Diggins destroys Wildcats in Classic

Friday December 21, 2012

LAS VEGAS -- Skylar Diggins scored 22 points to lead No. 5 Notre Dame to an 87-57 win over Kansas State on Thursday night in the second round of the World Vision Classic.

Diggins scored 15 of the Fighting Irish’s first 23 points, leading them to a 23-10 lead 8:20 into the game. Natalie Achonwa added 13 points, Kayla McBride had 12, and Kaila Turner and Ariel Braker chipped in with 11 apiece for Notre Dame (8-1), which led 49-25 at halftime.

Brittany Chambers had 18 points and seven rebounds, Haley Texada scored 11 points and Ashia Woods added 10 for the Wildcats (7-3).

Diggins, who had 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting at halftime, also led Notre Dame with four assists in the first half. McBride had 10 points at the break for the Irish, who shot 55 percent (16 for 29) in the opening half.


NEWARK, Del. -- Tianna Hawkins had 16 points and 16 rebounds, and Maryland hounded All-American Elena Delle Donne in her return from an illness as the Terrapins beat Delaware.

Delle Donne played for just the second time this season after missing a month with Lyme Disease. She finished with 19 points and six rebounds but was a rusty 7 for 23 from the floor in 34 minutes. She also missed the first three games of the season.

Alyssa Thomas added 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Katie Rutan scored 13 for the Terps (8-2), who won their fourth straight game.

Delaware (5-3) trailed 52-49 with about eight minutes left, but Maryland closed on a 17-4 run.



NORMAN, Okla. -- Aaryn Ellenberg scored 27 points and Nicole Griffin added 18 to lead Oklahoma over UC Riverside.

Joanna McFarland had 12 rebounds for the Sooners (9-2) and Morgan Hook had six assists.

Oklahoma led 32-22 at halftime and never trailed. The Sooners shot 42 percent from the field for the game, while the Highlanders shot 31.7 percent.

Tre’Shonti Nottingham led the Highlanders with 14 points and eight rebounds. Natasha Hadley added 12 points and six rebounds for Riverside (6-4).

It was only the second meeting between the school. The Sooners beat Riverside 88-57 in 2008.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Wumi Agunbiade scored 15 points, Orsi Szecsi added 12 and Vanessa Abel had 10 to lead Duquesne to an upset of West Virginia.

Duquesne (11-1) upset a ranked opponent for the second time this season after beating then-No. 17 Delaware on Nov. 14. Duquesne has now beaten four ranked opponents since coach Suzie McConnell-Serio took over in 2007 after having beaten only one in the program’s history prior to her arrival.

The win was the second straight for Duquesne against West Virginia following an 11-game losing streak in the series from 1995-2011.

Christal Caldwell led the Mountaineers (7-3) with 13 points.


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