovers against the smaller Green Wave defense. The Huskies also used their strength to hound the Tulane guards into several unforced ball-handling errors on the perimeter.
Walker, who averages 11 points game, scored 15 in the first half on 6 of 11 shooting, and Samuelson added 10 points. Walker also finished with a team-high 10 rebounds.
No. 1 Notre Dame 80, Virginia Tech 51: Jessica Shepard had 20 points and 11 rebounds and the top-ranked Fighting Irish took command with a 24-1 run in the second quarter to beat the Hokies in Blacksburg.
Arike Ogunbowale added 19 points for the Fighting Irish (17-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Irish trailed 24-18 before Marina Mabrey sparked the run with her third 3-pointer of the first half. The burst took just six minutes and ended with Notre Dame ahead 42-25.
“They came out and gave us a knockout punch,” Irish coach Muffet McGraw said. “Fortunately we took it and gave them one of our own.”
Virginia Tech (13-4, 0-4) responded by scoring 9 straight points to bring the crowd back into it, but it was 44-34 at the half. Notre Dame pulled away thereafter, winning its 10th in a row and dropping the Hokies to 1-47 in program history against teams in the top five.
“I was disappointed in our fight,” Hokies coach Kenny Brooks said. “As soon as they took the lead it was like somebody took the air out of the balloon.”
Taylor Emery had 15 points and Trinity Baptiste had 11 points and 15 rebounds for Virginia Tech. The Hokies had lost their first three conference games by a combined 13 points.
The game marked the first on-court matchup of sisters Marina Mabrey, a Notre Dame senior, and Dara Mabrey, a freshman for the Hokies. The pair played together in 2015 at Manasquan High School in Belmar, New Jersey, but hadn’t ever gone head-to-head before.
As with her team, Marina had the decided upper hand, scoring 15 points while Dara missed 12 of 14 shots and scored 5.
Notre Dame 18 26 29 7 — 80
Virginia Tech 20 14 10 7 — 51
Notre Dame: Shepard 20, Turner 7, Mabrey 15, Ogunbowale 19, Young 9, Patterson 8, Nixon 2.
Virginia Tech: Baptiste 11, Magarity 11, Brooks 3, Emery 15, Mabrey 5, Camp 2, Sheppard 4.
3-point goals: ND: Mabrey 3, Ogunbowale 2; Baptiste 1, Brooks 1, Emery 1, Mabrey 1.
VCU 47, Fordham 44: A scoring barrage in the third period and tenacity on the defensive end in the final period helped VCU (12-5) improve to 3-0 in A-10 play with a road win over Fordham (12-6).
Down 13 at the break, VCU put up 23 in the third quarter to tie the game before holding Fordham to 4 four points in the fourth.
Danielle Hammond led all scorers with 17 points for VCU.
Fordham 13 17 10 4 — 44
VCU: Hammond 17, Robinson 9, Reed 8, Petrova 4, Malashka 3, Archie 2, Williams 2, Pashigoreva 2.
Fordham: Cavanaugh 12, Goulding 12, Holden 11, Heremaia 5, Downey 4.
3-point goals: VCU: Robinson, Malashka; FU: Goulding 2, Holden, Heremaia, Cavanaugh.
Davidson 78, Richmond 55: Five Wildcats scored in double-figures as Davidson (10-7) routed UR (3-14).
Davidson made nine shots from beyond the arc to Richmond’s five. A 29-point fourth quarter helped the Wildcats pull away despite the Spiders efforts to hang around most of the evening.
Jaide Hinds-Clarke led UR with 17 points and seven rebounds.
Davidson 17 18 14 29 — 78
Richmond 11 15 10 19 — 55
Davidson: Lyon 18, Donovan 16, Speight 14, Turner 11, Fitzgerald 10, Abdul-Aziz 3, Welling 2, Welch 2, Roland 2.
Richmond: Hinds-Clarke 17, Carpenter 13, Ruffin 8, Fee 8, Parson 5, Duggan 2, Mustaf 2.
3-point goals: DC: Speight 4, Turner 2, Fitzgerald 2, Abdul-Aziz; UR: Carpenter 3, Parson, Fee.
George Mason 70, UMass 52
Southern Virginia 58, Christopher Newport 54
Washington and Lee 85, Bridgewater 82
Mary Washington 65, St. Mary’s (Md.) 60
Eastern Mennonite 63, Shenandoah 47
Lynchburg 85, Guilford 76
William Peace 82, Averett 79
Kansas State 74, No. 20 Oklahoma 61: Barry Brown scored 25 points and Dean Wade added 20 to help the Wildcats take down the No. 20 Sooners in Norman, Okla.
