MADISON, WIS. The Notre Dame players looked at coach Muffet McGraw like she was crazy. Foul on purpose when they were winning?
But the players complied and fouled Georgia twice in the closing seconds, disrupting the sixth-ranked Bulldogs just enough for No. 5 Notre Dame to hold on for a 75-73 victory Friday in the championship game of the Coaches Vs. Cancer Challenge.
"I don't think that's ever happened to us before," McGraw said. "As you can see on the players' faces, when we said foul, they were like, 'No, we're winning, coach.' That's not a situation we've worked on a lot in practice."
Notre Dame (4-0) took its two-point lead when Kelley Siemon made the second of two free throws with 6.1 seconds remaining. Notre Dame had four fouls to give before putting Georgia (2-2) in the bonus, so the Irish fouled twice, forcing the Bulldogs to inbound from the side with just 1.5 seconds left.
The best Georgia could do was an off-balance, turnaround shot by Coco Miller that hit the side of the backboard at the buzzer.
No. 2 Tennessee 86,
Lahaina, Hawaii Tamika Catchings, despite playing only 16 minutes because of first-half foul trouble and a second-half hand injury, scored 20 points for Tennessee in the opening round of the Maui Invitational. Kara Lawson and Kristin Clement each had 11 points for Tennessee (2-0), which will face Illinois in the title game. Chrissy Floyd had 16 points for Clemson (0-2).
No. 13 Texas Tech 79,
No. 9 Penn St. 71
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands Katrisa O'Neal scored 24 points as Texas Tech beat Penn State in the first round of the Paradise Jam Classic. Plenette Pierson added 16 points and Jia Perkins had 12 points for Tech (2-0). Kelly Mazzante led Penn State (2-2) with 22 points.
No. 17 SW Missouri State 85, No. 10 LSU 75
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands Jackie Stiles scored 42 points to lead Southwest Missouri State past LSU (2-2) at the Paradise Jam Classic. Stiles went 13-of-18 from the field making all three of her three-point attempts and 13-of-13 on free throws for Southwest Missouri State (2-0).
No. 19 Wisconsin 97,
No. 12 Oklahoma 77
Madison, Wis. Tamara Moore and Jessie Stomski each scored 23 points and Nina Smith had a career-high 20 as Wisconsin beat Oklahoma for third place in the Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic. Kyle Black added 14 points and LaTonya Sims 10 for the Badgers (2-2). Stacey Dales led Oklahoma (22) with 21 points.
No. 14 Oregon 80,
Eugene, Ore. Kourtney Shreve scored 15 points and reserve Ndidi Unaka added 12 to spark Oregon (3-0), whose reserves scored 38 points. Tami Standish scored 20 points for the Pilots (2-1).
No. 15 Mississippi St. 75,
CS Northridge 61
Albuquerque, N.M. Freshman Jessica Carter scored 14 points as Mississippi State (1-1) beat Cal-State Northridge (0-2)in the first round of the Southwest Airlines Shootout.
No. 18 Stanford 79,
St. Joseph's 72 (OT)
Stanford, Calif. Lauren St. Clair scored seven of her 18 points in the final 39 seconds to lead Stanford (2-1).
No. 20 Auburn 70, IUPUI 55
Auburn, Ala. Tasha Hamilton had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Lori Nero added 20 points for Auburn in the first round of the Kroger Thanksgiving Classic. The host Tigers (3-0) led 33-20 at halftime and forced 28 turnovers. Hamilton made 11 of 16 field goals and collected 10 rebounds.
No. 21 Illinois 73, Alcorn St. 56
Lahaina, Hawaii Shavonna Hunter had 16 points, including two three-pointers that started and ended Illinois' biggest run of the second half, in the first game of the Maui Invitational.
No. 22 N. Carolina St. 68, N. Illinois 39
Honolulu Tynesha Lewis scored 14 points as North Carolina State beat Northern Illinois in the first round of the Rainbow Wahine Classic. Carisse Moody added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolfpack (2-1).
No. 23 Xavier 76,
UC Riverside 51
Los Angeles Nicole Levandusky scored 20 points as Xavier (2-0) beat UC Riverside (2-2) in the LMU Thanksgiving Classic.