FSU proves no match for Ir­ish

Tampa Bay Times - - College Basketball -

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.


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.

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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.

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