Notre Dame shines at Vancouver Showcase
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a great week of basketball north of the border with the Vancouver Showcase.
Top-ranked Notre Dame won the inaugural Canadian tournament, rallying from a 14-point deficit in the first half to beat No. 9 Oregon State. The Irish remained unbeaten with the 91-81 victory Saturday. The Beavers knocked off No. 13 South Carolina in the semifinals.
Facing two nationally ranked teams will help the Beavers in the long run.
“It’s awesome for us to even have an opportunity (to play in the tournament featuring tough teams),” Oregon State guard Destiny Slocum said. “Not many teams get to say they’re going to play two top-20 teams back-to-back. I think it’s great for our team to be able to keep them down.”
The Irish welcomed back Marina Mabrey in the title game. She had been sidelined for the first part of the season with a quadriceps injury. They have a busy week ahead with games against No. 12 Iowa and second-ranked UConn.
The Vancouver Showcase wasn’t the only women’s college basketball in Canada this past week. Iowa State also went north to play a game in the hometown of senior Bridget Carleton against Eastern Michigan. Carleton played for the Canadian national team this past fall at the FIBA Women’s World Cup.
Carleton had 17 points in the 85-59 win despite early foul trouble.
Here are other things that happened in women’s college basketball this past week:
TRIPLE-DOUBLE: New Mexico’s Aisia Robertson recorded the first triple-double of her career when she had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against Houston. She transferred from Kansas last season and it was the first triple-double for the Lobos since last March when Cheirse Beynon did it against Fresno State. It was also the 17th time a Mountain West Conference player has accomplished that feat.
DEFENSIVE DRAGONS: Drexel took home the TD Bank Classic championship after a 60-44 victory over host Vermont on Nov. 25. The Dragons have now held four straight opponents to 44 or fewer points, including a 39-point defensive effort against Siena in the tournament’s semifinal.
REACHING A MILESTONE: Florida Gulf Coast coach Karl Smesko earned his 500th career victory on Sunday with the Eagles’ 90-71 win over American in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown. Smesko is 500-116 in his career.
CHANGE OF SCENERY: Marquette had to move its game against Illinois-Chicago on Saturday because a car crashed into the team’s home arena early Saturday morning, making it unplayable. The game was played in downtown Milwaukee and the Golden Eagles won 96-32. The game was the team’s first at the venue, which is home to the men’s basketball program and the Milwaukee Bucks.
It wasn’t the first time that a car had crashed into the Al McGuire Center. A car previously crashed into the entrance of the center in October 2017. This time the car made it through the concourse and down to the court.
SCARY MOMENT: Stanford guard Anna Wilson got hurt late in the eighth-ranked Cardinal’s game against Hawaii on Sunday. The junior guard, who is the sister of NFL star Russell Wilson, fell backward and hit a chair while playing defense. Wilson remained down on the court for about 20 minutes after getting hurt while medical personnel attended to her.
She was taken to a hospital, but was expected to accompany the team on a flight back to California later Sunday night.
TIP-INS: Georgia Tech’s Francesca Pan hit the 1,000-career point mark against Idaho State. Yellow Jackets freshman Elizabeth Dixon went a perfect 13-for-13 from the field in Tech’s two games in the tournament against George Washington and Idaho State. … Boston College is 6-0 for the first time since 2010-11 when the team won its first 11 games to start the season. The Eagles matched the school record with a 61-point first half in the title game of the Hawk Classic this weekend. They matched the mark set in 1997 against Marist. … Off to a 5-0 start for the second year in a row, Minnesota has held its five opponents to a combined 235 points (New Hampshire-47, Xavier-53, San Diego-48, Arkansas-Pine Bluff-42, Cornell-45), the fewest points allowed by the Golden Gophers in their opening five games since the 1973-74 season, when they allowed a combined 230 points (also the only time they held four of their first five opponents to fewer than 50 points). In its last three outings, Minnesota held three consecutive opponents to fewer than 50 points for the first time since Dec. 30, 2004-Jan. 13, 2005, when the Golden Gophers had a five-game streak of holding opponents below 50 points.