Jacqueline Batteast made Notre Dame's only three-point basket of the game just before the buzzer sounded to lift the No. 7 Fighting Irish to a 50-47 victory over Marquette. Muffet McGraw notched her...
MILWAUKEE Jacqueline Batteast made Notre Dame’s only three-point basket of the game just before the buzzer sounded to lift the No. 7 Fighting Irish to a 50-47 victory over Marquette.
Muffet McGraw notched her 394th win, passing retired men’s coach Digger Phelps for the most wins by a Notre Dame basketball coach. McGraw is 394-150 in her 18th season with the Irish.
Batteast collected game-high totals of 27 points and 10 rebounds for Notre Dame (10-1), earning her third double-double of the season.
Christina Quaye led Marquette (6-3) with 20 points and eight rebounds. The Golden Eagles shot a mere 29 percent from the field, but outrebounded Notre Dame 47-31.
“Their defense was outstanding,” McGraw said. “I thought Quaye looked unstoppable at times. We had trouble defending her, but her getting into foul trouble maybe (was) the difference in game.”
Marquette tied the score at 47 on Danielle Kamm’s three-pointer with 6.7 seconds left. Batteast took a pass from Megan Duffy and made the three-point shot for the win.
“Batteast, what can you say about her?” Marquette coach Terri Mitchell said. “She is an All-American for a reason. She stepped up and took the big shot and made many key plays for her team.”
Notre Dame center Teresa Borton, who is from Yakima, had three points, three blocks and four fouls in 22 minutes.
Marquette led 24-23 at halftime, and the lead changed hands seven times in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Notre Dame extended its lead to 38-33 with 7:29 left on a layup by Charel Allen. Marquette tied it at 40 on Kamm’s falling 17-footer with 3:23 left.
Breona Gray’s jumper gave the Irish a 45-44 lead, and Duffy made two free throws for a three-point lead.
Notre Dame made 17 of 20 from the free-throw line while Marquette was 11 of 19.
No. 5 North Carolina 79, Georgia State 44
Ivory Latta had 17 points and a career-high 13 assists to lead the Tar Heels (9-1) over the Panthers (3-3) in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Latta struggled through a poor shooting performance, finishing 4 for 16, but South Carolina’s high-school scoring leader made up for it with her passing, finishing three assists shy of Correta Brown’s team record set against North Carolina A&T in 2000.
The Tar Heels also got help from another former South Carolina prep star. La’Tangela Atkinson had 15 points and 11 rebounds for her second straight double-double.
April Clyburn scored 13 points for Georgia State, which was slowed by 25 turnovers. The Panthers shot 3 of 21 from three-point range.
At No. 6 Baylor 89, Florida 62
Sophia Young scored 15 points and Steffanie Blackmon added 14 to lead the Bears (9-1) over the Gators (6-3).
Baylor opened the second half with nine straight points to take a 54-33 lead with slightly less than 16 minutes left. Florida never got closer than 16 points thereafter.
Brittany Davis led Florida with 16 points, and Tamia Williams added 14.
At No. 9 Tennessee 82, Texas Christian 55
Shyra Ely scored 23 points and freshman point guard Sa’de Wiley-Gatewood made three three-point baskets in her collegiate debut, leading the Vols (7-2) over the Frogs (7-4).
Alexis Hornbuckle added 15 points, Shanna Zolman had 11 and Brittany Jackson 10 for Tennessee.
Sandora Irvin, who last week became the all-time leading scorer for TCU, had 21 points and 16 rebounds.
TCU fell out of the Top 25 after losing at Arkansas State and Utah and is looking for its first road win of the season.
At No. 11 Michigan State 62, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 56
Liz Shimek had a career-high 25 points and 15 rebounds to help the Spartans (9-1) get past the Islanders (8-2).
Kristin Haynie had 14 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals, including a steal and basket that put Michigan State ahead in a closing 12-2 run.
The Spartans were outscored 27-0 from three-point range.
Virginia Tech 71, No. 12 Texas Tech 70 (OT)
Carrie Mason scored the team’s last four points in overtime to lead the Hokies (7-2) over the Raiders (6-2) in Las Vegas.
Mason contributed 12 points, four assists and three blocks.
LaToya Davis led Texas Tech with 23 points.
No. 15 Georgia 96, at Iona 52
Freshman forward Tasha Humphrey had 22 points and nine rebounds as the Bulldogs (8-3) beat the Gaels (2-7) for Georgia coach Andy Landers’ 700th career victory.
Landers, in his 30th season, is the fifth women’s coach to reach 700 wins. Tennessee’s Pat Summitt, Texas’ Jody Conradt, former LSU coach Sue Gunter and Rutgers’ C. Vivian Stringer are the others with at least 700. Landers is 700-213.
“I never set out to win 700 games,” said Landers, who has a 618-192 record in 26 seasons at Georgia.