• Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

No. 8 North Carolina rallies behind No. 18 Oregon 85-79

ByDenise T. Tatum

Nov 25, 2022

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Eva Hodgson scored 14 of her 21 points during a fourth-quarter shootout, and No. 8 North Carolina rallied in the second half, outclassing No. 18 Oregon 85-79 in the semifinals of Phil Knight Invitation on Thursday.

Hodgson scored 10 points within 90 seconds in the fourth quarter after it looked like the Ducks were about to retire. Hodgson’s four-point game with 5-12 remaining gave North Carolina a 72-68 lead. Oregon drew within 74-73, but Hodgson hit four free throws down the stretch that looped around Destiny Adams’ basket and the Tar Heels were able to hold on.

Alyssa Ustby added 19 points for North Carolina (5-0). Deja Kelly had 17 points, Anya Poole 11 and Kennedy Todd-Williams 10.

Te-Hina Paopao led Oregon (4-1) with 18 points, Grace VanSlooten added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Jennah Isai scored 15 points.

The Tar Heels meet the winner of the matchup between No. 5 Iowa State and Michigan State in Sunday’s championship. The Ducks meet the loser of that game in Sunday’s third place game.

NO. 12 LSU 80, GEORGE MASON 52

BIMINI, Bahamas — Angel Reese scored 21 points and hit 19 rebounds for her sixth straight double-double, but LSU’s streak of five straight 100-point games ended at the Goombay Splash with their win over George Mason.

The game was never in doubt: the Tigers (6-0) scored the first eight points and hit 10 shots from 15 and 7 free throws from 8 to lead 27-9 after a quarter. Reese had 10 points.

LSU tied the 1998-99 UConn Huskies and the 2013-14 Oregon Ducks with five straight 100-point games, but fell short of what was set as an NCAA record of six straight games by Louisiana Tech in the 1981-82 season is applicable.

Sonia Smith led the Patriots (3-4) by 15 points.

NO. 13 NC STATE 82, VANDERBILT 73

CANCUN, Mexico — Jakia Browner-Turner scored 18 points, Diamond Johnson added 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the Wolfpack’s win over Vanderbilt at the Cancun Classic.

The Wolfpack (5-1) led 62-36 midway through the third quarter before the Commodores (5-2) made a failed comeback attempt behind St. Louis graduate Ciaja Harbison, who had 34 points, 21 of them in the second half.

Jade Boyd added 12 points and Camille Hobby added 10 for North Carolina State.

Harbison shot 11 for 23 with two 3-pointers and 10 for 10 from the line. Jade Brown added a career-high 12 points and Ryanne Allen added 10.

North Carolina State meets West Virginia on Friday, while Vanderbilt meets northern Iowa.

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