Alicia Ratay had 32 points and No. 11 Notre Dame shot 20 for 28 in the second half yesterday to defeat No. 9 North Carolina, 99-86, in the opening round of the Wachovia Women's Invitational Tournament in Richmond.
Notre Dame (3-1) will play Liberty in the championship today. North Carolina (4-2) will face Richmond in the consolation. Liberty defeated Richmond, 94-75, in the tournament's opener.
Notre Dame Coach Muffet McGraw said Ratay's play was unusual given her inexperience.
"I'm very pleased with Ratay. You don't expect a freshman to take over in a big game and she did today," McGraw said.
The Irish led 42-39 at halftime, then started the second half with a 23-4 run led by Ratay's 13 points.
Ericka Haney had 18 points and 14 rebounds and Niele Ivey had 17 points and 13 assists for Notre Dame. LaQuanda Barksdale had 18 points for North Carolina.
OLD DOMINION 71, SYRACUSE 46: Lucienne Berthieu had 19 points and 10 rebounds as No. 19 Old Dominion won the Carrier Classic in Syracuse, N.Y.
It was the 12th appearance for Syracuse (5-2) in the championship game of the tournament and its fourth loss. The Lady Monarchs (4-1), who defeated Memphis, 99-60, in the first round behind Berthieu's 31 points, jumped ahead early against the Orangewomen.
TEXAS 87, ILLINOIS 84: JoRuth Woods scored 22 points and Edwina Brown had 19 as Texas held off 10th-ranked Illinois, sending the visiting Illini to a second straight loss.
"It was a good win for this program and one that was a long time coming," said Texas's Jody Conradt, the winningest coach in women's basketball history with 730 victories.
Susan Blauser had 21 points and Kylie Martin added 18 for Illinois (5-3), which had just cracked the top 10 last week before losing to No. 1 Connecticut and Texas. The Longhorns (5-2) got 14 points each from Asha Hill and Alisha Sare and shot 50 percent as a team.
IOWA ST. 93, W. ILLINOIS 53: Stacy Frese scored 19 points and became Iowa State's career leader in three-pointers as the 12th-ranked Cyclones cruised at home.
Iowa State (4-1) demoralized the Westerwinds (3-3) with runs of 22-4 and 31-6 to win its 37th straight regular season game at home.
Frese, a senior in her third season at Iowa State, was 3 of 4 from three-point range to run her total with the Cyclones to 200. She made 19 three-pointers as a freshman at Iowa. The old Iowa State record was 198 by Tara Gunderson, who played from 1993 to '97.
KANSAS 76, UC SANTA BARBARA 73: Suzi Raymant scored 23 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1 minute 29 seconds left, to lift No. 18 Kansas at home in the championship of the Jayhawk Classic. Raymant was selected tournament MVP.
The Jayhawks (5-0) and Gauchos (4-3) nearly matched each other shot-for-shot in the second half, with neither team leading by more than four.
PURDUE 69, INDIANA ST. 67: Candi Crawford's layup with 21 seconds remaining capped No. 17 Purdue's rally from a 10-point deficit and the Boilermakers beat Indiana State in the Big Four Classic in Bloomington, Ind.
Camille Cooper had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Purdue (5-1), and Kelly Komara added 16 points. Indiana State fell to 3-2.
BOSTON COLLEGE 83, KENT 70: Becky Gottstein had 26 points and Kim Mackie added 17, both career-highs, as the No. 24 Eagles coasted at home. Cal Bouchard scored 17 points and Alissa Murphy had 11 for the Eagles (5-3), who had lost three of their last four games.
TEXAS TECH 63, SMU 47: Plenette Pierson scored 21 points as No. 16 Texas Tech won at home. Texas Tech (5-0) built a 13-point halftime lead and was never seriously threatened in the second half. Karlin Kennedy scored 14 points for the Mustangs (3-2), who shot only 34 percent.
GEORGIA 78, ALCORN ST. 38: In Houston, Angie Ball scored 16 points to lead second-ranked Georgia. The Lady Bulldogs (8-1) outscored Alcorn State (2-2) 39-19 in each half.
OREGON 90, COLORADO 58: Shaquala Williams scored 17 points and Angelina Wolvert added 15 for No. 13 Oregon. Lindsey Dion added 11 points for the Ducks (5-0), who won their 18th straight game at McArthur Court. The Buffaloes are 2-4.