FSU proves no match for Irish
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Muffet McGraw got the effort she wanted from No. 4 Notre Dame right from the start Sunday, especially from Arike Ogunbowale, in a 97-70 rout of No. 24 Florida State.
“She looked like she was enjoying herself out there,” McGraw said after Ogunbowale, who has been struggling of late, scored 27. Jessica Shepard added 26 as the Fighting Irish (21-3, 9-2 ACC), who had two rare conference losses in their past four games, rebounded from Thursday’s 72-65 setback at No. 25 Miami.
“I’ve got to be aggressive from the start — I’ve been kind of laid back,” said Ogunbowale, who had 13 points on 4-of-15 shooting against the Hurricanes but hit her first four against the Seminoles.
“I think they are the best transition team in the country,” FSU coach Sue Semrau said. “We knew with our young pups coming in here that it was going to be a huge challenge, and it was.”
Nicki Ekhomu scored 26 as the ’Noles (20-4, 8-3) lost for the first time on the road this season.
NO. 2 L’VILLE 72, VA. TECH 63:
Asia Durr scored 34 as the visiting Cardinals (23-1, 10-1 ACC) held on. Sam Fuehring added 21 points and 13 rebounds for Louisville, which won its ninth in a row. Fuehring made consecutive driving baskets in the fourth after the Hokies had closed within 62-56 with under four minutes to play.
NO. 3 ORE. 88, NO. 11 STANFORD 48:
Sabrina Ionescu had 27 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and the visiting Ducks (23-1, 12-0 Pac-12) ran their NCAA-best winning streak to 16 and snapped a 29-game skid at Maples Pavilion to the Cardinal (19-4, 9-3).
NO. 6 MISS. STATE 91, TENN. 63:
Teaira McCowan had 24 points and 15 rebounds, Jordan Danberry added 20 points and the host Bulldogs pulled away late. Mississippi State won the fourth quarter 30-14 to blow it open, winning its fifth game in six tries against Vols after failing to beat them the first 36 times.
NO. 7 OREGON ST. 82, CAL 74:
Destiny Slocum had a team-high 26 points as the visiting Beavers (20-4, 10-2 Pac-12) overcame an 11-point deficit to win for the 12th time in 14 games.
NO. 8 MARQUETTE 93, ’NOVA 55:
Natisha Hiedeman scored 22, Allazia Blockton had 19 and the host Golden Eagles (21-3, 12-0 Big East) won their 12th straight. Marquette gained control with an 18-4 run to end the first quarter.
NO. 10 MD. 62, NO. 20 RUTGERS 48:
Kaila Charles scored 17 as the visiting Terrapins (22-2, 11-2 Big Ten) extended their league lead. Maryland, which has won seven straight, has a 1½-game lead over the Scarlet Knights (17-6, 9-3), who have lost two straight.
Florida State’s Sayawni Lassiter dives on the floor, trying to beat Notre Dame’s Jordan Nixon to the ball during the second half of their ACC game.