Sunday, December 17, 2017
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McGraw reaches 800 wins as Irish take down Pitt

PITTSBURGH — No. 3 Notre Dame clamped down in the fourth quarter and Brianna Turner scored a game-high 20 in a 65-55 win Sunday over Pittsburgh, giving coach Muffet McGraw her 800th victory.

"Down the stretch we wanted to go to the veterans," McGraw said. "We got Brianna and Madison (Cable) to the free-throw line, which was about the only way we could score."

McGraw, 60, is the 10th Division I coach to reach 800 wins and the sixth-fastest to accomplish the feat. She also joined UConn's Geno Auriemma and Tennessee's Pat Summitt on the women's side, and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina's Dean Smith on the men's side as the only coaches in Division I history to have 800 wins, seven Final Four trips and five championship-game appearances.

McGraw has 712 victories in 29 seasons at Notre Dame after winning 88 in five seasons at Lehigh. She led the Irish to the 2001 title and has made 22 NCAA Tournament appearances with the Irish.

Turner had eight points in a game-ending 14-2 run. "We had a huge advantage," McGraw said. "We just couldn't seem to find her in the first half. We needed to execute a little bit better."

Cable added 16 points for the Irish (13-1, 2-0 ACC).

"At least we'll be remembered for something," Pittsburgh coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said of McGraw's milestone. "She got her 800th win against us. … She has impacted the women's game at the highest level."

NO. 2 S. CAROLINA 85, ARK. 32: Tina Roy scored a career-high 21 off seven 3-pointers as the host Gamecocks (13-0) opened SEC play. The score was tied at 9 at the end of the first quarter before South Carolina took control. Two-time conference player of the year Tiffany Mitchell got the rout started with a 3-pointer to open the second quarter, and Roy made two straight from long range to open a 44-18 lead.

NO. 4 BAYLOR 78, NO. 18 OU 68: Alexis Jones scored a career-high 25, Nina Davis had 24 and point guard Niya Johnson added a double double in her return to the lineup to help the host Bears (14-1, 1-1 Big 12) bounce back from their first loss. Johnson had 10 points and 11 assists. She missed Wednesday's loss at Oklahoma State because of a bone bruise in her ankle. Peyton Little scored 19 for Oklahoma (10-3, 1-1).

AUBURN 66, NO. 7 KY. 61: Brandy Montgomery had 27 points and seven rebounds as the host Tigers (11-3) earned their first victory over a Top 10 foe since 2010 in the SEC opener for both teams. Makayla Epps led the Wildcats (11-1) with 20 points.

NO. 8 MISS. STATE 76, UF 70: Morgan Willam scored a season-high 21 to lead the Bulldogs (14-1) and end the 12-game streak for the Gators in the SEC opener for both teams. Carlie Needles led Florida (12-2) with 17 points.

SYRACUSE 86, NO. 12 DUKE 50: Maggie Morrison made seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 25 as the host Orange (11-3) snapped the Blue Devils' 18-game winning streak in ACC openers. Azura Stevens had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Duke (11-4).

NO. 14 NORTHWESTERN 85, NEBRASKA 62: Nia Coffey had 25 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks, and Christen Inman added 25 points to guide the host Wildcats (12-2, 1-1 Big Ten).

No. 16 Texas A&M 73, Georgia 62: Courtney Walker scored 20 to boost the host Aggies (11-3) in the SEC opener for both teams.

VIRGINIA 76, NO. 22 MIAMI 56: Lauren Moses and Faith Randolph each scored 16 to lead the host Cavaliers (11-4) in their ACC opener. Jessica Thomas scored 12 for the Hurricanes (13-2, 1-1).

NO. 24 MICH. STATE 77, WIS. 67: Aerial Powers had 22 points and 12 rebounds to propel the host Spartans (10-3, 1-1 Big Ten).

No. 25 DePaul 71, St. John's 61: Megan Podkowa scored a career-high 29, hitting 12 of 15 shots, to lift the visiting Blue Demons (10-5, 2-0 Big East), who used a 27-8 run to close the first half and blow open a close game.

Men

NO. 8 ARIZ. 94, ARIZ. STATE 82: Gabe York scored 22 and Allonzo Trier added 20 to lead the visiting Wildcats (13-1) in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. Arizona dominated inside in the first half and built a 16-point lead in the second. The Wildcats shot 55 percent overall and made 7 of 12 3-pointers.

NO. 18 L'VILLE 65, WAKE FOREST 57: Freshman Donovan Mitchell had season highs with 18 points and eight rebounds in his first start for the host Cardinals (12-2) in the ACC opener for both teams. Chinanu Onuaku added 12 points, four blocks and a career-high 15 rebounds.

CAL 71, NO. 21 UTAH 58: Ivan Rabb scored 11 of his season-high 19 in the final 6:45 as the Golden Bears (12-3, 2-0 Pac-12) handed the visiting Utes (11-4, 0-2) their second straight loss.

Ohio StATE 75, Illinois 73: Marc Loving led four players in double figures with 27 points as the host Buckeyes (10-5, 2-0 Big Ten) won their sixth straight.

FIU 76, FAU 59: Adrian Diaz scored 23 and Donte McGill added 22 as host Florida International (7-7) opened C-USA play with its fifth straight win over rival Florida Atlantic (2-12).

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