December 30, 2013

Sports briefs, Dec. 30


---- — Penny nets milestonein DePaul’s victory

PEORIA, Ill. — Logansport’s Jasmine Penny led the way as DePaul beat Bradley 91-67 in a women’s basketball game Sunday. Penny tied her career high with 29 points on the strength of 13-of-14 shooting from the field. She also had five rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Penny punctuated her big game with a milestone. The 6-foot-1 senior forward entered the game needed just three points to become the 29th member of the DePaul women’s 1,000-point club. She accomplished it on her third shot of the game, when Jessica January found her under the basket.

The Blue Demons have won five straight games, pushing their record tom 9-3. They begin Big East play on Wednesday against Xavier.

No. 2 Irish womenbeat Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Kayla McBride scored 20 points, Natalie Achonwa added 16 points and eight rebounds, and No. 2 Notre Dame remained perfect with a 70-58 victory over Oregon State in a women’s basketball game on Sunday.

Sophomore Jewell Loyd, last year’s national freshman of the year, had 10 points for the Irish (11-0) — 8.5 below her team-leading average coming in.

Jamie Weisner scored 18 points to lead the Beavers (8-4), and Ruth Hamblin added 12 points, eight rebounds and a school record-tying nine blocks.

Notre Dame used an 11-0 run bridging halftime to take a 37-33 lead, and didn’t trail again.

Atkins-led Irish mentop Canisius in OT

SOUTH BEND (AP) — Playing without its leading scorer, Notre Dame’s men’s basketball team got a career day from Eric Atkins, who scored a career-best 30 points to lead the Irish to an 87-81 overtime win Sunday over Canisius.

It has been a rough week for the Irish (9-4), who lost an 8-point lead against No. 3 Ohio State, then senior Jerian Grant to an academic violation, and sophomore reserve Cameron Biedscheid to transfer.

Garrick Sherman converted a three-point play and an offensive putback late in overtime, and Atkins drilled his career-best sixth 3-pointer with 12 seconds to play to seal the Irish win. Sherman finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Billy Baron matched his career high with 33 points to lead Canisius (8-5).

Baron’s three-point play with 1:02 left tied the game at 73.

K-State tops Michiganin Wild Wings Bowl

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Jake Waters threw for 271 yards and connected with Tyler Lockett on three touchdowns, leading Kansas State to its first bowl victory in 11 years, 31-14 over Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Saturday night.

Kansas State (8-5) scored on its first three possessions, all touchdown passes from Waters to Lockett, and its defense dominated Michigan to end a five-game bowl losing streak.

Freshman Shane Morris was steady in place of injured starter Devin Gardner, leading Michigan (7-6) on two early scoring drives. The Wolverines settled for field goals on both and did little the rest of the way, finishing with 261 total yards.

Morris threw for 196 yards on 24-of-38 passing with an interception before leading Michigan on a late scoring drive with the game out of reach.

Michigan’s defense also had trouble stopping Kansas State most of the night, giving up 420 total yards.