Oklahoma State holds off Michigan State with late free throws
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Tiffany Bias hit all of her free throws in the final seconds and No. 13 Oklahoma State held off Michigan State to win 63-57 on Thursday in the Puerto Rico Classic.
Michigan State called a timeout with 43 seconds remaining after trailing 57-54. The Spartans grabbed their own rebound, but turned the ball over after being called for travelling. Bias shot 4 of 4 from the free throw line in the remaining seconds, and Oklahoma State (9-0) clinched the win after rallying back from a five-point deficit (42-37) with 11:05 to play.
The Spartans (6-5) led by three points at the half after holding Oklahoma State to just 24.2 percent shooting. Oklahoma State went 13 minutes without a field goal before going on a 7-0 run with 3:57 left before the break.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Haley Peters scored 17 points to help No. 2 Duke beat Albany 80-51 on Thursday night.
Chelsea Gray and Richa Jackson had 12 points apiece for the Blue Devils (11-1), who shot 59 percent from the floor in their first game since an 83-61 home loss to No. 1 Connecticut on Tuesday.
Albany (8-2) led 20-13 with 7:53 remaining in the first half, but Duke answered with a 15-2 run en route to a 34-26 lead at halftime.
The Blue Devils opened the second half with a 17-2 spurt and scored on their first 10 possessions of the half.
Shereesha Richards scored 20 of her 24 points in the first half for the Great Danes.
Richards, who scored her team's first 14 points, made 10 of 15 shots from the floor in the first half. Her teammates made 1 of 15 during that span.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Freshman Isabella Slim scored a career-high 17 points and Brittney Sykes had her third-consecutive 20-point performance to lead Syracuse (10-1) to an 80-44 victory against Niagara (2-6) on Thursday night in the Carrier Dome. With this win, SU has won 59 consecutive non-conference home games.
Slim went a personal best 5-of-8 from beyond the arc and Shakeya Leary rounded out SU double-digit scorers with 13 points. Rachel Coffey scored nine points off 3-of-5 3-point shooting. Twelve Orange contributed to the Syracuse point column.
SU shot 35.8 percent from the field including a 40.6 percent showing in the first half. The Orange went 38.5 percent on 3-point attempts, hitting 7-of-14 in the opening 20 minutes. The Purple Eagles were held to 27.1 percent shooting and just 18.2 percent from long range (4-22).
Syracuse dominated in transition, outscoring Niagara 19-2 on fast breaks and 27-6 off 27 Purple Eagles turnovers. The Orange made its first 16 free throws on its way to finishing 22-of-28.