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Women’s college basketball

Boilermakers hold off Phoenix

– KK Houser hit three of four free throws in the final 11 seconds and scored 17 points as No. 18 Purdue escaped with a 49-45 win over Green Bay on Wednesday night.

The Boilermakers (8-2) shot 35 percent but pounded the boards (45-31) and made 17 of 21 free throws. April Wilson added 12 points and Courtney Moses had 11. Whitney Bays had 10 rebounds.

Green Bay (6-4), which lost its third straight, shot just 28.4 percent and missed its only free throw. Tesha Buck and Megan Lukan had 10 points each.

Green Bay led at the half 20-18 but Purdue opened the second half with 10 straight points.

The Boilermakers’ big lead was 12 and two free throws by Liza Clemons at 3:08 had the Boilermakers up 44-33 with 3:06 to go.

The Phoenix reeled off 10 straight points, pulling within one on a 3 by Mehryn Kraker with 49 seconds to play.

No. 9 BAYLOR 87, MISSISSIPPI 80: In Waco, Texas, Odyssey Sims scored 39 points, including six the final minute, and the Bears extended their home winning streak to 66 games.

Despite a tough shooting night (11 of 32), the nation’s top scorer made baskets when Baylor (9-1) needed them. Her floater with 36 seconds left made it 83-79, and she then added four free throws after that.

Nina Davis had 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Bears.

Ole Miss (8-5), which had its seven-game winning streak snapped, jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first half. The Rebels had five players score in double figures.

Tia Faleru had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Rebels before fouling out. Valencia McFarland had 17 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.

No. 14 NORTH CAROLINA 74, No. 10 SOUTH CAROLINA 66: In Myrtle Beach, S.C., freshman Stephanie Mavunga had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Tar Heels, ending the Gamecocks perfect start.

Diamond DeShields, the daughter of former Major Leaguer Delino Deshields, added 17 points and Xylina McDaniel, the daughter of ex-NBA standout Xavier McDaniel, had 14 for the Tar Heels (10-2), who have won five straight.

Aleighsa Welch led the Gamecocks (9-1) with a career-high 23 points.

No. 20 OKLAHOMA 79, FAIRFIELD 51: In Bridgeport, Conn., Aaryn Ellenberg scored 23 points for the Sooners after the start of the game was delayed 45 minutes as Oklahoma was stuck in traffic coming up from New York City.

It took the Sooners (8-3) three hours to get to the game from their Times Square hotel 60 miles away.

The Stags (5-4) were able to get within 37-30 early in the second half before Oklahoma (8-3) put the game away with an 11-2 run.

TRINE 65, DEFIANCE 57: In Defiance, the Thunder’s 37-29 first-half lead was the difference in the road win.

Kelsey Henselmeier and Alivia Recker each had 16 points for Trine (2-7). Kelsey Tietje scored 15 for Defiance (2-5).

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