Smith scores 16 to helps No. 4 Louisville beat Western Kentucky 74-61
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Bria Smith scored 16 points to help No. 4 Louisville beat Western Kentucky 74-61 on Wednesday night.
Sara Hammond and Shoni Schimmel each added 12 points for the Cardinals (7-0), who will visit No. 7 Kentucky on Sunday.
Louisville jumped out to a quick 18-2 lead before the Hilltoppers rallied back to 39-34 at the half. Jalynn McLain's three-point play with 13:58 left made it 50-46 but that's as close as the Hilltoppers could come as the Cardinals scored 14 of the next 16 points to take control.
Schimmel got the run started with a 3-pointer and Smith added six points during the spurt.
Chastity Gooch scored 21 points to lead Western Kentucky (4-2).
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- Tara VanDerveer became nostalgic after reaching another major coaching milestone.
VanDerveer became the fifth women's coach to reach 900 victories with No. 6 Stanford's 83-59 win against Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday night, and she was grateful for the support she had during the years.
''It goes fast,'' the Hall of Famer said. ''I can remember my first game and different games in different places. Obviously some really big games, it goes really fast. I'm very thankful for the places I coached, the assistants I worked with, the athletic directors I worked for. The outstanding players I coached. The fabulous fans at Idaho, Ohio State and Stanford. I live a blessed life.''
The 60-year-old VanDerveer, who is 900-204 in her career, joined Pat Summitt, Sylvia Hatchell, C. Vivian Stringer and Jody Conradt with the milestone win. The Hall of Fame coach was presented with a game ball after the final buzzer and the players held up signs with ''900'' written on them.
Chiney Ogwumike led the Cardinal (6-1) with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Mikaela Ruef added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Both were on the team when VanDerveer won No. 800 in 2010.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Samarie Walker wanted to make an offensive point against Bradley.
She finished with a season-high 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 7 Kentucky to a 117-77 rout of Bradley on Wednesday.
''I've been telling myself for a while now to just be more aggressive on offense,'' Walker said. ''The only person that's really been stopping me is myself. I think it finally just hit me to go out there and play hard.''
The senior center helped the Wildcats (7-0) complete the first month of the season undefeated heading into Sunday's game against No. 4 Louisville. The Wildcats won their 42nd consecutive non-conference game at home and scored 90 or more points for the fifth time this year.
Walker, who had 14 points in the first half, led six players in double figures. Jennifer O'Neill followed Walker with 14 points, DeNesha Stallworth and Kastine Evans had 13 each and Janee Thompson and Linnae Harper finished with 10 apiece.
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Jordan Hooper scored 25 points and No. 10 Nebraska opened up a 32-point first-half lead before rolling over Massachusetts-Lowell 77-42 on Wednesday night.
Nebraska (6-0) scored the first seven points before UMass Lowell (0-6) made its first basket with 15:40 left in the half. The River Hawks didn't score again for 10 minutes. They made just 1 of their first 26 shots.
The Huskers took a 34-2 lead on Tear'a Laudermill's 3 pointer with 6:23 remaining in the half. UMass Lowell outscored Nebraska 14-6 to cut the Husker halftime lead to 24. Nebraska outscored UMass Lowell 20-2 to open the second half, going up 60-18 on Hooper's 3 pointer with 14:39 remaining.
Joining Hooper in double figures for Nebraska was Emily Cady with 14 points. Shannon Samuel led UMass Lowell with 16 points.