Women’s College Hoops Roundup: Arizona women lock down South Carolina State, 73-32
TUCSON — Arizona (4-1) outscored South Carolina State (2-4) 39-15 in the second half and ran away with Friday night’s game by a score of 73-32. Cate Reese recorded her second-career double-double with 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.
Aari McDonald had her lowest scoring output of the season with 15 points, but she added in six points and five assists. Dominique McBryde got into double-figures for the first time in her Arizona career with 10 points to go along with six rebounds. Sam Thomas was a menace on the defensive end, blocking a career-high five shots and tied her career-high with four steals. That is the second time this season Thomas has finished the game with four steals. As a team, Arizona dominated the paint, outscoring the Bulldogs 42-14 inside and outrebounded them 54-32.
South Carolina State couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end all night as Arizona forced them into 19.6% shooting, including 14.3% from three. Meanwhile, Arizona shot 45% from the field.
The Arizona defense really locked things down in the fourth quarter, allowing just three points in the entire quarter with the first point coming with 57 seconds left on a free throw. On the offensive end, Arizona scored 21 points and shot 57% in the fourth to give them a 41-point win, their largest of the season.
No. 5 Louisville 58,
No. 19 Arizona St. 56
LAS VEGAS — Sam Fuehring scored 18 points, including a layup with 2.5 seconds left, and grabbed nine rebounds to help No. 5 Louisville beat 19th-ranked Arizona State 58-56 on Friday in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.
Kianna Ibis was fouled on a 3-point shot and hit all three free throws to pull Arizona State (2-2) within two points with 19.3 seconds left. Fuehring and Reili Richardson traded two foul shots apiece to make it 56-54 with 12.2 left and, after a Louisville timeout moved the ball to the front court, Elenga stole Arica Carter’s inbound pass, was fouled and hit both free throws 1.5 seconds later. Evans then drove the baseline and wrapped a pass around a defender to Fuehring for winner.
Indiana State 88,
Grand canyon 81 2OT
PHOENIX — Three Grand Canyon women’s basketball players tallied career-high marks and four were in double digits in the double overtime battle with Indiana State, but the Lopes (1-3) came up short to the Sycamores (3-0), 88-81.
Freshman Laura Piera led the Lopes with a career-best 18 points on the game, as she shot 7-11 from the field. The game marks the third-straight in double-digits for Piera.
Northern Arizona 63,
Loyola Marymount 62
LOS ANGELES — The Northern Arizona women’s basketball led for less than four minutes total, but they had the lead when it mattered. In their opener of the LMU Thanksgiving Classic, the Lumberjacks knocked off previously unbeaten Loyola Marymount on their home court, 63-62, to improve to 4-1.
Redshirt sophomore Caitlin Malvar knocked down the game-winning jumper with 7.4 seconds on the clock and Loyola Marymount’s last-second three-point heave at the buzzer did not draw iron securing an impressive victory for the ’Jacks. The Lions had entered the game 3-0 with two of those wins coming against Pac-12 opponents.
NAU won despite shooting only 9-for-19 from the free throw line. However, NAU shot 44.8 percent from the field and clamped down to hold Loyola Marymount to just 36.4 percent shooting.
An undersized Lumberjack squad battled hard against their larger opponents, and fought on the glass despite being outrebounded slightly, 42-38. Six ’Jacks posted at least four boards, led by six each from senior Kaleigh Paplow and redshirt sophomore Jacey Bailey, in a collective rebounding effort.
A strong offensive fourth quarter, sparked by eight points from Paplow, combined with a defensive effort that held Loyola Marymount to its worst shooting period proved to be the difference for NAU. NAU shot 53.8 percent in the final 10 minutes while Loyola Marymount shot only 29.4 percent.