EVANSTON, Ill. — Freshman reserve Nigel Hayes had a career-high 19 points and No. 4 Wisconsin remained unbeaten with an easy 76-49 victory over Northwestern in their Big Ten opener Thursday night.
Hayes went 8 for 12 from the field and had six rebounds. The prize recruit is averaging 15.3 points in his past three games.
Sam Dekker scored 15 points and Traevon Jackson had 10 for the Badgers (14-0, 1-0), who earned their seventh consecutive win against the Wildcats. They shot 55 percent (32 for 58) from the field and enjoyed a 38-27 rebounding edge.
Northwestern (7-7, 0-1) has dropped two straight after a three-game winning streak. Alex Olah had a career-high 23 points.
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No. 8 Wichita St. 82, at S. Illinois 67
Fred VanVleet had 17 points, seven assists and two steals and Wichita State remained unbeaten behind 62 percent shooting in its Missouri Valley Conference opener. Cleanthony Early scored 23 points for the Shockers (14-0, 1-0), the preseason conference favorites coming off a Final Four appearance. The 14-game winning streak matches the school mark set in 1953-54 under coach Ralph Miller.
Top 5 women
At No. 2 Notre Dame 95, South Dakota St. 51
Kayla McBride scored 18 points on 8-for-8 shooting from the field to lift Notre Dame (12-0).
At No. 3 Duke 87, Old Dominion 63
Tricia Liston scored 17 points, all in the first half, and Elizabeth Williams had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead Duke (13-1). Tiffany Minor led the Monarchs (6-7) with 20 points.
No. 16 LSU 80, at No. 5 Tennessee 77
Danielle Ballard matched a career high with 25 points and LSU (11-2, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) held on for the win after squandering most of a 16-point lead in the last 4½ minutes.
Before the game, Tennessee (11-2, 0-1) retired the No. 3 jersey of Candace Parker.
At Weber St. 74, E. Washington 67
Jeremy Senglin scored 16 points and Joel Bolomboy added 13 with 12 rebounds as Weber State (4-5, 1-0) defeated Eastern Washington in a Big Sky Conference opener. Tyler Harvey led the Eagles (5-7, 0-1) with a career-high 30 points