Adrienne Motley scored 20 points and visiting No. 21 Miami beat short-handed North Carolina 76-61 on Sunday for coach Katie Meier’s 200th win with the Hurricanes.
Jessica Thomas and Laura Cornelius added 13 points apiece for Miami (17-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Cornelius also had eight rebounds and seven assists.
Motley scored 12 points in the first half as Miami built a 41-35 lead. The Hurricanes made 6 of 14 three-pointers in the frame and finished with nine.
“I love Miami and I love the support that I get from the administration,” Meier said. “It’s something where I feel like I’m supposed to win 200 if I’ve been here 11 years. So, I’m glad I could do that for the University.”
Stephanie Watts had 19 points and nine rebounds for North Carolina (12-8, 2-3), which was outscored 24-0 in bench points. Hillary Summers added 17 points and 11 boards for her fifth double-double of the season.
It was announced Saturday that Xylina McDaniel, a four-year starter for North Carolina, would miss the rest of the season after injuring her right knee Thursday night against Georgia Tech. She was averaging 8.7 points and 6.8 rebounds this season and recently surpassed the 1,000-point mark.
▪ No. 19 USF 75, East Carolina 54: Shalethia Stringfield scored a career-high 22 points and host the host Bulls (12-4, 5-1 American Athletic Conference) defeated the Pirates (8-10, 2-4).
Courtney Williams, who beat the Pirates with a last-second shot in their first meeting this season on Jan. 2, added 21 points and 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double for the Bulls . Laura Ferreira put in 16 points.
▪ No. 20 Florida 53, LSU 45: Eleanna Christinaki scored 15 points and the host Gators (15-3, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Tigers (7-11, 1-4) despite horrendous foul shooting. Florida, coming off a home loss to Georgia after entering the rankings for the first time since the end of the 2008-09 season, was 5 of 12 from the foul line in the fourth quarter and 11 of 26 for the game.
Men’s top 25
▪ Florida State 69, No. 13 Virginia 62: Dwayne Bacon scored 18 points and host FSU (12-5, 2-3 ACC) broke a five-game losing streak against ranked teams with a win over the Cavaliers (13-4, 2-3).
The Seminoles trailed 39-36 early in the second half, but took control with a 12-3 run as Malik Beasley had five points. Florida State’s previous win over a ranked team was a 55-54 victory against Miami last season. Beasley finished with 17 points, 14 in the second half. Xavier Rathan-Mayes added 11 points and Bacon had nine rebounds.
London Parrantes led the Cavaliers with 19 points while Anthony Gill added 13 and Malcolm Brogdon 10.
▪ Wisconsin 77, No. 4 Michigan State 76: Ethan Happ scored underneath the basket with 10 seconds left and the host Badgers (10-9, 2-4 Big Ten) beat the Spartans (16-3, 3-3).
The Spartans had a final chance to win but Denzel Valentine missed a three-pointer and Matt Costello’s last-second side jumper bounced off the rim.
Bronson Koenig scored 27 points and Nigel Hayes added 25 for the Badgers, who trailed 76-72 after Valentine hit a runner for the Spartans. Koenig hit a three-pointer with Valentine in his face and the shot clock winding down to pull Wisconsin within 76-75 with 27 seconds left.
▪ No. 10 SMU 60, Tulane 45: Markus Kennedy scored 13 points and the Mustangs (17-0, 6-0 American) overcame uncharacteristically poor shooting, pulling away late to remain the nation’s only unbeaten Division I team with a victory over the host Green Wave (8-11, 1-5).
▪ No. 16 Iowa 82, Michigan 71: Jarrod Uthoff scored 23 points and host Iowa beat Michigan for its first 5-0 start in the Big Ten in 19 years. Peter Jok had 14 of his 16 points in the second half for the surging Hawkeyes (14-3, 5-0), who could make a big leap in Monday’s rankings after a tumultuous week for many of the nation’s top teams. Derrick Walton Jr. had 16 points for Michigan (13-5, 3-2). The Wolverines played their fourth straight game without star Caris LeVert, who was out with a left leg injury.