No. 8 North Carolina rallies behind No. 18 Oregon 85-79

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Eva Hodgson scored 14 of her 21 points during a fourth-quarter shootout, and No. 8 North Carolina rallied in the second half, outclassing No. 18 Oregon 85-79 in the semifinals of Phil Knight Invitation on Thursday.

Hodgson scored 10 points within 90 seconds in the fourth quarter after it looked like the Ducks were about to retire. Hodgson’s four-point game with 5-12 remaining gave North Carolina a 72-68 lead. Oregon drew within 74-73, but Hodgson hit four free throws down the stretch that looped around Destiny 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 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 take on No. 5 Iowa in Sunday’s title game. The Ducks are playing Michigan State for third place.

NO. 5 IOWA STATE 80, MICHIGAN STATE 49

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

Soares, a 6-foot-6 transfer from The Master’s, where she was a two-time NAIA International of the Year, dominated inside, making 10 of 14 shots.

Emily Ryan added 17 points and eight assists, and the Cyclones (5-0) drove despite a poor shooting night from 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) started the week in the top five of the AP Top 25 for the first time since December 31, 2001, when the program ranked No. 4, its highest in school history. The Cyclones will face No. 8 North Carolina in Sunday’s championship game.

DeeDee Hagemann led Michigan State (6-1) by 14 points and Kamaria McDaniel added 11. The Spartans played without top scorer Matilda Ekh, who was in her native Sweden on international commitments.

NO. 7 NOTRE DAME 90, AMERICAN 65

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

Sonia Citron scored 17 points and Dana Mabrey 15 for the Irish (5-0) going up against 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 hit 19 rebounds for her sixth straight double-double, but LSU’s streak of five straight 100-point games ended at the Goombay Splash with their win over George Mason.

The game was never in doubt: the Tigers (6-0) scored the first eight points and hit 10 shots from 15 and 7 free throws from 8 to lead 27-9 after a 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 fell short of what was set as an NCAA record of six straight games by Louisiana Tech in the 1981-82 season is applicable.

Sonia Smith led the Patriots (3-4) by 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 at the Cancun Classic.

The Wolfpack (5-1) led 62-36 midway through the third quarter before the Commodores (5-2) made a failed comeback attempt behind St. Louis graduate Ciaja Harbison, who had 34 points, 21 of them in the second half.

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

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

North Carolina State meets West Virginia on Friday, while Vanderbilt meets northern Iowa.

NO. 25 KANSAS STATE 76, CLEMSON 38

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

Kansas State led by just three points at halftime, 32-29, before taking over in the third period.

Jaelyn Glenn scored 16 points and Brylee Glenn added 12 for Kansas State (6-0) playing northern Arizona on Friday.

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

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