It was Kansas State’s second straight road win over a ranked team — the Wildcats won at Iowa State last Saturday. It was also Wade’s second game back since missing six in a row with a torn tendon in his right foot.
Kansas State (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) shot 50 percent from the field against an Oklahoma squad that was holding opponents to 37.7 percent shooting, good for ninth nationally.
Christian James scored 20 points and Rashard Odomes added a season-high 17 for Oklahoma (13-4, 2-3).
It was the Sooners’ first home defeat and their first loss to an unranked team this season.
No. 14 Auburn 85, Texas A&M 66: Bryce Brown scored all but two of his 22 points in the first half and the No. 14 Tigers routed the Aggies.
The Tigers (13-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) won on the road for the first time in league play this season. They dominated the Aggies (7-8, 1-3) from the start and never looked back.
Brown scored 18 consecutive points for the Tigers — and outscored the Aggies 18-10 by himself during that span — late in the first half to stake Auburn to a double-digit lead it didn’t relinquish. Brown began the stretch with a three-point play, and his next 15 points came on 3-point shots.
Jared Harper had 17 points, six assists and three steals for Auburn. Anfernee McLemore added 13 points and six rebounds off the bench.
Savion Flagg and Wendell Mitchell each had 22 points to lead the Aggies.
No. 23 Iowa 89, Penn State 82: Luka Garza matched a season-high 22 points and also grabbed 12 rebounds and the No. 23 Hawkeyes edged the Nittany Lions.
Jordan Bohannon added 19 points, Ryan Kriener had 15 off the bench for the Hawkeyes (15-3, 4-3 Big Ten), who won their fourth straight and ninth of 10.
Josh Reaves and Rasir Bolton scored 16 points apiece for the Nittany Lions (7-11, 0-7), who led for most of the second half but lost their fifth straight.
Mike Watkins chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds and Myles Dread scored 14 points for Penn State which scored the first eight points and led 45-40 at halftime.
Louisville 80, Boston College 70: Jordan Nwora scored 18 of his career-high 32 points before the break before adding 5 points late that helped the Cardinals hold off the Eagles.
Following up their 21-point road upset of then-No. 12 North Carolina initially took time for the Cardinals (12-5, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who made just 5 of their first 21 from the field. The Eagles (9-7, 0-4) meanwhile started 12 of 22 to lead 28-16 before Louisville quickly heated up as Sutton scored 8 consecutive points.
Sutton shot 5 of 10 with 10 boards while Christen Cunningham had nine points and eight assists for the Cardinals, who finished 47 percent shooting.
Jordan Chatman had 21 points while Ky Bowman added 14 with 13 rebounds for BC, which shot 45 percent and was outrebounded 41-30 in its fifth consecutive loss.
George Mason 68, UMass 63: Justin Kier scored 22 points, Javon Greene added a career-high 19 points and the Patriots beat the Minutemen in Amherst, Mass.
George Mason (10-8, 4-1 Atlantic 10 Conference) improved to 3-0 on the road in conference play. UMass (7-10, 0-4) has lost six of its last seven games.
Kier was 8 of 12 from the floor and Greene 6-of-11 shooting, and the duo each had eight of George Mason’s 35 rebounds. Otis Livingston II chipped in with 12 points and four assists.
Rashaan Holloway and Carl Pierre scored 11 points apiece to lead UMass.
Trailing 54-50 with five minutes left, Greene hit a 3-pointer to spark a 13-2 run and the Patriots led 63-56 with 2:38 left. Layups from Holloway and Jonathan Laurent pulled the Minutemen to 63-60 with 57 seconds remaining. Kier scored on the next possession and then Greene’s free throw made it 66-60 with 18 seconds to go.
Pierre hit another 3, but Livingston made a pair of free throws to seal it.
Presbyterian 85, Hampton 70: Davon Bell scored 22 points, Adam Flagler added 21 points with eight rebounds and the Blue Hose beat the visiting Pirates.
Romeo Crouch added 16 points as he and Bell made eight of Presbyterian’s 10 3-point shots. Presbyterian (10-9, 2-2 Big South) led 35-33 and went on a 9-4 run over the last 2:50 to close the first half.
Bell made a jumper and Kody Shubert added a pair of free throws to cap a 10-2 surge and Presbyterian led 62-49 with 11:05 left. Hampton responded with an 11-2 run and drew within five with 5:44 left but couldn’t get closer.
