Saints march by USC Aiken

Associated Press
Notre Dame's Ashley Barlow (left) calls timeout after grabbing a loose ball from Louisville's Patrika Barlow. The Irish won 64-55.

DAHLONEGA, Ga. - North Georgia College and State used a 10-1 run in the final 10 minutes to take command and went on to beat USC Aiken 71-60 on Wednesday night in a Peach Belt Conference game.


After falling behind 47-46 with 7:41 remaining, the Lady Saints outscored the Lady Pacers 10-1 over the next 3:06 to take a a 56-49 lead.

North Georgia (10-12, 5-7 PBC) shot 43.9 percent (25-for-57) from the floor and 38.5 percent (5-for-13) from behind the arc. The Lady Saints also shot 72.7 percent (16-for-22) from the free-throw line.

USC Aiken (14-8, 6-5) shot just 39.7 percent (25-for-63) from the floor and 29.4 percent (5-for-17) from behind the arc. The Lady Pacers shot 83.3 (5-for-6) percent from the free-throw line.

Meredith Legg led USC Aiken with 12 points off the bench. Mindy Allee added 11 and Avonte Williams had 10.

North Georgia's Kourtney Sing-leton led all scorers with 26 points off the bench on 10 of 17 shooting from the floor.

Syretha Marble added 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the floor and a perfect 3 of 3 from behind the arc.


In South Bend, Ind., Charel Allen scored 21 points and Notre Dame used a big run late in the second half to overcome a 12-point deficit.

The Irish trailed 48-43 after Chauntise Wright scored inside with 9:30 left.

But Allen hit a shot from 17 feet then found Tulyah Gaines to trigger a decisive 16-0 run. Allen scored eight points during the burst.

Angel McCoughtry scored 19 points in the first half to lead Louisville (21-3, 7-3 Big East), but was held to just 10 points in the second half when the Irish switched to a box-and-one defense to slow her down.

The Irish (15-8, 6-4) improved to 12-1 at home this season.

The victory was their second home win against a ranked team this season. Notre Dame beat then-No. 10 Purdue 67-58 on Dec. 6.

Ashley Barlow added 15 points for the Irish, Tulyah Gaines 13 and Breona Gray 12. Patrika Barlow scored 10 points for Louisville.

The Irish outrebounded Louis-ville, which leads the Big East in rebounding, 34-29.


In Columbia, Mo., Takia Starks scored 21 points and Texas A&M weathered a Missouri rally for its fifth consecutive win.

Starks scored 16 points in the first half to help the Aggies (18-4, 8-2 Big 12) build a lead that reached 24 points. Reserve Danielle Gant added 18 points and A'Quonesia Franklin had 16.

Tiffany Brooks led Missouri (14-9, 2-8) with 22 points. Leading scorer EeTisha Riddle (16.4 points per game) shot just 1-for-4 in the first half, but went 5-for-7 in the second half to finish with 16 points. Alyssa Hollins added 11 points.

The win put Texas A&M into a tie for first place in the conference with 12th-ranked Oklahoma.


In Lubbock, Texas, Jhasmin Player scored a career-high 22 points to lead Baylor.

Bernice Mosby added 15 points and 13 rebounds for Baylor (20-4, 7-3 Big 12), which has 20 wins for the seventh consecutive season.

Patrice Edwards scored a career-high 33 points to lead Tech (14-10, 5-5) and Jordan Murphree added 11.