Women’s Top 25 roundup: No. 15 Louisville outlasts No. 12 Irish

By Thomson Reuters Feb 8, 2024 | 9:32 PM

Nyla Harris produced 19 points and 10 rebounds as host No. 15 Louisville toppled No. 12 Notre Dame 73-66 on Thursday night.

Harris — who notched her fourth double-double of the season — made 9 of 11 shots from the floor as the Cardinals (20-4, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) improved to 4-3 against ranked teams this season. Louisville also aided by 13 points from Sydney Taylor plus an effort of 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists from Kiki Jefferson.

Hannah Hidalgo powered Notre Dame (17-5, 7-4) with 30 points and seven steals. Maddy Westbeld and Sonia Citron each chipped in nine points and seven boards.

Louisville jumped out to a 13-2 lead early before Notre Dame responded with a 10-2 run to close the first frame.

At halftime, the Cardinals led by one, but they pushed their edge back to double digits with a 11-2 run in the third quarter, punctuated by a layup from Harris. The Cardinals then went on to lead by as much as 13 points in the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals held the Irish to 2-of-18 shooting from 3-point range, Notre Dame’s worst mark in ACC play this season.

Hidalgo raised her season point total to 551, breaking the Irish’s program record for a freshman. Shari Matvey set the old mark of 529 in 1979-80.

No. 1 South Carolina 83, Missouri 45

MiLaysia Fulwiley had 19 points, six steals and four assists as the Gamecocks remained undefeated and routed the Tigers in Columbia, S.C.

South Carolina (22-0, 10-0 Southeastern Conference) was also boosted by Chloe Kitts’ 12 points, eight rebounds and five blocks, plus 11 points from Sania Feagin and 10 points from Bree Hall. Ashton Judd paced Missouri (11-12, 2-8) with 12 points and 10 boards.

The Gamecocks played without starting center Kamilla Cardoso because she is playing with Brazil in a qualifying tournament for the summer Olympics. Also absent from the Gamecocks was freshman Sahnya Jah, who is suspended indefinitely for “conduct detrimental to the team,” the program announced.

No. 16 Virginia Tech 72, No. 3 NC State 61

Elizabeth Kitley piled up 25 points and 13 rebounds as the Hokies won on the road over the higher-ranked Wolfpack in Raleigh, N.C.

Georgia Amoore added a near triple-double of 12 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for Virginia Tech (19-4, 10-2 ACC) in its sixth straight win. Matilda Ekh chipped in 14 points and Cayla King scored 13.

Madison Hayes powered NC State (20-3, 8-3) with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Aziaha James scored 17 points and Saniya Rivers added 12. The Wolfpack’s two frontcourt players — Mimi Collins and River Baldwin — struggled against Kitley, combining for just eight rebounds and six points on 1-of-11 shooting.

No. 14 Indiana 94, Michigan State 91

Mackenzie Holmes scored 28 points on 11-of-15 shooting to help the Hoosiers defeat the upset-minded Spartans in Bloomington, Ind.

Indiana (19-3, 10-2 Big Ten) also got 21 points from Sara Scalia, 20 points from Yarden Garzon and a triple-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists from Chloe Moore-McNeil — the fourth in program history. Michigan State (17-6, 7-5) was led by Julia Ayrault’s 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting, while DeeDee Hagemann had 19 points and 10 assists.

The Spartans opened the game by scoring 32 points in the first quarter. Indiana took its first lead of the second half with 6:11 to play after Scalia swished a 3-pointer on an assist from Holmes. Michigan State tied the game with 1:55 to play, but Indiana responded with layups from Holmes and Garzon.

No. 23 Syracuse 62, Georgia Tech 59

Dyaisha Fair scored 17 points as the host Orange outlasted the Yellow Jackets.

Fair also had four assists and five rebounds, while Izabel Varejao added 13 points and seven rebounds for Syracuse (19-4, 9-3 ACC). Alyssa Latham chipped in 12 points and eight boards. Kara Dunn paced Georgia Tech (14-10, 5-7) with 17 points, while Kayla Blackshear had 15 and Tonie Morgan added 12.

The Orange took a one-point lead with just less than two minutes to play on a layup by Varejao, and Georgia Tech never scored again. Aixa Wone Aranaz missed a jumper, Dunn missed a layup and Sydney Johnson turned the ball over. Fair flushed two free throws in the final 30 seconds to push Syracuse’s advantage to three points.

–Field Level Media