No. 23 Syracuse pulls away from Temple with late run to win 82-76
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Brittney Sykes scored 11 of her 20 points in the second half as No. 23 Syracuse pulled away from stubborn Temple 82-76 on Monday night.
The Owls (5-3) had pulled to within 68-66 when Meghan Roxas hit a 3-pointer with 2:46 left. Sykes answered for Syracuse (9-1) with a three-point play and a layup. In between, Rachel Coffey hit a 3-pointer and the Orange lead was back to 10, 77-67, with little more than a minute to go.
Shakeya Leary led Syracuse with 24 points, Brianna Butler 13, and Coffey 11.
Syracuse led by 11 at halftime but hit a five-minute dry spell afterward. Feyonda Fitzgerald scored eight of her career-high 28 points in a Temple 16-4 run, including two 3-pointers, to come within 49-48. For the next five minutes the teams traded the lead four times.
Natasha Thames added 12 points and 13 rebounds, Erica Coville 12 points for Temple.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Allisha Gray and Diamond DeShields scored 20 apiece, as No. 14 North Carolina hit the century mark for the second consecutive game, in a 124-41 victory against New Orleans on Monday night.
Coming off a 51-point win against Charleston Southern on Saturday, North Carolina (9-2) set a school record by scoring 124 points. The previous record was 121, set in 1985. They are North Carolina's first back-to-back 100-point games since the 2009-10 season.
The Tar Heels scored their 17th point before Dannisha Jackson got New Orleans on the board at the 14:17 mark. North Carolina led 30-2 at the 11:27 mark and pushed it to 72-18 at halftime.
New Orleans (0-9) also gave up 100-plus points earlier this season in a 111-38 loss to Mississippi State on Nov. 17.
Octavia Wilson led New Orleans with 21 points, as the Privateers made just 27.8 percent of its shots.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Ivey Slaughter scored a career-high 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead No. 24 Florida State past North Florida 61-42 on Monday night.
FSU (9-1) held North Florida without a field goal for more than five minutes to start the game and jumped out to an 11-0 lead.
The Seminoles forced 14 North Florida turnovers in the first half while limiting the Ospreys to 27.3 percent shooting from the field and took a 28-17 lead into the break.
Morgan Jones converted a three-point play and hit a 3-point shot during a 13-1 run early in the second half as FSU extended its lead to 21 with 13:05 to play. North Florida (2-7) wouldn't get closer than 16 the rest of the way.
Natasha Howard scored 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting from the field.
Bailey Florin and Amber Robinson scored 10 points apiece to pace the Ospreys.
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Sonja Greinacher tied a career high with 21 points and Lindsay Sherbert 19 as 25th-ranked Gonzaga defeated UC Riverside 87-43 on Monday night.
Greinacher reached double-figure scoring for a sixth consecutive game, and Sherbert hit a career-high five 3-pointers, all after halftime, for the Bulldogs (9-2), who remain unbeaten in seven home games this season.
Gonzaga forced 25 turnovers - 19 on steals - and hit half its field goals, 36 of 72. Haiden Palmer had nine steals to go with nine points, and Jazmine Redmon had four steals.
Gonzaga led 36-30 after a close first half, but Palmer and Greinacher combined for the first 11 points of the second half, building a 47-34 lead.
Brittany Crain, with 11 points for the Highlanders (4-5), kept her double-figure scoring streak alive at 19 games, tying the school's DI record for most games in double-digits. Riverside was held to 34-percent shooting.