PORTLAND, Oregon. – Azzi Fudd scored 24 points as he outscored No. 3 UConn against No. 9 Iowa 86-79 on Sunday in the championship game of the inaugural Phil Knight Legacy Women’s Tournament.
“It was really hard to play against these guys,” said UCLA coach Geno Auriemma. “I don’t think we felt good at halftime. I thought we came out in the third quarter and really got the game under control.”
Fudd had a lot of help, with Alia Edwards (20 points, 13 rebounds) and three other Huskies (5-0) hitting double figures. Edwards was named the MVP of the tournament.
Iowa star (5-2) Caitlin Clark scored 25 points and Keith Martin added 20.
Edwards got off to a strong start for UConn, scoring 10 points while the Huskies built a 20–14 lead.
Clarke and the Hawkeyes then went up 13–2 early in the second quarter and led 41–35 at halftime. Clark scored 17 points in the first half.
Martin hit a three-pointer in the third quarter to give a 52–41 lead, but UConn responded with 11 runs in a row to lead 61–57 to go into fourth.
Iowa opened the final quarter with nine straight points leading 66–61, but the Huskies responded and pulled away midway through the period, leading 79–70 behind a Carolina Ducharme three-pointer with 3:42 left.
“Azzie Fudd really came alive in that third quarter,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “I was very pleased with our first half. If not for that third quarter, but yes, we play four. And we missed a few shots in the fourth quarter that we usually do.”
THE BIG PICTURE
Iowa: Iowa dominated the three-point line battle for most of the game. The Hawkeyes hit 13 three-pointers to Connecticut’s eight.
UConn: Sunday was a tale of two halves for Fudd. Fudd started the game 1 on 8 from the field, but was red hot in the second half, going 9 on 11.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes will host North Carolina on Thursday.
UConn: The Huskies will be hosting Providence on Friday.
PORTLAND, Oregon. Zach Adey and No. 24 Perdue got rid of the slow start. When the No. 8 Duke tried to rally in the second half, the Boilermakers finished strong.
Edie scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Perdue beat Duke 75-56 on Sunday in the Phil Knight Legacy Men’s Championship game.
Fletcher Loyer scored 18 points for Purdue (6-0), while backup Caleb Furst finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
“I feel like we didn’t get the look we wanted before. When we got used to the game, we kept our composure and continued to take the shots that we wanted, ”said Edey. “In the beginning of the game, they made some difficult shots, shots that we manage all season.”
The 7-foot 4 Edey was 7 of 13 from the field and 7 of 8 on the line. He was named MVP of the tournament.
“They have the most unique player in the country,” Duke coach John Scheier said of Edie. “It’s hard to prepare for him because there’s no one like him.”
Duke (6-2) made 36.2% (21 of 58) of his field goals. Tire Proctor scored 16 points for the Blue Devils. Kyle Filipovsky and Jeremy Roach had 14 each.
Ethan Morton had a steal and a dunk to put Purdue up 58-41 with 15:37 left in the second half.
Duke responded with an 8-0 series topped by two Darik Whitehead penalties. But Furst made it easy and jumped over to help hold off the Blue Devils.
Edie’s hook and Loyer’s three-pointer made it 68-56 with 5:03 left.
Duke started 14-7 before Purdue returned to the game.
“I don’t feel like we did poorly today, but they matched our energy,” Edie said.
Three-pointer Brandon Newman extended Purdue’s lead to 46–28. Duke’s late run cut the Boilermakers’ lead to 46–35 by halftime.
THE BIG PICTURE
Duke: Roach seemed to have a problem with his left foot at some point, but he returned to the game. Shyer said that Roach injured his toe.
Purdue: Although neither team had great offensive plays, Purdue was the best team from long range. Perdue hit seven 3-pointers to Duke’s two.
Duke: Ohio will host on Wednesday.
Purdue: Visits Florida on Wednesday.
PORTLAND, Oregon. Mark Sears had 24 points, five rebounds and five assists as Alabama’s No. 18 sent North Carolina to their second straight 103-101 defeat in a four-time overtime thriller Sunday in Game 3. – game of the Phil Knight Invitational tournament.
Javon Quinerley added 21 points off the bench for the Crimson Tide (6-1), which took the team off the top for the first time since Stanford’s loss in the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
“I ended up losing count of how many overtimes we had,” Crimson Tide coach Nate Oates said. “A big credit to our guys. I thought they showed great character when we could give up.”
Charles Bediako had 14 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks, while Brandon Miller also had 14 points.
