Behind Xylina McDaniel, No. 18 North Carolina takes care of No. 15 Nebraska
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Xylina McDaniel hit 11 of 15 shots and scored a game-high 25 points to lead No. 18 North Carolina in a 75-62 victory against No. 15 Nebraska on Wednesday night.
McDaniel, in addition to 73.3-percent shooting, grabbed eight rebounds for the Tar Heels (7-2). UNC shot 48.5 percent from the floor and 5 of 11 from behind the line, but finished with 10 more steals and seven more rebounds than Nebraska.
The Huskers, who faced their first ranked opponent of the season in UNC, shot a perfect 12 of 12 from the line, but finished just 39.3 percent from the floor and 28.6 percent from behind the arc. Jordan Hooper led the team with 18 points.
The Huskers (6-2) have now suffered back-to-back losses after falling 76-72 on November 30th to Washington State.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Natalie Achonwa had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 4 Notre Dame in a 77-67 victory against No. 10 Penn State on Wednesday night.
Jewell Loyd scored 17 points, Kayla McBride had 13 and Taya Reimer 12 for the Fighting Irish (7-0).
Notre Dame led by 14 points at halftime and maintained it through most of the second half as Penn State got no closer than nine.
Ariel Edwards scored 18 points for the Lady Lions (5-2). Dara Taylor added 14 points and Talia East 12.
Penn State leading scorer Maggie Lucas, who came in averaging 22.2 points per game, was held to just seven points on 1-for-8 shooting.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Alyssa Thomas had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 8 Maryland overcame a shaky first half to beat Ohio State 67-55 on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Terrapins (8-1) led by only three points at the break before returning to make their first four shots as part of an 11-2 run that made it 40-28. Thomas scored six points in the spree and Brene Moseley sank Maryland's first 3-pointer of the game.
Ohio State (6-4) closed to 56-53 with 2:58 left, but a 3-pointer by Lexie Brown, a layup by Moseley and two free throws by Thomas ended the suspense.
Ameryst Alston scored 18, and Cait Craft and Matina Ellerbe had 11 apiece for the Buckeyes, who were coming off a 21-point loss to top-ranked Connecticut.
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Jasmine Sborov made two free throws with 5 seconds left to clinch No. 11 Colorado's 63-59 win at Wyoming on Wednesday night.
Brittany Wilson, who had a game-high 19 points, put Colorado (7-0) up 59-57 with 55 seconds left. After a miss by Wyoming (4-2) Lexy Kresl had two free throws at 17 seconds.
However, Sborov fouled Fallon Lewis, who made two free throws with 11 remaining. Sborov made up for it with her clutch free throws and despite a 1-10 night from the field.
Kayla Woodward led Wyoming with 17 points. Kaitlyn Mileto had 12.
Arielle Roberson had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Colorado.
The Buffs trailed 27-21 at the half but used an 11-0 run for a 32-20 lead. Colorado built an 11-point lead before Wyoming charged back to tie the game at 57 on a Chelan Landry jumper with 57 seconds left.
NORMAN, Okla. -- Aaryn Ellenberg scored 25 points and four teammates scored in double figures as No. 17 Oklahoma defeated Western Illinois 97-80 Wednesday night.
Starters Morgan Hook added 14 points, Nicole Griffin had 13 and Sharane Campbell 12 for the Sooners (6-2) and Nicole Kornet added 10 off the bench.
Ashley Luke scored 27 points, two shy of her career best, and grabbed six rebounds and six steals, for Western Illinois (4-5). Rebecca Henricson added 18.
The Sooners broke away from a 10-10 tie with a 12-0 run fueled by Hook's seven points. The Leathernecks kept the game under double figures until Ellenberg had a burst where she made a jump, assisted Shaya Kellogg's layup and then knocked down a 3-pointer for a 43-28 lead with 4:27 before the half. The lead never got below double figures after that and when Ellenberg hit a late 3 it was 51-34 at halftime.
AMES, Iowa -- Hallie Christofferson, Nikki Moody and Seanna Johnson had big games as No. 20 Iowa State cruised by Northern Iowa 83-55 on Wednesday night.
Christofferson led in scoring with 22 points, hitting 8 of 10 free throws. Moody added 16 points and eight assists. Johnson had 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Cyclones (8-0), off to their best start in 11 seasons, out-rebounded Northern Iowa 49-30.
The Panthers (2-7), held to 36 percent shooting, were led by Madison Weekly with 16 points.
Erin Dohnalek's 3-pointer pulled Northern Iowa into a 14-14 tie before the Cyclones reeled off 16 consecutive points. Late in the first half, Iowa State went on a 12-2 run before six quick points from the Panthers made it 43-26 at the half.
ISU dominated the inside, out-scoring the Panthers 42-16 in the paint and 16-4 in second-chance points. UNI had 18 turnovers good for 24 Cyclone points.