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    Women’s basketball roundup: UMass falls to Ole Miss

     For 20 minutes, UMass looked well on its way to a victory over Mississippi.

     The Minutewomen raced to a 20-5 lead in the first seven minutes, and held a 30-21 advantage at the break.

     After the intermission, however, the wheels came off.


     Mississippi outscored UMass, 50-29, in the second half en route to a 71-59 victory Saturday in Oxford, Miss.

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     The Rebels (5-2) used runs of 13-3 and 16-6 to put the game out of reach. Tia Faleru led the way with 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Danielle McCray chipped in 16 points.

     Senior Jasmine Watson led the Minutewomen (2-8) with 19 points in 23 minutes. Emily Mital added 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

    Notre Dame 109, Utah State 70 — In South Bend, Ind., Natalie Achonwa had 23 points and 12 rebounds as the No. 5 Fighting Irish cruised past the Aggies.

     Markisha Wright added 14 points and 11 rebounds and Skylar Diggins chipped in with 12 points and 10 assists, marking the first time in seven years that three players for Notre Dame (6-1) had a double-double. Devyn Christiansen led Utah State (2-7) with 21 points.


    Louisville 96, Valparaiso 40 — Shawnta’ Dyer had 12 points and 10 rebounds as the No. 8 Cardinals crushed the Crusaders (3-6). Sara Hammond added 13 points and eight rebounds for host Louisville (9-1).

    Maryland 90, George Mason 40 — Tainna Hawkins scored 27 points and grabbed seven boards in the host Terrapins’ win over the Patriots (4-4). Alyssa Thomas added 11 points and 12 rebounds for No. 9 Maryland (6-2).

    UCLA 62, Texas 42 Alyssia Brewer had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and the No. 17 Bruins (5-1) beat the 12th-ranked Longhorns in the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Showcase at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

     Nneka Enemkpali had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Texas (5-1), her school-record sixth straight double-double.

    Dayton 60, Michigan State 53 — Cassie Sant’s 19 points, 5 boards, and 4 assists led the No. 19 Flyers (10-0) past the visiting Spartans (8-1). The loss snapped Michigan State’s eight-game winning streak.


    Miami 67, Davidson 35 — Morgan Stroman posted 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the 23d-ranked Hurricanes over the Wildcats (3-5) in Coral Gables, Fla. Stroman also led Miami (7-1) with six assists and four steals.

    Nebraska 78, Florida State 77 — Jordan Hooper had a career-best 36 points and 12 rebounds to help the No. 25 Cornhuskers (7-3) slip by the 24th-ranked Seminoles.

     Florida State (7-1) trailed, 78-77, and had the ball with 22 seconds left following a pair of free throws by Nebraska’s Lindsey Moore. However, the Seminoles missed two free throws.

    BU 62, Marist 56 — The Terriers prevailed in overtime in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., behind Rashidat Agboola’s 12 points and 11 rebounds. Mo Moran added 14 points and six assists for BU (7-3). The Red Foxes (4-5) got 15 points and seven rebounds from Casey Dulin.

    Quinnipiac 65, Holy Cross 55 — Coach Tricia Fabbri notched her 250th career victory in the host Bobcats’ win over the Crusaders.

     Senior Felicia Barron led Quinnipiac (7-0) with 13 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 6 steals. Lisa Mifsud led Holy Cross (4-5) with 11 points, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

    Rhode Island 51, Maine 38 — Samantha Tabakman scored 23 points and registered eight rebounds as the Rams (4-6) topped the Black Bears in Portland, Maine.

     Maine (1-8) struggled from the field in the first half, shooting 4 of 27 and scoring just 13 points.

    Yale 66, St. Francis (N.Y.) 62 — Sarah Halejian scored 4 of her team-high 17 points in overtime to lead the Bulldogs (3-6) past the host Terriers.

     Sarah Benedetti came off the bench to lead St. Francis (2-5), scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.