The Blue Hose finished 17 of 23 from the foul line compared to 9 of 13 for the Pirates.
Kalin Fisher and Jermaine Marrow each scored 15 for Hampton (7-9, 2-1). Lysander Bracey scored 13 points and Trevond Barnes added 12 points with six rebounds.
Liberty 75, Winthrop 61: Isaiah Walton scored a season-high 30 points and the Lancers knocked off the Eagles. It was Longwood’s first win over Winthrop in 10 games.
The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Eagles (11-6, 3-1 Big South) and dropped them into a second-place tie with High Point behind idle Radford (3-0).
JaShaun Smith had 12 points and Damarion Geter grabbed 10 rebounds with blocked four shots for Longwood (12-7, 2-2).
Nych Smith scored 14 points and Josh Ferguson added 12 points for Winthrop. Adam Pickett collected 11 boards.
Liberty 62, Kennesaw State 41: Scottie James had 12 points and 12 rebounds and the Flames pulled away big in the second half for a victory over the Owls.
Caleb Homesley added 12 points and seven rebounds for Liberty (15-4, 4-0 Atlantic Sun Conference), which earned its fifth straight win. Keenan Gumbs and Elijah Cuffee chipped in 11 points apiece.
Darius McGhee, whose 11 points per game heading into the contest was second on the Flames, scored just 5 points and was 1-of-6 shooting from long range.
Tyler Hooker had 16 points and seven rebounds for Kennesaw State (3-15, 0-3), which has lost five straight. The Owls’ 24.4 field goal percentage represented the worst mark by a Liberty opponent this season.
Virginia Union 91, Bluefield State 67: Five VUU players scored in double-figures as the Panthers (9-7) defeated the Big Blues (6-11) behind a 53-point second half.
Darian Peterson led VUU with 15 off the bench, and finished a perfect 6 of 6 from the field. Jemal Smith dished out 11 assists for the Panthers.
VUU dominated the contest in the paint, out-rebounding BSC 40-24 and garnering a 52-28 advantage in points in the paint.
Virginia Union: Peterson 15, Leach 14, White 14, Pitts 13, Jenkins 13, Wright 9, Smith 5, Peebles 4, Bowles 2, Kuwornu 2.
Bluefield State: Anyanwu 16, Adeyemo 11, Williams 11, Purnell 8, Neal 6, Hood 5, Ezeagabu 4, Henry 3, Calloway 3.
3-point goals: VUU: Leach 3, Peterson 2, Pitts, Smith; BSC: Williams 3, Anyanwu, Calloway, Henry, Hood, Purnell.
HT: Virginia Union 38, Bluefield State 32
Randolph 73, Hampden-Sydney 59: Sammy Hooper led all scorers with 25 points for the Wildcats (7-10) as they pulled away from the Tigers (4-10) in the second half.
Hooper also dished out seven assists. RC forced 16 H-SC turnovers and converted them into 21 points.
Randolph: Hooper 25, Dula 10, Pugh 10, Loving 7, Ford 6, Hayden 6, Goodman 4, Smith 3, Osborne 2.
Hampden-Sydney: Hahn 11, Zager 11, Reid 7, Johnson 7, Quinn 7, Thomas 5, McHale 4, Atwood 3, McKay 2, Scott 2.
3-point goals: RC: Hooper 3, Pugh 2, Loving, Goodman; H-SC: Johnson, Quinn, Atwood, Thomas.
Randolph-Macon 87, Bridgewater 79: Despite a resurgent second half effort from the Eagles (7-10) to force overtime, the Yellow Jackets (15-2) won a back-and-forth affair behind 15 points from Buzz Anthony.
The catalyst for R-MC was its resiliency on the glass, as the Yellow Jackets converted 21 second-chance points.
Randolph-Macon: Anthony 15, Bays 12, Neeley 10, Midulla 8, Nowell 8, Williams 5, Woods 5, Kilgroe 5, Robertson 5.
Bridgewater: Cammon 15, Sanders 14, Grier 13, Chambers 10, Turner 10, Murray 4, Simpkins 2.
3-point goals: R-MC: Bays 2, Neeley 2, Woods, Robertson; BC: Sanders 3, Chambers 2, Turner 2, Murray, Cammon.
Marymount 88, Shenandoah 81 (OT)
Emory & Henry 76, Roanoke 56
Eastern Mennonite 68, Virginia Wesleyan 66
Christopher Newport 77, Southern Virginia 54
Mary Washington 79, St. Mary’s (Md.) 67