East 66, West 61 North 86, South 79
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Ann Halsne of Nebraska and Sarah Sharp of Illinois led a second-half rally that carried the North to an 86-79 victory over the South in the U.S. Olympic Festival on Sunday.
In the other second-round game, Tanya Garner of Penn State and Valeria Whiting of Stanford helped the East stay unbeaten with a 66-61 victory over the West.
Halsne had 15 points, but only five in the first half when the North got outscored 32-11 in the final 11 minutes to fall behind 49-33. Sharp had only three of her 14 points in the first half.
The North, which lost to the East on Saturday after having a 21-point lead, outscored the South 22-8 in the first seven minutes of the second half to pull within 57-55. The teams traded baskets for several minutes until the North went on a 9-1 run to take a 72-68 lead with 7:39 left.
The North never trailed after that and improved to 1-1 in the round robin portion of the tournament. The South dropped to 0-2 and lost any chance at a gold medal.
The teams combined for 48 turnovers. The East shot only 43 percent from the floor, and the West shot 41 percent.
Whiting scored eight of her points in the first half as the East opened a 41-29 lead at intermission. She then scored the first bucket after halftime to key an 8-4 run giving the East its largest lead, 50-33.
But the West, behind Tammi Reiss of Virginia, chipped away at the lead. Reiss scored nine of her team-high 10 points in the second half as the West got within 63-58 with 2:46 remaining.
Vicky Picott of Rutgers made the score 65-58 with a driving shot at the 1:03 mark, and the West got no closer than four after that.