Melissa Dixon scores 27 points to lead No. 25 Iowa against No. 22 Syracuse
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Melissa Dixon scored seven of her game-high 27 points in the final 1:22 as No. 25 Iowa came back to defeat 22nd-ranked and previously unbeaten Syracuse 97-91 in the Big Ten/ACC challenge Thursday night.
Dixon hit all 27 points - on 7 of 11 3-pointers - after halftime as Iowa (9-1) clawed back from a 47-37 gap.
Bethany Doolittle scored a career-high 25 for the Hawkeyes, Samantha Logic added 14 and Kali Peschel 10 with eight rebounds.
The Hawkeyes hadn't led since 12:06 of the first half when a Dixon 3 brought them to 71-69, and then Peschel grabbed a defensive rebound and scored for a 72-71 lead.
Syracuse (8-1) was led by 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting from Brittney Sykes, who also hauled down 10 boards. Sykes scored 10 of her points in the final 7:14 as she and Iowa's Dixon and Logic traded baskets and the lead.
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Bria Hartley scored 20 of her 25 points before halftime and top-ranked Connecticut routed UC Davis 97-37 on Thursday night.
Breanna Stewart had 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists for the Huskies (10-0), who were playing with just six scholarship players because of injuries. It was the Huskies' final tuneup before a showdown later this month with No. 2 Duke.
Sydnee Fipps scored 13 points and Kelsey Harris had 12 to lead UC Davis (2-5).
The Huskies used an early 22-0 run to break the game open and led by 43 points at halftime.
Hartley outscored UC Davis 20-17 by herself in the first half. The senior guard was 8 of 9 from the floor during the game, including all five she attempted from 3-point range. Hartley became the 19th player at UConn to reach 1,500 points in her career.
The Aggies were able to stay in the game for a while, with the help of a clock malfunction that kept both teams off the court for about 5 minutes in the first half. After that, it was all UConn.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Alexis Jones scored to lead No. 2 Duke in a 99-78 victory against No. 16 Purdue on Thursday night in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge game.
Chelsea Gray added 16 points for Duke (9-0). Haley Peters, who had sat out four games with a knee injury, and Elizabeth Williams had 14 points each, Tricia Liston scored 13 and Richa Jackson 11.
Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie moved one win away from reaching 500 for her career, improving to 499-183. The Blue Devils visit No. 17 Oklahoma on Sunday.
K.K. Houser scored 20 points to lead Purdue (5-2). April Wilson had 14 and Whitney Bays 11.
Duke, which leads the series 6-3, is 6-1 overall in Big Ten/ACC Challenge games while Purdue is 1-6.
The Blue Devils trailed 44-41 at halftime, their first deficit at the break this season, before running away from the Boilermakers in the second half.