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Feb 11, 2024 3:49 pm

Women’s top 25 roundup: Nebraska stuns No. 2 Iowa, Caitlin Clark

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Nebraska held Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark scoreless in the fourth quarter as the Cornhuskers erased a 14-point deficit to upset the No. 2 Hawkeyes 82-79 on Sunday in Lincoln, Neb.

Jaz Shelley hit a 3-pointer for Nebraska (16-8, 8-5 Big Ten) with 20.5 seconds remaining to give the Cornhuskers their first lead of the second half. She then made four free throws in the final moments of the game to seal the win, as game-tying 3-point attempts by Clark and Kate Martin were off the mark.

Shelley finished with 23 points and five assists, while Alexis Markowski added 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Logan Nissley also scored 15 points and Natalie Potts chipped in 14 points. Nebraska was previously 0-8 against Iowa teams that featured Clark.

Clark finished with 31 points on 10-of-25 shooting and also led the Hawkeyes with 10 assists and eight rebounds. She is eight points shy of passing Kelsey Plum’s Division I women’s college basketball all-time scoring mark. Clark did become, however, the first Division I woman to amass at least 3,000 points and 1,000 assists for her career.

No. 3 North Carolina State 83, Pitt 47

River Baldwin stacked up 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocks as the Wolfpack powered past the Panthers in Pittsburgh.

North Carolina State (21-3, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) defeated Pitt for the ninth straight time by breaking the game open with an explosive second quarter. The Wolfpack shot 13 of 16 from the field and outscored the Panthers 30-6 in the period to carry a 53-20 lead into halftime. Pitt (7-18, 1-11) never pulled closer than 27 points and lost its fifth in a row.

Madison Hayes paired her game-high 16 points with six rebounds, while Aziaha James logged five points, five boards and eight assists for NC State. Mimi Collins pitched in 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting in the win. Aaryn Battle’s 11 points led the Panthers, who also got 10 points apiece from Jala Jordan and Marley Washenitz.

No. 12 Notre Dame 98, Florida State 94 (2OT)

Sonia Citron scored 18 points and hit the game-winning free throw in double overtime as the Fighting Irish prevailed in Tallahassee, Fla., in an uptempo shootout between the ACC’s top two scoring offenses. Second graf of article

Citron propelled Notre Dame ahead 96-94 on two foul shots with four seconds left before Kylee Watson scurried to steal the Seminoles’ ensuing inbounds pass at midcourt. Watson shoveled the ball to Hannah Hidalgo, who tacked on two more free throws with a second left to seal it for the Fighting Irish (18-5, 8-4).

Hidalgo powered Notre Dame with 27 points, seven rebounds and nine assists and finished 13 of 14 from the foul line, while Maddy Westbeld racked up 19 points and 14 boards. Anna DeWolfe poured in a season-high 24 points for the Fighting Irish, who entered Sunday leading the ACC with 82.3 points per game.

Florida State (17-8, 8-5), whose 81.0 scoring average ranked second in the conference, was led by a quartet of double-digit scorers. Ta’Niya Latson poured in 34 points, Sara Bejedi added 16 and O’Mariah Gordon and Makayla Timpson hit for 18 apiece. Latson added seven rebounds to complement Timpson’s game-high 15 boards.

No. 23 Syracuse 73, No. 15 Louisville 72

Dyaisha Fair posted 29 points and ended both halves with a flourish as the Orange avenged their road loss earlier this month to the Cardinals with a tight ACC victory in Syracuse, N.Y.

After closing the first half with a long buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the left wing, Fair won the game for Syracuse (20-4, 10-3) by hitting two free throws after Louisville’s Olivia Cochran was whistled for a controversial intentional foul with two seconds left. Fair made all six of her free throw attempts for the Orange, who lost 81-69 to the then-No. 16 Cardinals on Feb. 1 in Louisville.

Syracuse’s Georgia Woolley chipped in 14 points and Alyssa Latham delivered nine points, five rebounds and six blocks. Nyla Harris piled up 22 points and 11 boards to lead the Cardinals (20-5, 9-3). Kiki Jefferson scored 13 points as Louisville finished 2-2 amid a four-game stretch against ranked opponents.

No. 16 Virginia Tech 74, Boston College 63

Georgia Amoore and Elizabeth Kitley combined for 50 points as the Hokies improved to 13-0 at home this season with an ACC conference win over the Eagles in a sold-out Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.

Amoore charted 26 points to complement 24 from Kitley, who grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds in Virginia Tech’s seventh straight win. Kitley added two blocks for the Hokies (20-4, 11-2), as did Clara Strack, who supplied seven points and six boards.

Boston College (11-15, 3-10) matched Virginia Tech by making 27 field goals but hit four fewer 3-pointers and seven fewer free throws en route to its seventh straight loss. Teya Sidberry and T’yana Todd each contributed 15 points for the Eagles.

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