Louisiana 68, Niagara 52
Louisiana's 68-52 win over Niagara to start off Saturday's South Point Thanksgiving Shootout games was one the Ragin' Cajuns sorely needed. The victory halted the program’s three-game losing streak.
The major key to Louisiana's win was rebounding as they pulled down 44 compared to 34 by the Purple Eagles. The Ragin' Cajuns also held Niagara to just 32 percent shooting from the field and 10 percent from three-point land.
While Niagara had a hot start, earning an early 4-0 advantage, Louisiana quickly recovered to take control. After the Purple Eagles earned their biggest lead of the game, 13-7, at 1:44 in the first quarter, Louisiana began their comeback. With a free throw from Malachi Williams at 7:36 in the second quarter, the Ragin' Cajuns led by 17-16 and never trailed again.
At the half, Louisiana led 30-26 and took their first double-digit lead early in the fourth quarter.
The Ragin’ Cajuns will face Cleveland State on Sunday at 1:15 p.m. while Niagara will play Louisiana Teach during the first game of that day at 11 a.m.
Nekia Jones 13 points, 6 rebounds
Kendra Howard 12 points, 4 rebounds
Skyler Goodwin 11 points, 3 rebounds
Kharysma Bryant 15 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists
Victoria Rampado 19 points, 13 rebounds
Texas 92, Washington 68
Washington had a tall task on the second day of the South Point Shootout facing Texas, a team ranked at No. 5 or higher in all of the major polls. Texas proved that it deserved its status as a top 5 team by taking control at the outset and never trailing.
The Longhorns jumped out to a 5-0 start before Washington could score. After the Huskies earned their first points, they managed to get within one point of Texas after a three-point shot from Mai-Loni Henson. However, that was close as Washington would get. Texas finished the quarter on a 10-0 run.
Defense was key for Texas as they forced 22 turnovers and held their opponent to a 39.4 percent field goal percentage.
Four Longhorns finished in double figures. Jatarie White led all scorers with 24 points plus seven rebounds.
Texas (5-0) remains undefeated while Wshington fell to 2-3.
The Longhorns return home to play Louisiana Tech on Thursday. Washington goes on a road trip to play Idaho on Friday.
Jatarie White 24 points, 7 rebounds
Brooke McCarty 15 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists
Lashann Higgs 10 points, 4 rebounds
Alecia Sutton 10 points, 4 assists
Amber Melgoza 12 points
Alexis Griggsby 10 points, 5 assists
Hannah Johnson 9 points, 5 rebounds
UCLA 72, Creighton 63
While UCLA (5-1) came out on top 72-63 against Creighton (3-3), the No. 5 Bruins had their hands full with the Bluejays.
Creighton started the game in attack mode with accurate three-point shots in their arsenal and stellar free throw shooting. In fact, the Bluejays made 17 of 18 free-throw attempts (94 percent).
It was the first-ever meeting between the teams. While UCLA scored first, Creighton quickly followed with their own shots and proceeded to outpace the Bruins building a 24-17 lead by the end of the first quarter.
UCLA had to fight relentlessly in the second quarter to overcome their deficit and overtake the Bluejays. By outscoring their opponent 19-11 in the second period, the Bruins managed to go into halftime with a slim 36-35 lead.
The third period was the major turning point for the Bruins as they scored twice as many points as the Bluejays and entered the fourth quarter leading 57-45.
"I've got to give Creighton a lot of credit. They're a good NCAA Tournament team for a reason," UCLA coach Cori Close said. "They outplayed, and outprepared us. We're going to need to learn when you have a target on your back, you're going to get everyone's best game. We need to learn how to have a maturity and identity about us. We're going to have to prepare the same each game."
UCLA finished the tournament with two wins while Creighton fell to Washington on Friday.
UCLA returns home to host UC Riverside on Tuesday. Creighton travels to Drake for a game on Dec. 3
Kennedy Burke 17 points, 6 rebounds
Monique Billings 12 points, 7 rebounds
Lajahna Drummer 10 points, 3 rebounds
Jaylyn Agner 15 points
Audrey Faber 13 points, 4 rebounds
Temi Carda 12 points, 4 rebounds
Kansas State 70, Penn State 65
The first game of Saturday’s evening session turned out to have an exciting ending after both teams started off slow. Penn State had 12 points to Kansas State's 11 after the sluggish first quarter. However, things picked up in the second period. Kansas State outscored the Nittany Lions 26-18 before halftime and went into the break with a 37-30 lead.
The teams went back and forth in the third quarter with K-State still holding the edge at the onset of the fourth quarter, 54-46.
Things got a bit more intense in the last quarter as Penn State ramped up their efforts on both ends of the court. The Lions began the period on a 6-0 to get within 2. Kansas State (5-1) responded right away but Penn State (5-2) managed to pull within three with just over a minute to play. But their hopes of overtaking Kansas State were dashed as the Wildcats outscored them 7-5 to finish the game.
Kayla Goth 19 points, 6 assists
Peyton Williams 19 points, 8 rebounds
Kaylee Page 13 points, 7 rebounds
Shaelyn Martin 5 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists
Jaida Travascio-Green 15 points, 4 rebounds
Amari Carter 14 points, 6 rebounds
Teniya Page 10 points
Jaylen Williams 9 points, 9 rebounds
De’Janae Boykin 14 points, 5 rebounds
LSU 71, Saint Louis 59
The last game of the day was also a thriller as LSU came alive in the last quarter to overtake Saint Louis 71-59. It was a long haul for the Tigers to come back as the Billikens were dominant in the first quarter outscoring their opponent 17-9.
The teams went back and forth in the second quarter to score 18 points each but Saint Louis was still ahead at the end of the period and went into the break with a 35-27 lead.
In the third quarter, LSU began to chip away at the deficit and managed to tie the game at 3:51 in the period. However, the Tigers did not manage to earn the lead until about midway through the fourth quarter. After a layup by Ayana Mitchell LSU led 53-52 with 5:58 left in the game.
Saint Louis was not done and managed to tie the game up with 4:59 left. LSU's Raigyne Louis hit a jumper at 4:03 to begin a furious run that enabled the Tigers to win the contest.
LSU hits the road this week to take on Texas Tech in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Thursday. Saint Louis returns home to host Vanderbilt on Wednesday.
Chloe Jackson 23 points, 4 rebounds
Raigyne Louis 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists
Jackie Kemph 14pts, 6 assists
Jenny Vliet 12 rebounds, 12 rebounds