University of Louisville

UofL women get 4th win vs. ranked team

Duke's Nolan Smith, right, drove around Miami's Durand Scott in the first half. Smith scored 18 points in the Blue Devils' victory.
Duke's Nolan Smith, right, drove around Miami's Durand Scott in the first half. Smith scored 18 points in the Blue Devils' victory. AP

Shoni Schimmel scored 17 points and Tia Gibbs added 11 and Louisville beat No. 17 West Virginia 57-47 on Sunday to send the Mountaineers to their third straight loss.

The Cardinals (16-9, 7-4 Big East) held West Virginia (20-6, 6-6) to 26 percent shooting and forced 18 turnovers to post their fourth win over a ranked opponent this season.

Louisville broke it open early in the second half going on a 12-2 run fueled by Schimmel. The freshman hit a pair of three-pointers during the burst and added a nifty jumper from the baseline as Louisville built a 37-27 lead.

The Mountaineers got no closer than three points the rest of the way.

Madina Ali led West Virginia with 12 points but the Mountaineers continued to struggle offensively.

Their 47 points were the fewest they've scored this season and marked the sixth straight game they failed to score more than 60 points.

No. 4 Tennessee 65, Vanderbilt 57: Shekinna Stricklen scored 14 points and Lauren Avant added 11 off the bench and Tennessee rallied from one of the Lady Vols' worst first halves ever and beat host Vanderbilt for their 15th straight win.

The Lady Vols (24-2, 12-0 Southeastern Conference) played their third game in seven days and were sloppy scoring only 15 points in the first half, the third-worst scoring performance for 20 minutes in Tennessee's history.

They came back with a 50-point second half keyed in part by Avant, who scored all her points in the final 20 minutes. Glory Johnson also added 10 points.

No. 24 Georgia 61, Mississippi 56: Jasmine James scored 19 points, and Georgia rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat host Mississippi.

Jasmine Hassell added 17 points for the Lady Bulldogs (19-6, 9-3 SEC).

Centre 74, Oglethorpe 46: Paige Baechle came off the bench to score 16 points in 17 minutes and Centre (16-7, 10-4 SCAC) routed visiting Oglethorpe. Maggie Prewitt (Montgomery County) and Chelsea Benham added 14 and 10 points, respectively.

Men's highlights

No. 5 Duke 81, Miami 71: Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski looked down his bench midway through the first half, trying to check on Nolan Smith. Small problem: Smith wasn't there. "That's not a good thing," Krzyzewski said.

Fortunately for No. 5 Duke, Smith returned in plenty of time. Playing with a scratched left eye, the senior guard scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, Seth Curry added 16 points and five steals and Duke extended its Atlantic Coast Conference lead by holding off host Miami.

"It was closed for a while," Smith said. "I really didn't know what was going on at the time. They just numbed it up a bit at halftime. Now I feel fine."

His teammates more than helped the cause.

Kyle Singler scored 14 and Mason Plumlee 12 for the Blue Devils (23-2, 10-1). Duke's record after 25 games matches its best since the 2005-06 season.

It turned out to be a nifty gift for Krzyzewski, on his 64th birthday.

"It's unbelievable being 52," Krzyzewski said. "I know I look a lot older."

No. 10 Connecticut 75, Providence 57: Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, who isn't a scorer, had a career-high 25 points and Kemba Walker, the Big East's No. 2 scorer, had 22 for host Connecticut.

Coombs-McDaniel, whose previous career high was 13 points and who averages 4.5 points per game, finished 10-for-17 from the field and also pulled down a career-high eight rebounds.

No. 11 Georgetown 69, Marquette 60: Chris Wright scored 20 points, Austin Freeman added 17 despite limping badly off the court in the first half, and host Georgetown survived the run-'em-ragged strategy of Marquette Coach Buzz Williams to win its eighth straight game.

The win moved the Hoyas (20-5, 9-4) into sole possession of third place in the Big East and kept alive their longest conference win streak since 2006-07.

No. 14 Purdue 81, Illinois 70: JaJuan Johnson scored 24 points and E'Twaun Moore added 20 to lead Purdue to an 81-70 comeback win at Illinois.

Purdue (20-5, 9-3 Big Ten) survived a first half of 28.6 percent shooting to trail only 32-27 at the break. Then the Boilermakers caught fire, scoring 54 second-half points and outrebounding the Illini 28-9 over the final 20 minutes.

Centre 67, Oglethorpe 52: Greg Ross was 9-for-9 from the free-throw line and scored a game-high 17 points to lead Centre (17-4, 12-2 SCAC) past visiting Oglethorpe. Ross also had seven rebounds.

Byron Ellis (Russell County) hit four three-pointers to finish with 14 points, and Alex Lloyd (Sayre) had 16 rebounds to go with seven points.

WKU dismisses Dixon

Western Kentucky men's basketball senior Cliff Dixon was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, reported the College Heights Herald, the school's student newspaper.

Dixon didn't play in the first half of WKU's game against North Texas on Saturday. He didn't return for the second half and was later seen sitting in the stands.

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