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College Basketball | Top 25 results | Thursday


Top 25 Women No. 4 Iowa 106, Michigan 89

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Caitlin Clark wasted no time becoming the NCAA women’s career scoring leader Thursday night, taking less than three minutes to score the eight points she needed to break Kelsey Plum’s record.

The Iowa star who has brought unpreceden­ted attention to women’s basketball surpassed the record with her signature shot — a 35-foot 3-pointer that hit nothing but the bottom of the net.

And Clark didn’t let up from there. She finished with a school-record 49 points, tied her career best with nine 3-pointers and had 13 assists in No. 4 Iowa’s 106-89 victory over Michigan.

Hawkeyes coach Lisa Bluder took Clark out of the game with 1:46 left, shortly after she made her final 3, and she went to the bench to an ovation from the sellout crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“I don’t know if you could script it any better,” Clark said. “Just to do it in this fashion, I’m very grateful and thankful to be surrounded by so many people who have been my foundation in everything I’ve done since I was a young little girl. You all knew I was going to shoot the logo 3 for the record.”

Clark’s huge night put her at 3,569 points and within 80 of her next milestone, Lynette Woodard’s major women’s college scoring record of 3,649.

The record-breaker was a 3 off the dribble on the left wing near the Mediacom Court logo with 7:45 left in the first quarter.

“Warming up, my shot just felt good, so I knew it was going to be kind of one of those nights,” she said. “I played with a little more pep in my step.”

Clark set the record in 126 games, 13 fewer than Plum, who finished with 3,527 points in four seasons at Washington from 2013-17. Woodard starred at Kansas from 1977-81, an era when women’s sports were governed by the Associatio­n for Intercolle­giate Athletics for Women. Pearl Moore of Francis Marion holds the overall women’s record with 4,061 points from 1975-79. Woodard and Moore played before the 3-point line was introduced.

Iowa has four regular-season games left, plus the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. Barring injury, Clark, a senior who averages 32.8 points per game, is all but certain to pass Woodard. And she has the option to return for a fifth season of college basketball because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fans started chanting “One more year! One more year!” while Clark, who is projected as the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA draft, was doing a postgame television interview.

“I paid them,” Bluder said, drawing laughs. “I thought it was a pretty good chant.”

No. 1 South Carolina 66, Tennessee 55

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Kamilla Cardoso had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead South Carolina past upset-minded Tennessee for its 24th straight win.

Cardoso had missed two previous games while playing for Brazil in an Olympic qualifying tournament. Ashlyn Watkins added 14 points and 10 rebounds for South Carolina (24-0, 11-0 Southeaste­rn Conference). Raven Johnson had 15 rebounds.

No. 6 NC State 59, No. 16 Notre Dame 43

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Madison Hayes scored 16 points North Carolina State held Notre Dame to its lowest point total this season.

The Wolfpack held Notre Dame’s Hannah Hidalgo, the No. 3 scorer in the nation, to a career-low 10 points on 4-for-19 shooting. Notre Dame’s previous low this season was 57 points in a loss to North Carolina on Jan. 7.

River Baldwin had 14 points and 10 rebounds while Saniya Rivers contribute­d 10 points and 10 rebounds for N.C. State (22-3, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

No. 12 Virginia Tech 61, Duke 56

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Elizabeth Kitley matched her career high with 34 points and Virginia Tech ran its winning streak to eight games.

Kitley made 13 of 17 shots from the floor and 8 of 9 free throws for the Hokies (21-4, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won 24 in a row at home. She added 12 rebounds for her fifth straight double-double and her 18th of the season.

Georgia Amoore had 13 points for Virginia Tech and Matilda Ekh added 11 on 4-for-5 shooting, with two 3-pointers.

No. 17 Gonzaga 96, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 68

MORAGA — Brynna Maxwell and Kaylynne Truong each scored 20 points, Yvonne Ejim had 10 points and 10 rebounds as Gonzaga won its 19th straight game.

Maud Huijbens scored 15 points, Eliza Hollingswo­rth added 12 and Kayleigh Truong had 11 for the Bulldogs (25-2, 12-0 West Coast Conference).

Zeryhia Aokuso scored 16 points and Emily Foy 13 for the Gaels (10-15, 3-8), who lost their fourth straight.

No. 18 Louisville 69, Boston College 67

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Nina Rickards hit the game-winning basket with 18.4 seconds left and finished with 16 points for Louisville.

Back-to-back jumpers from Boston College’s Dontavia Waggoner and T’yana Todd tied it 67-all with 1:13 to play. Rickards’ layup capped the scoring. Eylia Love then forced a Waggoner turnover with five seconds remaining to seal it.

Kiki Jefferson added 14 points and Sydney Taylor had 13 for Louisville (21-5, 10-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Olivia Cochran scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

No. 19 Syracuse 71, Miami 60

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Georgia Woolley scored 10 of her 24 points in the fourth quarter and Dyaisha Fair had 11 points, including two 3-pointers in the final minute, to lead Syracuse to its first win in Coral Gables since Dec. 10, 2020.

Woolley and Fair combined for 16 of Syracuse’s 18 points in the fourth quarter. Alyssa Latham added 10 points for Syracuse (21-4, 11-3 ACC). Fair, averaging a team-high 21.8 points per game, was just 4 of 14 from the field.

Shayeann Day-Wilson scored 11 points and Latasha Lattimore added 10 points for Miami (17-7, 7-6).

Top 25 Men

No. 2 Purdue 84, Minnesota 76

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Zach Edey overcame a slow start with 24 points and 15 rebounds as No. 2 Purdue rallied from a 10-point deficit to defeat Minnesota 84-76 on Thursday night.

The Boilermake­rs (23-2, 12-2 Big Ten), who trailed by 10 after the opening possession of the second half, turned to their 7-foot-4 senior All-American center to help lead the comeback. The reigning national player of the year shook off 3-of-9 shooting in the first half by moving closer to the basket with three dunks, the last slam pushing Purdue ahead 57-55 with 12:27 remaining.

Point guard Braden Smith had 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for Purdue, which improved to 43-3 at home in the last three years, including 7-0 in Big Ten play this season. Mason Gillis hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Lance Jones added 12.

No. 18 Saint Mary’s (Cal) 103, Pepperdine 59

MORAGA — Augustus Marciulion­is scored a career-high 28 points and Alex Ducas beat the halftime buzzer with a halfcourt shot to lead Saint Mary’s past Pepperdine for its 13th straight win.

The Gaels (21-6, 12-0 West Coast Conference) celebrated their return to the AP Top 25 for the first time since the opening week of the season with another dominant victory to match No. 1 UConn for the longest active winning streak in the country.

No. 24 FAU 80, Temple 68

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Johnell Davis scored 17 points, Alijah Martin and Brandon Weatherspo­on each had 16 and Florida Atlantic beat Temple in a battle of the Owls.

FAU (20-5, 10-2 American Athletic) pulled away with an early 15-2 run. Weatherspo­on hit two 3-pointers during the spree, and Nick Boyd had four 3s in the half.

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