Former Elmhurst and Snider standout Liza Clemons scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 22 Purdue to a 90-65 win over Northwestern in West Lafayette.
Purdue (14-5, 4-3 Big Ten) closed the first half on a 13-4 run to take a 45-34 lead into halftime. The Boilermakers continued to pull away after the break, opening the half on an 11-3 run, and Northwestern (12-7, 2-4) was unable to cut the deficit to single digits during the second half.
Northwestern came within 71-59 with 7:13 left in the second half before Purdue put the game out of reach with a 17-2 run.
Whitney Bays scored 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting for the Boilermakers, and April Wilson added 11 points. KK Houser had nine points and nine rebounds. Nia Coffey had 20 points to lead the Wildcats. Lauren Douglas scored 14 points while Christen Inman and Maggie Lyon had 10 apiece.
No. 2 NOTRE DAME 79, MIAMI 52: In South Bend, Natalie Achonwa had 23 points and nine rebounds, Lindsay Allen added a season-high 16 points and the Irish shook off a slow start to for its 21st straight home victory.
The Irish started 1 for 13 shooting, consistently missing inside, but finally got going after trailing by six. The Irish made 10 of their final 19 shots of the first half to open a 35-26 lead the break, and then began the second half with a 10-0 run to take control.
The Irish (18-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) are off to their best start since going 23-0 en route to the national championship in 2000-01. The Irish had a 53-35 rebounding edge and outscored the Hurricanes (11-8, 3-3) 44 to 22 in the paint.
Jassany Williams and Adrienne Motley led Miami (11-8, 3-3) with 10 points apiece.
VIRGINIA 86, No. 6 MARYLAND 72: In Charlottesville, Va., Kelsey Wolfe scored 24 points and Ataira Franklin and Faith Randolph each scored 19 as the Cavaliers ended the Terrapins’ 14-game winning streak.
ALABAMA 57, No. 9 KENTUCKY 55: In Lexington, Ky., Daisha Simmons scored 17 of her 22 points in the second half, including a layup with 2.3 seconds remaining that lifted the Crimson Tide.
A desperation attempt by Kastine Evans bounced off the back of the rim as time expired, giving Alabama its first win in Lexington since 2002.
TOLEDO 73, BALL STATE 61: In Toledo, the Cardinals got 17 points from Nathalie Fontaine in the loss.
Brandy Woody added 15 points for Ball State (8-9, 3-3 MAC).