TAMPA, Fla. — Skylar Diggins scored four of her 19 points in overtime, helping second-ranked Notre Dame overcome cold shooting and hold off South Florida for a 75-71 victory Tuesday night.
Natalie Achonwa had 20 points and Jewell Loyd finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (13-1, 2-0 Big East) in their first game since handing then-No. 1 Connecticut its first loss of the season. Kayla McBride was limited to 12 points on 4-for-14 shooting, but keyed a second half surge that helped Notre Dame take its first lead since early in the game.
Andrea Smith tied a career high with 33 points and 11 rebounds for USF (11-3, 0-1), including her team’s last nine points of regulation and first four of overtime. Smith’s twin sister, Andrell, had 15 points before fouling out less than a minute into the extra session, and Inga Orekhova added 13.
McBride scored a career-high 21 points and Diggins had 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals in Notre Dame’s 73-72 victory at Connecticut, but both Fighting Irish stars got off to slow starts against a South Florida team that’s off to its second-best start in 13 seasons under coach Jose Fernandez.
Diggins missed her first five shots before scoring 11 in the final nine minutes of the opening half. McBride, meanwhile, missed the only two shots she attempted while sitting out much of the first half with two fouls.
South Florida led 35-32 at the break despite shooting 37.8 percent and pushed Notre Dame to overtime for the third time in the last nine meetings between the team despite shooting 33.3 percent (25 of 75) for the game. The Fighting Irish were only slightly better, shooting 36.8 percent while making the same number of field goal while taking seven fewer shots.
No. 5 Stanford 62, No. 7 California 53: In Berkeley, Calif., Chiney Ogwumike scored 26 points and Amber Orrange added 15 to help Stanford pull away from California for its 81st straight win against a conference opponent.
After having their 82-game home winning streak snapped late last month against Connecticut, Ogwumike wouldn’t allow the Cardinal (14-1, 3-0 Pac-12) to have another long run of dominance come to an end.
Ogwumike provided the bulk of the scoring and helped hold the Bears (12-2, 2-1) to 30 percent shooting at the other end to win for the 10th straight time in this rivalry. Stanford’s last loss to Cal — or any conference team — came nearly four years ago, on Jan. 18, 2009, on this court to the Bears.
Layshia Clarendon scored 17 points to lead the Bears.
No. 15 Louisville 66, Rutgers 57, OT: In Louisville, Ky., Antonita Slaughter drained a 3-pointer to open overtime and finished the period with six of her 10 points for Louisville.
Shoni Schimmel set a season-high for the second straight game with 21 points, none bigger than a jumper with 6 seconds left in regulation to force a 52-all tie that carried into overtime.
Slaughter hit her 3-pointer 13 seconds into overtime, and Sara Hammond followed with a trey about a minute later for a 58-52 lead. Schimmel tacked on a jumper and Slaughter a free throw for a 61-52 lead with 40 seconds to play.
Monique Reid added 18 points for Louisville (13-3, 1-1 Big East).
Erica Wheeler paced Rutgers (9-6, 0-2) with 18 points. Monique Oliver, who has been battling a sprained left ankle, scored 10 points with nine rebounds in 36 minutes.
No. 21 Oklahoma State 76, No. 17 Kansas 59: In Stillwater, Okla., Liz Donohoe scored 24 points and Oklahoma State bounced back from defeats in its first two Big 12 games.
Toni Young had 15 points for the Cowgirls (12-2, 1-2), who dropped their first two games of the season to conference rivals Texas Tech and No. 1 Baylor.
Brittney Martin had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma State, and Tiffany Bias also had 14 points.
The Cowgirls never trailed against the Jayhawks.
Carolyn Davis led No. 17 Kansas (11-3, 2-1) with 14 points. Angel Goodrich had 12 points and eight assists.
Oklahoma State led 37-29 at halftime and by as many as 18 points in the second half.
No. 23 Colorado 67, Utah 57: In Boulder, Colo., Chucky Jeffery had a season-high 28 points with 12 rebounds for Colorado.
Colorado (12-2, 1-2) used a 20-3 run in the second half for their first Pac-12 win of the season.
Taryn Wicijowski and Michelle Plouffe had 17 points apiece for the Utes (9-5, 0-3), who have lost four in a row and five of their past seven.
Colorado’s Jamee Swan, Ariel Roberson and Brittany Wilson finished with eight points each. Swan also had eight rebounds.
Jeffery has 1,398 career points and is 12th on Colorado’s all-time scoring list. It was her third time in double figures in both points and rebounds in a game this season.
Wicijowski was 7-for-8 from the free-throw line and had nine rebounds and four assists for Utah.
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