Washington 67, Creighton 64
The first game of the South Point Shootout was a Pac-12 vs. Big East Matchup that didn't see either team take over until the third quarter.
Washington held the slight edge after the first quarter, 22-20, and earned a double-digit lead with about four minutes left in the second period. However, Creighton fought back and narrowed the deficit to just five by the end of the half.
The Huskies went into halftime with a 36-31 lead over the Bluejays.
Washington began the third quarter on a 7-0 run to earn a 43-31 advantage. The Huskies never trailed by more than seven points in the third period and entered the last ten minutes of the game with a 54-44 lead after a buzzer-beating trey from Mai-Loni Henson.
Creighton was far from done as they trailed by double digits. The Bluejays outscored the Huskies 20-13 in the fourth quarter getting within one point in the last three minutes. Washington held them at bay and sealed the win with a jumper and a free throw from Henson in the last 35 seconds.
Washington (2-2) faces Texas at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday while Creighton (3-2) takes on another Pac-12 squad, UCLA at 3:30 p.m.
Mai-Loni Henson 17 points, 9 rebounds
Amber Melgoza 14 points, 4 rebounds
Hannah Johnson 10 points, 6 rebounds
Audrey Faber 19 points, 5 rebounds
Jaylyn Agnew 16 points, 8 rebounds
Tatum Rembao 12 points, 7 rebounds
No. 5 UCLA 64, Kansas State 55
UCLA (4-1), the No. 5 team in this week's Sport Tours International/Hoopfeed Poll, began the tournament ready to start another win streak after a tough 78-60 loss last week to the top team in the nation, UConn.
With a balanced effort led by Monique Billings, the Bruins kept the Wildcats in the rear view, never trailing during the entire contest. However, the game was not easy street for the UCLA as they fought to hold off Kansas State.
"Yesterday's practice told me, we had a little bit of a hangover," said Close about the aftermath of the loss to UConn. "We were really disappointed, and we didn't really play as well as we wanted. Today, I knew we would be ready to play, especially against their length and zone defense."
UCLA outrebounded Kansas State 48 to 31 and after leading by just 31-28 at the half, came into the third quarter re-energized. UCLA's defense limited the offense of the Wildcats as Kansas State shot 35 percent from the field.
The Bruins handed the Kansas State (4-1) their first loss of the season.
UCLA plays Creighton at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday while Kansas State faces Penn State at 5:45 p.m.
Monique Billings 17 points, 12 rebounds
Kelli Hayes 12 points, 5 rebounds
Kennedy Burke 12 points
Kayla Goth 19 points, 5 assists
Shaelyn Martin 11 points, 6 rebounds
Rachel Ranke 10 points
No. 4 Texas 75, LSU 66
Led by senior guard Ariel Atkins, No. 4 Texas (4-0) rolled by LSU 75-66 in the third game of Friday’s opening session of the tournament. The Longhorns took control early, racing out to a 28-17 lead in the first quarter.
By the end of the half, the Longhorns had a 41-28 lead with double-digit contributions from Jatarie White (12 points) and Brooke McCarty (11 points). Atkins scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half.
The Longhorns outpaced their opponents 17-9 in the third quarter. However, LSU (2-3) was not rolling over and fought hard in the last 10 minutes. The Tigers scored 29 points in the fourth quarter compared to 17 by Texas. Unfortunately for LSU, the offensive outburst was not good enough to overcome the Longhorns and pull out a win.
Texas will play Washington on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. while LSU will face Saint Louis in the last game of the day at 8 p.m.
Ariel Atkins 17 points, 4 rebounds
Jatarie White 14 points, 5 rebounds
Lashann Higgs 13 points
Brooke McCarty 11 points, 6 assists
Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau 8 points, 10 rebounds
Chloe Jackson 23 points, 7 rebounds
Raigyne Louis 20 points, 4 rebounds
Louisiana Tech 71, Penn State 59
Louisiana Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr told her players during shootaround to consider the tournament in Las Vegas as a “business trip” and that they were here to work. And go to work the Lady Techsters did, defeating Penn State 71-59 and providing LA Tech (4-1) with their first win over a Power Five school since December 2012.
The win also handed Penn State (5-1) their first loss of the season.
“I am so proud of how we competed tonight,” said Stoehr. “We defended them well and once we starting taking care of the basketball, we ran our offense, got good shots and were able to score both inside and out. We had a lot of people step up tonight, and I couldn’t be more proud.”
Defense was key for LA Tech in keeping Penn State on the ropes and overcoming a five-point deficit after the first quarter. The Lady Techsters exploded in the second quarter and outscored their opponent 23-14 and went into the half with a 33-29 lead.
LA Tech held on to their lead for the remainder of the game and outpaced Penn State 19-10 in the last ten minutes.
LA Tech will rest on Saturday and face Niagara at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Penn State is in action again Saturday with a matchup against the Big 12’s Kansas State.
Kierra Anthony 17 points, 3 rebounds
Taylor Stahly 15 points, 4 rebounds
Alexus Malone 13 points, 10 rebounds
Reauna Cleaver 13 points, 7 rebounds
Amari Carter 24 points
Jaida Travascio-Green 11 points
De’Janae Boykin 5 points, 11 rebounds
Saint Louis 80, Cleveland State 64
Led by Jackie Kemph, Saint Louis dominated Cleveland State 80-64 in the last game of the day on Friday. Kemph, who earned her 12th career double-double, helped the Billikens keep a firm lead over the Vikings for the majority of the game.
Both teams were prolific offensively in the first half with Saint Louis shooting 53.6 percent from the field while Cleveland State shot 42.3 percent. The Billikens finished the first quarter with a 24-19 advantage and held on to go into the break leading 40-31.
Saint Louis continued that trend in the last two quarters with four players finishing in double figures. They also outrebounded Cleveland State 32-23 and limited the Vikings to just five offensive rebounds during the entire contest.
Kemph’s accolades in the game included passing the 700-career assist mark. The SLU record-holder in that category now as 707 assists.
While Cleveland State did not prevail, redshirt senior Khayla Livingston scored her 1,000th career point in the game.
Saint Louis plays LSU on Saturday while Cleveland State faces Louisiana on Sunday at 1:15 p.m. in the last game of the tournament.
Jackie Kemph 20 points, 12 assists
Jenny Vliet 19 points, 8 rebounds
Aaliyah Covington 12 points, 3 rebounds
Jordyn Frantz 12 points, 3 rebounds
Ashanti Abshaw 19 points
Khayla Livingston 18 points
Olivia Voskuhl 13 points, 8 rebounds