No. 8 North Carolina meets past No. 18 Oregon 85-79 ( News Iowa )

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Eva Hodgson scored 14 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter in a flurry, and No. 8 North Carolina fell in half and topped No. 18 Oregon 85-79 in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Invitational on Thursday.

Hodgson scored 10 points in a 90-second span of the fourth quarter after it looked as if the Ducks were going to pull away. Hodgson’s four-point play with 5:12 remaining gave North Carolina a 72-68 lead. Oregon pulled within 74-73, but Hodgson made four free throws down the stretch, sandwiched around a Fat Adams basket, and the Tar Heels were able to hold on.

Alyssa Ustby added 19 points for North Carolina (5-0). Deja Kelly had 17 points, Anya Poole added 11 and Kennedy Todd-Williams 10.

Te-Hina Paopao led Oregon (4-1) with 18 points, Grace VanSlooten added 17 points and 11 rebounds and Jennah Isai scored 15 points.

The Tar Heels will face No. 5 Iowa State in Sunday’s title game. The Ducks will play Michigan State for third place.

NO. 5 IOWA STATE 80, MICHIGAN STATE 49

PORTLAND, Ore. — Stephanie Soares matched her season high with 23 points and added 11 rebounds and six blocks as Iowa State rolled past Michigan in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Invitational.

Soares, a 6-foot transfer from Masters where he was a two-time NAIA national player of the year, dominated the interior, making 10 of 14 shots.

Emily Ryan added 17 points and eight assists, and the Cyclones (5-0) scored on the night, led by leading scorer Ashley Joens, the Big 12 preseason player of the year. Joens averaged 25.5 points, but only managed eight.

Iowa State (5-0) began the week in the top five AP Top 25 rankings for the first time since Dec. 31, 2001, when the program reached its highest ranking in school history at No. 4. The Cyclones ranked No. No. 8 North Carolina will advance to the championship game on Sunday.

DeeDee Hagemann led Michigan State (6-1) with 14 points and Kamaria McDaniel added 11. The Spartans played without leading scorer Matildis Ekh, who was a native of Sweden due to a cross country career.

NO. 7 NOTRE DAME 90, AMERICAN 65

BIMINI, Bahamas — Oliva Miles had 19 points and 10 rebounds, leading the American Notre Dame to the Goombay Splash.

Sonia Citron added 17 points and Dana Mabrey 15 for the Irish (5-0), who are playing Arizona State in their second game.

Emily Johns scored 15 points for the Eagles (0-5).

NO. 12 LSU 80, GEORGE MASON 52

BIMINI, Bahamas — Angel Reese scored 21 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double, but LSU’s streak of five-straight 100-point games ended at the Goombay Splash in a win over George Mason.

The game was never in doubt: The Tigers (6-0) scored eight points and made 10 of 15 shots and 7 of 8 free throws to lead 277-9 after one quarter. Reese had 10 points.

LSU tied the 1998-99 UConn Huskies and the 2013-14 Oregon Ducks with five-straight 100-point games, but are short of what is believed to be the NCAA record of six-straight games set by Louisiana Tech in the 1981-82 season.

Sonia Smith led the Patriots (3-4) with 15 points.

NO. 13 NC STATE 82, VANDERBILT 73

CANCUN, Mexico – Jakia Browner-Turner scored 18 points, Diamond Johnson added 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the Wolfpack’s win over Vanderbilt in the Cancun Classic.

The Wolfpack (5-1) led 62-36 midway through the third quarter before the Commodores (V-2) attempted a failed comeback after St. Louis graduate transfer Ciaja Harbison, who scored 34 points, 21 in the second half.

Jade Boyd added 12 points and Camille Hobby 10 for North Carolina State.

Harbison shot 11 for 23 with two 3 pointers and went 10 for 10 at the line. Jade Brown added a career high 12 points and Ryanne Allen 10.

North Carolina State will take on West Virginia on Friday, while Vanderbilt hosts Northern Iowa.

NO. 25 KANSAS STATE 76, CLEMSON 38.

ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands — Gabby Gregory made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points to lead Kansas State at the Paradise Jam.

Kansas State led by just three points, 32-29, at halftime of the third quarter.

Jaelyn Glenn scored 16 points and Brylee Glenn 12 for Kansas State (6-0), which plays Northern Arizona on Friday.

Ruby Whitehorn had a team-high eight points for Clemson (3-2), which faces Arkansas on Friday.

AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-womens-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter .com/AP_Top25

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