· Sam Fuehring, Louisville
· Macy Miller, South Dakota State
· Lauren Cox, Baylor
· Cierra Dillard, Buffalo
· Sophia Elenga, Arizona State
Louisville 86, Hartford 69
Undefeated Louisville (5-0) capped a successful run in the South Point Thanksgiving Shooting with an 86-69 win over Hartford (2-5) Saturday afternoon.
Hartford began the game looking like a well-rested squad ready to take down Goliath as they raced out to a 10-5 lead with graduate student forward Ella Awobajo leading the way. Louisville junior forward Kylee Shook was the catalyst for Louisville to ramp up their offense in the closing moments of the period. Hartford went into the second period with an 18-16 lead.
Louisville’s offensive production exploded in the second quarter. Senior guard Asia Durr led the way scoring 12 points in the quarter. Louisville had a 53-36 lead at halftime.
The game slowed down in the third period with both teams only scoring 15 points each. It was another even offensive output in the last ten minutes as both teams scored 18 points apiece. Louisville’s 17-point advantage after the second quarter held them over for the win.
The Cardinals shot 54 percent for the field compared to 46.3 percent for Hartford. Louisville also made 77.4 percent of their free throws (23-of-31) while Hartford made 65.2 percent of theirs (15-of-23)
and made 57.1 percent of their three-pointers (8-of-14).
Durr led Louisville with 20 points and senior forward Sam Fuehring added 19 plus five rebounds. Sophomore guard Dana Evans contributed 10 points plus six assists while junior forward Kylee Shook finished with 10 points plus six rebounds.
Junior guard Sierra DaCosta paced Hartford with 21 points. Awobajo had 12 points, and sophomore guard Jade Young scored 11 for the Hawks. Senior Lindsey Abed scored her 1,000th career point in the game.
Louisville returns home to play Miami (Ohio) on Monday. Hartford heads home to host William & Mary Friday night.
Arizona State 82, Southern Illinois 38
Arizona State (3-2) bounced back from a Friday afternoon loss to Louisville with an 82-38 win over Southern Illinois (3-3) Saturday. The game had a fun, family component as it was the first time that sisters, freshman Jayde VanHyfte of Arizona State and redshirt senior senior Celina VanHyfte, had the opportunity to play against each other on the college level. With a group of family members cheering them on, the Van Hyfte sisters guarded each other when they were on the court at the same time.
While Southern Illinois made a good effort to hang tight with Arizona State early in the game, by the second quarter, it was apparent that the Sun Devils were not going to let another game get away from them at the tournament. Arizona State led 16-12 after the first quarter before outscoring their opponent 25-13 in the second period. The Sun Devils scorched the Salukis in the third period with a 24 to 7 offensive onslaught.
With 15 seconds left in the game, Arizona State’s lead had swelled to 44. Twelve players scored for the Sun Devils with four in double figures.
Senior forward Kianna Ibis, junior guard Robbi Ryan and freshman guard/forward Iris Mbulito all scored 10 points each. Junior guard Reili Richardson led all scorers with 11 points.
There were no SIU players in double figures. Sophomore forward Abby Brockmeyer led the Salukis with nine points plus three rebounds.
Arizona State heads home to host Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Southern Illinois goes on the road to face Saint Louis on Thursday.
Buffalo 61, South Dakota State 55
The third game of the day was a defensive battle between two well-respected mid-major teams. Buffalo won (4-1) the hard-fought back-and-forth battle 61-55 against South Dakota State (3-3) to claim a second victory in the tournament.
The Bulls struck early with a fast start to gain an early advantage over the Jackrabbits. Going into the second quarter, Buffalo had a 20-13 lead from a balanced scoring effort as six players made shots in the first 10 minutes led by senior guard Cierra Dillard.
South Dakota State performed better on the offensive end in the second quarter, outscoring Buffalo 16-12, but it was not enough production to overcome the Bulls heading into halftime. At the break, Buffalo led 32-29.
The Jackrabbits put the game in a near dead heat in the third quarter. Their scoring efforts, led by redshirt senior guard Macy Miller and senior guard Madison Guebert, put them just one point behind Buffalo going into the last period. In the end, the Bulls held off the threat outscoring their opponents 15-10 in the final quarter.
Dillard led all scorers with 20 points plus nine rebounds and six steals. Her teammate, junior guard Theresa Onwuke added 13 points and seven rebounds. Senior forward Brittany Morrison added 10 points and four rebounds.
Miller and sophomore guard/forward Myah Selland had 14 points each for South Dakota State. Miller pulled down seven rebounds and dished out four assists. Selland grabbed six rebounds.
Buffalo travels to Central Connecticut State Saturday Dec. 1. The Jackrabbits return home to host Green Bay on Thursday, November 29.
Baylor 67, Georgetown 46
Baylor (6-0) had no trouble putting away Georgetown 67-46 in the last game of the tournament. Unlike the previous day when the Bears got off to a slow start against South Dakota State, they raced out to a 22-11 lead in the first ten minutes of Saturday’s contest.
Georgetown (4-3) had no answers for Baylor’s offense and faltered under the defensive pressure of the Bears. After outscoring the Hoyas 25-12 in the second period, the Bears went into halftime with a 47-23 lead.
Both teams had a slow third quarter as the Bears only scored 11 compared to 7 by Georgetown. As Baylor began substituting more and letting reserves play in the second half, the offensive production slowed but not enough to let Georgetown gain any traction.
Led by junior guard Juicy Landrum and freshman forward NaLyssa Smith who scored 14 points each, ten Baylor players scored in the game. Landrum also pulled down nine rebounds while Smith grabbed five.
Junior forward Anita Kelava, who had 10 points, was the only Georgetown player in double figures. Senior guard Dionna White earned 10 rebounds to go along with five points.
Baylor travels to South Carolina for a Sunday matchup.