Slow-paced, deliberate Rutgers is precisely the kind of basketball team Maryland despises. It's like going to the dentist and getting drilled,'' coach Brenda Frese said after the third-ranked Terrapins shook off a lackluster first half to earn an 80-71 victory Sunday. Frustrated by Rutgers' plodding pace on offense, Maryland led only 34-30 at halftime.
You bet Erica McCall had it on her mind that Arizona State had won the last two matchups on Stanford's home floor in Maples Pavilion. McCall scored 18 points and she and the 10th-ranked Cardinal set the defensive tone from the opening tip, keeping hold of a share of the Pac-12 lead and earning Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer career victory No. 997 in a 66-56 win against the No. 18 Sun Devils on Sunday. Stanford's Brittany McPhee went down after rolling her right ankle with about 15 seconds left before halftime and was helped to the locker room but returned for the second half and scored 13 points.
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw always wants to get Brianna Turner going inside no matter who the sixth-ranked Fighting Irish are playing. It certainly was a priority against a North Carolina team lacking much of a post presence. The 6-foot-3 junior had 24 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks to help the Fighting Irish beat the Tar Heels 77-55 on Sunday, a win that gave McGraw her 750th victory at the school.