CORVALLIS, Ore. — Host Oregon State gave No. 2 Notre Dame everything it could handle Sunday before the Fighting Irish finally pulled away.
Kayla McBride scored 20 points and Natalie Achonwa added 16 points and eight rebounds for unbeaten Notre Dame in its 70-58 win over the Beavers
Sophomore Jewell Loyd, last year’s national freshman of the year, had 10 points for the Irish (11-0) — 8.5 below her team-leading average.
Jamie Weisner scored 18 points to lead the Beavers (8-4), and Ruth Hamblin added 12 points, eight rebounds and a school record-tying nine blocks.
Notre Dame used an 11-0 run bridging halftime to take a 37-33 lead, and didn’t trail again.
Oregon State trailed 58-56 with just over four minutes left, but the Irish closed the game on a 12-2 run.
No. 1 Connecticut 67, Cincinnati 34: In Storrs, Conn., Breanna Stewart had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead UConn in the teams’ first matchup as members of the American Athletic Conference.
Moriah Jefferson and Bria Hartley both added 12 points for Connecticut (13-0, 1-0 AAC), which won despite being held 19 points below its season average.
No. 5 Tennessee 110, Lipscomb 42: In Knoxville, Tenn., Isabelle Harrison had 26 points and 15 rebounds for Tennessee (11-1). The Lady Vols (11-1) never trailed, using a 17-0 run early to build a 25-4 lead
No. 6 Kentucky 109, Grambling State 46: In Lexington, Ky., Bria Goss scored a career-high 23 points to lead Kentucky (12-1) to the win.
No. 7 Louisville 71, SMU 51: In Louisville, Ky., Shoni Schimmel scored 18 points and Sara Hammond had 14 points and 10 rebounds as Louisville (13-1, 1-0) won.
No. 8 Maryland 103, College of Charleston 51: In College Park, Md., Alyssa Thomas scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed her 1,000th rebound for Maryland (12-1) in the Terrapin Classic championship game.
No. 12 Colorado 75, Southern Utah 59: In Boulder, Colo., Arielle Roberson had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead Colorado (9-1).
No. 23 California 77, Lafayette 60: In Berkeley, Calif., Reshanda Gray had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead California (8-3) in the first meeting between the programs.
Oregon 96, Cal State Northridge 61: In Eugene, Ore., Jillian Alleyne had 22 points and 19 rebounds and Chrishae Rowe scored a game-high 28 points as the Ducks (9-2) won easily.