Nia Jackson scored 24 points to lead the Oregon women to an 81-72 victory over Oregon State on Sunday in front of a Pac-10 women's record crowd of 12,320 in their debut at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugne, Ore.
Kristi Fallin added 17 points for the Ducks (12-6 overall, 3-4 Pacific-10 Conference) and had five of Oregon’s 13 3-pointers. Jasmin Holliday and Amanda Johnson each scored 10 points.
Alyssa Martin led the Beavers (7-11, 0-7), who have lost seven in a row, with 21 points. El Sara Greer had 16 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks, and Sage Indendi added 14 points.
Oregon’s new $227 million basketball facility opened Jan. 13 when the men’s basketball team defeated Southern California. On Sunday the Ducks broke the attendance record for a Pac-10 women’s game, topping the previous mark of 10,525 set when Stanford played at California in 2008.
TOP 25 WOMEN
No. 3 Duke 65, at North Carolina State 64: Freshman Chelsea Gray hit a driving layup with 12 seconds remaining to complete the Blue Devils’ rally from a 20-point deficit to defeat the rival Wolfpack.
Jasmine Thomas scored 14 points to lead the Blue Devils (19-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who remain the nation’s last unbeaten major college women’s team. Duke trailed by 18 at halftime and 42-22 a minute into the second half.
Marissa Kastanek and Kody Burke each had 14 points to lead N.C. State (9-10, 1-4), which committed 14 turnovers after halftime.
“Honestly, it’s an unbelievable feat,” said Duke senior Krystal Thomas. “It felt like we were making a run a lot of times throughout the second half, and every time we looked up, we were still down 16, 14, 13.
“Then there was one point we got it to 10 and (Jasmine Thomas) said, ‘We’re down 10! We’re down 10! Let’s go!’ I think we just keyed off that. We knew from that point on, we were winning no matter what.”
No. 5 Tennessee 73, at Auburn 53: Shekinna Stricklen scored 18 points and Glory Johnson had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Vols (19-2, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) past the Tigers (12-8, 5-2).
At No. 15 Maryland 88, No. 10 North Carolina 65: Alyssa Thomas had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and four other Terrapins (16-3, 3-2 ACC) players score in double figures in a surprisingly easy victory over the Tar Heels (17-3, 3-2).
At No. 11 Notre Dame 69, St. John’s 36: The Irish (17-4, 6-1 Big East) got 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks from Devereaux Peters to dominate the Red Storm (14-6, 3-4).
At No. 12 Michigan State 66, Minnesota 54: Lykendra Johnson had 20 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Spartans (18-2, 6-1 Big Ten) past the Golden Gophers (8-12, 0-7).
No. 14 Oklahoma 75, at Kansas 57: Aaryn Ellenberg scored 28 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead the Sooners (15-3, 5-0 Big 12) over the Jayhawks (15-4, 1-4).
At No. 19 Kentucky 78, Vanderbilt 68: Victoria Dunlap had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the Wildcats (15-4, 5-2 SEC) past the Commodores (13-7, 4-3).
Mississippi 69, at No. 23 Arkansas 65: Valencia McFarland, who scored 21 points, hit two late free throws to give the Rebels (9-9, 2-4 SEC) an upset win over the Razorbacks (15-4, 3-4).
At No. 24 Georgia 78, Mississippi State 58: Anne Marie Armstrong scored 17 points and Porsha Phillips added 16 points and 11 rebounds to help lift Georgia (16-3, 6-0 SEC) over Mississippi State (8-10, 0-6) in a battle of Bulldogs.
TOP 25 MEN
No. 18 Wisconsin 78, at Northwestern 46: Jon Leuer scored 19 points to lead a balanced attack and the Badgers (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) rolled past the Wildcats (13-6, 3-5).
Wisconsin freshman Josh Gasser had a triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
At No. 21 West Virginia 56, South Florida 46: Casey Mitchell had 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Mountaineers (13-5, 4-2 Big East) to a victory over the Bulls (7-14, 1-7).
West Virginia bounced back from a 75-71 loss to Marshall on Wednesday after entering the Top 25 for the first time this season.
Augustus Gilchrist had his third straight double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds for South Florida, which is winless on the road.
WHERE’D HE GO?
Backup forward Dan Jennings walked away from the bench during No. 21 West Virginia’s 56-46 victory over South Florida and coach Bob Huggins called his absence “unexcused.”
Jennings suited up for Sunday’s game but didn’t play. He left the bench in the second half.
When asked about the little-used Jennings, Huggins said the player’s exit was “unexcused, inexcusable. Never to be seen again, I guess.”
The 6-foot-8 sophomore is averaging 2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14 games this season, including four starts.