Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Angel Reese scored 31 points on 11-of-14 shots and grabbed 13 rebounds in her LSU No. 16 debut, as the Tigers beat Bellarmine 125-50 in Monday night’s season opener.
The transfer from Maryland, where she was an All-American, scored 14 points in the first quarter as the Tigers led 31–8 and set a school record for points in a game.
West Virginia transfer Jasmine Carson added 17 points and Alexis Morris added 16 for LSU, who brought back only one starter (Morris) and five first-team players Kim Mulkey, who had the best record among freshman coaches in Yugo history. -Eastern Conference.
The Tigers took the first seven points and led 17-3 and 27-5 in the first quarter. LSU scored the first 15 points in the second quarter, leading 46–8.
Freshman Flujah Johnson and Kateri Poole (Ohio State) each scored 13 points, while freshman Sa’Miya Smith had 12 with 11 rebounds for the Tigers, who shot 54% from the field, had a 56-28 rebound difference, forced 31 assists and 44 out of 57 left the foul line when five knights fouled and another two had four fouls.
Hayley Harrison scored 19 points for the Knights.
South Bend, Indiana. Olivia Miles had 17 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and six steals to help Nore Dame No. 9 rout Northern Illinois 88-48 on Monday night.
“Her pace was amazing, electric in transitions,” said Irish coach Neele Ivey. “She got the crowd going with her passes and finishes.”
Dara Mabry added 16 points and Maddie Westbeld added 13 points and four blocks.
“Maddie is in incredible shape,” Ivey said. “She is very confident and is now playing her best basketball. She does everything well. She’s really focused and focused on defense.”
Yanae Poisson led NIU in scoring with 14 points.
Irish transfer players Kylie Watson (Oregon) and Lauren Ebo (Texas) made their Notre Dame debut. Watson started and scored nine points, while Ebo added 10 points from the bench.
“One of the really cool things about this team is how close we are off the court,” Watson said. “This is something we had to work on at the beginning of the year when there were so many new players. We figure out how each other is played and read each other, but we’re really starting to find common ground.”
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Northern Illinois: The Huskies struggled to score Notre Dame’s physical defense, hitting 27.5% from the field. Forward AJ Davis, the team’s leading scorer last season, scored just nine points on three of his eleven shots.
Notre Dame: The Irishman blocked nine shots. Notre Dame led the ACC with 5.3 blocks per game in 2021-22. Coach Ivey is focusing on improving defense this season.
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“We are developing our defensive mindset,” Ivey said. “They are all locked up and committed to it. There are some things we focus on in our team and this was actually one of them. It just shows our growth over the past couple of weeks, the commitment and trust in our defense and individual contribution.”
– The Irish were shooting 37.5% from behind the arc against the Huskies, more than last season. Notre Dame scored 32.5% in 2021-2022.
– Mabre hit 4 of her 8 3-point field goals. In 2021/22, she shot 36.9% from deep and made 2.2 threes per game to lead the Irish.
– The Huskies were ahead of the Irish, hooking 45 boards to 43 at Notre Dame.
– Notre Dame finished with 16 team interceptions while only flipping the ball eight times.
– NIU flipped the ball 22 times, resulting in 23 Fighting Irish points.
Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish will travel to St. Louis on Thursday to take on California at the Shamrock Classic.
Northern Illinois: Huskies host DePaul on Saturday.
Durham, North Carolina. Jeremy Roach scored 16 points in the first half to help seventh-seeded Duke open John Scheier’s coaching career with a 71-44 win over Jacksonville on Monday night.
Freshman Mark Mitchell scored 18 points for the Blue Devils, who used a 25-4 run at halftime to open the game. The Blue Devils extended their 28-24 lead to 16 points at half-time after Roach – the only one to return to last year’s Final Four team – and then extended that lead to 25 points by the middle of the second half.
It was a quality start to a season of massive change for the Blue Devils, which began with Shyer taking over from former Hall of Famer Mike Krzyszewski. In fact, it was the Blue Devils’ first coaching debut since Krzyszewski won his debut against Stetson on November 29, 1980, part of a college basketball record of 1,202 career wins, including leading Duke to five championships. NCAA titles.
“I never talked to them about it being my first experience or anything like that,” Scheier said.
Shyer, 35, was the top scorer for Coach K’s fourth title in 2010 and then spent nine seasons on Duke’s bench. He was named Krzhizhevsky’s successor in June 2021.
