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No. 5 Notre Dame blows by Utah State


February 19. 2013 9:18PM
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Natalie Achonwa had 23 points with 12 rebounds as No. 5 Notre Dame cruised to a 109-70 win over Utah State on Saturday.


Notre Dame (6-1) dominated Utah State (2-7) in the paint, with Achonwa and other Irish players hitting easy shots in the low post off feeds from fastbreak and half-court sets.


Utah State tried collapsing on the low post, but was often whistled for fouls. Aggies guard Jenna Johnson fouled out just three minutes into the second half. Devyn Christiansen led the Aggies with 21 points.


Notre Dame took a 17-point lead into the break, then quickly put the game away by forcing turnovers with a full-court press.


UCLA 62, Texas 42

HOUSTON — Alyssia Brewer had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 17 UCLA held No. 12 Texas to 24 percent shooting en route to a victory in the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Showcase.


Jasmine Dixon added 10 points for the Bruins (5-1), who have played three ranked teams already this season.


Nneka Enemkpali had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Texas (5-1) — her school-record sixth straight double-double. No other Longhorn player had more than six points as Texas hit just 15 of 63 field goals and committed 29 turnovers.



Dayton 60, Michigan State 53

DAYTON, Ohio — Cassie Sant scored 19 points, grabbed five boards and had four assists as No. 19 Dayton women defeated Michigan State, snapping an eight-game winning streak for the Spartans.


Andrea Hoover (10 rebounds) and Ally Malott scored 12 points apiece for Dayton.


Dayton (10-0) missed 13 of its first 18 shots as Michigan State (8-1) opened up a 22-10 lead with 8:17 left in the first half. But Sant hit a 3-pointer, sparking a 22-7 run over an 11-minute span that gave the Flyers a 32-29 lead 3 minutes into the second half. Sant, who had 11 points during the spurt, capped the run with a jumper.


The Flyers, who did not shoot a free throw in the first half, hit 10 of 12 attempts from the stripe in the second half.


Miami 67, Davidson 35

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Morgan Stroman posted 17 points and nabbed 13 rebounds to lead No. 23 Miami over Davidson in a nonconference showdown.


Stroman was 8 of 11 from the floor and also led the Hurricanes (7-1) with six assists and four steals. The senior tied Kayona Hayes for the team lead with four blocked shots, helping Miami block 10 for the game. Krystal Saunders added 13 points and Hayes 12.



Nebraska 78, Florida State 77

LINCOLN, Neb. — Jordan Hooper had a career-best 36 points and 12 rebounds to help No. 25 Nebraska slip by No. 24 Florida State, handing the Seminoles their first loss.


Hooper was 6 of 11 from 3-point range in her double-double performance. Emily Cady had 15 points. Lindsey Moore had 14 points, eight assists.


Nebraska (7-3) led 40-36 at halftime in a game with 17 lead changes.


Florida State trailed 78-77 and had the ball with 22 seconds left following a pair of free throws by Nebraska point guard Moore. However, FSU missed two free throws and a chance to go up.




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