Unranked South Florida bounces No. 13 Ohio State
Kitija Laksa scored a career-high 41 points, 18 in a decisive first quarter, and South Florida went on to defeat No. 13 Ohio State 84-65 on Sunday.
Maria Jespersen added 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls (20-5), who won their fourth straight to reach 20 wins for the sixth straight season. Laia Flores had 11 assists and eight rebounds as the Bulls outrebounded Ohio State 46-26.
Stephanie Mavunga had 28 points on 13-of-16 shooting for the Buckeyes (20-6), who had won four straight. Kelsey Mitchell added 19.
Laksa had three treys and a 3-point play in the first quarter when the Bulls used a 12-0 run to open a 31-13 lead. She was 7 of 11, Ohio State 5 of 15.
Laksa finished 15 of 27 from the field, making 5-of-8 3-pointers and all three free throws, beating her career best set earlier this season by one to tie the American Conference record. It is the 17th 40-point game in the NCAA this season.
Asia Durr of Louisville has the season high, scoring 47 against Ohio State in November. The lead never dipped below double figures as USF was 11 of 22 from 3-point range, 13 of 13 from the foul line.
No. 5 Notre Dame 85, Georgia Tech 69
SOUTH BEND, Ind.
Arike Ogunbowale overcame a first-half scoreless drought of nearly 17 minutes to finish with 27 points, leading Notre Dame past Georgia Tech.
Jackie Young scored 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting, Jessica Shepard had her eighth double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Kathryn Westbeld added 10 points. Coach Muffet McGraw’s Irish (23-2, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their eighth straight despite 19 turnovers.
Kaylan Pugh had 13 points, Francesca Pan 12 and Chanin Scott and Kierra Fletcher scored 10 each for the Yellow Jackets (15-11, 4-9 ACC), who were tied 39-all at halftime.
MICHIGAN STATE 66, No. 21 MICHIGAN 61
EAST LANSING, Mich.
Lexi Gussert scored 11 of her 14 points in the first half to help her team build a double-digit lead and Michigan State held on to beat Michigan.
The Spartans (15-11, 5-8 Big Ten) had lost six straight, reeling without one of their best players and a key reserve.
The Wolverines (20-7, 9-5) have lost three of four, falling out of contention to win a Big Ten title.
No. 23 N.C. STATE 73, NORTH CAROLINA 54
Aislinn Konig scored 18 points and Chelsea Nelson scored 11 with a season-high 16 rebounds and North Carolina State beat North Carolina.
Armani Hawkins added 14 points and Kiara Leslie scored 11 for the Wolfpack (20-6, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).
North Carolina led 15-14 after the first quarter before the Wolfpack broke it open in the second and outscored the Tar Heels 20-6.