McGraw earns 800th victory
PITTSBURGH >> Brianna Turner scored 20 points and No. 3 Notre Dame gave coach Muffett McGraw her 800th victory, beating Pittsburgh 65-55 on Sunday.
McGraw became the 10th coach to reach 800 victories and the sixth-fastest to accomplish the feat. She joined Connecticut's Geno Auriemma, Tennessee's Pat Summitt, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina's Dean Smith as the only coaches in men's or women's Division I history to have 800 wins, seven Final Four trips and five championship-game appearances.
McGraw has 712 victories in 29 seasons at Notre Dame after winning 88 times in five seasons at Lehigh. She led Notre Dame the 2001 title and has made 22 NCAA Tournament appearances with the Irish.
Madison Cable added 16 points for Notre Dame (13-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Yacine Diop scored 16 points for Pitt (8-6, 0-1).
NO. 2 SOUTH CAROLINA 85, ARKANSAS 32
Tina Roy scored a career-high 21 points off seven 3-pointers and South Carolina opened Southeastern Conference play with a blowout victory over Arkansas.
The game was tied at 9 at the end of the first quarter before Roy and the undefeated Gamecocks (13-0) took control and put away the overmatched Razorbacks (5-9).
Two-time defending SEC player of the year Tiffany Mitchell got the rout started with a 3-pointer to open the second quarter and Roy made two straight from long range as South Carolina led 44-18.
Roy again found her stroke in the second half with five baskets from behind the arc. She surpassed her previous best of five, accomplished three times in her career — the last in a win over UCLA in November.
Melissa Wolff had nine points for Arkansas.
AUBURN 66, NO. 7 KENTUCKY 61
Brandy Montgomery had 27 points and seven rebounds and Auburn beat Kentucky for its first victory over a Top 10 oppenent since January 2010.
Tra'Cee Tanner added 17 points, all in the second half, and 10 rebounds to help Auburn (11-3) overcome a 17-point deficit in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
The Tigers' last victory over a Top 10 team was against then-No. 9 Georgia on Jan. 31, 2010.
Makayla Epps led Kentucky (11-1) with 20 points.
NO. 8 MISSISSIPPI STATE 76, FLORIDA 70
Morgan Willam scored a season-high 21 points and Mississippi State beat Florida in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams Sunday.
The Bulldogs (14-1) extended their winning streak to nine and ended Florida's 12-game winning streak.
Carlie Needles led Florida (12-2) with 17 points.
SYRACUSE 86, NO. 12 DUKE 50
Maggie Morrison made seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 25 points, and Syracuse snapped Duke's 18-game winning streak in Atlantic Coast Conference openers.
Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman reached 200 victories in his 10th season. Alexis Peterson had 17 points and 13 assists for Syracuse (11-3). Azura Stevens had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Duke (11-4).
NO. 14 NORTHWESTERN 85, NEBRASKA 62
Nia Coffey had 25 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks, and Christen Inman added 25 points to help Northwestern beat Nebraska.
Inman made five 3-pointers and had five assists for Northwestern (12-2, 1-1 Big Ten).
Natalie Romeo led Nebraska (9-4, 0-2) with 17 points.
VIRGINIA 76, NO. 22 MIAMI 56
Lauren Moses and Faith Randolph each scored 16 points for Virginia.
Breyana Mason added 14 points for the Cavaliers (11-4, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Jessica Thomas scored 12 points for Miami (13-2, 1-1).
NO. 24 MICHIGAN STATE 77, WISCONSIN 67
Aerial Powers had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Michigan State.
Jasmine Hines added 15 points for the Spartans (10-3, 1-1 Big Ten).
Dakota Whyte and Cayla McMorris had 14 points each for Wisconsin (5-7, 1-1).
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