PUERTO AVENTURAS, Mexico (AP) — Melo Trimble scored 17 points on 7-for-7 shooting, and No. 2 Maryland beat Rhode Island 86-63 on Wednesday night in the Cancun Challenge.
Trimble, who was named tournament MVP, also went 3 for 3 at the line and grabbed six rebounds.Rasheed Sulaimon also scored 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting, and Robert Carter had 15.
"We got stronger as the tournament went on. We get better very game, and we looked better tonight because we made shots," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "We were dialed in defensively and seemed to have a lot of energy. The only frustrating part was foul trouble, and we gave up a ton of layups in the second half."
After playing three straight games that required a second-half comeback to get the victory, Maryland (5-0) was in control throughout against the Rams (3-2). Trimble hit a long jump shot at the first-half buzzer to make it 44-28, and Rhode Island struggled to keep up the rest of the night.
With a high-profile matchup with North Carolina looming on Tuesday, the Terrapins looked very comfortable, shooting 60 percent from the field and playing stout defense on Rhode Island. The Rams shot just 34 percent from the field, including a 2-for-15 performance from 3-point range.
"We beat a really good team handily, one that is well-coached. What we do care about is, we're getting better," Turgeon said. "We had to accept that just because you are ranked high doesn't mean you will win every game easily. We're going through a process we haven't gone through before. We're getting deeper as a team, dialing in — a lot of things are headed in the right direction."
Both benches were assessed a technical foul late in the second half, and there was some tension between the teams before the awards ceremony after the game. But there were no other incidents.
Kuran Iverson scored 19 points for the Rams, and Earl Watson had a career-high 17 points.
Maryland freshman center Diamond Stone was in foul trouble for the second consecutive game, but he finished with 10 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots.
Coming into the night, the Terrapins were shooting barely 30 percent as a team from 3-point range, but were a solid 10 of 17 from long range against the Rams.
Duke controlled Saturday’s game against Texas State from start to finish, securing an 85-34 win to go 3-0 in the Mayan Division of the women’s Cancun Challenge.
Tournament MVP Azura Stevens had 19 points and five rebounds for the Blue Devils (5-1), who had 11 players on the roster put up points. Haley Gorecki added 11 points.
The Bobcats (2-3) got nine points from Toshua Leavitt.
Duke shot better than 58 percent from the field and forced 21 turnovers. The Blue Devils also had a 45-26 edge in rebounding.
Also on the all-tournament team were: Rebecca Greenwell of Duke, Walla, Christina Salvatore and Geraldine McCorkell of Idaho, and Seanna Johnson of Iowa State.
Taylor Pierce hit a school-record nine 3-pointers for Idaho on Saturday, fueling a huge scoring burst in the second half as the Vandals posted a 97-65 victory over Iowa State in the Riviera Division of the women’s Cancun Challenge.
Idaho (5-1) hit 13 of its 20 3-pointers in the second half and scored 65 points in the sat two quarters. Geraldine McCorkell had 24 points and 12 rebounds, with Connie Ballestero adding 12 points and eight assists.
Iowa State (2-3) got 28 points, 12 rebounds and five assists from Seanna Johnson, with Jadda Buckley adding 15 points and five assists.
The Vandals were so hot from long range, they actually shot better from there (47.2 percent) than they did overall from the field (46.7 percent). Idaho was also very good with the ball, committing just six turnovers and ringing up 21 assists.
Tabatha Richardson-Smith’s big second half helped Seton Hall come back against Northern Iowa on Friday, giving the Pirates a 57-49 victory in the Riviera Division of the women’s Cancun Challenge.
Richardson-Smith, who was the tournament MVP, scored 20 points and added seven rebounds for the undefeated Pirates (7-0), who scored just 18 points in the first half but rang up 39 points in the second half. Aleesha Powell scored 17 points and chipped in with six rebounds.
Northern Iowa (3-2) got 15 points and six rebounds from Madison Weekly. The Panthers shot just 24 percent from the field and were a chilly 4-of-31 from 3-point range. Both teams were 15-of-22 from the free-throw line.
Lubirdia Gordon had six blocked shots for the Pirates.
The all-tournament team included: Richardson-Smith, Weekly, Chelsee Black of UAB, Miah Spencer of NC State, Aaliyah Whiteside of Georgia Tech and Kaylah Keys of High Point.
Aaliyah Whiteside scored 21 points, going 11-of-11 from the free-throw line, to lead Georgia Tech post High Point, 81-61, in Riviera Division play at the women’s Cancun Challenge.
Whiteside also added seven rebounds and four assists for the Yellow Jackets (5-2), who took control early and had a 13-point lead after one quarter. Antonia Peresson and Roddreka Rogers each had 11 points.
Georgia Tech shot 47 percent from the field and forced 28 turnovers, while enjoying a 38-26 edge in rebounding.
