Women's college basketball roundup: Notre Dame drops Duke to clinch conference crown

2014-02-23T17:25:14Z 2014-02-24T14:03:08Z Women's college basketball roundup: Notre Dame drops Duke to clinch conference crownThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 23, 2014 5:25 pm  • 

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Kayla McBride finished with a career-high 31 points to lead No. 2 Notre Dame (27-0, 14-0 ACC) to an 81-70 victory over No. 7 Duke, giving the Fighting Irish the conference title in their inaugural season in the ACC.

“We definitely enjoyed that,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said of beating the defending conference-champion Blue Devils.

Elizabeth Williams paced Duke (24-4, 11-3) with 20 points.

No. 3 Louisville 73, No. 25 Rutgers 58: In Louisville, Ky., Asia Taylor had 25 points and 15 rebounds — both career highs — to help the third-ranked Cardinals to victory before a crowd of 14,327.

The Cardinals (27-2, 15-1 AAC) tied a school record with 17 home wins this season, matching the mark set in 2006-07.

Tyler Scaife scored 17 points to lead the Scarlet Knights (20-6, 11-4), who saw their five-game winning streak end.

No. 5 Stanford 65, UCLA 56: In Los Angeles, Chiney Ogwumike scored 26 points and had 15 rebounds to help No.5 Stanford down UCLA.

Ogwumike also had five blocks and four steals, while Mikaela Ruef had seven points and 11 boards for the Cardinal (26-2, 15-1 Pac-12). Stanford clinched its 14th straight regular season conference title.

Nirra Fields led the Bruins (12-16, 6-10) with 24 points, and shot 5 for 6 from three-point range. Thea Lemberger added 14 in the loss.

No. 12 Oklahoma State 63, Texas Tech 62: In Lubbock, Texas, Cowgirls guard Tiffany Bias went the length of the court for the game-winning bucket with 1.5 seconds left, helping Oklahoma State narrowly avoid the upset.

Bias led OSU (21-5, 10-5 Big 12) with 22 points and eight assists. Liz Donohoe scored 17, and LaShawn Jones added 12 points and nine boards for the winners.

Amber Battle had 19 points and 10 rebounds, as Texas Tech (6-20, 0-15) almost avoided its 16th straight loss.

No. 18 California 76, USC 67: In Los Angeles, Reshanda Gray scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead California to the road win.

Afure Jemerigbe added 16 points for the Bears (20-7, 12-4 Pac-12), who have won six in a row and have a one-game lead over Arizona State for second place in the conference.

Cassie Harberts scored 18 points to lead USC (16-12, 9-7). Kiki Alofaituli and Ariya Crook each added 10 for the Trojans, who have lost three straight.

No. 20 Arizona State 60, Utah 40: In Tempe, Promise Amukamara hit a three-pointer in the closing seconds of the first half to give No. 20 Arizona State the lead at halftime.

The Sun Devils then took charge in the second half, cruising to an easy win.

Joy Burke led ASU (22-6, 11-5 Pac-12) with 11 points, while Deja Mann contributed 10.

Utah (11-16, 4-12) got a game-high 12 points off the bench from Malia Nawahine.

No. 21 Purdue 72, Wisconsin 54: In West Lafayette, Ind., April Wilson scored 18 points and dished out eight assists to lead the Boilermakers (20-7, 10-5 Big 10) to a season sweep over the Badgers.

Michala Johnson finished with 18 points for Wisconsin (10-17, 3-12).

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