Caleb Love led the Tar Heels (5-2) with 34 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Armando Backot scored 20 points and 10 rebounds and R. J. Davis scored 19 points and 9 rebounds in the second four-overtime game in North Carolina history. The other was a victory over Tulane in 1976.
“After all, Alabama played one more game than us,” North Carolina coach Hubert Davis said. “I went into the locker room and a few guys lowered their heads and I told them to raise their heads. I’m just as disappointed (as are the players) with the final result, but I can’t be more proud of how they competed.”
Bediaco gave Crimson Tide the lead for good from a layup with 26 seconds left in the fourth overtime.
The Tar Heels, who lost to Iowa State in the semi-finals, had a full eight lead in the second half before Alabama returned to equalize. The Crimson Tide regained the lead on a pair of Gurley’s free throws with 2 minutes left, and later tied with another Sears free throw with 51 seconds left in normal time.
Alabama starting forward Noah Clooney went down hard on a dunk attempt in the fourth minute of the first half and had to be helped off the court. He didn’t come back.
Crimson Tide scored 16 out of 38 (42.1%) from three points, while Sears scored seven.
THE BIG PICTURE
North Carolina: Tar Heels has plummeted in the Top 25 rankings.
Alabama: The Crimson Tide bounced back well after losing to No. 20 UConn in the semi-finals, beating the top-ranked team in the regular season for the first time since their 66-64 win over eventual national champion Arkansas on January 8. 1994.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels travel to Bloomington to face No. 11 in Indiana on Wednesday.
Alabama: The Crimson Tide returns home to face the state of South Dakota on Saturday.
PORTLAND, Oregon. Donovan Clingan scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to finish 20th in Connecticut in a 71-53 win over Iowa State in Sunday night’s Phil Knight Invitational championship game.
Tristen Newton scored 13 points for the Huskies (8-0), who scored 20 of 25 on the free throw line. Alex Karaban and Andre Jackson Jr. scored 10 points each.
Osun Osunniyi led Iowa State (5-1) with 14 points. Taemin Lipsey scored 12 points and Jaren Holmes finished with 11.
“They were the more aggressive team,” Iowa State coach T. J. Otzelberger said. “We wanted physical play. We didn’t want a physical game where they picked up rebounds and then we put them on the foul line. The lesson we need to learn is that we always have to be the aggressors on both ends of the floor.”
The Huskies had more offensive rebounds (20) than the Cyclones total rebounds (19), and they capitalized on that disparity by scoring 20 second chance points.
“These guys are tough,” said University of Connecticut coach Dan Hurley. “TJ is a great coach. They grind people. To beat them, it just says how strong we were.”
Klingan, who was named the MVP of the tournament, scored eight points to help UConn take a 38–28 lead at halftime.
Iowa State closed 53-48 thanks to a Holmes three-pointer midway through the second half. But Caraban made a 3 and a dunk, and Newton’s jumper made it 60-48 with 7:13 left.
THE BIG PICTURE
UConn: The Huskies couldn’t have asked for a better performance in Portland, winning all three games.
Iowa State: The Cyclones picked up nice wins over Villanova and top-ranked North Carolina in previous rounds, but ended with their first loss of the season.
UConn: The Huskies are returning home to face Oklahoma State on Thursday.
Iowa State: The Cyclones return home to face North Dakota on Tuesday.
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas. Tennessee’s players proved to be determined defenders and ruthless rebounders, as well as being so tough that the reigning national champions had little chance of settling in.
That was enough to give the 22nd-place Volunteers a title of their own, as well as a plan that coach Rick Barnes hopes they will follow through the rest of the year.
Santiago Vescovi scored 20 points as Tennessee trailed third-place Kansas in Friday’s 64–50 victory in the championship game at Battle 4 Atlantis, snapping the Jayhawks’ 17-game winning streak.
Vescovi hit five 3-pointers as the MVP of the Volunteer Tournament (5-1), who dominated the points, overcame their own turnover issues and kept the Jayhawks working on clean looks. And for the third time in as many days, Tennessee won without top scorer Josiah-Jordan James (knee soreness).
That may be why reserve guard Zakai Zeigler, who had 14 points and four steals, showed up wearing sunglasses at the post-match press conference after volunteers danced and yelled during the awards ceremony on the court.
“We know that if you can’t stop the person in front of you, then you have no chance of winning,” Ziegler said, adding, “We just love playing defense and we’re just good at it. It.”
The Vols held the Jayhawks down to 32.1%…