The Panthers (1-6) had four players reach double figures in scoring, with Haleigh Hatfield leading the way with 17 points. Kaylah Keys had 14, Emma Bockrath had 12, and Kat Harris added 10.
High Point shot 42 percent from the field and struggle a bit from long range, going 6-of-21 from 3-point range.
NC State moved to 6-1 on the season with a 67-56 victory Friday against UAB in Riviera Division play at the women’s Cancun Challenge.
Dominique Wilson had 16 points for the Wolfpack, and Miah Spencer chipped in all over the scorebook with nine points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals. Jennifer Mathurin added 11 points and seven rebounds.
NC State grabbed control early, taking a 25-10 lead after one quarter. The Wolfpack was very steady with the ball, committing just eight turnovers, and claimed a 45-40 advantage in rebounds.
The Blazers (2-4) were paced by Chelsee Black, who had 13 points. Kayla Anderson and Keonna Farmer each scored 10 points.
UAB was just 5-of-20 from the 3-point line (25 percent) and also didn’t get much help at the free-throw line, going 5-of-9.
No. 12 Duke used hot shooting and its size advantage to good use Friday, running past Iowa State, 86-48, in the Mayan Division of the women’s Cancun Challenge.
Rebecca Greenwell had 15 points for the Blue Devils (5-1), who had a season-high point total. Azura Stevens chipped in 14 points, and Oderah Chidom added 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Cyclones (2-2) trailed by just four points after one quarter, but they were unable to slow Duke’s roster, which saw 11 players score. The Blue Devils had a 50-33 edge in rebounding and shot 50 percent from the field.
Iowa State got 15 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots from Bryanna Fernstrom. The Cyclones were a chilly 2-of-21 from 3-point range and shot just 28 percent from the field overall.
Duke will play Texas State on Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET, while Iowa State takes on Idaho at 11 a.m. ET.
Geraldine McCorkell scored 18 points and added eight rebounds for Idaho on Friday, as the Vandals topped Texas State, 75-55, in Mayan Division play at the women’s Cancun Challenge.
Christina Salvatore chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds, and Ali Forde added 15 points,10 rebounds and four blocked shots as the Vandals (4-1) pulled away in the second half after holding a one-point lead at the halftime break.
Idaho’s inside-outside offense was very effective, shooting 52 percent from the field. The Vandals also led in rebounds, 45-30, which helped lessen the damage from having 19 turnovers.
The Bobcats (2-3) got 14 points off the bench from Toshua Leavitt. Texas State shot just 30 percent from the field and 6-of-25 (24 percent) from 3-point range.
Idaho will play Iowa State on Saturday at 11a.m. ET; Texas State faces No. 12 Duke in the final game of the tournament, Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Northern Iowa scored just 10 points in the fourth quarter Thursday, but that was just enough to get past Georgia Tech, 61-58, in the Riviera Division of the women’s Cancun Challenge.
Ellie Herzberg hit four free throws in the last 32 seconds, and the Panthers (3-1) were able to walk off winners after Aaliyah Whiteside’s 3-pointer at the buzzer bounced away. The Yellow Jackets (4-2) had tied the game at 57-all after a steal and layup by Whiteside with 1:40 to go, and had a 58-57 lead after a Whiteside free throw at 34.6 seconds.
Herzberg and Madison Weekly each had 15 points for Northern Iowa. Whiteside finished with 22 points, six rebounds and three steals. Roddreka Rogers scored 13 points and added 13 rebounds for Georgia Tech.
Northern Iowa will play Friday against Seton Hall at 9 p.m. ET, while Georgia Tech takes on High Point at 6:30 p.m.
Seton Hall held off NC State’s fourth-quarter rally to claim a 58-55 victory Thursday in the RiViera Division of the women’s Cancun Challenge.
Tabatha Richardson-Smith hit a free throw with 14 seconds left to put the Pirates (6-0) up, 56-53, and teammate Lubirdia Gordon blocked a 3-pointer from Miah Spencer of the Wolfpack (5-1). A jump ball was called with 1.9 seconds left - NC State scored an uncontested layup with Seton Hall protecting the 3-point line, and Richardson-Smith was fouled.
She hit a free throw, and Spencer’s full-court heave at the buzzer was short of the rim.
Richardson-Smith had 18 points and eight rebounds; Aleesha Powell scored 17 points to go with seven rebounds, and Shakena Richardson added 10 points and four assists. For the Wolfpack, Spencer scored 13 points and had five steals, while Ashley Williams scored 11 points and Carlee Schuhmacher added 10 points.
Seton Hall was just 5-of-28 from the 3-point line (18 percent) and had 19 turnovers, but the Pirates out-rebounded NC State, 56-39. Seton Hall also was 0-of-5 from the free-throw line in the first half, but hit six straight in the third quarter.
Next for the Pirates is Friday’s game vs. Northern Iowa at 9 p.m. ET, with NC State facing UAB on Friday at 4 p.m. ET.