No. 2 Wolver­ines are off to best start


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Jon Teske scored all 17 of his points in the first half, and No. 2 Michi­gan is off to the best start in pro­gram his­tory after an 80-60 vic­tory over North­west­ern on Sun­day night in Ann Ar­bor, Mich.

The Wolver­ines (17-0, 6-0 Big Ten) started 16-0 on two pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions, but this sea­son’s team sur­passed that by rout­ing North­west­ern. Zavier Simp­son scored a ca­reer-high 24 points for Michi­gan, and Teske matched his own ca­reer high in scor­ing.

The 7-foot-1 Teske made three three-point­ers, plus a cou­ple of midrange shots. Simp­son — who en­tered the game shoot­ing 29 per­cent from three-point range — made five from be­yond the arc.

North­west­ern (10-7, 1-5) was with­out lead­ing scorer Vic Law, who was out with a lower-body in­jury. The Wild­cats lost by two to the Wolver­ines last month — one of only two Michi­gan games this sea­son de­cided by sin­gle dig­its — but this one was no con­test.

MICHI­GAN STATE 71, PENN STATE 56: Nick Ward had 16 points and 11 re­bounds to lead the No. 6 Spar­tans past the Nit­tany Li­ons in State Col­lege, Pa.

Matt McQuaid added 15 points and Cas­sius Win­ston chipped in 11 for the Spar­tans (15-2, 6-0 Big Ten), who have won 10 straight. They also beat the Nit­tany Li­ons (7-10, 0-6) for the 10th con­sec­u­tive time. Top-ranked Notre Dame rolls

Ma­rina Mabrey scored 18 points, and No. 1 Notre Dame dom­i­nated from start to fin­ish in a 78-48 vic­tory over Wake For­est in South Bend, Ind.

Jes­sica Shep­ard had 16 points while Bri­anna Turner had 14 points and 12 re­bounds for the Fight­ing Ir­ish (16-1, 4-0 ACC), who got a rare off-day from lead­ing scorer Arike Ogun­bowale. Ogun­bowale, who had 30 points Thurs­day in Notre Dame’s 82-68 win over No. 2 Louisville, saw her 37game dou­ble-digit scor­ing streak end. She scored just four points on 1-for-11 shoot­ing from the field.

“Some­times you just have that kind of day,” Notre Dame Coach Muf­fet McGraw said of Ogun­bowale’s strug­gles. “Com­ing off a big game like Louisville, she just strug­gled to find her shot and her rhythm.”

Christina Morra scored 13 points for the De­mon Dea­cons (9-7, 0-3).

LOUISVILLE 61, GE­OR­GIA TECH 44: Asia Durr scored 21 points, and the No. 2 Car­di­nals, play­ing at home, bounced back nicely from their first loss.

The Car­di­nals (15-1, 3-1 ACC) shot 38 per­cent from the field in Thurs­day’s loss at top-ranked Notre Dame. The Yel­low Jack­ets fell to 12-5, 2-2.

CON­NECTI­CUT 63, SOUTH FLOR­IDA 46: Katie Lou Sa­muel­son scored 19 points to reach the 2,000-point mile­stone, and the third-ranked Huskies over­came a slug­gish start in Storrs, Conn.

Me­gan Walker added 14 points and Napheesa Col­lier had 12 for the Huskies (14-1, 3-0 Amer­i­can), who have never suf­fered a con­fer­ence loss in the AAC.

Sa­muel­son is the 10th U-Conn. player to reach 2,000 points.

Enna Pe­hadzic had 17 points and 12 re­bounds for in­jury­plagued USF (10-7, 1-2).

ORE­GON 72, UCLA 52: Ruthy He­bard had 19 points and a ca­reer-high 18 re­bounds, Sa­tou Sa­bally added 19 points, and the No. 5 Ducks routed the Bru­ins in Los An­ge­les for their eighth straight vic­tory.

He­bard’s dou­ble-dou­ble was her fourth in six ca­reer games against the Bru­ins (9-8, 2-3 Pac12), who dropped their fifth in a row to the Ducks (15-1, 4-0).

STAN­FORD 78, ARI­ZONA 48: Alanna Smith scored 20 points, DiJonai Car­ring­ton added 19, and the No. 6 Car­di­nal (14-1, 4-0 Pac-12) beat the Wild­cats (13-3, 3-2) in Tuc­son.

ORE­GON STATE 76, USC 52: Mikayla Pivec scored 19 of her 21 points in the sec­ond half, and the No. 10 Beavers (13-2, 4-0 Pac12) cruised past the Tro­jans (10-6, 0-5) in Los An­ge­les.

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