Scheier gave a televised interview after the game and then gave the first row of the Cameron Crazies an A as he headed into the tunnel afterwards. And as soon as he got to the locker room, the team poured water on him in an impromptu celebration.
“He’s very calm,” Roach said of Shayer. “He doesn’t want to look too flustered. Because if he looks aroused, how are we going to feel?”
In addition, Duke has 11 new players, including the nation’s top recruiting class and two power conference transfers. The Blue Devils didn’t have top freshmen Derek Lively II and Daric Whitehead for this game as they recover from pre-season injuries.
Mike Marsh scored 15 points to lead the Dolphins, who hit just 34% and missed 18 of 19 3s before missing two pointless 3s. Jacksonville also failed to keep Duke off the glass, with the Blue Devils gaining a 44–25 rebounding lead with 18 second chance points.
“They capitalized on a couple of our losses and gave us trouble,” Jacksonville coach Jordan Minsi said. “Obviously it hurt our rebounds. I told our team in the locker room, during the time I was here in Jacksonville, no matter who we played against, we were rarely beaten.”
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Jacksonville: The Dolphins won 21 games last year in their rookie season under Minsi, a former Kent State player who previously worked as an assistant in Florida. This year, the team will finish second behind the Liberty at the Atlantic Sun, led by preseason all-conference pick Kevion Nolan. But Nolan, 6-2, never felt comfortable seeing multiple defenders, finishing with five points on 1-of-9 shooting.
Duke: Shyer has made no bones about how much the Blue Devils will depend on Roach this year as an experienced voice in a room full of newcomers. The 6-foot-2 defenseman was aggressive, starting with an up-and-down movement close to the free throw line, followed by a 3-pointer in the first 4+ minutes. He also ended the half by hitting just 3 off offensive rebounds, pushing Duke to a 42–26 lead at halftime. He made 6 of 7 shots and 4 of 5 triples in the first half as Duke took control.
Jacksonville: The Dolphins on Friday host Johnson University in Florida, which is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association.
Duke: The Blue Devils host USC Upstate Friday night.
VILLANOVA, PA — Caleb Daniels scored 24 points to make Coach Kyle Neptune the winner on his Villanova debut in the first game of the program since the sudden retirement of Hall of Famer coach Jay Wright, as the No. 16 Wildcats beat La Salle 81– 68 on Monday. night.
In Wright’s eyes, the Wildcats played in Game 1 just like the team that emerged from the former coach’s last season of the Final Four. The Wildcats brought back three starting players (the fourth, Justin Moore, was injured) from a team that lost to Kansas in the national semifinals.
Expectations moderated after Wright’s departure. Villanova, the reigning champion of the Big East Tournament, came third in the pre-season poll. Villanova also earned the lowest pre-season ranking in the AP Top 25 since 2008.
At first, the polls meant nothing.
Daniels made his first five 3-pointers and the Wildcats used a 10-0 early run to get rid of their city rival and ruin the return of 74-year-old coach Fran Dunphy to the bench. Dunphy, who had been a successful coach at Penn and Temple, was persuaded to come out of retirement to coach the program, where he was second captain and helped lead the Explorers to a 23-1 record in 1969 under coach Tom Gaul.
Josh Nickelberry scored 22 points to lead the Explorers, who were 21 points behind.
Wright, 60, who led Nova to two NCAA titles, was upbeat as he interacted with fans before the game and appeared at ease watching his successor nearly seven months after he cited a ‘lost edge’ for retirement . About an hour before the opening, Wright told the Associated Press that he was happy to be back at the pavilion.
“It’s weird, but exciting,” he said. “I’m interested in watching these guys. I know they did a great job in the offseason. I went and watched some workouts. I talked to them. I’m like a fan. I can’t wait to see how everything they’ve done in preseason has worked out.”
Eric Dixon scored 20 points and the Wildcats shot 54% in the first half – La Salle missed 20 of 29 shots in half – and they were fast approaching their ninth straight win of the series.
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La Salle: Dunphy inherited a rebuilding process and a team that went 11-19 last season. He went 580-325 as a head coach and led his teams to 17 NCAA Tournaments. He was at Temple from 2006 to 2019 and coached Penn from 1989 to 2006. La Salle fired Ashley Howard after four seasons and a 45-71 record.
Villanova: Neptune played at Lehigh, started working as a video coordinator for Villanova in 2008, worked as Wright’s assistant from 2013 to 2021. He broke into…